Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Whitman at the 2014 premiere of The Pirate Fairy
Born Mae Margaret Whitman
(1988-06-09) June 9, 1988
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1994–present

Mae Margaret Whitman (born June 9, 1988)[1] is an American actress and singer. After making her feature film debut as Meg Ryan's character's daughter in 1994's When a Man Loves a Woman and George Clooney's daughter in One Fine Day, released the same year, she was cast as the President's daughter in Independence Day (1996). She would later become known for her television roles as Ann Veal on Arrested Development and Amber Holt on Parenthood. Whitman is also known for co-starring in the films Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) as well as her lead role in The Duff (2015).

Whitman has also voiced Katara in the animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender, Little Suzy in Johnny Bravo, Rose/Huntsgirl in American Dragon: Jake Long, April O'Neil in the 2012 generation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tinker Bell in the Tinker Bell movies, and Yuffie Kisaragi in the video game Kingdom Hearts.

Early life

Whitman was born on June 9, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, the only child of mother Pat Musick, a voice artist, and father Jeff Whitman, a personal manager and set construction co-ordinator.[1] She was educated in a private school in Los Angeles.[2][3]


1991–2003: Early acting work

She started her career with a voice-over for a Tyson Chicken commercial at the age of three.[4] Acting coach Andrew Magarian helped her memorize lines as she could not read.[5]

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.[6] She beat 700 other girls who were interested in the part.[2] In 1996, Whitman appeared in two films: Independence Day as the President's daughter;[7] and One Fine Day playing George Clooney's daughter Maggie.[8] The same year, Whitman guest starred in the episode "The One Where Rachel Quits" of the sitcom Friends.[9] In 1998, she was Sandra Bullock's daughter Bernice in Hope Floats.[10]

During several guest appearances from 1998 until 2001, Whitman played the role of Chloe Madison on JAG. In 2001 and 2002, Whitman starred in the Fox Family series State of Grace in which she portrayed Grace from a Catholic background who befriends Hannah, a Jewish girl (Alia Shawkat).[11][12]

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).[13] 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 an unscrupulous friend of Julie. Mae 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.[14] 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.[14] She also appeared in the season nine episode "Streetwise" of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, as an on-the-street-mother who adopts street children forming a homeless family.

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.[15] 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.[16]

2009–present: Parenthood and continued film roles

Whitman at the Paleyfest 2013

In 2009, Whitman landed a regular role in NBC's version of the Ron Howard classic Parenthood,[17] which premiered in 2010. She plays Amber Holt, "a rebellious and willful teen whose only interest at present is her wannabe rock star boyfriend".[18] 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. The film starred her former Arrested Development co-star, Michael Cera, in the title role.[19][20] 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.[21] In 2013, she reprised her role as Ann Veal in Arrested Development's season four, six years after the series was canceled.[22] She appeared alongside Darren Criss in three episodes of season three of Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy, playing his girlfriend.[23] In 2015, Whitman played the lead role in the comedy The Duff. She started filming Operator alongside Martin Starr in June of that year.[24] 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.[25] Actress Maika Monroe played the role instead. In 2016 she had a small role in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life along with Lauren Graham, her on-screen mother from Parenthood.


Whitman has recorded "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" and "You Make Christmas Feel So Good" for School's Out! Christmas,[26] and has sung guest vocals on a number of tracks from indie-punk band Fake Problems' newest album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.[27] 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.[28][29]

Whitman appears in the music videos for "I Was a Fool" and "Boyfriend" by Tegan and Sara.[30] 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.[31]



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 Gingerbread Man, TheThe Gingerbread Man Libby Magruder
1998 Hope Floats Bernice Pruitt
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Girl Voice role; direct-to-video
2001 American Rhapsody, AnAn American Rhapsody Maria (age 10)
2002 Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Movie Schoolgirl Voice role
2003 Jungle Book 2, TheThe Jungle Book 2 Shanti Voice role
2004 Teacher's Pet Leslie Voice role
2005 Going Shopping Coco
2006 Bondage, TheThe Bondage Angelica
2006 Love's Abiding Joy Colette Doros
2007 Boogeyman 2 Alison
2008 Tinker Bell Tinker Bell Voice role; direct-to-video
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Amanda Willis
2009 Spring Breakdown Lydia Direct-to-video
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Tinker Bell Voice role; direct-to-video
2010 Barry Munday Candice
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Roxy Richter
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation Lisa Miller Voice role; short film
2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Tinker Bell Voice role
2011 Factory, TheThe Factory Abby Fletcher
2012 Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a Wallflower Mary Elizabeth
2012 Secret of the Wings Tinker Bell Voice role
2014 The Wind Rises Kayo / Kinu English dub
2014 The Pirate Fairy Tinker Bell Voice role
2014 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Tinker Bell Voice role
2015 The Duff Bianca Piper
2015 Freaks of Nature Jenna Zombie
2016 Rock Dog Darma Voice role
2016 Drawn of the Dead Gwen Newman Voice role
2016 Operator Emily Klein


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Degree of Guilt Elena Argos Movie
1995 Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Young Ashley Judd Movie
1996 After Jimmy Rosie Movie
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 Movie
1997–2004 Johnny Bravo Little Suzy (voice) 52 episodes
1998–2001 JAG Chloe Madison 8 episodes
1999 Invisible Child Rebecca 'Doc' Beeman Movie
1999 Judging Amy Darcy Mitchell Episode: "Last Tango in Hartford"
1999 Providence Frances Carlyle 2 episodes
1999 Jingle Bells Beth (voice) Movie
1999 Hallmark Hall of Fame Alanna 'Lani' Thompson Episode: "A Season for Miracles"
2000–2002 Teacher's Pet Leslie Dunkling (voice)
2000 Godzilla: The Series Meg (voice) Episode: "Shafted"
2000 Wild Thornberrys, TheThe 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 Zeta Project, TheThe 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 Happy Elf, TheThe Happy Elf Molly (voice) Movie
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Rose/Huntsgirl (voice) 19 episodes
2005–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Katara (voice) 59 episodes
2006 Thief Tammi Deveraux 6 episodes
2006 Desperate Housewives Sarah Episode: "Nice She Ain't"
2006 Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise Emily Bishop Movie
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 Movie
2007 The Modifyers Agent Xero / Lacey Shadows (voices) Pilot
2007 Bionic Woman Becca Sommers Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
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
2008–2016 Family Guy Various voices 13 episodes
2009 Acceptance Taylor Rockefeller Movie
2009 Criminal Minds Julie Episode: "Cradle to Grave"
2009 Glenn Martin, DDS Amish Girl / Trailer Park Teen (voices) 2 episodes
2009–2010 Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show Additional voices 2 episodes
2010–2015 Parenthood Amber Holt 98 Episodes
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Batgirl (voice) 2 episodes
2010 Jesse Stone: No Remorse Emily Bishop Movie
2011 Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games Tinker Bell (voice) Special
2012–2015 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "Casablankman 2"
2012–2013 Young Justice Cassie Sandsmark/Wonder Girl / Stephanie Brown (voices)[32] 6 episodes
2012 Weeds Tula Episode: "See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die"
2012–present Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O'Neil (voice)
2012–present Dragons: Riders of Berk Heather (voice)
2013–2014 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Tinker Bell (voice) 2 episodes
2013 Web Therapy Blair Yellin 3 episodes
2013–2014 American Dad! Glitter / Zoey (voices) 3 episodes
2013 Masters of Sex College student Episode: "Standard Deviation"
2014 Suburgatory Caris Episode: "Blame it on the Rainstick"
2014 AJ's Infinite Summer Morgan / Receptionist (voices) Pilot
2016 DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (voice) Movie
2016 Drunk History Lyudmila Pavlichenko Episode: "The Roosevelts"
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Marcy Episode: "Spring"

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2004 EverQuest II Lilly Ironforge / Thana Rumblehoof
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Yuffie Kisaragi
2006 Cartoon Network Racing Little Suzy
2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Yuffie Kisaragi
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Katara
2007 Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night, TheThe Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night Cynder
2007 The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth, Avatar:Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth Katara
2008 The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno, Avatar:Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno Katara
2011 MLB, NicktoonsNicktoons MLB Katara
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Dr. Helena Sandsmark / Cassie Sandsmark/Wonder Girl (voices)
2013 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O' Neil
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Tinker Bell
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Tinker Bell

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2015–present DC Super Hero Girls Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (voice)


Year Title Role
2014 City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments Clary Fray

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1996 Young Artist Awards Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film: Actress Age Ten or Under One Fine Day Won
YoungStar Awards YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film Nominated
1998 Young Artist Awards Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film: Actress Age Ten or Under Hope Floats Won
YoungStar Awards YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film Nominated
1999 YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series Chicago Hope
YoungStar Award for Best Performance in a Voice Over Talent Johnny Bravo
2001 Young Artist Awards Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a Feature Film An American Rhapsody Won
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress State of Grace
2010 Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Breakout Star Female Parenthood
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2013 Annie Awards Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Television Production Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Parenthood
Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress Comedy The Duff
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock


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