Since moving to Los Angeles with her mother at the age of 13 to pursue an acting career, Chloe Bridges has slowly-but-surely earned the title of Hollywood’s next “It” girl with roles in Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Legally Blondes and 90210.
But this year, the 21-year-old Honduran actress (born Chloe Suazo!) has seen her stock rise like never before, thanks to her scene-stealing role as the oh-so-popular Donna LaDonna on the CW’s Sex and The City prequel, The Carrie Diaries. To celebrate her rising star status, here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about the talented actress!
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She Almost Beat Out Demi Lovato for a Big Disney Role!
Chloe Bridges played Nick Jonas’ love interest in the Disney Channel’s Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. But the Honduran-American actress was thisclose to landing the lead role in the original movie. “The funny thing is I actually auditioned for Camp Rock, I tested against Demi [Lovato] for the role of Mitchie [Torres] – it came down to her and me,” Bridges told the New York Post.
She Should Guest Star on ‘Glee’
Unlike her character Donna LaDonna on The Carrie Diaries, Bridges was not the most popular girl at her high school. She was actually more of a Glee girl. “I was in show choir,” admits Bridges in an interview with Just Jared Jr. “I don’t think anyone knew who I was outside of the 60 people in that program. I definitely wasn’t popular.”
She Worked with One the ‘Friends’
Following her first-ever pilot audition, Bridges landed the recurring role of Franchesca, Lisa Kudrow’s stepdaughter, in HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Comeback. The short-lived series, which only aired for 13 episodes in 2005, was created by the Friends star and Michael Patrick King, who worked on the original Sex and The City series.
She’s Got Game [Voice]!
She may not have starred on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, but Bridges still has a Wisteria Lane connection. She voiced the character of Danielle Van de Kamp in Desperate Housewives: The Game, a life simulation adventure game based on the hit television series.
She’s Worked with a Prinze
Bridges left her role on HBO’s The Comeback when she landed the plum role of Zoey Moreno, Freddie Prince Jr.’s niece on his short-lived ABC sitcom Freddie. The series, which was based on Prinze’s own upbringing in a house filled with women, only aired for one season.
She’s a Smart Girl
Following her move to Southern California, Bridges attended Burbank’s John Muir Middle School. And despite the constant auditioning for acting roles, Bridges still managed to impress school officials, earning the title of “Student of the Month” in early 2005, according to her official fan site. “I was a super nerd in school,” admits Bridges in an interview with Examiner.com.
She Could Appear in David Letterman’s Stupid Human Tricks Segment
During an on camera interview with Popstar! Magazine, Bridges shared her hidden talent, saying that she’s double-jointed in her elbows and her back. “I can do contortionist things; it’s really weird,” admits Bridges. “But I can freak people out, which is great!”
Girl’s Got Musicality!
Sure, Bridges doesn’t perform any songs in Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. “I sang in every audition so I definitely was expecting to sing,” Bridges told the New York Post about her expectations about singing in the movie. “The director came to me a few days before shooting and said, ‘we heard you’re really excited, but we’re so sorry, you’re not in any of the numbers.’ It was like, “noooooooo!” But Bridges really can sing, as well as play the piano. In fact, she has been playing piano classically since she was seven years old. This YouTube video is all the proof you need of her musical talent!
She Can’t Live Without Her Lip Balm
It may be hard to spot Bridges with chapped lips on or off the red carpet. That’s because the rising starlet doesn’t leave the house without Chapstick. “I have this prominent feature on my face — I don’t know if you’ve noticed — but, well, they’re my lips,” joked Bridges to Savvy Magazine. “They tend to walk into a room before I do because they’re larger than average! So Chapstick’s a big one for me.”
She Likes Inspirational Quotes
Bridges, a self-proclaimed ‘big reader,’ has several favorite quotes. But she tells Savvy Magazine that this one from American author and civil rights leader Howard Thurman holds a special place in her heart:
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.