Amy Jo Johnson

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Amy Jo Johnson
Amy Jo Johnson cropped.jpg
Amy Jo Johnson in 2000
Born (1970-10-06) October 6, 1970 (age 44)
Dennis, Massachusetts
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter, musician, gymnast
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Olivier Giner (2010–present)
Children Francesca Christine
Website
amyjojohnson.com

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.[1] 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.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[3] 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. She was forced to abandon gymnastics following a severe injury.[4][verification needed]

Johnson is married to Olivier Giner. They live in Toronto,[5] and have one daughter, Francesca Christine, born December 1, 2008.[6]

Acting and music career[edit]

At the age of eighteen, after graduating from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School,[7] 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.[8][9] 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.[10][11]

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, Ticks, and Hard Ground. She also had guest starring roles on Spin City and E.R. 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 ABC Family's original show Wildfire as Tina Sharp, the villain 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.

In December 2007 she contributed guest vocals to Koishii & Hush's cover of The Cars track "Since You're Gone", which was released as a single.[12]

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.[13] 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".[14] Johnson to date has released three albums.[15] She has also directed and produced two short films, Bent and Lines.[16]

Johnson has a recurring role in USA Network's Covert Affairs during Season 5.[17]

Awards & nominations[edit]

Among other notable recognitions, Johnson received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role at the 24th Annual Gemini Awards in 2009.[18][19]

Year Result Award Category Work Ref.
2000 Nominated Teen Choice Awards TV Star Choice Sidekick Felicity [20]
2002 Nominated Slamdunk Film Festival Best Actress Pursuit of Happiness [21]
2009 Nominated Gemini Awards Best Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Flashpoint [22]
2010 Nominated Monte Carlo TV Festival TV Best Actress Flashpoint [23]
2012 Nominated Monte Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Flashpoint [24]
2013 Won Long Island Film Festival Shelly Award for Woman Filmmakers Bent [25]
2013 Won Women in Film and Television Audience Choice Bent [25]
2013 Won Toronto International Film Festival Jury Award Bent [25]
2014 Won Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Best Canadian Short Bent [25]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Kimberly Hart/The Pink Ranger
1997 Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Kimberly Hart
1998 Without Limits Iowa's Finest
1999 Cold Hearts Alicia
2001 Pursuit of Happiness Tracy
2001 Liars Club Karen
2002 Interstate 60 Laura
2002 Ticks Jesse
2005 Adjusting Arbie Fairy Short film
2006 Islander Cheryl
2007 Veritas, Prince of Truth Marty Williams
2011 Summer Song Jenni
2012 Tiger Eyes Gwen Wexler
2013 Bent Amelia Short film
2013 Coming Home for Christmas Wendy Video
2014 Lines Short film, completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 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

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The Trans-American Treatment (2001)
  • Imperfect (2005)
  • Never Broken (2013)

As a featured performer[edit]

  • Felicity (soundtrack) (1999)
  • Sweetwater (soundtrack) (2000)
  • Since You're Gone (EP) (2007)
  • Souvenirs (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amy Jo Johnson in the Flashpoint". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Flashpoint Season IV Cast Bios". Ionpress.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Amy Jo Johnson". Amyjo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Amy Jo Johnson (Audio Only)". YouTube. 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  5. ^ "Pink Power Ranger's Fan Nightmares | Watch the video - Yahoo Celebrity". Omg.yahoo.com. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  6. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (2008-12-05). "Felicity's Amy Jo Johnson Welcomes a Baby Girl - Babies". People.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Ninja Turtles, Eat Our Dust". Newsweek. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  9. ^ Collins, Glenn (1994-12-05). "With Power Rangers Scarce, A Frenzied Search by Parents". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  10. ^ "No Pink Spandex » Episode 151: Interview with Amy Jo Johnson". Awwman.com. 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  11. ^ "No Pink Spandex » Transcript of Episode 151: Interview with Amy Jo Johnson". Awwman.com. 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  12. ^ "Amy Jo Johnson | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  13. ^ "Amy Jo Johnson as Jules Callahan". Cbs.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  14. ^ [2][dead link]
  15. ^ "Music". Amy Jo Johnson. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  16. ^ "Press". Amy Jo Johnson. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  17. ^ 'Covert Affairs' Recruits 'Felicity' Alum for Season 5 (Exclusive) Retrieved April 13, 2014
  18. ^ "'Flashpoint' sets record for Gemini nominations | CTV News". Ctv.ca. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  19. ^ "24th Annual Gemini Award Nominations". Geminiawards.ca. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  20. ^ [3][dead link]
  21. ^ "Slamdunk Film Festival January 17, 2002". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  22. ^ "Amy Jo Brasil | Amy Jo Johnson Fansite: Fotos: Amy Jo Johnson no Gemini Awards 2009". Amyjobrasil.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  23. ^ [4][dead link]
  24. ^ "Festival de Television de Monte Carlo 52e". Tvfestival.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  25. ^ a b c d "Prêmios e indicações - Curta Bent". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 

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