Dove Olivia Cameron is an American singer and actress. She gained recognition for her dual role of the eponymous characters in the Disney Channel comedy series Liv and Maddie (2013–17), for which she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming. She also starred in the Disney Channel Descendants franchise (2015–2021).
Cameron has starred in several feature films including Barely Lethal (2015), Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (2015), Dumplin’ (2018), Good Mourning (2022) and Vengeance (2022). She also starred in the NBC live television musical Hairspray Live! (2016). She has appeared in several television shows, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Rising franchise.
She made her debut as a singer with the soundtrack album to Liv and Maddie (2015). In the same year, she released her debut single, “If Only“, which was included in the soundtrack album for Descendants which topped the US Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2022, she released the single “Boyfriend“, which received commercial and critical success, reached the top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
Years active: 2007–present
Born: January 15, 1996, 27 years old and 10 months, Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
Height: 5 ft 2¼ in – 158 cm
Measurements: 34-24-32 in – 86-61-81 cm
Bra Size: 32C US – 70C EU
Father – Philip Alan Hosterman
Mother – Bonnie Wallace
Siblings – Claire Hosterman (Older Sister)
Cameron was born to Philip Alan Hosterman and Bonnie Wallace, who later divorced. She has an older sister, Claire Hosterman, who is a vocal coach. During her childhood, Cameron attended Sakai Intermediate School. At age eight, she began acting in community theater at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Six years later, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, where she has attended and sang in Burbank High School’s National Championship Show Choir in Burbank, California.
Cameron has stated that she is of French descent and speaks some French. She also has Russian, Slovak and Hungarian ancestry. She has said she was bullied throughout her entire school experience, from fifth grade through the end of high school. Regardless of the pressure at school and fitting in, Cameron stayed focused on her dreams of achieving success 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. Following his death, Cameron changed her legal name to Dove in honor of her father, who called her by that nickname.
2007–2015: Breakthrough with Disney Channel
In 2007, Cameron portrayed the role of Young Cosette in the Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) stage production of Les Misérables, and in 2008, she had the lead role of Mary in The Secret Garden, again with BPA. In 2012, Cameron was cast in a Disney Channel comedy series that was to be titled Bits and Pieces in which she would play the role of Alanna. Shortly after filming the pilot, Bits and Pieces was retooled into Liv and Maddie, which saw Cameron starring in the dual lead role of Liv and Maddie Rooney. The preview of the series debuted on July 19, 2013, and the series premiered on September 15, 2013. 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! Disney Channel renewed Liv and Maddie for a 13-episode second season slated to premiere in Fall 2014, which was later expanded to 24 episodes.
On August 27, 2013, Cameron released a cover of “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons as a promotional single. Her cover peaked on the Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart at 17 and spent three weeks on the chart. On October 15, 2013, “Better in Stereo” was released as a single under Walt Disney Records. “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. In February 2014, Cameron confirmed reports that recording had begun for her debut studio album. Her next single, “Count Me In”, was released on June 3, 2014. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Kids Digital Songs chart. In 2015, Cameron played Liz Larson in her first non-Disney film, Barely Lethal, which was theatrically released by A24 Films.
Cameron starred in the television film Cloud 9, which premiered on January 17, 2014. She later went on to also star in 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 number 38 and a solo song, “If Only”, at number 94. Other songs from the film featuring Cameron, such as “Set It Off” and “Evil Like Me”, charted at number 6 and 12 respectively on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. 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. As part of the Descendants franchise, Cameron released a cover of the Christina Aguilera‘s song “Genie in a Bottle“. The music video premiered on Disney Channel on March 18, 2016. The single received 22 million views on YouTube in less than a month.
In 2015, Cameron and Ryan McCartan formed a band called The Girl and the Dreamcatcher. On October 2, 2015, they released their first single, “Written in the Stars”. The band released their second single, “Glowing in the Dark”, on January 29, 2016. 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. 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. In October 2016, as a result of Cameron’s and McCartan’s breakup, the musical duo disbanded. On December 22, 2015, Liv and Maddie was renewed for a fourth season, becoming the ninth live-action Disney Channel series in history to achieve this. Cameron began filming the season, renamed to Liv and Maddie: Cali Style in early 2016. It was later announced that this would be the final season of the series. The series finale of Liv and Maddie later aired on March 24, 2017.
2016–2021: Established actress and music releases
Cameron played the role of Amber Von Tussle in the NBC live television presentation of Hairspray Live!, which aired on December 7, 2016. Reception was generally positive, and Cameron’s performance was praised. Cameron reprised her role as Mal in Descendants 2, the sequel to Descendants, in 2017. The film premiered on July 21, 2017. The Descendants 2 soundtrack debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, with “It’s Goin’ Down” from the soundtrack debuting at number 81. Cameron then played the role of Sophie in the Hollywood Bowl live production of Mamma Mia! from July 28 to July 30.
On August 21, 2017, Cameron was cast in the Netflix film Dumplin’, alongside Jennifer Aniston. Cameron played Bekah Cotter in the comedy. In November 2017, Cameron signed on to appear in a recurring role in the fifth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Marvel. This role was later revealed to be Ruby Hale, the daughter of General Hale (Catherine Dent). In December 2017, Cameron was cast in an animated Marvel project, Marvel Rising, as the voice of Gwen Stacy / Ghost-Spider. On August 13, 2018, Marvel Rising: Initiation, a series of six shorts, was released on Disney XD. The series focused on Cameron’s character as she was on the run after being framed for her best friend’s murder. Though her character did not appear in the next Marvel Rising installment, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, Cameron did perform the film’s theme song, “Born Ready”. In 2019, Cameron reprised the role in Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts.
On March 21, 2018, she announced that she had signed with Columbia’s Disruptor Records label, and that she would begin to release music following the release of Descendants 3. In September 2019, Cameron released two covers on her YouTube channel: “Slow Burn” and “Hymn for the Weekend“. It was announced on October 8, 2018, that Cameron will play the role of Cher Horowitz in the stage adaptation of the 1995 film Clueless. In 2019, Cameron starred alongside Renée Fleming in The Light in the Piazza in London. On September 27, 2019, Cameron released her debut double A-side, Bloodshot / Waste. Then on November 1, 2019, she released her followup single, “So Good“. Later that month, she collaborated with Privé Revaux on a range of sunglasses. Cameron continued her focus on music by releasing singles “Out of Touch” and “Remember Me”, the latter of which features American rapper Bia. On July 24, 2020, she released her next single, “We Belong”. This was followed by the release of “LazyBaby” on April 2, 2021. Later that year, Cameron joined the main cast of the Apple TV+ musical series Schmigadoon!, which premiered on July 16, 2021. Also in 2021, Cameron reprised her role as Mal for the animated special Descendants: The Royal Wedding. She was cast in the planned CW series Powerpuff as Bubbles, before it was cancelled in 2023. She also was cast for the upcoming film Field Notes on Love alongside Liv and Maddie co-star Jordan Fisher.
2022–present: Alchemical: Vol. 1
On February 11, 2022, Cameron released the single “Boyfriend“. This song went viral on TikTok and entered the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 16 while reaching number 9 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also certified platinum by the RIAA. She followed this release with “Breakfast”, which the music video for went on to win an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message. On August 28, 2022, at the MTV Video Music Awards, she won the award for Best New Artist and performed at the pre-show. Cameron also voiced Ellen Wright, Nate’s older teenage sister in the Paramount+ Nicktoon Big Nate, based on the comic strip and book series of the same name, which premiered on February 17, 2022.
Throughout the end of 2022, Cameron released a string of stand-alone singles including “Bad Idea”, and “Girl Like Me“. On November 20, she performed at the American Music Awards and received the award for New Artist of the Year. In 2023, Cameron released a string of collaborations including: “We Go Down Together” with Khalid, “Use Me (Brutal Hearts)” with Diplo and Sturgill Simpson, and “Other Boys” with Marshmello.
Cameron announced at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, that her debut studio album would be released in two parts. The first part, titled Alchemical: Vol. 1, is set to be released on December 1, 2023.
Cameron has stated that she is bisexual, but in May 2021, said that she feels queer is the most accurate way to describe her sexuality. She also identifies as a feminist. She was in a relationship with her Liv and Maddie co-star Ryan McCartan from August 2013 until 2016. They announced their engagement on April 14, 2016, but the relationship ended in October 2016. From 2017 until 2020, Cameron was in a relationship with Descendants 2 co-star Thomas Doherty.
In May 2022, Cameron spoke about her struggles with depression and dysphoria in an Instagram post.
As a Singer
Dove has sung the song On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons on her show Liv and Maddie.
It was recorded by her and released as a single on August 27, 2013 by Disney.
In 2013, Cameron appeared in a TV movie Bits and Pieces for her role as Alanna.
First TV Show
Dove debuted with Showtime comedy-drama TV series Shameless for her role as Holly Herkimer. She appeared in a total of two episodes in season 2 in 2012.
Dove Cameron Favorite Things
Food – Coconut Rice
Song – Moonlight Serenade (By Glenn Miller)
Director – Tim Burton
Season – Autumn
Disneyland Ride – Space Mountain
Dove Cameron Facts
She states on her Twitter wall that she likes coconut rice, Tim Burton as well as “You” (the one who is watching her Twitter profile).
Dove started acting at the age of eight in community theater.
Dove Cameron is her stage name.
She wears a heart necklace, which her sister had it custom built.
Her fans are called Dovelies.
She has a cat named Fern.
She considers her memory as semi-photographic. Hence, she is able to remember her lines and memorize other stuff easily.