Alexandra Meneses, the sultry beauty and well-respected actress, producer and philanthropist stars as ‘The Boss’ in Camera Café, a new web series premiering May 20, executive produced by Antonio Banderas, about life in an office as seen from the point of view of a camera hidden in the coffee machine. The first season of the 35 - 3 1/2 minute episodes, will air on Web platform Mio.TV. Meneses will also be seen starring in the film Wrong Turn at Tahoe with Harvey Keitel, Cuba Gooding, Jr and Miguel Ferrer. The former model and Chicago native is often recognized from her recurring role as Stefania, the “Gelato Girl” on the hit series, Everybody Loves Raymond (ALMA Award Nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a Television series). Alex has also guest starred on numerous hit shows including CSI: Miami, Prison Break, and Psych. Her feature film work includes the recently completed Fire from Below opposite Kevin Sorbo, Paul Schrader’s Auto Focus alongside Willem Dafoe and Greg Kinnear and Funny Money with Chevy Chase, Penelope Ann Miller, Chris McDonald and Armande Assante.
As president and founder of her own production company (OOLaLa Productions/LADDS Entertainment), Alex has executive produced Australians Hit Hollywood, an honest and often peculiar look at Australians and New Zealanders who have broken through barriers and turned themselves into prominent players in the world of Hollywood entertainment. The documentary was recently premiered at a screening at the residence of Los Angeles’ Australian Consul-General. Also just wrapped under Alex’s production company banner is a riveting documentary, Damned to Heaven, a gripping look at life inside the FLDS (Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ Later Day Saints) pluralistic community of Colorado City, Arizona.
In the Geffen Playhouse production, Oscar and Felix: A New Look at The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, Alex received critical acclaim for her work starring alongside Maria Conchita Alonso. An adapted revival of The Odd Couple, Simon altered the ethnicity of Oscar & Felix’s neighboring sisters to Spanish. In addition, Alex has appeared in numerous stage productions including Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater.
Growing up in Chicago, Alex was inspired to pursue a career in acting while still in high school after seeing Rita Moreno’s performance in West Side Story. After signing with an agent, Alex began going on commercial auditions. During summer breaks, she also enrolled in the famed Second City Improv program. Following high school, Alex landed a modeling contract and moved to Europe where she worked regularly in France, Greece and Italy. Upon her return to the US, she entered The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute to hone her acting skills.
Among Alex’s film credits are 4 Minutes in North Hollywood, The Flintstone’s Viva Rock Vegas and Selena. She was a series regular on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and the Showtime series Sherman Oaks and has guest starred on Friends, Boomtown and Dharma & Greg, among others.
In her on-going commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism, Alex serves as a board member for many organizations including The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, United Hope for Animals, The Los Angeles Symphony, and The Chicago Symphony and is a member of The Chicago Historical Society. A devoted alumna of Chicago’s Mother McCauley Liberal Arts High School, Alex frequently returns to campus and meets with students to share her insights and commitment to a McAuley education. In 2005, she established the Alexandra Meneses Endowed Scholarship to help ensure that a new generation of young women is given the opportunity to experience McAuley.