Joanna García

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Joanna García
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Garcia at the Entertainment Weekly/Revlon party, September 2008
BornJoanna Lynne García[1]
(1979-08-10) August 10, 1979 (age 34)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Other namesJoAnna Garcia, Joanna García-Swisher
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Nick Swisher (m. 2010)
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Joanna García
Joanna Garcia.jpg
Garcia at the Entertainment Weekly/Revlon party, September 2008
BornJoanna Lynne García[1]
(1979-08-10) August 10, 1979 (age 34)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Other namesJoAnna Garcia, Joanna García-Swisher
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Nick Swisher (m. 2010)

Joanna Lynne García (August 10, 1979), also known professionally as Joanna García-Swisher,[1] is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal of Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery on The WB/The CW sitcom Reba. She later starred as Mia Putney in the ABC sitcom Better with You. Since November 2013, she has had a recurring role as Ariel in the ABC drama series Once Upon a Time.

Early life[edit]

García was born in Tampa, Florida, where she was raised by her mother, Loraine, a homemaker and former elementary schoolteacher, and her father, Jay García, a gynecologist. Her father is of Cuban descent.[2][3][4] She has one brother, Michael García. She first started performing at age 10 when she auditioned for a local theater production and landed the lead. She was discovered by the Disney Channel, but her parents put school first and she continued to feed her passion by acting in local plays. She was the homecoming queen[5] at Florida's Tampa Catholic High School.[4]

While attending the high school, she was discovered by Nickelodeon and starred for three seasons as Samantha on Are You Afraid of the Dark?. She commuted from Florida to Montreal, Canada, where the show was filmed.


While in Florida, García guest starred in seaQuest DSV, Second Noah, and Superboy and several movies of the week. After briefly attending college at Florida State University where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, she quit school to pursue acting full-time and moved to Los Angeles, California. She was cast on the television drama Party of Five, playing the recurring character Hallie. She had a recurring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000) portraying the character of Vicki Appleby the popular freshman cheerleader who spent seven minutes in heaven with the ultimate geek, Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr).[4]

García at the Susan G. Komen Fundraiser at Mulberry, Melrose Place, Los Angeles, October 21, 2008

García went on to portray the character of Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery, Reba's (Reba McEntire) oldest daughter on The CW sitcom Reba (2001–07). She was featured on the short-lived CBS comedy Welcome to the Captain. Beginning in the fall of 2008, she starred as Megan Smith in the CW series Privileged (originally known as How to Survive the Filthy Rich). On the big screen, García was seen in the comedy spoof Not Another Teen Movie.[4] She has also appeared in the original television movies From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder (1997). She also appeared in the ABC Family original movie The Initiation of Sarah, which premiered in October 2006. In 2008, she had a role in A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride, playing Roxanne. She had a leading role in the ABC Family TV movie Revenge of the Bridesmaids.

In 2009, García had a recurring role on The CW drama Gossip Girl playing the role of Bree Buckley, an irreverent evil Miss America-type who is politically progressive, but hails from a conservative Southern family. She appeared in four episodes in season three.[6] In December 2009, she guest starred as Maggie, Ted Mosby's college buddy on How I Met Your Mother.

García starred in the ABC sitcom Better with You. The show centers on two sisters who were at different points in their romantic relationships: one was unmarried and in a long-term relationship and the other (García) got married after getting pregnant from a one-night stand.[7] It was canceled on May 13, 2011.[8]

Garcia guest starred on The Penguins of Madagascar in the episode "The Officer X Factor/Love Hurts", which aired on February 12, 2011. In 2012, Garcia appeared in four episodes of the USA Network dramedy Royal Pains as a nephrologist treating Jack O'Malley (Tom Cavanagh).[9] In 2013, she played the role of the mermaid Ariel in the series Once Upon a Time in season three.

Personal life[edit]

Actress JoAnna Garcia Swisher, left, and her husband, outfielder Nick Swisher, at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, Nov. 25, 2011. The celebrity couple was on a USO tour to greet troops and tour military facilities

In 2008, García became engaged to Trace Ayala, co-founder of clothing company William Rast with his childhood friend Justin Timberlake. (Ayala was Timberlake's former personal assistant.)[10] The couple dated for nearly two years before calling off their engagement.

In August 2009, People magazine reported that García was dating baseball player Nick Swisher.[11] They became engaged in May 2010,[12] and married on December 11, 2010 at the Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida.[13] Bridesmaids for García included friends and fellow actresses Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Melissa Peterman, and Reba McEntire.[14] Since her marriage, she has been credited as Joanna García Swisher.[9] The couple has one daughter, Emerson Jay Swisher, born on May 21, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.[15][16]

Causes and interests[edit]

García volunteers as a teacher for children who are learning English as a second language. She is involved with the organization Make the Commitment, whose purpose is to raise awareness about cervical cancer.[17][18][19] She has an organization called We Reach,[5] a charity which has assembled an advisory board in the entertainment industry to help young girls around the country organize charity events in their hometowns. The charity also has the goal of empowering young women.


1997Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet MurderSusieTelevision film
1999Holy JoeJoyce CassTelevision film
2001American Pie 2Christy
2001Not Another Teen MovieSandy Sue
2006Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of SarahCorinneTelevision film
2008Extreme MovieSweetie Pie
2008Very Merry Daughter of the Bride, AA Very Merry Daughter of the BrideRoxanneTelevision film
2010Revenge of the BridesmaidsParker WaldTelevision film
2013Internship, TheThe InternshipMegan
1992SuperboyGirlEpisode: "Obituary for a Superhero"
1992Clarissa Explains It AllFionaEpisode: "Take My Advice... Please"
1994–1996Are You Afraid of the Dark?First Generation|SamMain cast; 37 episodes
1994seaQuest DSVIrisEpisode: "Playtime"
1996–1997Second NoahKatherine Ortega3 episodes
1996Step by StepChelseaEpisode: "We're Going to Disney World: Part 1"
1998From the Earth to the MoonJulie ShepardMiniseries; episode: "For Miles and Miles"
1998Party of FiveHallie5 episodes
1998Any Day NowMartha MontgomeryEpisode: "It's Who You Sleep With"
1999Dawson's CreekGirl #1 – TracyEpisode: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
1999Pacific BlueLeah ChandlerEpisode: "Lucky 13"
1999ProvidenceGillianEpisode: "Heaven Can Wait"
1999CI5: The New ProfessionalsCadet SusanEpisode: "Glory Days"
2000Freaks and GeeksVicki Appleby5 episodes
2000Opposite SexCassie SchreiberEpisode: "The Homosexual Episode"
2000FreedomSally MuellerEpisode: "Assassins"
2000Boston PublicSusan PotterEpisode: "Chapter Four"
2001Go FishAmandaEpisode: "Go P.D.A."
2001Going to CaliforniaJenniferEpisode: "I Know Why the Caged Rhino Sings"
2001–2007RebaCheyenne Hart-MontgomeryMain cast
2001Off CentreRamonaEpisode: "Let's Meet Mike and Euan"
2004What I Like About YouFionaEpisode: "Three Little Words"
2005Family GuyLaDawnVoice only; episode: "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter"
2008Welcome to The CaptainHopeMain cast
2008–2009PrivilegedMegan SmithMain cast
2009Cop HouseDr. Rebecca WagnerUnsold Fox pilot
2009Untitled Justin Adler ProjectKimmyUnsold NBC pilot
2009Gossip GirlBree Buckley4 episodes
2009How I Met Your MotherMaggieEpisode: "The Window"
2010–2011Better with YouMia PutneyMain cast
2011Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of MadagascarShaunaVoice only; episode: "Love Hurts"
2012Oh Fuck, It's YouWendy CookeUnsold CBS pilot
2012Royal PainsDr. Nina Greene4 episodes
2012Animal PracticeDorothy CraneMain cast
2013–presentOnce Upon a TimeArielRecurring role

Awards and nominations[edit]

2005Teen Choice AwardChoice TV Actress – ComedyRebaNominated
2009ALMA AwardActress in Television – ComedyPrivilegedNominated


  1. ^ a b "JoAnna Garcia". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Welcome to the World of JoAnna Garcia.
  3. ^ Joanna Garcia Biography (1979–) at
  4. ^ a b c d Deggans, Eric. "'Reba' has a touch of Tampa", St. Petersburg Times, 1 February 2002.
  5. ^ a b Joanna García at
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2009-06-25). "'Gossip Girl' scoop: Joanna Garcia is Nate's new GF!". entertainmentweekly. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  7. ^ DiNunno, Gina (2010-01-25). "Privileged's JoAnna Garcia Tapped for ABC Comedy". 
  8. ^ ‘Better With You’ Cancelled By ABC – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers. (2011-05-13). Retrieved on 2012-12-28.
  9. ^ a b Mitovich, Matt Webb (2011-09-07). Exclusive: JoAnna Garcia Scrubs In As Mysterious Royal Pains Doc.
  10. ^ "JoAnna Garcia of Reba & Trace Ayala Get Engaged". People. 2008-06-18. 
  11. ^ Marx, Linda (2009-08-12). "Is Kate Hudson A-Rod's Good Luck Charm?", People
  12. ^ "Privileged's Joanna Garcia and Yankee Nick Swisher Are Engaged". People. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Joanna Garcia and Nick Swisher Wed in Palm Beach". People. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Joanna Garcia marries New York Yankees fiance Nick Swisher in Palm Beach ceremony". New York Daily News. 2010-12-12. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  15. ^ Messer, Lesley. "JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher Welcome Baby Girl". ABC. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Nick and JoAnna Garcia Swisher Welcome Daughter Emerson Jay". People. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  17. ^ TV Star Joanna Garcia Brings Nationwide Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign to Chicago,, 2005.
  18. ^ TV Star Joanna Garcia Brings Nationwide Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign to Miami,, 2005.
  19. ^ Rybak, Hollie (2005-10-04). Actress spreads awareness of cervical cancer at U. South Florida-area event. The Oracle.

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