Amy Jo Johnson
|Amy Jo Johnson|
Johnson in 2015
|Born||(1970-10-06) October 6, 1970
Dennis, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, songwriter, musician, director|
|Spouse(s)||Olivier Giner (m. 2009)|
Johnson came to prominence in the early-1990s as part of the original Power Rangers cast. After leaving the show, she had several parts in made-for-television movies before landing a leading role in Felicity on The WB, which ran from 1998 to 2002. In the 2000s, she continued her acting career, with main roles in The Division and Flashpoint, as well as recurring and guest roles on several other shows.
Johnson is also a singer-songwriter and has released three albums to date.
As a teenager, Johnson participated in gymnastics. She reached Class One and participated in competitions hosted in the United States and Europe in uneven bars, vault, beam, and floor. At the age of 17, she left gymnastics to pursue acting.
Johnson is married to Olivier Giner (August 2009). They live in Toronto and have one daughter, Francesca Christine, born in December 2008. Johnson became a Canadian citizen on June 23, 2015, giving her dual citizenship.
Johnson moved to New York City at 18 to pursue an acting career. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She later moved to Los Angeles to audition for her first part.
Johnson’s first role was as Kimberly Ann Hart, the Pink Ranger, in the 1993 series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. She acquired the role less than a month after moving to Los Angeles. Her gymnastics background was an advantage in fight scenes. The series achieved unexpected success, and Johnson had a fair share of media exposure. In an appearance on VH1’s I Love the ’90s, Johnson jokingly stated that having been the Pink Power Ranger was something she would “never live down.” In later years, Johnson stated that becoming famous from the show was at times overwhelming and had given her nightmares, but that overall, she learned many things and was grateful to the show and her fans.
After she left the series in 1995, Johnson went on to star in Disney Channel‘s Susie Q and in the Saved by the Bell: The New Class episode “Backstage Pass.” In 1997, she starred in NBC‘s adaptation of Lois Duncan‘s novel Killing Mr. Griffin and played a gymnast with an eating disorder in Perfect Body. Johnson also participated in the film Without Limits. She also reprised her role as Kimberly Hart in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.
In the early 2000s, Johnson had roles in Interstate 60, Pursuit of Happiness, and Infested, as well as television film Hard Ground. She also had guest starring roles on Spin City and ER. In 2004, she starred as Stacy Reynolds in the fourth season of The Division. In the latter half of the decade, she had recurring roles in Wildfire and What About Brian, and she starred in television films Magma: Volcanic Disaster on Syfy and Fatal Trust on Lifetime. In addition, Johnson took parts in a few independent films: Veritas, Prince of Truth and Islander.
Beginning in 2008, Johnson became a series regular on Flashpoint as Constable Jules Callaghan, a member of the fictional Strategic Response Unit of the Toronto Police service. She was nominated for a Gemini Award for her performance. The show aired new episodes through 2012.
Since 2012, Johnson has had guest roles on a few shows including a recurring role on USA‘s Covert Affairs. In addition, she has directed and produced two acclamed short films : Bent (2013) and Lines (2014).
Johnson is a singer-songwriter and has released three albums: The Trans-American Treatment (2001), Imperfect (2005), and Never Broken (2013). She has performed in the Los Angeles area with The Amy Jo Johnson Band. In December 2007, she contributed guest vocals to Koishii & Hush‘s cover of The Cars track “Since You’re Gone”, which was released as a single.
Some of Johnson’s music has been featured on television shows. Johnson’s character in Felicity was originally described as a dancer, but with Johnson’s input, the producers rewrote the character as a singer and guitarist. As a result, Johnson was able to perform her own song, “Puddle of Grace,” on the show. In Flashpoint, her songs “Dancing In-Between” and “Goodbye” were featured.
In 2013, she had performed the song “God” from her movie Bent. In 2014, her song “Lines” had featured in her movie Lines. In 2017, her song “Cracker Jacks” is the theme song from the movie The Space Between.
Awards and nominations
Among other notable recognitions, Johnson received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role at the 24th Annual Gemini Awards in 2009. She also received two nominations as Best Actress for her role in Flashpoint at the Monte Carlo TV Festival.
|2000||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||TV Star Choice Sidekick||Felicity|||
|2002||Nominated||Slamdunk Film Festival||Best Actress||Pursuit of Happiness|||
|2009||Nominated||Gemini Awards||Best Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Flashpoint|||
|2010||Nominated||Monte Carlo TV Festival||TV Best Actress||Flashpoint|||
|2012||Nominated||Monte Carlo TV Festival||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Flashpoint|||
|2013||Won||Long Island Film Festival||Shelly Award for Woman Filmmakers||Bent|||
|2013||Won||Women in Film and Television||Audience Choice||Bent|||
|2013||Won||Toronto International Film Festival||Jury Award||Bent|||
|2014||Won||Buffalo Niagara Film Festival||Best Canadian Short||Bent|||
|2014||Won||Toronto International Short Film Festival||Best Comedy||Lines|||
|2015||Won||Buffalo Niagara Film Festival||Best Actress||Lines|||
|1995||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie||Kimberly Ann Hart / The Pink Ranger|
|1996||Susie Q||Susie Q / Maggie|
|1997||Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie||Kimberly Ann Hart|
|1997||Perfect Body||Andie Bradley|
|1998||Without Limits||Iowa’s Finest|
|2001||Pursuit of Happiness||Tracy|
|2005||Adjusting Arbie||Fairy||Short film|
|2007||Veritas, Prince of Truth||Marty Williams|
|2012||Tiger Eyes||Gwen Wexler|
|2013||Coming Home for Christmas||Wendy O’Brien||Video|
|2015||Shooting Blanks (The Blunder)||Amelia (voice)||Director/Actress|
|2016||The Space Between||Amelia||Director/Actress|
|2017||Power Rangers||Angel Grove Citizen||Cameo|
|1993–1995||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers||Kimberly Hart / The Pink Ranger||Main role (138 episodes)|
|1994||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alpha’s Magical Christmas||Kimberly Ann Hart||Video short|
|1995||Eddie Files, TheThe Eddie Files||Cindy||Episode: “The Counting Principle: Eddie in Barbieland”|
|1996||Saved by the Bell: The New Class||Linda||Episode: “Backstage Pass”|
|1996||Susie Q||Susie Quinn / Maggie||TV film|
|1997||Killing Mr. Griffin||Susan McConnell||TV film|
|1997||Perfect Body||Andie Bradley||TV film|
|Felicity||Julie Emrick||Main Cast (Season 1–3)
Special Guest Star (Season 4)
(50 episodes total)
|1999||Sweetwater||Nansi Nevins||TV film|
|2001||Night Visions||Sara||Episode: “Rest Stop/After Life”|
|2001||ER||Jill||Episode: “Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain”|
|2002||Spin City||Stephanie||Episode: “Sex, Lies and Video Date”|
|2002||Felicity||Julie Emrick||Episodes: “Spin the Bottle”, “Felicity Interrupted”|
|2003||Hard Ground||Elizabeth Kennedy||TV film|
|2004||I Love the 90s||Herself||Episode: 10|
|2004||Division, TheThe Division||Stacy Reynolds||Main role (22 episodes)|
|2005–2007||Wildfire||Tina Sharp||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2006||Magma: Volcanic Disaster||Brianna Chapman||TV film|
|2006||What About Brian||Karen – Car Girl||Episodes: “Pilot”, “What About the Fish”, “What About Angelo’s Ashes”|
|2006||Fatal Trust||Kate||TV film|
|2008–2012||Flashpoint||Jules Callaghan||Main role (75 episodes)|
|2013||Cracked||Sydney Reid||Episode: “Night Terrors”|
|2014||Bookaboo||Herself||Episode: “The Talent Show”|
|2014||Covert Affairs||Hayley Price||Recurring Character|
- The Trans-American Treatment (2001)
- Imperfect (2005)
- Never Broken (2013)
As a featured performer
- “Clear Blue Day”, “Puddle of Grace” from the series Felicity (1998)
- “Motherless Child”, “What’s Wrong”, “Two Words”, “In A Rainbow”, “First Love”, from the tv movie Sweetwater (1999)
- “Cat in the Snow” from series The Division (2004)
- “Goodbye”, “Dancing in Between” from series Flashpoint (2008)
- “God” from the movie Bent (2013)
- “Lines” from the movie Lines (2014)
- “Cracker Jacks” from the movie The Space Between (2017)