Mae Whitman

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Mae Whitman
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Mae Whitman at the premiere of The Pirate Fairy in 2014
BornMae Margaret Whitman
(1988-06-09) June 9, 1988 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1994–present
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Mae Whitman
Mae Whitman March 22, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Mae Whitman at the premiere of The Pirate Fairy in 2014
BornMae Margaret Whitman
(1988-06-09) June 9, 1988 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1994–present

Mae Margaret Whitman (born June 9, 1988)[1] is an American actress and voice artist. She is known for her roles as blind girl Amy trapped with an escaped convict in Lost in the Dark, Ann Veal in the TV series Arrested Development, Amber Holt on the TV series Parenthood, and Roxy Richter in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She is also known for her voice work as Katara in the animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender, Little Suzy in Johnny Bravo, Rose/Huntsgirl in American Dragon: Jake Long, April O'Neil in the 2012 iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Tinker Bell in the Tinker Bell movies. Her first major studio role was as the President's daughter in the 1996 film Independence Day. She was also in the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower as Mary-Elizabeth.

Early life[edit]

Whitman was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of mother Pat Musick, a voice artist, and father Jeff Whitman, a personal manager and set construction co-ordinator.[1] She was educated in a private school in Los Angeles.[2][3]


Whitman started her career with a voice over for a Tyson Chicken commercial at the age of three.[4] Acting coach Andrew Magarian helped her memorize lines as she could not read.[5]

In 1994, at the age of six, Whitman made her film debut, acting alongside Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), playing Ryan's youngest daughter, Casey.[6] She beat 700 other girls who were interested in the part.[2] In 1996, Whitman appeared in two films: Independence Day as the President's daughter;[7] and One Fine Day playing George Clooney's character's daughter Maggie.[8] The same year, Whitman guest starred in the episode "The One Where Rachel Quits" of the sitcom Friends.[9] In 1998, she was Sandra Bullock's character's daughter Bernice in Hope Floats.[10]

During several guest appearances from 1998 until 2001, Whitman played the role of Chloe Madison on JAG. Chloe was Sarah 'Mac' Mackenzie's (Catherine Bell) Little Sister, through the Big Sister, Little Sister program.[citation needed] In 2001 and 2002, Whitman starred in the Fox Family series State of Grace in which she portrayed Grace from a Catholic background who befriends Hannah, a Jewish girl (Alia Shawkat).[11][12] Whitman was the voice of Navajo Wynonna "Winnie" Whitefeather for Focus on the Family's The Last Chance Detectives audio cases (2004).[citation needed]

From 2004 to 2006, Whitman had a recurring role on Arrested Development, reuniting with Shawkat. Whitman appeared in the 2006 series Thief for FX Networks, playing the stepdaughter of Nick Atwater (Andre Braugher).[13] She was also featured in several video games, lending her voice to the character Yuffie Kisaragi in the Square-Enix/Disney video game Kingdom Hearts II as well as an appearance in the third-person shooter role-playing video game Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-.[citation needed] Whitman made several high profile guest appearances in 2006 and 2007. She also appeared on Desperate Housewives as an unscrupulous friend of Julie.[citation needed]

Mae Whitman at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con

Whitman was initially cast in the 2007 series remake of The Bionic Woman, playing the deaf younger sister of the title character. On June 27, 2007, TV Guide reported that Whitman was being replaced in the role of Jaime's sister, and Lucy Hale was cast as Whitman's replacement the following July.[14] An NBC spokesperson confirmed this, stating, "The decision was purely creatively driven. It is very common to change storylines, characters, actors after the initial pilot is shot." The sister character's hearing was restored after this recasting at the request of an NBC executive.[14] She also appeared in the season nine episode "Streetwise" of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, as an on-the-street-mother who adopts street children forming a homeless family.[citation needed]

Whitman gave voice to Katara of the Water Tribe in the animated show Avatar: The Last Airbender, and previously Rose in American Dragon: Jake Long. She has appeared most recently in the HBO series In Treatment as Rosie.[citation needed] She is also Cynder in The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night.[citation needed] Whitman lent her voice to the character of Tinker Bell in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Disney Tinker Bell films.[15] As part of a deal to promote the production of the first Tinker Bell film, the UK's speaking clock started to use her voice at 0100GMT on October 26, 2008.[16]

In 2009, Whitman landed a regular role in NBC's version of the Ron Howard classic Parenthood,[17] which premiered in 2010. She plays Amber Holt, "a rebellious and willful teen whose only interest at present is her wannabe rock star boyfriend".[18] Whitman played evil ex Roxy Richter in Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a film adaptation of the Bryan Lee O'Malley indie comic series Scott Pilgrim. The film starred her former Arrested Development co-star, Michael Cera, in the title role.[19][20] Whitman appeared on Family Guy in 2010.

Mae Whitman at the Paleyfest 2013

She had a large role in the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, opposite Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller.[21] In 2013, she reprised her role as Ann Veal in Arrested Development '​s fourth season six years after the series was cancelled.[22] She appeared alongside Darren Criss in three episodes of the third season of Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy, playing his girlfriend.[23]


Whitman has recorded "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" and "You Make Christmas Feel So Good" for School's Out! Christmas,[24] and has sung guest vocals on a number of tracks from indie-punk band Fake Problems' newest album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.[25] Whitman has also been featured on her show Parenthood in the song "Gardenia" on the season 2 episode "The Booth Job" along with Landon Pigg.[26][27] Whitman appears in the music video for "I Was a Fool" by Tegan and Sara.[28] She performed a small speaking part in the rapper DVS' record "Charlie Chaplin" where she plays the part of what DVS sees as the stereotypical "hipster" expressing distaste with music and television to appear special.[29]



1994When a Man Loves a WomanCasey Green
1995Degree of GuiltElena ArgosTelevision film
1995Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a BridgeYoung Ashley JuddTelevision film
1995Bye Bye LoveMichele
1996Independence DayPatricia Whitmore
1996After JimmyRosieTelevision film
1996One Fine DayMaggie Taylor
1997Merry Christmas, George BaileyZuzu BaileyTelevision film
1998Gingerbread Man, TheThe Gingerbread ManLibby Magruder
1998Hope FloatsBernice Pruitt
1999"A Season of Miracles"Alanna 'Lani' ThompsonTelevision film
1999Jingle BellsBeth (voice)Television film
1999Mickey's Once Upon a ChristmasGirl (voice)Direct-to-video
1999"Invisible Child"Rebecca 'Doc' BeemanTelevision film
2001American Rhapsody, AnAn American RhapsodyMaria (age 10)
2002Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys MovieSchoolgirl (voice)
2003Jungle Book 2, TheThe Jungle Book 2Shanti (voice)
2004Teacher's PetLeslie (voice)
2005Going ShoppingCoco
2005Happy Elf, TheThe Happy ElfMolly (voice)Television film
2006Bondage, TheThe BondageAngelica
2006Love's Abiding JoyColette Doros
2006Jesse Stone: Death in ParadiseEmily BishopTelevision film
2007Boogeyman 2Alison
2007Lost in the DarkAmy TolliverTelevision film
2008Tinker BellTinker Bell (voice)Direct-to-video
2008Nights in RodantheAmanda Willis
2009Spring BreakdownLydiaDirect-to-video
2009Tinker Bell and the Lost TreasureTinker Bell (voice)Direct-to-video
2009AcceptanceTaylor RockefellerTelevision film
2010Barry MundayCandice
2010Jesse Stone: No RemorseEmily BishopTelevision film
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldRoxy Richter
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the AnimationLisa MillerShort film
2010Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy RescueTinker Bell (voice)
2011Factory, TheThe FactoryAbby Fletcher
2012Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a WallflowerMary Elizabeth
2012Secret of the WingsTinker Bell (voice)
2014The Wind RisesKayo (voice)English dub
2014The Pirate FairyTinker Bell (voice)
2014Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeastTinker Bell (voice)Post-production
2015The DuffBiancaPost-production


1996Duckman: Private Dick/Family ManBaby Rose (voice)Episode: "Sperms of Endearment"
1996Early EditionAmanda BaileyEpisode: "The Choice"
1996FriendsSarah TuttleEpisode: "The One Where Rachel Quits"
1996Cartoon Cartoon Show, TheThe Cartoon Cartoon ShowLittle Suzy (voice)Episode: "Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women"
1996–1999Chicago HopeSara Wilmette17 episodes
1997Superman: The Animated SeriesYoung Lois Lane (voice)Episode: "Monkey Fun"
1997–2004Johnny BravoLittle Suzy (voice)52 episodes
1998–2001JAGChloe Madison8 episodes
1999Judging AmyDarcy MitchellEpisode: "Last Tango in Hartford"
1999ProvidenceFrances Carlyle2 episodes
1999Hallmark Hall of FameAlanna 'Lani' ThompsonEpisode: "A Season for Miracles"
2000–2002Teacher's PetLeslie Dunkling (voice)
2000Godzilla: The SeriesMeg (voice)Episode: "Shafted"
2000Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild ThornberrysAntoinette (voice)Episode: "Luck Be an Aye-Aye"
2001Max SteelJo (voice)Episode: "The Return"
2001Jackie Chan AdventuresAdditional voicesEpisode: "Scouts Honor"
2001–2002State of GraceEmma Grace McKee40 episodes
2002Presidio MedTory ReddingEpisode: "Do No Harm"
2002Zeta Project, TheThe Zeta ProjectAmy (voice)Episode: "The River Rising"
2002–2004Fillmore!Various voices7 episodes
2004Cold CaseEve KendallEpisode: "Lover's Lane"
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationGlynnis CarsonEpisode: "No Humans Involved"
2004Century CityErin PaceEpisode: "Without a Tracer"
2004–2006, 2013Arrested DevelopmentAnn Veal16 episodes
2005–2007American Dragon: Jake LongRose/Huntsgirl (voice)19 episodes
2005–2008Avatar: The Last AirbenderKatara (voice)59 episodes
2006ThiefTammi Deveraux6 episodes
2006Desperate HousewivesSarahEpisode: "Nice She Ain't"
2006Phil of the FutureCrying GirlEpisode: "Stuck in the Meddle with You"
2007JusticeJenny MarshallEpisode: "False Confession"
2007Grey's AnatomyHeather Douglas2 episodes
2007The ModifyersAgent Xero / Lacey Shadows (voices)Pilot
2007Bionic WomanBecca SommersEpisode: "Unaired Pilot"
2007Ghost WhispererRachel FordhamEpisode: "Don't Try This at Home"
2007ERHeatherEpisode: "The Test"
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitCassidy Cornell/Helen BraidwellEpisode: "Streetwise"
2008Good BehaviorRoxy WestPilot
2008–2010In TreatmentRosie Weston5 episodes
2008–presentFamily GuyVarious voices10 episodes
2009Criminal MindsJulieEpisode: "Cradle to Grave"
2009Glenn Martin, DDSAmish Girl / Trailer Park Teen (voices)2 episodes
2009–2010Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland ShowAdditional voices2 episodes
2010–presentParenthoodAmber HoltMain cast, 99 Episodes
2010Batman: The Brave and the BoldBatgirl (voice)2 episodes
2011Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow GamesTinker Bell (voice)Television special
2012Robot ChickenVarious voicesEpisode: "Casablankman 2"
2012–2013Young JusticeCassie Sandsmark/Wonder Girl / Stephanie Brown (voices)[30]6 episodes
2012WeedsTulaEpisode: "See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die"
2012–presentTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesApril O'Neil (voice)42 episodes
2012Dragons: Riders of BerkHeather (voice)2 episodes
2013Jake and the Never Land PiratesTinker Bell (voice)2 episodes
2013Web TherapyBlair Yellin3 episodes
2013–2014American DadGlitter / Zoey (voices)2 episodes
2013Masters of SexCollege studentEpisode: "Standard Deviation"
2014SuburgatoryCarisEpisode: "Blame it on the Rainstick"
2014AJ's Infinite SummerMorgan / Receptionist (voices)Pilot

Video games[edit]

2004EverQuest IILilly Ironforge / Thana Rumblehoof
2005Kingdom Hearts IIYuffie Kisaragi
2006Cartoon Network RacingLittle Suzy
2006Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VIIYuffie Kisaragi
2006Avatar: The Last AirbenderKatara
2007Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night, TheThe Legend of Spyro: The Eternal NightCynder
2007The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth, Avatar:Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning EarthKatara
2008The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno, Avatar:Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno
2011MLB, NicktoonsNicktoons MLB
2013Young Justice: LegacyDr. Helena Sandsmark / Cassie Sandsmark/Wonder Girl

Awards and nominations[edit]

1996One Fine DayYoung Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film: Actress Age Ten or UnderWon
1996One Fine DayYoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama FilmNominated
1998Hope FloatsYoung Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film: Young Actress Age Ten or UnderWon
1998Hope FloatsYoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama FilmNominated
1999Chicago HopeYoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV SeriesNominated
1999Johnny BravoYoungStar Award for Best Performance in a Voice Over TalentNominated
2001American Rhapsody, AnAn American RhapsodyYoung Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a Feature FilmWon
2001American Rhapsody, AnAn American RhapsodyYoung Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActressNominated
2001State of GraceYoung Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young ActressNominated
2010ParenthoodTeen Choice Award for Breakout Star FemaleNominated
2012The Perks of Being a WallflowerSan Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an EnsembleWon
2013Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesAnnie Award for Voice Acting in a Television ProductionNominated


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