Amy Tippin. Remember Amy Tippin? You know, Will’s pink haired sister. Amy Tippin appears in 3 episodes of Alias during the first season- she attends Danny’s funeral in the pilot and she takes in the tunes of Francie’s boyfriend Charlie when he debuts as a singer.
Amy never really served a purpose to the plot- aside from being a perfect Alias for Sydney- but the actress, Nancy Wetzel sure did serve a purpose. Before the fabulous Shauna Duggins stepped in as JG’s stand-in and stunt double- Wetzel played the part of not only Amy Tippin, but Sydney Bristow. She has performed various stunts as Sydney, as well as other JG characters, including Elektra, and most recently as a double and extra on Catch and Release (remember- JG was newly knocked up during the shooting of that film).
Currently Wetzel is working on the unnamed JJ Abram’s project for HBO and has appeared in other JJ related pieces, including What About Brian.
Speaking of stunts and Shauna Duggins- what has she been up to? For those of you who watch the out-takes, bloopers and the behind the scenes material on the DVD’s, you know Shauna Duggins is JG’s number one stunt and stand-in. Duggins and Wetzel have worked together on several JG projects, including Elektra, Daredevil, Catch and Release and several season 5 episodes of Alias. Shauna has also done stunts for X-files, Kill Bill, What About Brian, Lost, Brothers & Sisters, The Kingdom (for JG) and Gone Baby Gone (directed by Mr. Garner, Ben Affleck) just to name a few. After serving as stunt double on Alias, season 1 and 2, Shauna was promoted to Stunt Coordinator- and if you can find the Easter Egg on season 4- you see that Shauna passed the Crew Member of the Week torch on to another member of the crew.
It’s always nice to know who’s behind the scenes, making sure our gal JG stays safe and that those fight scenes look killer.