Who is Bridgit Claire Mendler?
Bridgit Mendler is an American singer, actress and songwriter who began her acting career at the age of just twelve. She acted in various films as a teenager and lent her voice to a range of characters in different movies. She released a number of albums in which her singles were certified platinum and gold in many countries. She is associated with various philanthropic organizations and projects related with humanitarian causes such as providing books to needy children, reformation of schools in the United States, appealing to put a stop to cyber bullying and raising funds for poor families. Other than acting and singing in films and in TV serials she has written a number of songs which she has sung herself. She has endorsed an exclusive line of clothes and accessories which include scarves, hats, and souvenirs for girls aged four to eighteen for ‘Target Corporation’. She has also endorsed dermatology products for ‘Clean & Clear’.
The Meteoric Rise to Stardom
Bridgit Mendler got her first acting role at the age of 12 in the animation film ‘The Legend of Buddha’ in 2004 where she played the role of Lucy. She has starred in many films while still a teenager. From 2004 to 2008 she starred in various films which includes ‘Alice Upside Down’, ‘The Clique’ and ‘Labor Pains’. In 2009 she appeared in ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ in the role of Juliet van Heusen for the ‘Disney Channel’. She played the role of Teddy Duncan in ‘Good Luck Charlie’ in 2010 which ran till 2014. In 2011 she appeared in ‘Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas’ which is a film based on the Disney series. She sang a few songs in the role of Olivia in the movie ‘Lemonade Mouth’ made by ‘Disney Channel’ which also featured in the US ‘Billboard’ for the ‘Hot 100’ hits. She released her debut pop album ‘Hello My Name Is…’ in 2012 which sold around 200,000 copies and was ranked 30th in the US ‘Billboard 200’. Her single ‘Ready or Not’ from the album was certified platinum in the United States, Canada and New Zealand and gold in Norway. Her second single ‘Hurricane’ was certified gold in the United States.
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What Makes Bridgit So Special
Bridgit Mendler is not only a celebrity actress, singer and songwriter but she has also engaged herself in various humanitarian projects which have made her highly popular among all the teenagers in the world. She has been an ambassador for the campaign launched by ‘First Book’ in 2010 which encourages reading and giving books free of cost to needy children. She joined the campaign ‘Give With Target’ started by ‘Target Corporation’ to raise funds to reform American schools in 2012. In March 2013 she appeared for the ‘Seventeen’ magazine in a campaign named ‘Delete Digital Drama’ to stop cyber bullying. In the same year in the month of May she travelled to UK to participate in ‘BBC’s Comic Relief’ telethon to raise funds for poverty stricken families. In 2014 she represented ‘El Quiche’ of Guatemala in ‘Save the Children’ campaign and also at the annual advocacy summit in Washington.
Bridgit Mendler has maintained a clean and honest image and has avoided scandals till now. Even her relationship with Shane Harper has been without controversy though it lasted for only three years. She started a respectful and easy relationship with a person she has worked with for a long time as co-actor from which she was able to break away without drama. In 2012 ‘Billboard’ included her in the first sixteen artists slated to become the next big artist and in 2013 it included her in the list of top thirteen artists. She received an award for her campaign against cyber-bullying and was the second young artist to win the award after Miranda Cosgrove.
Behind the Curtains
Bridgit Mendler was born in Washington DC as Bridgit Claire Mendler to Leah and Harry Mendler. She and her family including younger brother Nick moved to Mill Valley, San Francisco in California when she was only eight years old. After coming here she started showing an interest in acting and took part in both musical and dramatic plays during the ‘San Francisco Fringe Festival’ as the youngest performer. She hired an agent to get her roles in different plays in Northern California when she was only eleven years old as she had decided to follow a career in acting. She has acted in different plays and done voice-overs from a very early age. Mendler studies ‘Medieval Visual Culture’ as a part of anthropology and medical anthropology at the ‘University of Southern California’. She plans to do her doctorate on the subject after being inspired by her mother who has a doctorate on ‘public policy’. She met Shane Harper on the sets of ‘Good Luck Charlie’ and started dating him from May 2011. But the relationship ended in November 2015.
The biggest musical influence on Bridgit Mendler has been Bob Dylan whose style of writing songs has inspired her a lot.