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JoAnna García
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García in 2008
Born (1979-08-10) August 10, 1979 (age 43)
Other names JoAnna García Swisher
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
(m. 2010)
Children 2

JoAnna García (born August 10, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Sam in Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1993–96), Vicki Appleby in Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), and Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery on The WB/CW sitcom Reba (2001–07). She has also gained popularity with her acting roles in Privileged (2008–09), Better with You (2010–11), Animal Practice (2012), Once Upon a Time (2013–18) and The Astronaut Wives Club (2015).

Early life

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Joanna Garcia 2008

García was born in Tampa, Florida, to Cuban parents. Her mother, Loraine, was a homemaker and former elementary school teacher, and her father, Jay García, was a gynecologist. 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 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.

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.

Personal life

Garcia and her husband Nick Swisher, at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan on a USO tour 2011

In 2008, García became engaged to Trace Ayala, co-founder of the clothing company William Rast with his childhood friend Justin Timberlake. (Ayala was Timberlake's former personal assistant.)

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: Emerson Jay (born May 21, 2013). and Sailor Stevie (born June 28, 2016).



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Superboy Girl Episode: "Obituary for a Superhero"
1992 Clarissa Explains It All Fiona Episode: "Take My Advice... Please"
1994–1996 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Sam Main role (37 episodes)
1994 seaQuest DSV Iris Episode: "Playtime"
1996, 1997 Second Noah Katherine Ortega 3 episodes
1996 Step by Step Chelsea Episode: "We're Going to Disney World: Part 1"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Julie Shepard Miniseries; episode: "For Miles and Miles"
1997 Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder Susie Movie
1998 Party of Five Hallie 5 episodes
1998 Any Day Now Martha Montgomery Episode: "It's Who You Sleep With"
1999 Holy Joe Joyce Cass Movie
1999 Dawson's Creek Girl #1 – Tracy Episode: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
1999 Pacific Blue Leah Chandler Episode: "Lucky 13"
1999 Providence Gillian Episode: "Heaven Can Wait"
1999 ' Cadet Susan Episode: "Glory Days"
2000 Freaks and Geeks Vicki Appleby 5 episodes
2000 Opposite Sex Cassie Schreiber
2000 Freedom Sally Mueller Episode: "Assassins"
2000 Boston Public Susan Potter Episode: "Chapter Four"
2001 Go Fish Amanda Episode: "Go P.D.A."
2001 Going to California Jennifer Episode: "I Know Why the Caged Rhino Sings"
2001–2007 Reba Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery Main role (127 episodes)
2001 Off Centre Ramona Episode: "Let's Meet Mike and Euan"
2004 What I Like About You Fiona Episode: "Three Little Words"
2005 Family Guy Liddane (voice) Episode: "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter"
2006 Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of Sarah Corinne Movie
2008 Welcome to the Captain Hope Main role (5 episodes)
2008–2009 Privileged Megan Smith Main role (18 episodes)
2008 A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride Roxanne Movie
2009 Gossip Girl Bree Buckley 4 episodes
2009 How I Met Your Mother Maggie Episode: "The Window"
2010 Revenge of the Bridesmaids Parker Wald Movie
2010–2011 Better with You Mia Putney Main role (all 22 episodes)
2011 The Penguins of Madagascar Shauna Voice only; episode: "Love Hurts"
2012 Royal Pains Dr. Nina Greene 4 episodes
2012 Animal Practice Dorothy Crane Main role (all 9 episodes)
Once Upon a Time Ariel Recurring role (7 episodes)
2014 The Mindy Project Sally Prentice 3 episodes
2015 The Astronaut Wives Club Betty Grissom Main role (10 episodes)
2015 Grandfathered Sloan Episode: "Edie's Two Dads"
2016 Pitch Rachel Patrick 3 episodes
2017 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Amy Main role


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Year Title Role Notes
2001 American Pie 2 Christy
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Sandy Sue
2006 A-List Naomi
2008 Extreme Movie Sweetie Pie
2013 Internship, TheThe Internship Megan
2017 Fist Fight Maggie Campbell
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