Ashley Johnson

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Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson at Wondercon 2014
BornAshley Suzanne Johnson
(1983-08-09) August 9, 1983 (age 31)
Camarillo, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, voice actress, singer
Years active1990–present
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Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson at Wondercon 2014
BornAshley Suzanne Johnson
(1983-08-09) August 9, 1983 (age 31)
Camarillo, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, voice actress, singer
Years active1990–present

Ashley Suzanne Johnson (born August 9, 1983) is an American actress, singer, and voice actress. She is best known for her roles as Chrissy Seaver in the sitcom Growing Pains and for playing Mel Gibson's character's daughter in What Women Want. As a voice actress she is well known for the part of Gretchen Grundler in Disney's Recess as well as for Gwen Tennyson in the series Ben 10: Alien Force, and its two successors Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Ben 10: Omniverse and Terra in Teen Titans and its sequel series, Teen Titans Go!. In 2012, Johnson played a small role as the New York City waitress Beth who is saved by Captain America in The Avengers. In 2013, she played the role of Ellie in the video game The Last of Us.

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in Camarillo, California, the youngest daughter of Nancy Spennelli Johnson, an independent film producer; and Clifford Johnson, who was the captain of an exploration ship. She is of Swedish, Danish, Irish, Scottish and Native American descent. Her father died of lung and liver cancer in July 2000.[citation needed] When Ashley was nine days old, her father's job took him to Michigan. The family settled in the village of Franklin, Michigan, among Detroit's affluent northern suburbs. Ashley graduated from high school when she was 15.

Acting career[edit]

Johnson had a prolific career at a young age. Before she was twenty-one years old, she had already been in the casts of eight different TV series. Her acting career began at age six, when she played the role of Chrissy Seaver. Her age was accelerated from a toddler between seasons for plotting purposes. On the television show Growing Pains from 1990 to 1992, in the sixth and seventh season, she and then little-known actor Leonardo DiCaprio were added to the show before its cancellation. In the one-season Phenom in 1993-1994, she played the mischievous younger sister of a rising teenaged tennis star. She also appeared in the 1994 sitcom All-American Girl, which lasted for only one season. She played DJ's girlfriend Lisa in a 1995 episode ("The Blaming of the Shrew") of Roseanne, and was Mel Gibson's character's daughter in the 2000 comedy What Women Want. In 2008 she became a regular on the drama Dirt as Sharlee Cates, a starlet whose character is based on pop singer Britney Spears.[citation needed] In 2009, she appeared in "Omega", the finale of the first season of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. She also appeared in the show's unaired pilot, "Echo".

In 2012, she appeared in The Avengers (also directed by Whedon) as a waitress who is saved by Captain America. Though this was a minor role, the Blu-ray edition of The Avengers contains some deleted scenes that expand her role in the movie, and further her interactions with Captain America.[1] Her "small-but-pivotal role" may lead to her returning in future movies as a friend or love interest for Captain America.[2] The characters name 'Beth' may be a reference to the supporting character Golden Girl from the Captain America comics.

Also a voice actress, in 1993 she voiced Holly on the cartoon Christmas movie Precious Moments Timmy's Special Delivery. She played Sean on the cartoon movie The First Snow of Winter in 1998. Gretchen Grundler on the Walt Disney TV animated series Recess, Terra in the Teen Titans animated series during the show's second season, Jinmay on Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! and Gwen Tennyson on Ben 10: Alien Force and in future variations of the Ben 10 franchise. Three of her roles have love interests who are voiced by Greg Cipes (Chiro on Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Kevin in Ben 10, and Beast Boy in Teen Titans). She co-starred in the PlayStation exclusive The Last of Us as the character Ellie, which was released to critical acclaim and commercial success. She subsequently won a video game BAFTA for Best Performer and a VGX Award for Best Voice Actress for her role in the game.

Currently she can be seen playing occult specialist Morgan on the web series "Spooked" from Geek and Sundry.

Personal life[edit]

Johnson attended the International School of Music, where she studied violin and piano; she also plays guitar and cello. When not acting or studying music, Johnson co-runs the photography company Infinity Pictures, with her friend, production assistant Mila Shah.[3]

Johnson has an older brother, Chris, who worked on the television show The District. Her older sister, Haylie Johnson, is best known for her role as Haylie on Kids Incorporated. Haylie is married to musician Jonny Lang. Both Ashley and Haylie are former Miss Jr. Michigan titleholders, and they play in a band together. Her friend Greg Cipes refers to her as his "cartoon girlfriend" in the Cartoon Network studio.



1990LionheartNicole Gaultier
1995Nine MonthsShannon Dwyer
1995Annie: A Royal Adventure!Annie
1998Dancer, Texas Pop. 81Josie Hemphill
1999Anywhere but HereSarah
2000Indescribable Nth, TheThe Indescribable NthDoris (voice)Short film
2000What Women WantAlex Marshall
2000The Growing Pains MovieChrissy Seaver
2001Recess: School's OutGretchen Grundler (voice)
2001RustinLee Wolford
2003Failures, TheThe FailuresLilly Kyle
2004Killer DillerAngie
2004King of the CornerElena Spivak
2004Growing Pains: Return of the SeaversChrissy Seaver
2005Nearing GraceMerna Ash
2006Pity Card, TheThe Pity CardGretelShort film
2006Fast Food NationAmber
2006Grad NightStudent
2007Brothers Solomon, TheThe Brothers SolomonPatricia
2008Pie'n BurgerHollyShort film
2008OtisRiley Lawson
2008Columbus DayAlana
2009Punching the ClownTracy
2010AllegedRose Williams
2011Help, TheThe HelpMary Beth Caldwell
2012The AvengersWaitress Beth
2012Much Ado About NothingMargaret


1990–1992Growing PainsChrissy Seaver47 episodes
1993Men Don't TellCindyTV movie
1993In the Shadows, Someone's WatchingBlind GirlTV movie
1993Town Santa Forgot, TheThe Town Santa ForgotGranddaughter (voice)TV movie
1993–1994PhenomMary Margaret Doolan22 episodes
1994All-American GirlCasey Emmerson12 episodes
1995RoseanneLisaEpisode: "The Blaming of the Shrew"
1995Annie: A Royal Adventure!AnnieTV movie
1995–1996Maybe This TimeGracie Wallace18 episodes
1996–1998JumanjiPeter Shepherd (voice)21 episodes
1997MoloneyKatherine 'Kate' Moloney3 episodes
1997WingsRebeccaEpisode: "Ms. Write"
1997–2001RecessGretchen Grundler (voice)129 episodes
1998Kelly KellyMaureen Kelly7 episodes
1998ERDana EllisEpisode: "They Treat Horses, Don't They?"
Episode: "Vanishing Act"
1999PartnersJanieTV movie
2000Growing Pains Movie, TheThe Growing Pains MovieChrissy SeaverTV movie
2001Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third StreetGretchen Grundler (voice)Video
2002In the EchoTV movie
2002Lloyd in SpaceViolet (voice)Episode: "The Big Sleepover"
2002RoswellEileen BurrowsEpisode: "Panacea"
Episode: "Chant Down Babylon"
2002Ally McBealSerena FeldmanEpisode: "Heart and Soul"
2002ProvidenceDaphne Wallace3 episodes
2002Touched by an AngelNatalieEpisode: "Bring on the Rain"
2002Guardian, TheThe GuardianBetsy FortunatoEpisode: "Sacrifice"
2003Kidz History: The Revolutionary WarColonistVideo
2003Recess: All Growed DownGretchen (voice)Video
2003Recess: Taking the Fifth GradeGretchen (voice)Video
2003Married to the KellysShariEpisode: "Lewis May Have a Girlfriend"
2004Married to the KellysShariEpisode: "Chris and Mary Fight"
2004Sweden, OhioTV movie
2004Growing Pains: Return of the SeaversChrissy SeaverTV movie
2004–2005Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!Jinmay (voice)6 episodes
2004–2006Teen TitansTerra (voice)6 episodes
2004–2010King of the HillEmily / Jamie7 episodes
2006Lilo & Stitch: The SeriesGretchen Gundler (voice)Episode: "Lax: Experiment #285"
2007MonkSusie the MaidEpisode: "Mr. Monk Is at Your Service"
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDreama LittleEpisode: "Ending Happy"
2007HeartlandRebecca ColtonEpisode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
2008DirtSharlee Cates4 episodes
2008Middleman, TheThe MiddlemanEleanor DraperEpisode: "The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation"
2008Raising the BarElise DentonEpisode: "Hang Time"
2008Mentalist, TheThe MentalistClara TennantEpisode: "Seeing Red"
2008–2010Ben 10: Alien ForceGwen Tennyson / Carol Smith / Cicely / Various characters (voice)45 episodes
2009DollhouseWendy / Caroline / Hayden LeedsEpisode: "Omega"
Episode: "Echo"
2009Cold CaseGrace StearnsEpisode: "The Crossing"
2010Funny or Die Presents...GirlfriendEpisode: "1.1"
2010Lie to MeValerieEpisode: "Beat the Devil"
2010Drunk HistoryElizabeth HamiltonEpisode: "Drunk History Vol. 1: Featuring Michael Cera"
2010Christmas CupidJennyTV movie
2010–2012Ben 10: Ultimate AlienGwen Tennyson / Sunny / Various characters (voice)52 episodes
2011In Plain SightSarah Collins / Sarah PeterschwimEpisode: "Something A-mish"
2011Pound PuppiesToyoshikoEpisode: "Toyoshiko! Bark Friend Machine"
2011Killing, TheThe KillingAmber Ahmed6 episodes
2012Private PracticeKellyEpisode: "The Time Has Come"
2012Drop Dead DivaVeronica KramerEpisode: "Road Trip"
2012Pound PuppiesGinaEpisode: "The Super Secret Pup Club"
2012Ben 10: OmniverseEleven & sixteen-year old Gwen Tennyson / Margie (voice)Various episodes

Appeared in only seven episodes as guest

2013The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying OrangeJenny Applesauce (voice)
2013Pound PuppiesAmelia


Episode: "Fright at the Museum"

Episode: "When Niblet Met Giblet

2013Teen Titans Go!Terra (voice)Episode: "Terra-ized" and "Be Mine
2013Masters of SexFlora BanksEpisode: "Fallout"
2014Garfunkel & OatesJaneEpisode: "Speechless"
2015Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesRenet
2015StalkerStephanieEpisode: "My Hero"

Video games[edit]

2005Teen TitansTerra
2008Ben 10: Alien ForceGwen Tennyson
2009FusionFallGwen Tennyson
2009Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax AttacksGwen Tennyson
2010Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of HexGwen Tennyson
2010Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic DestructionGwen Tennyson
2011Cartoon Network: Punch Time ExplosionGwen Tennyson
2013Last of Us, TheThe Last of UsEllieVGX Award for Best Voice Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Voice Actress
2014Infamous First LightJenny


  1. ^ "The Avengers deleted scene sees Captain America as a man out of time". 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Former ‘Growing Pains’ child star has small-but-important ‘Avengers’ role". 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  3. ^ "Local actress has far outgrown her 'Growing Pains' start". 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 

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