Before she was cast as Trudy on Mad Men, Alison worked as a clown at children's birthday parties in South Pasadena, California.
During her senior year in high school, Alison was the president of their Drama Club.
If she were stuck on an island with only one set of TV series DVDs, Alison would want to have Six Feet Under with her.
Film, Video, and TV Movie Credits:
• Us One Night (2009) as Alyson
• The Deadliest Lesson (2008) (TV) as Amber
• The Thacker Case (2008) as Grace
• Parasomnia (2008) as Darcy
• Salvation, Texas (2008) as Lisa Salter
• Not Another High School Show (2007) (TV) as Muffy
• Dickie Smalls: From Shame to Fame (2007) as Mya
• Born (2007) as Mary Elizabeth
• Stolen Poem (2004) as Alice
On the school's website, Alison is featured among the notable alumni of the theater program of the California Institute of the Arts.
As a stage actress, Brie has worked with a few local Los Angeles theater companies including The Odyssey, The Blank Theatre Company, and The Write-Act.
In 2007, Alison won an Indy Award for her portrayal of Ophelia in the Rubicon Theatre production of Hamlet.
• Singer/Performer, Mad Men Live Revue at El Rey Theatre LA, Hollywood Theatre@MGM Grand Las Vegas
• Ophelia, Hamlet at Rubicon Theatre
• Margot, The Diary of Anne Frank at Rubicon Theatre
• Becky, It Came From Beyond at Write Act Theatre
• Ensemble, Fools In Love at The Odyssey Theatre
• Gina, The Return of Lance Bass at The Hudson Mainstage
• Pu$sywillow, Peach Blossom Fan at REDCAT Theatre
She has natural dark brown hair and blue eyes.
Alison has been living in South Pasadena, California.
Her parents are Terry Charles, a musician and entertainment reporter, and Joanne Brenner, director of the family service organization Para Los Niños. She has a sister named Lauren.
In 2009, Alison won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her role in Mad Men.
Alison: (on her preference between doing comedy or drama) I've flip-flopped on both throughout my career. When I was in college and growing up I was like, 'It's comedy for me! I'm so funny!' Yikes. Then when I started acting, right away it was drama, and with Mad Men it's my first success in television and obviously it's a heavy drama. What I like about it is, [drama and comedy] both appeal to both sides of me.
Alison: (in a 2009 interview) I'm pretty mellow, and I stay around South Pasadena and Pasadena a lot because I'm a homebody who's fine with dinner and a movie. But my boyfriend is from Texas, and two years ago, I went there with him on the ultimate trip where we shot guns, drank beer and saw the rodeo. When I got back, I was like 'Let's go to the gun range!' My parents are so anti-gun and I used to be, but now I feel so empowered when I go to the L.A. Gun Club downtown. It's sort of seedy, but hey, I love going.
Alison: (At a party, you'll find me...) Dancing and probably taking my top off.
Alison: (about working on "Mad Men") That's what makes it such a joy to work on. It's not like shows that try to distract you with fireworks while nothing much is happening with the characters. Mad Men is really an actor's piece; everything has deeper layers.
Alison: I have had vocal training, at Cal Arts we had very extensive vocal training, it's an hour and a half per class of sticking out your tongue, exploring your soft palate, all that. It's proven to come in handy all the time. You learn all the tools you have, your body (as an actress) is your greatest asset.
Alison: For me, God is more of an idea than an actual person.
Alison: (recounting her worst date) It was our second date and we were supposed to go to this concert. I'd just gotten a new car and it ran out of gas, so I was stranded in the middle of Hollywood. I called this guy thinking that he'd be like, 'Oh, that's terrible, I'll come pick you up on my way.' But he was like, 'What do you mean? You were supposed to be here 10 minutes ago!' I had to walk two miles and buy a gas can and fill up the can. When I finally got there, he was totally wasted.
Alison: I cherished my time at CalArts. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
Alison: (about the effect of "Mad Men" on her personally) In the past I would just throw on jeans and a T-shirt and kind of schlep around and now I'm like, 'Oh I should curl my hair today.' I'm wearing more dresses and heels in the afternoon which I never used to do -- I was born and raised in California and I was all sandals, all the time. Now I'm like, 'What bracelet would match this blouse?'
Alison: (on '60s fashion) It amazes me how much time it took to get ready to go out. All the clothing: girdles, slips, stockings. You couldn't just pop on the nylons and throw on a dress. I think people appeared to be adult so much sooner because they dressed up.
Alison: (about being recognized for her work on "Mad Men") I've had a couple encounters with people recognizing me and the first thing they usually ask is, 'How do you like working on the show?' I find that to be a funny question because I just don't think you could ask for a better television show to work on.
Alison: I think people are too hard on kids in the entertainment industry. It's a really tough industry to be in.