Starring as new William Penn Academy music teacher, Lainey Lewis, AJ Michalka has demonstrated her talent and versatility as a successful actress, musician and songwriter. At a young age, Michalka has a tremendous reputation for developing strong relationships with directors such as J.J. Abrams and Peter Jackson.
Recently, Michalka can be heard as the character of Catra in the upcoming Netflix/Dreamworks animated series “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.” She can also be seen in the upcoming comedy “Support the Girls.”
Earlier in her career, she starred opposite Diane Lane and John Malkovich in the Walt Disney Pictures feature film “Secretariat” and then went on to appear in the much-anticipated J.J.
Abrams film “Super 8.” Michalka also co-starred in the feature film “The Lovely Bones,” alongside Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and Saoirse Ronan, and directed by Academy Award®
winner Peter Jackson.
Michalka began her acting career with several roles in television. She starred in “The Guardian,” “Oliver Beene,” the Disney Channel film “Cow Belles” and the original cable movie “Super
Sweet Sixteen: The Movie.” More recently, she guest starred on “Silicon Valley.” Other TV appearances include “Expecting Amish,” “Angels in Stardust” (which she also co-produced),
“Grace Unplugged” and the voice of Stevonnie in “Steven Universe.” She also produced and tarred alongside her sister, Aly, in “Weepah Way for Now,” a 2015 LA Film Festival competition dramedy.
In addition to acting, Michalka is an accomplished musician, playing guitar, piano and percussion, as well as singing and songwriting. As a member of Aly & AJ, she and her sister
released two hit albums with Hollywood Records, helping them become platinum-selling recording artists at a very young age. In addition, Aly & AJ were nominated for their first
American Music Award, and their holiday release, “Acoustic Hearts of Winter,” was one of the best-selling Christmas albums, both taking place in 2006. Their hit single, “Potential Breakup Song,” was noted in Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 Songs of the Year in 2007 and was IAA-certified with sales of more than 1 million downloads. The music video for the single has scored over 45 million views on YouTube.
Working alongside her sister, she recently released a new EP, “Ten Years,” with a 20-city soldout tour. AJ & Aly contributed to the soundtracks for the films “The Game Plan,” “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” “Ice Princess,” “Bandslam” and the TV series “Hellcats.” Separately, Michalka recorded “It’s Who You Are,” the theme song for the film “Secretariat,” and four songs for the
“Grace Unplugged” soundtrack.
Michalka currently resides in Los Angeles.
Now playing the role of the young, enthusiastic super-teacher Charlie Brown on “Schooled,” Brett Dier is best known for his beloved portrayal of Michael Cordero in The CW’s hit series “Jane the Virgin,” a loving fiancé who sticks by his future wife as she deals with an unexpected pregnancy.
Growing up in Canada, Dier knew early on he wanted to pursue acting. He quickly started to garner a large body of work within the Canadian television market, including recurring roles in “L.A. Complex” and “Mr. Young.”
Dier appeared in several episodes of the acclaimed Canadian series “Bomb Girls,” earning him a LEO nomination for his work. Following that, he starred in the “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff, “Ravenswood,” for Freeform.
Dier’s feature credits include leads in “Grace,” “Exeter,” “Snapshots” and “New Romantic.” New Romantic” premiered at SXSW in 2018 and was released theatrically in Fall 2018.
He also has a real love of comedy and was able to showcase his many talents on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and was cast as the male lead in the CBS pilot “History of Them.”
Dier currently resides in Los Angeles. His hobbies include being a vintage Pokemon collector, editator, alien communicator and music guy.
One of the longest-running cast members in the 41-year history of “Saturday Night Live,” versatile comedian Tim Meadows crafted some of the series’ most memorable characters during his 10 years on the popular late-night show. Such characters included Leon Phelps, The Ladies’ Man and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional public affairs show, “Perspectives”; as well as uncanny impressions of OJ Simpson, Ike Turner and Sammy Davis Jr.
Meadows also played the school principal in the hit comedy “Mean Girls,” and co-starred with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the blockbuster comedies “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2.” Meadows co-starred with Andy Samberg in “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” for Universal Pictures, and in the Fox hybrid live-action/animated comedy from Chris Miller and Phil Lord, “Son of Zorn,” alongside fellow “SNL” alum Jason Sudeikis. He can also seen in CBS All Access’, “No Activity,” and is a frequent recur on ABC’s hit comedy “The Goldbergs,” where he originated the role of Mr. Glascott before moving to the “Schooled” spinoff.
Born in Highland Park, Michigan, and raised in Detroit, Meadows studied television and radio broadcasting at Wayne State University before performing improvisational comedy at the Soup Kitchen Saloon. In 1985, Meadows relocated to Chicago where he first joined Improv-Olympic and then the legendary comedy troupe Second City. During his three years at Second City, he wrote and starred in productions of “The Gods Must Be Lazy” with Chris Farley, “It was Thirty Years Ago Today” and “Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only,” gaining a loyal following with his sharp comedic talent. In 1991, Meadows achieved the dreams of comics nationwide when producer Lorne Michaels asked him to join “SNL” as a featured player. Nominated for an Emmy® as part of the show’s writing team that same month, he later made the transition to cast member status two years afterward.
Several years after appearing in a string of films based on “Saturday Night Live” sketches, including “Coneheads” and “Wayne’s World 2,” Meadows was offered his own chance at features. The 2000 release of Paramount’s “The Ladies Man” gave the eponymous hero Leon Phelps the opportunity to bring his Courvoisier-drinking romantic adviser to the big screen. That same year, he left “SNL” to join NBC’s prime-time lineup as a regular cast member on “The Michael Richards Show”; and in 2002, he joined the cast of the NBC sitcom “Leap of Faith.”
Meadows also co-starred in the Sony Pictures comedy “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” with John C. Reilly. Other films include “Jack and Jill,” “Benchwarmers,” “Semi-Pro” with Will Ferrell, and “Aliens in the Attic” with Kevin Nealon and Ashley Tisdale. He was series regular on “The Bill Engvall Show” and “Glory Daze” on TBS, and is a regular correspondent on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” Some of his other television credits include the NBC series “Marry Me” starring as Casey Wilson’s father, “The Office,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Meadows also lends his voice to animated hit comedies “The Life & Times of Tim” and “Bob’s Burgers.”
Meadows currently divides his time between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Bryan Callen is an actor, comic and podcaster. He’s currently in his fifth season as Coach Mellor on ABC’s hit comedy series “The Goldbergs” and now stars in the corresponding spinoff, “Schooled.”
Callen is also the co-host of the popular podcast “The Fighter & The Kid,” alongside Brendan Schaub. In addition to performing in comedy clubs and theaters all over the world, Callen is preparing for the release of his latest one-hour special called “Complicated Apes.”
In 1995, Callen became an original cast member of “MAD TV” and went on to do many TV shows like “Entourage,” “Sex & and City” and “Californication.” He also played Eddie in “The Hangover” and Samir in “The Hangover Part II.”
Callen likes to box and play tennis, and enjoys telling people that his boxing and tennis are “high level.”