Kristen Johnston’s career includes theater, film and television. She won two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series playing Sally Solomon on the iconic television series “3rd Rock from the Sun.” Now she leads a stellar cast (which includes Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, Kelly Stables and David Alan Basche) in TV Land’s brand-new hit comedy “The Exes,” which starts it's second season in June.
Other television shows include “ER,” “Ugly Betty,” and “Bored To Death,” not to mention her unforgettable portrayal of Lexi Featherstone, the party girl who falls to her death on “Sex and the City.”
Johnston made her screen debut in the short film "The Debt," which won a number of awards at international film festivals including the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. She’s gone on to co-star in such films as “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” “Strangers with Candy,” “Music & Lyrics,” and “Bride Wars,” as well as Amy Heckerling’s upcoming “Vamps.” This spring, she can be seen in “L!fe Happens,” alongside Krysten Ritter and Kate Bosworth.
She’s also had a long and celebrated theater career. Recently, she was nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award (outstanding lead actress in a play) for her performance as ‘Lily Darnley’ in the hit production of “So Help Me God!”. Her other theater credits include “Love Song” on the West End, “The Women” on Broadway, “Baltimore Waltz” and “Aunt Dan and Lemon” as well as “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Twelfth Night,” and "The Skin Of Our Teeth" at the Public Theater in Central Park. Johnston’s been a long-time member of The Atlantic Theater Company, where she starred in “The Lights” by Howard Korder at Lincoln Center (Drama Desk Award - nomination best supporting actress) and "Scarcity" by Lucy Thurber.
Kristen teaches acting at NYU (the Atlantic Acting School), and with MCC’s youth outreach program. She is also co-founder and executive director of SLAM, a board of New Yorkers dedicated to seeing that NYC gets its first sober high school. For more information, visit slamnyc.org
Her first book, “GUTS, the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster” (Gallery books at Simon & Schuster) will hit bookstores on March 13th, 2012.
She currently resides in New York City with her dog, Pinky.