Photos with Alicia Vela-Bailey
Alicia was raised in Kailua, on the beautiful island of Oahu. Her mom, Cecelia, was a ballerina and an artist. While her father, Armando, was also an artist, he had his own landscaping company and was one of the top magicians on the island. Having two artistic parents, Alicia and her two younger sisters(Nicole and Marissa) were put into gymnastics and dance at a very young age. Coached by Joe Rapp of the Hawaiian Island Twisters, Alicia became a competitive level 9 gymnast. Read more... quit gymnastics because of an elbow injury. Being told you cant do something that you love was very hard on her. But because of this Alicia turned her main focus to dance. She then became a member of Marcelo Pacleb's famous 24-VII Danceforce Company in Kaneohe, and thus found her passion for dance. At the age of 21, she was called in to audition to stunt double for Milla Jovovich in the film Ultraviolet. After booking the job, Alicia spent four months in Hong Kong and two months in Shanghai. It was her very first movie experience, and her first time doing stunts and martial arts. A performance which earned her two nominations for a Taurus World Stunt Award in 2007. After the film was completed, thinking nothing of what could be as a stunt career, Alicia went back to Hawaii to continue dancing and to teach dance. It wasn't until after the passing of her father, Alicia decided to make the move to Los Angeles to pursue her dance and modeling career. She seemed to have all the right moves because she ended up booking her very first dance audition, which was to be a Pussycat Doll. Being a Pussycat Doll, she was required to relocate to Las Vegas for the show, which took place in Caesar's Palace. She worked there for 8 months, before getting a call to audition for James Cameron's film, Avatar. Growing up watching many of Cameron's movies, she new what a big deal it would be to work with one of the top directors in the biz, and didn't want to let this amazing opportunity pass her by. She ended up landing the role of Zoe Saldana's stunt double, for the character of Neytiri. Along with stunt doubling on this film, Alicia also played many different Navi characters. After working on Avatar for 3 years, Alicia's stunt career has taken off! Having doubled many A-list actresses like Kate Beckinsale, Milla Jovovich, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawerence, just to name a few. She works full time now as a highly sought after stuntwoman, and loves every minute of it! She still dances when she can, but the stunt and acting life has taken over for her.