Kelli Berglund (born February 9, 1996[1][2]) is an American actress.[3] She is known for portraying Bree Davenport, a bionic teenager with lightning speed, in the Disney XD series Lab Rats, and its spinoff Lab Rats: Elite Force. In 2014 she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, How to Build a Better Boy, where she portrays Mae Hartley. Berglund starred as Carly Carson in the 2019 Starz television drama series Now Apocalypse. She has also played the lead in two sports-themed films set in Australia, 2016's Raising the Bar and 2018's Going for Gold.

Kelli Berglund
Kelli Berglund at Captain America Civil War premiere.jpg
Berglund in 2016
Born (1996-02-09) February 9, 1996 (age 23)
Occupation
  • Actress
Years active2006–present

CareerEdit

Berglund began her career at a young age as a series regular on TLC's Hip Hop Harry. TV appearances also include Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and America's Next Producer. Berglund also appeared in the indie film, Bye Bye Benjamin. Her commercial credits include campaigns for Old Navy, Hyundai, Bratz, McDonald's and Mattel, among others.[4] She has also appeared in print and modeling campaigns for Reebok and the Camarillo Academy of Performing Arts.[4] Berglund has been honored with many awards in dance for her lyrical contemporary and jazz. Though she is equally versatile in these types of dance, her favorite style is contemporary — a blend of ballet and jazz.[5][6][better source needed]

From 2012 to 2016, Berglund starred as Bree, an overly outgoing, bionic super-human with super speed, in the Disney XD live-action comedy series Lab Rats alongside co-stars Tyrel Jackson Williams, Billy Unger, and Spencer Boldman.[4][7][6] She continued to play Bree on Lab Rats' 2016 spinoff series Lab Rats: Elite Force.[8][9]

In 2013, Berglund guest starred on the Disney XD series Kickin' It, where she played karate prodigy Sloane Jennings. In this episode, her character sings "Had Me @ Hello" as a duet with Kim Crawford, played by Olivia Holt.[10] In mid-2013, Berglund began work on the 2013 Disney Channel Original Movie, How to Build a Better Boy, in which she stars as Mae Hartley, a tech-savvy young woman who along with her best friend, devises a plan to create the perfect boyfriend.[11][12] She sings "Something Real" with China Anne McClain which was released on July 29, 2014.[13][better source needed]

In 2016, Berglund co-starred in the NBC television film, Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, playing the role of Willadeene Parton, Dolly Parton's older sister.[14] The same year, she starred in the film Raising the Bar, in which she plays a former gymnast who gets back into the sport after relocating to Australia.[15] In 2018, Berglund starred in Going for Gold, a film about cheerleading, set in Adelaide, Australia.[16]

In June 2018, Berglund was cast in the starring role of Carly in the 2019 Starz television series Now Apocalypse.[17] In 2019, Berglund was cast in the recurring role of Olivia in the fourth season of the drama television series Animal Kingdom.[18] Berglund will appear next in the upcoming direct-to-video film Hubie Halloween.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Berglund was born and raised in Moorpark, California, where she continues to live with her parents, Mark and Michelle Berglund, and younger sister, Kirra. She is a graduate of Moorpark High School's independent study program. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and photography.[4][6]

FilmographyEdit

Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Bye Bye Benjamin Birthday Party Guest Short film[6]
2006–2008 Hip Hop Harry Herself Recurring role[6]
2012–2016 Lab Rats Bree Davenport Main role
2013 Kickin' It Sloane Jennings Episode: "The New Girl"
2014 How to Build a Better Boy Mae Hartley Disney Channel Original Movie
2015 One Night Rachel Film
2016 Raising the Bar Kelly Johnson Film
2016 Lab Rats: Elite Force Bree Davenport Main role
2016 Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love Willadeene Parton Television film[14]
2017 The Night Shift Sofia Episodes: "Recoil", "Off the Rails"
2018 Going for Gold Emma Film
2019 Hell's Kitchen Herself Guest diner; episode: "An Episode of Firsts"
2019 Now Apocalypse Carly Carlson Main role[17]
2019 Fosse/Verdon Young Gwen Verdon Episode: "Me and My Baby"
2019 Animal Kingdom Olivia Recurring role (season 4)[18]
2019 The Goldbergs Ren Episode: "Parents Thursday"
TBA Hubie Halloween TBA Upcoming direct-to-video film[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kelli Berglund (February 9, 2015). "Kelli Berglund on Twitter: "'tis my birthday selfie. | #19"". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  2. ^ RADIO DISNEY (February 9, 2015). "RADIO DISNEY on Twitter: "Happy Birthday @kelliberglund!"". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  3. ^ ""Check out our list of talented "triple threats" for theatrical film & TV, commercial, dance and stage!"". Morezap. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  4. ^ a b c d Bentley, Amy (February 8, 2012). "Moorpark teen lands role in Disney XD series". Ventura County Star. Archived from the original on 2015-07-30. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Lab Rats' Kelli Berglund's "My Life"!". bopandtigerbeat. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Kelli Berglund". Disney XD Press. Archived from the original on 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  7. ^ Lowry, Brian (February 23, 2012). "Lab Rats". Variety. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  8. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (September 3, 2015). "Disney XD Greenlights 'Lab Rats' and 'Mighty Med' Spinoff Series". Variety. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 3, 2015). "Lab Rats & Mighty Med Spin-off Series to Succeed the Two Comedies on Disney XD". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  10. ^ "'Lab Rats' Kelli Berglund Guest Stars on Disney XD's Kickin' It". Fanlala. September 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  11. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 31, 2013). "'A.N.T. Farm,' 'Lab Rats' Stars to Topline Disney Channel TV Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  12. ^ "China Anne McClain, Kelli Berglund & Ashley Argota Starring in Disney Channel Original Movie "How to Build a Better Boy"" (Press release). Shineon Media. August 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  13. ^ "Something Real - China Anne McClain and Kelli Berglund". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  14. ^ a b Wagmeister, Elizabeth (June 28, 2016). "Disney Star Kelli Berglund Joins NBC's Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  15. ^ Ibrahim, Banu (June 14, 2016). "Why "Raising the Bar" is a must-see film this summer". AOL. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  16. ^ Byrnes, Paul (February 28, 2018). "Going for Gold review: you'll cheer when it's over". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  17. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (June 7, 2018). "'Now Apocalypse': Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff, Roxane Mesquida Join Starz's Coming-Of-Age Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2020-01-11.
  18. ^ a b Petski, Denise (February 19, 2019). "Kelli Berglund Joins 'Animal Kingdom'; C. Thomas Howell Books 'The Terror'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2020-01-11.
  19. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (July 22, 2019). "Adam Sandler Sets Next Netflix Comedy With All-Star Cast Including Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph & Many More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2020-01-11.

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