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JoAnna Garcia Swisher Biography

JoAnna García Swisher is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Sam in Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Vicki Appleby in Freaks and Geeks, and Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery in The WB/CW sitcom Reba. She has also gained popularity with her acting roles in Privileged, Better with You, Animal Practice (2012), Once Upon a Time, The Astronaut Wives Club (2015), and Sweet Magnolias (2020-present). García also stars as Lindsey Johnson in Hallmark Channel’s As Luck Would Have It (2021). She hosted The Ultimatum: Queer Love on Netflix in 2023.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher Age

Swisher was born on August 10, 1979, in Tampa, Florida, U.S. She is 44 years old as of 2023. She celebrates her birthday every August 10 every year.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher Heigt and Weight

Garcia stands at an average height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 meters tall). She weighs 55 kilograms (121 pounds). She has brown hair and brown eyes.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher Family, and Siblings

García was born in Tampa, Florida, to Loraine, a homemaker and former elementary school teacher of Spanish descent, and Jay García (1945-2019), a gynecologist from Cuba. She has one brother, Michael García. She began performing at age 10 when she auditioned for a local theater production and landed the lead.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher’s Husband

In 2008, García became engaged to Trace Ayala, the personal assistant and childhood friend of Justin Timberlake who co-founded the clothing company William Rast. In August 2009, People magazine reported that García was dating baseball player Nick Swisher. They became engaged in May 2010, and married on 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. They have two daughters, one born in 2013 and the other in 2016.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher Education

She was the homecoming queen at Florida’s Tampa Catholic High School. Disney Channel discovered her, but her parents put school first and she acted in local plays to keep up with her passion.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher Career

García guest starred in seaQuest DSV, Second Noah, and Superboy and several films of the week. While attending high school, she was re-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. She was cast at the age of fifteen on the 1994 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 then briefly attended college at Florida State University where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, but later quit school to pursue acting full-time, moving to Los Angeles, California.

García went on to portray the character of Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery, Reba’s (Reba McEntire) oldest daughter on The WB/CW sitcom Reba (2001–07). 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 films From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and Love’s Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder (1997). She also appeared in the ABC Family television film 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 television film 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 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). In 2013, during season three of the series Once Upon a Time, she began playing the recurring role of Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

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