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SABRINA CARPENTER

Born: May 11, 1999 (age 16)
She hails from Bucks County, Penn.
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Recording artists who turn actors–hm, slashies are few and far between in Tinseltown but I’ll guess that Disney actress Sabrina Carpenter has enough brawn and savvy (to say nothing of her sparkling gaze and outgoing personality) to convince any potential naysayers that she can do both extremely well.

Carpenter landed her first acting role in 2010 in the NBC drama series LAW & ORDER: SVU. She played a young victim interviewed by Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni). Randomly, she performed live on the Chinese television station Hunan Broadcasting System, for the Gold Mango Audience festival in the same period. In a nod to Christina Aguilera Carpenter performed “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” from a 1963 Etta James LP.

About two years later Carpenter, who reminds me of a more eager-to-please Chloe Moretz, got more TV jobs with a recurring role on Fox’s THE GOODWIN GAMES, a part on Disney’s Gulliver Quinn and the ABC pilot THE UNPROFESSIONAL.

Her first lead role was in the Disney Channel series GIRL MEETS WORLD, which premiered in 2013. Carpenter also appeared in the 2013 film HORNS, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish and Juno Temple as Merrin Williams.

Although it appears that her career may veer more toward music than acting, I’ve no doubt that if she chose to also act in movies and chose roles with savy Sabrina Carpenter would make her mark on a generation.

THE LATEST: Carpenter is shooting FURTHER ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING for the Disney Channel, with a 2016 premiere expected.

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