Sabrina Carpenter (born May 11, 1999) is an American teen actress and singer, who stars as rebellious Maya Hart, the best friend of Riley Matthews (portrayed by Rowan Blanchard) in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World which debuted on June 27, 2014. She is signed to Hollywood Records.
Originally from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Sabrina Carpenter placed third in a singing contest run by Miley Cyrus, "The Next Miley Cyrus Project".
2011–13: The Goodwin Games
Carpenter booked her first acting role in 2011, a guest role on NBC drama series Law & Order: SVU. She played a young rape victim interviewed by Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni). Around the same time, she performed live on the Chinese television station Hunan Broadcasting System, for the Gold Mango Audience festival. She performed Etta James' "Something's Got a Hold on Me", in the style of Christina Aguilera from the movie Burlesque. Less than two years later, Carpenter booked a series recurring role on Fox's The Goodwin Games as Young Chloe, a series regular role on Disney Channel pilot Gulliver Quinn and the ABC pilot The Unprofessional. She was a lead dancer in Just Dance Kids 2.
2014–present: Girl Meets World and Can't Blame a Girl for Trying
In January 2013, Carpenter was cast as the rebellious Maya Hart in the Disney Channel series "Girl Meets World", oppositeRowan Blanchard. The series is a sequel to the 1993-2000 ABC series Boy Meets World. She portrayed young Merrin in the 2013 film Horns. Carpenter performed "Smile" for the album Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust And Pixie Dust"; the song charted on Radio Disney. Her song "All You Need" is featured on the Sofia the First soundtrack.
On March 14, 2014, Carpenter's debut single, "Can't Blame A Girl For Trying", premiered on Radio Disney, and was released on iTunes later in the day. The song is the title track on her debut EP, which was released on April 8 and was generally well-received. Carpenter is featured on the Girl Meets World theme song, "Take On The World", which also features her co-star Blanchard. Her debut studio album is set to be released in early 2015. Carpenter contributed the song "Stand Out" to the Disney Channel Original Movie How to Build a Better Boy, which premiered August 15, 2014, on Disney Channel. On July 20, 2014 Carpenter contributed lead vocals to Disney Channel Circle of Stars's cover version of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?".