Have you seen this girl before? C’mon, of course you have! You probably just don’t know that you have.
Cuban-American Annabella Avery Thorne started modeling since she was a baby, appearing in ads and commercials. So if her face looks a little familiar, it’s okay, you’re not going crazy! Bella, who’s currently 16, is becoming the next Disney sensation thanks to the show Shake it Up. So why not get to know more about this multi-talented, energetic, and inspiring tween beyond just her face?
Did you know that at only six-weeks-old, Bella shot her first pictorial for “Parents Magazine”? That’s impressive!
Bella was born in Florida but has been moving from an early age to California and New York to pursue her acting career. A surprising fact about Bella is that her native language is Spanish, since her dad is Cuban. She also is of Irish and Italian descent. Talk about multiculturalism!
Bella was diagnosed with dyslexia in the first grade. In an April 2010 interview with American Cheerleader Magazine, Bella explained that she overcame her dyslexia by always reading everything she could find, including the labels of cereal boxes. Up-to-date, she has appeared in more than 40 commercials. She starred in three DLP ads and became famous for her catchy line, “It’s amazing, it’s the mirrors!”
She proudly claims her mother has been her role model while pursuing her acting career. Besides acting, Bella enjoys hiking, swimming, snorkeling, dancing, and painting. She also loves Twilight (and is Team Jacob). Furthermore, she loves 80s music!
In an interview for Bella’s Official Fansite, when asked if she preferred modeling or acting, she responded with “modeling is quicker and I love fashion, but acting is fun to be different people. I’m starting to like acting more, but I still love modeling.”
Bella enjoys volunteering with The Nomad Organization, a group which offers education, food, and medical supplies to deprived children in Africa. She currently sponsors a child named Lydia Kanini Kiio in Kibwezi, Kenya. She hopes to better her community by encouraging more teens to volunteers and make a difference in the world. She says, “I would not be opposed to a mandatory time in community service for all teens!”
Without a doubt, Disney’s Shake it Up star has become extremely successful these past two years. Still, wherever there’s fame and success, the dark downhill spiral is not too far behind. But no worries, it looks like Bella knows what she is doing! This is what she had to say on the subject of responsibility:
“I don’t think it is any actor’s responsibility to be a role model. I think it is your family that sets the standards, and kids can’t look to Hollywood to do that for them. We are all human and make mistakes and it is a ton of pressure to grow up in front of the camera and have the whole world comment on your errors.”
So what lies ahead for Bella’s future? On March 30, 2013, it was confirmed by Hollywood Records via Twitter that Bella was officially signed to the record label. She also landed a role in the comedy The Familymoon, along with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
Well done, Bella! Keep up the good work!