'Virgin River' Star Alexandra Breckenridge Explains Why She Chose to Make her Home in Georgia

The television star and her family recently bid adieu to Los Angeles.

With roles in popular television series like The Walking Dead, This is Us, and Virgin River, you'd probably expect to find Alexandra Breckenridge living amongst her peers in star-studded Los Angeles.

Well, she tried that. But, like her Virgin River character Mel Monroe, it turns out she couldn't resist the appeal of small-town living.

Alexandra Breckenridge
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Breckenridge, who was born in Connecticut and grew up in California, married Katy Perry's guitarist Casey Hooper in 2015. After welcoming a son and daughter in the following two years, the young family decided to eschew Hollywood norms by trading in the City of Angels for the quiet suburbs of Atlanta.

Atlanta Magazine profiled the couple and their charming two-story cottage in 2019. While their home is certainly spectacular, Breckenridge and Cooper agree that Georgia is the real draw. Atlanta, being the Hollywood of the South, means both are able still about to work in the entertainment industry without having to sacrifice their family's quality of life.

"The rural areas of Georgia have an amazing sense of community we were lacking in L.A.," Breckenridge told Atlanta Magazine. "We wanted our children to grow up in a place where they could play and ride their bikes that didn't feel like a big city."

Welcome to the South, y'all!

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