Bridgit Claire Mendler (born December 18, 1992) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Mendler has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern California. In 2004, she began her career in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha, later starring in the films Alice Upside Down, The Clique and Labor Pains as a teenager. In 2009, Mendler signed with Disney Channel and played Juliet van Heusen on Wizards of Waverly Place. Following the positive reception to her character, she landed the role of Teddy Duncan on the Disney series Good Luck Charlie, which ran from April 2010 to February 2014. Mendler also notably starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth in 2011.
Mendler was featured on two singles released from the soundtrack of Lemonade Mouth, with both charting on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, Mendler released her debut studio album Hello My Name Is..., which featured a pop sound. It went on to peak at number 30 on the Billboard 200, with over 200,000 copies sold. The record yieled the commercial success of the lead single "Ready or Not" (2012), which was certified Gold and Platinum in various countries. The follow-up single "Hurricane" (2013) similarly experienced success. Mendler has links with several philanthropic projects and humanitarian causes. From 2010–2012, she notably became ambassador to First Book, a campaign to encourage reading and gives books to children in need, and Give With Target, with Target Corporation to raise funds to reform schools in the United States.