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Also Known As: Erika Jane Christensen Died:
Born: August 19, 1982 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Seattle, Washington, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer, extra, model

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Erika Christensen pushed the boundaries when it came to choosing her roles, with most of these boundaries bordering on the deep, dark, and depressing. Christensen became one of Hollywood's most talked about stars after her riveting performance as Michael Douglas' drug-addicted daughter in the award-winning film, "Traffic" (2000). Critics were in awe with Christensen's gritty portrayal of a teenage cocaine fiend, an intense role that pushed the limits of the then 18-year-old actress who had to also perform graphic sex scenes in the film. From then on, Christensen became widely associated with playing deeply disturbed characters, including an obsessive teen in "Swimfan" (2002), a student who stopped at nothing to get high grades in "The Perfect Score" (2004), or a young woman dating a perverted older man in "The Upside of Anger" (2005). Her film career careened in the mid-2000s, but it gained momentum with a lead role on the ensemble television dramedy, "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010 - ) about four siblings dealing with the ups-and-downs of raising their own families. She ventured into new territory on the series, playing a high-strung working mom trying to raise a six-year-old daughter with her stay-at-home...

Erika Christensen pushed the boundaries when it came to choosing her roles, with most of these boundaries bordering on the deep, dark, and depressing. Christensen became one of Hollywood's most talked about stars after her riveting performance as Michael Douglas' drug-addicted daughter in the award-winning film, "Traffic" (2000). Critics were in awe with Christensen's gritty portrayal of a teenage cocaine fiend, an intense role that pushed the limits of the then 18-year-old actress who had to also perform graphic sex scenes in the film. From then on, Christensen became widely associated with playing deeply disturbed characters, including an obsessive teen in "Swimfan" (2002), a student who stopped at nothing to get high grades in "The Perfect Score" (2004), or a young woman dating a perverted older man in "The Upside of Anger" (2005). Her film career careened in the mid-2000s, but it gained momentum with a lead role on the ensemble television dramedy, "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010 - ) about four siblings dealing with the ups-and-downs of raising their own families. She ventured into new territory on the series, playing a high-strung working mom trying to raise a six-year-old daughter with her stay-at-home husband. Christensen's ability to transform herself from a Hollywood "It" girl to a serious actress with an edge - along the way, expanding her repertoire - cemented her stardom and provided the opportunity for a thriving, longtime career.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Mercy (2009)
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 Gardener of Eden (2007)
6.
 Sisters, The (2005)
7.
 Flightplan (2005) Fiona
8.
 Upside of Anger, The (2005) Andy Wolfmeyer
9.
 Perfect Score, The (2004) Anna
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared in local theater productions in Southern California
1995:
Cast in the video for Michael Jackson's "Childhood"
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Sang back-up on Neil Diamond's "The Christmas Album II"
1997:
Film debut, playing the girlfriend of Wally Cleaver in "Leave It to Beaver"
1997:
Primetime TV acting debut in an episode of the ABC drama series "Nothing Sacred"
1999:
TV-movie debut in "Can of Worms" (The Disney Channel)
1999:
Had regular role on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Thanks"
2000:
Breakthrough screen role as the drug-addicted daughter of a government official in "Traffic"
2001:
Had recurring role on the ABC sitcom "The Geena Davis Show"
2001:
Returned to the big screen in "Home Room"
2002:
Starred as a high schooler obsessed with a male student in "Swimfan"
2002:
Had featured role in "The Banger Sisters"
2004:
Co-starred in "The Perfect Score" about six teenagers who try and steal the SAT's
2004:
Cast in "Riding the Bullet" based on the novel by Stephen King
2005:
Portrayed Joan Allen's daughter in "The Upside of Anger" a film by Mike Binder; screened at sundance
2006:
Cast in the short-lived ABC series "Six Degrees"
2008:
Co-starred with Nick Stahl in the indie film, "How To Rob A Bank"
2009:
Cast as a law student suffering from multiple personality disorder in the season premiere of FOX's "Lie to Me"
2010:
Cast as Julia Braverman-Graham on NBC's updated version of the 1989 film, "Parenthood"
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Notes

"It has made me so confident. I just have a different point of view that I got from Scientology. I figure that whatever I don't know, I can learn. And I don't really care that my opinions on something might be wrong. Based on what I do know, I can make an opinion. Later, I can change. That gives me the stability to be who I am.

"Also, this is completely personal and I can't speak for other Scientologists, but I think the idea that you will be re-incarnated takes the pressure off. I believe that you can lead a worthwhile life and make a difference, but you will live again."---Christensen on her religious beliefs, to Teen Hollywood

"For the longest time, I was the girl next door, You can't get angry. You can't be dangerous, You can't do anything wrong. Now, I'm playing a bunch of crazies."

"I'm just so happy to be doing what I want with my life. For most teenagers there's this pressure of trying to figure out what you're going to do. I'm pretty lucky to not have that. I know what I want. I want to be an actor."---Christensen to Papermag, 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Steven Christensen. Human resource executive.
mother:
Kathy Christensen. Construction manager.
half-brother:
Nick. Born c. 1974.
brother:
Brando Christensen. Born c. 1987; twin of Dane.
brother:
Dane Christensen. Born c. 1987; twin of Brando.
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