Dubbed the next Shirley Temple, Ella Grace Helton is a tiny powerhouse of personality — a natural comedian with infectious positive energy. By the time Ella was 6, she already had a resume diversified by roles in TV, film, commercials and Broadway. She played the lovable and quirky Emily Ryan as series regular on "United We Fall." The sitcom, co-produced by ABC and Sony, aired on ABC in summer 2020.
Continuing to connect with her "DNA funny" roots, Ella had her major motion picture debut opposite Adam Sandler in "Hubie Halloween." The comedy started streaming on Netflix in October 2020.
The little old soul has acted in 17 commercials, including for Disney, Marriott, Hasbro, Gerber, Orowheat and Comcast XFINITY. In 2019, American Family Insurance highlighted Ella’s personal entrepreneurial story with her business, Ella Bella Beads, and her charitable efforts to combat child hunger — all while chatting with Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter. Ella has raised thousands of dollars and packed food weekly.
Ella started in musical theater at age 2, and she had her Broadway debut at age 5 as Lulu in The Broadway Tour of Waitress.
Ella has spent the past few years bicoastally, and her life is filled with diverse exposure to the arts and activities. She loves asking Mom to record her improv comedy characters (have you met Ella's "sisters" Bella, Elsa and Emily?), and she is a budding aerial artist. In addition to communicating via songwriting and music, Ella loves American Sign Language and Spanish.
Her training includes songwriting, voice, piano, ukulele, various dance styles, fine art, improv and musical theater. She is fierce on the mountain bike and rock wall and also enjoys, yoga, playing video games and building LEGOs. Good luck trying to get her out of a swimming pool.
Many of Ella's bike rides turn into trash clean-up efforts. In addition to fighting child hunger, helping the world by keeping the environment clean have become personal missions. Click here to learn more about Ella as an Ocean Hero.
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