Shirley Wiegand

Played by Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen

For six seasons on NBC's critical favorite Parenthood, Erika Christensen portrayed Julia Braverman-Graham, opposite screen husband Joel, played by Sam Jaeger. The love story of Joel and Julia developed a fervently dedicated fan following who admired and aspired to their loving (and tumultuous) relationship. Christensen previously starred alongside Hope Davis, Campbell Scott, Jay Hernandez and Bridget Moynahan in J.J. Abrams' television series Six Degrees.

Audiences were stunned by Christensen’s performance in Steven Soderbergh's film Traffic as Michael Douglas' drug-addicted daughter. The film went on to win a SAG Award for Best Cast, a Golden Globe award and was nominated for several Academy Awards. Christensen also won an MTV Movie Award for her role. She went on to star in critically-acclaimed film roles, such as Robert Schwentke's blockbuster hit Flight Plan opposite Jodie Foster, Brian Robbins’ The Perfect Score opposite Scarlett Johansson, and Bob Dolman's The Banger Sisters opposite Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn. Her career is filled with further memorable roles, as in Mike Binder's critically-acclaimed The Upside of Anger opposite Kevin Costner and Joan Allen, and cult favorite thriller Swimfan opposite Jesse Bradford.

In 2014 Christensen won a Gracie Award for her performance on Parenthood, an award which honors actors’ portrayals of characters which support women in entertainment. She previously received the Spirit Award at the 2003 Annual Diversity Awards, an honor bestowed upon an actor who has demonstrated diversity in role choices during their career.

Christensen currently resides in Los Angeles.