We met singer and actress Bridgit Mendler when she was at the South Street Seaport this summer. She was there for the kickoff of Target's "Give a Target" campaign (hereforgood. target .com), which helps schools with fundraising. Mendler, 19, also plans to release her CD, "Hello My Name Is," on Oct. 22.
What are you saving up to buy?
You know I could always do with more shoes. I love shoes.
How did you get into show business?
I started doing plays when I was about your age, and I realize that was something I really loved doing, and I was one of those kids who's like, "Mommy, I want to try doing it on TV." So she kind of told me that I had to take charge with it. So I found summer camps I wanted to go to, the acting classes and all that stuff. And I just started going for it, and eventually it worked out.
When you were younger, was your dream to become
For me, the part that keeps me going and keeps me really enjoying what I do is that I love the acting, and I love making the music that I make. I'd say those were more my dreams.
Now that you're famous, do you ever wonder what you would be like if you weren't famous?
There are some things that are different, like getting noticed by kids a lot more and wanting to take pictures. Actually I get noticed by parents sometimes even more than kids. Sometimes, it makes me a little bummed out when I don't look good and I want to just have a chill day in my sweater and have pimples all over my face. But everybody that I meet is really nice, and they're genuinely fans of my work and of the shows that I've been on.
At what age did your parents let you wear makeup?
I think I got my first gift certificate to the makeup store in my downtown when I was like 13. But I was really young for my grade. I was about a year younger than everybody else. So everybody else was already kind of wearing makeup, and they were eighth-graders and were super cool. That was when I just started wearing like a little bit of mascara. Mascara can really help sometimes.
Tell us about yourself that would surprise us.
I'm a really bad dancer a lot of the time. And I like doing nerdy dancing.
When you get married, would you want to have as big of a family as the one on "Good Luck Charlie"?
I think the Duncans handle it really well, but I don't know if I want to have that many kids.
What is your favorite episode of "Good Luck Charlie"?
I really like the Battle of the Bands one where me and a bunch of my friends competed against each other for who would win, because on the show we are all buddies and we know each other. So when there are episodes, that's where we all get to act together, and it's really fun.
How did you get involved with Target's fundraising?
Target actually asked me if I wanted to be a part of the "Give a Target" campaign. And knowing it's about education and helping schools that are in need I automatically wanted to sign on.
Do you think that schools now have good enough resources or do they need more?
I think that there are always things you can do for schools and right now is a perfect time for companies like Target to start reaching out and doing what they can to donate and give more money and offer their support.
Who is your best friend -- famous or not famous? And what are the qualities that make them your best friend?
My best friend is this girl named Katia. I've known her since fourtth grade. So I was like 8 or 9 years old when we first met. And we've stayed good friends ever since then. So we've been friends for like 10 years now and we really know each other really well. We're always there for each other and we crack up laughing when we're together. So I think that's kind of the recipe for a great friendship.
Do you have any siblings and do you fight with them or do you get along?
I have a younger brother. His name is Nick and he is 15 and we fought a lot when we were younger but the cool thing about having siblings is when you get older, you kind of start to become buddies . . . . So all the things that you use to fight about, like who gets to go first, who gets to play with what -- that kind of starts to mellow out as you get older.
How did you react when you found out you were going to be on a show called "Good Luck Charlie"?
I was so excited to find out that I was going to be on "Good Luck Charlie." I was literally jumping up and down. It was so exciting because I think it's such a great funny show and I love all the people that I work with. So I've been so happy with the experience.
Do you want to take acting to the next level?
There are a lot of things that could mean. For me that means doing maybe movies. I would love to take it to the next level. I love working on the sitcom, so I think that there's all sorts of different roles to play and there's all sorts of different places to play them whether it's in a play or it's on TV or movies. I'm just going to take whatever comes my way.