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Who Is Once Upon a Time’s Ariel, JoAnna Garcia Swisher?

With the news that JoAnna Garcia Swisher has joined the cast of Once Upon a Time as Ariel, many of you rightly want to know: Who is JoAnna Garcia Swisher?

Chances are, if you've watched any sort of teen-skewing TV in the past decade, you've seen her. She's had guest gigs on Clarissa Explains It All, Dawson's Creek, Boston Public, What I Like About You — and recurring roles on Party of Five, Freaks and Geeks, and Gossip Girl.

But this Tampa native got her big break in another millennial favorite: At age 15, she was cast as Sam in Are You Afraid of the Dark?

In terms of starring roles, JoAnna was a mainstay on Reba (playing the titular character's daughter) from 2001 to 2007, the short-lived CBS comedy Welcome to The Captain in 2008, the short-lived CW dramedy Privileged (as the debutante-tutoring protagonist) in 2009, and the short-lived NBC comedy Animal Practice in 2012.

On the big screen, she's appeared in American Pie 2, Not Another Teen Movie, Extreme Movie, and — most recently — The Internship.

JoAnna once dated and even became engaged to Justin Timberlake's friend Trace Ayala, but the couple called it quits after two years.

In 2010, she married to baseball star Nick Swisher; and in May of this year, the couple welcomed daughter Emerson Jay.

Oh, and she's good friends with Jennifer Morrison and said that starring on OUAT with her buddy is on her "wishlist."

Glad to see that her wish was co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz’s command!

Source: IMDb

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

08.20.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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