Emily Noelle Skinner is an American actress, model, and dancer, known for her portrayal of ‘Amber’ in the ‘Disney Channel’ TV series ‘Andi Mack.’ Born and raised in California, USA, she wanted to become an actor from a very young age. She attended an acting class and recognizing her talent, her acting teacher introduced her to an agent. Starting as a child artist in minor roles, she soon got an opportunity to work in ‘Disney Channel’ series, including ‘Shake it Up,’ and ‘Austin & Ally.’ She has also worked as a model portrayed lead characters in several college student films. Skinner has performed in a number of short films, TV series and movies, including ‘The Mindy Project,’ ‘Sam & Cat,’ ‘Blood Ransom,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ among many others. Her role of ‘Amber’ in the famous series ‘Andi Mack’ brought her fame. In real life, she is a strong girl and an activist, vocal about bullying, school safety, and girl education. She also volunteers for several charities and believes in helping the needy.
Childhood & Early Life
Emily Skinner was born to Jennifer and Steve Skinner, on November 30, 2002, in Mission Viejo, California, but she grew up in Trabuco Canyon, Orange County, California. She has an older sister, Lauren Skinner. The the two were dancers at ‘Dance dynamics.’
Skinner enjoyed watching TV since early childhood, and got hooked to acting. She would dress up and pretend to perform plays for hours. She was a shy child, so when she told her mother about her acting interest, her mother took her to an acting class to help her overcome shyness.
Impressed with Skinner’s talent at that young age, the acting class teacher helped her parents get in touch with a Hollywood agent. Emily Skinner is still working with the same agent.
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In 2009, Skinner began her acting career at the age of 8 as a child artist and appeared in one episode of ‘CBS’ ‘NUMB3RS.’ According to her, it was a dramatic role which she enjoyed. After her debut in ‘Numb3rs’ she worked regularly in guest roles in TV movies or short movies, including, ‘The Swimming Lesson’ (2009) as ‘Katie,’ and ‘Keeping up with the Guptas’ (2010), among others.
Then, after featuring as ‘Alise Jones’ in a 2010 episode of ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,’ Skinner did minor roles in short films like ‘Sodales’ (2010), ‘Eternity Road’ (2010), and ‘Five (2011).
Later, she got a chance to work in ‘Disney Channel’s’ 2011 TV series ‘Shake It Up,’ wherein she played a little beauty-pageant girl ‘Sally Van Buren’ in the episode ‘Glitz It Up.’ In another ‘Disney Channel’ series, ‘Austin & Ally,’ her role of ‘Mad Dog’ brought her recognition.
She also appeared in several other TV series, including ‘Days of Our Lives’ (2011), ‘Man Up’ (2012), ‘The Mindy Project’ (2012), among others. Her portrayal of ‘Chloe’ in the TV series ‘Sam & Cat’ was well-appreciated. This was followed by the TV series ‘Criminal Minds’ in 2013, in which she appeared as ‘Julie Hoover.’
Skinner essayed the role of a young vampire in the film ‘Blood Ransom’ (2014), and in the series ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ (2016), she played a juvenile murder victim, ‘Wendy Sokoloff.’ Even though she was quite young, she was comfortable portraying those scary roles and actually enjoyed it.
The character that brought her fame and identity was ‘Amber’ from ‘Disney Channel’s’ popular series ‘Andi Mack’ (2017 - 2019). Skinner first auditioned for the main part of ‘Andi’ then for the role of Andi’s friend ‘Buffy,’ and finally she auditioned and got the part of ‘Amber,’ who is a little mean character in the first season, but has a wider scope from second season.
In 2018, she was cast as ‘Diana’ in the ‘Brat’ web series, ‘Total Eclipse’ (2018 – 2019). In this story of young friends, she stars with Mackenzie Ziegler, Nadia Turner, Lauren Orlando, and Devenity Perkins. Skinner’s forthcoming projects include ‘Next Level,’ wherein she will be seen in the role of ‘Cindy Stallings.’
Skinner has featured in a few music videos such as ‘Only Human’ by Ty Waters and ‘Broken Arrows’ by Avicii. She has also worked as a model. She was signed by ‘Maverick Models’ of Los Angeles and she has modeled for ‘Izzy Be’ clothing.
Family & Personal Life
Although her character in ‘Andi Mack’ has shades of grey, Skinner is friends with the entire cast of the series, and all of them - Peyton Lee, Sofia Wylie, Asher Angel and Joshua Rush - enjoy everything together. They all volunteer for the fund rising as well as community outreach activities.
Skinner is also an activist and speaks strongly about the causes and charities she believes in. She speaks against bullying and also advocates girl’s rights to education. She supports a number of charities, including ‘Rise Against Hunger,’ ‘Toys for Tots,’ ‘Make-A-Wish Foundation,’ among others.
Skinner has 1.6 million followers on Instagram. She is an animal lover and has a pet dog, named Molly.