About Alexandra Huntingdon Tydings
Alexandra Tydings Luzzatto (born Alexandra Huntingdon Tydings on 15 December 1972) is an American actress, best known for her role as Greek goddess Aphrodite on the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and its spin-off, Xena: Warrior Princess.
Tydings was born 15 December 1972, in Washington, D.C. She has four sisters and one brother, and is the granddaughter of former Maryland senator Millard Tydings. She is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School and Brown University, with a degree in film and critical theory.
Tydings counts Katharine Hepburn and Kevin Spacey among her favorite actors, and most enjoys the research and collaborating process of acting; auditioning is her least favorite. She competed in Irish dancing as a child, and dance led to performance of all kinds; in addition to acting, she was the singer and bassist of bands Annabelle Kickbox and She's Seen You Naked.
Tydings was a vegetarian for fourteen years, and she enjoys gardening.
Tydings is married to Ben Luzzatto, and they have two daughters; Ruby (born 17 June 2004) and Emerson (born 4 June 2006).
After graduating from Brown University, Tydings moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. She starred in several indie films (Alice, Angst), and eventually landed a recurring role on New Zealand television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, amongst guest roles on several television series.
Currently, Tydings lives in Washington, D.C., where she has been teaching rock'n roll yoga since 2005. She began as a student in the 1990s, and received the idea of playing loud rock music during class from a former instructor in Los Angeles.