Erika Christensen

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Erika Christensen
Erika Christensen Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Christensen at the 2013 PaleyFest in Los Angeles
Born Erika Jane Christensen
(1982-08-19) August 19, 1982 (age 32)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Religion Scientology

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) and How to Rob a Bank (2007), among others. She also co-starred in the short-lived drama Six Degrees (from September 21, 2006 to March 30, 2007) on ABC. She co-starred on the television series Parenthood as Julia Braverman-Graham from 2010 to 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Christensen was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kathy, a construction manager, and Steven, an insurance worker/human-resources executive.[1] 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.[2] Christensen was raised in Los Angeles, California and started out on television in commercials for McDonald's.[3] Christensen is a member of the Church of Scientology.[4] Her parents became Scientologists in their 20s and raised her to be a Scientologist as well as homeschooling her.[2]

On November 17, 2014, People confirmed that she is engaged to cyclist Cole Maness.[5]


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.[3][6] She was named one of People magazine's "Breakthrough Stars of 2001". For her performance as a cocaine addict in Traffic (2000) she received the awards for Female Breakthrough Performance at the MTV Movie Awards,[3] Female Standout Performance at the Young Hollywood Awards, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.[3] In 2005, she went into music as she recorded a version of "Let's Fall in Love" with John Stevens for his debut album Red.[7][8]

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.[9] She made a cameo in the Joaquin Phoenix-directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside.[10] She is part of the cast of the film adaptation of Veronika Decides to Die (2009).[11] Christensen was also a regular cast member on the NBC television series Parenthood, which debuted on March 2, 2010 and concluded on January 29, 2015.[6][12] In 2015, she was cast in the ABC crime drama pilot L.A. Crime.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Leave It to Beaver Karen
1999 Can of Worms Katelyn Sands TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
2000 Traffic Caroline Wakefield
2002 Home Room Deanna Cartwright
2002 Swimfan Madison Bell
2002 The Banger Sisters Hannah Kingsley
2003 Wuthering Heights Cate TV film
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
2005 Flightplan Fiona
2007 Gardener of Eden Mona Huxley
2007 How to Rob a Bank Jessica
2008 Struck Bus Stop Girl Short film
2009 Mercy Robin
2009 Veronika Decides to Die Claire
2010 Melon Catherine Video short
2010 The Tortured Elise Landry
2013 How Sweet It Is Sarah Cosmo
2014 My Boyfriends' Dogs Bailey TV film
Year Title Role Notes
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 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 The Pretender Leigh Wright Episode: "Corn Man"
2000 FreakyLinks Cassie Episode: "Subject: Coelacanth This!"
2001 The Geena Davis Show Isabel 3 episodes
2001 That '70s Show Stacey Episode: "Red and Stacey"
2005–09 Robot Chicken Various characters 3 episodes
2006–07 Six Degrees Mary Alice 'Mae' Edwards 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 cast; 101 episodes
2015 Impress Me Jessica Episode: "Nemesis"
2015 L.A. Crime Betty Smith Pilot episode


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b Erika Christensen interview – Public Servant Lifestyle
  3. ^ a b c d "Christensen rises up from McDonald's ad". Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ Erika Christensen Praises Scientology
  5. ^ Leon, Anya. "Erika Christensen Is Engaged to Cole Maness". People. People Magazine. 
  6. ^ a b Erika Christensen at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ "Music Review: John Stevens, "Red"". Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Former idol croons on 'Red'". Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (September 21, 2006). "Serendipitous Connections in the City of Separate Lives". The New York Times. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Joaquin Phoenix Lifts Ringside Clip From Pretender To Contender". Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ Fleming, Michael (May 16, 2008). "Das Films teams for adaptation". Variety. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  12. ^ "'Parenthood' premiere leaves room for growth". Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 24, 2015). "Erika Christensen Joins ABC's 'L.A. Crime'". Deadline. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 

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