Alyson Renae Michalka, credited as Aly Michalka (born March 25, 1989), is an American actress and a singer-songwriter. She is perhaps best known for her role on Phil of the Future as Keely Teslow and as one-half of the pop duo Aly & AJ.
Alyson began acting at the age of five in stage productions by churches her family attended outside Seattle, Washington, and in Thousand Oaks California. She was featured in numerous musicals including “Jailhouse Rock” and “A Time to Remember.” Alyson, who plays piano and guitar, also writes music and sings with her younger sister Amanda in the pop-music duo Aly & AJ. The sisters are currently working in the recording studio with award-winning music producers Ray and Greg Cham (The Cheetah Girls (2003) (TV) ( _Full Court Miracle (2003) (TV)_ ). When she isn’t acting, Alyson enjoys drawing. Her artistic talent was recognized by Hallmark Cards. When she was in the fourth grade, she won a contest for a Christmas card in 1999, when she was 10. Lately, Alyson is interested in fashion and sewing, and has plans to design a clothing line. The Torrance, California, native has two dogs, Saint and Bandit, and lives with her parents and sister in Los Angeles, California.
AJ Michalka joins new movie of Peter Jackson! September 29, 2007
Yes, THE Peter Jackson of “Lord of the Rings” fame. Isn’t AJ Michalka lucky to be working with him?? The new movie of Mr. Jackson is entitled The Lovely Bones, and is being shot in Wellington and Pennsylvania. The teen singer-actress will play the role of Clarissa, the best friend of 14-year-old Susie Salmon. Susie is played by Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. She is raped and murdered in the film, and from the afterlife, she watches how her family and friends are affected. AJ Michalka tells MTV, “It’s like a dream role. I was flipping out (when I heard I won the part). I’m really, really stoked.”
The best part? AJ’s gonna be working with Ryan Gosling whom she adores! She gushes, “He [Gosling] was so incredible in ‘Half Nelson’ … I have a really emotional, intense, freaky scene with Ryan. It’s gonna be crazy.” And how does it feel to work with the legendary director Peter Jackson in a movie? AJ Michalka shares, “It’s just great for me as an actress to grow and work with such amazing people. The whole cast is amazing. Peter (Jackson) – he’s amazing. It’s gonna be cool. It’s gonna be really cool.”
Aly & AJ set to release debut UK single! September 10, 2007
Aly & AJ, already household name in the US, is set to conquer UK this October. The duo is composed of sisters, Alyson Reane “Aly” Michalka (18 years old) and Amanda Joy “AJ” Michalka (16 years old). They had already sold 800,000 copies of their album “Into The Rush” in the US and their single “Do You Believe In Magic” hit No.2 on the Billboard. Great huh?? =) And now, Aly and AJ will release their debut UK single, “Potential Breakup Song” on October 1. The song already earned raves from critics and according to the respected The Guardian, “Potential Breakup Song is witty, impeccably well-crafted and devilishly catchy, a crossover hit in waiting. An addictive sugar rush of fizzing electro pop.” Very descriptive, lol! If you haven’t heard this song yet, it’s available on iTunes where it raced to the top of the Top Ten singles chart. So what are you waiting for?? Buy the song now (or better yet, the whole album!) and experience Aly and AJ’s effervescent electro pop smash! The single will be followed by their album “Insomniatic” debut on October 22. Their album is a diverse collection of twelve dazzling pop songs, all written by the talented sister duo.