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Aimee Teegarden: From ‘Friday Night Lights’ Starlet to Hallmark Sweetheart

Don't miss her newest Hallmark film, 'An Easter Bloom,' out March 30 at 8/7c!


We loved watching her navigate life as Coach Taylor’s young daughter in Friday Night Lights, but today, Aimee Teegarden, the woman who once brought to life teenage Julie Taylor, is forging a path for herself as a certified Hallmark sweetheart.

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Before you could find her in the NBC Texas-based football drama, Aimee Teegarden could be seen in various modeling campaigns, as well as in guest-starring roles in series like Cold Case, Hannah Montana and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. However, it was her role in Friday Night Lights that put her on the map.

Aimee Teegarden, 2006
Aimee Teegarden, 2006Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/Getty Images

I had no idea what I was really stepping into. That show was just — it’s alchemy,” she told Nylon in 2016. “It’s everything happening when it needs to happen and the right pieces sort of fall together. And Kyle Chandler, I remember, he used to say to us, ‘You kids, you have no idea how good you have it. You have no idea.’ So I think, at the time, we all kind of just really tried to enjoy it as much as possible, and it was just such a special show and it was an amazing time in my life,” she recalled fondly.

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After Friday Night Lights, she had roles in series like Aim High, Star-Crossed, Notorious and The Ranch before making her debut on The Hallmark Channel in 2018’s Once Upon a Christmas Miracle.

Aimee Teegarden, 2021
Aimee Teegarden, 2021Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Over the last few years, she’s continued showing her on-screen prowess in numerous other Hallmark movies, her newest being An Easter Bloom alongside Benjamin Hollingsworth, out March 30 at 8/7c on Hallmark.

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Here, take a look at our favorite Aimee Teegarden Hallmark films!

Aimee Teegarden Hallmark movies, ranked

6. Christmas Class Reunion (2022)

Once valedictorian and class president, Elle (Aimee Teegarden) takes charge of planning her 15-year high school reunion for her graduating class dubbed the “cursed class” after a series of unfortunate events.

With the reunion approaching, Elle teams up and reconnects with old classmates, friends and crushes to execute their Christmas Eve celebration, and along the way, each of these classmates take a look at just how much they’ve changed over the years.

5. A New Year’s Resolution (2020)

Kelly (Aimee Teegarden) is a producer on a morning show who makes a vow to say yes to every social invitation she receives for an entire month. The experiment, which will be broadcasted on the air, takes her to places she never anticipated and gives her the opportunity to have experiences she never thought she’d have — once of them being falling for a handsome businessman.

4. Heart of the Matter (2022)

Andie (Teegarden) is an accomplished young cardiologist. However, the accidental death of one of her young patients leaves her questioning her abilities and struggling with the loss. Meanwhile, the patient’s mother, also dealing with her sorrow, puts Andie in an even tougher spot. And yet, the power of forgiveness just might give Andie the hope she’s looking for.

3. Once Upon a Christmas Miracle (2018) starring Aimee Teegarden

Based on true events, Once Upon a Christmas Miracle tells the story of Heather (Teegarden), a woman who was in need of a liver transplant after a frightening medical diagnosis. While she attempted to enjoy the holiday season with her family in spite of what was going on with her health, what she didn’t expect was for a selfless stranger, Chris, to get tested to see if he was a match upon hearing her story.

As the two get to know each other both before and after the operation takes place, what they didn’t expect was for their relationship to grow into something deeper than anyone could have anticipated.

2. Autumn In the City (2022) starring Aimee Teegarden

Piper (Aimee Teegarden) has just moved to New York in the hopes of a fresh start, and finds herself enjoying the time she spends exploring the city as she jumps around from job to job. When she meets Austin, her cynical neighbor who has dreams of becoming a writer, they become closer and discover all that the city has to offer, side by side.

1. My Christmas Family Tree (2021) starring Aimee Teegarden

When Vanessa (Teegarden) takes a DNA test, her results reveal a family she had no idea even existed. When her biological father invites her to join he and his family for the holidays, she gradually gets to know this new crew, enjoying a holiday she never could have imagined for herself. Also starring Andrew Walker.

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An Easter Bloom (2024)

With her family’s flower farm struggling to stay afloat, a young gardener (Aimee Teegarden) competes in a local Easter flower arrangement contest with the help of a veteran florist. When she meets the florists’ son, a local minister, he helps her find some faith along the way. Don’t miss the premiere on March 30, 8/7c on Hallmark!

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