Actress, Singer, Filmmaker, and Changemaker
Lexi Underwood is an actress, singer, filmmaker, and changemaker.
Underwood is best known for her role in Hulu’s Emmy-nominated limited series, Little Fires Everywhere, co-starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. She was nominated for a 2021 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Youth” for her portrayal of Pearl Warren in the series.
Underwood will next be seen starring in season 2 of Freeform’s anthology series, Cruel Summer. The upcoming season is set in an idyllic waterfront town in the Pacific Northwest and follows the rise and fall of an intense teenage friendship. Underwood will also be seen in Tommy Dorfman’s directorial debut, I Wish You All The Best, opposite Alexandra Daddario and Cole Sprouse, which is based on the best-selling novel by Mason Deaver.
Underwood most recently starred as Malia Obama in Showtime’s The First Lady opposite Viola Davis; the Emmy-winning Disney+ special, Sneakerella opposite Chosen Jacobs, and Marc Webb’s anthology series Just Beyond for Disney+. Her other past projects include the independent feature If Not Now, When, opposite Meagan Good; the Netflix series, Family Reunion; and Criminal Minds. Lexi has also appeared in Amazon’s Will vs The Future, ABC’s The Good Doctor, CBS’ Code Black, Disney’s Raven’s Home, Disney XD’s Walk The Prank, and Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger.
Underwood founded her production company, Ultimate Dreamer Productions, and made her directorial debut with the docu-short, We The Voices Of Gen-Z.
Underwood is committed to using her voice to give back and raise awareness on issues that impact girls and youth, both locally and globally. Some of the organizations she supports include March for our Lives, Girl Up, No Kid Hungry, Mattel Children’s Hospital, Say No Bullying, Free2Luv, and she is an avid supporter of (RED) as a (RED)ucator.
On stage, she made her Broadway debut at the age of 11 in the award-winning theatrical production, The Lion King as “Young Nala”.
Lexi delivers thoughtful and inspiring conversations from the experience of a young Black woman who has faced multiple incidents of racism and injustice. Speaking from her own battle with anxiety, she is committed to using her platform to normalize the conversation around mental health within black and brown communities.
Underwood is originally from the greater Washington D.C. area and currently resides in Los Angeles.