Online interviewer Quency Thomas spoke to Erica Alexander about her Living Alone character Maxine Shaw during an interview about two of the most famous roles of her career. At some point in their discussion Thomas asked Alexander for some background on the development of Maxine.
First, Alexander commissioned series creator Yvette Lee Bowser to come up with the initial idea for the character. She then went on to explain how her family members, particularly her sister and father, inspired Maxine’s personality. “If anyone thinks that Max is crazy, they should take note of my sister Caroline, a social worker in Philadelphia, whom I pulled a lot. And my father was huge, huge – just a very funny guy, ”said Alexander. “I’m actually the most boring person in my family.”
While Maxine can be quite different from Alexander in her day-to-day life, she continues to look back fondly on the character she and Bowser created. “I think the part I played that mattered the most could have been Maxine Shaw,” Alexander said. Root. She also mentioned that she heard from people like Stacey Abrams and Bill de Blasio that her work inspired their careers.
Abrams, de Blasio, and anyone who enjoyed watching Maxine in Living Alone should thank Alexander’s family for inspiring her with their eccentricities.