Kelli Berglund may be one of Young Hollywood's freshest faces, but don't let that fool you into thinking she's anything but an adult. Spending over 10 years in the entertainment industry, Berglund has navigated the tricky realm of child acting with poise and finesse. And with her extensive experience both on-screen and off, she's managed to amass an impressive resume that rivals most seasoned adults in her field.
So it's no surprise she's been deemed "one to watch" in both the entertainment and fashion industry. And while Berglund has been captivating viewers as the bionic teenager Bree Davenport in the Disney hit-series "Lab Rats" -- the spinoff of "Lab Rats: Elite Force" -- her acting career wasn't always easy. As she notes, she auditioned time and time again for Disney, only to be met with rejection. But her perseverance soon paid off, and she soon scored the role of a lifetime.
Fast forward a few years later and Berglund is still making a name for herself. Whether it's her on-screen comedic timing for Disney's "Lab Rats," her more emotional acting in her newest film "Raising the Bar," or her creative projects like a clothing collaboration with The Style Club, the young rising star certainly has her hands full. But if anyone is up for the challenge, it's her.
We recently spoke with Kelli Berglund about her acting career, her Disney breakthrough, and more!
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When did you first discover your love for acting?
I was around 9 years old. I grew up as a dancer so I loved performing on stage and the creative arts. So the opportunity presented itself when I was younger and someone said that I should go get an agent. And my family had never done that before so we were like, "Okay, let's try this out!" I was the first person in my family to ever be an actor. So when I was super young I did this little kid's show that was my first experience acting. I think when I first discovered when I really loved it was when I screen tested for a film called "The Game Plan." And it was down to me and two other girls, and I ended up not getting it, but I got to act alongside The Rock and act on a soundstage with the producers and directors. That was surreal for me. It was so eye-opening. I think that was when I realized how cool it was to do this for a living and I was willing to put in the work to become the best actress I could be.
When did Disney first come into play for your career?
I had been auditioning for Disney for so many years and I remember actually years before I ever booked "Lab Rats", the casting director who booked me on "Lab Rats" told me that he couldn't really see me as a Disney actress. I was always a lot better at drama than I was at comedy. And when I was 15 years old I decided to audition for this role in "Lab Rats" and it wasn't a super cheeky character; she was a cool superhero. So I thought, "Alright, maybe I don't have to be so over the top" which is what a lot of people think Disney acting is. I made it my own and the producers at Disney like it. And then I ended up booking it! That was so many years after I had auditioned for Disney multiple times, so it finally worked out.
What is life like on set of "Lab Rats" like for you?
It's been six years since I've worked at Disney, so I had worked with this crew for years. And even though we have new cast members, it's just like a little family. I feel like I've grown so much over the past five years doing the show. I've become more comfortable in my acting and everything else in my life honestly. It's like a second home for me; it's my happy place.
What has been your biggest takeaway from acting on "Lab Rats?"
I will say that Disney has treated me so well over the years. I've been very fortunate to have the opportunity that I have. I've learned so many things! I learned about how to work with people, how to communicate with adults everyday since I've been in an adult world from the time I was 15, and I learned how to be professional very quickly which has helped me in life very much. I also I have learned a lot about standing up for myself, so if there's something I'm not happy with or I feel should be a certain way, I've learned to be more confident and speak out. That's also applied to other areas of my life. Honestly, the list goes on and on.
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