Christy Carlson Romano
|Christy Carlson Romano|
Romano in April 2009
[a]March 20, 1984|
Milford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Alma mater||Barnard College, Columbia University|
|Spouse(s)||Brendan Rooney (m. 2013)|
Christy Carlson Romano (born March 20, 1984[a]) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Ren Stevens in the Disney Channel sitcom Even Stevens, and as the voice of the titular character in the Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible.
Romano was born in Milford, Connecticut, the youngest of four children of Anthony and Sharon Romano. She began her career at six years old when she was cast in several national tours of Broadway shows, including Annie, The Will Rogers Follies with Keith Carradine and The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond. She made her first feature film appearance in 1996 as a singing "Chiquita Banana" in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You. She also appeared in Henry Fool (1997) and Looking for an Echo (2000).
Romano made her Broadway debut in 1998 as Mary Phagan in the musical Parade by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown. In 2002, Romano became the first person to act in three Disney Channel projects simultaneously, supplementing her work on Even Stevens with a starring role in Cadet Kelly, alongside Hilary Duff, and voice acting as the title character in Kim Possible. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her work on Kim Possible. The show inspired an adventure scavenger hunt activity at Disney's Epcot which ran for over five years, as well as two Disney Channel movies Kim Possible: So the Drama and Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time.
She voiced Yuffie Kisaragi in the English version of the movie Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, as well as in the Disney/Square game Kingdom Hearts. Throughout her teens and twenties, Romano starred in movies for ABC Family and Disney Channel, including Campus Confidential, Taking Five, The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold and The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream. Various other appearances include MTV's Kaya, CBS's Joan of Arcadia, The WB's Summerland and TNT's Hawthorne.
In February 2004, Romano began a 31-week run as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. She reprised the role in Atlanta's 2005 Fox Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast. In September 2008, she joined the Broadway company of Avenue Q as Kate Monster for several weeks. She starred as Michelle off-Broadway in White's Lies at New World Stages in 2010, alongside Betty Buckley and Tuc Watkins.
Romano penned a novel, Grace's Turn, for Disney literary subsidiary Hyperion, which received accolades by the New York Public Library (NYPL) as the 2007 Teenage Book of the Year. In 2012, she directed a music video for Steph Gold's "THE SUN" which was accepted into the Los Angeles Shorts Fest 2012. Amongst other titles, Romano has appeared in many films since her Disney days including Lifetime's Deadly Daycare, Wes Craven's The Girl in the Photographs, Loosies, and Christmas with the Andersons. In March 2016, she directed her first feature, Christmas All Over Again starring Nickelodeon's Sean Ryan Fox and YouTube star Todrick Hall; Lionsgate released the film for Christmas 2016.
While working at Disney, Romano recorded songs as part of soundtracks for Kim Possible and other Disney projects. She first sang on the Disney Channel on a musical episode of Even Stevens which led to more singing on the series and with Disney in general. In 2004, Walt Disney Records released Romano's debut album Greatest Disney TV & Film Hits. After her Broadway run of Beauty and the Beast Romano signed a record deal with Jason Flom at Atlantic Records. Flom was fired before Romano released her first album and Romano's deal was not honored. She continued to write music with Kara DioGuardi and The Matrix and placed her songs in several movies.
After her singing career, Romano used her vocal talents to narrate for audiobooks, including Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin, and Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne M. LaFleur. She also narrated audiobooks "To Catch A Killer" by Sheryl Scarborough, "Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits" by David Wong, "Kaledoscope Hearts" by Claire Contreras, and the "Adventures of Owl Series" by Kristi Charish.
On August 22, 2006, she published her own novel, Grace's Turn, for which she provided the narration as well.
Romano attended Barnard College at Columbia University and received her degree in Film Studies. Romano and writer-producer Brendan Rooney met in February 2011 while she was studying at Barnard College. They became engaged in November and, after two years of engagement, married on December 31, 2013 at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. In June 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child, a daughter, who was born in late December 2016.
|1996||Everyone Says I Love You||Trick-or-Treat Child|
|2000||Looking for an Echo||Tina Pirelli|
|2002||Dinosaur Island||Proud Mother||Voice role; direct-to-video film|
|2003||The Archies in Jugman||Mrs. Weatherbee||Voice role; direct-to-video film|
|2005||Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children||Yuffie Kisaragi||Voice role|
|2007||Taking 5||Danielle Thompson||Direct-to-video film|
|2010||The Legend of Secret Pass||Nica||Voice role|
|2010||Movin' In||Ann Beck|
|2010||Mirrors 2||Jenna McCarty||Direct-to-video film|
|2014||Bear with Us||Quincy Adams|
|2015||The Girl in the Photographs||Britney|
|2016||Christmas All Over Again||Marilyn||Direct-to-video film; also director and producer|
|1996||The Many Trials of Tammy B||Dani||Television film|
|2000–2003||Even Stevens||Renee "Ren" Stevens||Main role|
|2001||B.S.||Andy Brenner||Television film|
|2002||Cadet Kelly||Cadet Captain Jennifer Stone||Television film|
|2002–2007||Kim Possible||Kimberly Ann "Kim" Possible||Lead voice role|
|2003||The Even Stevens Movie||Ren Stevens||Television film|
|2003||Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time||Kim Possible||Voice role; television film|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Officious Hall Monitor God||Episode: "The Book of Questions"|
|2005||Kim Possible: So the Drama||Kim Possible||Voice role; television film|
|2005||Summerland||Gigi||Episode: "Where There's a Will There's a Wave"|
|2005||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Kim Possible||Voice role; episode: "Rufus: Experiment #607"|
|2005||Campus Confidential||Violet||Television film|
|2005||The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold||Jackie Dorsey||Television film|
|2005||Family Guy||Quagmire's One-Night-Stand||Voice role; episode: "I Take Thee, Quagmire"|
|2006||Casper's Scare School||Mantha||Voice role; television film|
|2008||The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream||Jackie Dorsey||Television film|
|2009||Hawthorne||Alex||Episode: "Night Moves"|
|2010||Iris Expanding||Zelda||Unsold television pilot|
|2010||The Penguins of Madagascar||Little Girl #1 / Lunacorn||Voice role; episode: "Hello, Dollface/Huffin and Puffin"|
|2014||Deadly Daycare||Gabby||Television film|
|2016||Christmas with the Andersons||Caroline||Television film|
|2018||Big Hero 6: The Series||Trina||Voice role|
|2012||MyMusic||The Devil||Episode: "Sabotage!"|
|2002||Kingdom Hearts||Yuffie Kisaragi||Voice role|
|2002||Kim Possible: Revenge of Monkey Fist||Kim Possible||Voice role|
|2004||Beauty and the Beast||Belle||Broadway|
|2008||Avenue Q||Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut||Broadway|
Shared Songs (in order of when released):
|Song||Months/Year the song appeared|
|"Simple"||November 2005 – February 2006|
|"Headphones On"||November 2005 – January/February 2006|
|"We'll Awaken"||March 2006 – June 2006 (following The Cutting Edge 2 TV premiere)|
|"Wrong"||March 2006 – Originally titled "Hope" later retitled to "Wrong"- October 2007|
|"Closer to Closure"||March 2006 – June 2006|
|"Junky Love"||June 2006 – September 2006 and October 2007 – May 2009|
|"Just a Song"||June 2006 – September 2006|
|"She Waits"||September 2006|
|"A Boy Like You"||September 2006 – November 2006|
|"Changed"||September 2006 – November 2006|
|"No Such Thing"||September 2006 – October 2007|
|"Running Away"||September 2006 – November 2006|
|"Even a Hero"||November 2006 – October 2007|
|"Friday Night (cover of The Click Five)"||March 2007|
|"Rewind"||October 2007 – May 2009|
|"Celebrity"||October 2007 – May 2009|
|"Point of View"||January 2009 – May 2009|
|1996||"Chiquita Banana"||Everyone Says I Love You|
|1998||Various Songs on the original cast recording||Parade|
|2004||"Anyone But Me"||Zenon Z3 Soundtrack|
|2004||"Toy Town"||Radio Disney Jingle Jams|
|2006||"We'll Awaken"||The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold|
|2006||"Let's Bounce"||The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement|
|2007||"Friday Night"||Taking Five|
|"No Such Thing"||Taking Five|
|"Best Time of the Year"||Disney Channel Holiday|
|2008||"Catch Me If You Can"||The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream|
|2010||"Let's Go Boogie Tonight"||Movin' In'|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Leading Young Actress||Even Stevens||Won|||
|2002||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Leading Young Actress||Even Stevens||Won|||
|2003||Young Artist Award||Best Young Adult Performer in a Teenage Role||The Even Stevens Movie||Nominated|||
- thechristycarlsonromano (May 17, 2015). "Just graduated from college after 12 years!! Thank you #barnardcollege for believing in me and encouraging me to stay true to the strong woman I have always been. I won't let you down!! Thank you to my husband @brenroon13 for also supporting me unconditionally. You are my heart and soul. My family for holding me to my word. To the #classof2015 Love light and the future!!". Archived from the original on July 29, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
- O'Haire, Patricia (December 21, 1998). "A teen actress joins the 'parade' on b'way Christy Romano, 14, juggles studies & stage role". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- Friedman, Rosalind (December 17, 1998). "14-Year-Old Christy Carlson Romano: The Parade Continues". Playbill. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- "Christy Carlson Romano's Blog: Keeping My Cool During Summer Shoots and Stitches (While Pregnant!)". People. July 29, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
- Manley, Sebastian (July 18, 2013). The Cinema of Hal Hartley. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-62356-865-8. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- Christy Carlson Romano profile
- Beauty and the Beast Welcomes New Trio Feb. 17 Playbill, Retrieved March 9, 2018
- Christy Carlson Romano Is Beauty Again, This Time for Theater of the Stars in Atlanta Playbill, Retrieved March 9, 2018
- Gans, Andrew (September 29, 2008). "Avenue Q Welcomes Beauty's Romano September 29". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2008.
- "Romano Will Join Scolari in Off-Broadway's White's Lies" Archived February 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "White's Lies Delays Off-Broadway Previews to April" Archived March 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Carlson, Erin (October 21, 2008). "'Kim Possible' actress hits Broadway". The Arizona Republic. Associated Press. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- "Christy Carlson Romano Headed for Broadway's Avenue Q". Broadway.com. September 4, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- "It's possible: College student a veteran actress". Retrieved May 23, 2018.
- Chiu, Melody (December 31, 2013). "Even Stevens's Christy Romano Is Married". People. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
- Blumm, K.C. (January 3, 2014). "Christy Romano's Romantic Winter Wedding: See the Gorgeous Portrait". People. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
- Lakshmin, Deepa (June 24, 2016). "Christy Carlson Romano Is Pregnant With A New Even Steven". MTV News. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
- Juneau, Jen (June 23, 2016). "Baby Girl on the Way for Christy Carlson Romano". People Babies. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
- Juneau, Jen. "Christy Carlson Romano Welcomes Daughter Isabella Victoria". People Babies. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- "23rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. April 7, 2002. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016.
- "24th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. March 29, 2003. Archived from the original on December 4, 2016.
- "25th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016.
- Romano, Christy Carlson [@ChristyRomano] (March 20, 2014). "Born today #tbt" (Tweet). Archived from the original on April 8, 2017 – via Twitter.
- Webber, Stephanie (December 27, 2016). "Christy Carlson Romano Gives Birth to Baby Girl: Find Out Her Name!". Us Magazine. Archived from the original on January 2, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
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