“Acting is my passion. Even if I wasn't getting paid for it, I would do it. I always want to act.” Margo Harshman
Actress Margo Harshman is probably best known for playing Taway Dean on the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens” (2000-2003) and Brooke Franklin on the WB sitcom “Run of the Home” (2003-2004). She picked up two Young Artist nominations for her performance in “Even Stevens” and the TV movie version of the show, “The Even Stevens Movie” (2003). The recipient of the ShoWest Award for Female Star of Tomorrow at the 2009 ShoWest Convention, Harshman recently shifted her focus to feature films, although she still appears as a guest star in television shows. Her big screen credits include “Simon Says” (2006), “Hiding Victoria” (2006), “Rise: Blood Hunter” (2007), “College Road Trip” (2008), “From Within” (2008), “Fired Up” (2009) and “Sorority Row” (2009). In addition, she will portray a role in the upcoming TV film “Bent” (2011).
Harshman lives in Los Angeles and does volunteer work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and is a spokesperson for the Special Olympics. Harshman, who can play the guitar, piano and bass guitar, enjoy music. She mentions John Travolta and Sandra Bullock as her favorite actors and “The Daily Show,” “Whose Line is it Anyway” and “The Simpsons” as her favorite TV shows. Harshman enjoys designing and making clothes.
Childhood and Family:
Margo Cathleen Harshman was born on March 4, 1986, in San Diego, California. She attended La Costa Heights Elementary School. When she was 12, her family moved to Orange County, California, where she finished the rest of her education at Hewes Middle School and Foothill High School. Margo began studying dance and gymnastics when she was three years old and played softball for a number of years before she eventually quit to focus on acting.
The youngest of four children, Margo has two older sisters and one older brother.
College Road Trip
Margo Harshman began her career at age two when her grandmother entered her in a beauty pageant. Eight years later, she was discovered at the Coast Kids Theatre in Orange County and made her feature film debut as Jolie in “The Elf Who Didn't Believe” the next year. The family film was directed by Rodney McDonald and written by Karen Kelly.
In 2000, Harshman received her first regular role on “Even Stevens,” a teen comedy television series that aired on the Disney Channel from June 17, 2000, to June 2, 2003. Portraying Tawny Dean in the series, she was nominated for a 2004 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress. Harshman also reprised her role in the feature length Disney Channel Original Movie “The Even Stevens Movie,” which premiered on June 13, 2003. For her work on the film, she received a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Supporting Young Actress.
In 2001, Harshman portrayed Bridgett in the TV film “Murphy's Dozen,” starring Kathy Baker, A.J. Buckley and Brando Christensen. She went on to appear in two more TV films in 2003 called “Titletown” (with Curtis Armstrong and Shavonne Burleigh) and “Recipe for Disaster” (with John Larroquette, Lesley Ann Warren and Melissa Peterman).
After “Even Stevens” left the airwaves, Harshman joined the cast of The WB's sitcom “Run of the Home,” which premiered on September 11, 2003. Created by Betsy Thomas and starring Joey Lawrence, Kyle Howard, Sasha Barrese and Harshman, the show was canceled after 16 episodes.
In 2004, Harshman guest starred in an episode of the CBS hit series “Without a Trace” called “Bait,” which was broadcasted on May 20, 2004. In November 2004, she played Sara in two episodes of the CSB short lived sitcom “Center of the Universe,” starring John Goodman. The next year, the actress portrayed Gina in “Fellowship,” a short film written and directed by Luke Eberl, and appeared as Maura in “Put on a Happy Face,” an episode of The WB's prime time series “Everwood.”
Harshman was next cast as Jane in the Fox television film “The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend,” starring Jarrod Bailey, Tom Choi and Kelley Daugherty, and guest starred as Jennifer Morris in ABC's “Grey's Anatomy” episode titled “Oh, the Guilt” (both 2006). She then offered a notable supporting turn as Maya Spektor in the ABC TV film “Judy's Got a Gun” and appeared in an episode of “Journeyman” (both 2007).
Harshman resumed her film career in the horror movie “Simon Says” (2006), opposite Crispin Glover. Helmed by William Dear, the film made its debut at the Fantastic Fest on September 24, 2006, and received a limited theatrical release in the U.S. about a year later. She went on to star as Victoria Walker in the drama “Hiding Victoria,” which was first shown at the Asheville Film Festival on November 6, 2006. Directed and co-written by Dan Chinandar, the film won the Best Film Award and two Audience Awards at the 2006 Asheville Film Festival and Jury Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Film at the 2007 San Fernando Valley International Film Festival. She also played Tricia Rawlins in “Rise: Blood Hunter” (2007), a horror film directed by Sebastian Gutierrez that starred Lucy Liu and Michael Chiklis.
In 2008, Harshman costarred with Martin Lawrence, Raven-Symoné, Brenda Song and Donny Osmond in the Disney film “College Road Trip,” directed by Roger Kumble, played Brooke in the Todd Kessle directed independent film “Keith,” which was based on a short story by author Ron Carlson, and was cast as Sadie in Phedon Papamichael Jr.'s horror film “From Within,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April-May 2008. She also supported Haylie Duff and Tom Green in the direct to video comedy “Legacy” (2008) and appeared in “Extreme Movie” (2008), but her scenes were deleted. Harshman kept her presence on the small screen during this period by guest starring in “Boston Legal” and “90210.”
In 2009, Harshman played the role of Sylvia in the film “Fired Up,” opposite Eric Christian Olsen, Nicholas D'Agosto, Sarah Roemer and David Walton. She also teamed up with Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis and Jamie Chung in the slasher movie “Sorority Row,” which was directed by Stewart Hendler. In addition, she appeared in the short film “Jenny Got a Boob Job” and an episode of “Modern Family” called “Fizbo.” In 2010, she guest starred in “$#*! My Dad Says,” as Kim.
Harshman will play the supporting role of Screwsie in the upcoming made for TV film “Bent” (2011), opposite Amanda Peet, Jeffrey Tambor and Joey King.
ShoWest Convention: ShoWest Award, Female Star of Tomorrow, 2009