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AJ Michalka

  • American musician
  • Born April 10, 1991

Amanda Joy Michalka ( mee-SHAH-kah; born April 10, 1991) is an American actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. She was a model before becoming an actress, and is best known as one half of the duo Aly and AJ (formerly 78Violet) with her sister Aly Michalka. AJ recorded the theme song and accompanying music video for the film Secretariat, titled "It's Who You Are". She also issued a single and video called "All I've Ever Needed" from her 2013 film Grace Unplugged. She has had a successful acting career, and after two seasons in a recurring role as Lainey Lewis on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, she was promoted to a regular role on the series for the third season.


You kind of need to weed through who is wanting to be a true friend.




So many people grew up in the church, and you can have an awesome upbringing, but I made a personal conviction; I made a personal decision when I was very young. I enjoy going to church without my parents. On Sunday mornings, I want to go. Bible studies on Wednesdays... I have a relationship - not just through my parents.




My dream is to work with people like Meryl Streep, Michael Fassbender, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. To me, those are true storytellers - genuine people who have stories to tell and make incredible films.




For me, I just want to continue telling stories - whether it's musically or theatrically, this is what I love to do. So, I want to create more.




I think you have to be guarded but not closed off.




I don't think I have any celeb crushes!




I don't really have control over my path - only the Lord does - but I do have control over my decisions.




I want make more records with my sister. I want to go on the road. I want to tour around the world. I want to continue to make great films and work with incredible directors that I respect and look up to.



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