Alexandra Daddario may be a relative newcomer to the City of Angels, but suffice it to say, it’s treating her well. After breaking out in the 2014-Emmy nominated HBO series True Detective, she then recently starred in the summer’s biggest blockbuster, San Andreas. Upcoming films include The Layover and The Choice, but her latest role is that of brand ambassador for Movado. She was on hand to showcase new timepieces from the Swiss watch brand last week at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills; she joins acclaimed actress Kerry Washington and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis as faces of the brand. Here, this rising star and timepiece aficionado shares her haute LA secrets.
Where were you born: New York Hospital in NYC
How long in LA: 6 years
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Favorite Restaurant: Cooks County
Best Sushi: Ajisai, Matsuhisa
Best Italian: Mozza
Best dessert: Cocoa banana ice cream from Beverly Hills Juice (this is the most LA answer ever)
Best place for a romantic date: a hike at tree people at sunset
Best Sunday brunch: Melrose Place farmers market. You can pick up fresh fruit and flowers and everything you need for dinner in addition to the awesome food trucks and stands that are there.
Best place for a power business meeting: Soho House
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Petit Ermitage
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Pickett Fences on Larchmont. Pretty much everything on Larchmont. It’s a great place to hang out and shop and eat.
Best Spa: Spa at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Favorite Charity Event: Generosity Water (check them out… Generosity.org)
Best Steakhouse: Cut
Best Pizza: Mozza
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Modo Yoga on La Brea
Best Massage: Acupuncture all the way! Miracle Acupuncture on La Cienega is great.
Best Museum/Exhibit: The Getty
Describe your city in three words: Humorous, beautiful, tragic
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: The Magic Castle
All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: I have so many favorites. I love anywhere I can bring my dog — parks, hikes, etc. Los Angeles has so much of that, which is different than growing up in Manhattan.
Best Aspect of Los Angeles: To me, there is a creative and offbeat nature to a lot of the people here. Most of the people I meet work in “the business” in one way or another. We’ve been through successes and failures together and there’s a kinship and support system that I love which comes from being around people who understand each other.