Often times in Hollywood, most child actors find it hard making a successful transition to adult careers. They are forever frozen in the zone of cute child stars and teenage heartthrobs. 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. Since then, she has gone on to appear in various popular TV series, as well as a handful of movies.
Margo Harshman’s Biography
Margo Cathleen Harshman was born on the 4th of March 1986 in San Diego, California. Her nationality is American and she has European ancestry (Swiss, German, Danish, Norwegian, English, Irish, Scottish and French). 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 and she began acting at eight.
Margo Harshman commenced her professional career in 1997, appearing in the movie 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 – a Disney series which revolved around two siblings, Ren (who is an intelligent and well-behaved perfectionist) and Louis (who is lazy, rude and immature), and Harshman played the role of Louis’ good friend/ later girlfriend – Tawny. The series ran from 2000 to 2003 and the San Diego native appeared in 47 episodes. 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 equally reprised her role as Tawny in the film.
Since her Even Steven days, Margo Harshman has gone on to appear in other movies and TV series. On the small screen, she has appeared in Run of the House, Bent, The Big Bang Theory, Boston Legal, Betas, Grey’s Anatomy, Without a Trace, Center of the Universe, Everwood, and NCIS. On the big screen, Margo Harshman has featured in movies such as Simon Says, Rise: Blood Hunter, College Road Trip, Keith, Pretty Little Devils, From Within and Sorority Row. Sorority Row is a 2007 horror film about a bunch of sorority sisters who conspire to get revenge on a guy who cheated on one of their own. Their plans, however, go awry as the guy mistakenly murders their friend who is pretending to be dead. The movie featured actresses such as Carrie Fisher and Harshman played the role of one of the sorority girls named Chugs.
Margo Harshman’s Personal Life (Ex-Husband and Divorce)
Margo Harshman hails from a family of six. Her father’s name is David Harshman while her mother’s name is Janelle Louis nee Sorenson. Her mom is now late as she died in 2014, after a two-decade-long battle with breast cancer. The actress also has two brothers, Daniel, and Davielle, as well as a sister named Allison. Additionally, she is also related to Jack Harshman (the late MLB pitcher) and Marv Harshman (the late college basketball coach).
Margo Harshman was previously married to Austen Hooks, 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. There is no detailed story as to how Harshman and Hooks met but it is however known that they tied the knot in 2017. 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.