Erika Christensen

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Erika Christensen pushed the boundaries when it came to choosing her roles, with most of these boundaries bordering on the deep, dark, and depressing. Christensen became one of Hollywood's most talked about stars after ... Read more »
Born: 08/19/1982 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Wicked City 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

My Boyfriend's Dogs 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Parenthood 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Veronika Decides to Die 2015 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

How Sweet it Is 2013 (Movie)

Sarah Cosmo (Actor)

The Tortured 2012 (Movie)

Elise Landry (Actor)

Mercy 2010 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

How to Rob a Bank 2008 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

Six Degrees 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Gardener of Eden 2006 (Movie)

Mona Huxley (Actor)

The Sisters 2006 (Movie)

Irene Prior (Actor)

Flightplan 2005 (Movie)

Fiona (Actor)

Upside of Anger 2005 (Movie)

Andy Wolfmeyer (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1998 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

MTV's New Year's Eve 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Punk'd 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet 2004 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Score 2004 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1998 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '03 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Wuthering Heights (MTV) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Room 2003 (Movie)

Deanna (Actor)

Sizzlin' 16 of 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Swimfan 2002 (Movie)

Madison (Actor)

The Banger Sisters 2002 (Movie)

Hannah (Actor)

Freakylinks 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Teen Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Geena Davis Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Movie Stars 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Time of Your Life 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

Caroline Wakefield (Actor)

Thanks 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Leave It to Beaver 1997 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Can of Worms (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

Actor

Struck (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Erika Christensen pushed the boundaries when it came to choosing her roles, with most of these boundaries bordering on the deep, dark, and depressing. Christensen became one of Hollywood's most talked about stars after her riveting performance as Michael Douglas' drug-addicted daughter in the award-winning film, "Traffic" (2000). Critics were in awe with Christensen's gritty portrayal of a teenage cocaine fiend, an intense role that pushed the limits of the then 18-year-old actress who had to also perform graphic sex scenes in the film. From then on, Christensen became widely associated with playing deeply disturbed characters, including an obsessive teen in "Swimfan" (2002), a student who stopped at nothing to get high grades in "The Perfect Score" (2004), or a young woman dating a perverted older man in "The Upside of Anger" (2005). Her film career careened in the mid-2000s, but it gained momentum with a lead role on the ensemble television dramedy, "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010 - ) about four siblings dealing with the ups-and-downs of raising their own families. She ventured into new territory on the series, playing a high-strung working mom trying to raise a six-year-old daughter with her stay-at-home husband. Christensen's ability to transform herself from a Hollywood "It" girl to a serious actress with an edge - along the way, expanding her repertoire - cemented her stardom and provided the opportunity for a thriving, longtime career.

Relationships

Nick

Half-Brother
Born c. 1974

Steven Christensen

Father

Kathy Christensen

Mother

Brando Christensen

Brother
Born c. 1987 twin of Dane

Dane Christensen

Brother
Born c. 1987 twin of Brando

EDUCATION

Home-schooled by parents; received her GED at age 16

Milestones

2010

Cast as Julia Braverman-Graham on NBC's updated version of the 1989 film, "Parenthood"

2009

Cast as a law student suffering from multiple personality disorder in the season premiere of FOX's "Lie to Me"

2008

Co-starred with Nick Stahl in the indie film, "How To Rob A Bank"

2006

Cast in the short-lived ABC series "Six Degrees"

2005

Portrayed Joan Allen's daughter in "The Upside of Anger" a film by Mike Binder; screened at sundance

2004

Co-starred in "The Perfect Score" about six teenagers who try and steal the SAT's

2004

Cast in "Riding the Bullet" based on the novel by Stephen King

2002

Starred as a high schooler obsessed with a male student in "Swimfan"

2002

Had featured role in "The Banger Sisters"

2001

Had recurring role on the ABC sitcom "The Geena Davis Show"

2001

Returned to the big screen in "Home Room"

2000

Breakthrough screen role as the drug-addicted daughter of a government official in "Traffic"

1999

Had regular role on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Thanks"

1999

TV-movie debut in "Can of Worms" (The Disney Channel)

1997

Film debut, playing the girlfriend of Wally Cleaver in "Leave It to Beaver"

1997

Primetime TV acting debut in an episode of the ABC drama series "Nothing Sacred"

1995

Cast in the video for Michael Jackson's "Childhood"

Appeared in local theater productions in Southern California

Sang back-up on Neil Diamond's "The Christmas Album II"

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