AJ Michalkaas Lainey Lewis
Starring as new William Penn Academy music teacher, Lainey Lewis, AJ Michalka has demonstrated her talent and versatility as a successful actress, musician and songwriter. At a young age, Michalka has a tremendous reputation for developing strong relationships with directors such as J.J. Abrams and Peter Jackson.
Recently, Michalka is heard as the character of Catra in the upcoming Netflix/Dreamworks animated series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. She will also be seen in the upcoming comedy Support the Girls.
Earlier in her career, she starred opposite Diane Lane and John Malkovich in the Walt Disney Pictures feature film Secretariat and then went on to appear in the much-anticipated J.J. Abrams film Super 8. Michalka also co-starred in the feature film The Lovely Bones, alongside Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and Saoirse Ronan, and directed by Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson.
Michalka began her acting career with several roles in television. She starred in The Guardian, Oliver Beene, the Disney Channel film Cow Belles and the original cable movie Super Sweet Sixteen: The Movie. More recently, she guest starred on Silicon Valley. Other TV appearances include Expecting Amish, Angels in Stardust (which she also co-produced), Grace Unplugged and the voice of Stevonnie in Steven Universe. She also produced and starred alongside her sister, Aly, in Weepah Way for Now, a 2015 LA Film Festival competition dramedy.
In addition to acting, Michalka is an accomplished musician, playing guitar, piano and percussion, as well as singing and songwriting. As a member of Aly & AJ, she and her sister released two hit albums with Hollywood Records, helping them become platinum-selling recording artists at a very young age. In addition, Aly & AJ were nominated for their first American Music Award, and their holiday release, Acoustic Hearts of Winter, was one of the best-selling Christmas albums, both taking place in 2006. Their hit single, "Potential Breakup Song," was noted in Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 Songs of the Year in 2007 and was RIAA-certified with sales of more than 1 million downloads. The music video for the single has scored over 45 million views on YouTube.
Working alongside her sister, she recently released a new EP, Ten Years, with a 20-city sold-out tour. AJ & Aly contributed to the soundtracks for the films The Game Plan, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Ice Princess, Bandslam and the TV series Hellcats. Separately, Michalka recorded "It's Who You Are," the theme song for the film Secretariat, and four songs for the Grace Unplugged soundtrack.
Michalka currently resides in Los Angeles.