|Born||Ashley Nicole Rickards
May 4, 1992
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Ashley Nicole Rickards (born May 4, 1992) is an American actress, best known for her role in MTV's Awkward as Jenna Hamilton, and as Samantha "Sam" Walker, a troubled young girl taken in by Brooke Davis who becomes her foster-mother, in The CW teen drama series One Tree Hill. She also stars in the 2011 independent drama film Fly Away as Mandy, a severely autistic girl.
Rickards grew up on a horse farm that catered for children with special needs. She attended a local Montessori school where, at age 13, she had her first taste of acting in an opera production. Rickards graduated from high school at age fifteen and is a member of Mensa. After attending a local talent showcase, organized by Lou Perlman, Rickards traveled to Los Angeles where she eventually gathered a team of representatives. Upon graduating, Rickards began to appear in a number of minor roles, as child labor laws restricted the number of hours she was able to work. After making a number of guest appearances and shorts, she landed the role of Samantha Walker, a runaway foster child, in One Tree Hill for the 2008-2009 season. Although not aware of the show before auditioning, Rickards found that she "learned so much from acting techniques to different ways of shooting things". Her character did not return the following season, while in the same year she had a bit part in her first feature film, Gamer.
Rickards spent much of 2009 doing auditions while a proposed lead-role in the film Dirty Girl fell through. In 2010 she appeared opposite Jimmy Smits in an episode of the legal drama Outlaw while she also auditioned for the lead-role in Awkward. Initially rejected, her manager Adam Griffin sent the producers a tape Rickards had made for Fly Away "to show how she can do anything". The actress landed both roles and filmed the pilot for the MTV series prior to Fly Away, a feature where she played a severely autistic girl.
A former competitive equestrian, she helped to launch the Project Futures Somaly Mam Foundation (2011), which works to prevent and end human trafficking and sexual slavery in Southeast Asia. Rickards writes poetry, scripts, and enjoys painting in her spare time. She also appeared in The Fray's video for "How to Save a Life", and also in The Format's video for "She Doesn't Get It".
|2006||Web Journal Now||Janet||Short film|
|2012||Struck by Lightning||Vicki Jordan|
|2012||Sassy Pants||Bethany Pruitt|
|2014||Behaving Badly||Kristen Stevens||Completed|
|2014||Haunted House 2, AA Haunted House 2||Filming|
|2006||Everybody Hates Chris||Girl||Episode: "Everybody Hates Superstition"|
|2007||American Family||Julia Bogner||Unsold ABC pilot|
|2007||CSI: NY||Young Lindsay Monroe||Episode: "Sleight Out of Hand"|
|2007||Zoey 101||Molly Talbertsen||Episode: "Dance Contest"|
|2007||Ugly Betty||Sharra||2 episodes|
|2008–2009||One Tree Hill||Samantha "Sam" Walker||19 episodes|
|2008||Entourage||Candice||Episode: "The All Out Fall Out"|
|2010||Outlaw||Tracy Vidalin||Episode: "In Re: Tracy Vidalin"|
|2011–present||Awkward||Jenna Hamilton||Main cast|
|2011||When I Was 17||Herself||Episode: "Heidi Klum, Ashley Rickards, Wyclef Jean"|
|2011||American Horror Story||Chloe Stapleton||2 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Arizona International Film Festival||Best Performance||Fly Away||Won|
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Awkward||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Choice Award||Summer TV Star: Female||Awkward||Nominated|
- Goldberg, Lesley (November 14, 2011). "MTV Sets Premiere Date for 'I Just Want My Pants Back' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
- Plank, Alex (August 16, 2011). "Autism Talk TV 15 – Fly Away – Interview with Janet Grillo and Ashley Rickards". Autismspeaks.org.
- Riley, Jenelle (July 21, 2011). "Ashley Rickards of MTV's 'Awkward' Shows Her Acting Range". Backstage.
- Chelsea Lately. Season 5. Episode 129. August 31, 2011. E!.
- Gach, PJ. "The Best, Worst and the WTF of the MTV EMAs 2011 Red Carpet Style". Betty Confidential. Desha Productions, Inc. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
- She is represented by KLWGN (management), United Talent Agency (agent) and Hansen Jacobson (legal) "Rickards listing 2013"
- Martin, Denise (July 19, 2012). "'Awkward'’s Ashley Rickards on Latin Boys, Reverse Method Acting, and Idolizing Chris Colfer". Vulture.
- "Seventeen interview 2009" Staff writer, 'Ashley Rickards from One Tree Hill talks on-set style!', Seventeen Magazine, August 10, 2009
- "April 2008 news item" Warner Loughlin Studio news item
- "Griffin interview" Tara McNamara, 'Adam Griffin, Manager learned from his young charge', Variety, September 13, 2012
- "Collider 2011 interview" Christina Radish, Ashley Rickards Exclusive Interview Awkward', Collider, July 20, 2011
- "Somaly.org press release List Rickards as one of the participants at the LA launch, no other mention of her involvement after that.
- "2011 Arizona International Film Festival". Film Festival Arizona. Retrieved December 5, 2011.