Bridgit Claire Mendler (born December 18, 1992) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. In 2004, she began her career in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha. As a teenager, she starred in the films Alice Upside Down, The Clique, and Labor Pains. In 2009, she 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. In 2011, she appeared in Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas, the film based on the series.
Mendler starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth, in which her character Olivia performs numerous songs. Two singles were released from the soundtrack featuring her vocals, with both charting on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, Mendler released her debut album Hello My Name Is..., which featured a pop sound. It debuted at number 30 on the US Billboard 200, and has sold over 200,000 copies. Her debut single off the album, "Ready or Not", became an international Top 40 hit. The song was certified gold in Norway; platinum in New Zealand, the United States, and Canada; and peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was announced that her second single would be "Hurricane". The video premiered on April 12, 2013 and was shot in London. "Hurricane" has been certified gold in the United States.
Mendler has links with several philanthropic projects and humanitarian causes. In 2010, she became ambassador to First Book, a campaign to encourage reading and gives books to children in need. In July 2012, she became ambassador of the campaign Give With Target with Target Corporation to raise funds to reform schools in the United States. She was featured in a March 2013 public campaign called Delete Digital Drama with the Seventeen magazine to end cyberbullying. In May 2013, she traveled to the United Kingdom to raise funds for the BBC's Comic Relief telethon, with others being given the aim of making her laugh with their jokes for a 1 donation. The campaign aimed to raise 100,000 and give families in poverty hope. In March 2014, Mendler traveled to El Quich to participate in the other project of Save the Children that helps underprivileged children in developing countries. She also represented the institution during the charity congress Save the Children's annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.