Alexandra Daddario Stars In Earth-Shaking Blockbuster That’s Finally A Streaming Success

San Andreas is charting as it streams on Max.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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Although her breakthrough came by way of the Percy Jackson film franchise, these days, audiences have been catching most of Alexandra Daddario’s performances on the small screen. But, it would seem as though Max subscribers are digging into the star’s film portfolio as her 2015 apocalyptic action flick, San Andreas is heating things up on the streamer. According to FlixPatrol, subscribers are flocking to Max to catch The White Lotus star in the film in which she appears opposite Dwayne Johnson. 

For those of us who live or even just spend time in California, there’s always the chance that “the big one” is on the way and that’s exactly the fear tactic that Daybreak director Brad Peyton leaned into for San Andreas. The feature essentially revolves around the idea that the massive San Andreas Fault has finally fired off, causing cataclysmic events to befall all of California and the rest of the country’s West Coast. In the film, Alexandra Daddario stars as the child of Dwayne Johnson’s helicopter rescue pilot Ray Gaines, and Carla Gugino’s Emma Gaines.

Filling out the cast alongside Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, and Carla Gugino are Ioan Gruffudd, Paul Giamatti, and Archie Panjabi with performances from Kylie Minogue, Will Yun Lee, Art Parkinson, and Hugo Johnstone-Burt. A major success for Warner Bros., the feature screened in both 2D and 3D cinemas, with the latter giving audiences the extra terrifying experience of an Earth-shattering event. When all was said and done for the film’s theatrical run, it would rake in a whopping $474 million against its $110 million budget.

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From left to right: Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, and Dwayne Johnson in
San Andreas (2015)

Following the disaster film’s undeniable success, news came in 2016 that a sequel would be in the works, giving audiences a follow-up installment to the first film. With Brad Peyton ready to return as the director, the film also nabbed Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, and Paul Giamatti to reprise their roles. Unfortunately for audiences waiting for the next chapter, schedules picked up and, in the summer of 2021, Daddario said that she highly doubted that a sequel would ever see the light of day. 

Nevertheless, San Andreas marked an uptick in Alexandra Daddario’s time in Hollywood as she began to separate herself from the Percy Jackson films and strike out on a genre-crossing career. Over the next several years, she would star in the film adaptation of Baywatch, alongside Henry Cavill in Night Hunter, and most recently in Wildflower.

During the time of San Andreas, Alexandra Daddario was also taking one-off roles in television shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, New Girl, True Detective, and American Horror Story: Hotel. Finding her niche in the world of TV, it was with 2019’s Why Women Kill that Daddario solidified her name in the small screen game.

Following her appearance on the CBS series, she would audition and be picked up for the debut season of Mike White’s critically celebrated anthology series, The White Lotus. Starring alongside the likes of Sydney Sweeney, Murray Bartlett, Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton, Steve Zahn, and Jake Lacy, the entire cast would find major success in the project’s premiere season with Alexandra Daddario even nabbing an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

Marking a major milestone in her career, Alexandra Daddario’s turn on The White Lotus no doubt led her right into the arms of AMC’s Mayfair Witches. The last year has been incredibly kind to fans of Anne Rice as the late author’s estate has teamed up with the network to bring audiences a brand new universe surrounding her works. While, in the past, we’ve seen her timeless classics Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned receive big-screen adaptations, this year, fans have flocked to their TVs for a handful of her titles to be given the small-screen treatment.

After the staggering success of AMC’s series Interview with the Vampire, it came as a shock to no one that Mayfair Witches would also be a touchdown with audiences. Premiering at the beginning of this year, the series saw Alexandra Daddario in the leading role as a brainy neurosurgeon who discovers that she’s the next family member in a long line of witches. Already renewed for a second season, there’s plenty more witchy fun and family mysteries to be discovered in the show’s sophomore installment.