Margo Harshman is one name that rings quite some bell in Hollywood as the woman behind that name has often been described as versatile and exciting. Often times in Hollywood, many child actors find it hard sustaining the clout they carried into adulthood. They become successful as adorable child stars admired by millions; but then, they are forever frozen in the zone of cute child stars and teenage heartthrobs. They fade off once they begin to grow into adults, leaving fans wondering what happened.
One person who has been able to escape this fate is Margo Harshman, an accomplished Hollywood actress who commenced her professional career when she was just 11. She has gone on to appear in various popular TV series, as well as a handful of movies.
Margo Harshman Lost Her Mother to Cancer in 2014
Born on the 4th of March 1986 in San Diego, California, the actress whose full name is Margo Cathleen Harshman, was destined for greatness and showed signs of being incredibly talented long before she became a teenager.
Margo Harshman hails from a family of six. She was born to a father identified as David Harshman and a mother called Janelle Louis nee Sorenson. Sadly, Margo Harshman’s mother is now late as she died in 2014, after a two-decade battle with breast cancer.
My beautiful mom and her pup pic.twitter.com/CZ5ONPHU
— Margo Harshman (@margoharshman) February 4, 2013
The actress has two brothers named Daniel and Davielle, as well as a sister named Allison. She is also related to Jack Harshman (the late MLB pitcher) and Marv Harshman (the late college basketball coach).
It is noteworthy that even though she is an American woman, she has European ancestry (Swiss, German, Danish, Norwegian, English, Irish, Scottish, and French).
The Actress Had a Very Exciting Childhood that Prepped Her for Showbiz
Not everyone can say this about themselves but Margo Harshman had a very interesting childhood that was filled with exciting moments. When she was just 2 years old, the actress’ grandmother made her take part in a beauty pageant. Soon after this, when she was 3, she began learning gymnastics and trained as a dancer. And then, by the time she was 5 years old, she learned how to play the piano.
Growing up, the actress spent her formative years in different parts of California, including San Diego, La Costa, and Orange County. She also attended several schools such as La Costa Elementary, Hewes Middle School, and Foothill High School.
Harshman exhibited a natural talent for the performing arts at an early age and as such, her family enrolled her in any performing opportunity that came her way. Her childhood was thus marked by participation in gymnastics, dancing, and beauty pageants.
Margo Harshman’s Thrilling Career Began When She Was 8 Years Old
Margo has had a very rewarding career as an actress. The movie star began gaining experience in acting when she was 8 years old. She then commenced her professional career in 1997 when she was about 11 years after she was cast to play Jolie in The Elf Who Didn’t Believe.
The San Diego native did not have to wait long for her breakthrough role which came in her next project, Even Stevens. The Disney series revolved around two siblings, Ren (who is an intelligent and well-behaved perfectionist) and Louis (who is lazy, rude, and immature). Harshman played the role of Louis’ good friend named Tawny who later became his girlfriend.
The series ran from 2000 to 2003 and the San Diego native appeared in 47 episodes. It launched her to widespread fame, especially among young TV viewers. Her performance on the show earned her a nomination for best supporting young actress (in a TV drama or comedy) at the 2001 Young Artists Awards. Even Stevens also spawned a 2003 movie titled The Even Stevens Movie and Harshman reprised her role as Tawny in the film.
Since her Even Stevens days, Margo Harshman has gone on to appear in other movies and TV series. On the small screen, she appeared in Run of the House from 2003 to 2004, Without a Trace and Center of the Universe in 2004, Grey’s Anatomy in 2006, Boston Legal in 2008, Bent in 2012, The Big Bang Theory from 2012 to 2013, and Betas in 2013. She also played Delilah Fielding in NCIS from 2013 to 2019, across 14 episodes.
On the big screen, Margo Harshman has featured in movies such as Simon Says in 2006, Rise: Blood Hunter in 2007, College Road Trip in 2008, Pretty Little Devils also in 2008, and Sorority Row in 2009. Harshman’s performance in Sorority Row, a horror film about a bunch of sorority sisters who conspire to get revenge on a guy who cheated on one of their own, was praised by critics. It earned her the ShoWest Female Stars of Tomorrow Award at the ShoWest Convention alongside her co-stars.
In 2014, the actress played April Brock in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and went on to portray Diana Armstrong in Love on the Vines, a TV Movie in 2017.
She Was Once Married to an Electrical Engineer
Margo Harshman was previously a married woman but sadly, the union did not last long at all. The actress was married to a man called Austen Hooks.
Hooks is an alum of Texas A & M University and he studied electrical engineering. He now has a career in repairing vintage electronic musical instruments and has been described as an amp wiz.
Details about the early days of their romance remain in the dark. However, we do know that they tied the knot in 2017. At first, it appeared that everything was going well for the couple but things fell apart for them soon after their wedding.
The couple’s union lasted for a little over a year and they separated in October 2018. The marriage did not produce any kids and Harshman was the party who filed for divorce.
In her paperwork, she asked the court to allow them to retain ownership of their individual properties. She also asked the court not to grant any spousal support. What led to the divorce has largely remained a secret.