Mae Whitman is the only adult actress on the acclaimed NBC series "Parenthood" who plays a third-generation character, i.e., a grandchild of Zeek and Camille Braverman. That is, since Sarah Ramos left the regular cast and thus cut back on her role as Haddie.
As for Mae Whitman, we've watched her character Amber Holt grow up and evolve from a troubled teen to a devoted cousin and daughter and to an independent young woman. And, as Amber's kid brother Drew has already found out, she's the kind of sister you want standing by you.
Mae Whitman started acting when she was six, appearing as the daughter of Meg Ryan's character in the 1994 alcoholism drama When a Man Loves a Woman; later, in 1996, she played the daughter of the President of the United States in the sci-fi war film Independence Day. She's since appeared in many films, racking up a list of titles too numerous to include here, but she also played recurring characters in TV roles, such as Sara Wilmette in "Chicago Hope" and Ann Veal in "Arrested Development."
Mae Whitman also followed in the footsteps of her mother, voice artist Pat Musick, by doing voices or animated movies and TV shows.