Park City actress scores TV role
Clich though it might be, Alexandra Fulton is not a doctor. But she plays one on TV.
The Park City High School alum recently scored a recurring role as "Dr. Jody Ziegler" on the Lifetime series "Strong Medicine." Her first appearance was in October, but Ziegler will be back on an episode airing Jan. 8.
"I feel like if I’d taken the time to become a doctor, it would have taken as much time as to play one on TV," said Fulton, daughter of Parkites Ben Fulton and Diana Swaner.
Fulton has a litany of acting credits, which includes training at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia and an MFA from Harvard University.
To succeed in acting, you have to "work hard like any other field. A lot of people in the arts think it’s just crazy personality," Fulton said.
In preparing to play Dr. Ziegler, Fulton does research, writes things down, and lies on the floor trying to "gurgle something up from my belly," she said.
She also consulted with her father, who is a radiologist in real life, the same medical specialty of her on-screen alter ego.
"She does an ultrasound," Fulton explained. "But they don’t really give you instruction on how to do it, so dad helped."
As a recurring character, it’s uncertain how frequently Fulton’s character will re-appear.
"They bring you back again and again," she said. "I hope."
The January episode was directed by Rick Schroeder, child star of the 80s sitcom "Silver Spoons."
"I always loved him. When I met him I was so nervous," Fulton said. "When you’re little, you’re in love with Ricky Schroeder."
When Fulton attended Parley’s Park Elementary School, one Valentine’s Day, she insisted on wearing a pink floor-length bridesmaid’s dress with ruffles. Her mother was concerned about people staring at her, so the then-6 year old responded, "Mom, I’m going to be a star, so I need to get used to people looking at me."
Fulton got her acting debut at age 8 with the Egyptian Theatre’s "Cabbage Patch Dreams."
"That’s where I cut my teeth," she joked.
She continued acting through high school, but left Park City after her sophomore year to attend a private school in Santa Fe, then she spent a year in India learning meditation and yoga.
"I knew I always wanted to be an actress, so I got my tail to New York after my soul-searching," Fulton said. She earned her bachelor’s from Marymount College in New York.
Now Fulton lives in Los Angeles. "It’s not that bad," she said.
Fulton’s stage credits include a variety of modern and Shakespearean plays. She even performed Chekov’s "Love Scenes" in Moscow. On TV, she’s been on "Touched by an Angel," "Night Sins," and auditioned for "The O.C."
She’s appeared in a variety of films. In the near future, Fulton has a small role as an exotic dancer in the feature-length movie "The Giddeh," and is in a short film, "Sometimes Love Leaves a Paper-cut," which she hopes gets into Sundance or Slamdance.
"That’s my hope and prayer," she said.
In the "Paper-cut," she plays a woman obsessed with a cardboard cut-out of Boba Fett, the interstellar bounty hunter from "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
"He’s my boyfriend," she said. "I guess people get pretty psyched about ‘Star Wars.’ There’s like a whole second cult."
One key to a fledgling actor’s success is the Internet Movie Data Base (imdb.com), Fulton said.
"Every time someone goes there, your rating goes up," Fulton said. IMDB is "the cultural meter of the decade. You live and die by IMDB in L.A."
After Sundance last year, she saw her rating go up because so many of the people she met checked her page on the Web site (imdb.com/name/nm1740107). Her personal Web site is alexandrafulton.com.
Acting is Fulton’s job and her passion.
"It’s important to be creative and express yourself," Fulton said. "Because it’s unique and only you can express your uniqueness, so it’s special and necessary and vital. Even if you don’t want to be an actor."
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