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Ashley Johnson at Wondercon 2014
|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. 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.
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. Her father died of lung and liver cancer in July 2000. 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.
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. 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. Her "small-but-pivotal role" may lead to her returning in future movies as a friend or love interest for Captain America. 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.
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.
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.
|1995||Nine Months||Shannon Dwyer|
|1995||Annie: A Royal Adventure!||Annie|
|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|
|2000||The Growing Pains Movie||Chrissy Seaver|
|2001||Recess: School's Out||Gretchen Grundler (voice)|
|2003||Failures, TheThe Failures||Lilly Kyle|
|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|
|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||The Avengers||Waitress Beth|
|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 / Carol Smith / Cicely / 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 / 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)|
|Episode: "Fright at the Museum"
Episode: "When Niblet Met Giblet
|2013||Teen Titans Go!||Terra (voice)||Episode: "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|
|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
BAFTA Award for Best Voice Actress
|2014||Infamous First Light||Jenny|
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