Amy Jo Johnson
Amy Jo Johnson (born October 6, 1970) is an American actress, filmmaker, singer-songwriter, and director. Johnson began her acting career in her early twenties, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and, after she left the series, went on to star in Felicity, The Division, and Flashpoint while pursuing a career as a musician and a filmmaker.
Amy Jo Johnson
Johnson in 2015
|Born||October 6, 1970|
Hyannis, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, songwriter, musician, director|
Olivier Giner (m. 2009)
Amy Jo Johnson was born on October 6, 1970 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the daughter of Greig Johnson, Sr., a car salesman, and Christine Johnson (d. 1998), a clothing store manager. She has two siblings, Greig Johnson, Jr. and Julie Johnson-Clary. Though born in Hyannis, Johnson grew up in Dennis, Massachusetts, and attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. As a child, she studied gymnastics.
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 breakthrough role came less than a month after she moved to Los Angeles, when she was selected to portray Kimberly Hart, the Pink Ranger, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the first installment of the Power Rangers franchise. Despite the series being a huge success and brought Johnson international recognition as an actress, the show brought her little financial security, as she and the others were paid only $600 a week for their work on the show, which included stunt work and public appearances; none of the cast received any royalty payments from re-runs of episodes they appeared in. As a non-union show, physical danger on set presented a very real threat to Johnson; while filming Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, she was almost set on fire during a stunt and, during Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, she was almost electrocuted. Johnson ultimately made the decision to leave the show in 1995, passing the role of the Pink Ranger to Australian actress Catherine Sutherland. In an appearance on 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 is grateful to the show and her fans. In all, Johnson's character appeared in 137 episodes in the franchise, her final TV appearance being in a 2014 episode of Power Rangers Super Megaforce. She, alongside former co-star Jason David Frank, made a cameo appearance in the 2017 film Power Rangers, though not as Power Rangers.
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.
Johnson has directed and produced two acclaimed short films: Bent (2013) and Lines (2014). She then went on to direct the feature film The Space Between. In 2018, she began working on her next film, Tammy's Always Dying.
She is a member of Film Fatales, a non-profit organization that advocates for women's parity in the entertainment industry.
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. The song is also part of the album Souvenirs, released in 2008.
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. This song was included in the album Felicity Soundtrack (1999) successfully released by Hollywood Records. As a result of the reception of the song, another Johnson song, "Clear Blue Day", was also featured on the show. In The Division, her song "Cat in the Snow" is the theme song from one of the episodes. In Flashpoint, her songs "Dancing In-Between" and "Goodbye" were featured.
In 2013, she performed the song "God" in her movie Bent. In 2014, her song "Lines" had featured in her movie Lines. In 2017, her song "Cracker Jacks" was the theme song from the movie The Space Between.
Johnson was previously married to Olivier Giner. The two divorced in 2017 and have one child together, a daughter born in 2008. Johnson resides in Toronto, Canada, and became a Canadian citizen on June 23, 2015, making her a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.
Awards and nominationsEdit
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 Hart / Pink Ranger|
|1996||Susie Q||Susie Q / Maggie|
|1997||Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie||Kimberly 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|
|2013||Bent||Amelia||Director/Actress; short film|
|2014||Lines||Amelia||Director/Actress; short film|
|2015||Shooting Blanks (The Blunder)||Amelia (voice)||Director/Actress; short film|
|2016||The Space Between||Amelia||Director/Actress|
|2017||Power Rangers||Angel Grove Citizen||Cameo|
|2019||Tammy's Always Dying||Director|
|1993–1995||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers||Kimberly Hart / Pink Power Ranger||Main cast|
|1994||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alpha's Magical Christmas||Kimberly Hart||Video short|
|1995||The 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)
|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"|
|2003||Hard Ground||Elizabeth Kennedy||TV film|
|2004||I Love the 90s||Herself||Episode: "10"|
|2004||The Division||Stacy Reynolds||Main cast|
|2005–2007||Wildfire||Tina Sharp||Recurring: 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 cast|
|2013||Cracked||Sydney Reid||Episode: "Night Terrors"|
|2014||Bookaboo||Herself||Episode: "The Talent Show"|
|2014||Covert Affairs||Hayley Price||Recurring|
|2019||The Has Been||Jordanna||Main cast|
- The Trans-American Treatment (2001)
- Imperfect (2005)
- Never Broken (2013)
As a featured performerEdit
- "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)
- "Memories of My Mother". Chicken Soup for the Soul. July 2, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
-  Archived February 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "No Pink Spandex » Transcript of Episode 151: Interview with Amy Jo Johnson". awwman.com. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
- "Power Rangers: Amy Jo Johnson Reveals The Moment She Almost Caught On Fire During Mighty Morphin". Power Rangers. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
- "Power Rangers: 15 Darkest Behind The Scenes Secrets". ScreenRant. April 3, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
- "No Pink Spandex " Episode 151: Interview with Amy Jo Johnson". Awwman.com. September 17, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- "No Pink Spandex " Transcript of Episode 151: Interview with Amy Jo Johnson". Awwman.com. September 17, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- "The original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers look back on life in spandex 25 years later". Ew.com. November 20, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
- "Amy Jo Johnson as Jules Callahan". Cbs.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- "Press". Amy Jo Johnson. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
- Amy Johnson (May 20, 2016). "Lines a short film by Amy Jo Johnson" – via YouTube.
- "What Are You Up to Now? Checking in With Amy Jo Johnson of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"". Complex. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
- Vlessing, Etan (December 5, 2018). "Felicity Huffman, Anastasia Phillips Star in Amy Jo Johnson's Dark Comedy 'Tammy's Always Dying'". Hollywood Reporter.
- "Music". Amy Jo Johnson. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
- "Amy Jo Johnson | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
-  Archived January 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- "Amy Jo Johnson - Amy Jo Johnson - BENT". amyjojohnson.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
- "Amy Jo Johnson - Amy Jo Johnson - LINES". amyjojohnson.com. Archived from the original on April 27, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
- "about". The Space Between.
- "Pink Power Ranger's Fan Nightmares | Watch the video – Yahoo Celebrity". Omg.yahoo.com. October 15, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- Wihlborg, Ulrica (December 5, 2008). "Felicity's Amy Jo Johnson Welcomes a Baby Girl". People.com. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
- Johnson, Amy Jo [@_amyjojohnson] (June 23, 2015). "Super happy! I'm becoming a Canadian today! Dual Citizenship!! LOVE my countries! PLURAL... ;-)" (Tweet). Retrieved December 11, 2016 – via Twitter.
- "'Flashpoint' sets record for Gemini nominations | CTV News". Ctv.ca. August 25, 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- "24th Annual Gemini Award Nominations" (PDF). Geminiawards.ca. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 27, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- "Flashpoint Fan Site: Amy Jo Johnson". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
- "Slamdunk Film Festival January 17, 2002". IMDb.com. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- "Amy Jo Brasil | Amy Jo Johnson Fansite: Fotos: Amy Jo Johnson no Gemini Awards 2009". Amyjobrasil.blogspot.com. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
-  Archived November 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- "Festival de Television de Monte Carlo 52e" (PDF). Tvfestival.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 17, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- "Prêmios e indicações – Curta Bent". Retrieved October 23, 2013.