Who is Sasha Alexander?
Suzana Drobnjakovic, better known by her stage name Sasha Alexander, was born on 17 May 1973 under the zodiac sign of Taurus, in Los Angeles, California USA. She is a 49-year-old actress, producer and director, probably best recognized for landing the role of Gretchen Witter in The WB’s teen drama series “Dawson’s Creek” (2000-2001), playing Caitlin Todd in the CBS police procedural series “NCIS” (2003-2015), and featuring as Maura Isles in the TNT crime drama series “Rizzoli & Isles” (2010-2016).
How rich is she, as of now? Sasha Alexander Net Worth
As of mid-2022, Sasha Alexander’s net worth is estimated at over $20 million, acquired through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment.
She has garnered over 40 television and film acting credits since she launched her career in the mid-1990s.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
Sasha Alexander spent her early years in her hometown of Los Angeles, where she was raised with her brother named Alexander Drobnjakovic by their father Dragisa Drobnjakovic, and mother Dobrila Pavlovic; however, the professions of her parents aren’t revealed. She holds American nationality and belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group as she’s of Serbian descent, and is a Christian.
Sasha developed her love for acting very early, started taking acting classes while still in elementary school, and began appearing in school productions in the seventh grade.
She also trained in ice skating and wanted to become a professional skater, however, she quit her dreams once she suffered a knee injury. She continued acting during her high school and college years, attending the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, from which she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree.
Rise to Prominence
Sasha Alexander launched her acting career upon graduation, when she moved to New York to perform in summer stock and Shakespeare festivals. Her debut feature film appearance came in 1997, when she played Karen Chambers in the sci-fi film “Visceral Matter”, which was written and directed by Richard Kelly. She then featured as Miss America in Michael Polish’s independent film “Twin Falls Idaho”, after which she landed the main role of Jesse Presser in the first season of the ABC drama series “Wasteland”, both in 1999.
She came to prominence when she was chosen to appear in the recurring role of Gretchen Witter in the fourth season of The WB’s teen drama series “Dawson’s Creek”, from 2000 to 2001; the series was created by Kevin Williamson, and starred James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams. It was followed by her portrayals of Jackie Samantha Gold in Julie Davis’ romantic comedy film “All Over The Guy”, and as Chloe Jones in the made-for-TV fantasy adventure film “Ball & Chain”, both released in 2001.
In 2002, Sasha Alexander had the main role of Dr Jackie Collette in the short-lived CBS medical drama series “Presidio Med”, which was canceled after a single season.
Her next significant role came when she joined the main cast of the CBS police procedural series “NCIS”, in which she starred as Special Agent Caitlin Todd in the first two seasons from 2003 to 2005, later returning to reprise the role in 2012 and 2015. She left the show after its second season to pursue other opportunities – in 2005, she co-produced and played Susie in the romantic comedy film “Lucky 13”, alongside Brad Hunt, Harland Williams and Lauren Graham. The following year, she shared the screen with Tom Cruise in the third franchise installment hit action spy film “Mission: Impossible III”, in which she portrayed Melissa Meade, directed by J. J. Abrams. The film was a huge box office success, since it grossed over $398 million on a $150 million budget.
In 2008, Sasha Alexander landed such roles as Lucy in the commercially successful romantic comedy film “Yes Man”, co-starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, and as Sarah in the drama film “The Last Lullaby”, which earned her a San Diego Film Festival Award for Best Actress. It was followed by her portrayals of Catherine in the romantic comedy-drama film “He’s Just Not That Into You”, along with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore, and as Jessica in the romantic drama film “Love Happens” with Aniston and Aaron Eckhart in leading roles, both films released in 2009.
Sasha Alexander’s most successful project to date was in the TNT crime drama series “Rizzoli & Isles”, in which she had the starring role of Dr Maura Isles from 2010 to 2016, sharing the screen with such actors as Angie Harmon, Lee Thompson Young and Jordan Bridges, in the series developed by Janet Tamaro based on Tess Gerritsen’s series of novels of the same title. For her performance, Sasha won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Actress. She also served as the director of the episode “For Richer Or Poorer” in 2016. Concurrently, she also played Alex in the 2011 romantic comedy film “Coming & Going”, directed by her husband Edoardo Ponti, and featured as Adelaide in the 2013 romantic musical drama film “The Girl From Nagasaki”.
From 2015 to 2016, Sasha Alexander took the recurring role of Helene Runyon in the hit Showtime comedy-drama series “Shameless”, which was followed by her appearance as Roz in the 2017 comedy-drama film “Bernard And Huey”. The following year, she was cast as Marianna Buultjens in the independent action film “The Ride”, alongside Shane Graham and Ludacris.
Thereafter, she guest-starred in such TV series as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “FBI”, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. In 2020, she starred as Detective Chesler in the thriller film “Dangerous Lies”, co-starring Camila Mendes, Jamie Chung and Jessie T. Usher. Later that year, she provided her voice to Adeline ‘Addie’ Kane in the direct-to-video animated superhero film “Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons: The Movie”.
Most recently, she directed the episode “Red Flag” of the Lifetime/Netflix psychological thriller series “You” (2021), and the episode “Opening Up” of the CBS legal drama series “Bull” (2022).
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Sasha Alexander has long light brown hair and hazel eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 5ins (1.65m), weighs around 150lbs (68kgs), with vital statistics of 35-26-34, bra size 32C, dress size 6 (US), and shoe size 8.5 (US).
Sasha Alexander tied the knot with director and writer Luka Pecel on 18 September 1999; however, their marriage was later annulled. Following their split, she went on to date Italian director Edoardo Ponti, who is known for being the younger son of legendary actress Sophia Loren and film produced Carlo Ponti Sr. The two exchanged their wedding vows at a ceremony held on 12 August 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. They are the parents of two children, a daughter named Lucia Sofia Ponti born on 12 May 2006, while their second child, a son they named Leonardo Fortunato Ponti, was born on 20 December 2010.