Actress and musician Aly Michalka was born in Torrance, California. Growing up in Southern California and Seattle, she was home-schooled and took an interest in performing arts at an early age, playing piano and acting in church stage productions starting at age five. At 13 she learned guitar, and plays music in a duo with her younger sister Amanda Joy (AJ) called “Aly & AJ.”
Aly got her big break in 2004 when she was cast in a regular role on the Disney Channel series Phil of the Future, playing Keely Teslow, the bubbly best friend of a boy from the future.
She and AJ were then signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records label, releasing their debut album “Into the Rush” was released in 2005. The song “No One” was featured in the Disney movie Ice Princess (2005), and the album went platinum in 2007. Their cover of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Do You Believe in Magic” was heard in the Disney channel movie Now You See It, in which Aly also played a starring role. The pair have since released two more albums, “Acoustic Hearts of Winter” in 2006 and “Insomniatic” in 2007. Their song “Potential Breakup Song” off “Insomniatic” peaked at number 17 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 best songs of 2007.
After Now You See It, Aly starred another Disney Channel movie alongside her sister, called Cow Belles (2006). They also filmed a Disney Channel pilot called Haversham Hall (2006), but it was never picked up as a series. Aly made her big screen debut in Bandslam (2009) along fellow Disney alumnus Vanessa Hudgens.
When she isn’t acting, Aly enjoys drawing, fashion and sewing, and has plans to design a clothing line. She loves sushi, tacos, candy, pasta, and Jamba Juice. She lives with her parents and sister in Los Angeles, and has two dogs named Saint and Bandit.