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Aly Michalka
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Michalka in May 2017
BornAlyson Renae Michalka
(1989-03-25) March 25, 1989 (age 29)
Torrance, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • guitarist
  • model
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)
Stephen Ringer (m. 2015)
RelativesAJ Michalka (sister)
Musical career
Genres
  • Pop
  • pop rock
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Labels
  • Hollywood
  • Independent
Associated actsAly & AJ

Alyson Renae Michalka (/mˈʃɑːkə/ mee-SHAH-kah;[1] born March 25, 1989) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. She gained fame for playing the role of Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel series Phil of the Future and has participated in film and other television roles including Rhiannon Abernathy in the film Easy A, the CW series Hellcats and iZombie. Michalka and her sister, actress Amanda "AJ" Michalka, are members of the musical duo Aly & AJ.

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Acting career
  • 3 Music career
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Filmography
    • 5.1 Film
    • 5.2 Television
  • 6 Discography
  • 7 Accolades
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Early life[edit]

Michalka was born in Torrance, California. She grew up in Seattle, Washington and Southern California, with her younger sister, Amanda "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 "JC Band".[2][3] She was raised as a Christian.[4][5][6]

Acting career[edit]

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 film, Walden Media film Bandslam.[7] 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.[8] In 2011, Michalka made a guest appearance on CSI: NY.[9] 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.[10] Since March 2015, Michalka had a recurring role on the CW series iZombie[11][12] for the first and second season and became a regular cast member for season three.[13] On April 19, 2016, she was announced as a cast member for the upcoming comedy film The Lears, an adaptation based on the Shakespearean play King Lear.[14]

Music career[edit]

Michalka and her sister, AJ Michalka, 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,[15] 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.[16] In early December 2015, they confirmed they returned to their original name, "Aly & AJ".[17] In April 2016, they confirmed plans to release new music for an upcoming studio album.[18] On June 2, 2017, they announced a new single, titled "Take Me".[19][20] It serves as the lead single from their EP, planned to be released on July 14, 2017.[20]

Personal life[edit]

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. Her parents are divorced.[21] In 2012, 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.[22] She is a devout Christian.[23][24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Bandslam Charlotte Barnes
2010 Easy A Rhiannon Abernathy
2011 The Roommate Tracy Long
2013 Crazy Kind of Love Janine originally titled Long Time Gone[25]
Grown Ups 2 Savannah
2014 Sequoia Reilly MacGrady [26][27]
Killing Winston Jones Cookie Jones
2015 Weepah Way for Now Elle Co-producer
2017 The Lears Regan Lear

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
2007 Punk'd Herself Episode 8.8
Super Sweet 16: The Movie Taylor Tiara Television film
Aly & AJ: Sister Act Herself MTV 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"
2013–14 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; also known as Chev & Bev[28][29]
2015–present iZombie Peyton Charles Recurring role (seasons 1–2); main role (season 3-Present); (43 episodes)
2016 Cupcake Wars Celebrity Herself/Contestant Episode: "Cupcakes in Space"
Motive Chloe Wilson Episode: "In Plain Sight"
2017 MacGyver Frankie Episode: "Compass"
2017 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Amy Main role (8 episodes)
2018 Hell's Kitchen Herself Uncredited guest diner; Episode "Hell's Riders"

Discography[edit]

Soundtrack appearances
Year Track Album
2009 "Amphetamine" Bandslam
"I Want You to Want Me"
"Someone to Fall Back On"
2010 "Brand New Day" Hellcats (Music from the Television Series) – EP
"Belong Here"

Accolades [edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Refs
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