Alisen Down

The down to earth actress of FOX’s hit show, Gracepoint, lets us crash her east end Toronto home

By the Get Leashed Celebrity Squad


Meet Alisen Down: momma to a menagerie of adorable pets, chill-as-can-be Torontonian (by way of Vancouver) and awesome actress featured in the new Fox drama “Gracepoint,” starring Anna Gunn (as in the badass formerly married to Walter White in “Breaking Bad). This lovely lady has the “down-to-earth” vibe covered and when she’s not working or taking care of her son, or walking her lovely Golden Lab, Beau, or taking him for a dip in Lake Ontario (when does this woman sleep?), she can maybe be found hanging at home with her two cats and her pet bird, Jack, who loves to sit on her shoulder. Sure, she thinks her adoration for her bird is bordering on “silly,” but we think it’s pretty darn cool. She’s kind of like a beautiful, gentle pirate—who can act.

And speaking of acting, you’ve gotta see this new show. Along with Alisen Down and Anna Gunn, “Gracepoint” features Scottish actor, David Tennant, and this little American actor you may have heard of named Nick Nolte. Yeah, the “Prince of Tides.” No big deal. The show is a twisty crime drama that starts with the mysterious death of a 12 year-old boy and takes off down roads unexpected. Alisen plays Kathy Eaton, the gritty local reporter who won’t quit in her search for the truth—and who gets involved in some pretty scary situations along the way. Intense. We love what we’ve seen of the show, and we love how different Alisen is in real-life from the character she plays. That’s why we were super-psyched to get to have some one-on-one time with this rising star, and to see a bit of what makes her tick.

You can follow Alisen Down’s adventures on Twitter @AlisenDown.