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Mae Whitman
Mae Whitman
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Whitman in 2014
Mae Margaret Whitman

(1988-06-09) June 9, 1988 (age 31)
EducationRibet Academy
  • Actress
  • voice actress
  • singer
Years active1994-present

Mae Margaret Whitman (born June 9, 1988 in Los Angeles)[1] is an American actress and singer. After making her film debut in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), she had other supporting roles in films such as One Fine Day (1996), Independence Day (1996), and Hope Floats (1998). Thereafter, Whitman ventured into television, with her most notable roles including Ann Veal on the Fox sitcom Arrested Development (2004-2013) and Amber Holt on the NBC drama Parenthood (2010-2015). She also had supporting roles in the films Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012). Whitman made her leading role film debut in The DUFF (2015). She currently stars as Annie Marks in Good Girls (2018-) on NBC. Whitman has also lent her voice to several animated films and television series, including as Rose/Huntsgirl in American Dragon: Jake Long, Shanti in The Jungle Book 2, Katara in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Tinker Bell in the Disney Fairies franchise, Little Suzy in Johnny Bravo, April O'Neil in the 2012 generation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Yuffie Kisaragi in the video game Kingdom Hearts II.

Early life

The only child of voice artist Pat Musick and personal manager and set construction coordinator Jeffrey Whitman,[2] Mae attended Ribet Academy.[3][4] Whitman is of English and German ancestry.


1991-2003: Early acting work

She started her career with a voice-over for a Tyson Chicken commercial at the age of two.[5] Acting coach Andrew Magarian helped her memorize lines as she could not read.[6] In 1994, at the age of six, Whitman made her film debut, acting alongside Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), playing Ryan's youngest daughter, Casey Green.[7] She beat 700 other girls who were interested in the part.[3] In 1996, Whitman appeared in two films: Independence Day, playing Bill Pullman's daughter, Patricia Whitmore[8] and One Fine Day playing George Clooney's daughter, Maggie Taylor.[9] The same year, Whitman guest starred in the season three episode of Friends, "The One Where Rachel Quits."[10] In 1998, she played Sandra Bullock's daughter, Bernice Pruitt, in Hope Floats.[11] During several guest appearances from 1998 until 2001, Whitman played the role of Chloe Madison on JAG before starring in the Fox Family series State of Grace in which she portrayed Grace, a girl from a Catholic background who befriends Hannah (Alia Shawkat), a Jewish girl.[12][13]

2004-2008: Arrested Development and other television roles

Whitman at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con

From 2004 to 2006, Whitman had a recurring role on Arrested Development, reuniting with Shawkat. Whitman appeared in the 2006 series Thief for FX Networks, playing the stepdaughter of Nick Atwater (Andre Braugher).[14] Whitman made several high-profile guest appearances in 2006 and 2007. She also appeared on Desperate Housewives in the episode "Nice She Ain't" as Sarah, an unscrupulous friend of Julie Mayer (Andrea Bowen). Whitman also had a recurring role on Chicago Hope (1994-2000), playing the daughter of "Dr. Kate Austin" (played by Christine Lahti), in the series' later years. Whitman was initially cast in the 2007 series remake of The Bionic Woman, playing the deaf younger sister of the title character. On June 27, 2007, TV Guide reported that Whitman was being replaced in the role of Jaime's sister and Lucy Hale was cast as Whitman's replacement the following July.[15] An NBC spokesperson confirmed this stating, "The decision was purely creatively driven. It is very common to change storylines, characters, actors after the initial pilot is shot." The sister character's hearing was restored after this recasting at the request of an NBC executive.[15] The series' unaired pilot episode has been released on DVD on April 7, 2008.[16] She also appeared in the season nine episode "Streetwise" of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in 2008 as an on-the-street-mother who adopts street children forming a homeless family who testifies against her husband after her adopted daughter is found murdered. Whitman gave voice to Katara of the Water Tribe in the animated show Avatar: The Last Airbender and previously Rose in American Dragon: Jake Long. She has appeared in the HBO series In Treatment as Rosie. She plays Cynder in The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night. Whitman voiced the character Tinker Bell in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Disney Tinker Bell films.[17] As part of a deal to promote the production of the first Tinker Bell film, the UK's speaking clock started to use her voice at 0100GMT on October 26, 2008.[18]

2009-present: Parenthood, continued film roles and Good Girls

Whitman at the Paleyfest 2013

In 2009, Whitman landed a regular role in NBC's version of the Ron Howard classic Parenthood,[19] which premiered in 2010. She played Amber Holt, "a rebellious and willful teen whose only interest at present is her wannabe rock star boyfriend."[20] Whitman played evil ex Roxy Richter in Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a film adaptation of the Bryan Lee O'Malley indie comic series Scott Pilgrim, which also starred her former Arrested Development co-star, Michael Cera, in the title role.[21][22] Whitman appeared on Family Guy in 2010. She had a large role in the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower opposite Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.[23] In 2013, she reprised her role as Ann Veal in Arrested Developments season four, six years after the series was canceled.[24] She appeared alongside Darren Criss in three episodes of season three of Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy, playing his girlfriend.[25] In 2015, Whitman played the lead role in the comedy The DUFF. She also started filming Operator alongside Martin Starr in June.[26] According to co-writer and director Roland Emmerich, Whitman did not reprise her role as the President's daughter in Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster hit Independence Day, because she did not want to read for the part.[27] Whitman has expressed her feelings on being typecast as an outsider in various roles in television and movies. She has talked about being a child actor and her relatable experiences such as being bullied in high school for being "weird."[28] In an interview with Bello Mag, Whitman explains that the entertainment industry constantly tells actors what they are "not" and felt her choosing of these roles was her "trying to communicate to everyone" who may go through similar situations, that it's okay to be who they are.[29] One of Whitman's more notable quotes is, "People should recognize who you are and how you can act rather than how famous you are." [30]

In 2018 Whitman was cast alongside Christina Hendricks and Retta on the NBC dramedy Good Girls.[31] The show was renewed for a third season to premiere in the fall of 2019.[32]


Whitman has recorded "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" and "You Make Christmas Feel So Good" for School's Out! Christmas[33] and has sung guest vocals on a number of tracks from indie-punk band Fake Problems' newest album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.[34] Whitman has also been featured on her show Parenthood in the song "Gardenia" on the season two episode "The Booth Job" along with Landon Pigg.[35][36] Whitman appears in the music videos for "I Was a Fool" and "Boyfriend" by Tegan and Sara.[37] She performed a small speaking part in the rapper DVS' record "Charlie Chaplin" where she plays the part of what DVS sees as the stereotypical hipster expressing distaste with music and television to appear special.[38]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Casey Green
1995 Bye Bye Love Michele
1996 Independence Day Patricia Whitmore
1996 One Fine Day Maggie Taylor
1998 The Gingerbread Man Libby Magruder
1998 Hope Floats Bernice Pruitt
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Girl Voice
1999 Invisible Child Rebecca 'Doc' Beeman
1999 A Season for Miracles Alanna 'Lani' Thompson
2001 An American Rhapsody Maria (age 10)
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Schoolgirl Voice
2003 The Jungle Book 2 Shanti Voice
2004 Teacher's Pet Leslie Voice
2005 Going Shopping Coco
2006 The Bondage Angelica
2006 Love's Abiding Joy Colette Doros
2007 Boogeyman 2 Alison
2008 Tinker Bell Tinker Bell Voice
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Amanda Willis
2009 Spring Breakdown Lydia Direct-to-DVD
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Tinker Bell Voice
2010 Barry Munday Candice
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Roxy Richter
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation Lisa Miller Voice
Short film
2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Tinker Bell Voice
2011 The Factory Abby Fletcher
2011 Pixie Hollow Games Tinker Bell Voice
Short film
2012 Secret of the Wings Tinker Bell Voice
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Mary Elizabeth
2013 Pixie Hollow Bake Off Tinker Bell Voice
Short film
2014 The Pirate Fairy Tinker Bell Voice
2014 The Wind Rises Kayo / Kinu English dub
2014 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Tinker Bell Voice
2015 The DUFF Bianca Piper
2015 Freaks of Nature Jenna Zombie
2016 Rock Dog Darma Voice
2016 Drawn of the Dead Gwen Newman Voice
2016 Operator Emily Klein
2017 Bernard and Huey Zelda
2017 CHiPs Beebee
2017 Dear Angelica Jessica Voice
Short film
2018 A Dog and Pony Show Dede Voice
2018 Duck Butter Ellen
TBA Valley Girl


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Degree of Guilt Elena Argos Television film
1995 Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Young Ashley Judd Television film
1996 After Jimmy Rosie Television film
1996 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Baby Rose (voice) Episode: "Sperms of Endearment"
1996 Early Edition Amanda Bailey Episode: "The Choice"
1996 Friends Sarah Tuttle Episode: "The One Where Rachel Quits"
1996 What a Cartoon! Little Suzy (voice) Episode: "Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women"
1996-1999 Chicago Hope Sara Wilmette 17 episodes
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Young Lois Lane (voice) Episode: "Monkey Fun"
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Zuzu Bailey Television film
1997-2004 Johnny Bravo Little Suzy (voice) 52 episodes
1998-2001 JAG Chloe Madison 8 episodes
1999 Invisible Child Rebecca 'Doc' Beeman Television film
1999 Judging Amy Darcy Mitchell Episode: "Last Tango in Hartford"
1999 Providence Frances Carlyle 2 episodes
1999 Jingle Bells Beth (voice) Television film
1999 Hallmark Hall of Fame Alanna 'Lani' Thompson Episode: "A Season for Miracles"
2000-2002 Teacher's Pet Leslie Dunkling (voice) 5 episodes
2000 Godzilla: The Series Meg (voice) Episode: "Shafted"
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Antoinette (voice) Episode: "Luck Be an Aye-Aye"
2001 Max Steel Jo (voice) Episode: "The Return"
2001 Jackie Chan Adventures Additional voices Episode: "Scouts Honor"
2001-2002 State of Grace Emma Grace McKee 40 episodes
2002 Presidio Med Tory Redding Episode: "Do No Harm"
2002 The Zeta Project Amy (voice) Episode: "The River Rising"
2002-2004 Fillmore! Various voices 7 episodes
2004 Cold Case Eve Kendall Episode: "Lover's Lane"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Glynnis Carson Episode: "No Humans Involved"
2004 Century City Erin Pace Episode: "Without a Tracer"
Arrested Development Ann Veal 16 episodes
2005 The Happy Elf Molly (voice) Television film
2005-2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Rose/Huntsgirl (voice) 19 episodes
2005-2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Katara (voice) 60 episodes
2006 Thief Tammi Deveraux 6 episodes
2006 Desperate Housewives Sarah Episode: "Nice She Ain't"
2006 Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise Emily Bishop Television film
2006 Phil of the Future Crying Girl Episode: "Stuck in the Meddle with You"
2007 Justice Jenny Marshall Episode: "False Confession"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Heather Douglas 2 episodes
2007 Lost in the Dark Amy Tolliver Television film
2007 Ghost Whisperer Rachel Fordham Episode: "Don't Try This at Home"
2007 ER Heather Episode: "The Test"
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cassidy Cornell/Helen Braidwell Episode: "Streetwise"
2008 Good Behavior Roxy West Pilot
2008-2010 In Treatment Rosie Weston 5 episodes
2008-present Family Guy Various voices 35 episodes
2009 Acceptance Taylor Rockefeller Television film
2009 Criminal Minds Julie Episode: "Cradle to Grave"
2009 Glenn Martin, DDS Amish Girl / Trailer Park Teen (voices) 2 episodes
2009-2010 The Cleveland Show Additional voices 2 episodes
2010-2015 Parenthood Amber Holt 103 episodes
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Batgirl (voice) 2 episodes
2010 Jesse Stone: No Remorse Emily Bishop Television film
2011 Robot Chicken Lady Gaga, Wilma Flintstone, Bella's Friend Episode: "Casablankman 2"
Young Justice Cassie Sandsmark/Wonder Girl / Stephanie Brown (voices)[39] 7 episodes
2012 Weeds Tula Episode: "See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die"
2012-2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O'Neil (voice) 93 episodes
DreamWorks Dragons Heather (voice) 36 episodes
2013 Web Therapy Blair Yellin 3 episodes
American Dad! Glitter / Zooey, Additional Voices 4 episodes
2013 Masters of Sex Patient Episode: "Standard Deviation"
2014 Suburgatory Caris Episode: "Blame it on the Rainstick"
2014 AJ's Infinite Summer Morgan / Receptionist (voices) Pilot
2015-2018 Dragons: Race to the Edge Heather 34 episodes
2015-2018 DC Super Hero Girls Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (voice) 54 episodes
2016 DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (voice) Television film
2016-19 Drunk History Herself / Lyudmila Pavlichenko 3 episodes
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Marcy Episode: "Spring"
2017 Voltron: Legendary Defender Plaxum (voice) Episode: "Depths"
2017 Room 104 Liza Episode: "Phoenix"
2017 Big Mouth Tallulah Levine (voice) Episode: "The Head Push"
2018-present Good Girls Annie Marks Main cast
2020 The Owl House TBA Voice
2020 Invincible Amanda / Monster Girl Voice

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes References
2004 EverQuest II Lilly Ironforge / Thana Rumblehoof
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Yuffie Kisaragi Also appears in Final Mix+ in 2007 [40]
2006 Cartoon Network Racing Little Suzy [40]
2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Yuffie Kisaragi [40]
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Katara [40]
2007 The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night Cynder [40]
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth Katara [40]
2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender - Into the Inferno [40]
2011 Nicktoons MLB [40]
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Helena Sandsmark, Cassie Sandsmark/Wonder-Girl [40]
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Tinker Bell [40]
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Yuffie Kisaragi Archived
2017 Prey Danielle Sho [40]
2018 Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia Yuffie Kisaragi


Awards and nominations

Year Novel Character
2014 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Clary Fray
2019 The Testaments Nicole/Daisy


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