|Born||Erika Jane Christensen
August 19, 1982
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Erika Jane Christensen (born August 19, 1982) is an American actress whose film appearances include Traffic (2000), Swimfan (2002), The Perfect Score (2004) and How to Rob a Bank (2007), among others. She also co-starred in the short-lived drama Six Degrees (September 2006 – March 2007) on ABC. She is currently co-starring in the 2010 television series Parenthood as Julia Braverman-Graham.
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 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 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 a heroin addict in Traffic (2000) she received the awards for Female Breakthrough Performance at the MTV Movie Awards, Female Standout Performance at the Young Hollywood Awards, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
In 2006, she starred in the series Six Degrees, which debuted on the ABC fall schedule in 2006 but low ratings caused its cancellation after one season. She made a cameo in the Joaquin Phoenix -directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside. She is part of the cast of the film adaptation of Veronika Decides to Die (2009). Christensen is also a regular in the new NBC TV series Parenthood, which debuted on March 2, 2010.
|1997||Leave It to Beaver||Karen||Comedy film|
|1997||Nothing Sacred||Romy Carrol||Episode: "House of Rage"|
|1998||Practice, TheThe 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||TV movie|
|1999||Thanks||Abigail Winthrop||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||Pretender, TheThe Pretender||Leigh Wright||Episode: "Corn Man"|
|2000||FreakyLinks||Cassie||Episode: "Subject: Coelacanth This!"|
|2000||Traffic||Caroline Wakefield||American crime drama film|
|2001||Geena Davis Show, TheThe Geena Davis Show||Isabel||3 episodes|
|2001||That '70s Show||Stacey||Episode: "Red and Stacey"|
|2002||Home Room||Deanna Cartwright||Independent film|
|2002||Swimfan||Madison Bell||Erotic thriller film|
|2002||Banger Sisters, TheThe Banger Sisters||Hannah Kingsley||American comedy film|
|2003||Wuthering Heights||Cate||TV movie|
|2004||Perfect Score, TheThe Perfect Score||Anna Ross||American teen heist film|
|2004||Riding the Bullet||Jessica Hadley||Horror/thriller film|
|2005||Upside of Anger, TheThe Upside of Anger||Andrea 'Andy' Wolfmeyer||American romantic comedy-drama film|
|2005||Sisters, TheThe Sisters||Irene Prior||Drama film|
|2005||Robot Chicken||Crack-Ho / Debbie Benton / Mom (voice)||Episode: "Toyz in the Hood"
Episode: "A Piece of the Action"
|2006-2007||Six Degrees||Mary Alice 'Mae' Edwards||13 episodes|
|2007||I'm in Hell||Jennifer||TV movie|
|2007||Gardener of Eden||Mona Huxley||American comedy-drama film|
|2007||How to Rob a Bank||Jessica||American independent film|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper||Episode: "Signature"|
|2008||Struck||Bus Stop Girl||Short film|
|2009||Veronika Decides to Die||Claire||Drama film adapted from the novel by Paulo Coelho|
|2009||Lie to Me||Sophie / Trisha / Jessie / RJ||Episode: "The Core of It"|
|2009||Mercy||Dana Harper McPhearson||Episode: "Destiny, Meet My Daughter, Veronica"|
|2009||Robot Chicken||Della Dingham Young / Mother (voice)||Episode: "Dear Consumer"|
|2010||Tortured, TheThe Tortured||Elise Landry||Mystery horror-thriller film|
|2010–present||Parenthood||Julia Braverman-Graham||TV series|
- Palmer, Alan (2002-09-20). "Profile: Erika's fatal at traction; SWIMFAN HAS TAKEN ERIKA CHRISTENSEN INTO THE MAJOR LEAGUE". The Mirror. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- Erika Christensen interview – Public Servant Lifestyle
- "Christensen rises up from McDonald's ad". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Erika Christensen Praises Scientology
- Erika Christensen at the Internet Movie Database
- "Music Review: John Stevens, "Red"". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- "Former idol croons on ‘Red’". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Heffernan, Virginia (21 September 2006). "Serendipitous Connections in the City of Separate Lives". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- "Joaquin Phoenix Lifts Ringside Clip From Pretender To Contender". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Fleming, Michael (16 May 2008). "Das Films teams for adaptation". Variety. Retrieved May 17, 2008.
- "'Parenthood' premiere leaves room for growth". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
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- Erika Christensen at the Internet Movie Database
- Photo Essay of Erika Christensen for Left Field Project by Duane Fernandez