Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato (born August 20, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Lovato began her acting career on the children's television series Barney & Friends, portraying Angela in seasons seven and eight. Her role as Angela was one of her first appearances on television. Lovato is one of the most well-known actresses to have appeared on the show.
Following her role in Barney & Friends, Lovato is known in other television series such as Sonny with a Chance and films such as Camp Rock, its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, and Princess Protection Program. In addition to her acting career, Lovato has released several songs and albums.
In May 2021, Lovato began to identify as non-binary. She has since reclaimed her use of she/her pronouns, and uses them alongside they/them.
Barney & Friends
At a young age, Lovato and her family tried very hard to get an agent to represent her. Through various auditions and disappointed phone calls, Lovato eventually received a call to be on Barney & Friends. Lovato, who was in fifth grade at the time, debuted in the role of Angela in 2002.
While appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2008, Lovato and host Jimmy Fallon did a metal version of "I Love You". While backstage at Capital's Summertime Ball in 2018, Lovato sang "I Love You" while playing a game with Roman Kemp.
While Lovato looks back on Barney & Friends fondly, Lovato wishes she hadn’t become a child actress at that young age.
Barney & Friends
Lovato admitted that her classmates would tease and make fun of her for acting on Barney & Friends, due to it being aimed at preschoolers.
Behind the scenes
- In honor of the 25 Million Hugs Campaign for Barney's 25th Anniversary, Barney sent a (virtual) hug to Lovato.
- Lovato attended Cathryn Sullivan's Acting for Film which is also where Gomez, Madison Pettis and Jaren Lewison (former cast members of Barney & Friends) attended.
- During auditions, Lovato was in front of Selena Gomez.
- Lovato, alongside Gomez, had a crush on Carey Stinson, who was Barney's costume performer during their time on the show.
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- Hall of Fame
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