JoAnna Garcia (Mia)
JoAnna Garcia plays Mia, an impetuous young woman who passionately decides to marry her boyfriend of only seven weeks.
No stranger to the small screen, Garcia's recent memorable appearances include her recurring role as Bree Buckley in the hit drama Gossip Girl and a guest-starring role in the hit comedy How I Met Your Mother. She also appeared in the ABC Family telefilm Revenge of the Bridesmaids, opposite Raven-Symoné.
In 2008, Garcia starred in the critically acclaimed series Privileged, along with Lucy Hale and Anne Archer. Based on the popular book series How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, Garcia starred as Megan Smith, a Yale graduate hired to tutor two wealthy teenage girls twins! to ensure their entrance into an Ivy League college. Although short-lived, Privileged gained a huge fan following and earned Garcia rave reviews. She also starred in the primetime series Welcome to The Captain, alongside Jeffrey Tambor, Chris Klein and Raquel Welch. Additionally, Garcia dazzled audiences for six years on the hit series Reba, starring acclaimed singer Reba McEntire, as Reba's teenage daughter, a role which earned Garcia a Teen Choice Award nomination for Breakout Star.
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, to a Cuban father and American mother, Garcia was raised in a bilingual household. Her father is a physician and founder of Medi|Zone and her mother is a former teacher. With the support of her close-knit family, Garcia began performing at the age of 10, when she auditioned for the local theater production and landed the lead role. Garcia caught the acting bug immediately; while school was always a top priority, she continued to fuel her passion by acting in local plays until high school. She was discovered by the Nickelodeon network in a local play, and she commuted from Florida to Montreal to star as Fiona in the television series Clarissa Explains It All in 1992. She also starred as Samantha in Are You Afraid of the Dark? from 1994 to 1996.
In 1998, Garcia was cast in a recurring role on the acclaimed drama series Party of Five. After graduating from high school, she briefly attended the University of Florida before heading to Los Angeles to further her acting career. Almost immediately, she landed a key role opposite John Ritter in the TV movie Holy Joe. She also had a memorable role on the acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks. On the big screen, Garcia starred in two hit teen comedies, American Pie 2 and Not Another Teen Movie.