There’s only one Miley Cyrus, but that doesn’t stop Disney from trying to make more. And after starring in this summer’s top-rated “Camp Rock,” 16-year-old Demi Lovato is well-poised to take off.
The Texas native started acting at the age of 6 in “Barney & Friends,” which led to Disney Channel’s interstitial short series “As the Bell Rings.” Lovato, who has played guitar since the age of 11, is equally comfortable acting and singing. She opened for “Camp Rock” co-stars the Jonas Brothers on tour this summer, which helped make Lovato’s debut, “Don’t Forget,” the most downloaded album on iTunes the week it was released in September.
Next up, she’ll star in Disney Channel sitcom “Sonny With a Chance” as a Midwestern girl who comes to L.A. to act in a TV show after being discovered on the Internet. Also set for early 2009 is Disney Channel TV movie “Princess Protection Program,” in which she co-stars with good friend Selena Gomez, followed by “Camp Rock 2” next summer.
“She reminded us all of a young Mary Tyler Moore,” says Disney Channel senior VP of original programming Adam Bonnett. “She was fearless with the comedy.”