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. She will portray Betty Smith in the first season of ABC's upcoming crime drama anthology series Wicked City.
Christensen was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kathy, a construction manager, and Steven, an insurance worker/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 Los Angeles, California and started out 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.
Christensen had several small roles in various television programs before starting her movie career in 1997. These include The Geena Davis Show, Frasier, The Practice, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Touched by an Angel. She was named one of People magazine's "Breakthrough Stars of 2001". 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. In 2005, she expanded into the music industry by recording 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, The Sisters as Irene Prior, and Flightplan as Fiona. The following year, she starred in the series Six Degrees, which debuted on the ABC fall schedule in September 2006. Low ratings caused its cancellation after one season, leaving 5 episodes unaired. She then guest-starred in episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Lie to Me and 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.
Christensen was a regular cast member on the NBC 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. In 2015, she was cast in the ABC crime drama series Wicked City as Betty Smith, a mother of two who becomes romantically involved with a serial killer (Ed Westwick).
|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||Andrea "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||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|1999||Thanks||Abigail Winthrop||Recurring 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||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||FBI 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; 101 episodes|
|2014||My Boyfriends' Dogs||Bailey||Television film|
|2015||Impress Me||Jessica||Episode: "Nemesis"|
|2016||Wicked City||Betty Smith||Main role; upcoming series|
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|
- Palmer, Alan (September 20, 2002). "Profile: Erika's fatal at traction; SWIMFAN HAS TAKEN ERIKA CHRISTENSEN INTO THE MAJOR LEAGUE". The Mirror. Retrieved December 9, 2007.
- Erika Christensen interview – Public Servant Lifestyle
- "Christensen rises up from McDonald's ad". Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- Erika Christensen Praises Scientology
- Leon, Anya. "Erika Christensen Is Engaged to Cole Maness". People. People Magazine.
- Erika Christensen at the Internet Movie Database
- "Music Review: John Stevens, "Red"". Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- "Former idol croons on 'Red'". Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- Heffernan, Virginia (September 21, 2006). "Serendipitous Connections in the City of Separate Lives". The New York Times. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- "Joaquin Phoenix Lifts Ringside Clip From Pretender To Contender". Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- Fleming, Michael (May 16, 2008). "Das Films teams for adaptation". Variety. Retrieved May 17, 2008.
- "'Parenthood' premiere leaves room for growth". Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 24, 2015). "Erika Christensen Joins ABC's 'L.A. Crime'". Deadline. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
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