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Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft (born April 3, 1991) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, musician, and dancer of Japanese descent. She is best known for playing Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, as well as Stella Yamada in the Disney Channel film Lemonade Mouth. She recently released her debut solo EP and currently has a recurring role on the ABC Family series, The Fosters.

Early Life

Kiyoko Alcroft was born on April 3, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, to actor/comedian Jamie Alcroft and figure skater Sarah Kawahara. She is of Japanese, English, and Scottish ancestry. She began acting at a young age, appearing in national commercials for companies such as GM Onstar, Slim Jim and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Insisting on drum lessons at 6, she was writing drum charts for new releases and selling them in a local music store by age 11. She was president of her Middle School and High School freshman class and in her sophomore year she was appointed Commissioner of Entertainment then Commissioner of Pep Rallies in her Junior year and was elected as school VP in her Senior year.

She created and choreographed "The Agoura High Step Team" that has now been faculty approved as a school club under her direction. The team placed 3rd at a nationals competition in 2005. Upon graduation, she was accepted into Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at New Jersey University but initially deferred until eventually declining due to career opportunities.

Acting career

Kiyoko was "discovered' at age five when she, for moral support, went with her friend to a photo shoot. The director asked her to step in front of the camera and she ended up in a national print ad for KnowledgeWare. Nickelodeon spotted her at the Culver City Ice Rink and she ended up featured in and narrating a short piece about children in sports called, "I'm Hayley, a Skater".

Kiyoko continued to hone her skills in middle school plays, and in 7th grade she, after seeing Eurasian girls like herself act in J. C. Penney commercials, asked for an agent. She got her commercial agent and booked her first audition, claiming acting was always just something she did on the side to make money for college and music equipment.

After graduating highschool in 2009, Kiyoko booked her first big movie, starring as Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins. A role she almost did not audition for due to her image. The TV movie premiered on September 13, 2009 and was a huge success bringing in 6.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in Cartoon Network’s history.

She returned for the same role in the sequel, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster which premiered on October 16, 2010 and later released on DVD March 1, 2011. The sequel drew 3.4 million viewers.

Kiyoko also guest starred in four episodes of Disney's 'Wizards of Waverly Place', which first aired between March and May 2010. She played the short lived, yet popular role of Stevie Nichols, an evil wizard.

After returning from Justin Bieber's "My World Tour", Kiyoko immediately began work on the Disney Channel movie "Lemonade Mouth." She stars as rebellious teenager Stella Yamada. Her vocals appear on the movies soundtrack, which was released on April 12, 2011.

The film premiered on April 15, 2011 and was watched by 5.7 million viewers, with DVR viewing included, its total was 7.1 million viewers.

She took part in promotional events prior to and after the release of the film, which included performances on Good Morning America, The View, Day Break, and So Random!

Kiyoko guest starred in one episode of Disney XD's Zeke and Luther titled, "Skater Girl Island" which aired May 23, 2011. She plays a skater named 'Suzi Vandelintzer'.

The highly anticipated sequel to Lemonade Mouth was cancelled prior to pre-production. All actors, including Kiyoko, were on board for the project but Disney released a statement through the films co-stars saying "They felt the movie had completed its story within the first film."

In February 2012, Kiyoko filmed Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, a Lifetime TV movie which is a remake of the several theatrical versions of the same name. She played the small role of 'Helen'. All scenes featuring 'Helen' were filmed in Los Angeles while a majority of the film was filmed in Puerto Rico. It premiered on June 16, 2012.

Kiyoko became a recurring character on ABC Family's The Fosters as an ex-cyberbully in Callie's all-girls group home.

Musical endeavors

2007-present:

Formed in November 2007 and named after her grandfather, Kiyoko performed as the lead singer and songwriter for Hede. Despite not knowing each other beforehand, the band members became very close and experienced local success.

Their five-song self-titled album was released on Myspace in 2008 which was sold directly by the band members themselves.

A music video for "Warehouse" was later released in 2009.

The band did perform locally on several occasions, and even won a battle of the bands competition.

2007–2011: The Stunners

In 2007, Kiyoko was approached by former pop-star Vitamin C to join an all-girl singing and dancing group. She joined Allie Gonino, Tinashe, Kelsey Sanders (later replaced by Lauren Hudson in 2009) and Marisol Esparza to form the Stunners. Six months after forming, the group signed with Columbia Records and released a single titled "Bubblegum" to iTunes along with the official video for the single and also contributed a song to the iCarly soundtrack. The single and video were later removed from iTunes.

In 2009, the group left Columbia Records and signed a production deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, who also produced a scripted television show pilot based on the group, which was ordered by MTV. In October of that year, the girls released a 5-song EP and shot a music video for their promo single "We Got It" which was released on February 22, 2010.

They released a holiday single in December 2009, produced by Desmond Child, and written by the five members of the group, titled "Santa Bring My Soldier Home" and encouraged donations the USO for soldiers overseas, not with their families for the holidays. The group performed the song on The Today Show as well as The Wendy Williams Show. After meeting with various labels interested in the group, they signed to Universal Republic Records in 2010 and released their first single "Dancin' Around the Truth" which featured the New Boyz to iTunes as well as Top 40 radio stations. The music video premiered June 2, just before the group was announced as an opening act on Justin Bieber's My World Tour.

They finished their run after twenty dates on the tour and returned to LA to record new songs with producers and writers such as Toby Gad, The Cataracs, Dave Broome, Livvi Franc, Sheppard Soloman, Jimmy Harry and Tony Kanal of No Doubt fame. They shot a fourth music video in the desert of California in November for their new song "Spin The Bottle" which premiered on December 31, 2010. A full album along with an official second single titled "Heart Stops Beating", written by Tinashe and Allie and produced by Orange Factory Music was planned, but cancelled when the group split in 2011.

2012–present: A Belle to Remember and This Side of Paradise

Kiyoko uploaded a live studio mix of "Hunting Man" to her YouTube channel on January 23, a solo song which is written by herself and also features her on bass.

On October 15, 2012, Kiyoko launched a fan-funded music project. Fans were able to pledge on a copy of her debut EP, along with other items for funding. The project was fully funded on December 12, 2012.

The EP, titled A Belle to Remember, was released on March 12, 2013.

Immediately following the release of her debut EP, Kiyoko started writing new music in London with British producer James Flannigan. She announced via Facebook on July 16, 2014 that the new EP was finished. She later announced the songs from her new EP, "This Side of Paradise," will be premiered on a show on July 31, 2014. The EP was recorded in her parent's garage in Los Angeles with British producer James Flannigan. Kiyoko also collaborated with Swedish producer Anders Grahn.

Disney Filmography

Films
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Stevie Nichols 4 episodes
2011 Lemonade Mouth Stella Yamada TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie);Main role
2011 Zeke and Luther Suzie Vandelintzer Episode:"Skater Girl Island"
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