The Blindspot actress reveals what she's learned about coping from her on-camera persona

By Maggie Parker
Updated February 23, 2016 08:25 PM
Maarten de Boer; christopher polk

Jaimie Alexander isn’t letting heartbreak hold her back.

A few days after announcing her split from fiancé Peter Facinelli, Alexander is back at work on set of NBC’s Blindspot.

Lucky for Alexander, 31, her character Jane has helped her learn how to cope with challenges and start fresh.

“The great thing about Jane is she takes it one day at a time and I think that’s such an important lesson for all of us,” the actress tells PEOPLE of what she’s learned from her character. “Anything you have coming your way, good or bad, just take it one day at a time. You don’t have to worry too much about what’s to come or what has been, you just focus on the present situation.”

The Thor actress has also learned that she can look to others during tough times.

“When things get a little heavy for her, which is pretty much all the time, she puts her focus on others,” she says of Jane.

While this action heroine frequently plays the tough girl she’s got a softer side and she connects to her Blindspot character on that level.

“I can relate to her vulnerability,” she says. “She continually inspires me to better myself and be myself and be true to what’s going on in my life.”

After being engaged for nearly one year, Alexander and Facinelli, 42, announced on Friday that they were going their separate ways.

“Due to conflicting family and work commitments on opposite coasts, and after much consideration, Peter and Jaimie have chosen to part ways amicably and remain good friends,” their reps told PEOPLE exclusively.

Blindspot returns Monday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.