Also Credited As:Chelsea Staub, Chelsea Kane Staub
|Chelsea Kane Staub on September 15, 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
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Chelsea Kane Staub was born on Sept. 15, 1988 in Phoenix, AZ, and raised the only child of John and Becky Staub. She attended Mohave Middle School, where she was student body president and member of the cheer team. Kane was also a member of the Valley Youth Theatre. Her very first role was in an ensemble children's play called "The Reluctant Dragon." Having been hooked by performing on stage, she went on to appear in productions of "The Secret Garden," "Peter Pan," "Oliver" and "The Sound of Music." In 1996, she joined the National Broadway tour of "Showboat," starring Tom Bosley.
After attending Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Kane moved to Los Angeles to pursue a fulltime acting career. She soon landed her first onscreen role - albeit a supporting one - in "Arizona Summer" (2003), a family-oriented adventure about two brothers and their friends attending their first year of summer camp. The movie also featured another future Disney Channel star, David Henrie. Meanwhile, she made her television debut on the short-lived sitcom about a dysfunctional family, "Cracking Up" (Fox, 2004). She followed that by reuniting with Henrie when she guest-starred on his series, "Wizards of Waverly Place" (Disney Channel, 2007- ), in a 2008 episode called "The Supernatural."
In her first feature, "Bratz: The Movie" (2007), Kane played the film's primary villain, Meredith Baxter Dimly, the head girl at a high school who tries to put everyone into cliques, but runs into trouble with four independent-minded girls known as "the BRATZ." The actress also showcased her musical talent, singing the songs "Fabulous" and "It's All About Me" for the film's soundtrack. Meanwhile, the buzz surrounding Kane began in earnest when she was photographed shopping with teen heartthrob Joe Jonas in 2008, front man for the ubiquitous teen group, the Jonas Brothers. Blog sites and supermarket tabloids reported the two as an item, which they both denied. That same year, Kane starred in the original made-for-TV movie, "Minutemen" (Disney Channel, 2008), playing a high school cheerleader who becomes the object of affection for a high school nerd (Jason Dolley).
Fans went wild after Disney Channel announced teen hit makers the Jonas Brothers were going to star in a comedy series for the network. Though the pilot was filmed in 2007, the project was temporarily put on hold when the Writers Guild strike stalled the entertainment industry later that year. Filming resumed and "JONAS" (Disney Channel, 2008-2010) premiered, with Kane cast as the group's peppy stylist and best friend, Stella Malone. Kane reportedly beat out singer Demi Lovato and fellow "JONAS" costar Nicole Anderson for the role. Kane's sunny-and-sweet character was written with every Jonas fan in mind, as she offered advice on fashion, girls and high school to the sibling rockers. Viewers loved it, leading the actress to a nomination for Choice TV Breakout Star Female at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. Early the following year, she appeared in the teen telepic, "Starstruck" (Disney Channel, 2010), as well as joined the voice cast for the network's aquatically-themed animated series, "Fish Hooks" (Disney Channel, 2010- ). Kane made a fresh start in 2011 when she officially dropped her surname of Staub, adopting her middle name in its place. A few months later the effervescent actress was announced as one of the latest celebrity contestants on the 12th season of the popular reality competition series "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ).