Amanda Joy Michalka is an American actress, musician and singer-songwriter who is best known as one half of the musical duo Aly & AJ (briefly 78violet), alongside her older sister Aly Michalka.
She has appeared in films such as The Lovely Bones (2008), Secretariat (2010), Super 8 (2011), Grace Unplugged (2013), Weepah Way for Now (2015), and Support the Girls (2018). Michalka also starred in the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs (2013–2023) and its spin-off series Schooled (2019–2020). She is also known for voicing a lead role as Catra in the Netflix animated adventure series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018–2020).
Nick Name: A.J., Mandy
Years active: 2002–present
Born: April 10, 1991, 32 years old and 1 months, Torrance, California, U.S.
Sun Sign: Aries
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
Height: 5 ft 6 in / 1.68 m
Measurements: 35-26-34 in / 89-61-87 cm
Bra Size: 32C US / 70D EU
Genre: Acoustic rock, electropop, pop, pop rock
Instruments: Vocals, guitar (acoustic and electric), piano, bongos
Father – Mark Michalka (Runs a contracting company)
Mother – Carrie Michalka (Musician)
Siblings – Ricky Michalka (Brother), Aly Michalka (Older Sister) (Singer, Actress)
AJ has English, German, Irish and Scottish ancestry.
Like her older sister, she was also home schooled.
Michalka was born in Torrance, California and is the younger sister of actress and musician Aly Michalka. Her father, Mark, owns a contracting company, and her mother, Carrie, is a musician and performed with the Christian rock band “JC Band”. Her parents are divorced. As a little girl, she briefly lived in Seattle and Milwaukee. Both she and her sister attended Mack Elementary. She has played the piano since she was six and started playing the guitar in her early life. She started acting when she was five, mostly in church play productions. She was raised as a Christian and homeschooled for part of her childhood. Michalka was in a number of musical productions at her school in Milwaukee as a young woman.
She plays a variety of instruments such as acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and piano. She was a model for catalogs. In 2006 she made her Disney Channel debut in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles, as “Courtney Callum”, along with sister Aly, as “Taylor Callum”. She has also appeared on shows such as Oliver Beene, Six Feet Under, The Guardian, and General Hospital. She and her sister appeared in the MTV film Super Sweet 16: The Movie.
In 2009 she was featured in the Peter Jackson film The Lovely Bones, released widely on January 15, 2010.
From 2009 to 2013 Michalka and her sister performed as the musical duo 78violet. They decided to change its name back to “Aly and AJ” in 2015. She was cast as a recurring character on The CW series Hellcats starring Ashley Tisdale and her sister Aly Michalka. The series ran for one season and was cancelled in May 2011.
Michalka appeared in the 2011 film Super 8, directed by J. J. Abrams. Her first big-screen starring role was as the title character in 2013’s Grace Unplugged.
Since 2013, Michalka has had a recurring role on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs as Lainey Lewis, the best friend of main character Erica Goldberg and one-time girlfriend of Erica’s brother, Barry. In May 2015, it was announced that she was promoted to series regular for the show’s upcoming third season. She also played the Lainey character in a lead role on the spinoff series Schooled, which ran for two seasons.
Michalka voices the character Stevonnie in Steven Universe, a fusion of the protagonist Steven and his best friend Connie. In July 2014, she and her sister filmed an untitled drama in Laurel Canyon, California. The film was directed and written by Aly’s husband, Stephen Ringer. Michalka was one of the producers of the film, with her sister and Ringer, and participated in the casting process. In May 2015, it was announced that the film, Weepah Way for Now, would premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015. The film was released on DVD, iTunes, and other streaming platforms in June 2016.
The singer released the debut album Into The Rush with her older sister Aly on August 16, 2005, via Hollywood Records.
The album charted at #36 in U.S. They were able to sell 800,000 copies of the album and got certified as Gold in the country.
She starred in her first film (alongside her sister) Cow Belles, which was a teen romantic comedy film. She played the role as Courtney Callum in this Disney Channel Original Movie, which was released in 2006.
First TV Show
In 2002, Amanda appeared in NBC soap opera Passions for her role as Sheridan daughter in just a single episode.
AJ Michalka Favorite Things
Food – Burger
TV Show – America Next Top Model, Dexter, The Office (2005-2013)
Restaurant – In-N-Out Burger joint
Bands – Aqualung, POD, Coldplay, Jack Mannequin, Switchfoot, Heart
Cartoon – PowerPuff Girls
TV Channel – MTV
J Michalka Facts
She is shorter than her sister Aly.
Her mom has worked with JC Band in the past.
She is playing piano since the age of four.
AJ also started taking interest in acting at 5.
Porsche convertible is her dream car.
She cannot fly without her iPod.
Mitchel Musso is her best friend.
She would like to have an autograph of Jack Black or Johnny Depp.
Her first financial splurge was a necklace, which was worth $4,000.
She is a member of the girl band 78violet, which she formed with her older sister.