Thorne was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida, to Tamara and Delancey Reinaldo "Rey" Thorne.She has three elder siblings, Kaili, Danielle, and Remy, who are also actors.Her father was of Cuban descent. Thorne has stated she is also of Italian and Irish ancestry.
2003–09: Dirty Sexy Money and My Own Worst EnemyThorne at Variety's Power of Youth, in 2009.
Thorne's first film appearance was an uncredited role as a sidelines fan in the 2003 film Stuck on You. She has since appeared in film and television projects including Entourage and The O.C. as a younger version of Taylor Townsend. In 2007 she joined the recurring cast of Dirty Sexy Money's second season, her first major television role. She played Margaux Darling. The series revolves around lawyer and family man Nick George, when Nick's father mysteriously dies in a plane crash, he agrees to take his position as the Darling family's lawyer, while trying to discover who committed the murder. In 2008, Thorne starred alongside Christian Slater and Taylor Lautner in the short-lived drama series My Own Worst Enemy, for which she won a Young Artist's Award for her portrayal of the character Ruthy Spivey; Thorne described her Enemy casting as a major breakthrough as this was the first recurring role in her career. In 2008 she starring the third-last episode of October Road as Angela Ferilli, the pre-adolescence crush of the main characters. Her older brother Remy also guest-starred in the same episode as a younger Eddie Latekka.
In 2009 she starred the web series Little Monk, which depicted characters from the series Monk as Wendy, one of the Monks' classmates. The webisodes are available only on the "Best of Monk" DVD. Also in 2009, she played the role of the vengeful antagonist in the horror film Forget Me Not. Thorne took on a supporting role in the family drama Raspberry Magic, the movie premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in 2010.
2010–13: Big Love and Shake It Up
Thorne in 2012
In 2010, Thorne replaced Jolean Wejbe as Tancy "Teenie" Henrickson, Bill and Barb's younger daughter in Season 4 of HBO's Big Love.Thorne starred as co-star on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up, originally titled Dance, Dance Chicago. Thorne plays CeCe Jones, a dancer with heavy ambitions for a career in the spotlight despite having dyslexia.The show is a buddy comedy centered on a teen dance show (in a show-within-a-show format) co-starring Thorne and Zendaya.The multi-camera series began production in Hollywood, California, in July 2010 and premiered on November 7, 2010 on Disney Channel. While she had a substantial portfolio of work in television and film, Thorne had no experience in professional dancing before being cast. After signing onto the show in October 2009, she began taking three dance classes every night.Thorne's first single, "Watch Me" was released on June 21, reaching 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts.9 on the US Top Heatseekers charts and earning RIAA: Gold. On September 29, 2011, Disney Channel announced it had increased Shake It Up's second season order to 26 episodes.A 90-minute special episode "Made In Japan" aired August 17, 2012 as the season two finale.
On June 4, 2012, Disney Channel announced that Shake It Up was renewed for a third season In 2012, Thorne was cast as Avalon Greene in the Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies."TTYLXOX" was released on March 6, reaching 97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts.On March 30, 2013, it was confirmed by Hollywood Records via Twitter that Bella was officially signed to the record label.On July 25, 2013, the Disney Channel confirmed that Shake It Up would be canceled after the end of the third season.On April 23, 2013, Thorne announced her debut album with eleven songs.Thorne spoke about the album, saying "What fans can expect is [for it] just to be very different from anyone, because I don't like to be one of those artists where you can be like: 'Oh yeah, I know them from that song.’ All my songs are very different from each other. So I don’t want to be known as only one genre.Thorne cited Britney Spears, Kesha and Destiny's Child as influences for the album.
Thorne at the Imagen Awards in 2012
In 2014, Thorne co-starred in the comedy Blended, along with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore as 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. The episode, "The Book of Shadows", aired October 19, 2014.Thorne appeared in the sequel Mostly Ghostly 2: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend as Cammy Cahill, the love interest of Ryan Ochoa's character, Max Doyle. The film was broadcast as a Halloween special in October 2014. 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 off 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, with Kyra Sedgwick, as 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 United States dub of the film The Frog Kingdom, portraying the role of Frog Princess opposite Drake Bell and Cameron Dallas. 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 alongside Kian Lawley in the AwesomenessTV film Shovel Buddies, playing the role of Kate.She will also play Jamie, a disillusioned teenager intensely guarding a personal secret, in the film Keep Watching.
Thorne confirmed she signed on to appear in the American adaptation of Midnight Sun, based on the original 2006 Japanese film Midnight Sun.
Thorne is a Christian. Her father died in a motorcycle accident in 2007. She disclosed her father's death in a live interview on the local television talk show View from the Bay in December 2008.Thorne was diagnosed with dyslexia in the first grade. She was home-schooled after previously attending a public school, where she had suffered peer abuse. She improved in her learning after attending a Sylvan Learning center and began reading and writing a grade ahead.She discussed her dyslexia in an April 2010 interview with American Cheerleader Magazine, and explained that she overcame her dyslexia by rigorously reading everything she could find, including the labels of cereal boxes.Thorne currently lives in Los Angeles. She is ambassador for Neutrogena and regularly promotes its Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser.
PhilanthropyThorne is an avid supporter of the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nomad Organization, which provides education, food and medical supplies to children in Africa.
Film roles Year Title Role Notes
2003 Stuck on You MC Sideline
2007 Craw Lake Julia Short film
2007 Finishing the Game Sue
2007 Blind Ambition Annabella
2007 The Seer Claire Sue (Young)
2009 Water Pills Psych Out Girl Short film
2009 Forget Me Not Angela Smith (Young)
2010 One Wish The Messenger
2010 Raspberry Magic Sarah Patterson
2012 Behind the Scenes Herself Documentary
2012 Katy Perry: Part of Me Herself Documentary
2014 Blended Hilary "Larry" Friedman
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Celia Rodriguez
2014 Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? Cammy Cahill
2015 Underdogs Laura (Young) Voice
2015 The Frog Kingdom Princess Froglegs Voice
2015 The Snow King Gerda Voice
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Ashley Grey
2015 The Duff Madison Morgan
2015 Big Sky Hazel
2016 Ratchet & Clank Cora Voice
2016 Shovel Buddies Kate
2016 Keep Watching Jamie Post-production
2016 Midnight Sun Katie Post-production
2016 The Babysitter TBA Post-production
2016 Boo! A Madea Halloween Rain Post-production
2016 You Get Me Grace In production
2017 The Death and Life of John F. Donovan TBA In production
2017 Amityville: The Awakening Belle Jones Post-production
2017 Be Here Now TBA In production