Bridgit Claire Mendler was born in Washington DC, and lived there until she was eight years old. Her family moved to the west coast, just outside of San Francisco, California. This is when she first expressed an interest in acting and began booking local jobs. In 2004, she landed her first role in the animated film, The Legend of Buddha (2004), as Lucy. When she was 13, she landed her first acting role, as a guest star on General Hospital (1963). In 2008, she landed a role, as Kristen Gregory, in the film, The Clique (2008). In 2009, Mendler became a recurring character on the Disney channel sitcom, Wizards of Waverly Place (2007), as Juliet Van Heusen, until the series finale in 2012. Also in 2009, Mendler auditioned for the role of Sonny Monroe in Sonny with a Chance (2009). But the part was won by Demi Lovato. In 2010, Mendler won the role of Teddy Duncan on Good Luck Charlie (2010). In 2011, she starred as Olivia White, the lead role in the Disney Channel original movie, Lemonade Mouth (2011). Also in 2011, Mendler had the role of Appoline in the film, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (2011).