"Sweet Magnolias" Star JoAnna Garcia Swisher Wants Season 2 Spoilers (2024)

  • JoAnna Garcia Swisher is part of the cast of Sweet Magnolias, playing Maddie Townsend.
  • Since her years on Are You Afraid of the Dark as a teenager, Garcia Swisher has appeared in movies like American Pie 2, and TV shows like Reba and Freaks and Geeks.
  • She and her husband, retired pro baseball player Nick Swisher, have two children.

Sweet Magnolias, a new Netflix series based on the novels of Sherryl Woods, is sweeping audiences away—including its star, JoAnna Garcia Swisher. "It's got all the things I want to watch. It's got it all. Romance, handsome men, and beautiful female characters," Garcia Swisher told ET Online. "It's a story about friendship."

Garcia Swisher, 40, charms as Maddie Townsend, a newly divorced woman looking to start over—after her ex-husband (Chris Klein) leaves her for his pregnant mistress (Jamie Lynn Spears) in the small town of Serenity, South Carolina. She and her two best friends, Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott), and Helen (Heather Headley), navigate life's curveballs and delights together.

Speaking of one curveball: Garcia Swisher has been left just as stunned by the finale's cliff-hangers as audiences were. In the finale scene, Maddie learns that her son was in a car accident. Garcia Swisher called the plot twist a "big pill to swallow," while speaking to UPI.

Now, Garcia Swisher is desperate to learn season 2's revelations—should the series be renewed. Per an interview with Southern Living, she even called Sherryl Woods, the author of the Sweet Magnolias book series, for spoilers: “I've been trying to get answers. I called Sherryl and told her, ‘You better not put two of my kids in that car!’"

Fans of Sweet Magnolias have been comparing Garcia Swisher to Amy Adams, another red-headed actress—but Garcia Swisher's performance stands on its own. The wife of retired baseball player, Nick Swisher, has been destined for stardom ever since she played a cheerleader in Freaks and Geeks, and then went on to appear in Reba and Once Upon a Time.

Chances are, you've seen JoAnna Garcia Swisher in a movie or TV show before. Read on to find out more about the woman who brought Maddie Townsend to life.

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Thanks to her parents, she speaks Spanish fluently.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher was born in Tampa, FL to a Cuban father and a Spanish-American mother. Garcia Swisher speaks Spanish fluently, and hopes to one day have a Spanish-language acting role. "I definitely want it to be a part of my life. It would mean the world to me," she told People en Español.

She's working to pass on her family's traditions to her daughters. "Every holiday and meaningful event was filled with special traditions and Cuban food," she told ET Online. "We are still trying to perfect my abuela's recipes [and] thankfully my husband loves Cuban food, so he's always willing to enjoy."

Her husband, Nick Swisher, is a former Yankees player.

It's not lost on us that just like her character, Maddie, Garcia Swisher is also romantically linked to a former pro baseball player. Nick Swisher retired from professional baseball in 2015—but not before winning the World Series with the Yankees in 2009, and being named an All-Star in 2010. Over the course of his 12-year-long career in the MLB, Swisher played for five teams: the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians, and Atlanta Braves.

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Swisher hails from a baseball family. His father, Steve Swisher, played Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres in the '70s. Today, Swisher works as a studio analyst for FOX Sports.

Ahead of their 2010 wedding ceremony, Swisher shared thoughts about his wife with People. "I think for the first time in my life, I have a woman who I could not be more proud of," he told People. "We do such a great job really pushing the other one to do better and I think that's what you have to have."

Garcia Swisher gave a very candid interview with Andy Cohen about their sex life—and how they celebrate victory games. "We have a good situation," she said, with a laugh.

Reba McEntire was a bridesmaid at their wedding.

In 2010, JoAnna Garcia, then 31, and Nick Swisher, 30, were married in a ceremony at the Breakers Hotel and Resort in Palm Beach, FL. Garcia Swisher stunned in a strapless ball gown designed by Monique Lhuillier, according to People.

The guest list featured big names from the worlds of sports and entertainment. Jamie-Lynn Sigler of The Sopranos and NSYNC's Lance Bass were part of Garcia Swisher's wedding party, as was one very notable Reba co-star: Reba McEntire herself. Also present were Cameron Diaz and Swisher's Yankee teammates Alex Rodriguez and Johnny Damon. In total, the wedding had 375 guests.

Adorably, Garcia Swisher's friend crew has been involved in each others' weddings. In 2014, Garcia Swisher and Sigler officiated Bass's wedding. A year later, in 2015, Bass officiated Sigler's nuptials.

The couple has two daughters, Sailor and Emerson.

Garcia Swisher and husband are the proud parents of two little girls. Emerson Jay, 7, was born May 21, 2013. Sailor Stevie, 3, came into the world three years later, on June 28, 2016.

Garcia Swisher writes sweet tributes to her daughters on their birthdays. When Sailor turned two she wrote: "Happy Birthday to the most delicious, sassiest, & sweetest little nugget on earth! Two years ago today I held you in my arms and my heart was so full. You made our family complete. Watching you grow has been pure magic."

On Emerson's third birthday, she wrote, "Emme Jay, you amaze me everyday with your imagination, kind heart, and wit. I love you more than I could ever describe and I’m so proud and thankful to be your mommy."

Her Instagram is teeming with family photos.

Unsurprisingly, Garcia Swisher's Instagram page is a delight. She uses the feed to give a peek into her life with her husband and daughters.

She also opened up about the difficulty of parenting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Maybe you remember her from Are You Afraid of the Dark or Freaks and Geeks.

How's this for a throwback: Between 1993 and 1996, Garcia Swisher starred on Are You Afraid of the Dark, Nickelodeon's horror anthology series for tweens. In each episode, a member of the "Midnight Society" would gather to tell a spooky story.

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Garcia Swisher said she learned something important about her acting abilities while on Are You Afraid of the Dark. "I don't scream well," she said, laughing, on the BUILD Series.

In 1999, she appeared in Freaks and Geeks, the short-lived Judd Apatow high school drama that became known for casting many stars before they were famous. She played Vicki Appleby, the head cheerleader at the top of the high school popularity pyramid. Other notable cast members include Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, Busy Phillips, and Lizzy Caplan.

She also played Reba's daughter on Reba.

Reba McEntire really can do it all. Between 2001 and 2007, the country singer helmed this warm-hearted sitcom Reba, playing a single mother of girls (also named Reba). Garcia Swisher played her oldest daughter, Cheyenne.

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In the pilot episode, Cheyenne—then a high school senior—is revealed to be pregnant with her high school boyfriend's child. The rest of the show follows her evolution as a mother.

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Another one of her notable TV stints? Gossip Girl.

She had brief, but memorable, appearances on Gossip Girl, playing Bree Buckley, a conniving Southerner on a sojourn in New York, in season 3. In 2009, she made a one episode cameo on How I Met Your Mother as one of Ted's girlfriends.

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She's made many more TV and movie appearances.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher keeps busy. She starred in the CW show Privileged, set in the upper echelons of Palm Beach, and the sitcom Better With You. Her period piece, The Astronaut Wives' Club, makes for an excellent binge-watch.

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With her red hair, Garcia Swisher was perfectly cast as Ariel—yes, Ariel the Little Mermaid—on the fairy tale-centric series Once Upon a Time. Other appearances include the shows Royal Pains, Kevin (Can) Probably Save the World, and Animal Practice. For a double feature, watch her two raunchy movies from 2001: American Pie 2 and Not Another Teen Movie.

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"Sweet Magnolias" Star JoAnna Garcia Swisher Wants Season 2 Spoilers (2024)


What happens in season 2 Sweet Magnolias spoilers? ›

What happens in Season 2 of Sweet Magnolias? A car crash throws Ty's baseball dreams a curveball in the form of a torn ACL. Helen, who always wanted kids, discovers she's pregnant but miscarries; she also officially starts dating Erik. Dana Sue reconciles with Ronnie.

Who is the blonde lady at the end of Sweet Magnolias Season 2? ›

Kathy Boseman is an older-looking woman with blonde hair and blue eyes. It is mentioned that she is a blonde "this visit" implying that it is not her natural hair color, and she dyed it before returning to Serenity.

Who slashed Dana Sue's tires? ›

It turns out the “crazy lady” who slashed Dana Sue's tires was Ronnie's sister, Kathy, who believes Sullivan's should have been her successful restaurant and has been holding a major grudge against her brother and his on-off wife for years.

Who does Maddie end up with in Sweet Magnolia Books? ›

Book. Maddie chooses her new love and stays with "Coach," officially shutting down her cheating ex.

What happens to Cal at the end of season 2 Sweet Magnolias? ›

At the end of Season 2, Cal defended Maddie during a scuffle at Sullivan's and was subsequently arrested. Even before that, however, he lost his job as baseball coach due to some dirty town politics.

Do Cal and Maddie end up together? ›

Cal lets go of his past issues with ex Vicky and works on building a friendship — in addition to their romance — with Maddie. By the season 3 finale, the twosome are more secure in their relationship than ever before.

Does Bill know that Isaac is his son? ›

Sweet Magnolias season 1 left fans guessing about Isaac's parents, but it was revealed in season 2 that his mom is Peggy and his dad is Bill. Peggy kept the secret of their one-night stand and Isaac's birth for years, while Bill had no idea he fathered a child with her.

Who does Annie marry in Sweet Magnolias? ›

Annie marries Ty. Annie and Ty have a daughter named Meg and a son named Trevor. Annie and her friends (Sarah and Raylene) are the next generation of Sweet Magnolias. Annie is a physical therapist.

Who does Helen end up with? ›

After finally calling it quits with Ryan (Michael Shenefelt) — and breaking off their engagement for good — Helen reconnects with her community, her Magnolias and with EriK. After a season of estrangement, the two make peace and begin to work on their friendship (and possible rekindling romance).

Why is season 3 of Sweet Magnolias so bad? ›

Kathy's storyline in Season 3 of Sweet Magnolias was disappointing, as it failed to deliver a compelling story or justify the extreme hate from the main characters. Kathy's character lacked depth and her vendetta against Dana Sue and Ronnie felt childish and lackluster, reducing her to a two-dimensional antagonist.

Who trashed Dana Sue's kitchen? ›

The return of Ronnie's sister, Kathy (Wynn Everett), already had a foreboding set-up in the Sweet Magnolias season 2 finale, and season 3 of the Netflix TV show confirmed her as an agent of chaos. Not only did Kathy try to poach Erik (Dion Johnstone) from Sullivan's, but she also destroyed the restaurant's kitchen.

Why does Cathy hate Dana Sue? ›

She believes that Dana Sue stole Sullivan's from her, so she's come back to claim what's (allegedly) rightfully her's. It's the beginning of a season-long scheme for Kathy, who manages to sink her claws into some of Serenity's most notable residents — including several of the Magnolias' exes.

Do Helen and Erik end up together? ›

Season 3 opened with Helen ultimately deciding to end things with Erik and accepting Ryan's (Michael Shenefelt) proposal. It left Erik heartbroken and he couldn't bare to even be around Helen.

Who gets pregnant in Sweet Magnolias? ›

In Sweet Magnolias, Jamie Lynn plays Noreen who, in the beginning, was having an affair with Maddie's husband Bill Townsend, who is played by American Pie actor Chris Klein. Noreen ends up pregnant with Bill's baby in the first season. Maddie and Bill, as a result, then go through a divorce.

Do Ty and Annie end up together? ›

While — spoiler alert — Ty and Annie don't officially get together as a couple by the end of season 3, the two share a private handhold that hints at something more to come. Rowland told Us that the intimate scene was actually “figured out on the day” while they were filming and not written “in the script.”

Who does Dana Sue end up with in Sweet Magnolias? ›

The plot builds on that development, leading to a Sweet Magnolias season 3 ending that ties together many storylines developed throughout the series. Dana Sue Sullivan renews her vows with Ronnie (Brandon Quinn) to not only cement the strength of their relationship but also her role as the community's glue.

What did Dr. Townsend do to Noreen? ›

Noreen Fitzgibbons was a nurse who worked at Serenity Family Physicians along with Bill Townsend and was also involved in an affair with him. This resulted in her pregnancy with their daughter Rebecca Fitzgibbons.

Does Helen end up with Erik? ›

Season 3 opened with Helen ultimately deciding to end things with Erik and accepting Ryan's (Michael Shenefelt) proposal. It left Erik heartbroken and he couldn't bare to even be around Helen.


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