Keep an Eye out for Newcomer Athena Akers on Dolly Parton's 'Heartstrings'

Athena Akers' career is just getting started — details about the actress who appears in Dolly Parton's 'Heartstrings'.

Allison Cacich - Author

Apr. 2 2021, Updated 12:58 p.m. ET

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Dolly Parton’s new Netflix show, Heartstrings, is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Each of the eight Season 1 episodes is based on a song from the 73-year-old’s extensive body of work and features a different cast. 

There is, however, one actress who pops up more than once throughout the anthology — and she’s not the type of girl who easily blends into the background. Here’s what we know about up-and-comer Athena Akers.

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Athena Akers appears in four episodes of Heartstrings.

The brunette beauty is listed as a wedding guest in "Two Doors Down," a dance hall patron in "Sugar Hill," a western town girl in "JJ Sneed," and a festival patron/roller coaster rider in "Jolene."

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According to her IMDb page, Athena learned her way around a set by working as an uncredited extra on films such as The Hate U Give, Hell Fest, and Instant Family. Her first acting credit was for Blake Harris’ 2018 adaption of The Little Mermaid.

The young model also served as a body double for Jessi Goei on The CW’s Dynasty and as a stand-in for an episode of Stephen King’s Creepshow.

On social media, Athena shared pictures from her work as a makeup double on Legacies, a fantasy drama that she’ll have a guest-starring role on in 2020.  

Athena spoke out against sexual comments on her Instagram.

The Atlanta and Miami-based entertainer is intent on keeping her social media accounts PG. Under an Instagram stories highlight titled "Intolerable," Athena wrote that she refuses to be sexualized by strangers. 

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"I will not tolerate sexual harassment, nor will I allow sexual comments," she stated. "As a public figure, I have little kids who look up to me and read my content. If you are gonna comment, please be respectful."

In a second post, Athena added, "One thing that hit close to the heart was a thing I saw happening… [cyberbullies]… If you see it, say something, don’t join in… It’s childish and wrong… It happens a lot, and when I see it, I will say something."

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Athena also gave an example of the type of messages she’ll delete from her page. Next to a comment that said, "Nice [lips] I kiss you" with a bunch of heart emojis, the gymnast wrote, "This is by far not okay to say… I get the [hearts] but saying what you want to do is by far not okay and will result as a blocked account."

We’re thrilled to see a young woman stand up for herself!

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Athena has a bunch of film and TV projects in the works.

The Walking Dead alum is currently filming an untitled body swap thriller starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton. She also plays a BMX tricks rider in the upcoming Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts science fiction action movie Boss Level.

Plus, she has a small part in the Will Smith flick Bad Boys for Life and recently shared a photo from the set of HBO’s new miniseries The Outsider

You can stream all eight episodes of Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings on Netflix beginning Nov. 22.

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