Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Joanna Garcia first got into performing at the age of ten when she landed the lead in a local theater production. She continued to act in high school, when she was discovered by Nickelodeon. She spent two years commuting to and from Montreal, to star in the television series Are You Afraid of the Dark? A familiar CW face, Joanna starred in the sitcom Reba and the short-lived series Privileged. Playing Nate's new love interest in Season 3 of Gossip Girl, Joanna will bring a whole new breed of cattiness to the Upper East Side scene. Joanna has been romantically linked to Trace Ayala, actor Robert Buckley, and Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher.