Talk about a father’s nightmare. Eddie Havins’ daughter married a guy she knew for three weeks. She met her new husband’s brother at a beach party and took his virginity. And her wardrobe is as trashy and gaudy as Pamela Anderson’s home movies.
"I talked with her 80-year-old grandfather and he said, ‘She sure is a wild thing,’ " said Havins, a Chandler resident.
Luckily for Havins, his daughter’s bad-girl behavior is all an act. Alexa Havins, a 1999 Chandler High School graduate, landed a four-year contract to play Babe Chandler on the ABC soap "All My Children." Havins debuted on the soap Oct. 13.
And the chemistry with Emmywinning co-star Jacob Young has been so sizzling that soap insiders are calling the couple the next "Luke and Laura."
"My character is really the sex kitten," said Alexa Havins. "When the role came up, I knew it was me because I have a knack for playing white trash. But when I go to wardrobe and see the lingerie, I call my dad and say. ‘Maybe you’d better not watch this one.’ "
Havins’ rise to soap stardom has been a whirlwind. After graduating from Arizona State University in 3 1/2 years, she moved to Los Angeles in February and started auditioning as many as six times a day. She quickly landed roles in four films and several TV shows.
"For acting less than a year, I’m beyond blessed," Havins said.
Havins majored in business and theater at ASU. She also worked with Jean Fowler of Coachworks in Scottsdale, who trained actresses Jennie Garth ("Beverly Hills, 90210") and Amy Davidson ("8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter").
"The reason Alexa has been so successful so quickly is because she knows hard things don’t come easy," her father said. "There are a few hundred thousand kids out there who are all beautiful and all smart and the odds of making it are minute. But Alexa was so focused on where she wanted to go and so sure of herself. That’s what made the difference."
Now, just six months into her acting career, Alexa Havins is rubbing elbows daily with daytime TV icon Susan Lucci. She has also worked with Dennis Hopper, Tara Reid and Edward Furlong on the upcoming movie "Crow: Wicked Prayer."
"In the acting world, you never have a secure job," she said. "All I can do is be prompt and be prepared."
And as for fans who might confuse the real young woman with the wrong-sideof-the-tracks character she portrays, Eddie Havins said there couldn’t be anything further from the truth.
"But I know if she had to pick between playing the the bad girl or sweet girl, I know which one she would have taken," he said. "People remember the bad girls."
See Alexa Havins
On daytime TV: Havins plays Babe Chandler on "All My Children," noon Monday through Friday, KNXV-TV (Channel 15).
Other TV credits: Played Georgia Durante in "Secret Lives" for Lifetime; played a Goth delinquent on Comedy Central’s "Reno 911"; guest star on "One Life to Live"
Upcoming films: "Joshua" (sequel to "The Blair Witch Project"), "Desert Fox," "First Kiss"
Fan club information: Alexa Havins, c/o ABC, "All My Children," 320 W. 66th St., New York, N.Y. 10023