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In Savannah, opening Friday, Aug. 23, the 29-year-old Alexander plays Lucy Stubbs, the object of affection for marksman, hunter and town scallywag Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel).

The screenplay, by Kenneth Carter and Annette Haywood-Carter, is based on real people who lived in this area in the early 1900s. Haywood-Carter resigned her teaching position at SCAD to direct the project. Filming took 21 days, at various Savannah locations, in early 2011.

Haywood-Carter, she adds, was “very laid-back and easygoing. She definitely allowed us to have a lot of creative freedom with the part, and what we wanted to do with it. But she also had a clear idea of what she wanted. It was good to work with somebody who had a plan, if you will.”

Not much is known about the real Lucy Stubbs — only that she married the tempestuous Ward Allen, over the protestations of her family. The couple lived, briefly, in a large house downtown. She bore a child.

“And while my mother was raised in Carolina, I wasn’t — I was raised in a pretty liberal area of Texas. When it comes to southern hospitality, though, I definitely know what that’s all about. Getting that from my mother.”

Alexander says working alongside Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest) was intense. “He’s very dedicated and extremely method,” she offers. “We do not have the same style of work ethic. Although both of us worked extremely hard! So it was neat to see how he went about things, and his process compared to mine. “As much as I was around him, he was his character. And that is just how some people work, and they do it well. He’s one of those people.”

Others in the cast include Chiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster, Love Actually) as Allen’s duck-hunting partner, Christmas Moultrie, and actor/playwright Sam Shepard as Lucy’s well-meaning father. “I really enjoyed Sam Shepard,” reports Alexander. “He’s a lovely human being, and I’ve kept in contact with him ever since. And Chiwetel Ejiofor is just amazing. He’s a fantastic actor, a phenomenal person, and we got really lucky with him.” Read the full article here