Erika Christensen

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Erika Christensen
Erika Christensen Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Christensen at the 2013 PaleyFest in Los Angeles
BornErika Jane Christensen
(1982-08-19) August 19, 1982 (age 32)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Years active1997–present
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Erika Christensen
Erika Christensen Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Christensen at the 2013 PaleyFest in Los Angeles
BornErika Jane Christensen
(1982-08-19) August 19, 1982 (age 32)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Years active1997–present

Erika Jane Christensen (born August 19, 1982) is an American actress whose film appearances include Traffic (2000), Swimfan (2002), The Banger Sisters (2002), The Perfect Score (2004) and How to Rob a Bank (2007), among others. She also co-starred in the short-lived drama Six Degrees (September 21, 2006 – March 30, 2007) on ABC. She is currently co-starring in the 2010 television series Parenthood as Julia Braverman-Graham.

Personal life[edit]

Christensen was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kathy, a construction manager, and Steven, an insurance worker/human-resources executive.[1] She has an older half-brother, Nick, and two younger twin brothers, Dane (who appeared in the 2005 film The Upside of Anger) and Brando. She has Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Welsh, and Irish ancestry.[2] Christensen was raised in Los Angeles, California and started out on television in commercials for McDonald's.[3]

Christensen is a member of the Church of Scientology.[4] Her parents became Scientologists in their 20s and raised her to be a Scientologist as well as home-schooling her.[2]


Christensen had several small roles in various television programs before starting her movie career in 1997. These include The Geena Davis Show, Frasier, The Practice, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Touched by an Angel.[3][5]

She was named one of People magazine's "Breakthrough Stars of 2001". For her performance as a cocaine addict in Traffic (2000) she received the awards for Female Breakthrough Performance at the MTV Movie Awards,[3] Female Standout Performance at the Young Hollywood Awards, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.[3]

In 2005, she went into music as she recorded a version of "Let's Fall in Love" with John Stevens for his debut album Red.[6][7]

In 2006, she starred in the series Six Degrees, which debuted on the ABC fall schedule in 2006 but low ratings caused its cancellation after one season.[8] She made a cameo in the Joaquin Phoenix -directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside.[9] She is part of the cast of the film adaptation of Veronika Decides to Die (2009).[10] Christensen is also a regular in the new NBC TV series Parenthood, which debuted on March 2, 2010.[5][11]


1997Leave It to BeaverKaren
1999Can of WormsKatelyn SandsTV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
2000TrafficCaroline Wakefield
2002Home RoomDeanna Cartwright
2002SwimfanMadison Bell
2002Banger Sisters, TheThe Banger SistersHannah Kingsley
2003Wuthering HeightsCateTV film
2004Perfect Score, TheThe Perfect ScoreAnna Ross
2004Riding the BulletJessica Hadley
2005Upside of Anger, TheThe Upside of AngerAndrea 'Andy' Wolfmeyer
2005Sisters, TheThe SistersIrene Prior
2007Gardener of EdenMona Huxley
2007How to Rob a BankJessica
2008StruckBus Stop GirlShort film
2009Veronika Decides to DieClaire
2010MelonCatherineVideo short
2010Tortured, TheThe TorturedElise Landry
2013How Sweet It IsSarah Cosmo
2014My Boyfriends' DogsBaileyTV Film
1997Nothing SacredRomy CarrolEpisode: "House of Rage"
1998Practice, TheThe PracticeMelissaEpisode: "The Pursuit of Dignity"
1998FrasierTeenagerEpisode: "Frasier's Curse"
19983rd Rock from the SunBriannaEpisode: "Collect Call for Dick"
1999ThanksAbigail Winthrop6 episodes
1999Touched by an AngelIvyEpisode: "Voice of an Angel"
2000Time of Your LifeFlynn HallowayEpisode: "The Time She Turned 21"
2000Movie StarsTawnyEpisode: "La Vida Loca"
2000Pretender, TheThe PretenderLeigh WrightEpisode: "Corn Man"
2000FreakyLinksCassieEpisode: "Subject: Coelacanth This!"
2001Geena Davis Show, TheThe Geena Davis ShowIsabelEpisodes:
"Momma Bear"
"Sex, Lies and Videotape"
"The Prime Detective"
2001That '70s ShowStaceyEpisode: "Red and Stacey"
2005, 2009Robot ChickenMom / Crack-Ho / Debbie Benton / Della Dillingham YoungEpisodes:
"Toyz in the Hood"
"A Piece of the Action"
"Dear Consumer"
2006–2007Six DegreesMary Alice 'Mae' Edwards13 episodes
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitFBI Special Agent Lauren CooperEpisode: "Signature"
2009Lie to MeSophie / Trisha / Jessie / RJEpisode: "The Core of It"
2009MercyDana Harper McPhearsonEpisode: "Destiny, Meet My Daughter, Veronica"
2010–presentParenthoodJulia Braverman-GrahamMain Cast
90 Episodes


  1. ^ Palmer, Alan (2002-09-20). "Profile: Erika's fatal at traction; SWIMFAN HAS TAKEN ERIKA CHRISTENSEN INTO THE MAJOR LEAGUE". The Mirror. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b Erika Christensen interview – Public Servant Lifestyle
  3. ^ a b c d "Christensen rises up from McDonald's ad". Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Erika Christensen Praises Scientology
  5. ^ a b Erika Christensen at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "Music Review: John Stevens, "Red"". Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Former idol croons on ‘Red’". Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (21 September 2006). "Serendipitous Connections in the City of Separate Lives". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Joaquin Phoenix Lifts Ringside Clip From Pretender To Contender". Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Fleming, Michael (16 May 2008). "Das Films teams for adaptation". Variety. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  11. ^ "'Parenthood' premiere leaves room for growth". Retrieved 4 July 2010. 

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