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Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson, 1998
Born October 6, 1970 (1970-10-06) (age 39)
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Amy Jo Johnson (born October 6, 1970) is an American actress, singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known for her roles as Kimberly Ann Hart, the first Pink Ranger of the Power Rangers franchise in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and as Julie Emrick on The WB's college drama Felicity. She also played Stacy Reynolds on the Lifetime police drama The Division, and in 2005 she joined the cast of the TV drama Wildfire as famous jockey Tina Sharp.

Johnson is currently starring as Julianna “Jules” Callaghan in the Canadian CTV television series Flashpoint. For this role she was nominated for the 2009 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.[1]

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Personal life

Johnson was born in Dennis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, a daughter of Greig Johnson, a car salesman, and his wife Christine, who managed a clothing store.[2][3] She became interested in gymnastics and after training for years, decided to aim for the Olympic Games. She eventually reached Class One - the highest status in gymnastics - and participated in competitions hosted in the United States and Europe in all four events: uneven bars, vault, beam and floor. She was forced to abandon gymnastics following a severe injury.

On June 24, 2008, Johnson announced that she was expecting her first child.[4][5] Johnson gave birth to a daughter, Francesca Christine, on December 1, 2008; the father is Johnson's fiance, Oliver Giner. [6]

Acting career

At the age of eighteen, after graduating from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School,[7] Johnson left Cape Cod and moved to New York City in order to pursue her acting career. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the American Musical and Acting Academy. When Johnson felt comfortable with her skills, she left for Los Angeles to audition for her first part.

Johnson's first role was as Kimberly Ann Hart, the Pink Ranger, in the 1993 series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. She acquired the role within the first month of her main stay in L.A. Her gymnastics background was a clear advantage for her in fight scenes, and the Hart character was also an accomplished gymnast like herself. Her martial arts skills were taught to her by many choreographers in the studio. The series achieved unexpected success and Johnson had a fair share of media exposure, both as the character and as herself. Her appearances on the show jump started her career and served as a positive influence for many younger viewers and fans. After she left the series in 1995, Johnson went on to star with Justin Whalin in the Disney Channel's Original movie Susie Q. That same year, she starred alongside Wally Wingert in the Saved by the Bell: The New Class episode "Backstage Pass" as Linda. Also in 1996, Amy appeared in a Fruit Gushers commercial where her head turned into a giant strawberry through computer-generated effects.

In 1997, she starred in NBC's adaptation of Lois Duncan's novel Killing Mr. Griffin as Susan McConnell and also played Andie Bradley, a gymnast with an eating disorder in the movie Perfect Body. She also reprised her role as Kimberly Hart alongside Austin St. John as Jason Lee Scott in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, a 1997 movie in which her character was sacrificed in a volcano to Divatox's fiancee Maligore and resurrected as an evil being in an attempt to destroy the Power Rangers. She jokingly stated in the I Love the '90s 1993 special that being the Pink Power Ranger is something she would never live down. When she was interviewed on The Sharon Osbourne Show Johnson said that Power Rangers was a great first job. She also participated in the film Without Limits.

In 1998, Johnson played the part of a vampire in the indie movie Cold Hearts. Soon after, she was invited to play the second most notable role of her acting career: Julie Emrick, a college freshman who becomes the best friend to the eponymous star of The WB series Felicity. She was in the series for two and a half years. Her character in the series was originally cast as a dancer, but Johnson managed to convince the producers to turn the role into that of a singer and guitarist, which eventually led Johnson to being able to play a song of her own composition, titled "Puddle of Grace." The song was added to the show's official soundtrack. Her talent in music also led her to star in the movie Sweetwater: A True Rock Story, a biography about the life of singer Nancy Nevins and Sweetwater, who were the first band to play at the Woodstock festival. (Richie Havens was the first performer overall.)

Johnson then took roles in a number of indie movies, namely Interstate 60, Pursuit of Happiness and Hard Ground. She also starred as Stacy Reynolds in the fourth season of the television crime drama The Division. She released her debut album, titled The Trans-American Treatment, and performs live in the Los Angeles area alongside "The Amy Jo Johnson Band". She later dropped the band and limited the instrumental presence in her shows to her acoustic guitar and her voice. She released another album titled Imperfect on March 2005.

In 2006, Johnson co-starred in Magma: Volcanic Disaster, a Sci-Fi Channel original made for TV movie. She played a college student who begged to go on an expedition. Johnson has also taken roles on ABC Family's original show Wildfire as famous jockey Tina Sharp, the villain of the first season. She also starred a few episodes of What About Brian, as Karen, who is Brian's girlfriend. She has also taken on roles from two new independent films, Veritas, Prince of Truth and The Islander. Johnson also starred alongside Carol Alt in the Lifetime Television movie, Fatal Trust.

In December 2007 she contributed guest vocals to Koishii & Hush's cover of The Cars track "Since You're Gone", released as single.[8]

Johnson is currently starring in the police drama called Flashpoint. She plays Jules Callahan, a member of the Strategic Response Unit of the Toronto Police service. The series premiered on CTV and CBS July 11, 2008.[9] The pilot episode attracted 8.23 million viewers, making it a CBS hit. Including Canadian viewers, it was the most-viewed show in North America.[10] Her song "Dancing In-between" was featured on Flashpoint and most recently released as single. The show received 19 nominations at the 24th Gemini Awards, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Johnson.[11]

Filmography

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Film

Film Year Portraying
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie 1995 Kimberly Hart- Pink Power Ranger
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie 1997 Kimberly Hart (cameo)
Without Limits 1998 Iowa's finest
Cold Hearts' 1999 Alicia
Pursuit of Happiness 2001 Tracy
Liar's Club 2001 Karen
Interstate 60 2002 Laura
Infested 2002 Jesse
Arbie 2005 Herself
Islander 2006 Cheryl
Veritas, Prince of Truth 2007 Marty Williams

Television

Year Television program Role Notes
1993-1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Kimberly Hart/Pink Power Ranger Starring role
1995 The Eddie Files Doll Salesperson 1 episode
1996 Susie Q Susie Q/Maggie Starring role
Campus cops Swimsuit contestant Swimsuit contestant"
Saved by the Bell: The New Class Linda "Backstage pass"
1997 Killing Mr. Griffin Susan McConnell Staring role
1997 Perfect Body Andie Bradley Staring role
1998-2002 Felicity Julie Emrick Staring role
1999 Sweetwater Nansi Nevins Staring role
2001 Night Visions Sara "Episode 5, Rest Stop"
2001 ER Jill "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain"
2002 Spin City Stephanie "Sex, Lies and Video Date"
2003 Hard Ground Elizabeth Kennedy Starring role
2003-2004 The Division Stacy Reynolds Staring role
2005-2007 Wildfire Tina Sharp Guest role
2006 Magma: Volcanic Disaster Brianna Chapman Staring role
2006 What About Brian? Karen Guest role
2006 Fatal Trust Kate Staring role
2008-present Flashpoint Jules Callaghan Staring role

Discography

  • The Trans-American Treatment (2001), Sneaky Alligator
  • Imperfect (2005), Sneaky Alligator
  • Since You're Gone - Single (2008)
  • Dancing In-Between - Single (2008), Cozy Life

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