Joanna García

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Joanna García
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Garcia at the Entertainment Weekly/Revlon party, September 2008
Born Joanna Lynne García
(1979-08-10) August 10, 1979 (age 35)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Other names Joanna García Swisher
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Nick Swisher (m. 2010)
Children 1

Joanna Lynne García[1] (born August 10, 1979), also known professionally as Joanna Garcia Swisher, is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal of Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery on The WB/The CW sitcom Reba. She later starred as Mia Putney in the ABC sitcom Better with You. Since November 2013, she has had a recurring role as Ariel in the ABC drama series Once Upon a Time.

Early life[edit]

García was born in Tampa, Florida, where she was raised by her mother, Loraine, a homemaker and former elementary school teacher, and her father, Jay García, a gynecologist. Her father is of Cuban descent.[2][3][4] She has one brother, Michael García. She first started performing at age 10 when she auditioned for a local theater production and landed the lead. She was discovered by the Disney Channel, but her parents put school first and she continued to feed her passion by acting in local plays. She was the homecoming queen[5] at Florida's Tampa Catholic High School.[4]

While attending high school, she was discovered by Nickelodeon and starred for three seasons as Samantha on Are You Afraid of the Dark?. She commuted from Florida to Montreal, Canada, where the show was filmed.

Career[edit]

While in Florida, García guest starred in seaQuest DSV, Second Noah, and Superboy and several movies of the week. After briefly attending college at Florida State University where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, she quit school to pursue acting full-time and moved to Los Angeles, California. She was cast on the television drama Party of Five, playing the recurring character Hallie. She had a recurring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000) portraying the character of Vicki Appleby the popular freshman cheerleader who spent seven minutes in heaven with the ultimate geek, Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr).[4]

García at the Susan G. Komen Fundraiser at Mulberry, Melrose Place, Los Angeles, October 21, 2008

García went on to portray the character of Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery, Reba's (Reba McEntire) oldest daughter on The CW sitcom Reba (2001–07). She was featured on the short-lived CBS comedy Welcome to the Captain. Beginning in the fall of 2008, she starred as Megan Smith in the CW series Privileged (originally known as How to Survive the Filthy Rich). On the big screen, García was seen in the comedy spoof Not Another Teen Movie.[4] She has also appeared in the original television movies From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder (1997). She also appeared in the ABC Family original movie The Initiation of Sarah, which premiered in October 2006. In 2008, she had a role in A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride, playing Roxanne. She had a leading role in the ABC Family TV movie Revenge of the Bridesmaids.

In 2009, García had a recurring role on The CW drama Gossip Girl playing the role of Bree Buckley, an irreverent evil Miss America-type who is politically progressive, but hails from a conservative Southern family. She appeared in four episodes in season three.[6] In December 2009, she guest starred as Maggie, Ted Mosby's college buddy on How I Met Your Mother.

García starred in the ABC sitcom Better with You. The show centers on two sisters who were at different points in their romantic relationships: one was unmarried and in a long-term relationship and the other (García) got married after getting pregnant from a one-night stand.[7] It was canceled on May 13, 2011.[8]

Garcia guest starred on The Penguins of Madagascar in the episode "The Officer X Factor/Love Hurts", which aired on February 12, 2011. In 2012, Garcia appeared in four episodes of the USA Network dramedy Royal Pains as a nephrologist treating Jack O'Malley (Tom Cavanagh).[9] In 2013, she played the role of the mermaid Ariel in the series Once Upon a Time in season three.

Personal life[edit]

Garcia and husband, outfielder Nick Swisher, at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan on a USO tour to greet troops and tour military facilities, Nov. 25, 2011

In 2008, García became engaged to Trace Ayala, co-founder of clothing company William Rast with his childhood friend Justin Timberlake. (Ayala was Timberlake's former personal assistant.)[10] The couple dated for nearly two years before calling off their engagement.

In August 2009, People magazine reported that García was dating baseball player Nick Swisher.[11] They became engaged in May 2010,[12] and married on December 11, 2010 at the Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida.[13] Bridesmaids for García included friends and fellow actresses Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Melissa Peterman, and Reba McEntire.[14] Since her marriage, she has been credited as Joanna García Swisher.[9] The couple has one daughter, Emerson Jay Swisher, born on May 21, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.[15][16]

Causes and interests[edit]

García volunteers as a teacher for children who are learning English as a second language. She is involved with the organization Make the Commitment, whose purpose is to raise awareness about cervical cancer.[17][18][19] She has an organization called We Reach,[5] a charity which has assembled an advisory board in the entertainment industry to help young girls around the country organize charity events in their hometowns. The charity also has the goal of empowering young women.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Superboy Girl Episode: "Obituary for a Superhero"
1992 Clarissa Explains It All Fiona Episode: "Take My Advice... Please"
1994–96 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Sam Main role (37 episodes)
1994 seaQuest DSV Iris Episode: "Playtime"
1996–97 Second Noah Katherine Ortega 3 episodes
1996 Step by Step Chelsea Episode: "We're Going to Disney World: Part 1"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Julie Shepard Miniseries; episode: "For Miles and Miles"
1998 Party of Five Hallie 5 episodes
1998 Any Day Now Martha Montgomery Episode: "It's Who You Sleep With"
1999 Dawson's Creek Girl #1 – Tracy Episode: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
1999 Pacific Blue Leah Chandler Episode: "Lucky 13"
1999 Providence Gillian Episode: "Heaven Can Wait"
1999 CI5: The New Professionals Cadet Susan Episode: "Glory Days"
2000 Freaks and Geeks Vicki Appleby 5 episodes
2000 Opposite Sex Cassie Schreiber Episode: "The Homosexual Episode"
2000 Freedom Sally Mueller Episode: "Assassins"
2000 Boston Public Susan Potter Episode: "Chapter Four"
2001 Go Fish Amanda Episode: "Go P.D.A."
2001 Going to California Jennifer Episode: "I Know Why the Caged Rhino Sings"
2001–07 Reba Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery Main cast
2001 Off Centre Ramona Episode: "Let's Meet Mike and Euan"
2004 What I Like About You Fiona Episode: "Three Little Words"
2005 Family Guy Liddane (voice) Episode: "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter"
2008 Welcome to The Captain Hope Main role
2008–09 Privileged Megan Smith Main role
2009 Gossip Girl Bree Buckley 4 episodes
2009 How I Met Your Mother Maggie Episode: "The Window"
2010–11 Better with You Mia Putney Main role
2011 Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of Madagascar Shauna Voice only; episode: "Love Hurts"
2012 Royal Pains Dr. Nina Greene 4 episodes
2012 Animal Practice Dorothy Crane Main role
2013–
present
Once Upon a Time Ariel Recurring role
2014 The Mindy Project Sally Prentice 3 episodes
2015 The Astronaut Wives Club Betty Grissom Upcoming series

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder Susie Television film
1999 Holy Joe Joyce Cass Television film
2001 American Pie 2 Christy
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Sandy Sue
2006 A-List Naomi
2006 Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of Sarah Corinne Television film
2008 Extreme Movie Sweetie Pie
2008 Very Merry Daughter of the Bride, AA Very Merry Daughter of the Bride Roxanne Television film
2010 Revenge of the Bridesmaids Parker Wald Television film
2013 Internship, TheThe Internship Megan

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Comedy Reba Nominated
2009 ALMA Award Actress in Television – Comedy Privileged Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JoAnna Garcia". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Welcome to the World of JoAnna Garcia. peopleenespanol.com
  3. ^ Joanna Garcia Biography (1979–) at filmreference.com
  4. ^ a b c d Deggans, Eric. "'Reba' has a touch of Tampa", St. Petersburg Times, 1 February 2002.
  5. ^ a b Joanna García at superiorpics.com
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2009-06-25). "'Gossip Girl' scoop: Joanna Garcia is Nate's new GF!". entertainmentweekly. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  7. ^ DiNunno, Gina (2010-01-25). "Privileged's JoAnna Garcia Tapped for ABC Comedy". TVGuide.com. 
  8. ^ ‘Better With You’ Cancelled By ABC – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers. Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com (2011-05-13). Retrieved on 2012-12-28.
  9. ^ a b Mitovich, Matt Webb (2011-09-07). Exclusive: JoAnna Garcia Scrubs In As Mysterious Royal Pains Doc. tvline.com
  10. ^ "JoAnna Garcia of Reba & Trace Ayala Get Engaged". People. 2008-06-18. 
  11. ^ Marx, Linda (2009-08-12). "Is Kate Hudson A-Rod's Good Luck Charm?", People
  12. ^ "Privileged's Joanna Garcia and Yankee Nick Swisher Are Engaged". People. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Joanna Garcia and Nick Swisher Wed in Palm Beach". People. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Joanna Garcia marries New York Yankees fiance Nick Swisher in Palm Beach ceremony". New York Daily News. 2010-12-12. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  15. ^ Messer, Lesley. "JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher Welcome Baby Girl". ABC. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Nick and JoAnna Garcia Swisher Welcome Daughter Emerson Jay". People. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  17. ^ TV Star Joanna Garcia Brings Nationwide Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign to Chicago, MakeTheConnection.org, 2005.
  18. ^ TV Star Joanna Garcia Brings Nationwide Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign to Miami, MakeTheConnection.org, 2005.
  19. ^ Rybak, Hollie (2005-10-04). Actress spreads awareness of cervical cancer at U. South Florida-area event. The Oracle. usforacle.com

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