JoAnna Garcia Swisher Taking Part in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Livestream Fundraiser

JoAnna Garcia Swisheris doing her Saint-ly duty…

The 40-year-old half-Cuban American actress has joined the all-star roster of musicians, actors, athletes and influencers gathering for a special #GivingTuesdayNowevent today (May 5) to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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The “Take 5 Together #forStJude” livestream will take place from 2:00 – 6:00 pm EST and feature singing, dancing, cooking, stretching and laughter in honor of the hospitalthat is the leader in treating childhood cancer.

In addition to Garcia Swisher, the event lineup includes Michael StrahanDrew BarrymoreAshley TisdaleKaia Gerber,Rio RomaShaedSofi TukkerNick SwisherScotty McCreery, Chef Adrianne Calvoand more.

All will “take 5” with St. Jude patients in an effort to “delight and inspire viewers,” according to a statement announcing the event.

St. Jude has also partnered with school spirit company Varsity Brandsfor a TikTokdance challenge to engage supporters willing to show off their best moves #forStJude.

“At St. Jude, our patient families remind us daily that no matter where we are in the world and whatever difficult circumstances we face, it’s important to find ways to be inspired and delighted, and never lose hope,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the statement.

“On May 5, we’ll all have the opportunity to come together in support of #GivingTuesdayNow, and to bring joy and meaningful impact to the lives of millions as we ‘Take 5 Together #forStJude. Let’s show the world that when facing some of life’s greatest challenges and even when we have to be physically apart, together, we can make a difference in the lives of others and the children at St. Jude.”

The stream will feature, dance lessons, cooking segments, live performances and virtual celebration surprises from celebrity friends and St. Jude patients; click hereto join the event.

Joanna Garcia Returning for Series Finale of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” 

Joanna Garcia is swimming back to ABC

ABC has announced on the Once Upon a Time Facebook page that several actors are returning for the series’ penultimate episode 721 and the series finale, including the 38-year-old Cuban American actress.

Joanna Garcia as Ariel

Garcia will return to portray The Little Mermaid’s Ariel. She first appeared as the iconic Disney Princess in Season 3, and she last appeared in Season 6.

Other cast members scheduled to return include Tony Amendola (Marco), Lee Arenberg (Leroy), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Victoria Smurfit (Cruella De Vil) and Keegan Tracy (Mother Superior).

It was already been announced that Bev Elliott (Granny Lucas) and Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills) are returning.

At a recent screening of their midseason premiere, co-creator Edward Kitsis promised that in the series finale “We’ll see many familiar faces to the end.”

At the time Kitsis and Adam Horowitz weren’t ready to confirm the rumor that’s been out there about Jennifer Morrison coming back one last time, or departing Once Upon a Time company players Gennifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, and Emilie de Ravin.

No hints on the series finale yet, though Kitsis said it’s  “less about tying everything up in a bow, rather hearing the song one more time.”

Garcia Shares First Photo of Newborn Daughter

JoAnna Garcia is sharing the beauty…

The 36-year-old half-Cuban American actress has shared the first photo of her newborn daughter.

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Garcia, who starred as Ariel on ABC’s Once Upon a Time and her baseball player husband Nick Swisher introduce the baby to the world only a few days her birth.

The proud parents have named their bundle of joy Sailor Stevie.

Baby Sailor is the couple’s second child. She joins big sister Emerson, 3, in the family.

“So excited to introduce you to our tiniest princess, Sailor Stevie. She has stolen our hearts and our family feels complete,” the couple wrote on Instagram. “Nick, Jo, & Big Sister Emme #SSS.”

Garcia married Swisher, 35, in December 2010. In the sweet IG picture, Garcia is seen cradling the baby girl while Swisher looks on and smiles from ear to ear. The photo appears to have been taken from her hospital bed.

Garcia Swisher to Star in CBS’ Comedy Pilot “The Kicker”

Joanna Garcia Swisher’s career is getting a big kick(er)

The 36-year-old half-Cuban American actress will co-star opposite Geoff Stults and David Spade in CBS’ The Kicker, a multi-camera comedy pilot from the 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt trio of Tina Fey, Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock.

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Written by Burditt, The Kicker centers on Daryl Thorkelsonan (Stults), an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his professional football team.

Swisher will play Bambi, Daryl’s (Stults) intelligent and patient wife and a physical therapist to pro athletes. Spade plays Russ Thorkelson, Daryl’s (Stults) brother and sports agent.

Swisher recently co-starred on ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club and recurs as Ariel on ABC’s Once Upon a Time

Garcia Swisher’s “The Astronaut Wives Club” to Premiere on ABC in July

It’s shaping up to be an out of this world July for JoAnna Garcia Swisher

The 34-year-old half-Cuban American actress upcoming ABC drama series The Astronaut Wives Club will premiere on Thursday, July 24, according to the network’s just-released summer premiere schedule.

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Based on Lily Koppel’s novel of the same name, the 10-episode summer series comes from ABC Studios and tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race.

Garcia Swisher portrays Betty Grissom, the wife of one of the original astronauts. A bouncy redhead with curls askew and a folksy Hoosier accent, she’s got a down-home appeal, which endears her to the public.

 

In addition to the former Better With You star, the series will also star House starlet Odette Annable.

 

Here’s the network’s full schedule:

 

Thursday, April 24
10-11 PM – Black Box (Series Premiere)

Sunday, May 18
8-11 PM – The 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Monday, May 19
9:30-11 PM – The Bachelorette

Wednesday, May 21
10-11 PM – Motive

Monday, May 26
8-10 PM – The Bachelorette (Regular Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, May 27
8-10 PM – Extreme Weight Loss

Saturday, May 31
8-9 PM – Bet On Your Baby

Monday, June 2
10:01-11 PM – Mistresses

Thursday, June 5
8-8:30 PM – Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night

Thursday, June 19
8-9 PM – The Quest (New Series Premiere)

Sunday, June 22
7-9 PM – Wipeout (Special Two-Hour Premiere)
9-11 PM – Rising Star (Series Premiere)

Tuesday, June 24
10-11 PM – NY Med

Sunday, June 29
8-9 PM – Wipeout (Regular Time Period Premiere)

Thursday, July 17
10-11 PM – Rookie Blue

Thursday, July 24
9-10 PM – The Astronaut Wives Club (New Series Premiere)

Monday, August 4
8-10 PM – Bachelor In Paradise (New Series Premiere)

Garcia Swisher to Star in ABC‘s Drama Series “Astronaut Wives Club”

JoAnna Garcia Swisher has landed an out of this world role…

The 34-year-old half-Cuban American actress has been cast as one of the leads in ABC‘s drama series Astronaut Wives Club, which was recently picked up for the summer with a 10-episode straight-to-series order.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher

Written by Stephanie Savage and based on Lily Koppel’s novel, the project comes from ABC Studios.

It tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race.

Garcia Swisher will portray Betty Grissom, the wife of one of the original astronauts. A bouncy redhead with curls askew and a folksy Hoosier accent, she’s got a down-home appeal, which endears her to the public.

Astronaut Wives Club extends Swisher’s relationship with ABC and ABC Studios following her recent arc as The Little Mermaid Ariel on their hit series Once Upon A Time.

Garcia Swisher’s other credits include Better with You, Reba, Gossip Girl, Royal Pains and How I Met Your Mother.

Garcia to Guest Star on Fox’s “The Mindy Project”

JoAnna Garcia Swisher is heading to the Mindy city…

The 34-year-old half-Cuban actress has been cast in the Fox comedy The Mindy Project in a potentially recurring role, according to TVLine.

Joanna Garcia

Swisher will portray the sister of Dr. Peter (Adam Pally).

She’s slated to appear for one episode at the moment, but she could be back for a second.

Fans of the show are also set to meet Dr. Danny’s brother, Richie, played by The Social Network‘s Max Minghella, this season.

Swisher, who is best known for her roles on Reba, Privileged, Gossip Girl and Royal Pains, most recently guest-starred on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c on Fox.

Garcia to Star as the Little Mermaid on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”

It’s official… JoAnna Garcia is heading under the sea for her latest role.

Following rumors of her Arieltastic role nearly two years ago, ABC has confirmed that the 34-year-old half-Cuban actress has been cast as the Little Mermaid for the upcoming third season of Once Upon a Time.

Joanna Garcia

For now, Garcia is expected to appear in two episodes of the hit fairytale drama, according to TV Guide Magazine.

It was revealed at Comic-Con that the Little Mermaid would be making an appearance in the new season, which kicks off on September 29, with a teaser revealing Ariel/Little Mermaid.

As is ordinary practice on the ABC fairy tale drama, expect the Little Mermaid to have a slight twist from the 1989 animated feature classic.

Garcia’s casting comes weeks after Once Upon a Time cast Rose McIver in the role of Tinker Bell, with executive producer Adam Horowitz hinting that she will have a “surprising connection” to a main character.

Garcia recently starred in NBC‘s short-lived comedy Animal Practice and was a regular on The WB‘s Reba. She has also recently recurred on Royal Pains and starred in ABC’s Better with You.

Garcia Gives Birth to First Daughter with Husband Nick Swisher

It’s a girl for JoAnna Garcia and her professional baseball player husband…

The 33-year-old half-Cuban-American actress gave birth to a new baby daughter, according to the Associated Press.

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It’s the first child for Garcia and her husband, Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, a baby girl.

Swisher is currently on the baseball “paternity list,” which means he gets a few days off to be with his family.

Garcia was seen last fall in the short-lived Animal Practice series and will next appear in The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Garcia and Swisher married in late 2010.

Garcia Swisher Expecting a Girl…

It looks like JoAnna Garcia Swisher will be stocking up on pink items for the nursery…

The 33-year-old half-Cuban-American actress, who announced she was expecting her first child with baseball pro husband Nick Swisher last November, is now revealing the child’s sex. Swisher is expecting a girl in May.

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“I’m just so excited,” Swisher told People at the InStyle/Warner Brothers Golden Globes after-party. “As long as she’s healthy, that’s all I really care about.”

The mommy-to-be, meanwhile, is trying to move on from her weird food craving for mayonnaise.

“I tried to put it on everything but that faded,” she told People. “Now I’m just trying to eat healthy and you know, the further I get in the pregnancy the more I need to eat!”