Christensen at the 2013 PaleyFest in Los Angeles
|Born||Erika Jane Christensen
August 19, 1982
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Erika Jane Christensen (born August 19, 1982) is an American actress whose film appearances include Traffic (2000), Swimfan (2002), The Banger Sisters (2002), The Perfect Score (2004), Flightplan (2005), How to Rob a Bank (2007), and The Tortured (2010). For her role in Traffic, she won the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture along with her co-stars.
In 2006, she starred in the short-lived drama series Six Degrees on ABC. From 2010 until its ending in 2015, Christensen starred as Julia Braverman-Graham on the NBC family drama series Parenthood. In 2014, she won a Gracie Award for her performance in the role. Christensen will portray Betty Smith in the first season of ABC's crime drama anthology series Wicked City.
Christensen was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kathy (née Hendricks), a construction manager, and Steven Christensen, an insurance worker and human resources executive. She has an older half-brother, Nick, and two younger twin brothers, Dane (who appeared in the 2005 film The Upside of Anger) and Brando. She has Icelandic, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Welsh, and Irish ancestry. Christensen was raised in suburban Los Angeles, California. She started out acting on television in commercials for McDonald's. Christensen is a member of the Church of Scientology. Her parents became Scientologists in their 20s and raised her to be a Scientologist. Her parents also decided to homeschool her.
1997–2004: Career beginnings and Traffic
Christensen began her career with a supporting role in the comedy film Leave It to Beaver, and a one episode guest appearance on the drama series Nothing Sacred, both of which were released/aired in 1997. She went on to guest star in numerous other television series in the late 1990s, including Frasier, The Practice, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Touched by an Angel. She also starred in the Disney Channel original movie Can of Worms in 1999. Also in 1999, she starred as Abigail Winthrop on the short-lived CBS sitcom Thanks. That same year, she featured in Michael Jackson's music video for his song "Childhood", alongside actress Jena Malone.
For her performance as cocaine addict Caroline Wakefield in Steven Soderbergh's drama film Traffic (2000), she received the awards for Breakthrough Female Performance at the MTV Movie Awards, Standout Performance – Female at the Young Hollywood Awards, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also in 2000, Christensen guest starred in single episodes of Time of Your Life, Movie Stars, FreakyLinks, and The Pretender. In 2001, she had a recurring role on the sitcom The Geena Davis Show. She was named one of People 's "Breakthrough Stars of 2001". The following year, Christensen starred in three feature films: the teen thriller Swimfan, the crime drama Home Room, and the comedy The Banger Sisters. She also appeared in an episode of the FOX sitcom That '70s Show, playing the role of Stacey. In 2003, Christensen starred in MTV's television film adaptation of Wuthering Heights, based on the Emily Brontë novel of the same name. She also recorded multiple songs for the film's soundtrack. She starred in two feature films in 2004, the teen heist film The Perfect Score, and the horror film Riding the Bullet.
2005–present: Continued film roles and Parenthood
In 2005, Christensen recorded a version of "Let's Fall in Love" with John Stevens for his debut album Red. Also in 2005, Christensen co-starred in the films The Upside of Anger as Andy Wolfmeyer, co-starring Kevin Costner and Joan Allen; The Sisters as Irene Prior, with Maria Bello and Elizabeth Banks; and Flightplan as Fiona, starring Jodie Foster. The following year, she starred in the series Six Degrees, which debuted on the ABC fall schedule on September 21, 2006. Low ratings caused its cancellation after one season, leaving 5 episodes unaired. In 2007, she appeared in the comedy-drama film Gardener of Eden, and the independent crime comedy How to Rob a Bank. In 2008 and 2009, she guest starred as a special agent on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a college student with multiple personality disorder on Lie to Me, and a victim of domestic abuse on Mercy. Christensen made a cameo in the Joaquin Phoenix-directed music video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside. In 2009, she was part of the cast of the film adaptation of Veronika Decides to Die, and starred in Mercy, alongside James Caan and Dylan McDermott. In 2010, Christensen co-starred with Jesse Metcalfe in the horror-thriller film The Tortured.
Christensen was a regular cast member on the NBC drama television series Parenthood, which debuted on March 2, 2010 and concluded on January 29, 2015. She portrayed the role of Julia Braverman-Graham, the youngest daughter of the Braverman family. She won the 2014 Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama for her performance in the series. In 2013, she starred in the musical film How Sweet It Is, directed by Brian Herzlinger, and served as a guest judge on 2 episodes of the cooking competition series Knife Fight. The following year, she appeared as a panellist on the celebrity game show Hollywood Game Night, and lead the cast of the Hallmark Channel television film My Boyfriends' Dogs, based on the Dandi Daley Mackall novel of the same name. In February 2015, she was cast in the first season of ABC's crime drama anthology series Wicked City as Betty Smith, a single mother of two who becomes romantically involved with a serial killer (Ed Westwick).
In June 2015, Christensen joined the all-star cast of the HBO courtroom drama film Confirmation, directed by Rick Famuyiwa. She will star alongside Kerry Washington, Greg Kinnear, Wendell Pierce, Eric Stonestreet, and Jennifer Hudson. Also in 2015, she partnered with food company Lean Cuisine to launch their brand overhaul. Christensen is attached to star in the thriller film In Limbo with Danny Masterson and Alexandra Breckenridge, and the drama The Idiot alongside Jackson Rathbone, the latter of which is based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel of the same name.
|1997||Leave It to Beaver||Karen|
|2002||Home Room||Deanna Cartwright|
|2002||The Banger Sisters||Hannah Kingsley|
|2004||The Perfect Score||Anna Ross|
|2004||Riding the Bullet||Jessica Hadley|
|2005||The Upside of Anger||Andy Wolfmeyer|
|2005||The Sisters||Irene Prior|
|2007||Gardener of Eden||Mona Huxley|
|2007||How to Rob a Bank||Jessica|
|2008||Struck||Bus Stop Girl||Short film|
|2009||Veronika Decides to Die||Claire|
|2010||The Tortured||Elise Landry|
|2013||How Sweet It Is||Sarah Cosmo|
|1997||Nothing Sacred||Romy Carrol||Episode: "House of Rage"|
|1998||The Practice||Melissa||Episode: "The Pursuit of Dignity"|
|1998||Frasier||Teenager||Episode: "Frasier's Curse"|
|1998||3rd Rock from the Sun||Brianna||Episode: "Collect Call for Dick"|
|1999||Can of Worms||Katelyn Sands||Television film|
|1999||Thanks||Abigail Winthrop||Main role; 6 episodes|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Ivy||Episode: "Voice of an Angel"|
|2000||Time of Your Life||Flynn Halloway||Episode: "The Time She Turned 21"|
|2000||Movie Stars||Tawny||Episode: "La Vida Loca"|
|2000||The Pretender||Leigh Wright||Episode: "Corn Man"|
|2000||FreakyLinks||Cassie||Episode: "Subject: Coelacanth This!"|
|2001||The Geena Davis Show||Isabel||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2001||That '70s Show||Stacey||Episode: "Red and Stacey"|
|2003||Wuthering Heights||Cate Earnshaw||Television film|
|2005–09||Robot Chicken||Various characters||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2006–07||Six Degrees||Mary Alice "Mae" Edwards||Main role; 13 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Special Agent Lauren Cooper||Episode: "Signature"|
|2009||Lie to Me||Various characters||Episode: "The Core of It"|
|2009||Mercy||Dana Harper McPhearson||Episode: "Destiny, Meet My Daughter, Veronica"|
|2010–15||Parenthood||Julia Braverman-Graham||Main role; 102 episodes|
|2013||Knife Fight||Herself (Guest Judge)||2 episodes|
|2014||Hollywood Game Night||Herself (Panelist)||Episode: "We'll Need to See Your TV ID"|
|2014||My Boyfriends' Dogs||Bailey Daley||Television film|
|2015||Impress Me||Jessica||Episode: "Nemesis"|
|2015||Wicked City||Betty Smith||Main role; upcoming series|
|2016||Confirmation||Shirley Weigand||Television film|
Awards and nominations
|1998||YoungStar Awards||Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Series||Nothing Sacred||Nominated|
|2001||Young Hollywood Awards||Standout Performance – Female||Traffic||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Film – Choice Breakout Performance||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Won|
|Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Youth Performance||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Breakthrough Female Performance||Won|
|2014||Gracie Awards||Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series||Parenthood||Won|
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