Aug. 19th, 1982
Seattle, Washington, USA
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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), Flightplan (2005), How to Rob a Bank (2007), and The Tortured (2010). For her role in Traffic, she won the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture along with her co-stars.
Born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kathy (née Hendricks), a construction manager, and Steven Christensen, an insurance worker and human resources executive. 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 Icelandic, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Welsh, and Irish ancestry. Christensen was raised in suburban Los Angeles, California. She started out acting on television in commercials for McDonald's. Christensen is a member of the Church of Scientology. Her parents became Scientologists in their 20s and raised her to be a Scientologist. Her parents also decided to homeschool her.
On November 17, 2014, People confirmed that she is engaged to cyclist Cole Maness, with whom she has been in a relationship since 2012. The couple live together in Los Feliz, Los Angeles.
Christensen began her career with a supporting role in the comedy film Leave It to Beaver, and a one episode guest appearance on the drama series Nothing Sacred, both of which were released/aired in 1997. She went on to guest star in numerous other television series in the late 1990s, including Frasier, The Practice, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Touched by an Angel. She also starred in the Disney Channel original movie Can of Worms in 1999. Also in 1999, she starred as Abigail Winthrop on the short-lived CBS sitcom Thanks.That same year, she featured in Michael Jackson's music video for his song "Childhood", alongside actress Jena Malone.
In 2006, she starred in the short-lived drama series Six Degrees on ABC. From 2010 until its ending in 2015, Christensen starred as Julia Braverman-Graham on the NBC family drama series Parenthood. In 2014, she won a Gracie Award for her performance in the role. Christensen will portray Betty Beaumont in the first season of ABC's crime drama anthology series Wicked City.
In 2013, she starred in the musical film How Sweet It Is, directed by Brian Herzlinger,and served as a guest judge on 2 episodes of the cooking competition series Knife Fight. The following year, she appeared as a panellist on the celebrity game show Hollywood Game Night, and lead the cast of the Hallmark Channel television film My Boyfriends' Dogs, based on the Dandi Daley Mackall novel of the same name. In February 2015, she was cast in the first season of ABC's crime drama anthology series Wicked City as Betty Beaumont, a single mother of two who becomes romantically involved with a serial killer (Ed Westwick).
In June 2015, Christensen joined the all-star cast of the HBO courtroom drama film Confirmation, directed by Rick Famuyiwa. She will star alongside Kerry Washington, Greg Kinnear, Wendell Pierce, Eric Stonestreet, and 'Jennifer Hudson'. Also in 2015, she partnered with food company Lean Cuisine to launch their brand overhaul. Christensen is attached to star in the thriller film In Limbo with Danny Masterson and Alexandra Breckenridge, and the drama The Idiot alongside 'Jackson Rathbone', the latter of which is based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel of the same name.
- 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.
- Elder sister of 'Dane Christensen' (qv) and his twin brother Brando.
- She is a talented singer.