The Disney Channel has launched many successful careers for young celebrities. Some of today’s most famous stars began their careers on the channel’s TV shows and movies. Here are a few fun facts about your favorite Disney Channel stars that you probably didn’t know.
1. Zendaya Coleman started out on the hit show Shake It Up and later starred in K.C. Undercover. She is about to make her feature film debut in this summer’s Spiderman Homecoming.
But did you know that she has a couple of nicknames? Her closest friends call her “Daya” or “Big Head”. Her parents also call her “Marie” at times. Her actual name means “to give thanks.
2. Zendaya receives many compliments over her beautiful natural hair. But did you know that she has never dyed it? That may be the reason it always looks so healthy.
3. Zendaya is a vegetarian, yet she isn’t a big fan of vegetables, which makes her diet plan quite challenging.
4. Both of Zendaya’s parents are teachers. She has said that if she wasn’t acting, she may be a teacher as well.
5. Zendaya was born an Aunt. She has several older brothers and sisters on her dad’s side who have children older than she is. It’s not very often that an aunt is younger than her nieces and nephews.
6. Bella Thorne starred along with Zendaya in Shake It Up and guest-starred with her best friend on K.C. Undercover. Now she is also a very successful actress, starring in films such as Boo! A Madea Halloween and Amityville: The Awakening.
Did you know that Bella’s full name is Annabella Avery Thorne? Her parents got her first name from the Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast.
7. Although the show Shake It Up was all about dancing, Bella had never taken a dance class in her life. Once she got the part, she went into a six-month dance training program.
8. Bella’s original language as a child was Spanish. She stopped speaking it once she enrolled in public school because she didn’t want others to know.
9. Bella is a big animal lover, she owns a beautiful Husky dog that is a dog/wolf hybrid. She also volunteered with the Humane Society when she was younger.
10. Bella Thorne guest starred on The O.C. She played a younger version of the character Taylor Townsend. Her appearance was only for a single episode. Yet she played the child version of one of the show’s most popular characters.
11. Debby Ryan starred on the Disney Channel show Jessie from 2011 to 2015. She played the main character, Jessie Prescott. Before starring in Jessie, she played the role of Bailey on Suite Life on the Deck and in the Suite Life Movie.
Did you know that Debby and her family lived in Germany until she was 10 years old?
12. Debby’s full name is Deborah Ryan, and her birthday is May 13th, 1992. She has an older brother named Chris.
13. She was very ambitious in school and was a member of the chess club.
14. William Brent is well-known for playing Chase Davenport on Lab Rats, the Disney XD series. He was born as William Brent “Billy” Unger on October 15, 1995. His family is from Palm Beach County, Florida.
15. William attended acting classes before he graduated from high school in 2011. He won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Young Actor in 2010 for his role in the film You Again.
16. Skai Jackson played the role of Zuri Ross on Jessie between 2011-2015. She was born in Staten Island, New York. Today she lives with her mom in Harlem.
17. Since she was 9 months old, Skai has been in the entertainment industry. She’s starred in more than 30 commercials.
18. Skai does voice over work for various cartoons. She is the voice of Isa on Dora the Explorer, and Little Fish on Nick Jr.’s Bubble Guppies.
19. Dove Cameron played the role of identical twin sisters on the Disney Channel show Liv and Maddie. She also starred in the hit Disney Channel original movie Descendants as Mal.
20. Dove’s mother is a poet and novelist and her father was a pianist and cook. They both helped to mold her into the multi-talented celebrity we love today.
21. While she doesn’t have a twin in real life, she does have a sister who is 27 and an opera singer. The two are very close.
22. Cameron Boyce started out playing the role of Luke Ross on Jessie. He later moved on to star in his own Disney show, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything. He also starred in the Descendants movie as Carlos.
23. According to his Twitter page, Cameron says that he never gets stage fright. He tweeted that he gets “healthy butterflies”.
24. Sofia Carson plays the role of Evie in the Disney Channel original movie Descendants.
Sofia was born on April 10, 1993. She is fluent in Spanish, French, and English.
25. Along with acting, Sofia is a professional singer. She has signed to BMI records as a Pop and Latin artist.