Francesca Christine Giner and Amy Jo Johnson | Source: Getty Images | instagram.com/atothedoublej

Francesca Christine Giner had a grounding influence on her mom, Amy Jo Johnson, who had her at the age of 38, giving her the confidence to become a writer and director. The youngster had small roles in her filmmaker mother’s films.

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Francesca Christine Giner remains an inspiration to her mother, Amy Jo Johnson, who regularly posts loving tributes to her on social media. She discovered why her mom is a favorite amongst the nostalgic ’90s set when she saw “Power Rangers” at five.

She entered her teen years by growing nearly as tall as her famous mother. The teenager does not seem too cool to still hang out with her mom just yet as they are often spotted doing fun activities like the edge walk down the CN Tower in Toronto.

Amy Jo Johnson and her daughter Francesca Christine Giner attend the red carpet premiere of Cirque du Soleil most iconic production, Alegria at Under the Big Top, Ontario Place in Toronto. | Source: Getty Images

Amy Jo Johnson and her daughter Francesca Christine Giner attend the red carpet premiere of Cirque du Soleil most iconic production, Alegria at Under the Big Top, Ontario Place in Toronto. | Source: Getty Images

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Francesca Christine Giner and Amy Jo Johnson Are “Best Buddies”

Francesca was born December 1, 2008, weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz. Her parents, Johnson and Olivier Giner were engaged and tied the knot soon after. They divorced in 2017 when their daughter was nine, and it’s unclear what role Olivier plays in her life.

The “Flashpoint” actress announced the pregnancy in June 2008 and kept a low profile during her term. She occasionally takes her child, who she affectionately calls Franky, with her to set.

Franky’s middle name is a tribute to her grandmother, Christine Johnson, who died on August 19, 1998, following a 10-month battle with uterine cancer. Amy was close to her mother and left the TV show “Felicity” after two seasons because she needed time to grieve.

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Amy moved to Toronto, Canada, around the time her daughter was born. On June 23, 2015, she tweed that she was a dual citizen of Canada and America, emphasizing that she loves both countries.

As soon as her daughter was old enough, she shared her first TV role with her.

Francesca was her mother’s plus-one at the world premiere of her film, “Tammy is Dying,” in 2019. In January 2021, filled with love for her daughter, the director shared a carousel of photos of them embracing, with the hashtags, “love of my life” and “best buddies.”

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Will Francesca Christine Giner Follow Her Mom into Acting?

Johnson cast her only daughter in two short films, “Bent” and her award-winning comedy-drama with Enrico Colantoni and Ingrid Kavelaars, “Lines,” when Francesca was 4 and 5, respectively. In both films, her character is called Francesca.

“Bent” was a personal project for the director and writer, who wrote from her experience in a religious cult with her mother and brother for 12 years. Francesca’s father was the executive producer of the film.

When asked in 2020 if her daughter wanted to follow her into the entertainment industry, the filmmaker said that her child, then 12, had not expressed an interest in acting, “Whatever she would want to do, I would support [her].”

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Francesca Christine Giner Loves “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”

As the Pink Power Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” Amy inspired a generation of children with her alternative portrayal of femininity. As soon as her daughter was old enough, she shared her first TV role with her.

The actress took her Twitter following on the journey of watching the first episode of the series in April 2013 with her daughter. Francesca said to her mother’s joy, “Mom, you’re like Kung Fu panda!”

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Minutes later, Amy sent a follow-up tweet revealing that the viewing had turned into a binge session, “She might be hooked! Oh no!” To which a follower responded, “at least she’s hooked on something AMAZING!”

One fan tweeted, “She will love seeing her mom as one of the coolest Power Rangers,” while an MMPR fan predicted that Francesca won’t ever stop talking about the show. She did not say if she’ll repeat the exercise with a viewing of “Felicity,” in which she starred with Keri Russell.

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