Caroline Sunshine was born September 5, 1995, in Atlanta, Georgia to parents Thom and Karen Sunshine. She has two younger brothers, John (born in 1997) and Christopher (born in 2000). Sunshine was raised in Orange County, California, and began studying ballet at the age of 3. In kindergarten she landed her first lead role playing Goldilocks in a classroom play, then acted with the Orange County Children’s Theater, and danced competitively with the South Coast Performing Arts studio in Tustin, California. Sunshine’s stage credits include Annie Warbucks at the Orange County Children’s Theatre, The Nutcracker at the Academy of Dance and South Coast Performing Arts, and Stage Door at the Lutheran High School of Orange County.
Caroline Sunshine began going on professional auditions at age 11, and landed her first role in a commercial for Amazing Allysen the talking doll, as well as commercial work for Yoplait Go-Gurt, and Cap’n Crunch. In 2010, Sunshine filmed her first pilot for the CBS sitcom, Team Spitz, starring Rob Riggle of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as a high school coach and her father on the show. Later that same year, she gained popular notoriety for her role as Barbara Winslow in her first feature film Marmaduke based on the comic strip of the same name. In 2010 Caroline Sunshine was cast in a recurring role on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up! as European exchange student Tinka Hessenheffer alongside Kenton Duty as her flamboyant fraternal twin brother Günther. The glitzy brother/sister duo of Günther and Tinka is said to be inspired by Ryan and Sharpay Evans of Disney’s High School Musical franchise. She was promoted to series regular in the following seasons until the series ended in November 2013.
In addition to acting on Disney’s Shake It Up!, her vocal talents were featured on a number of Disney albums. Caroline had featured songs on the Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance (2012), Shake It Up: I <3 Dance (2013), The Disney Channel Holiday Playlist (2012), and Disney’s Holidays Unwrapped (2013). She has also been working on other music and performing at shows across the US.
In May 2014, it was announced that Caroline Sunshine had been cast in a new pilot series for ABC Family, Recovery Road. Caroline is set to star opposite Samantha Logan in an adaptation of the book of the same name, about a teenage girl dealing with addiction.
Stay tuned for much more from Caroline in the coming year!