Sofia Carson

Sofía Daccarett Char (born April 10, 1993[1][2]), known professionally as Sofia Carson, is an American actress and singer. Her first appearance on television was as a guest star on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally. In 2015, she appeared as Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen, in the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants, and later reprised her role in Descendants 2 and Descendants 3. In 2016, she appeared as Lola Perez in Adventures in Babysitting, Melanie Sanchez in Tini: The Movie, and Tessa in A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits. In 2019, Carson starred as Ava Jalali in the Freeform drama series Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. In June 2020, she starred in the Netflix film Feel the Beat.[3]

Sofia Carson
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Carson in August 2017
Born
Sofía Daccarett Char

(1993-04-10) April 10, 1993 (age 27)
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2012–present
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present
Labels
Websitesofiacarson.com

Carson made her singing debut in 2015 with the soundtrack album Descendants, and in the same year released the single "Rotten to the Core". In 2016, she signed to Hollywood Records, and released her debut single "Love Is the Name".

Early lifeEdit

Carson was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,[2][4] to José F. Daccarett and Laura Char Carson, who both moved to Florida from Colombia.[1][5] She chose the artistic name "Carson" after her American maternal grandmother, Lauraine Carson.[6] Through her mother, Carson is related to the Char family of Colombian politicians.[1][7]

She attended St. Hugh School and graduated from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami.[4] She attended In Motion Dance Studio, where she was part of the IMPAC Youth Ensemble program, competing all over the United States.[4][8] She subsequently attended UCLA, majoring in communications with a minor in French.[8][9]

CareerEdit

 
Carson in October 2017

In 2012, Carson was signed with BMI as a "singer-songwriter".[10] Her acting career was launched in 2014 when she was cast as guest star, playing Chelsea, on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally. A few months later, Carson was cast as recurring guest star, playing Soleil, on MTV's series Faking It. In 2014, she was cast in a starring role in the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants,[11] in which she plays Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen from Snow White and would later do a version of the soundtrack.[12][13]

On January 9, 2015, Carson was cast in the co-lead role in the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting. Filming began in spring 2015, for an early 2016 television premiere.[14] In March 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Carson landed the leading role in the fourth installment of the A Cinderella Story series, A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits, directed by Michelle Johnston and produced by Dylan Sellers, which was released direct-to-video.[15][16] In an August 2015 interview Carson stated she was working on her first album.[17] In September 2015 Carson was added on the list of Hollywood Records artists.[18] Previously, some of Disney Channel Europe websites reported the incorporation of Sofia to the label.[19][20]

In March 2016, Hollywood Records and Republic Records officially announced that Sofia had signed a joint worldwide record deal with both companies. Her debut single is "Love Is the Name", an interpolation of Opus' "Live Is Life", and was released on April 8.[21][22] Carson released a promotional single on August 26, 2016 entitled "I'm Gonna Love You". Carson has performed in NBC's 2015 Thanksgiving Parade, ABC's Disney Parks Christmas Celebration, Univision's Feliz 2016 (New Year's Eve Special) and the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards, and was a presenter on ABC's Disneyland 60th Anniversary Special. She performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2017 A Capitol Fourth, an annual concert at the United States Capitol in celebration of Independence Day.[23]

 
Carson at the "A Capitol Fourth" Concert in July 2017

On January 27, 2017 she released her single "Back to Beautiful" featuring Alan Walker and on February 15, 2017 she released the official music video on YouTube. "Back to Beautiful" was written by Julia Michaels, who also wrote her next single "Ins and Outs".[24] In 2018, Carson was featured in three EDM instant hits: R3hab's "Rumors", Alan Walker's "Different World" and Galantis's "San Francisco", positioning as the most sought after collaborator in this genre.[25][26][27] Following the success of "Rumors", Sofia collaborated again with R3hab in her next singles "I Luv U"[28] and "Miss U More Than U Know".[29] Carson reprised her role as Evie in the 2017 sequel Descendants 2,[30][31] for which she was nominated for an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress.[32]

Carson played the role of Sloane Silver in the second season of Freeform's Famous in Love in 2018.[33] In January 2018, it was announced that Carson would be starring in the television series Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists,[34][35] in the role of Ava Jalali;[36] it was picked up to series by Freeform in May 2018 and premiered in March 2019.[37][38][39] For her performance, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama TV Actress.[40] She once again played Evie for Descendants 3, the third installment of the franchise, which premiered on August 2, 2019.[41] In July 2019, it was announced that Carson would portray the role of April in the Netflix dance film Feel the Beat,[42][43] which was released in 2020.[44]

In August 2019, Carson was designated as the first Global Ambassador of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. Her role includes advocating, promoting, and increasing awareness of the foundation's mission and educational programs. Since its establishment five years ago, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has donated more than US$5 million in scholarships, grants, musical instrument donations, and educational events in the United States and Ibero-America.[45][46] In January 2020, Carson was named the new global ambassador of beauty brand Revlon.[47][48] In June 2020, Revlon released Carson's own collection, the Revlon x Sofia Carson collection, which includes lipsticks and nail polishes.[49] In 2020, Carson joined the cast of the upcoming thriller film Songbird, where she will portray Sara.[50] Later that year, it was announced that she had been cast in the upcoming romance film Purple Hearts as Cassie; Carson is also set to write and perform on the film's soundtrack.[51]

FilmographyEdit

Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Austin & Ally Chelsea Episode: "Princesses & Prizes"
2014 Faking It Soleil Episodes: "We Shall Overcompensate", "Faking Up Is Hard to Do"
2015 Descendants Evie Television film
2015–2017 Descendants: Wicked World Evie Main voice role
2016–2018 Soy Luna Herself 3 episodes
2016 Walk the Prank Herself Episode: "Adventures in Babysitting"
2016 Adventures in Babysitting Lola Perez Television film
2016 Tini: The Movie Melanie Film; as Sofía Carson[52]
2016 A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits Tessa / Bella Direct-to-video film
2017 Descendants 2 Evie Television film
2017 Spider-Man Keemia Marko / Sandgirl Voice role; 2 episodes[53]
2018 Famous in Love Sloane 4 episodes[34][54]
2019 Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Ava Jalali Main role[35][36][37]
2019 Celebrity Family Feud Herself Contestant
2019 Descendants 3 Evie Television film
2020 Elena of Avalor Maliga Voice role; episode: "The Birthday Cruise"[55]
2020 The Disney Family Singalong Herself Television special[56]
2020 Feel the Beat April Dibrina Direct-to-streaming film[42][43]
2020 Group Chat with Annie & Jayden Herself Episode: "Confetti Clean Up"
2020 Songbird Sara Direct-to-video film[57]

DiscographyEdit

 
Carson at the Golden Globe Awards in 2020

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016 Premios Juventud Producers Choice Award Herself Nominated [58]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Next Big Thing Herself Nominated [59]
Young Entertainer Award Best Young Ensemble Cast Descendants Nominated [60]
2018 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Crush Song "Ins and Outs" Nominated [61]
Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress Descendants 2 Nominated [32]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama TV Actress Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Nominated [40]

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