Amy Jo Johnson
|Amy Jo Johnson|
Johnson in 2015
October 6, 1970 |
|Occupation||Actress, singer, songwriter, musician, gymnast|
|Spouse(s)||Olivier Giner (August 2009–present)|
Amy Jo Johnson (born October 6, 1970) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, scriptwriter, producer, director, musician and gymnast, first starring as the Pink Ranger Kimberly Ann Hart in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Aside from Power Rangers, she is also known for her roles in Felicity, The Division, Wildfire, and Flashpoint. She also starred in television films and movies including Susie Q, Killing Mr. Griffin, Perfect Body, Sweetwater, and Magma: Volcanic Disaster. Johnson is one of very few Power Rangers alumni to continue her career as an actress.
Johnson released her first song, "Puddle of Grace", when she was on Felicity. Since then, she has released a few solo albums. As a volunteer, she has participated as a tutor for refugee children through the International Rescue Committee's summer program in the Bronx and made trips to Bosnia as a volunteer with the Global Children's Organization.
Johnson was born in Dennis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, a daughter of Greig Johnson, a car salesman, and his wife Christine, who managed a clothing store. She became interested in gymnastics and, after training four years, decided to aim for the Olympic Games. She reached Class One and participated in competitions hosted in the United States and Europe in uneven bars, vault, beam and floor. At the age of 17 she left gymnastics to pursue her passion of acting.
Acting and music career
At the age of eighteen, after graduating from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, Johnson moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the American Musical and Acting Academy. She moved to Los Angeles to audition for her first part.
Johnson's first role was as Kimberly Ann Hart, the Pink Ranger, in the 1993 series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. She acquired the role within the first month of her main stay in L.A. Her gymnastics background was an advantage for her in fight scenes, as the Hart character was also an accomplished gymnast. Her martial arts skills were learned from choreographers in the studio. The series achieved unexpected success, and Johnson had a fair share of media exposure. Her appearances on the show jump-started her career and served as a positive influence for many younger viewers and fans. After she left the series in 1995, Johnson went on to star in the Disney Channel's Susie Q and the Saved by the Bell: The New Class episode "Backstage Pass" as Linda.
In 1997, she starred in NBC's adaptation of Lois Duncan's novel Killing Mr. Griffin as Susan McConnell and also played Andie Bradley, a gymnast with an eating disorder, in Perfect Body. Johnson also participated in the film Without Limits. She also reprised her role as Kimberly Hart in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. She jokingly stated in the I Love the '90s 1993 special that having been the Pink Power Ranger was something she would "never live down." When she was interviewed on both Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and The Sharon Osbourne Show, Johnson said that Power Rangers was a "great first job." In 2012, Johnson revealed in an interview that becoming famous because of the show was overwhelming and gave her nightmares, but she did say that she learned many things from being on the show and is grateful to the fans who watched her on the program as children.
In 1998, Johnson played the part of a vampire in Cold Hearts. Soon after, she was invited to play Julie Emrick, a college freshman who becomes the best friend of the title character on The WB series Felicity (who was played by Keri Russell). She was in the series for two and a half years. Her character in the series was originally described as a dancer, but Johnson convinced the producers to change that to a singer and guitarist, which led Johnson to being able to perform "Puddle of Grace", a song she wrote. The song was added to the show's official soundtrack. Her talent in music also led her to star in Sweetwater: A True Rock Story, a biography about Nancy Nevins and Sweetwater, who were the first band to play at the Woodstock festival.
Johnson then took roles in Interstate 60, Pursuit of Happiness, Infested, and Hard Ground. She also had guest starring roles on Spin City and ER. She starred as Stacy Reynolds in the fourth season of The Division. She released her debut album, The Trans-American Treatment, and performed in the Los Angeles area with "The Amy Jo Johnson Band". She released another album, Imperfect, in March 2005.
In 2006, Johnson co-starred in Magma: Volcanic Disaster, a Sci-Fi Channel telefilm. Johnson also was on the ABC Family series, Wildfire, as Tina Sharp, the villainess of the first season. She also starred in a few episodes of What About Brian, as Karen, Brian's girlfriend. She has also taken on roles in two independent films, Veritas, Prince of Truth and Islander. Johnson also starred in the Lifetime Television movie Fatal Trust.
Beginning in 2008, Johnson became a series regular of Flashpoint as Constable Jules Callaghan, a member of the fictional Strategic Response Unit of the Toronto Police service. The series premièred on CTV and CBS on July 11, 2008. Her song "Dancing In-Between" was featured on Flashpoint and was released as a single. Her song, "Goodbye" was also featured in the Flashpoint episode, "Terror". Johnson to date has released three albums. She has also directed and produced two short films, Bent and Lines.
Awards and nominations
|2000||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||TV Star Choice Sidekick||Felicity|||
|2002||Nominated||Slamdunk Film Festival||Best Actress||Pursuit of Happiness|||
|2009||Nominated||Gemini Awards||Best Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Flashpoint|||
|2010||Nominated||Monte Carlo TV Festival||TV Best Actress||Flashpoint|||
|2012||Nominated||Monte Carlo TV Festival||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Flashpoint|||
|2013||Won||Long Island Film Festival||Shelly Award for Woman Filmmakers||Bent|||
|2013||Won||Women in Film and Television||Audience Choice||Bent|||
|2013||Won||Toronto International Film Festival||Jury Award||Bent|||
|2014||Won||Buffalo Niagara Film Festival||Best Canadian Short||Bent|||
|1995||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie||Kimberly Ann Hart/The Pink Ranger|
|1997||Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie||Kimberly Ann Hart|
|1998||Without Limits||Iowa's Finest|
|2001||Pursuit of Happiness||Tracy|
|2005||Adjusting Arbie||Fairy||Short film|
|2007||Veritas, Prince of Truth||Marty Williams|
|2012||Tiger Eyes||Gwen Wexler|
|2013||Coming Home for Christmas||Wendy||Video|
|2014||Lines||Short film, completed|
|1993–1995||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers||Kimberly Hart /The Pink Ranger||Main role (138 episodes)|
|1994||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alpha's Magical Christmas||Kimberly Ann Hart||Video short|
|1995||Eddie Files, TheThe Eddie Files||Cindy||Episode: "The Counting Principle: Eddie in Barbieland"|
|1996||Saved by the Bell: The New Class||Linda||Episode: "Backstage Pass"|
|1996||Susie Q||Susie Quinn / Maggie||TV film|
|1997||Killing Mr. Griffin||Susan McConnell||TV film|
|1997||Perfect Body||Andie Bradley||TV film|
|1998–2000||Felicity||Julie Emrick||Main role (50 episodes)|
|1999||Sweetwater||Nansi Nevins||TV film|
|2001||Night Visions||Sara||Episode: "Rest Stop/After Life"|
|2001||ER||Jill||Episode: "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain"|
|2002||Spin City||Stephanie||Episode: "Sex, Lies and Video Date"|
|2002||Felicity||Julie Emrick||Episodes: "Spin the Bottle", "Felicity Interrupted"|
|2003||Hard Ground||Elizabeth Kennedy||TV film|
|2004||I Love the 90s||Herself||Episode: 10|
|2004||Division, TheThe Division||Stacy Reynolds||Main role (22 episodes)|
|2005–2007||Wildfire||Tina Sharp||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2006||Magma: Volcanic Disaster||Brianna Chapman||TV film|
|2006||What About Brian||Karen – Car Girl||Episodes: "Pilot", "What About the Fish", "What About Angelo's Ashes"|
|2006||Fatal Trust||Kate||TV film|
|2008–2012||Flashpoint||Jules Callaghan||Main role (75 episodes)|
|2013||Cracked||Sydney Reid||Episode: "Night Terrors"|
|2014||Bookaboo||Herself||Episode: "The Talent Show"|
|2014||Covert Affairs||Hayley Price||Recurring Character|
- The Trans-American Treatment (2001)
- Imperfect (2005)
- Never Broken (2013)
As a featured performer
- Felicity (soundtrack) (1999)
- Sweetwater (soundtrack) (2000)
- Since You're Gone (EP) (2007)
- Souvenirs (2008)
- "Amy Jo Johnson in the Flashpoint". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
- 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers': Where are they now? Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved November 9, 2014
- "Flashpoint Season IV Cast Bios" (PDF). Ionpress.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Amy Jo Johnson". Amyjo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Pink Power Ranger's Fan Nightmares | Watch the video – Yahoo Celebrity". Omg.yahoo.com. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- Wihlborg, Ulrica (December 5, 2008). "Felicity's Amy Jo Johnson Welcomes a Baby Girl – Babies". People.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
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- "Ninja Turtles, Eat Our Dust". Newsweek. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- Collins, Glenn (December 5, 1994). "With Power Rangers Scarce, A Frenzied Search by Parents". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- "No Pink Spandex " Episode 151: Interview with Amy Jo Johnson". Awwman.com. September 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "No Pink Spandex " Transcript of Episode 151: Interview with Amy Jo Johnson". Awwman.com. September 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Amy Jo Johnson | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Amy Jo Johnson as Jules Callahan". Cbs.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- [dead link]
- "Music". Amy Jo Johnson. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
- "Press". Amy Jo Johnson. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
- 'Covert Affairs' Recruits 'Felicity' Alum for Season 5 (Exclusive) Retrieved April 13, 2014
- "'Flashpoint' sets record for Gemini nominations | CTV News". Ctv.ca. August 25, 2009. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "24th Annual Gemini Award Nominations" (PDF). Geminiawards.ca. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
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- "Slamdunk Film Festival January 17, 2002". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Amy Jo Brasil | Amy Jo Johnson Fansite: Fotos: Amy Jo Johnson no Gemini Awards 2009". Amyjobrasil.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
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- "Festival de Television de Monte Carlo 52e" (PDF). Tvfestival.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Prêmios e indicações – Curta Bent". Retrieved October 23, 2013.
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