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Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft (Japanese: ヘイリー・キヨコ, Hepburn: Heirī Kiyoko Arcroft; born April 3, 1991), known professionally as Hayley Kiyoko, is an American actress, singer-songwriter, musician, and dancer. She is best known for playing Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, as well as Stella Yamada in the Disney Channel film Lemonade Mouth. She recently released her debut solo EP. Hayley portrayed Gabi on The Fosters.

Early life

Kiyoko Alcroft was born on April 3, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, to Jamie Alcroft and Sarah Kawahara. She is of Japanese, English, and Scottish ancestry. She began acting at a young age, appearing in national commercials for companies such as GM Onstar, Slim Jim and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Insisting on drum lessons at 6, she was writing drum charts for new releases and selling them in a local music store by age 11. She was president of her Middle School and High School freshman class and in her sophomore year she was appointed Commissioner of Entertainment then Commissioner of Pep Rallies in her Junior year and was elected as school VP in her Senior year. She created and choreographed "The Agoura High Step Team" that has now been faculty approved as a school club under her direction. The team placed 3rd at a nationals competition in 2005.Upon graduation, she was accepted into Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at New Jersey University but initially deferred until eventually declining due to career opportunities.

Personal life

Kiyoko's favorite places to shop include, Neiman Marcus, Zara, Diesel, and LF. Her hobbies include hiking, ice skating, teaching dance, and taking karate. She performed as an ice skater in the 2007 film Blades of Glory and in the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, both of which were choreographed by her mother.

Acting career

Kiyoko was "discovered' at age five when she, for moral support, went with her friend to a photo shoot. The director asked her to step in front of the camera and she ended up in a national print ad for KnowledgeWare. Nickelodeon spotted her at the Culver City Ice Rink and she ended up featured in and narrating a short piece about children in sports called, "I'm Hayley, a Skater". Kiyoko continued to hone her skills in middle school plays, and in 7th grade she, after seeing Eurasian girls like herself act in J. C. Penney commercials, asked for an agent.She got her commercial agent and booked her first audition, claiming acting was always just something she did on the side to make money for college and music equipment.

After graduating highschool in 2009, Kiyoko booked her first big movie, starring as Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins.A role she almost did not audition for due to her image. The TV movie premiered on September 13, 2009 and was a huge success bringing in 6.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in Cartoon Network’s history. She returned for the same role in the sequel, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster which premiered on October 16, 2010 and later released on DVD March 1, 2011. The sequel drew 3.4 million viewers. Kiyoko also guest starred in four episodes of Disney's 'Wizards Of Waverly Place', which first aired between March and May 2010. She played the short lived, yet popular role of Stevie Nichols, an evil wizard. After returning from Justin Bieber's "My World Tour", Kiyoko immediately began work on the Disney Channel movie "Lemonade Mouth." She stars as rebellious teenager Stella Yamada. Her vocals appear on the movies soundtrack, which was released on April 12, 2011.

The film premiered on April 15, 2011 and was watched by 5.7 million viewers, with DVR viewing included, its total was 7.1 million viewers. She took part in promotional events prior to and after the release of the film, which included performances on Good Morning America, The View, Day Break, and So Random! Kiyoko guest starred in one episode of Disney XD's Zeke and Luther titled, "Skater Girl Island" which aired May 23, 2011. She plays a skater named 'Suzi Vandelintzer'. The highly anticipated sequel to Lemonade Mouth was cancelled prior to pre-production. All actors, including Kiyoko, were on board for the project but Disney released a statement through the films co-stars saying "They felt the movie had completed its story within the first film."

In February 2012, Kiyoko filmed Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, a Lifetime TV movie which is a remake of the several theatrical versions of the same name. She played the small role of 'Helen'. All scenes featuring 'Helen' were filmed in Los Angeles while a majority of the film was filmed in Puerto Rico. It premiered on June 16, 2012.

Kiyoko became a recurring character on ABC Family's The Fosters as an ex-cyberbully in Callie's all-girls group home.


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins Velma Dinkley TV film; main role
2010 Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster Velma Dinkley TV film; main role
2011 Lemonade Mouth Stella Yamada TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie); main role
2012 Blue Lagoon: The Awakening Helen TV film; supporting role
2012 Adrift Jess Short film
2014 Hello, My Name Is Frank Alisa
2015 Jem and the Holograms Aja Leith Film

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Unfabulous Rapping/Dancing Girl Episode: "The Song"
2007 All Grown Up! Singing Kimi Finster Episode: "Separate But Equal"
2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Stevie Nichols 4 episodes
2011 Zeke and Luther Suzi Vandelintzer Episode: "Skater Girl Island"
2011 So Random! Herself Episode: "Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks and Hayley Kiyoko"
2013 The Vampire Diaries Megan Episode: "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
2014 The Fosters Gabi Recurring role