Mae Margaret Whitman (born June 9, 1988, in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. She began acting in commercials as a child, making her film debut at the age of six in the romantic drama When a Man Loves a Woman (1994). She achieved recognition as a child actress for her supporting roles in One Fine Day (1996), Independence Day (1996), Hope Floats (1998), and her television role on JAG (1998–2001).
Mae Margaret Whitman
June 9, 1988
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Whitman gained mainstream attention for her recurring role as Ann Veal on the Fox sitcom Arrested Development (2004–2006, 2013) and Amber Holt on the NBC drama Parenthood (2010–2015), receiving a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the latter. She established herself as a prominent voice actor in children's film and television for her voice performances as Shanti in The Jungle Book 2 (2003), Rose/Huntsgirl on American Dragon: Jake Long (2005–2007), Katara in Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008), Tinker Bell in the Disney Fairies film franchise (2008–2014), Wonder Girl / Cassie Sandsmark in Young Justice (2012–present) and Amity Blight in The Owl House (2020–present). She ventured into mature film roles with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), and made her leading role film debut in The DUFF (2015), for which she received critical praise and a Teen Choice Award nomination. From 2018 to 2021, she starred as Annie Marks on the NBC drama Good Girls.
She started her career with a voice-over for a Tyson Chicken commercial at the age of two. Acting coach Andrew Magarian helped her memorize lines as she could not read. In 1994, at the age of six, Whitman made her film debut acting alongside Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), playing Ryan's youngest daughter, Casey Green. She beat 700 other girls who were interested in the part. In 1996, Whitman appeared in two films: Independence Day, playing Bill Pullman's daughter Patricia Whitmore, and One Fine Day, playing George Clooney's daughter Maggie Taylor. The same year, Whitman guest starred in the season three episode of Friends, "The One Where Rachel Quits". In 1998, she played Sandra Bullock's daughter, Bernice Pruitt, in Hope Floats. During several guest appearances from 1998 until 2001, Whitman played the role of Chloe Madison on JAG before starring in the Fox Family series State of Grace in which she portrayed Grace, a girl from a Catholic background who befriends Hannah (Alia Shawkat), a Jewish girl. She was also in 17 episodes of Chicago Hope.
From 2004 to 2006, Whitman had a recurring role on Arrested Development. She also voiced Katara on Avatar: The Last Airbender from 2005 to 2008. Whitman appeared in the 2006 series Thief for FX Networks, playing the stepdaughter of Nick Atwater (Andre Braugher). Whitman made several high-profile guest appearances in 2006 and 2007. She also appeared on Desperate Housewives in the episode "Nice She Ain't" as Sarah, an unscrupulous friend of Julie Mayer (Andrea Bowen). Whitman also had a recurring role on Chicago Hope (1994–2000), playing the daughter of Dr. Kate Austin (Christine Lahti), in the series' later years.
Whitman was initially cast in the 2007 series remake of The Bionic Woman, playing the deaf younger sister of the title character. On June 27, 2007, TV Guide reported that Whitman was being replaced in the role of Jaime's sister and Lucy Hale was cast as Whitman's replacement the following July. An NBC spokesperson confirmed this, stating "The decision was purely creatively driven. It is very common to change storylines, characters, actors after the initial pilot is shot." The sister character's hearing was restored after this recasting at the request of an NBC executive. The series' unaired pilot episode has been released on DVD on April 7, 2008.
She also appeared in the 2008 episode "Streetwise" of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as an on-the-street-mother who adopts street children and testifies against her husband after her adopted daughter is found murdered. She appeared in the HBO series In Treatment as the supporting character Rosie
Whitman voiced the character Tinker Bell in the Disney Tinker Bell films: Tinker Bell (2008), Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009) and Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010) . As part of a deal to promote the production of the first Tinker Bell film, the UK's speaking clock started to use her voice at 0100GMT on October 26, 2008. Furthermore, she voiced the role as Rose in American Dragon: Jake Long, and played Cynder in The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night.
In 2009, Whitman landed a regular role in NBC's version of the Ron Howard classic Parenthood, which premiered in 2010. She played Amber Holt, "a rebellious and willful teen whose only interest at present is her wannabe rock star boyfriend." Whitman played evil ex Roxy Richter in Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a film adaptation of the Bryan Lee O'Malley indie comic series Scott Pilgrim, which also starred her former Arrested Development co-star Michael Cera in the title role. Whitman appeared on Family Guy in 2010. She had a large role in the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower opposite Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.
In 2013, she reprised her role as Ann Veal in Arrested Development's season four, six years after the series was canceled. She appeared alongside Darren Criss in three episodes of season three of Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy, playing his girlfriend. In 2015, Whitman played the lead role in the comedy The DUFF. She also started filming Operator alongside Martin Starr in June. She voiced Batgirl in DC's Super Hero Girls series debuting on September 10, 2016. According to co-writer and director Roland Emmerich, Whitman did not reprise her role as the President's daughter in Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster hit Independence Day, because she did not want to read for the part.
Whitman has expressed her feelings on being typecast as an outsider in various roles in television and movies. She has talked about being a child actor and her relatable experiences such as being bullied in high school for being "weird." In an interview with Bello Mag, Whitman explains that the entertainment industry constantly tells actors what they are "not" and felt her choosing of these roles was her "trying to communicate to everyone" who may go through similar situations, that it's okay to be who they are. One of Whitman's more notable quotes is, "People should recognize who you are and how you can act rather than how famous you are."
In 2018, Whitman was cast alongside Christina Hendricks and Retta on the NBC dramedy Good Girls. The show was renewed for a fourth season on May 15, 2020. In June 2021, the series was canceled after four seasons.
Whitman has recorded "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" and "You Make Christmas Feel So Good" for School's Out! Christmas, and has sung guest vocals on a number of tracks from indie-punk band Fake Problems' 2010 album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape. Whitman has also been featured on her show Parenthood in the song "Gardenia" on the season two episode "The Booth Job" along with Landon Pigg. Whitman appears in the music videos for "I Was a Fool" and "Boyfriend" by Tegan and Sara. She performed a small speaking part in the rapper DVS' track "Charlie Chaplin" where she plays the part of what DVS sees as the stereotypical hipster expressing distaste with music and television to appear special.
|1994||When a Man Loves a Woman||Casey Green|
|1995||Bye Bye Love||Michele|
|1996||Independence Day||Patricia Whitmore|
|One Fine Day||Maggie Taylor|
|1998||The Gingerbread Man||Libby Magruder|
|Hope Floats||Bernice Pruitt|
|1999||Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas||Girl||Voice|
|Invisible Child||Rebecca 'Doc' Beeman|
|A Season for Miracles||Alanna 'Lani' Thompson|
|2001||An American Rhapsody||Maria (age 10)|
|2002||The Wild Thornberrys Movie||Schoolgirl||Voice|
|2003||The Jungle Book 2||Shanti||Voice|
|Love's Abiding Joy||Colette Doros|
|2008||Tinker Bell||Tinker Bell||Voice|
|Nights in Rodanthe||Amanda Willis|
|Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure||Tinker Bell||Voice|
|Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Roxy Richter|
|Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation||Lisa Miller||Voice|
|Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue||Tinker Bell||Voice|
|2011||The Factory||Abby Fletcher|
|Pixie Hollow Games||Tinker Bell||Voice|
|2012||Secret of the Wings||Voice|
|The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Mary Elizabeth|
|2013||Pixie Hollow Bake Off||Tinker Bell||Voice|
|2014||The Pirate Fairy||Voice|
|The Wind Rises||Kayo / Kinu||English dub|
|Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast||Tinker Bell||Voice|
|2015||The DUFF||Bianca Piper|
|Freaks of Nature||Jenna Zombie|
|DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year||Barbara Gordon / Batgirl||Voice|
|2017||Bernard and Huey||Zelda|
|DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games||Barbara Gordon / Batgirl||Voice|
|2018||A Dog and Pony Show||Dede||Voice|
|DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis||Barbara Gordon / Batgirl||Voice|
|1995||Degree of Guilt||Elena Argos||Television film|
|Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge||Young Ashley Judd|
|Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||Baby Rose (voice)||Episode: "Sperms of Endearment"|
|Early Edition||Amanda Bailey||Episode: "The Choice"|
|Friends||Sarah Tuttle||Episode: "The One Where Rachel Quits"|
|What a Cartoon!||Little Suzy (voice)||Episode: "Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women"|
|1996–1999||Chicago Hope||Sara Wilmette||17 episodes|
|1997||Superman: The Animated Series||Young Lois Lane (voice)||Episode: "Monkey Fun"|
|Merry Christmas, George Bailey||Zuzu Bailey||Television film|
|1997–2004||Johnny Bravo||Little Suzy (voice)||52 episodes|
|1998–2001||JAG||Chloe Madison||8 episodes|
|1999||Invisible Child||Rebecca 'Doc' Beeman||Television film|
|Judging Amy||Darcy Mitchell||Episode: "Last Tango in Hartford"|
|Providence||Frances Carlyle||2 episodes|
|Jingle Bells||Beth (voice)||Television film|
|Hallmark Hall of Fame||Alanna 'Lani' Thompson||Episode: "A Season for Miracles"|
|2000–2002||Teacher's Pet||Leslie Dunkling (voice)||5 episodes|
|2000||Godzilla: The Series||Meg (voice)||Episode: "Shafted"|
|The Wild Thornberrys||Antoinette (voice)||Episode: "Luck Be an Aye-Aye"|
|2001||Max Steel||Jo (voice)||Episode: "The Return"|
|Jackie Chan Adventures||Additional voices||Episode: "Scouts Honor"|
|2001–2002||State of Grace||Emma Grace McKee||40 episodes|
|2002||Presidio Med||Tory Redding||Episode: "Do No Harm"|
|The Zeta Project||Amy (voice)||Episode: "The River Rising"|
|2002–2004||Fillmore!||Various voices||7 episodes|
|2004||Cold Case||Eve Kendall||Episode: "Lover's Lane"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Glynnis Carson||Episode: "No Humans Involved"|
|Century City||Erin Pace||Episode: "Without a Tracer"|
|Arrested Development||Ann Veal||16 episodes|
|2005||The Happy Elf||Molly (voice)||Television film|
|2005–2007||American Dragon: Jake Long||Rose/Huntsgirl (voice)||19 episodes|
|2005–2008||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Katara (voice)||Main Role|
|2006||Thief||Tammi Deveraux||6 episodes|
|Desperate Housewives||Sarah||Episode: "Nice She Ain't"|
|Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise||Emily Bishop||Television film|
|Phil of the Future||Crying Girl||Episode: "Stuck in the Meddle with You"|
|2007||Justice||Jenny Marshall||Episode: "False Confession"|
|Grey's Anatomy||Heather Douglas||2 episodes|
|Lost in the Dark||Amy Tolliver||Television film|
|Ghost Whisperer||Rachel Fordham||Episode: "Don't Try This at Home"|
|ER||Heather||Episode: "The Test"|
|The Modifyers||Agent Xero/Lacey Shadows||Failed pilot|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Cassidy Cornell/Helen Braidwell||Episode: "Streetwise"|
|Good Behavior||Roxy West||Pilot|
|2008–2010||In Treatment||Rosie Weston||5 episodes|
|2008–2019||Family Guy||Various voices||34 episodes|
|2009||Acceptance||Taylor Rockefeller||Television film|
|Criminal Minds||Julie||Episode: "Cradle to Grave"|
|Glenn Martin, DDS||Amish Girl / Trailer Park Teen (voices)||2 episodes|
|2009–2010||The Cleveland Show||Additional voices||2 episodes|
|2010–2015||Parenthood||Amber Holt||103 episodes|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Barbara Gordon (voice)||2 episodes|
|Jesse Stone: No Remorse||Emily Bishop||Television film|
|2011, 2019||Robot Chicken||Various voices||2 episodes|
|Young Justice||Cassie Sandsmark / Wonder Girl, Stephanie Brown (voices)||12 episodes|
|2012||Weeds||Tula||Episode: "See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die"|
|2012–2017||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||April O'Neil/Wizardess/Princess/Terrified Woman/April Derp/Za-Naron (voice)||92 episodes|
|DreamWorks Dragons||Heather (voice)||36 episodes|
|2013||Web Therapy||Blair Yellin||3 episodes|
|American Dad!||Glitter / Zooey, Additional Voices||4 episodes|
|2013||Masters of Sex||Patient||Episode: "Standard Deviation"|
|2014||Suburgatory||Caris||Episode: "Blame it on the Rainstick"|
|AJ's Infinite Summer||Morgan / Receptionist (voices)||Pilot|
|2015–2018||Dragons: Race to the Edge||Heather||34 episodes|
|2015–2018||DC Super Hero Girls||Barbara Gordon / Batgirl / Speed Queen (voice)||54 episodes|
|2016||DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High||Television film|
|2016–2019||Drunk History||Herself / Lyudmila Pavlichenko||3 episodes|
|2016||Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life||Marcy||Episode: "Spring"|
|2017||Voltron: Legendary Defender||Plaxum (voice)||Episode: "Depths"|
|Room 104||Liza||Episode: "Phoenix"|
|Big Mouth||Tallulah Levine (voice)||Episode: "The Head Push"|
|2018–2021||Good Girls||Annie Marks||Main role|
|2020–present||The Owl House||Amity Blight (voice)||Major role|
|2020||American Experience||Additional voices||Episode: "The Vote"|
|Kidding||Chloe||Episode: "I Wonder What Grass Tastes Like"; uncredited|
|2021||Invincible||Connie / Model / Dropkick / Fightmaster (voice)||Episode: "It's About Time"|
|2004||EverQuest II||Lilly Ironforge / Thana Rumblehoof|
|2005||Kingdom Hearts II||Yuffie Kisaragi||Also appears in Final Mix+ in 2007|||
|2006||Cartoon Network Racing||Little Suzy|||
|Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII||Yuffie Kisaragi|||
|Avatar: The Last Airbender||Katara|||
|2007||The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night||Cynder|||
|Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth||Katara|||
|2008||Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno|||
|2013||Young Justice: Legacy||Helena Sandsmark, Cassie Sandsmark / Wonder-Girl|||
|2014||Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes||Tinker Bell|||
|Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix||Yuffie Kisaragi||Archive sound|
|2020||Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind||Yuffie Kisaragi|||
|2014||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||Clary Fray|
|2019||The Testaments||Nicole / Daisy|
Awards and nominationsEdit
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