Debby Ryan, star of “The Suite Life on Deck”, signing copies of 16 Wishes
*6/19/10 2:00 PM at Borders Books – Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.
Deborah Ann Ryan (born May 13, 1993) is an American teen actress, singer, voice actor and screenwriter. Ryan is best known for portraying Bailey Pickett in the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life on Deck, which is the spin-off/sequel to The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Ryan started acting in professional theatres at the age of seven; in 2007 she appeared in the Barney & Friends straight-to-DVD film Barney: Let’s Go to the Firehouse and then was discovered in a nationwide search by Disney. She is also known for appearing in the 2008 feature film The Longshots as Edith and will star in the independent film What If…, which is set for a 2010 release.
Ryan was born in Alabama. Ryan is a Christian; she has performed in churches, theater performance groups and talent competitions. Ryan’s father was in the military, so she often moved to different places in Europe. Ryan started performing in professional theaters at the age of seven on an American base in Germany. She found she loved acting. At the time, Ryan was fluent in German.
She returned to the United States at the age of 10 in 2003 and was raised in Texas. She dreamed of acting full-time. In a 2009 People Magazine interview, she described herself as a “nerd” in school. Ryan was bullied in middle school for being a mascot and in the school’s chess club.
Ryan has an older brother, Chase (who is older than her by approximately two years). He is a guitarist and vocalist. In a March 2009 interview, Ryan said her older brother is one of her role models.
In a 2009 People Magazine interview, Ryan stated her Suite Life co-star, Brenda Song is her acting idol. In a March 2009 interview, Ryan revealed she also looks up to Meryl Streep, Ryan claims Streep “is so profoundly thought-provoking and life-changing.” Ryan also said her other role models include Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams and Tobey Maguire. She also said, “I love jazz! I love singing it. I also love country! My brother loves rock, he also has this chill Jason Mraz-like style. So basically, my answer is: jazz-country-rock-alternative? I have no idea! But I honestly would love to make country music.”
Ryan has spent time at the Ronald McDonald House and has help raise money for the kids in need.
Ryan is involved in Disney’s Friends for Change. She was featured in a commercial on the Disney Channel. The charity helps explain how kids can help preserve the planet and invites them to go to the Friends for Change website to register and pledge, offering them the chance to help choose how Disney will invest $1 million in environmental programs.