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Sofia Carson (born Sofía Daccarett Char on April 10, 1993) is a Colombian-American singer, dancer and actress. She is best known for her role as Evie, a main character in the Disney Channel Original Movie series Descendants. She currently stars as Ava Jalali in the Freeform series, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.

Life and Career

Carson was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to José F. Daccarett and Laura Char Carson, who had moved to Ft. Lauderdale from Colombia. Through her mother, Carson is related to the Char family of Colombian politicians. At the age of three, Sofia started her dance training, which continued to do for seventeen-years and trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, musical theatre dance, hip hop, flamenco, modern, contemporary and tap. 

In 2001, Carson starred in her first musical production as Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz” at the Riviera Theatre in Miami. One year later, she was accepted into the University of Miami’s Musical Theatre Summer Intensive, where she trained in dance and vocal performance and performed in multiple musicals throughout the summer. She has competed in multiple renowned National Dance Competitions, such as Star Power, Onstage, and Hall of Fame, where she won top performance awards (for dance, vocal performance, musical theatre, and acting) such as First Place Award (for group and solo performance), Critics Choice Award, Triple Threat Award, and Broadway Diva Award, to name a few. In 2006, Carson started classical vocal training. She attended St. Hugh School and graduated from Carrollton School in Miami.

She later attended In Motion Dance Studio, where she was part of the IMPAC Youth Ensemble program. Because of this, she was able to compete in dance competitions all over the United States. After she was finished touring, she enrolled in UCLA where she majored in Communications and Minored in French.

In 2012, Sofia started her musical career when she was signed as a singer-songwriter to the record-label, BMI.

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Carson as Evie in Descendants 2.

Her acting career, however, started in 2014 on Disney Channel, when she was cast as a guest star on their hit-series series Austin & Ally where she played Chelsea. A few months later, Sofia was cast as a recurring guest star on MTV's series Faking It as Soleli.

In the early start of 2015, she was cast as Evie in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants, as Evie. Descendants followed the lives of the children of the most iconic villains in the Disney universe, as the embarked on their teen-years in Auradon, where villains used to be banned. Sophia's character, Evie, is the fashion-driven daughter of the Evil Queen who longs to be good and flourishes in Auradon. In 2017, she reprised her role as Evie in, Descendants 2. In 2018, she was Evie once again in Descendants 3: Under the Sea, which is scheduled for a 2019 release date.

On January 9, 2015, she was cast in the co-lead role in the upcoming Disney Channel original movie, Adventures in Babysitting starring alongside Sabrina Carpenter. The project was planned to begin filming in Spring 2015, for an early 2016 television premiere. In an August 2015 interview, Sofia stated she was working on her first album. Sometime around September 1, 2015, Carson was added to the list of Hollywood Records artists. Previously, some of Disney Channel Europe websites reported the incorporation of Sofia to the label. In March 2016, Hollywood Records and Republic Records officially announced that Sofia had signed a joint worldwide record deal with both respective companies. Her debut single is "Love Is the Name", an interpolation of Opus' "Life Is Life". The song was followed by her singles, "I'm Gonna Love You" and "Back to Beautiful". In 2016 she was also cast in another installment of the Cinderella Stories, A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits.

On January 29, 2018, it was announced that Sofia would be playing Ava Jalali on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, the spin-off of Freeform's hit tv-series, Pretty Little Liars. She will be joining PLL veterans Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish, as a main cast member.

In 2018, she performed at Coachella for the first time. Among this time, her song Ins and Outs was nominated for a Radio Disney Music Award in the Summer Crush Song category. on August 23rd, her new song, Rumors debuted and topped the worldwide music charts. It also snagged the number two most added song in the world on August 24th, one day after its release. The song was also a collaboration with the Dutch house artist and DJ, R3hab.[1]

Additionally, Sofia has performed in NBC's 2015 Thanksgiving Parade, ABC's Disney Parks Christmas Celebration, Univision's Feliz 2016 (New Year's Eve Special) and the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards, and was a presenter on ABC's Disneyland 60th Anniversary Special.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Austin & Ally Chelsea 1 episode
2014 Faking It Soleil 2 episodes
2015 Descendants Evie Television film
2015 Descendants: Wicked World Evie Voice
2015 Blue Peter Herself Guest
2016 Adventures in Babysitting Lola Television film
2015 Tini: The Movie Melanie Diaz Television film
2016 A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits Tessa/Bella Direct-to-film
2017 Descendants 2 Evie Television film
2018 Famous In Love Sloane Silver Guest role
2019 Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Ava Jalali Main role
2019 Descendants 3 Evie Television film
2019 Project Runway: All Stars Herself Guest Judge

Discography

Soundtrack albums

List of soundtrack albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
OST
AUS BEL FRA GER ITA NL SPA
Descendants
  • Released: July 31, 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
1 1 57 178 102 50 19 50 36
A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits
  • Released: August 2, 2016
  • Formats:
  • Label: WaterTower Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles

Year Title Album
2015 "Rotten to the Core" (with Descendants cast) Descendants
2016 "Love is the Name" TBA
2017 "Back to Beautiful" (featuring Alan Walker) TBA
"Ways to be Wicked" (with Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, & Booboo Stewart) Descendants 2
"Ins and Outs" TBA
"Chillin' Like a Snowman" Non-album single
2018 "Rumors" (with R3HAB) The Wave
"Different World" (with Alan Walker & K-391 ft. Corsak) Different World

Promotional singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
US
"I'm Your Girl"
(with Dove Cameron)
2016 TBA
"I'm Gonna Love You"
"Rather Be With You"
(with Dove Cameron, Lauryn McClain and Brenna D'Amico)

Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
US CAN
"Rotten to the Core"
(among Descendants cast)
2015 38 66 Descendants
"Set It Off"
(among Descendants cast)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Quotes

I remember it perfectly. It was a Tuesday afternoon. And it was about five'o'clock in the afternoon and Marlene King calls my cell phone. And just at that fact, I was already freaking out. And I answer my phone and she goes, "Hi, Sofia. Guess what?" I'm like what? And she goes, "You are my newest Pretty Little Liars!" and my jaw literally dropped to the floor and I was completely speechless. As the biggest fan of Marlene, of her work, and of the show, I was just mind blown. And so honored and excited.

I remember when I first watched the show years and years ago, she was one of the first people to write in a gay character, and in such a beautiful way. All of her females are so strong and empowered and each of them is so different. I’m so excited to work with Marlene, as a female director, as well.Sofia Carson about Marlene

A year ago today, Marlene King called to tell me I was her newest “Pretty Little Liar”. One year later, we are shooting our last day of season one. Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe it. What a beautiful, unforgettable ride it has been. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart Mar, for welcoming me into your family. To our cast, I adore you and admire you (SO so much). Here’s to many, many more. I cannot wait to share this with the world (very soon).

Trivia

  • Sofia narrated three audiobooks for Melissa de la Cruz's Descendants novel series (Isle of the Lost, Return to the Isle of the Lost and Rise of the Isle of the Lost)
  • She chose the stage-name "Carson" after her American maternal grandmother, Lauraine Carson.
  • She is a UCLA graduate, and majored in Communications and minored in French.
  • She is an advocate for Chance to Dance a charity that gives children the chance to learn how to dance. She was able to teach one of the classes that prepares the children for the Gala.
  • She was a big fan of Pretty Little Liars before she was cast in the spin-off, was obsessed with it, and believes that it was a phenomenon.[2] She has also seen every episode.
  • She found out the Monday before her casting was announced that she was playing Ava Jalali. Marlene was the one that called her and gave her the news.[3]
  • She actually didn't audition for the role of Ava the first time but another character (possibly Caitlin). She later got called to try out for Ava.[4]
  • She is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.
  • She is best friends with Dove Cameron, whom she has acted alongside a number of times.
  • She is often mistaken for Lily Collins, which she finds flattering as she is a fan of Lily and thinks she's gorgeous.
  • She wrote her first song at the age of ten.[5]
  • Her ultimate icon is Cher, while her other favorite singers include Elvis Presley, Pink, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift.[6]
  • Her main goal with her platform is to empower women and girls.[7]
  • She ships Haleb, and thinks they are amazing together. They were her favorite throughout the series.
  • Her least favorite PLL ship was either Paily or Emaya, although, it wasn't clear which one she was referring too. Her favorite Emily and Alison ship was Emison.[8]
  • She has the same birthday as Pretty Little Liars alum, Shay Mitchell.
  • Her favorite snack is Wasabi peanuts. Her best-friend Dove Cameron knew this and special ordered them and had them shipped to her house so that Sofia could eat them while she was there.
  • Her favorite apps are Whatsapp and Instagram.
  • Her favorite toy growing up was a miniature Minnie Mouse stuffed animal.
  • "Lost and Found" was her favorite episode to film.
  • Her favorite line from Ava in Season 1 is, "Act normal, bitches.".
  • When the camera isn't on her, Sofia is described as being, "quiet as a field mouse".[9]
  • Sofia originally auditioned for the role of "Caitlin", and almost booked the role until the executives of Freeform and Warner Brothers asked her to audition for Ava instead.[10]

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