Demi Lovato: Snapshot

Demi Lovato
Date of Birth
August 20, 1992
Birth Place
Dallas, Texas
At 6, Demi Lovato played with PBS's famed purple dinosaur on Barney & Friends, and met future bestie, castmate Selena Gomez. Years later, the two teens took the Disney Channel by storm, with Lovato landing a breakout role in the Jonas Brothers TV movie Camp Rock.

After proving her vocal talent in Camp Rock, Lovato toured with her megastar costars, released two hit albums, Don't Forget, starred in her own Disney series, Sonny with a Chance, and briefly called Joe Jonas her "perfect" boyfriend.

Yet the young star's biggest breakthrough came in late 2010 when she sought treatment after experiencing a "nervous breakdown" while on tour.

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Demi Lovato: Five Fun Facts

  1. Demi Lovato won her coveted role in the Disney Channel's Camp Rock after singing Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" for a group of Disney executives.
  2. Before dating Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato couldn't imagine having a crush on the Jonas Brothers. "I think I'm, like, the only girl in America who doesn't [crush on them]," she told the Washington Post. "It's kinda weird because you're hanging out with your friends and all of a sudden there's hundreds of girls screaming at them."
  3. So who is Demi Lovato's dream duet? "I hope to do a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson. [She] has been my idol growing up. [That] would be the biggest dream come true."
  4. Despite reports of a feud, Miley Cyrus shelled out some tips for success to Demi Lovato at a Disney concert. "She was like, 'I hope you're very successful,'" Lovato said.
  5. Demi Lovato thinks Hilary Duff has been a great role. "I'm sure she made mistakes, but you never saw them," Lovato told EW. "I think it's really cool that someone can grow up and continue to be looked up to by young girls."

Demi Lovato: Biography

Late 1990s

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Playing with Barney & Selena

Lovato, 5, the daughter of Dianna De La Garza – a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and country music singer ("I got my voice from her," Lovato says) – attends a local casting call for Barney & Friends. Because she can't read yet, Lovato doesn't land a role on the show until she's 6. She spends two seasons on Barney alongside best friend and future Disney star Selena Gomez.


Saved by the Bell

Post-Barney, Lovato moves from entertaining the toddler set to entertaining the tween set when she's cast on As the Bell Rings, a series of comedic shorts that run between Disney programs. "Even though the show was only, like, five minutes, it was the Disney Channel!" Lovato tells Entertainment Weekly in 2008. "I thought it was the coolest thing."


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June 20

Demi & JoBro 'Rock' Disney

The Jonas Brothers' Disney Channel movie Camp Rock premieres with 8.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched cable program of the year. In the TV movie, Kevin, 20, Joe, 18, and Nick, 15, star as pop stars sent to a rock camp, where Joe flips over Lovato's poor-girl-with-a-booming-voice character. "Joe is a big dork," Lovato tells PEOPLE. "Nick is witty and sarcastic – sometimes I think he's the funniest. Kevin plays the older-brother role. They're all really, really great."

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Robert Pitts/Landov

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Everett Collection; Disney

Edited by Julia Wang

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