Amanda Joy "AJ" Michalka (// mee-SHAH-kah; born April 10, 1991) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. She was a model before becoming an actress, and is best known as one-half of the duo Aly and AJ (formerly 78Violet) with her sister Aly Michalka. AJ recorded the theme song and accompanying music video for the film Secretariat, entitled "It's Who You Are." She also issued a single and video called "All I've Ever Needed" from her 2013 film Grace Unplugged. She has also had a successful acting career, and after two seasons in a recurring role as Lainey Lewis on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, she had been promoted to a regular role on the series for the third season but was demoted to recurring status for the fifth season as her character went to college and thus was in fewer storylines. She is set to star with her Goldbergs colleagues Tim Meadows and Bryan Callen in a spin-off Schooled for air in the 2018–19 U.S. television season.
Michalka in November 2017
Amanda Joy Michalka|
April 10, 1991
Torrance, California, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Relatives||Aly Michalka (sister)|
|Also known as||Amanda Michalka|
|Associated acts||Aly & AJ|
Michalka was born and raised in Torrance, California and is the younger sister of actress and musician, Aly Michalka. Her father, Mark, owns a contracting company, and her mother, Carrie, is a musician and performed with JC Band, a Christian band. Her parents are divorced. As a little girl, she briefly lived in Seattle and Milwaukee. Both she and her sister attended Mack Elementary. She has been playing the piano since she was six and started playing the guitar in her early life. She started acting when she was five years old, mostly in church play productions. She was raised as a Christian and was homeschooled for part of her childhood. Michalka was in a number of musical productions at her school in Milwaukee as a young woman.
She plays a variety of instruments such as acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, and bongos. She was a model for catalogs. In March 2006, she made her Disney Channel debut in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles, as "Courtney Callum," along with sister Aly, as "Taylor Callum." She has also made appearances on shows such as Oliver Beene, Six Feet Under, The Guardian, and General Hospital. She has also appeared with her sister, Aly, in the MTV film, Super Sweet 16: The Movie.
From 2009 until 2013, Michalka and her sister performed as the musical duo 78violet. They decided to later change their name back to "Aly and AJ" in 2015. She was cast as a recurring character on The CW series Hellcats starring Ashley Tisdale and along with her sister Aly Michalka. The series ran for one season and was cancelled in May 2011.
Since 2013, Michalka has had a recurring role on the ABC sitcom, The Goldbergs, as Lainey Lewis, the girlfriend of one of the main characters on the show. In May 2015, it was announced that she would be a series regular for the show's upcoming third season. In July 2014, she and her sister, Aly Michalka, filmed an untitled drama in Laurel Canyon, California. The film was directed and written by Aly's husband, Stephen Ringer. Michalka was one of the producers of the film, alongside her sister and Ringer, and also participated in the casting process. In early May 2015, it was announced the film, now titled, Weepah Way for Now, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015. The film was later released on DVD, iTunes, and other streaming platforms in June 2016.
|2009||The Lovely Bones||Clarissa|
|2013||Grace Unplugged||Grace Trey|
|2013||Angels in Stardust||Vallie Sue|
|2014||Expecting Amish||Hannah Yoder|
|2015||Weepah Way for Now||Joy||Co-producer|
|2017||Apple of My Eye||Kai|
|2018||Support the Girls||Krista|
|2002||Passions||Sheridan's Daughter||1 episode|
|2002||Birds of Prey||Young Dinah||2 episodes|
|2004||General Hospital||Ashley B.||2 episodes|
|2004||Six Feet Under||Ashley||2 episodes|
|2002–2004||The Guardian||Shannon Gressler||15 episodes|
|2003–2004||Oliver Beene||Bonnie||9 episodes|
|2006||Cow Belles||Courtney Callum||Television film|
|2007||Super Sweet 16: The Movie||Sara||Television film|
|2007||Aly & AJ: Sister Act||Herself||MTV television special|
|2011||Hellcats||Deirdre Perkins||3 episodes|
|2011||Salem Falls||Gillian Duncan||Television film|
|2013–present||The Goldbergs||Lainey Lewis||Recurring character (Seasons 1–2, 5)|
Series regular (Seasons 3–4, 6); (65 episodes)
|2014||Silicon Valley||Charlotte||Episode: "Proof of Concept"|
|2014||Motive||Emily Williams||Episode: "Dead End"|
|2014||Expecting Amish||Hannah Yoder||Television film|
|2015–present||Steven Universe||Stevonnie (voice)||Animated series (6 episodes)|
|2016||Cupcake Wars||Herself/Contestant||Celebrity special|
|2016||All My Friends Are Getting Married||Chloe||Web series for Popsugar.com (6 episodes)|
|2018||She-Ra and the Princesses of Power||Catra (voice)||Animated series|
|2012||"Gotten"||Runaway daughter||Slash featuring Adam Levine|
|2010||"It's Who You Are"||Secretariat|
|2013||"All I've Ever Needed"||Grace Unplugged|
|"You Never Let Go"|
|2017||"Here Comes a Thought" (with Estelle)||Steven Universe, Vol. 1 (Original Soundtrack)|
|"Tom Sawyer" (with Hayley Orrantia)||The Goldbergs Mixtape|
|"Eternal Flame" (with Hayley Orrantia)|
|"Walking on Sunshine" (with Hayley Orrantia)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2006||American Music Awards||Contemporary Inspirational Artists of the Year||Into the Rush||Nominated|
|2014||Movieguide Awards||Most Inspiring Performance in Movies||Grace Unplugged||Won|
|2015||Napa Film Festival||Special Jury Award-Acting in a Lounge Feature Film (shared with Aly Michalka)||Weepah Way for Now||Won|
|2017||Behind the Voice Actor Awards||Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role||Steven Universe||Won|
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