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JoAnna Garcia Swisher stars in "The Astronaut Wives Club" on ABC as Betty Grissom. She also recently starred in NBC's comedy "Animal Practice," as Dorothy Rutledge, and ABC's comedy "Better With You," as Mia Putney.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher's recent memorable guest turns include her recurring roles on ABC's "Once Upon a Time" as Ariel, USA Network's "Royal Pains as Dr. Nina Greene, The CW's "Gossip Girl" as Bree Buckley — an irreverent, slightly evil Miss America type who comes from a conservative
JoAnna Garcia in "Better With You"
JoAnna Garcia Better With You
Southern family but is politically progressive herself — and her guest starring role as the girl who continues to get away from Josh Radnor on "How I Met Your Mother." She also appeared in the ABC Family telefilm "Revenge of the Bridesmaids," opposite Raven-Symone.

In 2008 Garcia portrayed the lead character in the teen angst comedy, "Privileged." Based on the book "How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls," she starred as Megan Smith, a Yale graduate hired to tutor two wealthy teenage twin girls to ensure their entrance into an Ivy League college. Although "Privileged" only aired for one season, it gained a huge fan following and earned Garcia rave reviews. She also starred in the 2008 primetime series "Welcome to The Captain," alongside Jeffrey Tambor, Chris Klein and Raquel Welch. Previously she dazzled audiences for six years on "Reba" as Reba's teenage daughter, Cheyenne Montgomery, and earned a Teen Choice Award nomination for Breakout Star.

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida to a Cuban father and American mother, Garcia was raised in a bilingual household. Her father is a physician and founder of Medizone weight loss, while her mother is a former teacher and current homemaker. With the support of her close knit family, she began performing at the age of 10 when she auditioned for a local theater production. She caught the acting bug immediately and, while school was always a top priority, she continued to fuel her passion by acting in local plays until high school. When Nickelodeon discovered her in one of these plays, the network fell in love her, and so in 1992 she commuted from Florida to Montreal to star as Fiona in the television series "Clarissa Explains It All," and from 1994-96 as Samantha in "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"

In 1998 Garcia was cast in a recurring role on the acclaimed drama "Party of Five." After graduating from high school, she briefly attended the University of Florida before heading to Los Angeles to further her acting career. Almost immediately she landed a key role opposite John Ritter in the TV movie "Holy Joe." She also had a memorable role in 2000 on "Freaks and Geeks." On the big screen she starred in two hit teen comedies in 2001, "American Pie 2" and "Not Another Teen Movie."

Outside of acting, Garcia has been inspired by working with the Step Up Women's Network (a national network of women dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls) and in the near future hopes to launch her own empowerment organization for women called "We Reach." As Garcia says, "girls aren't nice enough to each other." She is trying to assemble an advisory board of women in the entertainment industry who will work with girls around the country to host charity events in their hometowns.

Animals are also a vital part of Garcia's life; she has 11 altogether. When she's not working, she spends time with her four horses, including miniature 60-pound horse Dolly, two prized chickens, six dogs and a goat. Other interests include country music, traveling and fashion. Garcia currently divides her time between Los Angeles and New York City.

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Age: 37 years old
Birthday: August 10, 1979
Height: 5' 5"
Full Name / Real Name: JoAnna Lynne Garcia
Birthplace: Tampa, FL

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