Christy Carlson Romano
Los Angeles, CA
Actress and singer Christy Carlson Romano is best known for her roles as Ren Stevens in Even Stevens, teen crime fighter extraordinaire Kim Possible in the Disney animated series, and Yuffie Kisaragi in Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy VII Advent Children.
Romano has had a long relationship with Disney ABC Television Group by starring in hit series and movies for the Disney Channel and ABC Family including: Cadet Kelly, The Even Stevens franchise, Campus Confidential, Taking Five, The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold, and The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream. Various other TV appearances include MTV's Kaya, NBC'S Joan of Arcadia, CW's Summerland, and TNT's HawthoRNe.
At twelve, she made her feature film debut in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You. She continued acting in independent films with famed directors Hal Hartley in Henry Fool and Martin Davidson in Looking for an Echo. Romano's most recent feature films include Loosies (IFC), Mirrors II (20th Cent. FOX), Where Fate Meets (Lifetime),Bear With Us, and Wes Craven's The Girl in the Photographs.
Romano has further branched off in the industry after obtaining a BFA in Film Studies from Columbia University. She has directed two short films, and a music video, which has amassed almost 2 million views on YouTube and was selected in the 2012 Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival.
Her production company, Interstitial Productions, has completed its first dramatic feature, Prism (2015), and is in pre-production for a documentary about child labor within the entertainment industry called Looking Ahead.
Romano became the first person to act in three Disney Channel projects simultaneously. Supplementing her on-camera work on Even Stevens, where she co-starred with Shia LaBeouf, she voiced the title animated character in Kim Possible. Romano's voice was nominated for a Daytime Emmy and the show inspired an adventure game at Disney's Epcot, as well as two Disney Channel original movies. She originated the voice of 'Yuffie Kisaragi' in the English version of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, as well as in the Disney/Square game Kingdom Hearts. She has continued success as a voice actor on shows like Family Guy and The Penguins of Madagascar and films like Casper's Scare School and The Legends of Secret Pass. She has done scratch vocal work for Mila Kunis in To Hell and Back and voiced 'Black Cat' and 'Black Widow' in a recent Marvel video game.
She can also be heard on many Audible audiobook titles such as: Sweet, Kaleidoscope Hearts, The Mara Dyer Trilogy, The Dragonfly Series, Cuckoo's Child, Bat Six, Connie B. Jones, My Heartbeat, Pop Princess and her own book Grace's Turn (available via iTunes). She is also the voice of Disney's Scene it: Deluxe Edition.
Christy's singing voice can be heard on the recording soundtracks of Everyone Says I Love You, Parade, Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time, Disney's Teachers Pet, and Disney's Princess Diaries 2.
Her solo album 'Christy Carlson Romano Greatest Movie & TV Hits' was released by Disney Records. She was briefly signed to Atlantic records and toured with Raven and Hilary Duff.
At six years old Christy was cast in several national tours of Broadway musicals, including Annie, The Will Rogers Follies, and The Sound of Music. Before heading to Hollywood, Romano made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Parade by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown originating the role of 'Mary Phagan'.
On February 17, 2004, Romano began a 31-week run of playing 'Belle' in Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. She left the production after raising ticket attendance from 30% to 99%. Romano later returned to Broadway and starred in Avenue Q, in which she puppet-mastered 'Kate Monster' and 'Lucy the Slut'.
Romano penned a novel, Grace's Turn, published by Hyperion, which received accolades by The New York Public Library as the '2007 Teenage Book of the Year'. She is currently developing a new young adult novel.
Romano received the 'GI Spirit Award' with the GI Film Festival due to her work as a member of the 'Ambassadors of Hollywood' support tour to Afghanistan. She traveled to the Capitol building to be presented by former Senator Chris Dodd (CT) and performed the National Anthem for the festival's veteran filmmakers.
She was awarded the key to the city of her hometown in Connecticut and been given a day (Feb 22) commemorating her contribution as a positive role model for young women with the 'CT's Finest Award'.
Romano has actively participated in many charities such as Equity Fights Aids, Leukemia Foundation, American Heart Association, L.A's AVIVA Center, and Unicef. She dedicated the proceeds of her 'Ready for Action' Mickey statue to the Children's Miracle Network. She has fulfilled several wishes for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and has also sat on the board of the young Hollywood committee at St. Jude's Hospital. She has done PSA's for the Child's Safety Network on internet safety as well as acted as a campaign spokesperson for The American Counseling Association to speak out against bullying. She now actively volunteers at The Actor's Fund's 'Looking Ahead' program for youth in entertainment.
Romano recently spoke at Old Dominion University and is available for speaking engagements or youth coaching sessions.