Rebecca Romijn moved from a modeling career to an acting career in the late ’90s, and she’s been working as an actor ever since. In “Ugly Betty,” Romijn was cast as Alexis Meade, Daniel’s sister and Claire and Bradford’s daughter who returned to society after faking her own death to undergo a gender reassignment surgery. “I really wanted to do that character justice — and make her as hot as possible,” Romijn told the Independent of her aim for the character, as there were very few trans characters in television at the time.
Romijn kept acting after leaving “Ugly Betty,” working on a significant amount of action and adventure projects, including 2014’s “The Librarians” and 2022’s “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.”
The idea of an “Ugly Betty” reboot has been brought to the cast’s attention before, and in 2023, Romijn shared her thoughts on the potential, noting that she likely wouldn’t be part of it if one were to happen. “I do think Alexis should be cast with a trans actress. That would be the correct thing to do,” Romijn said.