Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen was born Erika Jane Christensen in Seattle, Washington, to Kathy (Hendricks), a construction manager, and Steven Christensen, a human resources executive and insurance worker. She was raised in the suburban outskirts of Los Angeles, California. At age 12, Erika knew that she was going to be an actress. Talented in acting, singing and dance, the young Christensen was determined, not just lucky; it wasn't long before she landed her first job: a commercial for national advertising giant, McDonalds. She followed up with a part in Michael Jackson's music video for "Childhood," then landed her big break: a lead role in Disney's Leave It to Beaver (1997). Christensen was only 13 years old, but acclaimed by critics for her "chemistry" and "radiant self-assurance." Guest spots on television followed. Christensen popped up everywhere including prime time heavy hitters like Frasier (1993), Nothing Sacred (1997), The Practice (1997), 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) and Touched by an Angel (1994). Erika received a nomination by the Hollywood Reporter for the 1998 Young Star Award (Best Performance By A Young Actress in a TV Drama Series) for her outstanding performance in Nothing Sacred (1997). Erika also kept her big screen presence known, in 1999 she worked on a Disney made-for-tv movie called Can of Worms (1999). And in 2000 Erika was able to show the world her acting chops when she took the gritty role of Caroline Wakefield, a teenage daughter of the White House Drug Czar who is herself a drug addict, in the award-winning Steven Soderbergh film, Traffic (2000). Aside from the distinction of playing alongside Hollywood's elite, Erika earned critical acclaim for the realism of the role, and received multiple awards including Female Breakthrough Performance at the MTV Movie Awards, Female Standout Performance at the Young Hollywood Awards, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Erika is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandmother), Danish, English, German, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish descent.

Spouse: Cole Maness (5 September 2015 - present)


Named one of People Magazine's 'Breakthrough Stars of 2001'.

She is a talented singer.

She has had to research several movie roles in which her characters experience various aspects of school life; this is because Erika never went to public school, but was tutored at home by her parents. Also, unlike her Swimfan (2002) villain "Madison Bell," she is a superb real-life swimmer.

Elder sister of Dane Christensen and his twin brother Brando.

She attended Delphi Academy, a private primary and secondary school in Los Angeles that is run according to the philosophies of L. Ron Hubbard and the religion he created, Scientology. To research her role in Traffic (2000), Christensen also consulted Narconon, a chain of drug rehab centers run by the Church of Scientology.

Her paternal grandmother's parents were Norwegian, and her paternal grandfather was of half Danish descent. Erika's other roots are English, German, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish.

(September 5, 2015) Married her boyfriend of 3 years Cole Maness at a ranch near Palm Springs, California following a 10-month-long engagement.

Erika is a member of the Church of Scientology.

Personal Quotes:

I'm more proud of my upper body. Let's just say I'm a typical female in that way.

Known For


Cast Credits

Wicked City (2015)
Starring as Betty Beaumontaine (3 episodes)
Hollywood Game Night (2013)
Guest starring as Erika Christensen
Parenthood (2010)
Starring as Julia Braverman (98 episodes)
American Ninja Warrior (2009)
Guest starring as Erika Christensen
Six Degrees (2006)
Starring as Mae Anderson
Thanks (1999)
Starring as Abigail Winthrop
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
  • Episode 9x12: Signature (Jan 8, 2008) [Special Guest Star]
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
Guest starring as Brianna
Frasier (1993)
Guest starring as Teenager