How many times have you searched the internet for an actor/actress you've seen on Disney Channel? How many times have you seen the name 'Texas' under their place of birth?
The Lone Star State is Disney Channel's unofficial talent feeder. Some of Disney's biggest stars hail from Texas, including Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff and Debby Ryan. Of course, let's not forget the other southern states in which big stars like Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Raven were born and raised.
We love the South, we really do, but are there any Disney talents who were not born and raised there? Well, of course! Let's take a look at who some of these non-Southern stars are...
Triple-threat Zendaya Coleman got her big break starring in Shake It Up as Rocky. Unfortunately, the show was not renewed for a fourth season but with her blooming music career, Zendaya's career is just going up, up, and away!
Zendaya was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Oakland is in the northern part of California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
If you've never heard of Dove Cameron, don't worry. You will be hearing A LOT about her soon enough. The 17 year old blonde has two major Disney projects coming up: a snowboarding film titled Cloud 9 and a new TV series, Liv & Maddie. The first episode of Liv & Maddie aired in July as a sneak preview of the show and I have to say, it's really good! Dove plays BOTH Liv and Maddie in the series. Plus, she has an splendid voice that will leave your jaw hanging open!
Dove was born and raised in Seattle, WA. I wonder how she drinks her coffee.
The Disney spotlight has been centered on Ross Lynch for quite a while now, and it's obvious why. He's a talented guy, he is. He stars as Austin Moon on one of Disney's highest-rated series, Austin & Ally, and he recently starred in Teen Beach Movie, where he flaunts his flair for singing, dancing and acting. Ross is also in R5, a pop-rock band comprising of him, four of his siblings and their best friend.
Ross was born and raised in Littleton, CO.
Ah, Calum Worthy --- he plays the goofy & eccentric Dez in Austin & Ally. Calum is an accomplished actor who has a very strong acting background. He has worked in five different countries, including Singapore! He was in Singapore many years ago to film an Australian-Canadian TV series titled Stormworld.
Calum is not American --- in fact, he is Canadian! He was born and raised in Victoria, BC.
Disney darling Bridgit Mendler is quickly becoming a household name. Best known for her leading role in Good Luck Charlie as Teddy Duncan, the 20 year old has also found success in her music career, with her debut album Hello My Name Is... winning over the hearts of fans worldwide. Her second album is currently in the works.
Bridgit was born and raised in Washington, D.C., but she moved to California when she was 8 years old.
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