Aug. 19th, 1982
Seattle, Washington, USA
Erika Christensen's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - The Tortured
2009 - Veronika Decides To Die
2007 - Gardener of Eden
2007 - How to Rob a Bank
2005 - The Upside of Anger
2005 - Flightplan
2004 - The Perfect Score
2004 - Riding the Bullet
2002 - Swimfan
2002 - The Banger Sisters
2000 - Traffic
1997 - Leave it to Beaver
Guest TV Roles
Dana Harper McPhearson
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper
Born in 1982 in Seattle, Erika Christensen was raised in the suburban outskirts of Los Angeles, California. At age 12, Erika knew that she was going to be an actress. Talented in acting, singing and dance, the young Christensen was determined, not just lucky; it wasn't long before she landed her first job: a commercial for national advertising giant, McDonalds. She followed up with a part in Michael Jackson (I)'s music video for "Childhood," then landed her big break: a lead role in Disney's Leave It to Beaver (1997). Christensen was only 13 years old, but acclaimed by critics for her "chemistry" and "radiant self-assurance."
Guest spots on television followed. Christensen popped up everywhere including prime time heavy hitters like "Frasier" (1993), _"Nothing Sacred" (1997/I)_, "The Practice" (1997), "3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996) and "Touched by an Angel" (1994). Erika received a nomination by the Hollywood Reporter for the 1998 Young Star Award (Best Performance By A Young Actress in a TV Drama Series) for her outstanding performance in _"Nothing Sacred" (1997/I)_.
Erika also kept her big screen presence known, in 1999 she worked on a Disney made-for-tv movie called Can of Worms (1999) (TV). And in 2000 Erika was able to show the world her acting chops when she took the gritty role of Caroline Wakefield, a teenage daughter of the White House Drug Czar who is herself a drug addict, in the award-winning Steven Soderbergh film, Traffic (2000). Aside from the distinction of playing alongside Hollywood's elite, Erika earned critical acclaim for the realism of the role, and received multiple awards including Female Breakthrough Performance at the MTV Movie Awards, Female Standout Performance at the Young Hollywood Awards, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
- She attended Delphi Academy, a private primary and secondary school in Los Angeles that is run according to the philosophies of 'L. Ron Hubbard' (qv) and the religion he created, Scientology. To research her role in _Traffic (2000)_ (qv), Christensen also consulted Narconon, a chain of drug rehab centers run by the Church of Scientology.
- Named one of People Magazine's 'Breakthrough Stars of 2001'.
- She has had to research several movie roles in which her characters experience various aspects of school life; this is because Erika never went to public school, but was tutored at home by her parents. Also, unlike her _Swimfan (2002)_ (qv) villain "Madison Bell," she is a superb real-life swimmer.
- She is a talented singer.
- Elder sister of 'Dane Christensen' (qv) and his twin brother Brando.