Alicia Minshew was born and raised in South Florida. She was the third of four girls in a tight-knit family. Her mother, Lenore, is a Pilates instructor, and her father, James, is an Episcopal minister. Born with the acting bug, she has wanted to act professionally for as long as she can remember. After graduating high school, Minshew received a musical theatre scholarship to Indian River College. She acted in several plays and musicals including “Grease,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Godspell,” and “Nunsense.” She also hosted a satellite music program, “The Music Zone,” where she introduced videos and broadcasted live reports.
After college, Minshew began working as a model in Miami and shot her first commercial. She was soon invited to audition for “All My Children” in New York. She wasn’t cast at this time, but the experience pushed her to take the leap and relocate to the big apple. Once in New York City, she signed with a talent agent and a commercial agent, joined SAG, and quickly booked two national commercials.
Minshew has built an impressive acting and modeling resume, appearing in numerous national commercials, voiceovers, and print ads. She starred on the live stage in the New York productions of “Beggar on Horseback” and “Of Love and Betrayal.” Minshew’s film and television credits include “Celebrity Death Match,” “Hit and Runway,” “The Caprice,” and a starring role in “Game Day.”
Minshew’s big break came when she was cast in the leading role of Kendall Hart on “All My Children,” filling the shoes of Sarah Michelle Gellar. Minshew’s portrayal of Kendall soon became a fan-favorite, earning her more screen time with a pivotal storyline. Her portrayal of Kendall earned her two Daytime Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Awards nominations, as well as a huge fan base. Minshew has become a holistic living, fitness, and healthy food advocate. To date, she has been featured in Allure, TV Guide, Soap Opera Digest, People, Soap Opera Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, CelebrityBabyScoop, and the cover of Pregnancy, to name a few. She has also appeared on “The View,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “E! Online,” “Gayle King”, and “Showbiz Tonight”.
Now that “All My Children” is off the air, Minshew is entering the next phase of her career. She was most recently seen in a guest appearance on the hit fashion-based reality show Jersey Couture on Oxygen and is filming an independent film this spring.
Minshew is also a philanthropist and has recently committed a great deal of her time, energy, and resources to charities that help children, including the AmeriCorps program City Year. In her free time, she enjoys long distance running, weight training, pilates, dancing, and writing. She also loves spending time with her young daughter, Willow Lenora, and husband, Richie Herschenfeld. The family is currently bicoastal, splitting their time between Los Angeles and New York.