Mae Whitman

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Mae Whitman
Mae Whitman March 22, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Whitman at the premiere of The Pirate Fairy in 2014
Born Mae Margaret Whitman
(1988-06-09) June 9, 1988 (age 25)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, voice actress
Years active 1994–present

Mae Margaret Whitman (born June 9, 1988)[1] is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Ann Veal in the TV series Arrested Development, Amber Holt on the TV series Parenthood, and Roxy Richter in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She is also known for her voice work as Katara in the animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender, Little Suzy in Johnny Bravo, Rose/Huntsgirl in American Dragon: Jake Long, April O'Neil in the 2012 iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Tinker Bell in the Tinker Bell movies. Her first major studio role was as the President's daughter in the 1996 film Independence Day. She was also in the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower as Mary-Elizabeth.

Personal life[edit]

Whitman was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the only child of Pat Musick, a voice artist, and Jeff Whitman, a personal manager and set construction co-ordinator.[1] She was educated in a private school in Los Angeles.[2] She later graduated from Whitefish Bay High School, Wisconsin.[3] Whitman started her career with a voice over for a Tyson Chicken commercial at the age of three.[4] She learned acting with Andrew Magarian who would help her memorize lines as she could not read.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1994, at the age of six, Whitman made her film debut, acting alongside Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), playing Ryan's youngest daughter, Casey.[6] She beat 700 other girls who were interested in the part.[2] In 1996, Whitman appeared in two films: Independence Day as the President's daughter;[7] and One Fine Day playing George Clooney's character's daughter Maggie.[8] The same year, Whitman guest starred in the episode "The One Where Rachel Quits" of the sitcom Friends.[9] In 1998, she was Sandra Bullock's character's daughter Bernice in Hope Floats.[10]

During several guest appearances from 1998 until 2001, Whitman played the role of Chloe Madison on JAG. Chloe was Sarah 'Mac' Mackenzie's (Catherine Bell) Little Sister, through the Big Sister, Little Sister program.[citation needed] In 2001 and 2002, Whitman starred in the Fox Family series State of Grace in which she portrayed Grace from a Catholic background who befriends Hannah, a Jewish girl (Alia Shawkat).[11][12] Whitman was the voice of Navajo Wynonna "Winnie" Whitefeather for Focus on the Family's The Last Chance Detectives audio cases (2004).[citation needed]

From 2004 to 2006, Whitman had a recurring role on Arrested Development, reuniting with Shawkat. Whitman appeared in the 2006 series Thief for FX Networks, playing the stepdaughter of Nick Atwater (Andre Braugher).[13] She was also featured in several video games, lending her voice to the character Yuffie Kisaragi in the Square-Enix/Disney video game Kingdom Hearts II as well as an appearance in the third-person shooter role-playing video game Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-.[citation needed] Whitman made several high profile guest appearances in 2006 and 2007. She also appeared on Desperate Housewives as an unscrupulous friend of Julie.[citation needed]

Whitman at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con

Whitman was initially cast in the 2007 series remake of The Bionic Woman, playing the deaf younger sister of the title character. On June 27, 2007, TV Guide reported that Whitman was being replaced in the role of Jaime's sister, and Lucy Hale was cast as Whitman's replacement the following July.[14] An NBC spokesperson confirmed this, stating, "The decision was purely creatively driven. It is very common to change storylines, characters, actors after the initial pilot is shot." The sister character's hearing was restored after this recasting at the request of an NBC executive.[14] She also appeared in the season nine episode "Streetwise" of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, as an on-the-street-mother who adopts street children forming a homeless family.[citation needed]

Whitman gave voice to Katara of the Water Tribe in the animated show Avatar: The Last Airbender, and previously Rose in American Dragon: Jake Long. She has appeared most recently in the HBO series In Treatment as Rosie.[citation needed] She is also Cynder in The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night.[citation needed] Whitman lent her voice to the character of Tinker Bell in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Disney Tinker Bell films.[15] As part of a deal to promote the production of the first Tinker Bell film, the UK's speaking clock started to use her voice at 0100GMT on October 26, 2008.[16]

In 2009, Whitman landed a regular role in NBC's version of the Ron Howard classic Parenthood,[17] which premiered in 2010. She plays Amber Holt, "a rebellious and willful teen whose only interest at present is her wannabe rock star boyfriend".[18] Whitman played evil ex Roxy Richter in Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a film adaptation of the Bryan Lee O'Malley indie comic series Scott Pilgrim. The film starred her former Arrested Development co-star, Michael Cera, in the title role.[19][20] Whitman appeared on Family Guy in 2010.

Whitman at the Paleyfest 2013

She had a large role in the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, opposite Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller.[21] In 2013, she reprised her role as Ann Veal in Arrested Development's fourth season six years after the series was cancelled.[22] She appeared alongside Darren Criss in three episodes of the third season of Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy, playing his girlfriend.[23]

Music[edit]

Whitman has recorded "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" and "You Make Christmas Feel So Good" for School's Out! Christmas.[24]

Whitman has also sung guest vocals on a number of tracks from indie-punk band Fake Problems' newest album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.[25]

Whitman has also been featured on her show Parenthood in the song "Gardenia" on the season 2 episode "The Booth Job" along with Landon Pigg.[26][27] Whitman appears in the music video "I Was a Fool" by Tegan and Sara [28] - (from the album Heartthrob).

She cites the Pink Floyd album, The Wall as her favorite.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Casey Green
1995 Bye Bye Love Michele
1996 Independence Day Patricia Whitmore
1996 One Fine Day Maggie Taylor
1998 Gingerbread Man, TheThe Gingerbread Man Libby Magruder
1998 Hope Floats Bernice Pruitt
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Girl Voice
2001 American Rhapsody, AnAn American Rhapsody Maria (age 10)
2002 Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Movie Schoolgirl Voice
2003 Jungle Book 2, TheThe Jungle Book 2 Shanti Voice
2004 Teacher's Pet Leslie Voice
2005 Going Shopping Coco
2005 Happy Elf, TheThe Happy Elf Molly Voice
2006 Bondage, TheThe Bondage Angelica
2006 Love's Abiding Joy Colette Doros
2007 Boogeyman 2 Alison
2008 Tinker Bell Tinker Bell Voice
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Amanda Willis
2009 Spring Breakdown Lydia
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Tinker Bell Voice
2010 Barry Munday Candice
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Roxy Richter
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation Lisa Miller Voice
Short
2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Tinker Bell Voice
2011 Factory, TheThe Factory Abby Fletcher
2012 Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a Wallflower Mary Elizabeth
2012 Secret of the Wings Tinker Bell Voice
2014 The Wind Rises Kayo English dub
2014 The Pirate Fairy Tinker Bell Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Degree of Guilt Elena Argos TV film
1995 Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Young Ashley Judd TV film
1996 After Jimmy Rosie TV film
1996 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Baby Rose Voice
Episode: "Sperms of Endearment"
1996 Early Edition Amanda Bailey Episode: "The Choice"
1996 Friends Sarah Tuttle Episode: "The One Where Rachel Quits"
1996 Cartoon Cartoon Show, TheThe Cartoon Cartoon Show Little Suzy Voice
Episode: "Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women"
1996–1999 Chicago Hope Sara Wilmette 17 episodes
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Young Lois Lane Voice
Episode: "Monkey Fun"
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Zuzu Bailey TV film
1997–2004 Johnny Bravo Little Suzy Voice
1998–2001 JAG Chloe Madison 8 episodes
1999 Judging Amy Darcy Mitchell Episode: "Last Tango in Hartford"
1999 Providence Frances Carlyle 2 episodes
1999 Hallmark Hall of Fame Alanna 'Lani' Thompson Episode: "A Season for Miracles"
1999 Jingle Bells Beth Voice
TV Film
1999 Invisible Child Rebecca 'Doc' Beeman TV film
2000–2002 Teacher's Pet Leslie Dunkling Voice
2000 Godzilla: The Series Meg Voice
Episode: "Shafted"
2000 Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Antoinette Voice
Episode: "Luck Be an Aye-Aye"
2001 Max Steel Jo Voice
Episode: "The Return"
2001 Jackie Chan Adventures Additional voices Voice
Episode: "Scouts Honor"
2001–2002 State of Grace Emma Grace McKee
2002 Presidio Med Tory Redding Episode: "Do No Harm"
2002 Zeta Project, TheThe Zeta Project Amy Voice
Episode: "The River Rising"
2002–2004 Fillmore! Additional voices Voice
7 episodes
2004 Cold Case Eve Kendall Episode: "Lover's Lane"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Glynnis Carson Episode: "No Humans Involved"
2004 Century City Erin Pace Episode: "Without a Tracer"
2004–2006, 2013 Arrested Development Ann Veal 15 episodes
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Rose/Huntsgirl Voice
2005–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Katara Voice
2006 Thief Tammi Deveraux TV miniseries
2006 Desperate Housewives Sarah Episode: "Nice She Ain't"
2006 Phil of the Future Crying Girl Episode: "Stuck in the Meddle with You"
2006 Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise Emily Bishop TV film
2007 Justice Jenny Marshall Episode: "False Confession"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Heather Douglas 2 episodes
2007 The Modifyers Agent Xero / Lacey Shadows Voice
Unaired pilot
2007 Lost in the Dark Amy Tolliver TV film
2007 Bionic Woman Becca Sommers Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Rachel Fordham Episode: "Don't Try This at Home"
2007 ER Heather Episode: "The Test"
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cassidy Cornell/Helen Braidwell Episode: "Streetwise"
2008 Good Behavior Roxy West TV film
2008–2010 In Treatment Rosie Weston 5 episodes
2008–present Family Guy Additional voices Voice
10 episodes
2009 Acceptance Taylor Rockefeller TV film
2009 Criminal Minds Julie Episode: "Cradle to Grave"
2009 Glenn Martin, DDS Amish Girl
Trailer Park Teen
Voice
2 episodes
2009–2010 Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show Additional voices Voice
2 episodes
2010–present Parenthood Amber Holt
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Batgirl Voice
2 episodes
2010 Jesse Stone: No Remorse Emily Bishop TV film
2011 Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games Tinker Bell Voice
TV film
2012 Robot Chicken Various voices Voice
Episode: "Casablankman 2"
2012–2013 Young Justice Wonder Girl
Stephanie Brown[29]
Voice
6 episodes
2012 Weeds Tula Episode: "See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die"
2012–present Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O'Neil Voice
2012 Dragons: Riders of Berk Heather Voice
2 episodes
2013 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Tinker Bell Voice
2 episodes
2013 Web Therapy Blair Yellin 3 episodes
2013 American Dad Glitter
Zoey
Voice
2 episodes
2013 Masters of Sex College student Episode: "Standard Deviation"
2014 Suburgatory Caris Episode: "Blame it on the Rainstick"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice
2004 EverQuest II Lilly Ironforge/Thana Rumblehoof
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Yuffie Kisaragi
2006 Cartoon Network Racing Little Suzy
2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Yuffie Kisaragi
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Katara
2007 Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night, TheThe Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night Cynder
2007 The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth, Avatar:Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth Katara
2008 The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno, Avatar:Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno
2011 MLB, NicktoonsNicktoons MLB
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Dr. Helena Sandsmark
Wonder Girl
Stephanie Brown

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Award Result
1996 One Fine Day Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film: Actress Age Ten or Under Won
1996 One Fine Day YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film Nominated
1998 Hope Floats Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film: Young Actress Age Ten or Under Won
1998 Hope Floats YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film Nominated
1999 Chicago Hope YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series Nominated
1999 Johnny Bravo YoungStar Award for Best Performance in a Voice Over Talent Nominated
2001 American Rhapsody, AnAn American Rhapsody Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a Feature Film Won
2001 American Rhapsody, AnAn American Rhapsody Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Nominated
2001 State of Grace Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
2010 Parenthood Teen Choice Award for Breakout Star Female Nominated
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble Won
2013 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Television Production Nominated

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Mae Whitman's biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ Painter Young, Jamie (June 15, 2011). "Mae Whitman Bares Her Old Soul". Backstage. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Full cast and crew for When a Man Loves a Woman". IMDb. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Full cast and crew for the movie Independence Day". IMDb. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Full cast and crew for the movie One Fine Day". IMDb. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Full cast and crew for The One Where Rachel Quits". IMDb. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Full cast and crew for the movie Hope Floats". IMDb. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  11. ^ Johnson, Alan (June 25, 2001). "Excellent `State of Grace' creates varied place for itself". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ DiNardo, Kelly (August 19, 2001). "A heartfelt summer hit". USA Today. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (April 25, 2006). "Thief's Daughter Steals the Show - Today's News: Our Take". TV Guide. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (June 27, 2007). "Exclusive! A Bionic Recast!". TV Guide. Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2007. 
  15. ^ Bobbin, Jay. "'Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Tinker Bell voices speaking clock". BBC News. October 24, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Peter Krause, Maura Tierney wedded to NBC's 'Parenthood'". HitFix. March 24, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ nbc.com
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  20. ^ Kit, Borys (January 20, 2009). "Casting of big-screen "Pilgrim" progresses". Reuters. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  21. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 5, 2011). "Mae Whitman joining ‘Wallflower’". Variety. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  22. ^ "'Arrested Development': Ann Is Back, Mae Whitman Tweets From Set (PHOTO)". The Huffington Post. November 30, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  23. ^ Wentz, Brook (May 29, 2013). "‘Glee’ star Darren Criss and ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ star Mae Whitman join ‘Web Therapy’". Hypable. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  24. ^ Ruhlmann, William (August 29, 2002). "School's Out Christmas - Various Artists : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  25. ^ Mae Whitman reference in CD release announcement
  26. ^ "Listen To Landon Pigg's "Gardenia"". Rcarecords.com. October 13, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  27. ^ "iTunes - Music - Gardenia (Duet with Mae Whitman) - Single by Landon Pigg". iTunes Store (Apple, Inc.). November 5, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Tegan and Sara - I Was A Fool [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO". YouTube. April 24, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Young Justice Interview: Greg Weisman & Brandon Vietti Talk Saturday's Season Premiere". KSiteTV. April 26, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 

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