Sprague Grayden is an American actress who was born on July 21, 1980.

She portrayed Heather Lisinski, a schoolteacher, in the television drama Jericho, Karen Kawalski in John Doe, Olivia Taylor, the first daughter in the television thriller 24, and Kristi Rey in Paranormal Activity 2 and 3.

Grayden was born to two schoolteachers in Manchester, Massachusetts. Her mother’s maiden name is Sprague.

Grayden earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Barnard College, where she also participated in drama. She confirmed her marriage to her 24 co-star Alexis “Lex” Cassar in January 2013.

In September of 2014, she gave birth to their son.

She considers herself a science fiction nerd who enjoys collecting Pez dispensers.

In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Grayden backed Senator Bernie Sanders.

She was a member of the theatre department at Columbia University’s Barnard College.

Hopscotch: The New York Sex Comedy, Eve Ensler’s The Va*ina Monologues, Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, Hamlet, Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty, and Ordinary Day are among her theatre credits.

Guest appearances on Crossing Jordan, One Tree Hill, CSI: NY, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Los Angeles, House M.D., Grey’s Anatomy, Just Add Magic, and Major Crimes are among Grayden’s other television work.

She was dubbed “one of tv’s most interesting young actresses” by USA Today in 2009.


Sprague Grayden Quotes

I’m a history dork and a sci-fi dork. ~ Sprague Grayden.

If you just stay away from junk, and stick with what your mom taught you, you’re eating pretty healthy. ~ Sprague Grayden.

I was lucky I was raised by parents who gave me a lot of sense of self and a lot of confidence in myself. ~ Sprague Grayden.

I work out six days a week. I do pilates, Bikram yoga and spinning. Every once in awhile, I’ll throw weights in. I like to get some kind of cardio in every day, even if it’s just hiking. ~ Sprague Grayden.

I’m usually the character people love to hate, because I used to play bad girls all the time. ~ Sprague Grayden.

I usually eat six times a day, small meals. For breakfast, an egg and a corn tortilla, salsa and cilantro, and some ham. For snacks, I’ll have an apple, some string cheese, a yogurt. For lunch I’ll have salad with protein in it and for dinner usually steamed vegetables and chicken or fish. ~ Sprague Grayden.

What frustrates me about some high-concept shows is that they don’t give you information until sweeps, but ‘Jericho’s’ audience will get a large piece of the puzzle every week. ~ Sprague Grayden.

One of the great things about ‘Jericho’ that is a parallel with ‘Over There’ is, in this country, we tend to forget the news we don’t want to know about. We’re so oversaturated with media and other images that we can turn our head a little bit. ~ Sprague Grayden.

I’ve never done an action show, really. On ‘Jericho,’ other people got to ride horses and shoot guns, but I never did. ~ Sprague Grayden.

I’m from Manchester, Mass., so it was lobster, lobster and more lobster! Also, lots of fish that we caught in the summers, clam chowder and roast beef sandwiches. But my mom was pretty healthy; we had a lot of chicken and broccoli and rice as well. ~ Sprague Grayden.

When I can afford it, I’m very into organic food and I love going to restaurants that use organic produce and such. I think that it’s a shame for everyone that, unfortunately, organic can be pretty expensive, so you just do what you can. ~ Sprague Grayden.

I was named after my mother’s maiden name. ~ Sprague Grayden.

Secretly, I’m a real big nerd. I’d rather stay home and play Scrabble than go to a Hollywood party, any day of the week. And I love reading about history and watching the Discovery Channel. ~ Sprague Grayden.

I think I’m a part of all the characters I play, definitely at different times in my life. In real life, I’m kind of a tomboy. I like to read a lot I like watching T.V. I don’t think I’m as interesting as my characters, but I like doing what I do. ~ Sprague Grayden.


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