Women We Love: Alisen Down

Award-winning actress Alisen Down stars in FOX and Global’s highly anticipated mystery series Gracepoint, set to premiere on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 9 PM ET/PT.

Gracepoint is the story of a major police investigation in a small California seaside town after a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of all of the town’s residents.

Playing the role of Kathy Eaton, Alisen’s character is the editor of the local newspaper and in many ways is the voice of the town. Trained in the big city, Kathy believes in journalistic integrity, but also seeking and reporting the truth. Her intelligence, intuitiveness and savvy, as well as her compassion and kindness make her an emblem for what Gracepoint represents in today’s world.

Noted for her talent throughout the television industry, Alisen has received numerous awards and nominations; this includes a Leo and Gemini award for her performance in Cold Squad, and a Gemini nomination for her role in the television movie The Life. Alisen also received a Leo nomination for her role as Miranda on Mysteries Ways, and two Leo nominations for her role as Sault Ste. Marie on Robson Arms.

Alisen Down can be recognized from her role as Jean Barolay on the renowned television series Battlestar Galactica. In addition, she has appeared in TV shows including DaVinci’s Inquest, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Stargate SG-1, Smallville, Flashpoint, Shattered, The L Word, The Killing, CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries and Cracked, R.L. Steins The Haunting Hour, Lost Girl, Supernatural, Transporter: The Series, Haven and more.

Born and raised in British Columbia, Alisen attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California and from there went to England to study with the British American Academy in Oxford.

She currently lives in Toronto with her husband, award-winning actor David Richmond-Peck, their son and “family” of animals.

Alisenimage006Name: Alisen Down

Occupation: Actor

Education: High School/American Academy of Dramatic Arts/British American Dramatic Academy/School of Hard Knocks

Stats: (how do you quantify your own awesomeness?): My lack of fear.

How did you get started on your current career track?

I’ve always wanted to be an actor. I wrote plays in elementary school and was in every play I could possibly fit into my schedule in high school. All my post high school training is in acting. It’s just always been “it” for me.

What gives you the most satisfaction as an artist?

Knowing I’ve done a good job. Knowing I’ve put blood, sweat and tears into a role or project.

What motivates or inspires you in your work?

Loving what I do. And paying the bills.

Do you have a personal work philosophy?

Yes. If I think I am working hard, I will work 200% harder and that will maybe scratch the surface of how hard I SHOULD be working.

If you weren’t doing this, what could you see yourself doing?

Veterinarian

ALISEN2_0268 2What are you working on right now?

Getting ready to shoot an episode of ‘12 Monkeys’.

What do you first notice about a guy?

Tattoos

What gets you interested?

Getting a tour of the tattoos

What keeps you interested?

Sincerity

What’s your number one deal breaker?

Smoking

Turn-ons:

Kindess, love of animals, intensity

Turn-offs:

Rudeness, trying too hard, shallowness

AlisenDown12To stay in shape, what’s your basic diet look like?

NO gluten. Other than that, I try to eat well without being miserable.

What sort of fitness plan, if any, do you follow?

I use the treadmill at home, I do yoga, walking, weight lifting.

What’s next for you? What’s your next big idea or project?

I am in the process of working on a story outline for a documentary I am doing about Elephants in Africa.

Favourite workout tip: Your body is capable of much more than you think it is, so do one more sit up!

Favourite recipe: I made a gluten free meatloaf a few weeks ago that was out of this world. I got it from Gluten Free Mom

iPhone or Android: iPhone but am willing to give the Android a whirl

AlisenDownWhat are you driving: Honda CRV (but with roof rack, trailer hitch, and running boards to sport it up)

One thing guys should know when talking to a beautiful woman: Concentrate on her. Don’t look around at all the other beautiful women in the room!

Absolute WORST experience on set/shoot: It was so cold on one set I got Whooping cough – no heat and a 15 hour day. I got paid with a pie. Literally. A pie.

One quirky thing about you that never turns up in interviews: I love doilies but I’m not allowed to use them as decoration because I get called a grandma. Which I personally don’t mind but nobody likes my doilies except me.