Amy Jo Johnson

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This article is about the American actor. For the British aviator of similar name, see Amy Johnson.
Amy Jo Johnson
Amy Jo Johnson 2015.jpg
Johnson in 2015
Born (1970-10-06) October 6, 1970 (age 45)
Dennis, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter, musician, director
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Olivier Giner (August 2009–present)
Children Francesca Christine
Website amyjojohnson.com

Amy Jo Johnson (born October 6, 1970) is an American actress best known for her roles in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Felicity, The Division, and Flashpoint.

Johnson came to prominence in the mid 1990s as part of the original Power Rangers cast. After leaving the show, she had several parts in made-for-television movies before landing a leading role in Felicity on The WB, which ran from 1998-2000. In the 2000s, she continued her acting career, with main roles in The Division and Flashpoint, as well as recurring and guest roles on several other shows.

Johnson is also a singer-songwriter and has released three albums to date.

Personal life[edit]

Johnson was born in Dennis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, to Greig, a car salesman, and Christine, who managed a clothing store.[1] She attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.[2]

As a teenager, Johnson participated in gymnastics. She reached Class One and participated in competitions hosted in the United States and Europe in uneven bars, vault, beam, and floor. At the age of 17, she left gymnastics to pursue acting.

Johnson is married to Olivier Giner (August 2009). They live in Toronto[3] and have one daughter, Francesca Christine, born in December 2008.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Johnson moved to New York City at 18 to pursue an acting career. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the American Musical and Acting Academy. She later moved to Los Angeles to audition for her first part.

Johnson's first role was as Kimberly Ann Hart, the Pink Ranger, in the 1993 series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. She acquired the role less than a month after moving to Los Angeles. Her gymnastics background was an advantage in fight scenes. The series achieved unexpected success, and Johnson had a fair share of media exposure. In an appearance on VH1's I Love the '90s, Johnson jokingly stated that having been the Pink Power Ranger was something she would "never live down." In later years, Johnson revealed that becoming famous from the show was at times overwhelming and had given her nightmares but that overall, she learned many things and was grateful to the show and her fans.[5][6]

Johnson in 2000

After she left the series in 1995, Johnson went on to star in Disney Channel's Susie Q and in the Saved by the Bell: The New Class episode "Backstage Pass." In 1997, she starred in NBC's adaptation of Lois Duncan's novel Killing Mr. Griffin and played a gymnast with an eating disorder in Perfect Body. Johnson also participated in the film Without Limits. She also reprised her role as Kimberly Hart in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.

In 1998, Johnson was invited to play Julie Emrick in The WB series Felicity. She held a main role on Felicity for three seasons and was a special guest in its fourth and final season.

In the early 2000s, Johnson had roles in Interstate 60, Pursuit of Happiness, and Infested, as well as television film Hard Ground. She also had guest starring roles on Spin City and ER. In 2004, she starred as Stacy Reynolds in the fourth season of The Division. In the latter half of the decade, she had recurring roles in Wildfire and What About Brian, and she starred in television films Magma: Volcanic Disaster on Syfy and Fatal Trust on Lifetime. In addition, Johnson took parts in a few independent films: Veritas, Prince of Truth and Islander.

Beginning in 2008, Johnson became a series regular on Flashpoint as Constable Jules Callaghan, a member of the fictional Strategic Response Unit of the Toronto Police service.[7] She was nominated for a Gemini Award for her performance. The show aired new episodes through 2012.

Since 2012, Johnson has had guest roles on a few shows including a recurring role on USA's Covert Affairs. In addition, she has directed and produced two short films, Bent and Lines.[8]

Music career[edit]

Johnson is a singer-songwriter and has released three albums: The Trans-American Treatment (2001), Imperfect (2005), and Never Broken (2013).[9] She has performed in the Los Angeles area with The Amy Jo Johnson Band. In December 2007, she contributed guest vocals to Koishii & Hush's cover of The Cars track "Since You're Gone", which was released as a single.[10]

Some of Johnson's music has been featured on television shows. Johnson's character in Felicity was originally described as a dancer, but with Johnson's input, the producers rewrote the character as a singer and guitarist. As a result, Johnson was able to perform her own song, "Puddle of Grace," on the show. In Flashpoint, her songs "Dancing In-Between" and "Goodbye" were featured.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Among other notable recognitions, Johnson received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role at the 24th Annual Gemini Awards in 2009. She also received two nominations as Best Actress for her role in Flashpoint at the Monte Carlo TV Festival. [12][13]

Year Result Award Category Work Ref.
2000 Nominated Teen Choice Awards TV Star Choice Sidekick Felicity [14]
2002 Nominated Slamdunk Film Festival Best Actress Pursuit of Happiness [15]
2009 Nominated Gemini Awards Best Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Flashpoint [16]
2010 Nominated Monte Carlo TV Festival TV Best Actress Flashpoint [17]
2012 Nominated Monte Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Flashpoint [18]
2013 Won Long Island Film Festival Shelly Award for Woman Filmmakers Bent [19]
2013 Won Women in Film and Television Audience Choice Bent [19]
2013 Won Toronto International Film Festival Jury Award Bent [19]
2014 Won Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Best Canadian Short Bent [19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Kimberly Ann Hart / The Pink Ranger
1997 Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Kimberly Ann Hart
1997 Perfect Body Andie Bradley
1998 Without Limits Iowa's Finest
1999 Cold Hearts Alicia
2001 Pursuit of Happiness Tracy
2001 Liars Club Karen
2002 Interstate 60 Laura
2002 Infested Jesse
2005 Adjusting Arbie Fairy Short film
2006 Islander Cheryl
2007 Veritas, Prince of Truth Marty Williams
2011 Summer Song Jenni
2012 Tiger Eyes Gwen Wexler
2013 Bent Amelia Short film
2013 Coming Home for Christmas Wendy Video
2014 Lines Amelia Jamison Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Kimberly Hart / The Pink Ranger Main role (138 episodes)
1994 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alpha's Magical Christmas Kimberly Ann Hart Video short
1995 Eddie Files, TheThe Eddie Files Cindy Episode: "The Counting Principle: Eddie in Barbieland"
1996 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Linda Episode: "Backstage Pass"
1996 Susie Q Susie Quinn / Maggie TV film
1997 Killing Mr. Griffin Susan McConnell TV film
1997 Perfect Body Andie Bradley TV film
1998–2000;
2002
Felicity Julie Emrick Main Cast (Season 1–3)
Special Guest Star (Season 4): 50 episodes
1999 Sweetwater Nansi Nevins TV film
2001 Night Visions Sara Episode: "Rest Stop/After Life"
2001 ER Jill Episode: "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain"
2002 Spin City Stephanie Episode: "Sex, Lies and Video Date"
2002 Felicity Julie Emrick Episodes: "Spin the Bottle", "Felicity Interrupted"
2003 Hard Ground Elizabeth Kennedy TV film
2004 I Love the 90s Herself Episode: 10
2004 Division, TheThe Division Stacy Reynolds Main role (22 episodes)
2005–2007 Wildfire Tina Sharp Recurring role (7 episodes)
2006 Magma: Volcanic Disaster Brianna Chapman TV film
2006 What About Brian Karen – Car Girl Episodes: "Pilot", "What About the Fish", "What About Angelo's Ashes"
2006 Fatal Trust Kate TV film
2008–2012 Flashpoint Jules Callaghan Main role (75 episodes)
2013 Cracked Sydney Reid Episode: "Night Terrors"
2014 Bookaboo Herself Episode: "The Talent Show"
2014 Covert Affairs Hayley Price Recurring Character

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The Trans-American Treatment (2001)
  • Imperfect (2005)
  • Never Broken (2013)

As a featured performer[edit]

  • Felicity (soundtrack) (1999)
  • Sweetwater (soundtrack) (2000)
  • Since You're Gone (EP) (2007)
  • Souvenirs (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amy Jo Johnson". Amyjo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived February 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Pink Power Ranger's Fan Nightmares | Watch the video – Yahoo Celebrity". Omg.yahoo.com. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  4. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (December 5, 2008). "Felicity's Amy Jo Johnson Welcomes a Baby Girl – Babies". People.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ "No Pink Spandex " Episode 151: Interview with Amy Jo Johnson". Awwman.com. September 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  6. ^ "No Pink Spandex " Transcript of Episode 151: Interview with Amy Jo Johnson". Awwman.com. September 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Amy Jo Johnson as Jules Callahan". Cbs.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Press". Amy Jo Johnson. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Music". Amy Jo Johnson. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  10. ^ "Amy Jo Johnson | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  11. ^ [2] Archived January 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "'Flashpoint' sets record for Gemini nominations | CTV News". Ctv.ca. August 25, 2009. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  13. ^ "24th Annual Gemini Award Nominations" (PDF). Geminiawards.ca. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  14. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20110718034524/http://flashpoint-wiki.wetpaint.com/page/Amy+Jo+Johnson. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Slamdunk Film Festival January 17, 2002". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  16. ^ "Amy Jo Brasil | Amy Jo Johnson Fansite: Fotos: Amy Jo Johnson no Gemini Awards 2009". Amyjobrasil.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  17. ^ [3] Archived November 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Festival de Television de Monte Carlo 52e" (PDF). Tvfestival.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Prêmios e indicações – Curta Bent". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 

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