Maia Mitchell (born 18 August 1993)is an Australian actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Brittany Flune in the children's television series Mortified for the Nine Network, and as Natasha Ham in the Seven Network's teen drama Trapped. For American audiences, she currently co-stars in the Freeform drama, The Fosters as Callie Jacob. She also co-starred with Ross Lynch in the Disney Channel original films Teen Beach Movieand Teen Beach 2 as McKenzie.
Mitchell was born in Lismore, New South Wales. Her father, Alex, is a taxi driver, while her mother, Jill, works in the education system. Mitchell has one younger brother, Charlie. She plays guitar, which has been demonstrated in her film and television work. She learned to play at a young age. She attended Trinity Catholic College, Lismore.
Mitchell first began acting by performing in school plays and also in local theater productions. She was discovered by talent agencies and got her big break at age 12 when she was cast as Brittany Flune in the Australian children's television series Mortified. Mortifiedended after two seasons and a total of 26 episodes, which spanned from 30 June 2006 to 11 April 2007. Due to her success on Mortified, she also starred in the Australian television series Trapped and its sequel series Castaway as the character Nastasha Hamilton. She was also in the TV series K-9, a spin-off of the popular British TV series Doctor Who which focuses on the robot dog K-9.
Her first television role in the US was in the Disney Channel TV series Jessie. She then made her film debut by starring as the main character McKenzie in the Disney Channel Original movie Teen Beach Movie and reprising her role in Teen Beach 2. She currently stars in the ABC Family drama series The Fosters as one of the main characters, Callie Adams Foster.
About her character: Callie Adams Foster (born Callie Quinn Jacob) is a main character in The Fosters and the most recent teenager to come into the home of Stef Adams Foster and Lena Adams Foster. She is the older daughter of Robert Quinnand the deceased Colleen Jacob. Until the Season 1 finale, she was thought to be the biological daughter of Donald Jacob before realizing he was her step-father. She is the maternal half-sister of Jude Adams Fosterand paternal half-sister of Sophia Quinn.
- Callie Adams Foster is the oldest foster child, and is the younger adoptive sister to Brandon and older adoptive sister to twins, Jesus and Mariana, and older maternal half-sister to Jude. In the pilot episode, Callie is placed in the Adams Foster home after serving time in juvenile detention for causing damage to her abusive foster father's property. Later, with Brandon's help, she goes to get Jude,who was still in the abusive foster home. Callie quickly takes a liking to Brandon, but the pair hold back their feelings in an effort to protect Callie's fostering. Callie attempts to run away, but with her history, is placed in a group home to counsel her actions and keep her away from Brandon. At the end of season 1, Callie's adoption is put on hold after discovering that she and Jude do not share the same birth father. In season 2, Callie is approached by a man who reveals to be her birth father, Robert Quinn. She is introduced to his family, and is quickly taken by his daughter, Sophia. After Robert feels ready to turn over his paternal rights, Sophia tears apart the paperwork hoping Callie feels the same way about their newfound sibling bond, which appears to be the exact opposite. She is officially adopted in the summer finale of season 3 and becomes an "Adams Foster" following a protracted battle with the justice system and an impassioned speech to a judge.