The Canadian film, TV and voice actress Athena Karkanis, is perhaps best known as Grace Stone in the hit Netflix/NBC sci-fi series “Manifest.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Athena Irene Karkanis was born under the Virgo zodiac sign on 7 September 1981, in Alberta, Canada, and is 41 years old as of 2022. Her parents relocated to Toronto shortly after she was born, and she spent the rest of her childhood there. She is of Greek and Egyptian roots – her father is a businessman whereas her mother is a housewife. Athena began expressing interest in acting when she was a child, because she watched late-night movies together with her parents, whose names remain unknown. She also appeared in many plays when she was in elementary school and was very skilled.
Karkanis attended a local high school in Lethbridge, Alberta, and was enrolled at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, from where she graduated with a political science degree. She then wanted to go to law school, but abandoned the path to try her hand at film and TV acting, and so attended the New York-based Square Theater School, where she honed her acting skills.
Facts and Hobbies
She is an outspoken feminist, who is fond of posting inspirational women on her Instagram handle – she also championed several political causes including the former Black Lives Matters movement.
The “Manifest” starlet is also a big lover of animals, and an avid animal rights advocate.
She is a culinary enthusiast who enjoys sampling various cuisines and desserts.
She is a big fan of traveling, and her favorite season is summer, as she enjoys sun tanning at the beach.
Karkanis’ first name Athena originated from Greek mythology and legend – Athena is the daughter of Zeus who is the goddess of courage, wisdom, law, and civilization.
During her college days, the Canadian actress was a big fan of sports, especially marathon running, swimming, and judo.
Athena is trilingual, fluent in English, Spanish, and French; she also knows a little Arabic.
— best of athena (@bestofathenak) May 18, 2020
Athena was 15 years old when she began lending her voice to several episodes of the animated series, “Stickin’ Around.” She was later cast for a guest starring role of Lina in two episodes of the UPN legal drama “Kevin Hill” in 2004, before she appeared in an episode of the Canadian TV series “1-800-Missing,” which was based on Meg Cobabot’s book series “1-800-WHERE-R-YOU” in the year that followed. In the same year, Athena was cast to voice Zoe Ling in seven episodes of the animated series “Delilah and Julius”, then in 2006 and 2007, she voiced the character named Diwan in 27 episodes of the CGI-animated TV series “Skyland.”
Subsequently, Karkanis lent her voice to Creepella in 10 episodes of Mike Young’s animated series “Growing Up Creepie.” She appeared in five more series before the decade ended, including “The Best Years,” in which she starred as Dawn Vargaz in 2007 – the series also starred Charity Shea, Sherry Miller, and Jennifer Miller. Between 2008 and 2010, she starred as Agent Khalida in 12 episodes of the Canadian CBC Television series “The Border”, sharing the screen with Graham Abbey, James McGowan and Nazneen Contractor.
In 2011, Athena played Rayna in the comedy “Almost Heroes,” Nadia in “Lost Girl,” and Aviva Corcovado in the animated educational kid’s series “Wild Kratts.” In 2013 and 2014, she lent her voice to Sharee and several other characters in 51 episodes of the children’s TV series “Julius Jr.”
Her next major role came in 2018, when she was cast in Jeff Rake’s supernatural drama “Manifest”, sharing the screen with Melissa Roxburgh, J.R. Ramirez, and Josh Dallas. Since 2022, she’s been voicing Opaline in the computer-animated TV series “My Little Pony: Make Your Mark”.
In 2007, Athena was cast as Agent Lindsey appearing together with Tobin Bell, Tenadra Howard, Devon Bostick and Costas Mandylor in the Dareen Lynn Bousman-directed horror film “Saw IV”, and reprised her role in 2009’s “Saw VI” – the latter was directed by Kevin Greutert and had a box office collection of $68 million against a budget of $11 million. She later shared the screen with Cuba Gooding Jr. in the action film “Sacrifice” in 2011, and later appeared in the short “Foxed!” in 2013, and in 2016, Athena voiced Koko in the computer-generated sci-fi film “Spark”.
Karkanis has lent her voice to several video games, including “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas” in 2005, “Star Wars: The Old Republic” in 2011, “World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor” in 2014, and “Far Cry Primal” in 2016, among others. She was nominated for a Maverick Movie Award in the category of best performance in a short for her work in “Foxed!” in 2013.
Karkanis is active on Instagram with the username @athenakarkanis, and has almost 190,000 followers. She uses her account to promote her career, and shares her photos on the platform, shooting various films and TV series on the platform.
Karkanis has remained tight-lipped about her romantic life. However, it’s widely believed that she’s been in a romantic relationship with an unnamed Canadian journalist since 2009. The couple has two children together, but their names and dates of birth aren’t known to the public. during an interview, she hinted that her older child is a girl .
Athena is good friends with her “Manifest” on-screen husband, Josh Dallas, as they share similar interests in political justice and traveling. However, the two aren’t dating in real life, and Josh is now romantically linked with the American actress Ginnifer Goodwin.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Athena weighs around 125lbs (56kgs), is 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall, with vital statistics of 33-24-33. The actress has a set of dark brown eyes, and long black hair.
Athena’s career has spanned almost two decades now, and she has appeared in many films and TV titles, which has seen her become a household name as well as accumulating a good sum. She is worth approximately $1 million as of 2022, and appears to be living a modest lifestyle.