The Goldbergs Promotes AJ Michalka to Series Regular for Season 3
The third season of The Goldbergs will feature AJ Michalka’s first time as a regular on television. Also a singer-songwriter and member of music duo 78violet with her sister Aly, AJ has been featured in multiple episodes of The Guardian, Hellcats, and Oliver Beene, and she has also appeared on the big-screen in Super 8 and Grace Unplugged. Michalka plays a variety of musical instruments, similarly to her co-star Hayley Orrantia, and she got her start in modeling before pursing acting.Good things come to those who wait. After two seasons of stealing every scene in which she’s been present, AJ Michalka has been promoted to a series regular on The Goldbergs ahead of the show’s third season. Michalka, who plays Erica’s best friend and Barry’s girlfriend, Lainey Lewis, has been recurring on the show since Season 1, and her promotion comes after a largely increased focus on the supporting cast in the semi-autobiographical show from the real Adam Goldberg. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the casting news.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about Michalka’s promotion, Adam Goldberg said, “Even though my real brother never actually dated much in high school, the minute we cast AJ we knew we found someone special. She brings such warmth and humor to the only girl brave enough to date Barry Goldberg. We’re thrilled that she’s willing to put on those ugly neon ’80s outfits and tease up her hair every episode this upcoming season!”
The second season of The Goldbergs on ABC was consistently one of the best comedies on television, and it solidified itself as a success upon increasing in viewership on its new night, and the third season will look to surpass that success after a critically acclaimed 2014-2015 run.
The Goldbergs returns this fall on Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c on ABC. The show stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Hayley Orrantia, Troy Gentile, Sean Giambrone, George Segal, and AJ Michalka.