Actress, singer and dancer Kat Graham is best known for her role of Bonnie Bennet on the CW's #1 drama The Vampire Diaries. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Kat Graham stepped into the entertainment industry at the ripe age of six. From then until she was 14, she could be found in commercials such as Barbie, K-Mart, Pop-Tarts, Old Navy, and Edison, and television shows such as Like Family, Grounded for Life, and Lizzie McGuire. Her first big break came when she replaced a young Christina Milian as...... Read Full Bio »
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Actress, singer and dancer Kat Graham is best known for her role of Bonnie Bennet on the CW's #1 drama The Vampire Diaries.
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Kat Graham stepped into the entertainment industry at the ripe age of six. From then until she was 14, she could be found in commercials such as Barbie, K-Mart, Pop-Tarts, Old Navy, and Edison, and television shows such as Like Family, Grounded for Life, and Lizzie McGuire. Her first big break came when she replaced a young Christina Milian as the host of the Disney channel's popular series Movie Surfers.
A diligent student of the arts, Kat began to further her natural acting talents with vocal training, piano lessons and dance classes. The effort soon paid off. At the age of 15 she was chosen by renowned choreographer Fatima to perform at the BET Awards as a background dancer for Bow-Wow. That experience led to other stints as a background dancer for Missy Elliott, Pharell and choreographers Hi Hat and Michael Rooney.
In addition to being a professional actress and dancer, Kat also began to pursue a career as a musical artist. One of the first songs she wrote and sung, "Derailed," was featured in a Jean-Claude Van Damn movie. Completing that song inspired her to purchase her own studio equipment and add producer to her list of talents. Although she had no formal production training, she soon mastered the techniques and developed her unique style. "When I first got my equipment I had no one to guide me...I taught myself. I realized there was no other teenage, female producer in the world, so I was forced to look within myself for motivation." she recalls.
A year later she met superstar producer Damon Elliott (Pink, Mya, Destiny's Child) who turned out to be an influential mentor. While the two worked on perfecting Kat's skills as a musician and producer, she continued to work as an actress, starring on television shows CSI: Las Vegas, The OC, Malcolm In The Middle, Joan of Arcadia, Strong Medicine, and Hannah Montana. She even forayed into music videos, appearing in Akon's "Mr. Lonely," 112′s "What If," John Legend's "Used to Love U", B2K's "Why I Love You" and Musiq Soulchild's "Buddy".
At 17, Kat was selected by the Coca-Cola Company as part of an international campaign to market their soft drink Fanta. While promoting the campaign as a member of the "Fantanas" (as Capri/Strawberry), Kat simultaneously completed her degree in recording engineering. The daughter of a Liberian father and Russian Jewish mother, Kat, who speaks four languages, was exposed to different cultures and societies from an early age. She believes this is what has greatly influenced her artistically and personally and fosters her intense motivation to be a success.
"My background is one that is so varied, I've never been one to check for what the next person is doing," she says. "My circumstances and my mind have set me apart and I will never blend in." It is this confidence and tenacity that continues to propel Kat to the next level.
She recently finished a world tour with The Black-Eyed Peas, and her voice is featured on Will.I.Am's solo release "Songs About Girls" ("I Got It From My Mama") and "The Donque Song," featuring Snoop Dogg. Kat's latest single "Put Your Graffiti On Me," released in March 2012, is her first major label release. "Put Your Graffiti On Me" was produced by Australian duo "Twice as Nice" (50 Cent, Pete Wentz). Graham was seen in the film 17 Again, with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, in The Roommate, with Leighton Meester, and the starring role in Honey2.
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