Young Chicago actress is "StarStruck"

February 10, 2010 9:43:30 AM PST
In her first leading television movie role, Danielle Campbell stars as Jessica Olson, a down to earth Midwestern girl who inadvertently falls for a celebrity pop star in the Disney Channel Original Movie StarStruck. Danielle, a Chicago native discovered her passion for acting at the age of ten, when she appeared in various national commercials and got her first big break as a guest star on "Prison Break" appearing in seven episodes. She was "discovered" in true Hollywood fashion while getting her hair cut. The 14-year-old lives with her parents John and Georganne, her younger brother Johnny and her dogs Coda, Brody and Duke. In her spare time she enjoys working with various charities involving children and animals, singing, dancing, baking, horseback riding and snowboarding. Danielle was recently featured in 2009's Hollywood Reporter Showbiz Kids as one to watch, calling her "the next Miley Cyrus." (**See below)

Danielle co-stars with Sterling Knight ("Sonny With A Chance," "17 Again") in the music-filled StarStruck. When the hottest Hollywood pop star by chance meets and falls for an unpretentious small town girl, his lavish world is turned upside down, and he's faced with the decision to either follow his heart or do what is best for his sizzling career. Also starring are Brandon Mychal Smith ("Sonny With A Chance") and Chelsea Staub ("JONAS").

StarStruck premieres on Sunday, February 14 at 7 p.m. on Disney Channel in the U.S. and soon on Disney Channels Worldwide.

Filmed at landmark locations in the Los Angeles area including Malibu and Venice beach, Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood, the story begins as Jessica Olson and her family prepare for a trip to Los Angeles to visit her grandmother. Eldest sister Sara is obsessed with pop singing sensation Christopher Wilde and is hoping to somehow catch a glimpse of him in L.A., but Jessica is more interested in seeing the city's sights.

Meanwhile, a top Hollywood director is vying for Christopher to star in his next film but first must convince the producers that Christopher, who is a magnet for the media, has the right image for the movie. To help the cause, the director asks Christopher to stay out of the gossip pages for awhile.

Soon after the Olsons arrive in Los Angeles, Sara learns that Christopher will be singing at Club Under 21 so she convinces Jessica to stake it out with her. Eventually, Jessica meets Christopher the hard way, via a stage door accident that leaves her with a bruised head and Hollywood's hottest pop star rushing her to the hospital.

The next day, Jessica feels as if she's somehow smack in the middle of the kind of stuff that only ever happens in movies, but agrees when a smitten Christopher offers to be her personal tour guide, taking her on an exciting journey to popular Los Angeles tourist spots.

Amidst the fun, Christopher realizes that for the first time in a long time, he can relax and just be himself. Jessica keeps Christopher's ego in check but as the days goes by, she gets to know the real person behind the pop star and is surprised to find herself enjoying his company. His best friend since childhood, Stubby, also chimes in to keep his friend's head from getting too big.

Although he has a girlfriend in up and coming starlet Alexis Bender, Christopher feels a connection to Jessica. He asks that she keep their adventure together a secret, fearing any story about them in the gossip press might ruin his chances of being in the movie. When pictures surface of them together, Christopher publicly denies their friendship and must now decide what's more important ? being true to himself or becoming a movie star.

Also starring are Maggie Castle ("The Time Traveler's Wife") as Sara Olson; Brandon Mychal Smith ("Sonny With A Chance") as Stubby; Chelsea Staub ("JONAS," "Minutemen") as Christopher's girlfriend, Alexis Bender; and Dan O'Connor ("Malcolm in the Middle") and Beth Littleford (Disney XD's "I'm In The Band," "Rules of Engagement") as Jessica's parents Dean and Barbara Olson.

The score was composed by David Lawrence ("High School Musical," "High School Musical 2") and the soundtrack features songs written by Mitch Allan, Jessi Alexander, Adam Anders, Aris Aronchitis, Peer Astrom, Ali Dee, Andy Dodd, Nikki Hassman, Jeannie Lurie, Niclas Molinder, Chen Neeman, Joacim Persson, Adam Watts.

The story for the movie as written by Barbara Johns and the movie teleplay was written by Johns and WGA-Award winner Annie DeYoung. StarStruck was directed by Michael Grossman ("Grey's Anatomy," "From The Earth To The Moon"); executive-produced by Douglas Sloan ("Princess Protection Program," "Minutemen"); co-executive-produced by Jeffrey Thal ("Slaves To The Underground") and Jon Brown ("The Poseidon Adventure," "The Tie That Binds") and choreographed by Zach Woodlee ("Glee," "Hairspray"). "StarStruck" is a production of Close to Home Productions, LLC. It carries a TV-G rating.

For more information, visit the StarStruck interactive Web site.

"StarStruck"
Disney Channel Original Movie
Premieres Sunday, February 14 at 7 pm


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