Once upon a time, she was Leo’s “best girl”.
Remember the ridiculously cute little girl in Titanic? Cora – the poor, 3rd class 9-ear-old who dances with Jack and gets jealous of Rose totally zoning in on her man? This little moppet:
Well, that little moppet was played by actress Alexandrea Owens, and she has now grown in this slightly bigger moppet:
She was recently interviewed by Buzzfeed, where she revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio was a massive softie who used to make her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on set. And when talked to Cosmo US, she dished on the details of how she got the part and what it was like to be a child actress in what would became the most popular film of all time.
On getting the part:
I got in line behind, like, 10 little blonde girls — they wanted a blonde girl — and I remember I wanted to go last because I was so nervous. They all went in, and then I went in, and she just had me ad lib a couple lines, dance on her feet with her, and that was it, that was the entire audition… a couple of weeks later, my mom had a message on the machine saying I had gotten the part. I remember crying, screaming, running around the house, like a little maniac.”
On what Leo was like:
“There was so much of Jack in Leo, definitely. He was very sweet; he was very goofy, absolutely adorable. He always had a smile on his face, it was great.”
On what it was like being recognised once Titanic went gangbusters:
“People were recognizing me on the street all the time; it was really overwhelming and difficult. And people would ask for my autograph, but when you’re 8, 9 years old, it’s just like, ‘Ugh, who are you, I shouldn’t talk to strangers!'”
Now 27, Alexandrea Owens is currently trying to get back into acting, although her only professional credit so far has been Titanic. Bring on a sequel?
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