Denise Grayson, who portrays an intellectual property attorney in ‘David Fincher”s movie _The Social Network is a perfect example of art imitating life. She is an actress who IS an intellectual property lawyer.
Denise landed her role in The Social Network (2010) after being spotted at a party by the film’s casting director, Laray Mayfield. Laray asked her if she was an actor. In the presence of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who were standing nearby, Denise was at first reluctant to admit that she was.
But it was a nerve-wracking four months before she knew the role was hers. At first, she didn’t even know she was auditioning for a David Fincher movie.
In her first feature film, 1999’s Puppet (1999), Denise played an FBI agent. Next came a short film Gasline (2001), which won the jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The writer/director, ‘Dave Silver’, cast her again in his first full-length feature Corn (2004).
She followed with three movies for the Hallmark Channel. In Though None Go with Me (2006), she aged considerably, playing a sixty-year-old opposite Cheryl Ladd. This was followed by Pandemic (2007) and the 2009 movie Citizen Jane (2009), playing a bank manager. Ally Sheedy starred.
Today, Denise divides her time between homes in New York and Los Angeles. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Florida. Although Denise is immersed in her acting career, she generously donates her time in California doing pro bono mediation work. She also coaches stand-up comedians, though there is no apparent connection between the two activities.