Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne (born October 8, 1997) is an American teen actress, dancer, singer, and model, best known for her role as the aspiring young dancer CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up.
Bella Thorne was born on October 8, 1997, in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She is the youngest of four children who are also actors. Her father, Reinaldo, was of Cuban descent, and Thorne has stated that she also has Italian and Irish ancestry. She enjoyed a career as a child model.
2003-2009: My Own Worst Enemy and Little Monk:
Thorne's first film appearance was an uncredited role as a sidelines fan in the 2003 film Stuck on You. She has since appeared in film and television projects including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Entourage, The O.C. (as a younger version of Taylor Townsend), the third-last episode of October Road (as Angela Ferilli, the pre-adolescence crush of the main characters; her older brother Remy also guest-starred in the same episode as a younger Eddie Latekka), and five episodes of Dirty Sexy Money (as Margaux Darling). In 2007 Thorne appeared as a young girl plagued by supernatural visions in The Seer. In 2008, Thorne starred alongside Christian Slater and Taylor Lautner in the short-lived drama series My Own Worst Enemy, for which she won a Young Artist's Award for her portrayal of the character Ruthy Spivey; Thorne described her Enemy casting as a major breakthrough as this was the first recurring role in her career.
She then appeared in the ten-episode web series Little Monk, which depicted characters from the series Monk as children. In 2009, she played the role of the vengeful antagonist in the horror film Forget Me Not. In addition, Thorne took on a supporting role in the family drama Raspberry Magic, the movie premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in 2010.
2010-13: Shake It Up:
Thorne starring as co-star on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up, (originally titled Dance, Dance Chicago). Thorne plays CeCe Jones, a dancer with heavy ambitions for a career in the spotlight despite having dyslexia. The show is a buddy comedy centered around a teen dance show (in a show-within-a-show format) co-starring Thorne and Zendaya. The multi-camera series began production in Hollywood, California, in July 2010 and premiered on November 7, 2010 on Disney Channel. While she had a substantial portfolio of work in television and film, Thorne had no experience in professional dancing before being cast. After signing onto the show in October 2009, she began taking three dance classes every night. In 2010, Thorne replaced Jolean Wejbe as Tancy ("Teenie") Henrickson, Bill and Barb's younger daughter in Season 4 of HBO's Big Love. Thorne's first single with Zendaya, Watch Me was released on June 21, reaching 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts., 9 on the US Top Heatseekers charts and earning RIAA: Gold.
On September 29, 2011, Disney Channel announced it had increased Shake It Up's second season order to 26 episodes. A 90-minute special episode Made In Japan aired August 17, 2012 as the season two finale. On June 4, 2012, Disney Channel announced that Shake It Up was renewed for a third season In 2012, Thorne was casted as Avalon Greene in the Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies.TTYLXOX was released on March 6, reaching 97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts.
2013-present: Focus on films and debut album:
On March 30, 2013, it was confirmed by Hollywood Records via Twitter that Bella was officially signed to the record label. Thorne landed an role in the comedy Blended, along with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Thorne will play Sandler's daughter. On July 25, the Disney Channel confirmed that Shake It Up will be canceled after the end of the third season. Thorne will play Jamie, a disillusioned teenager intensely guarding a personal secret in the film Home Invasion. In May 2013, it was reported that Bella Throne had signed a new deal to write series of books, beginning with her first novel Autumn Falls, which is expected to come out in the summer of 2014. Thorne has now signed on along with Kyra Sedgwick as the leads in Manis Film's thriller Big Sky, Thorne plays Hazel.
Originally from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Thorne has been living with her family in California since early 2006. Her interests include dancing, playing soccer, spending time with her family and playing with her two dogs, a Cocker Spaniel and a wolf hybrid, six cats and a turtle. She also admits to being a collector of hardcover books, listening to 1980s music, and using YouTube as a research tool for getting into character. Thorne is an avid supporter of the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nomad Organization, which provides education, food and medical supplies to children in Africa. Thorne lost her father to a vehicle accident in 2007. Thorne disclosed her father's death in a live interview on the local television talk show "View from the Bay" in December 2008. Thorne was diagnosed with dyslexia in the first grade. She is currently being home-schooled after previously attending a public school, where she had suffered peer abuse. Thorne improved in her learning after attending a Sylvan Learning center and is currently reading and writing a grade ahead. Thorne also talked about her dyslexia in an April 2010 interview with American Cheerleader Magazine, and explained that she overcame her dyslexia by rigorously reading everything she could find, including the labels of cereal boxes. In 2011, Thorne dated actor Garrett Backstrom for short time. Thorne is now in a relationship with Tristan Klier since early 2012.
Stuck on You
MC Sideline's Fan
Supporting role; Credited as Annabella Thorne
Finishing the Game
Supporting role; Credited as Annabella Thorne
Psych Out Girl
Forget Me Not
Disney Channel Original Movie
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
"I Wanna Be Sedated" (season 3: episode 10)
Young Taylor Townsend
"The Case of the Franks" (season 4: episode 13)
Dirty Sexy Money
"The Chiavennasca" (season 1: episode 4),
"The Family Lawyer" (season 2: episode 2),
"The Silence" (season 2: episode 4),
"The Summer House" (season 2 episode 7)
"Stand Alone by Me" (season 2: episode 11)
My Own Worst Enemy
In the Motherhood
"Practice What You Preach" (season 1: episode 4)
"Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
"Strange Bedfellows" (season 4: episode 3),
"The Mighty and Strong" (season 4: episode 4),
"Sins of the Father" (season 4: episode 5),
"Next Ticket Out" (season 4: episode 8),
"End of Days" (season 4: episode 9)
Wizards of Waverly Place
"Max's Secret Girlfriend" (season 3: episode 19)
Shake It Up
Co-lead role; Disney Channel Original Series; 78 episodes
Good Luck Charlie
"Charlie Shakes It Up" (season 2: episode 13)
"Adventures in Dogsitting" (season 1: episode 5)
The Ant Bully (video game)