Garcia dazzled audiences for six years on Reba as Reba's teenage daughter Cheyenne Montgomery, a role which earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination for Breakout Star. Recently, Garcia starred as Hope on the comedy Welcome to the Captain, alongside Jeffrey Tambor, Chris Klein, and Raquel Welch.
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, to a Cuban father and American mother, Garcia was raised in a bilingual household. Her father is a physician and founder of Medizone, and her mother is a former teacher and now a homemaker. With the support of her close knit family, she began performing at the age of 10, when she auditioned for the local theater production of How to Eat Like a Child, and landed the lead role. Garcia caught the acting bug immediately, and while school was always a top priority, she continued to fuel her passion by acting in local plays until high school. When she was discovered by Nickelodeon in a local play, the network immediately fell in love with Garcia, and she commuted from Florida to Montreal to star as Fiona in the television series Clarissa Explains It All in 1992. She also starred as Samantha in Are You Afraid of the Dark? from 1994 to 1996.
In 1998, Garcia was cast in a recurring role on the acclaimed drama series Party of Five, playing Claudia's (Lacy Chabert) friend Hallie at boarding school. After graduating from high school, Garcia briefly attended the University of Florida before heading to Los Angeles to further her career in acting. Almost immediately upon arrival, she landed a key role opposite John Ritter in the television movie Holy Joe as Joyce Cass, in a story about an Episcopalian priest (Ritter) who experiences a crisis of faith until a life-altering event makes him believe he witnessed a miracle. She also had a memorable recurring role in 2000 on Freaks and Geeks, playing Vicky Appleby, the popular freshman cheerleader who spent seven minutes in heaven with the ultimate geek, Bill (Martin Starr).
On the big screen, Garcia starred in the two hit teen comedies in 2001: American Pie 2 and Not Another Teen Movie. In American Pie 2 Garcia played Christy, the date of the infamous Stifler (Sean William Scott), with whom she shares one of the film's most memorable scenes. From there, she then went on to the comedy spoof Not Another Teen Movie, playing a high school cheerleader afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome.
This busy actress was so inspired by working at the Step Up Women's Network (a national network of women dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls) that she hopes to launch her own empowerment organization for women called We Reach because, as she explains, Girls aren't nice enough to each other. Garcia is striving to assemble an advisory board of women in the entertainment industry who will work with girls around the country to host charity events in their hometowns.
Animals are a vital part of Garcia's life, and she owns 13 animals all together. When she's not working, she spends time with her four horses, six dogs, two prized chickens and one goat. Her favorite horse is Dolly, a miniature seven-month-old horse that only weighs 60 pounds. Garcia's other interests include country music, traveling, and fashion. She currently resides in Los Angeles and has been calling LA home for the past ten years.
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JoAnna Garcia Facts
|Also known as
|Joanna Garcia Swisher
|August 10, 1979 (44)
|Tampa, Florida, USA