Gallery   Magazines   Photoshoots
written by Staff   |   October 31, 2017

Our very own JoAnna is featured in the October 23rd issue of People Magazine! We have both magazine scans and her photoshoot for you. In the issue, JoAnna showcases her house – make sure to pick up a copy if you can.

Nothing Is ‘Too Precious’ at JoAnna Garcia Swisher’s Laid-Back House in L.A.: ‘If You Can’t Live in the Home That You’re in, Then What’s the Point?’ “My big white couch is certainly not without its stains,” the actress admits.

ALWAYS ENTERTAINING
JoAnna Garcia Swisher and her husband, Nick Swisher, 36, were on the hunt for a family-friendly space for their daughters Emerson, 4, and Sailor, 1, and finally came across this this early 20th-century Los Angeles home. The six-bedroom, six-bathroom house now caters to both their children’s needs and their busy social calendars. “Come 4 o’clock there’s usually a friend or two that comes around for a glass of wine or a meal – we’re always cooking or watching sports of some capacity,” the actress, 38, says. “We love having people around.”

KID FRIENDLY
Garcia Swisher’s former pro baseball player husband painted the magentic chalkboard wall in the kitchen. “He’s really proud of it,” she says of the display that hosts colorful homemade artwork. | Read the rest at People .

Gallery   Interviews   Media/Press   Photoshoots
written by Staff   |   September 11, 2017

Earlier this week, JoAnna was interviewed by Variety about her upcoming television series ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves The World’, the charity she runs with her husband and how she got involved in acting. You can find her interview below, and we’ve added a beautiful new portrait to our gallery! Hopefully we’ll have more additions from this shoot soon.

Variety – JoAnna Garcia Swisher has been acting since she was a teen, breaking through as Reba McEntire’s daughter on the CW sitcom “Reba.” The actress returns to the small screen in ABC’s “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” in October. She also runs the Swisher Family Foundation with her husband, former pro baseball player Nick Swisher, which is devoted to helping needy children.

What intrigued you about “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”?

There are so many incredible themes in the show. It’s a lot about reconnecting with your family and forgiveness and spirituality. It felt very different, and something that I hadn’t really done before.

How did you get involved in acting?

I had to have an extracurricular activity when I was a kid. I played tennis pretty seriously, and when I burned out on that around 10, my parents were like, “You gotta choose something different.” There was a little theater company in our area in Tampa. I auditioned for their first play, and I got bitten by the bug. I was able to start working on a professional level almost instantly. It really felt like I was doing what I was meant to be doing.

What inspired you to start the Swisher Family Foundation with your husband?

One of the things that attracted me to him was that he has such a philanthropic heart. We feel passionately about families and children and giving back and giving a leg up.

Have you learned anything surprising from running a charity?

Things can get crazy at times, considering what my husband and I do for a living; we’re relocating and moving all over the place, and then add two children to the mix. The Swisher Family Foundation and our commitment to it has really slowed things down for us, made us take a deep breath and just say, “Hey, look around and know that we are very blessed. We should try to bring that sense of blessings to other people who may be less fortunate.” I wouldn’t say anything’s surprised me. I would say it’s incredibly fulfilling.

What would you be doing if acting hadn’t worked out?

Interior design. I spend a great deal of time working on my houses and helping friends with their houses, and I’m constantly on design blogs. It’s a great love of mine. I would probably be doing that full-time.

Things you didn’t know about JoAnna Garcia Swisher

AGE: 37 BIRTHPLACE: Tampa, Fla. GUILTY PLEASURE TV SHOW: “Home and Garden” LAST BINGE-WATCHED: “The Crown,” “Big Little Lies,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” FAVORITE MOVIE THIS YEAR: “Wonder Woman” HIDDEN TALENT: Tennis FAVORITE FOOD: Greek/Mediterranean

 

Articles & News   The Gospel of Kevin
written by Staff   |   August 7, 2017

Hello JoAnna fans! We finally have some new information about JoAnna’s upcoming ABC series. As you all know, it was originally titled “The Gospel of Kevin”; well, apparently it has changed its name to “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World”. We also have an official premiere date, which is set for Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Yesterday, the cast was in attendance at the Summer TCA Press Tour to promote the show (stay tuned for a post about that later today), and below you can read an article with some of the new information which the cast shared during the panel.

Source | Kimberly Hebert Gregory (‘Vice Principals’) replaces Cristela Alonzo in the light hourlong ABC drama.
The team behind ABC’s forthcoming dramedy Kevin (Probably) Saves the World were faced with tough questions about the “Magical Negro” trope Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

The series stars Jason Ritter (Parenthood) as Kevin Finn, a cluelessly self-serving person who is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, he returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) and niece. On Kevin’s first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette appears and presents him with a mission — to save the world.

While stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo originated the role of Yvette — who prefers the title “warrior for God” rather than an “angel” — in the pilot, Kimberly Hebert Gregory (Vice Principals) has since taken over the role, which led to questions about how the show will avoid the trope. Coined by director Spike Lee in 2001, the “Magical Negro” trope refers to black supporting characters whose only purpose in a project is to help the white protagonist.

“I certainly have heard of that trope and I think part of that trope is that that character exists only to service the white character, and I feel like we have built a character … who has wants, has needs and has her own storyline,” co-creator and co-showrunner Michele Fazekas said.

Co-creator and co-showrunner Tara Butters pointed to the term “warrior for God” as a key element in understanding the Yvette character’s larger purpose. “We mean that, and the fact is she has her own hero in this story, too,” she said. “As the show expands over multiple episodes, one of the things you’re going to see is as much she’s there to help Kevin, Kevin ends up helping her.”

Continued Butters, “They end up creating this really interesting partnership,” adding that viewers “will meet other people of her kind” later on down the line.

Butters also praised Gregory’s performance specifically for pushing beyond the stereotype: “What I love about what Kimberly brings to the role is the strength and the warmth and just a unique take on what you call a guardian angel or a warrior for God — she brings a whole new kind of look at this archetype.”

Gregory also weighed in on the early conversations about the character that went on behind the scenes. “She has her own mission,” said the actress. “I understand that concept but the character is not an angel, she’s flawed, she’s not angelic, she doesn’t necessarily behave like an angel, she doesn’t use language that is necessarily angelic. She has a real purpose, and her purpose is really bigger than just helping Kevin do what he needs to do. … She’s almost kind of playing God in a sense.”

Fazekas and Butters also discussed the reasoning why Gregory was recast in the role, revealing that when they originally wanted to offer her the role, she was unavailable. “It’s was a hard role to cast and I think the tone of it shifted a little bit, I would say,” Fazekas said.

Butters said the casting change was also the result of a tough pilot shoot, during which director Paul McGuigan had to leave in the middle of production for a family matter and subsequently the pilot was unfinished. Once they finally saw a finished pilot, they realized, “we wanted that character to go in a bit of a different direction,” Butters explained. “We ended up getting Kimberly and It ended up being the way the pilot should be.”

The unique tone of the show is also why the title of the show was changed from The Gospel of Kevin. “The title change came from the fact that Kevin (Probably) Saves the World captures the tone better than the old title,” said Fazekas. “The tone of it really is the hardest thing to understand and the hardest thing to capture in a line, and I think this captures it quite well.”

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is set to premiere Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Fist Fight   Interviews   Magazines   Photoshoots   Videos
written by Staff   |   February 17, 2017

We’ve been spoiled a lot this week, with JoAnna videos, photos and news left and right. But this one is something I’ve been the most excited to share with you all! For the first time in a VERY long time, we have a new portrait shoot of JoAnna. And she looks absolutely gorgeous – I honestly think she looks better than ever these days! Unfortunately we only have them in low quality so far, but I will do my best to find high quality versions. The portrait shoot was for a feature in “The Wrap”, and she was also interviewed by Stuart Brazell – you can watch a video below. We hope to have more from this soon!

“Fist Fight” stars Ice Cube and Charlie Day as two school teachers who plan to fight each other in the parking lot — but JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who also stars in the film, promises the film doesn’t only provide laughs but has a lot of heart as well.

“This is a perfect time, this is one of those things — not to get too deep into the deeper meaning of the movie — but there is a lot of heart in this movie,” Swisher told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “The only way you can unleash these crazy comedians in a situation like this — which they actually did, sort of unleash them and film the whole process — is if you have that heart, so we have a good balance.
It’s not a huge think piece, you just go there and have fun and enjoy,” she added.

The comedy, directed by Richie Keen, also stars Christina Hendricks, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell and Kumail Nanjiani. Swisher plays Day’s wife who is 10 months pregnant and is about to pop.

“Who could be more mismatched than Charlie Day and Ice Cube?” Brazell asked. “If Ice Cube told me he wanted to fight me, I would just move.”

“I would absolutely run for the hills,” added Swisher.

Articles & News   Reba
written by Staff   |   February 14, 2017

It’s been nearly a decade since the end of Reba, but JoAnna Garcia Swisher is totally in for a reboot. The half-hour sitcom starred country star Reba McEntire as a single mother, whose character’s ex-husband married a younger woman. Swisher played Reba’s oldest daughter. Reba aired for six seasons on The WB and The CW, ending its run on Feb. 18, 2007.

“I think we would all be super pumped to get together professionally,” Swisher told ET’s Katie Krause at the Fist Fight premiere in Los Angeles on Monday. “But we all are pretty tight and stay pretty close and connected and spend a lot of time together, so it doesn’t really feel like it’s ever gone away. It airs like 100 times a day, so we’re reliving the moments.”

Last June, the 37-year-old actress welcomed her second daughter, Sailor Stevie, with former baseball pro husband Nick Swisher, and she gushed about how her oldest daughter, 3-year-old Emerson, is adapting to the little one.

“I think her older sister is handling it very well. She’s a really good big sister, but I kind of go a little over the top for the birthdays,” Swisher said, sharing her plans for Sailor’s upcoming 1st birthday. “Kicking around a little Alice in Wonderland theme. Always something a little crazy!”

Swisher also shared the lessons she’d instill in her two young children from her high school days. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. It all works out,” Swisher said. “But it’s the drama that’s part of what makes high school so great. The heartaches and the falling in love — hopefully the firsts, but not [the first] of everything.”

As for Swisher’s Valentine’s Day plans, she’ll be busy promoting Fist Fight in New York City. But, as she shared, the city has special meaning for her and her husband, who played for the New York Yankees from 2009-12.

“New York is a really romantic city and has a lot of great memories for my husband and I, so it’ll be good,” she shared.

Fist Fight hits theaters on Friday. [Source]

Gallery   Magazines
written by Staff   |   February 13, 2017

To promote her upcoming film “Fist Fight”, JoAnna covers the February/March issue of “Miami Living” magazine! The spread features a photoshoot she did back in 2015 by Danilo Hess, and she looks so stunning. We’ve seen most of the photos before, but the cover photo is brand new! The interview was done by Vanessa Pascale, and you can check out the whole magazine issue online here. We have added HQ scans to our gallery, and a transcript is coming. Enjoy!

Articles & News   New Role   Pitch
written by Staff   |   September 10, 2016

Source | The actress also happens to be married to former Yankee slugger Nick Swisher.

Fox’s upcoming baseball series Pitch is adding to its cast lineup.

The fall drama has enlisted JoAnna Garcia Swisher for a recurring role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Pitch — produced in partnership with Major League Baseball — centers on Ginny Baker, a young female pitcher (Kylie Bunbury, Under the Dome) who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.

Garcia Swisher will play Rachel Patric, a Katie Couric/Megyn Kelly-type newscaster. Intelligent, quick-witted, extremely competent and great at her job, she is tenacious and knows how to get the story. She also is catcher Mike Lawson’s (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) ex-wife. The character instigated the divorce and is already engaged to someone else, much to Mike’s chagrin. Garcia Swisher will first appear in the second episode of Pitch, production of which began Monday at Dodger Stadium, where scenes featuring the show’s Padres taking on the Dodgers were being shot.

Garcia Swisher’s casting comes as her career is beginning to intersect with her personal life as the actress is married to former New York Yankee slugger Nick Swisher. Her recent credits include Once Upon a Time, Grandfathered and The Astronaut Wives. She iss repped by WME and John Carrabino Management.

Also confirmed to return to the baseball series from Dan Fogelman, Kevin Falls and Rick Singer are Bob Balaban, who appeared in the pilot and will recur as Frank Reid, the owner of the Padres; Chastity Dotson as Janet Baker, Ginny’s mother; Ryan Dorsey as Tommy Miller, the pitcher Ginny replaced on the team’s roster and her antagonist; Jack McGee as Buck, the team’s pitching coach; and Michael Beach as Bill Baker, Ginny’s father.

Pitch is set to premiere Thursday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Watch the trailer, below.

Articles & News   JoAnna
written by Staff   |   July 5, 2016

JoAnna has given birth to her second daughter! Congratulations to the happy couple.

Source | Congratulations are in order for JoAnna Garcia Swisher & Nick Swisher.

The Once Upon a Time star, 36, and her baseball player husband, 35, welcomed their second child – daughter Sailor Stevie – on Tuesday, June 28, she announced via Instagram.

“So excited to introduce you to our tiniest princess, Sailor Stevie,” The Astronaut Wives Club star captioned the family photo. “She has stolen our hearts and our family feels complete, Nick, Jo, & Big Sister Emme #SSS”

The newborn joins big sister Emerson Jay, 3.

The couple announced their second pregnancy in February. “Nick, Emme, and I are so excited to finally share this news,” the Grandfathered star captioned the photo montage.

In the shots, the expectant parents posed with their daughter who was seen standing in a crib with an “eviction notice” hanging on the front.

On the same day she announced her pregnancy, the actress debuted her baby bump at an event in L.A.

Congratulations to them!

Articles & News
written by Staff   |   May 23, 2016

Source | Look who’s 3! Once Upon a Time star JoAnna Garcia Swisher shared birthday greetings for her daughter Emerson. “Happy 3rd Birthday to our love, Emme Jay! May life always be! You certainly bring that magic to our lives! We LOVE you!” the Reba alum, 36, Instagrammed the image of her pretty preschooler donning face paint.

The Astronaut Wives Club actress and her husband, baseball star Nick Swisher, announced their second pregnancy in February.

“Nick, Emme, and I are so excited to finally share this news,” the Grandfathered star captioned the photo montage.

In the shots, the expectant parents posed with their daughter who was seen standing in a crib with an “eviction notice” hanging on the front.

On the same day she announced her pregnancy, the actress debuted her baby bump at an event in L.A.

Happy birthday to Emme!

Gallery   Interviews   Photoshoots
written by Staff   |   October 10, 2015

JoAnna recently did an interview for her friend Eva Amurri Martino’s blog “Happily Eva After”! The blog post also contained two new unseen photoshoot outtakes, which have been added to our gallery. You can read parts of the interview below, but make sure you head over to Happily Eva After for the full version!

Joanna Garcia Swisher is a Mom-on-the-go. You know her from TV’s “Reba” and “Privileged”, as well as the recent (and awesome) “Astronaut Wives’ Club”. Her new film, “Fist Fight” will be coming out in 2016! Moving her family from city to city constantly is just part of the territory when you’re a celebrated Actress who is married to a Major League Baseball Star (Nick Swisher!), but to do it all with a baby in tow? That takes a miracle. (Or rather, a miraculously-organized Mama and Wife!) In this week’s “Eight By Eva” Joanna inspires those trying to have it all, especially because one of the most refreshing things about this gorgeous gal is that she has a clear handle on what “it all” means to her. Besides being hilarious, charming, and intelligent, Joanna is elegantly personifying the “family first” motto. Below, she answers my eight favorite questions:

1. What is the best parenting advice you have received?

The best advice I have ever received is to trust your instincts and make sure to take care
of yourself, too! When I first had Emme, I was so focused on doing everything ‘right’ or
‘by the book’ that I forgot to listen to my gut and have confidence in that.
For instance, breastfeeding was really hard for me. Emme had severe reflux and I cut pretty much everything out of my diet that could potentially exacerbate her condition or upset her little tummy. In the process of doing that, my milk production plummeted. I was so
disappointed in myself– the guilt I had was overwhelming. After 6 weeks of solid effort,
my husband held my hand, and begged me to consider being kinder to myself and to stop the
constant guilt trip I was putting myself through. Once I stopped worrying about what I
‘should’ be doing, started focusing on what was best for Emme and giving myself
some much needed TLC, the joy and excitement of Mommyhood was limitless!

2. What is your greatest challenge as a parent?
Both my husband and I have very intense and demanding jobs. We both are so lucky to
be able to do what we love, and the journey is that much sweeter now that we have our
little family to experience it with– but we are truly always on the move. Last year, we
moved from Arizona to Cleveland due to Nick’s work– and I shot my last show on location
in New Orleans. Our latest adventure is setting up shop in Atlanta after Nick
was traded to the Braves! All incredible blessings, but I would be lying if I said it didn’t
stress me to the max when I think of what a little trooper Emme is. I’m always searching
for new gymnastics, soccer, or reading classes in each new city to make sure she is
stimulated, and still getting to do all the fun things kids her age love. Giving her a
sense of normalcy in our crazy little world is challenging, but I truly believe she will
benefit from this moment in her life, and hopefully it will make for a more well-rounded
little lady.