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Erika Jane Christensen (born August 19, 1982) is an American actress whose film appearances include Traffic (2000), Swimfan (2002), How to Rob a Bank (2007), and The Perfect Score (2004), among others. She also co-starred in the short-lived drama Six Degrees on ABC. She is currently co-starring in the 2010 television series Parenthood as Julia Braverman-Graham.

Personal life[]

Christensen was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kathy, a construction manager, and Steven, an insurance worker/human-resources executive.[1] She has an older half-brother, Nick, two younger twin brothers, Dane (who appeared in the film The Upside of Anger) and Brando. She has Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Welsh, and Irish ancestry.[2] Christensen was raised in Los Angeles, California and started out on television in commercials for McDonald's.[3]

Christensen is a member of the Church of Scientology.[4] Her parents became Scientologists during their 20s and raised her to be a Scientologist as well as home-schooling her.[2]


Christensen had several small roles in various television programs before starting her movie career. These include The Geena Davis Show, Frasier, The Practice, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Touched by an Angel.[3][5] She was named one of People magazine's "Breakthrough Stars of 2001." For her performance as a heroin addict in Traffic she received the awards for Female Breakthrough Performance at the MTV Movie Awards,[3] Female Standout Performance at the Young Hollywood Awards, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.[3] In 2005, she briefly went into music as she recorded a version of "Let's Fall In Love" with John Stevens for his debut album Red.[6][7] In 2006, she starred in the series Six Degrees, which debuted on the ABC fall schedule in 2006 but low ratings caused its cancellation after one season.[8] She made a cameo in the Joaquin Phoenix-directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside.[9] She is part of the cast of the film adaptation of Veronika Decides to Die.[10] Christensen is also a regular in the new NBC series Parenthood, based on the Ron Howard film. It debuted on Mar. 2, 2010.[5][11]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Leave It to Beaver Karen
1997 Nothing Sacred Romy Carrol Episode: "House of Rage"
1998 Template:Sortname Melissa Episode: "The Pursuit of Dignity"
1998 Frasier Teenager Episode: "Frasier's Curse"
1998 3rd Rock from the Sun Brianna Episode: "Collect Call for Dick"
1999 Can of Worms Katelyn Sands TV movie
1999 Thanks Abigail Winthrop 6 episodes
1999 Touched by an Angel Ivy Episode: "Voice of an Angel"
2000 Time of Your Life Flynn Halloway Episode: "The Time She Turned 21"
2000 Movie Stars Tawny Episode: "La Vida Loca"
2000 Template:Sortname Leigh Wright Episode: "Corn Man"
2000 FreakyLinks Cassie Episode: "Subject: Coelacanth This!"
2000 Traffic Caroline Wakefield
2001 Template:Sortname Isabel 3 episodes
2001 That '70s Show Stacey Episode: "Red and Stacey"
2002 Home Room Deanna Cartwright
2002 Swimfan Madison Bell
2002 Template:Sortname Hannah Kingsley
2003 Wuthering Heights Cate TV movie
2004 Template:Sortname Anna Ross
2004 Riding the Bullet Jessica Hadley
2005 Template:Sortname Andrea 'Andy' Wolfmeyer
2005 Template:Sortname Irene Prior
2005 Flightplan Fiona
2005 Robot Chicken Crack-Ho / Debbie Benton / Mom (voice) Episode: "Toyz in the Hood"
Episode: "A Piece of the Action"
2006-2007 Six Degrees Mary Alice 'Mae' Edwards 13 episodes
2007 I'm in Hell Jennifer TV movie
2007 Gardener of Eden Mona Huxley
2007 How to Rob a Bank Jessica
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper Episode: "Signature"
2008 Struck Bus Stop Girl Short film
2009 Veronika Decides to Die Claire
2009 Lie to Me Sophie / Trisha / Jessie / RJ Episode: "The Core of It"
2009 Mercy Dana Harper McPhearson Episode: "Destiny, Meet My Daughter, Veronica"
2009 Robot Chicken Della Dingham Young / Mother (voice) Episode: "Dear Consumer"
2010 Melon Catherine Video short
2010 Template:Sortname Elise Landry
2010-present Parenthood Julia Braverman-Graham 35+ episodes

Official Account[]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Erika Christensen interview – Public Servant Lifestyle
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  4. Erika Christensen Praises Scientology
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