Lexi Underwood
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Multifaceted Star: Lexi Underwood's Versatile Talent


Dec. 6 2023, Published 3:20 p.m. ET

Lexi Underwood is a versatile and multi-faceted actress.

Lexi has demonstrated her ability to act across different genres of movies and TV shows such as Cruel Summer, Sneakerella, Criminal Minds, and Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere.

She is also a talented songwriter and has even dabbled in screenwriting. Plus, she is known for her advocacy and philanthropy for different social issues.

She is one entertainer you can call a “Jack of all trades” because of her involvement in diverse projects.

Lexi Underwood’s Ability to Act Across Genres

Lexi’s breakout role was opposite Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon in Little Fires Everywhere, where she held her own next to two of Hollywood’s most talented actresses – at only 16 years old!

“Kerry and Reese are both so incredibly down to earth," she told Cosmopolitan UK. "They're so humble. All round phenomenal people. Their work ethic — they're so inspiring. I've learned so much from all the different experiences I've been blessed to have. But honestly, being on the Little Fires Everywhere set was so incredible seeing two strong women at the helm of an incredibly complex story. It was so inspiring."

From there, Lexi went on to land some major roles such as portraying Malia Obama in the TV series The First Lady, which stars Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, and Cruel Summer as Isabella LaRue.

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Lexi Showed off Her Singing Talent in ‘Sneakerella’

If her acting talent wasn’t enough, Lexi also showed off her incredible voice in the Disney+ musical Sneakerella, a retelling of the classic Cinderella story set in modern-day New York City.

As Kira King, Lexi sang several songs in the movie including “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” and “Perfect Fit.” Along with singing, Lexi also got a chance to put her dancing background on display.

“My favorite number […] is ‘A Dream Is A Wish.’ When it comes to dance, I started off with hip-hop and ballet, so it was really cool because I got to tap back into my ballet roots,” she explained to Pop Culture Planet.

Advocacy and Philanthropy

More recently, Lexi has found her voice as an advocate for social justice. She became a “RED” ambassador where she is actively involved in campaigns against the spread of HIV diseases particularly among third-world countries in Africa.

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She took her campaign to Tanzania recently alongside some other artists where she raised concern about how African women are ravaged by the scourge and roughly 700 new infections are reported daily. She is positive that African women can reverse the trend and bring the disease to a halt.

“Let’s keep in mind that injustice is more than a buzzword or a hashtag - it’s the root cause of so many issues,” Lexi wrote in Forbes. “My generation is known for fighting injustice — racial injustice, political injustice, gender injustice, health injustice — we have become known for fighting hard against systems that were not made for us. And we won’t stop.

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