Cheaper by the Dozen
“Hip-Hop's definitely the most fun! Acting and dancing are like the same process, just with moving your body or moving your mouth!” Alyson Stoner
Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, actress Alyson Stoner is perhaps best known for playing Sarah Baker in the box office hit “Cheaper by the Dozen” (2003) and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” (2005), Camille Gage in the popular dancing film “Step Up” (2006) and Caitlyn Gellar in Disney's “Camp Rock” (2008). She is also recognized for her role of Max on “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” (2005-2007). She took home a Young Artist Award for her work in “Cheaper by the Dozen” and Young Artist nominations for “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” “Step Up” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.” She also costarred as Sally in “Super Short Show” (2002-2006) and starred in the film “Alice Upside Down” (2007). Starting out as a dancer and model in Ohio, the multi faceted entertainer first achieved fame in Los Angeles as a backup dancer in music videos for artists like Missy Elliot and Eminem before making the successful transformation to the acting world. Stoner is also the voice of Isabella in Disney's “Phineas and Ferb” (2007 - present) and has contributed her vocals to other animated programs such as “Lilo & Stitch” (2002), “Garfield” (2004), “W.I.T.C.H.” (ABC, 2006) and the “Holly Hobbie” series of videos. On the music front, Stoner sang two songs for the “Alice Upside Down” soundtrack and covered “Dancing in the Moonlight” for Disney's “Space Buddies.”
Childhood and Family:
Alyson Rae Stoner was born on August 11, 1993, in Toledo, Ohio. After her parents divorced, she lived with her mother. She has two older sisters named Jaimee and Correy. An active youngster, Alyson, whose nicknames are Aly, Alybug and Stoner, began studying jazz, ballet and tap dance at the O'Connell Hot Shots Dance Co in Holland, Ohio, at age 3. She began modeling lessons at the Margaret O'Brian Modeling Studio in Toledo at age 6. In 2000, she was the winner of “Model of the Year” at the IMTA Convention in New York City. Alyson later moved to Los Angeles where she trained in hip-hop with renowned choreographers Fatima, Wade Robson, and Hi Hat.
A fan of sports, Alyson likes playing basketball and soccer in her spare time. She also plays volleyball and enjoys gymnastics and softball. Other hobbies include composing and recording songs on her computer.
Alyson is good friends with “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” costar Taylor Lautner and twin actors Dylan and Cole Sprouse. Her best friend is Margaux Heather C. Chavez.
A talented dancer, Alyson Stoner gained some attention when she appeared as a background dancer in Missy Elliot's popular “Work It” (2002) music video, her first partnership with the hip-hop star before her performances in the Elliot videos “Gossip Folks,” “Pass That Dutch” (both 2003) and “I'm Really Hot” (2004). Stoner also danced backup in Lil' Bow Wow's video “Take ya Home” (2002) and the Eminem video for the controversial single “Just Lose It” (2003). Also in 2002, the youth costarred with Mike Johnson in the Disney Channel “Mike's Super Short Show.” She appeared in a number of episodes until July 2006.
Stoner also made her big screen debut in 2002 when she landed the unaccredited voice role of Victoria in Disney's animated film “Lilo & Stitch.” She would reprise the role in a 2005 episode of “Lilo & Sticth: The Series.” It was not until the following year that the industrious girl received her breakout role in the commercially successful comedy film “Cheaper by the Dozen” (2003), which was directed by Shawn Levy and starred Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. In the movie, she portrayed Sarah Baker, one of the 12 kids in the Baker family, and won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film. She also earned a nomination in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger for her acting job.
In 2004, Stoner played Dylan Cassidy in the episode “The Kid Stays in the Picture” of ABC's short lived sitcom “I'm with Her.” She then portrayed Mellisa in the episode “Number One Fan” of Nickelodeon's “Drake & Josh” and provided the voice of Kid Rat in the live action movie “Garfield,” which was adapted from Jim Davis' comic strip of the same name. The same year, she also showed her dancing skills at the 2004 “Kid's Choice Awards” where she was a backup dancer for OutKast.
Stoner was next cast in the independent film “Better Days” (2005), opposite Raphael Sbarge, recreated the role of Sarah Baker in the sequel “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” (also 2005), in which she jointly nabbed a 2006 Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast, and guest starred in “That's So Raven” (2005) and “Joey” (2006), as Ally Parker and Kaley, respectively. She then enjoying another box office hit with “Step Up,” a 2006 film directed by Anne Fletcher and starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. In the film, Stoner portrayed Tatum's younger sister and was nominated for a 2007 Young Artist Award in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress. Her voice could also be heard in ABC's animated series “W.I.T.C.H.” (2006, as Lilian) and in the video series “Surprise Party” (2005), “Christmas Wishes” (2006), “Secret Adventures” and “Best Friends Forever” (both 2007, as Holly Hobbie).
Meanwhile, from 2005 to 2007, Stoner had the recurring role of Max in the Emmy nominated sitcom “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” The role brought her Young Artist nominations for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Guest Starring Young Actress (2007) and Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actress (2008). The Ohio native also received the lead role of Alice McKinley in the film “Alice Upside Down” (2007), which was based on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's book series. Costars of the film included Lucas Grabeel, Luke Perry and Penny Marshall. Apart from acting, she also performed the songs “Lost and Found” and “Free Spirit” for the film's soundtrack. Stoner was next cast as Caitlyn Gellar, Mitchie Torres' (played by Demi Lovato) best friend, in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Camp Rock” (2008), helmed by Matthew Diamond.
Stoner stars as the voice of Isabella in the animated series “Phineas and Ferb,” which made its debut on the Disney Channel on August 17, 2007. The show has earned good reviews and collected Pulcinella Awards for Special Mention - Best Flash Animation and Best TV Series for Kids and several nominations, including Emmy nominations for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (both 2008) and Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Animated Programs (2009). She also sang “How About Today,” “S'Winter” and “In The Mall” on the series. Stoner then showcased her singing talent on the soundtrack of the 2009 Disney DVD/Blu-Ray movie “Space Buddies,” where she sang the cover version of “Dancing in the Moonlight.”
Stoner will reprise her role of Caitlyn Geller in the TV movie installment “Camp Rock: The Final Jam,” which is scheduled to be released in 2010. She is rumored to be performing the voice role of Lorelei Tan Gu in the upcoming animated film “Kung Fu Magoo” (2011).
Young Artist: Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film, “Cheaper by the Dozen,” 2004