Published on June 21, 2012 by Amy
Alexandrea Kawisenhawe Rice born in 1972 in Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada, is a First Nation actress.
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Alex Rice is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) born in 1972 in Kahnawake, Quebec, and is proud of her Mohawk heritage. She is also a member of the Rice family of Kahnawake, having descended from Edmund Rice an early immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony. Though she was born on the Kahnawake reserve in Canada, Rice spend the majority of her childhood in Brooklyn, New York among a community of Mohawk ironworkers, where she trained to become a professional dancer at local dance studios and developed a passion for acting when she landed a part in an educational video produced at her grammar school. She attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help High School in Brooklyn. Rice and her mother Melody Rice moved back to Kanawake in 1990 after the death of her father and her graduation from high school. She attended Dawson College and Concordia University, in Montreal, where she earned a degree in library science.
Rice first traveled to California in 1996 to attend a modeling convention and landed her first entertainment job working behind the scenes at the Judge Judy show. Her first feature film was the 2001 independent film The Doe Boy that garnered several international film festival awards. She is perhaps best known for her recurring role as Janet Pete in the films Skinwalkers (2002), Dreamkeeper (2003), Coyote Waits (2003), and A Thief of Time (2004). She has appeared in other films including Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West, On The Corner, A Thousand Roads, the IMAX release of Sacagawea, Johnny Tootall and The New World. She has also appeared on various television series including Spin City, CSI, Strong Medicine and The Sopranos.
Rice played Sue Clearwater in the third installment of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse released in 2010, and the fourth installment The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 released in 2011.
Special honors and awards include the Motion Pictures Award presented by the American Indian Film Institute for Best Actress (2003) for her reprisal of Janet Pete in Coyote Waits, and the First American Award (2005) for her work in A Thief In Time, presented by the First Americans in the Arts Committee.