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Joanna Lynne García (Tampa, Florida, August 10, 1979), also known professionally as Joanna García-Swisher,[1] is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal of Cheyenne Hart Montgomery on The CW sitcom Reba. She later starred as Mia Putney in the ABC sitcom Better with You.

Early life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

García was born in TampaFlorida, 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.[2][3][4] 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[5] at Florida's Tampa Catholic High School.[4]

While attending Tampa Catholic 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 toMontrealCanada, where the show was filmed.

Career[edit source | editbeta]Edit

While in Florida, García guest starred in seaQuest DSVSecond 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 AngelesCalifornia. 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).[4]

[1][2]García at the Susan G. Komen Fundraiser at Mulberry, Melrose Place, Los Angeles, October 21, 2008

García went on to portray the character of Cheyenne Hart Montgomery, Reba's (Reba McEntire) oldest daughter on The CW sitcom Reba (2001–2007). 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.[4] 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.

It was announced on June 25, 2009 that she will have a recurring role on The CW drama Gossip Girl playing the role of Bree Buckley who is described as a fun, sexy brunette, an irreverent evilMiss America type who is politically progressive but hails from a conservative Southern family. She will appear in the first four episodes of the show's third season, and will be involved with the character of Nate Archibald.[6] In December 2009, García 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.[7]

Better With You was cancelled on May 13, 2011.[8] Garcia guest-starred on The Penguins of Madagascar in the episode "The Officer X Factor/Love Hurts" episode, which aired on February 12, 2011. On September 7, 2011, it was announced that Garcia would be appearing in multiple episodes of the USA Network dramedy Royal Pains as a nephrologist treating Jack O'Malley (Tom Cavanagh).[9]

Personal life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

In 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.)[10] 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.[11] They became engaged in May 2010,[12] and married on December 11, 2010 at the Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida.[13]Bridesmaids for García included friends and fellow actresses Jamie-Lynn SiglerMelissa Peterman, and Reba McEntire.[14] Since her marriage, she has been credited as Joanna García Swisher.[9] The couple has one daughter, Emerson Jay Swisher, born on May 21, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.[15][16]

Causes and interests[edit source | editbeta]Edit

García volunteers as a teacher for children who are learning English as a second language. She is involved with the organization Make the Commitment, whose purpose is to raise awareness about cervical cancer.[17][18][19] She has an organization called We Reach,[5] a charity which has assembled an advisory board in the entertainment industry to help young girls around the country organize charity events in their hometowns. The charity also has the goal of empowering young women.

Filmography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder Susie Television film
1999 Holy Joe Joyce Cass Television film
2001 American Pie 2 Christy
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Sandy Sue
2006 A-List Naomi
2006 The Initiation of Sarah Corinne Television film
2008 Extreme Movie Sweetie Pie
2008 A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride Roxanne Television film
2010 Revenge of the Bridesmaids Parker Wald Television film
2013 The Internship Megan
Television
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? Samantha 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"
1998 Party of Five Hallie 5 episodes
1998 Any Day Now Martha Montgomery Episode: "It's Who You Sleep With"
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 CI5: The New Professionals Cadet Susan Episode: "Glory Days"
2000 Freaks and Geeks Vicki Appleby 5 episodes
2000 Opposite Sex Cassie Schreiber Episode: "The Homosexual Episode"
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 cast

Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Comedy

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 LaDawn (voice) Episode: "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter"
2008 Welcome to The Captain Hope Main cast
2008–2009 Privileged Megan Smith Main cast

Nominated—ALMA Award for Actress in Television – Comedy

2009 Cop House Dr. Rebecca Wagner Unsold Fox pilot
2009 Untitled Justin Adler Project Kimmy Unsold NBC pilot
2009 Gossip Girl Bree Buckley 4 episodes
2009 How I Met Your Mother Maggie Episode: "The Window"
2010–2011 Better with You Mia Putney Main cast
2011 The Penguins of Madagascar Shauna (voice) Episode: Love Hurts
2012 Oh Fuck, It's You Wendy Cooke Unsold CBS pilot
2012 Royal Pains Dr. Nina Greene 4 episodes
2012 Animal Practice Dorothy Crane Main cast
2013 Once Upon a Time Ariel
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