When it comes to Disney Channel child stars who have stood the test of time, Bella Thorne most definitely comes to mind. Since landing her big break on Shake It Up in 2010, Bella has gone on to become a bona fide superstar. As of late, the multitalented A-lister has a whopping 109 acting credits under her belt — and that’s in addition to her impressive roles as a published author, musician, director and so much more!
In 2019, Bella released a book of poems titled The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray and it continues to be wildly popular among her fanbase. According to the official description, the “collection of illuminating and inspiring poems chronicles her personal struggles, relationships, and wild-child lifestyle, all with her trademark wit and wisdom.”
Ahead of playing CeCe Jones on Shake It Up, Bella actually appeared on the hit Showtime series Big Love for 10 episodes. Considering most millennials were only teenagers in 2009, it’s unlikely that many of them recognize her from the series. Just one year later, however, Bella found herself starring on Shake It Up alongside Zendaya.
After appearing in 75 episodes for three seasons, Bella’s fame rose to that of a Miley Cyrus. No, Shake It Up was never as popular as Hannah Montana, but it was the boost Bella needed to catapult her career. Following Bella’s stint on the Disney Channel, she went on to land a few smaller parts, including an episode of CSI and the Adam Sandler comedy Blended.
In 2015, she played alongside Zendaya once more in an episode of the Disney series K.C. Undercover. More importantly, though, she landed the role of mean girl Madison Morgan in The Duff and Nina Patterson in MTV’s TV adaption of Scream.
Fast forward to 2020, and horror is still one of her strongest genres! Bella’s film The Babysitter: Killer Queen hit Netflix in September and instantly became a Halloween favorite.
In addition to Bella’s specialty in horror projects, she also dabbles in many other genres. In 2022, she starred in the thriller Measure of Revenge, playing a drug dealer who bonds with her former customer’s mom after he died by an accidental overdose. Before that, she appeared in the 2021 romantic drama Time Is Up as well as in the suspenseful drama that she co-produced, Habit, that same year.
Scroll through the gallery below to see Bella Thorne’s total transformation over the years, as well as learn about more of her career highlights!
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