Be You – Hollywood’s Most Dynamic Newcomer
Upcoming music sensation and social-media personality Aidan Alexander is a creative force to be reckoned with. His reach translates into a variety of film, music, and social-media content. Alexander’s recent work includes an acting role in Red Wing starring opposite Golden Globe nominee, Bill Paxton, as well as in A Cowgirl's Story (alongside Bailee Madison and Pat Boone). In addition to the screen, he recently released singles “I Don't Love You,” “Yours,” and “Melancholia.” Since childhood, music has always played a central role in his life. “Music was a big part of my upbringing. I was always listening to and singing songs,” he says.
As a melodious visionary with a refined taste in music, Alexander enjoys a variety of musical genres and artists. His own sound can be described as moody electro-pop with enunciated, whimsical vocals. His lyrics expose the vulnerabilities of wrestling with conflicting emotions. “It’s super-funny because the type of music that I listen to is totally different from the music I create,” he shares. “I love jazz and classical [music]. I am a big Billie Holiday, Fleetwood Mac, and Frank Sinatra fan. Sinatra’s ‘Moon River’ is one of my personal favorites.”
The 18-year-old Boise native may be a fresh face in the music and film industries (according to his mother, there is a 20-year-old actor named Aidan Alexander in the U.K., and Google keeps mixing them up), but he is considered one of Twitter’s top-engaged accounts nationwide. His intentional use of social media is a prime example of how talent can be amplified through current advancements in technology and communication with social-media platforms. As an artist with a significant online following, he utilizes Twitter to express his social conscience on current issues like gender equality. “My parents are separated so I lived with my mom,” says Alexander. “I was always surrounded by strong women. Advocacy for gender equality was always so important to me.”
Not only does he use his voice to call out the discrepancies in gender discrimination, but he also expresses the importance of support for the LGBTQA community, accepting all races, genders, and sexualities (he tweeted in 2017: “love is love!! i date girls but who says in 10 years i won’t meet a supa cool guy & b like oh hey!! stop labeling urself”). “Even though I grew up in Idaho, I come from a very liberal family. It’s always been, ‘Do what you want, love who you want,’” affirms Alexander who currently resides in Los Angeles.
“Know who you are and love yourself.”
Moreover, Alexander has worked with the internationally recognized non-profit organization, DoSomething.org, to stand up to bullying – partially because his own social-media following can cultivate trolls. He recognizes that although he has a thick skin, any individual being harassed in any way shouldn’t tolerate. “Bullying is an epidemic. If you’re being bullied, talk to an adult. Please reach out,” he asserts. “Know who you are and love yourself. Just understand that form of treatment reflects on them and not you.”
That being said, Alexander’s social voice and artistic talents in the studio and screen motivate him to follow his dreams to further grow and advance. “I want to continue what I’m doing. I do what I love; I make music that I enjoy making. I like to be creative and not just do what others say I must do,” he candidly says of his goal. “It would be a dream to work with Meryl Streep. That’s been a goal since I was five!”
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