Alexandra Daddario on acting, producing and being an animal advocate

If you watch TV or movies in any capacity, there's a pretty good chance that you have watched something that Alexandra Daddario has acted in. 

From the Baywatch reboot to the action movie San Andreas to Netflix's romantic comedy When We First Met, the 32-year-old actress has seemingly been a part of projects from every genre possible. We caught up with the actress to hear about what's next for her (hint: she getting behind the camera), and to learn more about a cause that is very close to her heart just in time for National Dog Day. Read the full conversation below:

AOL: It's terrific to hear that you are a major advocate for animal adoption. How did you become so involved with this cause?

Daddario: I have an adopted dog myself and I found that he’s just the coolest dog ever. So I'm passionate about my dog -- he'd been neglected and it took a while for him to feel happy and safe -- and it was such a beautiful process to watch that and grow closer with my dog. And really he sees my lifestyle and keeps me active, and when I lived alone it was so nice to have like this joyous creature come up and greet me every time I came home.

So I highly encourage people, if they’re in the market to get a dog, to adopt. And Autotrader approached me because they know how into dog adoption I am, and they're doing this really cool thing where they’re partnering with AdoptAPet.com, which is the largest non-profit pet adoption website, and they’re doing this really cool, cute thing where they’re creating DogTrader.com in honor of National Dog Day, which is on August 26th! 

So you know like where Autotrader makes it incredibly easy to find a car? Dogtrader.com is built on that same model where you just put in the breed you're looking for, the size, your location and all of the adoptable dogs in the area pop up! 

That's awesome to see a major company taking an interest in a cause like this! You seem to travel a ton for work and all of your different obligations; do you have any advice for traveling with a dog?

Yeah, I mean I think it's really about their temperament. I know my dog loves being active, he loves hiking, he’s got a lot of energy and that has really helped my lifestyle to be more out there and to explore more of California and hikes and different locations. And it's not just about working out anymore for me, it's about being adventurous and finding new places. I have this weird thing where I don’t want my dog to feel bored. Even though that's ridiculous, it's helped me be more adventurous, and the car that I have I got specifically because it suited my lifestyle. I go on road trips and throw my dog in the car and we like to to travel and so it just suits me.

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Alexandra Daddario hung out at the Kleenex Cabana at Governors Ball in New York City on Friday.

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VIENNA, AUSTRIA - JUNE 02: Alexandra Daddario during the Life Ball 2018 at City Hall on June 2, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The Life Ball, an annual charity event raising funds for HIV & AIDS projects, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year at Vienna's City Hall. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Actress Alexandra Daddario arrives at the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 10, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04: Alexandra Daddario arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Rampage' at Microsoft Theater on April 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: Alexandra Daddario attends the 'Best F(r)iends' Los Angeles Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on March 28, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Actress Alexandra Daddario attends the Build Series to discuss 'When We First Met' at Build Studio on January 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Alexandra Daddario is seen on March 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Actor Alexandra Daddario attends Special Screening Of Netflix Original Film' 'When We First Met' at ArcLight Theaters at ArcLight Hollywood on February 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Netflix)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Actor Alexandra Daddario poses at the Cushnie Et Ochs front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 17 on February 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Alexandra Daddario attends the Runway To Red Carpet, hosted by Council of Fashion Designers of America, Variety and WWD at Chateau Marmont on February 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Actor Alexandra Daddario attends the 2018 amfAR Gala New York at Cipriani Wall Street on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/amfAR/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Alexandra Daddario attends Salvatore Ferragamo & Suki Waterhouse celebrate AMO Ferragamo on February 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Alexandra Daddario attends MTV TRL at MTV Studios on January 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by MTV/TRL/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Tamara Dhia and Alexandra Daddario attend MTV TRL at MTV Studios on January 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by MTV/TRL/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Actress Alexandra Daddario is seen arriving at 'Aol Live'on January 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 06: Alexandra Daddario attends Vanity Fair x Instagram Celebrate the New Class of Entertainers at Mel's Diner on Golden Globes Weekend at Mel's Diner on January 6, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Vanity Fair/Instagram)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 23: Alexandra Daddario arrives at the Premiere Of DIRECTV And Vertical Entertainment's 'The Layover' at ArcLight Hollywood on August 23, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actress Alexandra Daddario attends the 19th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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And when you're not hanging out with your pup, you're working! We're so excited to hear that you're not only going to be staring in the upcoming movie Can You Keep a Secret? but you're also producing it. What was it like being in front of and behind the camera for the same project?

It's cool, you know, I think it's a testament to my hard work. It's crazy to think that I’ve been in L.A. for almost 10 years and I’ve been doing this for so long that I'm at this place where I can help get a movie green lit and help sort of steer it in the right direction. I think it's also a testament to Hollywood and how things are changing.

Now we have more women behind the scenes and I know there are a lot of young women trying to encourage and uplift other women to take more control over their projects. Like Margo Robbie started her production company and I really admire what they're doing and sort of allowing young women and actresses who have never produced before to have a platform. So it's an exciting time to be in Hollywood, and I'm excited about having more control over the projects that I'm a part of, because I think creating a safe environment where people's voices are heard and problems get solved is extremely important for the end product of the film.

RELATED: Steer clear of these foods this season

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Grapes

They may seem harmless, but grapes (and raisins) are incredibly toxic for dogs. While vets don’t know what exactly causes the bad reaction, dogs can quickly experience vomiting and, later, possibly even kidney failure. 

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Avocado

While a little avocado should be OK, it’s best to avoid the fruit altogether. Avocados contain persin, which can be toxic for dogs. It’s in the meat, pit and skin, so you should keep your pups away from the guacamole dish. If you happen to grow avocados, keep your eye out for any dropped fruit. Keep an eye out for these silent signs your dog is actually sick.

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Bones that splinter

Just because your dog’s favorite toy is a bone, doesn’t mean all bones are safe. Baby back rib bones, T-bones and chicken bones easily splinter, and if swallowed can be incredibly harmful. If you’re serving any of the above, make sure it’s clear to your guests that the remnants should not be given to your pup.

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Bacon

This breakfast staple, along with other fatty foods like meat scraps, can cause pancreatitis in pups. While one nibble here or there isn’t the end of the world, don’t make it a habit, otherwise, the dog’s pancreas can become inflamed and stop functioning. Bacon is also very high in salt, which isn’t good for dogs, either.

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Chocolate

This should go without saying, but some people still don’t know that chocolate is extremely toxic for man’s best friend. It’s worse for some breeds than others, but you should generally operate with the assumption that your dog should never get even a morsel of the good stuff. (Luckily, humans can still enjoy it!)

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Garlic

A member of the Allium family (which also includes chives, onions and leeks), garlic is very toxic for our furry friends. According to the American Kennel Club, “Garlic can create anemia in dogs, causing side effects such as pale gums, elevated heart rate, weakness and collapsing.”

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Ice cream

While ice cream is OK in moderation, dogs don’t digest dairy very well. Still want to give them a treat on a hot dog? Freeze some berries and give them to your dog as a sweet, cool treat.

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Any kind of alcohol

If your dog licks up a few drops of your favorite India Pale Ale that splashed on the ground, there’s no need to freak. BUT, if they manage to lap up half your glass when you’re not looking, you should phone a vet. Alcohol has the same effect on our pups as it does us, but it takes far less to cause diarrhea, vomiting, breathing problems or worse. Here are 8 more things vets want you to know about your dog’s diet.

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Macadamia nuts

While peanuts are 100 percent OK for our dogs to eat, macadamia nuts are actually quite poisonous for them. The nuts can affect their nervous system, causing vomiting, increased body temperature and lethargy.

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Peaches and plums

The actual fruit in peaches and plums is OK for dogs to eat, but if the animals get their paws on the entire thing, odds are they’ll devour it pit and all. That’s where the problem lies. The seed can block a dog’s intestines, but perhaps worse, the pit contains a form of cyanide, which is terribly poisonous to dogs and humans alike. Don’t miss these other shockingly common dog dangers in your own backyard.

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Coffee

You should never let your dog dip into your iced coffee cup. The stimulant methylated xanthine makes a dog’s nervous system go into overdrive. Symptoms include vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations or worse.

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Autotrader has the widest variety of car options and they are celebrating National Dog Day (August 26) by creating Dogtrader.com (which is live now and running for a limited time), and as Alexandra Daddario is such a big dog adoption advocate herself, she values Autotrader’s commitment to get dogs out of shelters and into loving homes.

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