Alexandria Schlereth is currently a host and reporter for BarFly on FoxSports, where she has interviewed celebrities and athletes alike, including Larry King, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ed O'Neill, Steve Nash, Josh Duhamel and Donovan McNabb. Prior to her current role, she portrayed Jessica on the Primetime drama Desire, and has had numerous appearances on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.
Alexandria was born in Anchorage, Alaska, raised in Colorado, and is currently lives in Los Angeles. But Alex is also known as the daughter of Super Bowl winning football player and current ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth.
Alexandria is also currently working for Hard Ninety gear, an athletic apparel line that she models and is a part-time spokesperson for. You can check out the clothing at the link above.
Obviously you grew up in a home that was different from most others, what is it like have a having a professional athlete for a father?
Having a father that was a pro athlete was definitely different. We always knew him as dad though; his work never defined him in an aspect where we thought we were different. I also think I was pretty young through my dads playing days, and was 16 when he retired, so I don't think I ever grasped how different it really was. He was always just my dad, not a pro athlete. Looking back, I got to do some pretty cool things with him winning 3 super bowls and going to a couple pro bowls. I will always have great memories.
What was your favorite experience when growing up immersed in your dad's career?
What I have taken away from my dads career is the people I met and the experience of going to Super Bowls. When my dad played for the Redskins, we were surrounded by so many great people and I still talk to the kids I grew up with there to this day. They will always be special people to me. I will always have memories of the Super Bowls, every one was very special for our family. I will forever be proud of my dad and what he accomplished.
As a young girl, what were your career aspirations?
Since about 14 years old, I have always wanted to be an actress or do something on TV. Since then things have definitely changed, but I have accomplished being on TV on a soap opera. Now, that has shifted to working in sports and being on a show for Fox Sports. I hope to continue working in sports.
Have struggled with your father's career? He is known to have had 29 surgeries, was the experience ever taxing?
I wouldn't say I've ever struggled with my fathers career. He did have so many injuries and surgeries, his body is definitely feeling the effects of playing for 12 years. If anything, I would say I feel like he's my hero because he played all those years for his family. I think he tried to really only let his injuries affect him and not anyone else in our family.
What was it like trying to develop your own career and make a name for yourself?
It's been tough to make a name for myself. I've always been the type of person to not ride on my fathers coat tails; I think thats why I chose acting instead of anything else. My last name doesn't mean anything to casting directors in Hollywood. Just recently I have gotten more comfortable with using my name to my advantage, especially since I'm working in sports now. I really think it's what I'm supposed to be doing.
What did your parents want for your career? Did they have any influence?
My parents have always wanted what's best for me and have wanted me to follow my dreams. In the last 3 years or so my parents, especially my dad, have really pushed me to work in sports. They have definitely had influence in my life and in my career.
What was the worst pickup line you have ever heard?
I once got a napkin at a bar that said: 'Hi :) I hope you're having a good night. If you wanna sleep with me smile, if not do a back flip.' That's probably not the best way to approach not only me, but any girl!
Your dad's career is based on intimidation, have there ever been men afraid to meet your dad?
I think there is always a certain amount of intimidation that a guy may feel when meeting my dad, but when you do meet him he's like a big teddy bear, so the intimidation wears off really fast.
What would it take to bring a guy home to meet your parents?
I like guys that are confident, intelligent and have a good sense of humor. Someone that is open and honest about everything, and is a gentleman. If you have those qualities, I'm definitely taking you home to mom and dad.