Kristen Johnston is an actress recognized for her talent, in stage performances, TV shows and films. Born on September 20 1967 in Washington, D.C. Johnston grew up in a family that was deeply involved in the political realms. However her passion for acting always drove her aspirations leading her to move to New York City after completing school.
Initially starting with off Broadway productions like "The Lights" and "The Balcony " Johnstons breakthrough came in 1991 when she landed the role of Sally Bowles in the revival of "Cabaret" on Broadway. Her outstanding portrayal garnered acclaim. Earned her recognition with a Theatre World Award. She continued to thrive on Broadway making appearances in plays such as "Beggars in the House of Plenty" and "The Women."
Apart from her stage career Johnston has also established herself as a figure on television. Her notable role is that of Sally Solomon on the sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun." The show aired from 1996 to 2001. Earned Johnston two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Furthermore she had recurring roles on TV series like "ER " "Ugly Betty," and "The Exes."
Throughout her career Johnston has also made appearances in films. She started her acting career in 1994s "Backfire!". Has since been seen in films, like "Austin Powers; The Spy Who Shagged Me " "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas " and "Bride Wars." Additionally she took on a role in the movie adaptation of the Comedy Central series called "Strangers, with Candy."
Apart from her acting career Johnston has also been actively involved in advocacy work. She supports the LGBT community. Has collaborated with organizations like GLAAD and The Trevor Project. Additionally she has openly discussed her battle with addiction. Has remained sober since 2007.
In 2010 Johnston made a return to Broadway by starring in the revival of "The Women." Her portrayal of Sylvia Fowler received reviews from critics earning her a nomination for a Drama Desk Award. She also showcased her talent in the off Broadway production of " Help Me God!" in 2011.
The year 2013 saw Johnston as part of the cast for the ABC sitcom "The Exes " alongside Donald Faison and Wayne Knight. The show had a four season run receiving praise for Johnstons comedic timing and delivery.
Johnston again graced Broadway in 2019 with her role in the revival of "Gary; A Sequel to Titus Andronicus " written by Taylor Mac. While the play itself received reviews, critics hailed Johnstons performance.
Throughout her career Johnston has proven herself to be a versatile and talented actress. Her work, across stage, television and film has garnered accolades. Created a devoted fan base. She remains dedicated to championing causes and serves as an inspiration for budding actors.
Further upon asking in an interview Which role has been the most difficult for you? They have all been challenging. I approach each one with seriousness. "Aunt Dan and Lemon" was technically challenging because of the memorization involved.. In terms of acting they have all been equally demanding. Each role presents its set of challenges that require careful navigation.. That's what makes it so rewarding.