Dove Cameron

Dove Cameron

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Dove Cameron
Born Chloe Celeste Hosterman
(1996-01-15) January 15, 1996 (age 21)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2012–present
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Labels Walt Disney
Associated acts The Girl and the Dreamcatcher
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Dove Cameron in 2016

Dove Cameron[1] (born Chloe Celeste Hosterman; January 15, 1996[2][3]) is an American actress and singer, best known for playing a dual role as both title characters in the Disney Channel teen sitcom Liv and Maddie and starring in Descendants as Mal, daughter of Maleficent.[4] She is set to reprise her role as Mal in Descendants 2.

Early life[edit]

Cameron was born in Seattle, Washington as Chloe Celeste Hosterman. She is the daughter of Philip Alan Hosterman and Bonnie Wallace, who later got divorced, and has an older sister, Claire Hosterman. She grew up in Bainbridge Island, Washington. When she was a child, she attended Sakai Intermediate School. At the age of 8, she began acting in community theater at Bainbridge Performing Arts.[5] When she was 14, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, where she sang in Burbank High School‘s National Championship Show Choir.[2] Cameron is of Scottish and French descent, and is a fluent speaker of French, having spent many years of her life growing up in France.[6] She has stated she was bullied through her entire school experience, starting in fifth grade, through the end of high school. Regardless of the pressure at school and fitting in, she stayed focused on her dreams of becoming successful in entertainment: “I became very passionate about [becoming an actress and singer]. I fully immersed myself”. Her father died in 2011 when she was 15 years old.[7][8]


2013–2016: Breakout with Liv & Maddie and Descendants[edit]

In 2012, Cameron was cast in a new Disney Channel Original Series entitled Bits and Pieces as Alanna. Shortly after filming the pilot, Bits and Pieces was retooled into Liv and Maddie and saw Cameron starring in the dual lead role of Liv and Maddie Rooney. The preview of the series debuted on July 19, 2013 (2013-07-19),[9] and the show premiered on September 15, 2013.[10] The pilot episode gained 5.8 million viewers, which was the most-watched in total viewers in 2.5 years since the series Shake It Up![11] Disney Channel renewed Liv and Maddie for a 13-episode second season slated to premiere in Fall 2014,[12] which was later expanded to 24 episodes.[13]

On August 27, 2013, Cameron released a cover of “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons as a promotional single.[14] Her cover peaked on the Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart at seventeen and spent three weeks on the chart.[15] On October 15, 2013, “Better In Stereo” was released as a single under Walt Disney Records.[16] “Better In Stereo” made its debut on the Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart at No. 21 before peaking at No. 1, becoming Cameron’s first No. 1 hit.[15] In February 2014, Cameron confirmed reports that recording had begun for her debut studio album.[17] Her next single, “Count Me In”, was released on June 3, 2014.[18] The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Kids Digital Songs chart.[15] Cameron played Liz Larson in her first non-Disney film, Barely Lethal, which was theatrically released by A24 Films in 2015.

Cameron starred in the television film Descendants which premiered on July 31, 2015. The film was viewed by 6.6 million people and spawned Cameron’s two first Billboard Hot 100 songs, “Rotten to the Core” at No. 38[19] and a solo song, “If Only”, at No. 94.[20] Other songs from the film featuring Cameron such as “Set It Off” and “Evil Like Me” charted at No. 6 and 12 respectively on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[21] The soundtrack for the movie peaked atop the Billboard 200 chart becoming the first soundtrack from a Disney Channel Original Movie since High School Musical 2 to do so.[22] As part of the Descendants franchise, Cameron released a cover of Christina Aguilera‘s hit song, “Genie in a Bottle“. The music video premiered on Disney Channel on March 18, 2016. The single received 22 million views in less than a month.[23][24]

In 2015, Cameron and Ryan McCartan formed a band called The Girl and the Dreamcatcher.[25] On October 2, 2015, they released their first single, “Written in the Stars”.[26] The band released their second single, “Glowing in the Dark”, on January 29, 2016.[27]

The Girl and the Dreamcatcher released their third single, “Someone You Like”, on April 8, 2016. They released their fourth single, “Make You Stay”, on June 17, 2016.[28] The video premiered on Disney Channel in July 2016.[citation needed] On July 29, 2016, the band released their first EP, Negatives, featuring their singles “Make You Stay” and “Glowing in the Dark” and four new songs.[29] In October 2016, as a result of Dove and Ryan’s breakup, the musical duo disbanded.

On December 22, 2015, Liv & Maddie was officially renewed for a fourth season, becoming the 9th live-action Disney Channel show in history to achieve this.[30] Cameron began filming the season of Liv and Maddie in early 2016.[31] It was later announced that this would be the final season of the show.[32] The series finale of Liv & Maddie later aired on March 24, 2017.[33]

In August 2016, it was announced that Cameron would be playing the role of Amber Von Tussle in the NBC live television presentation of Hairspray Live!, which aired on December 7, 2016.[34][35][36] Reception was generally positive, and Cameron’s performance was praised. E! commented “America, we need to quit sleeping on Dove Cameron—because the Disney star absolutely CRUSHED her live TV musical debut. The Liv and Maddie star played the villainous Amber Von Tussle, a.k.a. Tracy Turnblad’s snobby, racist dance (and romantic) rival, in NBC’s Hairspray Live.[37]

2017–present: Descendants 2 and solo music[edit]

Cameron is set to reprise her role as Mal in Descendants 2, the sequel to Descendants, in 2017.[38][39] The film is set to premiere on July 21, 2017.

Cameron has expressed her desire to begin releasing music and has confirmed that she has been working on her debut album in 2017.[40]

On May 15, 2017, it was announced that Cameron was cast in the role of Sophie in the Hollywood Bowl live production of Mamma Mia! planned for July 2017.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Cameron began dating actor and singer Ryan McCartan in 2013. They announced their engagement on April 14, 2016,[42][43] but called it off in October 2016.[44]



Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Shameless Holly Herkimer 2 episodes
2012 The Mentalist Charlotte Anne Jane Episode: “Devil’s Cherry
2013 Malibu Country Sienna Episode: “Push Comes to Shove
2013–2017 Liv and Maddie Liv Rooney/Maddie Rooney Lead role
2014 Cloud 9 Kayla Morgan Television film
2015 Austin & Ally Bobbie Episode: “Duos & Deception[45]
2015 Barely Lethal Liz Larson Film
2015 Descendants Mal Television film
2015 R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls Beth Television film
2015–present Descendants: Wicked World Mal Voice role
2016 Hairspray Live! Amber Von Tussle NBC special
2016 Ultimate Spider-Man vs. the Sinister 6 Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen/Police officer Episode: “Return to the Spider-verse Part Four”
2017 Descendants 2 Mal Post-production[46]


Soundtrack albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions

Liv and Maddie
  • Released: March 17, 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
180 11
  • Released: July 31, 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
1 1 57 178 102 50 19 50 36
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory


Title Year Peak
If Only 2015 94 186 Descendants
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak
“Better in Stereo”[57] 2013 Disney Channel Play It Loud
On Top of the World[58]
“Cloud 9”[59]
(with Luke Benward)
“Count Me In”[60] Liv and Maddie
“You, Me and the Beat”[61]
“What a Girl Is” 2015
Genie in a Bottle[62] 2016 [A] Non-album single
“Better Together”
(with Sofia Carson)[63]
2017 Descendants 2
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Album
Rotten to the Core
(among Descendants cast)
2015 38 66 Descendants
“Set It Off”
(among Descendants cast)
“Evil Like Me”
(with Kristin Chenoweth)
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
“Future Sounds Like Us” 2013 Shake It Up: I ❤ Dance
“Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” Disney Holidays Unwrapped

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing director(s)
Title Year Director
“Better In Stereo” 2013 Brando Dickerson[65]
“What a Girl Is” 2015 Layne Pavoggi[66]
“If Only” 2016 Kenny Ortega[67]
“Genie in a Bottle” Jay Martin[68]


Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Breakout Star Liv and Maddie Nominated [69]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Liv and Maddie Nominated [70]
2016 Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star – Kid’s Show Liv and Maddie Nominated [71]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Liv and Maddie Nominated [72]
2017 Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Liv and Maddie Nominated

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