Who is Athena Karkanis?
The Canadian actress Athena Karkanis, was born under the zodiac sign of Taurus on 16 May 1981, in Lethbridge, Alberta; her ethnicity is of mixed Egyptian and Greek descent. She’s an actress with nearly 90 credits to her name, perhaps known best for her role as Grace Stone in the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) series “Manifest” starring J.R. Ramirez, Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas.
Early life and education
Although born in Alberta, Athena was raised in Toronto, Ontario Canada, by her parents whose names and occupations she hasn’t disclosed, and there is no information regarding any siblings, so it’s assumed that she was raised an only child.
She attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1999, enrolled at McGill University, Montreal, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2003. She then moved to New York City, where she attended The Square Theatre School, and launched her acting career just after the graduation, which had been her dream from an early age.
Roles in series
Athena made her acting debut in an episode of the series “Chappelle’s Show” in 2003, portraying Educated Guess Announcer, followed by minor roles in “1-800-Missing”, “Kojak”, and “Kevin Hill”, before she was cast to play Dawn Vargaz in “The Best Years”.
In the following years, Athena had numerous recurring and guest-starring roles in various Canadian television series, such as “Delilah & Julius”, “Growing Up Creepie”, “Guns” and “The Dating Guy”, before she portrayed Agent Khalida ‘Khali’ Massi in “The Border”, in 2010.
She next made an appearance in “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, followed by her role as Rayna in “Almost Heroes”, and as Nadia in “Lost Girl”, before in 2012 making an appearance in her first USA originating series “Supernatural”, and then portraying Dani Khalil in “Low Winter Sun”, followed by her roles in “The Lottery”, “Murdoch Mysteries”, and “Zoo”, all in 2017.
In the following year, she was cast to play Grace Stone in the Netflix series “Manifest”, and this being one of her most notable roles, she rose to stardom, with her popularity growing overnight, although according to sources, she won’t be back in season four, since her character dies at the end of the third season.
Athena is also known as a voice actor – she’s been heard in numerous television shows, such as “Total Drama”, “MetaJets”, “Mysticons”, “Wild Kratts”, and “Dino Ranch”, among others, while she’s also heard in video games such as “Star Wars: The Old Republic”, “Diablo III”, “World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria”, and “Heroes of the Storm”.
Roles in movies
Athena made her first appearance on the big screen in the 2007 movie “Saw IV”, portraying Agent Lindsey Perez, a role she reprised in “Saw VI” in 2009, meantime in 2008, she was seen in her role as Tomboy in “Survival of the Dead”.
In the following years, Athena appeared in the TV movies “Too Late to Say Goodbye” and “Sundays at Tiffany’s”, before she portrayed Rachel in the 2011 movie “Sacrifice” starring Christian Slater, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Kim Coates.
Athena had a minor role in the movie “The Barrens”, before she voiced the character of Emily in the short, animated movie “Foxed!”, which had 12 award nominations and won seven, Athena being nominated for Maverick Movie Award Best Performance: Short, in 2013.
Subsequently, Athena mostly had support roles in various TV movies, and her most recent was in the 2019 short movie “Break In Break Out”, starring alongside Nick Smyth and James Rejent in this action horror, written and directed by Michael Driscoll.
Love life and relationships
Speaking about Athena’s love life, there were various rumors and assumptions regarding possible affairs and relationships, but it stays a mystery as to whether she’s married or not. It’s known that she was dating a Canadian journalist back in 2009, whose name she hasn’t revealed, and their relationship was kept a secret.
According to her Instagram post of 15 November 2021, she has two children, a boy, and a girl, posting a photo featuring herself and the two of them with the description: ‘Went to the ballet today with my two favourite people. I felt so happy and grateful to be there and to be sharing it with my children. Thank you @nationalballet in the words of my four year old… « that was the beautifulest thing in the whole wide world »’. Athena confirmed in an interview with the host of the YouTube channel show “At The Movies“, that she has two children, the older is her daughter.
As of January 2022, it is assumed that Athena is married to her (former) longtime boyfriend, and has two children.
Hobbies and other interests
Athena is quite a creative person, and in her spare time, she enjoys crafting, and also likes to read and watch movies.
Her favorite writer is Khaled Hosseini and his books such as “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and “The Kite Runner”.
Athena’s favorite actress is Cameron Diaz, and her favorite actor is Jason Momoa; she loves watching fantasy movies such as “Aquaman”, “Dune”, and “Shrek”.
She takes care of her body doing aerobics, practicing yoga, swimming and taking long walks.
She likes to cook and prepare homemade sauces for her family.
Athena likes to say for herself that she doesn’t want to grow up, as she likes things such as carousels, unicorns, rainbows, and enjoys watching animated movies with her children.
She’s into traveling, and thanks to her acting career, has visited several US states – her favorite travel destination is New York City, while she dreams of visiting Disneyland in Paris, France.
Athena is active on social media networks; her Instagram account has been followed by over 100,000 people, while her Twitter counts over 1,000 followers.
Age, height, and net worth
Athena is 40 years old, with long, dark brown hair and green eyes; she weighs around 125lbs (57kgs) ,and is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, with vital statistics of 33-24-33.
As of January 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million; according to sources, her salary for her voicing roles is a minimum of $90,000 per series.