All about Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen
Erika Christensen of “Ten Days in the Valley” Sundays on ABC

If Erika Christensen and Kyra Sedgwick truly appear sisterly in “Ten Days in the Valley,” there’s good reason.

Also an executive producer (along with series creator Tassie Cameron) of ABC’s new Sunday drama, Emmy-winning “Closer” alum Sedgwick specifically wanted “Parenthood” veteran Christensen to play her half-sister in the mystery about a television producer’s (Sedgwick) desperate search for her missing daughter. “Oh, well, look at us,” Christensen says with a laugh when asked about being “related” to her fellow star, a professed fan of hers since the movie “Traffic.”

Now a parent of a daughter herself, Christensen says she related easily to the plight of Sedgwick’s character from the moment she learned of the project. “When I first met Kyra and Tassie, my baby was four months old,” she recalls, “and one of the first things that I told them was that this (premise) was horrifying … as it should be.”

As a relatively new mom, Christensen – who proved formidable on the obstacle course last spring on a celebrity edition of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” – admits she’s still feeling out the balance between work and her own parenthood.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to work and not work, and to have more of a choice in that than a lot of people do,” she reflects. “It’s a wonderful struggle. And we do all have that, and that, I very much relate to. Obviously, I had to choose to be away from (my baby) to shoot this show. And I’m very glad that I did, because I’m really proud of this show.

“Ultimately, I think that the goal is to just be the best version of yourself absolutely possible for the sake of this little person,” Christensen concludes, “and trying to show your best self to your little person, trying to set a good example. Although she may not remember that.”

Erika Christensen

Birthdate: Aug. 19, 1982

Birthplace: Seattle

Current residence: Los Angeles

Marital status: Married; has a year-old daughter.

Other television work includes: “Parenthood,” “Wicked City,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “My Boyfriends’ Dogs,” “Mercy,” “Lie to Me,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Six Degrees,” “Robot Chicken” (voice only), “Wuthering Heights,” “That ’70s Show,” “The Geena Davis Show,” “The Pretender,” “Time of Your Life,” “Touched by an Angel,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Frasier,” “The Practice,” “Nothing Sacred”

Movie work includes: “The Case for Christ,” “Two for One,” “How Sweet It Is,” “The Tortured,” “Veronika Decides to Die,” “Mercy,” “How to Rob a Bank,” “Flightplan,” “The Upside of Anger,” “Riding the Bullet,” “The Perfect Score,” “The Banger Sisters,” “Swimfan,” “Home Room,” “Traffic,” “Leave It to Beaver”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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