Alyson Renae Michalka (// mee-SHAH-kah;  born March 25, 1989) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, musician, and model. She is best known as one half of the musical duo Aly & AJ (briefly 78violet), alongside her sister AJ Michalka. She rose to prominence with her starring role as Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel sitcom Phil of the Future (2004–2006). Michalka went on to appear in various films, such as Bandslam (2009), Easy A (2010), The Roommate (2011), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Sequoia (2014), Weepah Way for Now (2015), and The Lears (2017). She had starring roles in The CW comedy drama series Hellcats (2010–2011) and the CW crime drama series iZombie (2015–2019).
Michalka in May 2017
Alyson Renae Michalka
March 25, 1989
Torrance, California, U.S.
|Relatives||AJ Michalka (sister)|
|Associated acts||Aly & AJ|
Michalka was born in Torrance, California. She grew up in Seattle, Washington and Southern California, with her younger sister, Amanda Joy "AJ", who is also an actress and musician. Her father, Mark, owns a contracting company, and her mother, Carrie, is a musician and performed with the Christian rock band "JC Band". Her parents are divorced.
Michalka has played the piano since she was five and started playing the guitar at the age of 13. She started acting when she was five years old in church play productions. She was raised as a Christian.
In 2004, Michalka was cast in the role of Keely Teslow on the Disney Channel's Phil of the Future. The series premiered on June 18, 2004. In August 2006, Disney Channel ended the series after two seasons. She has also starred in the Disney Channel original movie Now You See It..., and appeared in the TV movie Cow Belles opposite her sister, AJ Michalka. Michalka and her sister starred in several projects produced by the Disney Channel and MTV. In 2007, they appeared in the MTV film Super Sweet 16: The Movie based on the MTV series My Super Sweet 16. In August 2009, she co-starred in the Walden Media film Bandslam. In April 2010, The CW announced Michalka was cast in the main role of Marti Perkins on the cheerleading drama series Hellcats. Despite a successful premiere, ratings dropped, and in May 2011, The CW announced the show was not renewed for a second season. In 2011, Michalka made a guest appearance on CSI: NY. In 2010 and 2011 respectively, Michalka had major supporting roles in films Easy A and The Roommate. Michalka appeared in the independent drama film, Crazy Kind of Love, alongside Eva Longoria, Virginia Madsen and Amanda Crew. The film was released in July 2013.
In 2013, Michalka participated in a multi-episode role on the sitcom Two and a Half Men. In July 2014, she and her sister, filmed in the independent drama, Weepah Way for Now, in Laurel Canyon, California. Michalka participated in the casting process and production for the film. The movie was written and directed by her husband, Stephen Ringer. The film later premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015. Since March 2015, Michalka had a recurring role on the CW series iZombie for the first and second season and became a regular cast member for season three. On April 19, 2016, she was announced as a cast member for the comedy film The Lears, an adaptation based on the Shakespearean play King Lear.
Michalka and her sister, AJ, formed the musical duo Aly & AJ in 2004. They released their first album, Into the Rush, on August 16, 2005. In September 2006, they released a holiday album, Acoustic Hearts of Winter, featuring cover songs and composed two original songs. In July 2007, their third album, Insomniatic, was released, featuring the Billboard top 20 hit single, "Potential Breakup Song". The duo changed their name to 78violet and were set to release a fourth album in early 2010, but the project never materialized following their departure from Hollywood Records. Several years later, in the summer of 2013, they returned with new music, releasing their first single, "Hothouse", on July 8, 2013. In early December 2015, they confirmed they returned to their original name, "Aly & AJ". In April 2016, they confirmed plans to release new music for an upcoming studio album. On June 2, 2017, they announced a new single, titled "Take Me". It serves as the lead single from their EP, planned to be released on July 14, 2017.
In 2013, Michalka began dating independent film producer Stephen Ringer, whom she met on the set of her film Sequoia. The couple became engaged at Big Sur, California in July 2014. They married in a small ceremony in Portofino, Italy on June 6, 2015.
|2010||Easy A||Rhiannon Abernathy|
|2011||The Roommate||Tracy Long|
|2013||Crazy Kind of Love||Janine Bosh|||
|2013||Grown Ups 2||Bikini Girl Savannah|
|2015||Weepah Way for Now||Elle||Also co-producer|
|2017||The Lears||Regan Lear|
|TBA||Killing Winston Jones||Cookie Jones||Completed|
|2004–2006||Phil of the Future||Keely Teslow||Main role; 43 episodes|
|2005||Now You See It...||Allyson Miller||Television film|
|2006||Cow Belles||Taylor Callum||Television film|
|2006||Haversham Hall||Hope Mason||Unaired television pilot|
|2007||Punk'd||Herself||Episode dated May 29, 2007|
|2007||Super Sweet 16: The Movie||Taylor Tiara||Television film|
|2007||Aly & AJ: Sister Act||Herself||Television special|
|2010–2011||Hellcats||Marti Perkins||Lead role; 22 episodes|
|2011||CSI: NY||Miranda Beck||Episode: "Keep It Real"|
|2012||Breaking In||Heather Young||Episode: "Heathers"|
|2013–2014||Two and a Half Men||Brooke||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2014||Anger Management||Lauren||Episode: "Charlie and Sean's Twisted Sister"|
|2015||Chevy||Molly||Unsold television pilot|
|2015–2019||iZombie||Peyton Charles||Main role; 56 episodes|
|2016||Cupcake Wars Celebrity||Herself / Contestant||Episode: "Cupcakes in Space"|
|2016||Motive||Chloe Wilson||Episode: "In Plain Sight"|
|2018||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Episode: "Hell's Riders"|
|2018||Celebrity Family Feud||Herself||Episode: "Aly & AJ vs. Adrienne Houghton"|
|2017–2019||Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television||Amy||Main role; 14 episodes|
|2009||"I Want You to Want Me"|
|2009||"Someone to Fall Back On"|
|2010||"Brand New Day"||Hellcats (Music from the Television Series)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2005||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Phil of the Future||Nominated|
|2006||American Music Awards||Contemporary Inspirational Artists of the Year||Into the Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Female Scene Stealer||Easy A & The Roommate||Nominated|
|2015||Napa Film Festival||Special Jury Award: Acting in a Lounge Feature Film||Weepah Way for Now||Won|
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