JoAnna Garcia Swisher’s success comes from her naturally vibrant and energetic personality. Her genuine nature certainly catalyzed her career, but her girl-next-door appeal and Hollywood glamour continues to captivate audiences year after year.
Currently, Garcia Swisher stars in Netflix’s “Sweet Magnolias.” Set in the small town of Serenity, South Carolina, the show is based on a Sherryl Woods book series, about three women who have been best friends since childhood. Jamie Lynn Spears, Heather Headley and Brooke Elliot also star. The first season premiered on Netflix in 2020 and has been renewed for a second season.
In 2018, Garcia Swisher was seen in ABC’s Tuesday night Fall dramedy, “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.” On the feature film side, Garcia Swisher appeared in Warner Bros.’ comedy Fist Fight directed by Richie King with Ice Cube and Charlie Day. In 2015, Garcia Swisher starred on ABC’s “The Astronaut Wives Club,” based on the book by Lily Koppel, as ‘Betty Grissom,’ wife of Gus Grissom.
In summer 2013, Garcia Swisher played Vince Vaughn’s girlfriend Megan alongside other comedic actors Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Josh Gad in 20th Century Fox’s The Internship. The year before, she starred opposite Justin Kirk as Dorothy Crane in the NBC comedy “Animal Practice.” In 2010, Garcia Swisher starred alongside Jennifer Finnigan on the ABC romantic sitcom series “Better with You” and opposite Raven-Symone in the ABC Family television movie “Revenge of the Bridesmaids.”
In 2008, Garcia Swisher portrayed the lead character in the CW’s teen angst comedy with a twist of drama, “Privileged” as well as the CBS primetime series “Welcome to The Captain” alongside Jeffrey Tambor, Chris Klein and Raquel Welch. Prior to this, Garcia Swisher made an indelible mark with fans of the show “Reba” throughout the show’s six-year span, in which she played Reba’s daughter Cheyenne Montgomery. The show met monumental success and critical acclaim, even ranking as the #1 show through all six seasons and garnering the highest ratings for a WB comedy in history. Her work on the show earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination for “Breakout Star.”
Aside from her starring roles, Garcia Swisher has also had a series of memorable guest roles on television series throughout her years of acting. Among these are her roles as Bree Buckley, one of the many love interests of Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) in the third season of the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” her recurring role as Dr. Nina Greene on “Royal Pains,” her guest starring role as the girl that continues to get away from Ted (Josh Radnor) on “How I Met Your Mother” and her recurring role as the sister of Adam Pally’s Dr. Peter on “The Mindy Project.” From 2013 to 2017 Garcia Swisher has also had a recurring role in the cast of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” as the iconic Disney princess Ariel.
Born to a Cuban father and American mother, Garcia Swisher started her career at a young age. She found a knack for acting at the age of 10 and quickly jumped at opportunities to explore her acting potential in local theater productions in her hometown of Tampa, Florida. Her first break outside of local Floridian theater came when she was still in high school, after Nickelodeon discovered her and slotted her into a starring role as Samantha on three seasons of the network’s hit show “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and Fiona on “Clarissa Explains It All.” Although she had to commute between Florida and Montreal for the roles, her efforts proved fruitful when it led her to other acting opportunities. Her career truly began to blossom after she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting as a career, at which point she landed roles such as Hallie on “Party of Five;” the recurring character Vicki Appleby on “Freaks and Geeks;” and a key role opposite John Ritter in the television movie “Holy Joe” as Joyce Cass.
From there, Garcia Swisher co-starred in two hit teen comedies in 2001, American Pie 2 and Not Another Teen Movie.
Outside of acting, Garcia Swisher has founded The Happy Place, which is a destination that explores, motivates and empowers the experience of living a life with intention and how that reflects in your interiors. At its core, The Happy Place will ignite and inspire the inner designer in every person.
She has also been inspired by working with the Step Up Women’s Network (a national network of women dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls). Garcia Swisher, along with her husband Nick Swisher, also founded the Swisher Family Foundation with a mission of providing children in need with medical care, education, and recreational activities.
Garcia Swisher currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Tampa Bay with her husband (former professional baseball player Nick Swisher), and their daughters Emerson and Sailor.