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Debby Ryan

Ryan in an interview for Radio Rebel in February 2012
BornDeborah Ann Ryan
(1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 19)
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, musician
Years active2006–present
Website
debbyryan.com
 
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Debby Ryan

Ryan in an interview for Radio Rebel in February 2012
BornDeborah Ann Ryan
(1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 19)
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, musician
Years active2006–present
Website
debbyryan.com

Deborah Ann "Debby" Ryan[1][2] (born May 13, 1993)[3] is an American actress and singer. Ryan is best known for starring as Bailey Pickett in the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life on Deck. In 2008, The Suite Life on Deck ranked as TV's top series among kids 6-11 and the No. 2 scripted series among tweens 9-14.[4][5] Ryan started acting in professional theatres at the age of seven; in 2007 she appeared in the Barney & Friends straight-to-DVD film Barney: Let's Go to the Firehouse and then was discovered in a nationwide search by Disney. She is also known for appearing in the 2008 feature film The Longshots as Edith.

In 2009, she guest starred in an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place in Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana as Bailey Pickett along with her other cast mates from The Suite Life on Deck. Then, in 2010, she starred in the film 16 Wishes, which was the most watched cable program on the day of its premiere on the Disney Channel. 16 Wishes introduced Ryan to new audiences; the movie received high viewership in the adults demographic (18-34).[6][7][8] Soon after that, Ryan starred in the independent theatrical film, What If..., which premiered on August 20, 2010. Ryan also starred in the new Disney Channel Original movie, Radio Rebel, where she portrays the role of Tara Adams, a shy 17-year-old girl who adopts the radio personality, Radio Rebel. Released February 17, 2012.

Ryan currently stars in the titular role in the Disney Channel Original Series, Jessie.

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Early life

Ryan was born in Huntsville, Alabama.[9][3] She is a Christian and has performed in churches, theater performance groups, and talent competitions.[10] Her father was in the military, so she often moved to different places in Europe. She lived in Germany until she was 10 and can speak both English and German. She started performing in professional theaters at the age of seven on an American base in Germany.[11]

She returned to the United States at the age of 10, in 2003, and was raised in Texas.[11][12] She dreamed of acting full-time. In a 2009 People Magazine interview, she described herself as a "nerd" in school.[11] Ryan was bullied in middle school for being a mascot and a member of the school's chess club.[13]

Acting career

2006–07: Career beginnings

Ryan began appearing in various television commercials in her early teenage years. She appeared in several commercials for iDog and various board games; she was in an iDog Dance commercial in 2008.[10] Ryan's first film role was in 2007 as a guest character in Barney: Let's Go to the Firehouse, she played the role of a teenager. Ryan also had a supporting role in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature film The Longshots, alongside teen actress Keke Palmer and Ice Cube. Ryan played Edith in the feature film.

2008–10: The Suite Life on Deck and breakthrough film roles

Ryan at the premiere for Up in May 2009

Ryan played one of the main characters, Bailey Pickett, on the Disney Channel Original Series, The Suite Life on Deck, which is a sequel/spin-off to the hit Disney Channel series, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. The series's pilot aired on September 26, 2008 in the US [14] and drew in 5.7 million viewers,[15] and it became the most watched series premiere in Canada on the Family channel.[16] The series was 2008's #1 top scripted television series for children between the ages of 6 to 11 and pre-teens between the ages of 9 to 14, beating the veteran series Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place in the ratings.[17] The series was also 2009's top rated scripted series in the children and tween demographic (6-14), outpacing Hannah Montana and several other teenage shows.[18]

In 2009, it was announced that Ryan landed a starring role in the independent feature film, What If..., alongside Kevin Sorbo and Kristy Swanson. The film was shot in Grand Rapids and Manistee, Michigan in July 2009 and was released in theaters on August 20, 2010. The film is produced by Pure Flix Entertainment and centers on a Christian family.[19][20][21] In October 2009, Ryan hosted the first Tween Girl Summit Music Festival.[22] "Tween girls are drawn to talented performers who emanate the joy of life, and we are so happy to have teen favorite Debby Ryan as the first host of The Tween Summit Music Festival," said Denise Restauri, founder of The Tween Summit, AllyKatzz.com and AK Tweens.[22] "The Tween Summit is a day of celebrating the excitement of youth and hope for the future. As my tween friends say,'This concert is going to Rock!'"[22]

Ryan at the Gracie Awards in May 2011

In 2010, she starred in the young adult film 16 Wishes, about a teenager named Abigail "Abby" Louise Jensen (Ryan) who has been planning for her sixteenth birthday party ever since she was a little girl with a list of secret wishes she wants to come true, and on the day of her 16th birthday, all of her wishes come true. 16 Wishes went on to become the most watched cable program on the day of its premiere on the Disney Channel and one of the most watched movies on television. In addition, the movie introduced Ryan to new audiences, such as the contemporary adult audience since the movie received high viewership in the adults demographic (18-34).[6][7][8] Ryan noted that to prepare for her role in 16 Wishes, she watched numerous Brat Pack movies, most occasionally Sixteen Candles which she stated is very similar to 16 Wishes. When asked how she prepared for the role, she said "It's, at the end of the day it depends on the script. You can do a comedy and it's completely different than a different comedy. I watch a lot of movies. 16 Wishes, when I went up to do that I watched Sixteen Candles (rated PG) and a couple of coming-of-age films. I love Molly Ringwald. So getting into the feel of that. . .".[23] Ryan starred in The Suite Life Movie, based on the show she had starred in. The show finished its run on May 6, 2011.

2011–present: Jessie and Radio Rebel

In March 2011, it was announced that Ryan landed her own Disney Channel series called Jessie, which debuted in September 2011.[24] The show follows a girl who moves from Texas to New York to become a nanny for a family with four children.[24] Jessie is a show she also helped create, relating that she wanted her character to relate to herself.[25] In February 2012, she starred in another Disney Channel movie entitled Radio Rebel.

Music career

Ryan plays several instruments including the guitar, piano, and keyboard. She is also a songwriter and is currently writing music alongside her older brother.[26] Ryan has showed interest in several types of music and her music genres are mainly jazz and country pop with a blend of alternative rock. Ryan was set to headline the "Terrific Teen Tour", a concert series which co-headlined Mitchel Musso, Jasmine Richards and Savannah Outen, that would start on July 9, 2009 and end on July 14 but the tour was canceled due to schedule conflicts.[27][28] The tour would have been Ryan's debut as a live musician.[29] Ryan debuted her musical talents in The Suite Life on Deck episode, "Beauty and the Fleeced". She then went on to record songs for the movies 16 Wishes and Radio Rebel, both of which she starred in. She also recorded the theme song to the Disney Channel Original Series Jessie, which she also stars in.

Personal life

Ryan at the Radio Disney's Season 4 N.B.T Winner Finale Concert 2011.

In a 2009 People Magazine interview, Ryan stated that her Suite Life co-star, Brenda Song, is her acting idol.[11] In a March 2009 interview, Ryan revealed she also looks up to Meryl Streep; Ryan claims Streep "is so profoundly thought-provoking and life-changing." Ryan has said that her other role models include Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams and Tobey Maguire. When asked about musical tastes, she has said, "I love jazz! I love singing it. I also love country! My brother loves rock; he also has this chill Jason Mraz-like style. So basically, my answer is: jazz-country-rock-alternative? I have no idea! But I honestly would love to make country music."

Other ventures

Philanthropy

Ryan is involved in Disney's Friends for Change. She was featured in a commercial on Disney Channel.[30] The charity helps explain how kids can help preserve the planet and invites them to go to the Friends for Change website to register and pledge, offering them the chance to help choose how Disney will invest $1 million in environmental programs.[31][31] Ryan will be taking part in Disney's Friends for Change Games, which will feature over 30 Disney Channel and Disney XD stars competing in fun and physical challenges inspired by good actions for the environment. The stars will be broken up into teams and each team will play on behalf of an environmental charity. Ryan had been taking part as Captain of the Blue Team playing to benefit Ocean Conservancy.[32]

Fashion

In July 2012, Ryan started work on a clothing line for 2013. She said she was in the beginning stages of building yourself fashion brand and revealed that she has been looking into designers and interviewing brands she might like to work with.[33]

Filmography

Films
YearTitleRoleNotes
2007Barney: Let's Go to the FirehouseTeenagerDirect-to-video film/ Film Debut
2008The LongshotsEdith SmithMinor role
2010What If...Kimberly "Kim" WalkerMain role
201016 WishesAbigail "Abby" JensenLead role; Disney Channel Original Movie
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Leading Young Actress)[34]
2011The Suite Life MovieBailey PickettMain role; Disney Channel Original Movie
2012Radio RebelTara AdamsLead role; Disney Channel Original Movie
2012Secret of the WingsSpikeVoice Role
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2006Barney and FriendsDebby"Rabbits/Ducks and Fish" (season 10: episode 15)
2008Jonas Brothers: Living the DreamHerself"Hello Hollywood" (Season 1, Episode 7)
2008—2011The Suite Life on DeckBailey PickettMain role; Disney Channel Original Series
2009Wizards of Waverly PlaceBailey Pickett"Cast Away (To Another Show)" (Season 2, Episode 25)
2009Hannah MontanaBailey Pickett"Super(stitious) Girl" (Season 3, Episode 19)
2011R.L. Stine's The Haunting HourStephanie Howard"Wrong Number" (Season 1, Episode 16)
2011Disney's Friends for Change GamesHerselfCaptain of the Blue Team[32]
2011PrankStarsHerself"Something to Chew on" (season 1: episode 1)
2011—presentJessieJessie PrescottLead role; Disney Channel Original Series
2011Private PracticeHayley"The Breaking Point" (season 5: episode 9)
2012So Random!Herself"Cole and Dylan Sprouse" (season 1: episode 21)
2012Zeke and LutherCourtney Mills
2012The GladesChrista Johnson"Fountain of Youth" (season 3: episode 8)
2012Austin & AllyJessie Prescott"Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year" (season 2: episode 6)

Discography

Soundtracks albums

List of albums
TitleAlbum details
16 Wishes[35]
  • Released: Jun 15, 2010
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Marvista Entertainment
Radio Rebel[36]
  • Released: February 14, 2012
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Marvista Entertainment

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
USKOR
[37]
"We Ended Right"[38]
(feat. Chad Hively & Chase Ryan)
201147non-album single[A]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
"Made of Matches"[39]2011non-album single
"We Got the Beat"[40]2012Radio Rebel
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances

SongYearAlbum
"Hakuna Matata"2010Disneymania 7
"Deck the Halls"The Search for Santa Paws
"Hey, Jessie"2012Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist

Music videos

SongYearDirector
"A Wish Comes True Every Day"2010Peter DeLuise
"Open Eyes"Peter DeLuise
"Deck the Halls"Unknown
"We Got the Beat"2012Peter Howitt

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResultRef.
2008Celebrity Love AwardsFavorite ActressThe Suite Life on DeckNominated[41]
2009Favorite ActressThe Suite Life on DeckNominated[41]
Poptastic AwardsFavorite Television ActressThe Suite Life on DeckNominated[42]
Female NewcomerThe Suite Life on DeckWon[43]
2010Celebrity Love AwardsFavorite ActressThe Suite Life on DeckNominated[41]
Hollywood Teen TV AwardsTeen Pick Actress: ComedyThe Suite Life on DeckNominated[44]
Body Peace AwardOutstanding AdvocateThe Suite Life on DeckWon[45]
Jetix AwardsBest Television StarThe Suite Life on DeckNominated
Poptastic AwardsTV ActressThe Suite Life on DeckWon
Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice AwardsBest Television ActressThe Suite Life on DeckWon[41]
Italy Kids Choice AwardsFavorite TV StarThe Suite Life on DeckNominated
Favorite International StarThe Suite Life on DeckNominated
2011Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special Leading or Supporting Young Actress16 WishesNominated[46]
2012Popstar AwardsTV ActressJessieWon[47]
Female Style IdolHerselfNominated[47]
J-14's Teen Icon Awards[48]Herself"Iconic Heart"Nominated

Notes

Notes

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  26. ^ Debby Ryan - Lyrics sketchpad
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