Ashley Hinshaw

Ashley Hinshaw (born c. 1988[1]) is an American actress and model. She is known for her leading role in the 2012 film About Cherry, and for her role in the 2016 Crackle television series StartUp. Since 2017, she has been credited using her married name Ashley Grace.

Ashley Hinshaw
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Hinshaw in 2014
Born1988/1989 (age 31–32)[1]
Other namesAshley Grace
OccupationActress, model
Years active2009–present
(m. 2016)

Early lifeEdit

Ashley Hinshaw was born in La Porte, Indiana to Chris and Craig Hinshaw.[1] Since the age of nine, she auditioned and participated in several children's plays and youth theatre.[3][4][5] Hinshaw began modeling in her local hometown pageant (Miss Maple City Pageant and Talent Competition) at the age of 13, where she won on beauty and photogenic for 13- to 16-year-olds and talent for 8- to 14-year-olds.[6] In 2003 Hinshaw won third in the Queen's Court competition and second in photogenic competition in the Miss Indiana American Junior Teen Pageant. Hinshaw then went on to participate in the National Miss American Coed Pageant for the Miss American Junior Teen category at the age of 14.[7] When she was 16, Hinshaw moved to New York for her modeling career.[8]


Hinshaw first started modeling in pageants in 2002, where she participated in the Miss Indiana Junior Teen competition.[9] As a model, Hinshaw has appeared in an advertising campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch. Her experience as a model led to her judging a beauty pageant on the MTV reality TV series Made in 2008. A year later Hinshaw pursued an acting career and landed a guest stint on The CW Teen Drama series Gossip Girl as herself.[10] Hinshaw auditioned for a role in the proposed spin-off series to Gossip Girl, Valley Girls which The CW did not pick up.[11] Hinshaw has since appeared in guest roles on Fringe and The Glades.

In June 2010, Hinshaw was confirmed to star in the high school comedy film LOL, an American remake of the 2008 French film LOL (Laughing Out Loud).[12] Hinshaw portrays the role of Emily, best friend to the film's lead, played by Miley Cyrus. Production began in August 2010 in Paris and Grosse Pointe.[13] The film was released in May 2012 on a limited release in the United States. The film received mixed reviews[14] and was a financial disaster.[15]

In November 2010, Hinshaw was announced as a star in the independent thriller film Rites of Passage alongside Christian Slater.[16] The film was released straight to DVD on October 16, 2012.[17]

In May 2011, Hinshaw was cast as the lead in the independent drama film About Cherry alongside Heather Graham, James Franco and Dev Patel.[18] Hinshaw portrays Angelina, a troubled young woman who comes to San Francisco and joins the porn industry. Filming began in July 2011.[19] The film premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.[20] In 2011, Hinshaw joined the cast of the superhero film Chronicle (2012). She played Casey Letter, a blogger who regularly carries her camera with her.[21]

Hinshaw appeared in six of the ten episodes of the first season of the 2016 Crackle web series StartUp. Since 2017 she has appeared in the E! drama series The Arrangement in the recurring role of Lisbeth.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Hinshaw started dating actor Topher Grace in January 2014, and they became engaged in January 2015.[23] On May 29, 2016, Grace and Hinshaw married near Santa Barbara, California.[24] On August 1, 2017, Hinshaw confirmed that she and Grace were expecting their first child;[25] their daughter was born in November 2017.[26] On January 5, 2020, Hinshaw confirmed that she and Grace are expecting their second child together.[27]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Rites of Passage Sandee Direct-to-video film
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Power Girl Short film
2012 Chronicle Casey Letter
2012 LOL Emily
2012 The Hungover Games N/A Short film
2012 About Cherry Angelina
2013 +1 Jill
2013 Snake and Mongoose Lynn Prudhomme
2013 The Incident Holly Short film
2014 The Pyramid Nora
2014 Goodbye to All That Mildred
2015 A Rising Tide Sarah
2016 The Grounds Julie
2016 You're Killing Me Susana Irene Spanish title: Me estás matando Susana
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Gossip Girl Herself Episode: "Reversals of Fortune"
2009 Fringe Blonde Episode: "Midnight"
2011 The Glades Charlene Turner Episode: "Moonlighting"
2012 Tall Hot Blonde Katie Brooks Television movie
2013 Enlightened Danielle Episode: "Higher Power"
2013 The League Rachel Episode: "The Near Death Flex-perience"
2014 True Blood Bridgette 4 episodes
2015 Agent Carter Colleen O'Brien Episode: "Now is Not the End"
2015 Workaholics Hilary Winthrop Episode: "Wedding Thrashers"
2015 True Detective Lacey Lindel Episodes: "The Western Book of the Dead", "Other Lives"
2016 Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life Paige Episode: "How to Survive Dating"
2016–2017 StartUp Taylor Main role (season 1)
2017 Chicago Med Melody Sayers Episode: "Lose Yourself"; as Ashley Grace
2017–2018 The Arrangement Lisbeth Recurring role; as Ashley Grace


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  20. ^ "You've got (real) mail: Letters from writers –". USA Today. February 22, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  21. ^ "Cape the big star as US film crew rolls in". May 15, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  22. ^ Bicks, Emily (March 13, 2017). "The good life is never what it seems: The celebrity 'alternative facts' of 'The Arrangement'". Screener. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  23. ^ McRady, Rachel (January 11, 2015). "Topher Grace Engaged to Actress Ashley Hinshaw: See Her Ring!". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  24. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth; Quinn, Dave (May 30, 2016). "That '70s Show Star Topher Grace Ties the Knot with Ashley Hinshaw". People. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  25. ^ Rodriguez, Karla (August 1, 2017). "Ashley Hinshaw Confirms She Is Expecting First Child With Husband Topher Grace". Us Weekly. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  26. ^ "Topher Grace and His Wife Ashley Hinshaw Welcome a Daughter".
  27. ^ "Baby No. 2 on the Way! Topher Grace and Wife Ashley Hinshaw Expecting Second Child Together". Retrieved January 31, 2020.

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