Andi Matheny was born in Spokane, Washington and grew up in San Anselmo, California, a suburb north of San Francisco. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Theater Arts, Andi appeared in several plays in Los Angeles and San Francisco, culminating in her parody of a one-woman show, the critically acclaimed “Andi’s Act.”
During this time Andi held a series of odd jobs, including writing greeting cards, selling RV’s, waitressing and performing stunts at Universal Studios. Andi also periodically did stand-in work for game show pilots, a stint which led to her first hosting job for Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett productions, a male beauty contest called “Bring on the Boys.” Several pilots followed, as did the nationally syndicated series “Kwik Witz,” “Essentials” on TLC, “Fit Resort and Spa” on FitTV, and “Friends or Lovers” on USA.
Andi continued her study of acting with the late great acting teacher Roy London and subsequently with industry favorite Ivana Chubbuck. She has enjoyed a full spectrum of roles – a ditsy psychology professor on “Zoey 101,” glib morning anchor on “Ugly Betty,” bitter social advocate in the independent movie “American Zombie” and recently wrapped production on the new film “0’s and 1’s,” and the filmed graphic novel “Level 26: Dark Prophecy” for CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. She also plays a recurring role as Brenda on the internet series “King’s English.” Andi also appeared opposite Simon Baker on the hit CBS series “The Mentalist” and her episodes of “Monk” and “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody” air on cable several times a year.
Andi has also lent her voice to dozens of television and radio commercials and appeared in several on-air ads. Past campaigns include Oil of Olay, Breathe-Right, Expedia, Iams, Toyota, among many. And you may already have heard her “Be Hospitable” campaign for Hilton Hotels television and her nationwide radio campaign for Albertsons-Osco-SavOn-Jewel pharmacies.
Andi currently lives with her husband, screenwriter Tom Flynn, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She recently started a successful acting school and private coaching practice in the Tampa Bay area (see Coaching Page.) Andi’s household is full of cats, a dog, hockey jerseys, baseball cards and lots of kitchen tools. In her spare time, Andi enjoys complaining about the San Francisco Giants, playing online Bridge, her yearly Easter binge of Cadbury chocolate eggs, and writing about herself in the third person.