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Dove Olivia Cameron
[1] (born Chloe Celeste Hosterman; January 15, 1996[2][3]) is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing a dual role as both title characters in the Disney Channel teen sitcom Liv and Maddie. She also starred in the Disney Channel original movies Cloud 9 as Kayla Morgan, and Descendants as Mal, daughter of Maleficent.[4]

Early life

Cameron was born in Seattle, Washington as Chloe Celeste Hosterman. She is the daughter of Philip Alan Hosterman and Bonnie Wallace, who later divorced, and has an older sister, Claire Hosterman. She grew up in Bainbridge Island, Washington. When she was a child, she attended Sakai Intermediate School. At the age of eight, she began acting in community theater at Bainbridge Performing Arts.[5] When she was 14, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, where she sang in Burbank High School's National Championship Show Choir.[2]

Cameron is of Scottish and French descent, and is a fluent speaker of French, having spent many years of her life growing up in France.[6] She has stated she was bullied through her entire school experience, starting in fifth grade, through the end of high school. Regardless of the pressure at school and fitting in, she stayed focused on her dreams of becoming successful in entertainment: "I became very passionate about [becoming an actress and singer]. I fully immersed myself." Her father died in 2011 when she was 15 years old.[7][8]

Career

In 2012, Cameron was cast in a new Disney Channel original series entitled Bits and Pieces as Alanna. Shortly after filming the pilot, Bits and Pieces was retooled into Liv and Maddie and saw Cameron starring in the dual lead role of Liv and Maddie Rooney. The preview of the series began showing on July 19, 2013.[9] The show premiered on September 15, 2013.[10] On January 13, 2014, Disney Channel renewed Liv and Maddie for a 13-episode second season slated to premiere in Fall 2014.[11] The second season was later expanded to 24 episodes.[12] The first season ended on July 27, 2014, and the second season began on September 21, 2014. The pilot episode gained 5.8 million viewers, which was the most-watched in total viewers in two-and-a-half years – since November 7, 2010 (Shake It Up!).[13] On August 27, 2013 Cameron released a cover of "On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons as a promotional single.[14] Her cover peaked on the Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart at seventeen, spending three weeks on the chart.[15] On October 15, 2013 "Better In Stereo" was released as a single under Walt Disney Records.[16] "Better In Stereo" made its debut on the Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart at twenty-one before peaking at number one, becoming Cameron's first number one hit.[15]

In February 2014, Cameron confirmed reports that recording had begun for her debut studio album.[17] However, there has been no official announcement whether it will be recorded with a record label or independently. Her next single, "Count Me In", was released on June 3, 2014.[18] The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Kids Digital Songs chart.[15] Cameron played a major role in her first non-Disney film, Barely Lethal, theatrically released by A24 Films in 2015. Cameron then starred in the television film Descendants which premiered on July 31, 2015, and was seen by 6.6 million viewers. The success of Descendants prompted Disney Channel to produce a sequel of the movie, slated to air in 2017.[19] The song spawned Cameron's two first Billboard Hot 100 songs, "Rotten to the Core" at No. 38[20] and a solo song by Cameron, "If Only", at No. 94.[21] The soundtrack for the movie peaked atop the Billboard 200 chart becoming the first Disney Channel Original Movie since High School Musical 2 to do so.[22]

In 2015, Cameron and Ryan McCartan started a band called The Girl and the Dreamcatcher.[23] On October 1, 2015, they released their first single "Written in the Stars".[23] The band released their second single, "Glowing in the Dark", on January 29, 2016.[24] As part of the Descendants franchise, Cameron released a cover of Christina Aguilera's hit song, "Genie in a Bottle". The music video premiered on Disney Channel on March 18, 2016. Since then, the single has done well, receiving 22 million views in less than a month.[25][26] On March 29, 2016, Cameron was shooting the fourth season of Liv and Maddie.[27] She is set to film the sequel to Descendants in late summer 2016.[28]

Cameron and her band, The Girl and the Dreamcatcher, released their third single, "Make You Stay", on June 17, 2016.[29]

Personal life

Cameron has been dating actor and singer Ryan McCartan since August 6, 2013. They announced their engagement on April 14, 2016.[30][31]

Filmography

Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Shameless Holly Herkimer *"A Beautiful Mess" (season 2, episode 4)
  • "Father's Day" (season 2, episode 5)
2012 The Mentalist Charlotte Anne Jane "Devil's Cherry" (season 5, episode 2)
2013 Malibu Country Sienna "Push Comes to Shove" (season 1, episode 8)
2013–present Liv and Maddie Liv Rooney / Maddie Rooney Lead role
2014 Cloud 9 Kayla Morgan Television film
2014 - Best Friend's Brother Sina Vegaz (neé Trace)

Recurring (Season 1-4)

Main (Season 5 - )

2015 Austin & Ally Bobbie "Duos & Deception" (season 4, episode 6)[32]
2015 Barely Lethal Liz Larson Film
2015 Descendants Mal Television film
2015 R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls Beth Television film
2015–present Descendants: Wicked World Mal Voice role
2017 Descendants 2 Mal In production[33]

Discography

Soundtrack albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US

[34]

US
OST

[35]

AUS

[36]

BEL

[37]

FRA

[38]

GER

[39]

ITA

[40]

NL

[41]

SPA

[42]

Liv and Maddie
  • Released: March 17, 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
180 11
Descendants
  • Released: July 31, 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
1 1 57 178 102 50 19 50 36
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles

Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
US

[43]

FRA

[44]

"If Only" 2015 94 186 Descendants
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
US

[43]

"Better in Stereo"[45] 2013 Disney Channel Play It Loud
"On Top of the World"[46]
"Cloud 9"[47]

(with Luke Benward)

2014
"Count Me In"[48] Liv and Maddie
"You, Me and the Beat"[49]
"Genie in a Bottle"[50] 2016 [A] Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
US

[43]

CAN

[51]

"Rotten to the Core"
(among Descendants cast)
2015 38 66 Descendants
"Set It Off"
(among Descendants cast)
[B]
"Evil Like Me"
(with Kristin Chenoweth)
[C]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances

Title Year Album
"Future Sounds Like Us" 2013 Shake It Up: I <3 Dance
"Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" Disney Holidays Unwrapped

Music videos

List of music videos, showing director(s)
Title Year Director
"Better In Stereo" 2013 Brando Dickerson[52]
"What a Girl Is" 2015 Layne Pavoggi[53]
"If Only" 2016 Kenny Ortega[54]
"Genie in a Bottle" Jay Martin[55]

Accolades

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Breakout Star Liv and Maddie Nominated [56]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Liv and Maddie Nominated [57]
2016 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star – Kid's Show Liv and Maddie Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Liv and Maddie Pending