Then + Now: Ashley Johnson from ‘Growing Pains’
Everyone remembers adorable little Chrissy Seaver, played by Ashley Johnson on the classic ’80s/’90s sitcom ‘Growing Pains.’ But what’s Johnson been up to since she grew up?
Ashley played Chrissy, the youngest member of the Seaver clan on ‘Growing Pains.’ Johnson didn’t actually appear on the show until 1990, when the producers pulled a soap opera move and toddler Chrissy became 6-year-old Chrissy in record time. She played the role until ‘Growing Pains’ went off the air two years later, and then from 1993 to 1994, she played Mary Margaret Doolan in the short-lived show ‘Phenom.’
Johnson went on to star in films like ‘What Women Want’ with Mel Gibson and ‘The Brothers Solomon’ with Will Arnett and Will Forte. In recent years, she had a bit part in ‘The Avengers’ as a waitress, and she reunited with her ‘Avengers’ director and writer Joss Whedon for his take on ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’
She’s also appeared in ‘The Help’ and on shows like ‘The Killing’ and ‘Drop Dead Diva,’ and has lent her voice talents to animated programs like ‘King of the Hill,’ ‘Ben 10,’ and ‘Recess.’