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Annabella Avery Thorne (born October 8, 1997) is an American actress, model, singer, and music video director. She began her career appearing as a child model. Thorne played Ruthy Spivey in the television series My Own Worst Enemy (2008) and Tancy Henrickson in the fourth season of Big Love (2010), before gaining prominence for her role as CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up (2010–2013). She also portrayed the lead role of Paige Townsen in the Freeform drama series Famous in Love (2017–2018). She has also appeared in several films, including Blended (2014), The DUFF (2015), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015), You Get Me (2017), Amityville: The Awakening (2017), The Babysitter (2017), Midnight Sun (2018), and Assassination Nation (2018).
2014–present: Films, Famous in Love, and upcoming debut album
In 2014, Thorne co-starred in the comedy Blended, as Adam Sandler’s character’s daughter. She also co-starred in the films Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) and The DUFF (2015), playing high school antagonists. On July 30, Thorne was cast in an episode of the fifteenth season of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The episode, “The Book of Shadows”, aired October 19, 2014. Thorne appeared in the sequel to Mostly Ghostly (2008), titled Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend (2014) as Cammy Cahill. On October 15, Thorne revealed her debut album was canceled, saying she wasn’t happy with the “auto-tuned bad music” she had in the works. She released an EP, Jersey, on November 17. The lead single from the EP, “Call It Whatever”, debuted in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart at number forty-seven, eventually rising to number ten, spending a total of ten weeks on the chart.
It was reported that Thorne had signed a new deal to write a series of books, beginning with her first novel, Autumn Falls. Thorne has signed on as one of the leads in Manis Film’s thriller Big Sky; Thorne plays Hazel. On December 12, Thorne was cast in the MTV series Scream, which is a television adaptation based on the original slasher film series Scream. Thorne was offered the lead role of the series but felt that the role of the “mean, terrible Nina” would be more iconic. In 2015, Thorne was cast in the animated U.S. dub of the film The Frog Kingdom, portraying the role of Frog Princess. The film is scheduled to be released on video on demand and on DVD beginning on June 30, 2015, by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
On June 1, 2015, it was announced that Thorne would star in the AwesomenessTV film Shovel Buddies, playing the role of Kate, the movie was released on iTunes in October 11, 2016. She will also play Jamie, a disillusioned teenager intensely guarding a personal secret, in the film Keep Watching.
Also in 2015, she appeared as Ashley, a young and famous singer in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. In 2016, Thorne played Rain in Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween.
In 2017, Thorne went back to television with a drama series Famous in Love airing on Freeform where she played Paige Townsen, an ordinary college student, who gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. In the same year, Thorne starred in the Netflix original film, You Get Me. In October of that year, Thorne appeared in the slasher comedy The Babysitter, directed by McG and released directly to Netflix.
Thorne stars in the romantic drama Midnight Sun, based on the 2006 Japanese film of the same name. The film was released on March 23, 2018.
In August 2018, it was revealed that Thorne has officially returned to music and signed to Epic Records and began work on her debut album titled, What Do You See Now?, which is expected to release in sometime in 2019.
Thorne began her modelling career at six weeks old. She has appeared in over 30 commercials, including Neutrogena and Texas Instruments. Her advertising campaigns include Guess Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, J.Lo Girls, Candie’s, Ralph Lauren, Gap and Diesel. She has been on the magazine covers of US’s Shape, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Latina and Gay Times, UK’s Company; Indonesia’s Marie Claire and CosmoGirl; Canada’s Elle and Mexico’s Glamour and GQ. She has appeared in music videos for Liam Payne’s “Bedroom Floor” and Logan Paul’s “Outta My Head”.