Ashley Johnson

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Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson at Wondercon 2014
Born Ashley Suzanne Johnson
(1983-08-09) August 9, 1983 (age 31)
Camarillo, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, voice actress, singer
Years active 1990–present

Ashley Suzanne Johnson (born August 9, 1983) is an American actress, singer, and voice actress. She is best known for her roles as Chrissy Seaver in the sitcom Growing Pains and for playing Mel Gibson's character's daughter in What Women Want. As a voice actress she is well known for the part of Gretchen Grundler in Disney's Recess as well as for Gwen Tennyson in the series Ben 10: Alien Force, and its two successors Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Ben 10: Omniverse and Terra in Teen Titans and its sequel series, Teen Titans Go!. In 2012, Johnson played a small role as the New York City waitress Beth who is saved by Captain America in The Avengers. In 2013, she played the role of Ellie in the video game The Last of Us.

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in Camarillo, California, the youngest daughter of Nancy Spennelli Johnson, an independent film producer; and Clifford Johnson, who was the captain of an exploration ship. She is of Swedish, Danish, Irish, Scottish and Native American descent. Her father died of lung and liver cancer in July 2000.[citation needed] When Ashley was nine days old, her father's job took him to Michigan. The family settled in the village of Franklin, Michigan, among Detroit's affluent northern suburbs. Ashley graduated from high school when she was 15.

Acting career[edit]

Johnson had a prolific career at a young age. Before she was twenty-one years old, she had already been in the casts of eight different TV series. Her acting career began at age six, when she played the role of Chrissy Seaver. Her age was accelerated from a toddler between seasons for plotting purposes. On the television show Growing Pains from 1990 to 1992, in the sixth and seventh season, she and then little-known actor Leonardo DiCaprio were added to the show before its cancellation. In the one-season Phenom in 1993-1994, she played the mischievous younger sister of a rising teenaged tennis star. She also appeared in the 1994 sitcom All-American Girl, which lasted for only one season. She played DJ's girlfriend Lisa in a 1995 episode ("The Blaming of the Shrew") of Roseanne, and was Mel Gibson's character's daughter in the 2000 comedy What Women Want. In 2008 she became a regular on the drama Dirt as Sharlee Cates, a starlet whose character is based on pop singer Britney Spears.[citation needed] In 2009, she appeared in "Omega", the finale of the first season of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. She also appeared in the show's unaired pilot, "Echo".

In 2012, she appeared in The Avengers (also directed by Whedon) as a waitress who is saved by Captain America. Though this was a minor role, the Blu-ray edition of The Avengers contains some deleted scenes that expand her role in the movie, and further her interactions with Captain America.[1] Her "small-but-pivotal role" may lead to her returning in future movies as a friend or love interest for Captain America.[2] The characters name 'Beth' may be a reference to the supporting character Golden Girl from the Captain America comics.

Also a voice actress, in 1993 she voiced Holly on the cartoon Christmas movie Precious Moments Timmy's Special Delivery. She played Sean on the cartoon movie The First Snow of Winter in 1998. Gretchen Grundler on the Walt Disney TV animated series Recess, Terra in the Teen Titans animated series during the show's second season, Jinmay on Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! and Gwen Tennyson on Ben 10: Alien Force and in future variations of the Ben 10 franchise. Three of her roles have love interests who are voiced by Greg Cipes (Chiro on Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Kevin in Ben 10, and Beast Boy in Teen Titans). She co-starred in the PlayStation exclusive The Last of Us as the character Ellie, which was released to critical acclaim and commercial success. She subsequently won a video game BAFTA for Best Performer and a VGX Award for Best Voice Actress for her role in the game.

Currently she can be seen playing occult specialist Morgan on the web series "Spooked" from Geek and Sundry.

Personal life[edit]

Johnson attended the International School of Music, where she studied violin and piano; she also plays guitar and cello. When not acting or studying music, Johnson co-runs the photography company Infinity Pictures, with her friend, production assistant Mila Shah.[3]

Johnson has an older brother, Chris, who worked on the television show The District. Her older sister, Haylie Johnson, is best known for her role as Haylie on Kids Incorporated. Haylie is married to musician Jonny Lang. Both Ashley and Haylie are former Miss Jr. Michigan titleholders, and they play in a band together. Her friend Greg Cipes refers to her as his "cartoon girlfriend" in the Cartoon Network studio.



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Lionheart Nicole Gaultier
1995 Nine Months Shannon Dwyer
1995 Annie: A Royal Adventure! Annie
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Josie Hemphill
1999 Marionette
1999 Anywhere but Here Sarah
2000 Indescribable Nth, TheThe Indescribable Nth Doris (voice) Short film
2000 What Women Want Alex Marshall
2000 The Growing Pains Movie Chrissy Seaver
2001 Recess: School's Out Gretchen Grundler (voice)
2001 Rustin Lee Wolford
2003 Failures, TheThe Failures Lilly Kyle
2004 Killer Diller Angie
2004 King of the Corner Elena Spivak
2004 Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers Chrissy Seaver
2005 Nearing Grace Merna Ash
2006 Pity Card, TheThe Pity Card Gretel Short film
2006 Fast Food Nation Amber
2006 Grad Night Student
2007 Brothers Solomon, TheThe Brothers Solomon Patricia
2008 Pie'n Burger Holly Short film
2008 Otis Riley Lawson
2008 Columbus Day Alana
2009 Spread Eva
2009 Punching the Clown Tracy
2010 Alleged Rose Williams
2011 Help, TheThe Help Mary Beth Caldwell
2012 The Avengers Waitress Beth
2012 Much Ado About Nothing Margaret
2015 Paradox Sophie


Year Title Role Notes
1990–1992 Growing Pains Chrissy Seaver 47 episodes
1993 Men Don't Tell Cindy TV movie
1993 In the Shadows, Someone's Watching Blind Girl TV movie
1993 Town Santa Forgot, TheThe Town Santa Forgot Granddaughter (voice) TV movie
1993–1994 Phenom Mary Margaret Doolan 22 episodes
1994 All-American Girl Casey Emmerson 12 episodes
1995 Roseanne Lisa Episode: "The Blaming of the Shrew"
1995 Annie: A Royal Adventure! Annie TV movie
1995–1996 Maybe This Time Gracie Wallace 18 episodes
1996–1998 Jumanji Peter Shepherd (voice) 21 episodes
1997 Moloney Katherine 'Kate' Moloney 3 episodes
1997 Wings Rebecca Episode: "Ms. Write"
1997–2001 Recess Gretchen Grundler (voice) 129 episodes
1998 Kelly Kelly Maureen Kelly 7 episodes
1998 ER Dana Ellis Episode: "They Treat Horses, Don't They?"
Episode: "Vanishing Act"
1999 Partners Janie TV movie
2000 Growing Pains Movie, TheThe Growing Pains Movie Chrissy Seaver TV movie
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Gretchen Grundler (voice) Video
2002 In the Echo TV movie
2002 Lloyd in Space Violet (voice) Episode: "The Big Sleepover"
2002 Roswell Eileen Burrows Episode: "Panacea"
Episode: "Chant Down Babylon"
2002 Ally McBeal Serena Feldman Episode: "Heart and Soul"
2002 Providence Daphne Wallace 3 episodes
2002 Touched by an Angel Natalie Episode: "Bring on the Rain"
2002 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Betsy Fortunato Episode: "Sacrifice"
2003 Kidz History: The Revolutionary War Colonist Video
2003 Recess: All Growed Down Gretchen (voice) Video
2003 Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade Gretchen (voice) Video
2003 Married to the Kellys Shari Episode: "Lewis May Have a Girlfriend"
2004 Married to the Kellys Shari Episode: "Chris and Mary Fight"
2004 Sweden, Ohio TV movie
2004 Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers Chrissy Seaver TV movie
2004–2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Jinmay (voice) 6 episodes
2004–2006 Teen Titans Terra (voice) 6 episodes
2004–2010 King of the Hill Emily / Jamie 7 episodes
2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Gretchen Gundler (voice) Episode: "Lax: Experiment #285"
2007 Monk Susie the Maid Episode: "Mr. Monk Is at Your Service"
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dreama Little Episode: "Ending Happy"
2007 Heartland Rebecca Colton Episode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
2008 Dirt Sharlee Cates 4 episodes
2008 Middleman, TheThe Middleman Eleanor Draper Episode: "The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation"
2008 Raising the Bar Elise Denton Episode: "Hang Time"
2008 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Clara Tennant Episode: "Seeing Red"
2008–2010 Ben 10: Alien Force Gwen Tennyson / Carol Smith / Cicely / Various characters (voice) 45 episodes
2009 Dollhouse Wendy / Caroline / Hayden Leeds Episode: "Omega"
Episode: "Echo"
2009 Cold Case Grace Stearns Episode: "The Crossing"
2010 Funny or Die Presents... Girlfriend Episode: "1.1"
2010 Lie to Me Valerie Episode: "Beat the Devil"
2010 Drunk History Elizabeth Hamilton Episode: "Drunk History Vol. 1: Featuring Michael Cera"
2010 Christmas Cupid Jenny TV movie
2010–2012 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Gwen Tennyson / Sunny / Various characters (voice) 52 episodes
2011 In Plain Sight Sarah Collins / Sarah Peterschwim Episode: "Something A-mish"
2011 Pound Puppies Toyoshiko Episode: "Toyoshiko! Bark Friend Machine"
2011 Killing, TheThe Killing Amber Ahmed 6 episodes
2012 Private Practice Kelly Episode: "The Time Has Come"
2012 Drop Dead Diva Veronica Kramer Episode: "Road Trip"
2012 Pound Puppies Gina Episode: "The Super Secret Pup Club"
2012 Ben 10: Omniverse Eleven & sixteen-year old Gwen Tennyson / Margie (voice) Various episodes
Appeared in only seven episodes as guest
2013 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Jenny Applesauce (voice)
2013 Pound Puppies Amelia, Giblet Episode: "Fright at the Museum"
Episode: "When Niblet Met Giblet"
2013 Teen Titans Go! Terra (voice) Episodes: "Terra-ized" and "Be Mine"
2013 Masters of Sex Flora Banks Episode: "Fallout"
2014 Garfunkel & Oates Jane Episode: "Speechless"
2015 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Renet
2015 Stalker Stephanie Episode: "My Hero"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Teen Titans Terra
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Gwen Tennyson
2009 FusionFall Gwen Tennyson
2009 Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks Gwen Tennyson
2010 Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex Gwen Tennyson
2010 Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction Gwen Tennyson
2011 Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion Gwen Tennyson
2013 Last of Us, TheThe Last of Us Ellie VGX Award for Best Voice Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Voice Actress
2014 Infamous First Light Jenny


  1. ^ "The Avengers deleted scene sees Captain America as a man out of time". 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Former ‘Growing Pains’ child star has small-but-important ‘Avengers’ role". 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  3. ^ "Local actress has far outgrown her 'Growing Pains' start". 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 

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