Deborah Ann "Debby" Ryan (born May 13, 1993) is an American actress and singer, best known for starring as Bailey Pickett in the Disney Channel original series The Suite Life on Deck. The series established Ryan as a Teen Idol and became the most-watched children's show on television since its premiere in October 2008.In 2010, she starred in the film 16 Wishes, which was the most-watched cable program on the day of its premiere on the Disney Channel and one of the most-watched movies on television. In addition, 16 Wishes introduced Ryan to new audiences, such as contemporary adult audiences, since the movie received high viewership in the young adult demographic (18-34).She had her own show on Disney Channel called Jessie, which follows a girl who moves from Texas to New York to become a nanny for a family of four (she also became the youngest female director of a Disney Channel production on said series). In February 2012, she starred in a movie called Radio Rebel. She also performed in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In early 2014 she formed a band called The Never Ending. Their debut EP, One, was released on June 24, 2014.Compare to Jennette McCurdy, who happens to be one of Ryan's closest friends in Real Life. Not to be confused with Demi Lovato - which is actually something that tends to happen a lot.
This actress's works provide examples of:
- Buxom Is Better: Part of her role as Ms. Fanservice. Sometimes lampshaded in Jessie.
- Cover Version:
- Darker and Edgier:
- Her cover of "Superstition" - up to that point all of her songs have been bubbly pop songs, and even The Cover Changes the Meaning rendition of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was still a Softer And Slower Cover version of a pop song.
- Jessie. Both the character and the show itself are a little more "grown up" compared to ''Suite Life On Deck" and Disney Channel fare in general.
- Herself with her band The Neverending, pretty much amounting to a complete transformation. "Superstition" as it turned out was a preview of this "new" post-Disney Debby. In many ways parallels the transformation of fellow Kid Com actresses-turned-musicians Ariana Grande and (a softer version of) Miley Cyrus.
- Darkest Hour: "Open Eyes" is all about this, mixed with Hope Springs Eternal: The lyrics remind the listener that even though thinks might seem dark right now, the dawn always comes eventually.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Hey, Jessie" for Jessie.
- Large Ham: She tends to be very hammy in her comedic roles.
- Shrinking Violet: Her character in Radio Rebel (incidentally, the trope name is also the name of the source material novel).
- Softer And Slower Cover: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"