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Olivia Hastings Holt
[1] (born August 5, 1997) is an American actress and singer. She starred in the Disney XD series Kickin' It, Disney Channel Original Movie Girl vs. Monster, and the Disney Channel Original Series I Didn't Do It. She stars in the upcoming film Same Kind of Different as Me. Her debut EP, Olivia, was released on Hollywood Records on July 15, 2016.




Early life

Holt was born in Germantown, Tennessee, to Mark and Kim Holt. She has two siblings.[4] At age three, her family moved to Nesbit, Mississippi, where she grew up after briefly living in Memphis, Tennessee.[4] Growing up, she took gymnastics classes for seven years.[5] In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles with her family.[2][4]

Career

Television

Holt began her acting career in local theater productions.[6] She started appearing in television commercials at the age of 10, for products including Hasbro, Kidz Bop 14, Mattel, Bratz dolls, Littlest Pet Shop, and Girl Gourmet.[7][8] Possessing skills in gymnastics, Holt was cast in Disney XD's martial arts comedy Kickin' It, which premiered on June 13, 2011.[9] She played the role of Kim in the series, as a main character in seasons 1-3, and as a special guest on three episodes in season 4.[10] She left the show as a regular after season 3 to star in the Disney Channel half-hour comedy series I Didn't Do It, which premiered on January 17, 2014. The series follows five friends, including Holt's character, Lindy Watson, a nerdy athletic outcast.[11] The series ended on October 16, 2015, after two seasons.[12][13] She starred in the 2012 Disney Channel Original Movie Girl vs. Monster, playing the lead character Skylar Lewis, a teenager who discovers that her family have long worked as monster hunters, and she's next in line.[14]

Film

In November 2014, Holt joined the cast of the drama Same Kind of Different as Me, directed by Michael Carney and also starring Greg Kinnear and Renée Zellweger,[15] who play her character's parents in the film.[16] Paramount has scheduled the film for release on February 3, 2017.[17] In November 2015, it was announced that Holt had been cast in a lead role in the indie comedy Class Rank, directed by Eric Stoltz.[18] In May 2016, it was announced that she would star alongside Ross Lynch in Status Update, directed by Scott Speer, with filming to commence the following month in Vancouver.[19][20]

Music

Holt recorded three songs for the 2012 film Girl vs. Monster, in which she also starred. The songs were featured on the compilation Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist. She won a 2013 Radio Disney Music Award for Best Crush Song for "Had Me @ Hello", which was featured in the film.[11] She also recorded a cover version of "Winter Wonderland" for the 2012 Disney Channel Holiday Playlist album.[21] Her song "Carry On" was the theme song for the 2014 Disneynature film Bears.[15]

In October 2014, Holt signed a record deal with Hollywood Records.[3] Her debut single, "Phoenix", came out on May 13, 2016. The music video was released on June 23, 2016.[22][23] Olivia, her debut EP, was released on July 15, 2016.[20][24]

Endorsements

In 2013, Holt partnered with mobile gaming system maker PlayMG as a spokesperson and part owner, to help the company develop new versions of its app-based games.[25] She was announced as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena in March 2016.[9][16]

Filmography

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Black & Blue Claire
2014 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Morgan Voice[26]
2016 Class Rank Veronica Krauss Post-production
2016 The Standoff Amy Roberts Post-production
2017 Same Kind of Different as Me Regan Hall Post-production
2017 Status Update Dani McKenzie In production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Disney XD's My Life Herself Disney XD documentary[27]
2011–15 Kickin' It Kim Main role (Season 13)
Recurring role (Season 4)
2012 Girl vs. Monster Skylar Lewis Television film
2013 Shake It Up Young Georgia "My Bitter Sweet 16 It Up" (Season 3, Episode 22)
2014–15 I Didn't Do It Lindy Watson Lead role
2014-16 Best Friend's Brother Vanessa Davenport Recurring
2015 Ultimate Spider-Man Petra Parker/Spider-Girl "The Spider-Verse: Part 1" (Season 3, Episode 9)
"The Spider-Verse: Part 4" (Season 3, Episode 12)
2015 Dog with a Blog Wacky Jackie "Stan Gets Married" (Season 3, Episode 13)
2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Amber "Amber" (Season 1, Episode 12)
"Save the Worlds" (Season 1, Episode 21)[28]
2016 The Evermoor Chronicles Valentina "Valentina" (Season 1, Episode 17)
Web series roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 KARtv Guest Host "Jingle Bell Rock by Rockboard Scooters" (Season 1, Episode 3)

Discography

Extended plays

Title Album details
Olivia

Singles

Year Title Album
2016 "Phoenix"[29] Olivia[24]

Promotional singles

Year Title Album
2014 "Carry On"[30] Non-album singles
"Time of Our Lives"[31]

Music videos

Year Title Director Notes
2014 "Carry On" Jonathan Craven, Darren Craig and Jeff Nicholas[32]
"Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" Harry Perry III[33] Among Disney Channel Circle of Stars
2016 "Phoenix" Raffi Adlin[34]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2013 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Crush Song "Had Me @ Hello" Won [35]
Shorty Awards Best Actress Kickin' It Nominated [36]