Alyson Renae Michalka Ringer
(born March 25, 1989) is an American actress and recording artist.
Michalka gained fame for playing the role of Keely Teslow in the
Disney Channel original series Phil of the Future. She is also known
for her roles as Marti Perkins in the CW television drama Hellcats
as well as Peyton Charles in the CW television drama "iZombie",
Taylor Callum in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles, and
Rhiannon Abernathy in the Golden Globe-nominated teen film Easy A.
She is also known as one half of the musical duo Aly & AJ (formerly
78violet) with her sister, actress AJ Michalka. Aly has modelled for
OP (Ocean Pacific) and Penumbra. She has also done fashion shoots
for Maxim, OK! and Zooey.
Michalka was born in Torrance, California. She grew up in Seattle,
Washington and Southern California, with her younger sister, Amanda
"AJ". Her father, Mark, owns a contracting company, and her mother,
Carrie, is a musician and performed with the Christian "JC Band".
She has German, English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish ancestry.
Michalka made her acting debut as Keely Teslow on the Disney Channel
Original Series, Phil of the Future. She has also starred in the
Disney Channel Original Movies Now You See It..., and Cow Belles, in
which she appears opposite her sister. She had a leading role in the
Walden Media film Bandslam, released in August 2009. She also played
a role in the movie The Roommate. In 2004, Michalka was cast in the
role of Keely Teslow on the Disney Channel's Phil of the Future. The
series premiered on June 18, 2004. In August 2006, Disney Channel
ended the series after two seasons. Michalka also appeared in two
Disney movies, Cow Belles and Now You See It.... Michalka made a
guest appearance on CSI: NY, and in 2006, starred in an unsold
Disney Channel pilot Haversham Hall which was not picked up. In
2007, Michalka starred alongside her sister AJ in the MTV television
film Super Sweet 16: The Movie based on the MTV original series My
Super Sweet 16. She played the role of the villainous popular mean
girl Taylor Tiara. In 2009, she appeared in the Summit Entertainment
musical comedy film Bandslam about a group of misfits who form a
In April 2010, The CW announced Michalka was cast in the main role
of Marti Perkins on the cheerleading drama series Hellcats. The show
premiered to September 8, 2010 to 3 million viewers. Despite a
successful premiere, ratings failed to remain high with the series
finale reaching a low 1.19 million viewers. In May 2011, The CW
announced the show was not renewed for a second season. In 2010 and
2011 respectively, Michalka had major supporting roles in films Easy
A and The Roommate. Michalka appeared in the independent drama film
Crazy Kind of Love alongside Eva Longoria, Virginia Madsen and
Amanda Crew. The film was released in July 2013.
In 2013, Michalka began a multi-episode role on the sitcom Two and a
Half Men as Brooke, the love interest of Amber Tamblyn's character,
Jenny Harper (who is the lesbian, illegitimate daughter of Charlie
Sheen's past character of Charlie Harper and niece to current
character Alan Harper played by Jon Cryer).
In 2015, she was cast in The CW television series, iZombie, in a
recurring role. In early May 2015, it was revealed that the
previously untitled drama film she shot with sister, Amanda "AJ",
was called Weepah Way for Now. The film was written and directed by
her husband, Stephen Ringer, and shot in Laurel Canyon, California
in July 2014. Michalka participated in the casting and production
process in addition to acting in the film. It premiered at the Los
Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015.
Michalka and her sister comprise the musical duo 78violet, and
released their first album, Into the Rush, on August 16, 2005. In
September 2006, they brought out a holiday album covering 9 tracks,
along with two originals, titled Acoustic Hearts of Winter. In July
2007, their third album, Insomniatic, hit stores, featuring the
American top 20 hit single, "Potential Breakup Song". The two were
to release a fourth album in early 2010, but it was cancelled after
they left their label. They released a new single entitled
"Hothouse" on July 8, 2013, with a new album expected to follow.
Michalka has played the piano since she was five and started playing
the guitar at the age of 13. She started acting when she was five
years old, mostly in church play productions. In 2012, Michalka
began dating independent film producer, Stephen Ringer, whom she met
on the set of her film, Sequoia. The couple became engaged at Big
Sur, California, in July 2014. They married in a small ceremony in
Portofino, Italy on June 6, 2015. She was raised Christian and
continues to practice.