It is encouraging to see celebrities, who managed to overcome the hazards of drug and alcohol addiction; popular actress Kristen Johnston is one of such celebs. She found herself drowning in both hard substance and alcohol abuse at a very young age, consuming nothing less than two bottles of alcoholic wine on a daily basis. However, she was able to check herself into a rehabilitation center where she settled down to deal with the emotional aspects that pushed her into addiction.
As an actress, Kristen Johnston has a couple of Emmy awards under her belt for the role she played in 3rd Rock from the Sun – an ABC sitcom where she was cast as Sally Solomon. Upon accomplishing her degree, the aspiring actress commenced her acting career with Atlantic Theatre Company, performing as a theatre actress. Away from the world of entertainment, Kristen has played notable roles in philanthropy, especially with young people and teens that are in dire need of rehabilitation from alcohol and substance abuse. With the aid of her New York-based charity organization popularly known as SLAM, NYC (Sobriety, Learning, and Motivation) she reaches out to high school girls who are struggling with self-esteem and drug issues.
Who is Kristen Johnston – Bio and Age
The famed actress was born with the given name of Kristen Angela Johnston in Washington DC on the 20th of November 1967. She came as the daughter of Rod Johnston an ex-Republican state senator in Wisconsin but the identity of her mum has never been revealed and it is equally not known whether she is an only child or has other siblings.
During her formative years, Kristen Johnston’s family had to relocate to Fox Point, Wisconsin where she eventually completed her elementary education at St. Eugene’s Catholic Grade School. Kristen proceeded to Whitefish Bay High School and her teenage years were spent as an exchange student both in South America and Sweden. The young talent’s quest for further academic qualifications took her to the University of New York where she attended the Tisch School of Arts, graduating with a degree in fine arts in 1989.
Kristen Johnston has never given up the single status for once in all her life and thus, she is still unmarried, however, she has been into a couple of relationships with the opposite sex first with actor David Newsom whom she dated in 1996 and between 1999 to 2000, she was the girlfriend of Ryan Reynolds.
The actress’ memoir titled Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster which came to light in 2012 talked about her teenage struggles with alcohol and hard substance. In her book, she recalled how she came very close to death as a result of substance and alcohol abuse but was able to overcome her shortcomings through sheer strong will and determination.
Kristen Johnston’s addiction was to a prescribed painkiller known as Vicodin and alcohol. According to the actress, her quota of daily alcoholic intake was a couple of bottles a day. She later took the conscious decision to get herself admitted into a rehab facility to seek the solution to her issues.
In one of her recent interviews, the actress confessed that she has remained sober for over ten years despite the difficulties she encountered from fighting her addiction. She is currently doing her possible best in encouraging people to voice out and seek help in dealing with their addictions.
Kristen Johnston was diagnosed with a medical condition known as lupus myelitis – a neurological disorder connected to inflammation of the spinal cord which demands prolonged hospitalization and treatment to recover.
Kristen on Mom
Mom is a top-notch signature comedy created by Gemma Baker, Eddie Gorodetsky and Lorrie in September 2013. The sitcom which aired on CBS had Kristen Johnston on set portraying the character of Tammy the would-be steak stealer for a couple of seasons. However, she later went back in 2018 for the reprisal of her role as Tammy.
Kristen Johnston is on the tall side, standing at a towering height of 6 feet with a bodyweight listed at 72kg or 159 lbs to go with her great height. Her bust, waist, and hips are measured as 38-31-39 respectively and she wears a shoe size of 8 US, dress size of 10 US and 36B in bra size.
Where Is Kristen Johnston Now?
Presently, Kristen Johnston is busy reprising her role of Tammy Diffendorf, Bonnie’s foster sister in the CBS high-quality signature comedy popularly known as Mom. Kristen came back to the sitcom since 2018 and is still with the cast.