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|Born||Ashley Suzanne Johnson
August 9, 1983
Camarillo, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, singer|
Ashley Suzanne Johnson (born August 9, 1983) is an American actress, singer, and voice actress. Johnson is best known for her roles as Chrissy Seaver in the sitcom Growing Pains and for playing Mel Gibson'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 Gwen Tennyson in the series Ben 10: Alien Force, and its two successors Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Ben 10: Omniverse. Most recently Johnson played the role of Ellie in the video game The Last of Us. In 2012, Johnson played a small role as the New York City waitress Beth who is saved by Captain America in The Avengers.
Johnson was born in Camarillo, California, the youngest daughter of Nancy Spruiell Johnson, an independent film producer; and Clifford Johnson, who was the captain of an exploration ship and died of lung and liver cancer in July 2000. When Ashley was nine days old, her father's job moved 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.
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 singer Jonny Lang. Both Ashley and Haylie are former Miss Jr. Michigan titleholders, and they currently play in a band together.
Johnson had a prolific career at a young age; before she was twenty-one years old, she had already been a part of the casts of eight different TV series. Her acting career began at age six, when she played the role of Chrissy Seaver (whose age was accelerated from a toddler between seasons for plotting purposes) on the television show Growing Pains from 1990 to 1992, where, since the sixth and seventh season, she and then little-known actor Leonardo DiCaprio were the main characters who were added in 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, an episode in 1995 on "Roseanne" playing Lisa ("The Blaming of the Shrew") 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. 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 a deleted scene that expands her role in the movie, and furthers her interactions with Captain America, leaving the possibility of future romantic involvement. Her "small-but-pivotal role" may lead to her returning in future movies as a friend or love interest for Captain America.
Also a voice actress, she voiced 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 which got released to critical acclaim and commercial success. She won the VGX Award for Best Voice Actress.
She 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. She loves to snowboard and surf, was taught to sail by her father, and is an avid gun shooter.
|1995||Nine Months||Shannon Dwyer|
|1998||Dancer, Texas Pop. 81||Josie Hemphill|
|1999||Anywhere but Here||Sarah|
|2000||Indescribable Nth, TheThe Indescribable Nth||Doris (voice)||Short film|
|2000||What Women Want||Alex Marshall|
|2001||Recess: School's Out||Gretchen Grundler (voice)|
|2003||Failures, TheThe Failures||Lilly Kyle|
|2004||King of the Corner||Elena Spivak|
|2005||Nearing Grace||Merna Ash|
|2006||Pity Card, TheThe Pity Card||Gretel||Short film|
|2006||Fast Food Nation||Amber|
|2007||Brothers Solomon, TheThe Brothers Solomon||Patricia|
|2008||Pie'n Burger||Holly||Short film|
|2009||Punching the Clown||Tracy|
|2011||Help, TheThe Help||Mary Beth Caldwell|
|2012||Much Ado About Nothing||Margaret|
|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"
|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 / Various characters (voice)||45 episodes|
|2009||Dollhouse||Wendy / Caroline / Hayden Leeds||Episode: "Omega"
|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 / Various (voice)||51+ 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 (voice)||Various episodes
Appeared in only seven episodes as guest
|2013||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Jenny Applesauce (voice)|
|Episode: "Fright at the Museum"
Episode: "When Niblet Met Giblet
|2013||Teen Titans Go!||Terra (voice)||Episode: "Terra-ized"|
|2008||Ben 10: Alien Force||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|
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