Remember the series “The Incredible Powers of Alex” in which the young Larisa Oleynik develops strange powers. Discover the journey of the actress after the end of the cult series.
Larisa Oleynik, unforgettable in The Incredible Powers of Alex
For four seasons the children of the 1990s were able to follow The Incredible Powers of Alex. A fantastic and humorous series in which a young teenager finds herself contaminated by a chemical substance after the accident of a truck transporting the product. After which Alex develops powers, including an ability to manipulate electricity or even to liquefy. With the help of his sister Annie and his friend Ray, they will try to understand what is happening to him. And especially to ensure that it does not fall into the hands of the company at the origin of the chemical product which would like to continue the experiments on it.
If the series has marked its time so well, it is partly thanks to its main interpreter Larisa Oleynik. Then thirteen years old, the young girl remained in the minds with her grunge look: cap back on her head and plaid shirt.
The small and big-screen debut
The Incredible Powers of Alex revealed it, but Larisa Oleynik made her debut a little younger, notably appearing in an episode of Doctor Quinn, female doctor (1993). And in parallel with the series she wears, she plays for a few episodes in the other cult series Incorrigible Cory. But above all, from 1999 and after the end of the series which made her discover, she obtains an important role in the cinema with Ten good reasons to dump you.
Admittedly, this is not the first role since Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles are front and center in this romantic comedy. She remains very present all the same in the role of Bianca, the little sister of Julia Stiles, authorized to go out with a boy (in this case Joseph Gordon-Levitt) only when her eldest has a boyfriend.
The film is a nice little success and allows Larisa Oleynik to continue her ascent. So she is part of the cast of friendly 100 Girls (2000) and appears in American Rhapsody (2002) worn by rising star Scarlett Johansson. After which it will be rarer in films but will return in series.
A rather discreet actress
We then have to wait until the 2010s to see her regularly in a role. In 2014 she participated in seven episodes of pretty Little Liars. It is also seen in Hawaii 5-0 and especially in madmen which sees her repeatedly reprise the role of Cynthia Cosgrove. More recently, fans of The Incredible Powers of Alex were pleasantly surprised to see her on Netflix in the series trinkets.
There too she does not have the leading role but remains recurrent. She plays it Shawn, who leads the Kleptomaniacs Anonymous group where three high school friends meet. The series had two seasons and is still available on Netflix.
Alongside her acting career, Larisa Oleynik continued her university studies. She also continued to play in the theater and seems to be content with short appearances in series or films. In 2017 she explained to BuzzFeed has had a complicated relationship with fame since The Incredible Powers of Alex trying as best she can live a normal life. This isn’t to say she regrets the show that revealed her, as evidenced by her fun tweet with the show-inspired board game.