Alexandra Shipp had her career beginnings in 2009, debuting in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. On TV, she had her first role in an episode of Switched at Birth. She next landed another guest role in Victorious. Her first starring role on the small screen was as KT Rush in House of Anubis.
After this, she had one-time appearances in Awkward and Ray Donovan, as well as appeared in 3 episodes of Days of Our Lives. In 2014, she starred in the television films Drumline: A New Beat and Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, the latter of which she played the titular character. She next appeared in the pilot episode of the show Your Family or Mine. Shipp then played the role of Kimberly Woodruff in the film Straight Outta Compton.
She gained mainstream fame for starring as Ororo Munroe / Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, a role she reprised in Dark Phoenix. Shipp also landed starring roles in such films as Tragedy Girls, Spinning Man, Love, Simon, and Dude. In 2019, the actress had performances in the films A Dog’s Way Home, Shaft, and Jexi. This year, she starred in the movie All the Bright Places. Some of her upcoming projects include Silk Road and Kung Fury 2.
Playing a starring role in a popular superhero feature, Alexandra Shipp knew she had to go through physical training that’s more intense than her usual workout routine. While she already considers herself an active person with her gym exercises and outdoor runs, she also wanted to tone her muscles and improve her strength to prepare for her role as Storm in X-Men.
To do this, she adopted a healthier diet plan and worked with a trainer. Her workout routine during this period included a lot of weightlifting. She also combined this with yoga and Pilates to improve her form. Even after the film, Shipp continues to take care of her body with similar fitness regimen.