Aug. 10th, 1979
Tampa, Florida, USA
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Joanna Lynne García (August 10, 1979), also known professionally as JoAnna Garcia Swisher, is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal of Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery on The WB/The CW sitcom Reba. Since November 2013, she has had a recurring role as Ariel in the ABC drama series Once Upon a Time.
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. 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 at Florida's Tampa Catholic High School.
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).
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. 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. 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. It was canceled on May 13, 2011.
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).
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.) 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. They became engaged in May 2010, and married (December 11, 2010) at the Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Bridesmaids for García included friends and fellow actresses 'Jamie-Lynn Sigler', 'Melissa Peterman', and 'Reba McEntire' Since her marriage, she has been credited as Joanna García Swisher. The couple has one daughter, Emerson Jay Swisher (b. May 21, 2013) in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Is of Cuban descent.
- Was homecoming queen at Florida's Tampa Catholic High School.
- Played the President's daughter in the original pilot for the TV show _"DAG" (2000)_ (qv). However, the show was revamped before airing and her character was eliminated.
- Attended Independent Day School in Tampa, a local private school.
- In her spare time, she teaches junior high school students English as a second language.
- Dad Jay is a gynecologist, mom Loraine is a homemaker and brother Michael is a medical school student.
- Joanna is a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.
- Engaged to 'Trace Ayala' (qv) [June 18, 2008].