AJ Michalka born Amanda Joy “AJ” Michalka was a model before becoming an actress, and is best known as one-half of the duo Aly and AJ (formerly 78Violet) with her sister Aly Michalka. AJ recorded the theme song and accompanying music video for the film Secretariat, entitled “It’s Who You Are.” She also issued a single and video called “All I’ve Ever Needed” from her 2013 film Grace Unplugged.
Born Name Amanda Joy Michalka
Nick Name A.J., Mandy
Born: April 10, 1991, 27 years and 8 months, Torrance, California, U.S.
Sun Sign Aries
Occupation Singer, songwriter, actress, musician
Years active 2002–present
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Green
Height 5 ft 6 in or 168 cm
Measurements 35-26-34 in or 89-61-87 cm
Bra Size 32C
Manager Aly and AJ signed with Red Light Management in 2013.
Genre Acoustic rock, electropop, pop, pop rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar (acoustic and electric), piano, bongos
Labels Hollywood (2004-2010)
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 and raised 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 JC Band, a Christian 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 been playing the piano since she was six and started playing the guitar in her early life. She started acting when she was five years old, mostly in church play productions. She was raised as a Christian and was homeschooled for part of her childhood. Michalka was in a number of musical productions at her school in Milwaukee as a young woman.
AJ Michalka has also had a successful acting career, and after two seasons in a recurring role as Lainey Lewis on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, she had been promoted to a regular role on the series for the third season but was demoted to recurring status for the fifth season as her character went to college and thus was in fewer storylines. She is set to star with her Goldbergs colleagues Tim Meadows and Bryan Callen in a spin-off Schooled for air in the 2018–19 U.S. television season.
She plays a variety of instruments such as acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, and bongos. She was a model for catalogs. In March 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 made appearances on shows such as Oliver Beene, Six Feet Under, The Guardian, and General Hospital. She has also appeared with her sister, Aly, 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 until 2013, Michalka and her sister performed as the musical duo 78violet. They decided to later change their name back to “Aly and AJ” in 2015. She was cast as a recurring character on The CW series Hellcats starring Ashley Tisdale and along with 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 is 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 girlfriend of one of the main characters on the show. In May 2015, it was announced that she would be a series regular for the show’s upcoming third season. In July 2014, she and her sister, Aly Michalka, 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, alongside her sister and Ringer, and also participated in the casting process. In early May 2015, it was announced the film, now titled, Weepah Way for Now, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015. The film was later released on DVD, iTunes, and other streaming platforms in June 2016.
Michalka also voices Stevonnie on the popular animated television series Steven Universe on Cartoon Network.
Piercing green eyes
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’s soap opera Passions for her role as Sheridan’s daughter in just a single episode.
She works out in the gym and does cardio with the help of her personal trainer Larry Crystal.
AJ Michalka Favorite Things
Food – Burger
TV Show – America’s Next Top Model, Dexter, The Office (2005-2013)
Restaurant – In-N-Out Burger joint
Bands – Aqualung, POD, Coldplay, Jack’s 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.