AJ Michalka

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AJ Michalka
Amanda Joy (AJ) Michalka - September 2007.jpg
Michalka in 2007
Background information
Birth name Amanda Joy Michalka
Also known as AJ, Amanda Michalka
Born (1991-04-10) April 10, 1991 (age 23)[1]
Torrance, California, U.S.
Genres Acoustic rock, pop, pop rock, electropop
Occupation(s) Actress, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1996–present
Labels Hollywood (2004–2010)

Amanda Joy "AJ" Michalka (born April 10, 1991), often credited as AJ, is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. She was a model prior to becoming an actress, and is best known as one-half of the duo 78violet (formerly Aly & AJ) with her sister Aly Michalka. AJ recorded the theme song and accompanying music video for the film Secretariat, entitled "It's Who You Are". She also issued a single and video called "All I've Ever Needed" from her 2013 film Grace Unplugged.

Early life[edit]

Michalka was born in Torrance, California. She lived and grew up in Seattle, Washington and Southern California with her sister Aly. Her father, Mark, owns a contracting company, and her mother, Carrie, is a musician and performed with JC Band, a Christian band.[2][3] She has Polish, German, English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.[4] Michalka has been playing the piano since she was four and started playing the guitar in her early teens. She started acting when she was five years old, mostly in church play productions. She was raised as a Christian and continues to practice the faith.[5][6][7] Michalka was in a number of musical productions at her school in Milwaukee as a young adult.[6]


She plays a variety of instruments such as acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, and bongos. She was a model for catalogs. In March 2006, she made her Disney Channel debut in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles, as "Courtney Callum", along with sister Aly, as "Taylor Callum". She has also made appearances on shows such as Oliver Beene, Six Feet Under, The Guardian, and General Hospital.[6][7][8][9] She has also appeared with her sister, Aly, in the MTV film Super Sweet 16: The Movie.

In 2009, she was featured in the Peter Jackson film The Lovely Bones, released widely on January 15, 2010.[10]

Michalka and her sister perform as the musical duo 78violet (formerly Aly & AJ). They have released two studio albums and a holiday album. The two are working on a new album, to be released in 2014. She was cast as a recurring character into The CW series Hellcats[11] starring Ashley Tisdale and along with her sister Alyson Michalka. The series ran for one season and was cancelled in May 2011.

Michalka appeared in the 2011 film Super 8, directed by J. J. Abrams. Her first big-screen starring role is as the title character in 2013's Grace Unplugged.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Cow Belles Courtney Callum Disney Channel Original Movie
2007 Super Sweet 16: The Movie Sara Television film
2009 Lovely Bones, TheThe Lovely Bones Clarissa
2010 Slow Moe Emily
2010 Secretariat Kate Tweedy
2011 Super 8 Jen Kaznyk
2011 Salem Falls[12] Gillian Duncan Television film
2013 Grace Unplugged Grace Trey
2013 Angels In Stardust Vallie Sue
2014 Expecting Amish Hannah Yoder Lifetime TV Movie[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Passions Sheridan's Daughter 1 episode
2002 Birds of Prey Young Dinah 2 episodes
2004 General Hospital Ashley B. 2 episodes
2004 Six Feet Under Ashley 2 episodes
2002–2004 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Shannon Gressler 15 episodes
2003–2004 Oliver Beene Bonnie 9 episodes
2007 Punk'd Herself 1 episode
2007 Aly & AJ: Sister Act Herself MTV television special
2011 Hellcats Deirdre Perkins 3 episodes
2013-present The Goldbergs Lainey Lewis Recurring character
2014 Silicon Valley Charlotte
2014 Motive Victim-Emily
2015 Steven Universe Stevonnie

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist Notes
2012 "Gotten" Runaway daughter Slash



Year Title Album
2010 "It's Who You Are" Secretariat
2013 "All I've Ever Needed" Grace Unplugged
"Desert Song"
"You Never Let Go"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2006 American Music Awards Contemporary Inspirational Artists of the Year Into the Rush Nominated
2014 MovieGuide Awards Most Inspiring Performance in Movies Grace Unplugged Won


  1. ^ "Family Tree Legends". Family Tree Legends. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  2. ^ Axson, Scooby (2006-07-07). "Article: Pop sisters: Better known for their acting, Aly and AJ leap onto music... | AccessMyLibrary – Promoting library advocacy". AccessMyLibrary. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Tweenage Riot". Blender Magazine. 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1404488/bio
  5. ^ "78 Violet, 11/05 – Interviews – Christian Music Today". Christianitytoday.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  6. ^ a b c "Tweenage Riot Article on Blender". Blender.com. 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  7. ^ a b Grounded in Faith – Today's Christian[dead link]
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Aly & AJ, 11/05 – Interviews – Christian Music Today". Christianitytoday.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  10. ^ Aly & AJ Writing New Songs, Plot Films. Billboard. January 10, 2008.
  11. ^ Maria Valiente (2011-01-20). "Hellcats Star Aly Michalka Reveals AJ's Character's Name! - Hellcats". Wetpaint.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  12. ^ "Salem Falls – New AJ Movie! | 78-Violet.com •". 78-violet.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  13. ^ http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/expecting-amish

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