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Former ‘Growing Pains’ Child Star Has Small-But-Important ‘Avengers’ Role

May 04, 2012

You may remember her as the cute, curly-haired carrot top named Chrissy who joined the Seaver family in the later seasons of  "Growing Pains" in the early nineties.
But Ashley Johnson, now 28 years old, may be tired of the connection. Her recent big-screen feats -- taking on a role in the Oscar-nominated "The Help," and appearing in this weekend's action blockbuster "Marvel's The Avengers"-- are lifting her into a new echelon.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon, "Avengers" isn't Johnson's first encounter with the television-turned-film helmer. Whedon cast her in two episodes of his short-lived Fox show "Dollhouse" in 2009 and has cast her in his upcoming modern take of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," set for release later this year.
The writer-directer, known to repeat-cast actors -- including "Much Ado" co-star Nathan Fillion, Eliza Dushku, and "Avengers" stars Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth -- is certainly ushering Johnson into the clubhouse. Read More