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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 32)
EducationRibet Academy
  • Actress
  • voice actress
  • singer
Years active1993-present

Mae Margaret Whitman (born June 9, 1988)[1] is an American actress, voice actress, and singer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Whitman began acting in commercials as a child, making her film debut at the age of six in the romantic drama When a Man Loves a Woman (1994). She achieved recognition as a child actress for her supporting roles in One Fine Day (1996), Independence Day (1996), Hope Floats (1998), and her television role on JAG (1998-2001).

Whitman gained mainstream attention for her recurring role as Ann Veal on the Fox sitcom Arrested Development (2004-2013) and Amber Holt on the NBC drama Parenthood (2010-2015), receiving a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the latter. She established herself as a prominent voice actor in children's film and television for her voice performances as Shanti in The Jungle Book 2 (2003), Rose/Huntsgirl on American Dragon: Jake Long (2005-2007), Katara in Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008), Tinker Bell in the Disney Fairies film franchise (2008-2014), and Amity Blight in The Owl House (2020). She ventured into mature film roles with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), and made her leading role film debut in The DUFF (2015), for which she received critical praise and a Teen Choice Award nomination. Since 2018, she has starred as Annie Marks on the NBC drama Good Girls.

Early life

Whitman was born in Los Angeles, the only child of voice artist Pat Musick and personal manager and set construction coordinator Jeffrey Whitman.[2] She attended Ribet Academy.[3][4]


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]She was also in 17 episodes of Chicago Hope.

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. She also voiced Katara, on Avatar: The Last Airbender from 2005-2008. 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. Furthermore, she voiced the role as 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

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. She voiced as Batgirl in DC's Super Hero Girls series debuting for all times on September 10, 2016. [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][31]

In 2018 Whitman was cast alongside Christina Hendricks and Retta on the NBC dramedy Good Girls.[32] The show was renewed for a third season which premiered in the winter of 2019.[33]


Whitman has recorded "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" and "You Make Christmas Feel So Good" for School's Out! Christmas[34] and has sung guest vocals on a number of tracks from indie-punk band Fake Problems' 2010 album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.[35] 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.[36][37] Whitman appears in the music videos for "I Was a Fool" and "Boyfriend" by Tegan and Sara.[38] 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.[39]


Whitman at the Paleyfest 2013


Year Title Role Notes
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Casey Green
1995 Bye Bye Love Michele
1996 Independence Day Patricia Whitmore
One Fine Day Maggie Taylor
1998 The Gingerbread Man Libby Magruder
Hope Floats Bernice Pruitt
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Girl Voice
Invisible Child Rebecca 'Doc' Beeman
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
Love's Abiding Joy Colette Doros
2007 Boogeyman 2 Alison
2008 Tinker Bell Tinker Bell Voice
Nights in Rodanthe Amanda Willis
2009 Spring Breakdown Lydia Direct-to-DVD
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Tinker Bell Voice
2010 Barry Munday Candice
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Roxy Richter
Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation Lisa Miller Voice
Short film
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Tinker Bell Voice
2011 The Factory Abby Fletcher
Pixie Hollow Games Tinker Bell Voice
Short film
2012 Secret of the Wings Voice
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Mary Elizabeth
2013 Pixie Hollow Bake Off Tinker Bell Voice
Short film
2014 The Pirate Fairy Voice
The Wind Rises Kayo / Kinu English dub
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Tinker Bell Voice
2015 The DUFF Bianca Piper
Freaks of Nature Jenna Zombie
2016 Rock Dog Darma Voice
Drawn of the Dead Gwen Newman Voice
Operator Emily Klein
2017 Bernard and Huey Zelda
CHiPs Beebee
Dear Angelica Jessica Voice
Short film
2018 A Dog and Pony Show Dede Voice
Duck Butter Ellen
2020 Valley Girl Jack


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Degree of Guilt Elena Argos Television film
Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Young Ashley Judd Television film
1996 After Jimmy Rosie Television film
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Baby Rose (voice) Episode: "Sperms of Endearment"
Early Edition Amanda Bailey Episode: "The Choice"
Friends Sarah Tuttle Episode: "The One Where Rachel Quits"
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"
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
Judging Amy Darcy Mitchell Episode: "Last Tango in Hartford"
Providence Frances Carlyle 2 episodes
Jingle Bells Beth (voice) Television film
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"
The Wild Thornberrys Antoinette (voice) Episode: "Luck Be an Aye-Aye"
2001 Max Steel Jo (voice) Episode: "The Return"
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"
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"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Glynnis Carson Episode: "No Humans Involved"
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) Main Role
2006 Thief Tammi Deveraux 6 episodes
Desperate Housewives Sarah Episode: "Nice She Ain't"
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise Emily Bishop Television film
Phil of the Future Crying Girl Episode: "Stuck in the Meddle with You"
2007 Justice Jenny Marshall Episode: "False Confession"
Grey's Anatomy Heather Douglas 2 episodes
Lost in the Dark Amy Tolliver Television film
Ghost Whisperer Rachel Fordham Episode: "Don't Try This at Home"
ER Heather Episode: "The Test"
The Modifyers Agent Xero/Lacey Shadows Failed pilot
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cassidy Cornell/Helen Braidwell Episode: "Streetwise"
Good Behavior Roxy West Pilot
2008-2010 In Treatment Rosie Weston 5 episodes
2008-2019 Family Guy Various voices 35 episodes
2009 Acceptance Taylor Rockefeller Television film
Criminal Minds Julie Episode: "Cradle to Grave"
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 Barbara Gordon (voice) 2 episodes
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)[40] 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"
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 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"
Room 104 Liza Episode: "Phoenix"
Big Mouth Tallulah Levine (voice) Episode: "The Head Push"
2018-present Good Girls Annie Marks Main role
2020 American Experience Additional voices Episode: "The Vote"
2020 The Owl House Amity Blight (voice) Main Role
Invincible Amanda / Monster Girl (voice) Upcoming

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes References
2004 EverQuest II Lilly Ironforge / Thana Rumblehoof
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Yuffie Also appears in Final Mix+ in 2007 [41]
2006 Cartoon Network Racing Little Suzy [41]
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Yuffie Kisaragi [41]
Avatar: The Last Airbender Katara [41]
2007 The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night Cynder [41]
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth Katara [41]
2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender - Into the Inferno [41]
2011 Nicktoons MLB [41]
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Helena Sandsmark, Cassie Sandsmark / Wonder-Girl [41]
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Tinker Bell [41]
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Yuffie Kisaragi Archive sound
2017 Prey Danielle Sho [41]
2020 Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind Yuffie [42]


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

Awards and nominations


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