Brenda Song: From Disney to ‘The Social Network’

Disney star Brenda Song has come a long way since her sweet-as-pie tweener beginnings.

Disney Channel fans may remember Brenda from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, but the talented 22-year-old was recently introduced to adult audiences as one of the few female leads in The Social Network.

Originally from Carmichael, California, Brenda moved to Hollywood with her mother when she was six to start her acting career. Like most little girls, Brenda was initially attracted to ballet but later moved on to taekwondo, in which she now holds a black belt. Don’t mess with Brenda!

The actress first hit Hollywood success with her breakout turn as ditzy hotel heiress London Tipton on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody in 2005. Although London is shallow and on the not-so-intelligent side, she was a star-making character thanks to Brenda’s impeccable comedic timing. Watch Brenda steal the show in The Suite Life with Zack and Cody below.

Song continued to play London in The Suite Life on Deck, a spin-off from the original Disney hit. With five years of laughs under her belt, London has become one of the Disney Channel’s longest-running female characters.

In The Social Network, Brenda plays Christy, the nightmare girlfriend to Andrew Garfield’s Eduardo Saverin. Watch Christy hit on Eduardo and Jesse Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg below.

After meeting, Christy and Eduardo do some questionable behavior together in the bathroom stall after a night of partying. Later in the film, Christy turns into a mean girlfriend and burns a scarf given to her by Eduardo after her won’t return her calls quickly enough. It’s a far cry from London to Christy, and a great coming-of-age and maturation in Song as an actress.

Starring in a blockbuster like The Social Network is sure to help Brenda get a head start as she transitions from Disney cutie pie to grown-up Hollywood actress. Her talents have already cemented her as an actress to watch out for amongst the Young Hollywood crowd.

Did you like Brenda’s role in The Social Network? Think she has what it takes to be the next big thing? Share your thoughts in the comments.