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If you’re anything like us, you've definitely experienced that moment when you're watching your favorite television show and someone in the cast looks quite familiar. Naturally, you needed to know more, so you quickly pulled out your phone to Google said actor.

Well, this was precisely the case for us over the weekend when we were watching season two of Virgin River on Netflix. As we were following the main character Mel, as she makes her big return to town, we couldn’t help but wonder about the real-life actress who plays her. Turns out, her name is Alexandra Breckenridge and she has a pretty impressive resume. Read on for everything we know about the hit show’s female lead.

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1. Who is Alexandra Breckenridge?

Breckenridge is an actress, singer, photographer, voice artist, wife and mother. She is best known for her role as Melinda Monroe (Mel, for short) on Netflix’s series, Virgin River.

The 38-year-old actress was born in Connecticut and at 13, relocated to Los Angeles with her mother. She is married to professional guitarist, Casey Hooper, with whom she shares two children.

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2. What Is ‘Virgin River’?

Season one of the hit Netflix series centers around Melinda “Mel” Monroe, who answers an ad to work as a nurse practitioner in the remote California town of Virgin River to get a fresh start on life. She quickly realizes that small town living isn't quite as simple as she expected and she soon learns that her past secrets can only stay buried for so long.

As we expected, season two picked up right where the season finale left off: when Mel learned that Jack and Charmaine were expecting a child and she packed her bags to leave forever. However, her little trip didn’t last long and she returned to Doc’s clinic, realizing she must learn to come to terms with herself and her past before she can truly make this her home.

3. What else has she starred in?

Actually, quite a lot.

Breckenridge began acting in her teenage years and has had a fairly successful career since. She had supporting roles in teen movies such as Big Fat Liar and She's the Man.

Her career really began to take off when she played reporter Willa McPherson in the series Dirt in 2007. She’s landed a recurring role in the first season of the popular series American Horror Story and came back to guest star in a completely different role during season three. Not long after, she joined the cast of The Walking Dead and also appeared in HBO’s True Blood.

And with all of that under her belt, it’s no surprise that Breckenridge snagged what was supposed to just be a part-time role on the NBC favorite This Is Us, though she eventually became one of the lead cast members. Not to mention, she’s also done a handful of voice over projects.

Pretty impressive.

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