by Hector Gutierrez
We caught up with the sixteen-year-old star about her break-out role in Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, her inspiring work with her production company, and her go-to quarantine snack, among other things.
Lexi Underwood might be playing the new kid in town in Little Fires Everywhere, but she is no rookie.
Pearl Warren simply wants a more stable life. She yearns to paint more than one wall in her room, graduate from a high school where she spends more than a few months in, and make meaningful connections without the constant fear that time’s running out. Soon after moving to Shaker Heights, Pearl’s life becomes entangled with that of the Richardsons: a rich, white family that watches too much TV and cares little for the world outside their perfectly manicured lawn.
“I remember the first time I read the script I was like ‘wow’, because I could relate to Pearl in so many ways. At the end of the day she’s just trying to figure out where she fits in and who she is,” Lexi tells me.
Pearl is every fifteen year old struggling to find their place in this world. Yet, unlike the other young characters, she’s quick to learn from her mistakes. I was mesmerized by Lexi’s close resemblance to the Pearl that Celeste Ng, the author, imagined in the novel. She translates that character from the page to the screen in the most captivating way.
“Looking back at last year, I never could have imagined that I would be in this position right now,” Lexi says in response to the great reviews the show has received. “It’s a lovely feeling when your hard work pays off.”