For decades, children and adolescents have been making their marks and discovering their sparks in the acting industry. Their innocence, cutesy charm and ability to act alongside their elderly counterparts make them a delight to watch. Ashley Rickards, an American actress, stole people’s hearts when she appeared as a foster child on the series One Tree Hill. Since then, she has been featured in lead roles, charities, and several causes. We take a look at who Ashley Rickards is below.
Ashley Rickards’ Biography
Born an only child in Sarasota, in the southwestern part of Florida, Ashley Rickards was raised on a horse farm catering to children with special needs. Information on her parents is not available. She was born on the 4th of May 1992 and attended a local Montessori school. It was here, at the age of 13, that she had her first foray into acting in an opera production. She graduated from high school at the age of 15.
After graduating from high school, Ashley Rickards attended a talent showcase organized by Lou Pearlman. This prompted her to move to Los Angeles where she was able to gather a team of reps. She began to appear in several minor roles, limiting the amount of time she could work as an actress thanks to child labor laws.
Career (Movies & TV Shows)
Ashley Rickards’ inception into the world of acting had her appearing in short films and minor TV series roles. Her debut into television was a single episode of Everybody Hates Chris in 2006. In the same year, she appeared in the short film Web Journal Now. In 2007, she was in another short film Spoonfed, appeared on CSI:NY (one episode), Zoey 101 (one episode), and Ugly Betty (two episodes).
Her breakthrough on the small screen was when she was cast in the role of Samantha ‘Sam’ Walker, a runaway foster child on the sixth season of The CW hit series One Tree Hill. She appeared for 19 episodes from 2008 to 2009, and her time on the opened her up to more fans.
Ashley Rickards did not, however, return in the seventh season of the show. In 2009, she appeared in the 2009 sci-fi movie Gamer as the character 2Katchapredator. She auditioned for more roles after this and was successful in landing the lead roles in the MTV series Awkward and the 2011 drama movie Fly Away. Awkward, a teen-drama series, focused on lead character Jenna Hamilton, a teenager struggling with her identity after an accident is misinterpreted as a suicide attempt. The series ran for five seasons from July 2011 to May 2016 and Ashley Rickards’ performance was well received by both critics and fans. It even got her the chance to direct an episode of the series.
Fly Away had her play the role of Mandy, an autistic teenager who suffers random bouts of fits at the detriment of those around her. The movie was positively received and won the Arizona International Film Festival award for Best Feature, Voice Awards for Honorable Mention, and Swansea Bay Film Festival for Best International Screenplay. Ashley Rickards also walked away with an Arizona International Film Festival award for Best Performance.
Ashley Rickards has appeared in other movies such as Struck by Lightning (2012), Sassy Pants (2012), At the Devil’s Door (2014), A Haunted House 2 (2014), Behaving Badly (2014), The Outcasts (2017), and Antisocial.app (2017). She appeared in the series American Horror Story: Murder House (2011), Robot Chicken (2015), The Flash (2016-2017), and Dimension 404 (2017).
- Ashley Rickards has a net worth of $2.5 million.
- She is a member of Mensa.
- She is an avid animal lover and has two pets: a dog named Princess, and a three-legged cat named Trinny.
- She graduated with honors from high school.
- She has a 2011 Arizona International Film Festival award, a 2012 Critics’ Choice Award nomination, and a 2012 Teen Choice Award nomination.
- She is heavily involved in charity, helping to launch Project Futures Somaly Mam Foundation; and organization towards the end of sexual slavery and human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
- She has written and published a book. It’s called A Real Guide to Getting it Together Once and for All. It was published in March 2015.
- She is in a relationship with singer Tom Cole.
- She loves poetry and enjoys painting in her free time.
- She has her own blog, where she provides tips and tricks to her fans.
- Her role model is Oprah Winfrey.