Emma Degerstedt was born in Los Angeles in 1992, which means she is one of the few people who didn’t need to move there in order to pursue an acting career. Degerstedt’s first role on TV was also her breakthrough role as Maris in “Unfabulous.”
It is almost as if high school shows throughout the years have taught us that the ‘mean girl’ trope is not going anywhere.
Chelsea Tavares Then
Tavares was born in 1991 in Los Angeles as Chelsea Royce Tavares and became passionate about acting at 10 years old. She had small roles in the TV shows "The Practice" and "The District" prior to being cast as Cranberry St. Claire in "Unfabulous."
Cranberry's character was friends with Maris, the designated mean girl of the show. Tavares played that ditsy role from 2004 until 2007.
After "Unfabulous," Tavares went on to maintain a prolific acting career which includes major roles in TV shows such as "Just Jordan," "Make It or Break It," and "All American."
She has also voiced two video games and released a few singles. However, she's yet to release a full album.
Unfabulous ended in 2007, taking the role of Maris with it, but that doesn't mean Degerstedt stopped acting. She has guest starred in a few TV shows, but her main focus in the last few years has been theater.
She has performed in Broadway touring productions as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" and as Elle Woods in the "Legally Blonde" Musical.
Allison Scagliotti Then
Allison Scagliotti (the G is silent, thank you for asking) went to a regular school until the age of 11, which is also when she started taking acting lessons and switch from a regular school to home-schooling.
Before landing the role of Mindy Crenshaw in "Drake & Josh" in 2014, she played a score of small roles in TV movies and TV shows.