- Full Name Bella Podaras
- Occupation Actor, Model
- Nationality America
- Birthplace Texas, USA
- Birth Date Jan 06, 2004
- Age 17 Years, 8 Months
Bella Podaras | Biography 2021
Bella Podaras attributed her real personality to her reel character Brooke in the Netflix series 'Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love.' She played a pleasant, charismatic, and confident personality, enthusiastic about makeup and fashion. She said, "Brooke is definitely a part of me. We are similar in many ways. We're actually into a lot of the same things. I would say we are both pretty bold and both have a love for fashion. That's probably our biggest similarity."
Bella Podaras is an American television actress and social media personality, best known for her character Brooke in the Netflix series Ashley Garcia: Genius in love.
Who is Bella Podras?
As an Actress, Broadway Artist, and a popular social media personality, Bella Podras began her acting career in theatre. She regarded it as her first love. Later, she was drawn to film and television and shifted to Los Angeles to pursue them.
She started her acting journey by doing small plays around her hometown, Houston, and then associated with the famous series Ashley Garcia: Genius in love.
Early life and education
Bella Podaras was born on January 6, 2004, in Houston, Texas, to mother Koda Podaras and father Perry Podaras.
The entertainment world lured Podaras at a very early age. To refine her take on entertainment, Podaras enrolled in theatre and Broadway classes at three. While in theatre, she did numerous small plays around her town and developed a penchant for dancing and singing.
Though she initially pursued theatre, her interest transited to films and television at the age of 9, and she decided to pursue acting in film and television. Podaras spent about 9 years of her early life studying theatre, Broadway, film, and television as she was very sure about taking acting as a career.
"I've wanted to be an actress since I can remember. I can't imagine doing anything else", she said in an interview with Bitmap Magazine.
Shifting to Los Angeles
Amidst her shows in Texas, Podaras met a Talent Scout, Nikki Pederson, who helped her contact a Talent Manager in Los Angeles. Podaras was only 12 when her family decided to shift to LA to help her advance her career in film and television acting.
Podaras's acting career began by participating in small plays around her hometown and growing to be featured on popular series Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love.
Podaras made her first on-screen debut in 2015, with the short film The Wheel Workers: Whole Other World, where she portrayed a driver's role. After two years, in 2017, she succeeded in making her first television appearance on Gwen's World of Weird as a Cheerleader. In 2018, she appeared in an episode Chapter six: Listen with Your Ears, React with Your Face of a TV series Barry, as the titular character's fake daughter.
Podaras got her breakthrough in 2020. She was featured as a regular for the character of Brooke Bishop in the Netflix series Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love. The same year she also got another opportunity to portray her character, Brooke, on Game On! A Comedy Crossover Event. She also starred in one of the comedy series Family Reunion episodes in its third season as Kelly Anne as of 2021.
Social Media and Modeling
Podaras is also a popular figure on Instagram with over 90,000 followers. Her appearance on Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love helped her gain many followers and heightened her image. Besides, she is active on photoshoots and modeling. She got featured on the cover of Mr. Warburton Magazine and was also spotted in the British Thoughts Magazine.
'Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love'
Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love, a.k.a The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia, enclosed a storyline about the titular character Ashley (played by Paulina Chávez), a 15-year-old scientist. The plot began with her accepting a position at a renowned company to pursue robotics. The character had to relocate across the country to live with her fun-loving Uncle Victor (Jencarlos Canela), exploring her teendom there.
The series was co-created by Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland and starred by Conor Husting, Reed Horstmann, and Bella Podaras, alongside the appearance of the creator Mario Lopez, with Haley Pullos and Chelsea Kane in recurring roles. The series consisted of three parts - Part 1 and Part 2 with 14 episodes and Part 3 with a single episode, The True Meaning of Christmas Togetherness Funtime. Though it was not the show's climax, the series ended somehow without proper closure of the storyline.
Brooke Bishop in 'Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love'
Bella Podaras played the role of Brooke Bishop, the titular Ashley's bold and extroverted best friend, in the series Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love. Her role Brooke helped Ashley learn how to be a teenager and explore the fun of adolescence rather than constantly grinding on work and studies, as Ashley's character was nerdy with a Ph.D. from MIT at the young age of 15.
The series portrayed Brooke as a pleasant, charismatic, and confident personality, enthusiastic about makeup and fashion. Brooke's character, according to Podaras, posed a striking resemblance to her real personality.
"Brooke is definitely a part of me. We are similar in many ways. We're actually into a lot of the same things. I would say we are both pretty bold and both have a love for fashion. That's probably our biggest similarity," she said in an interview with Bitmap Magazine.
Cancellation of the show 'Genius In Love'
Part 1 of the series, Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love was premiered in February 2020. It was quickly followed by part 2 in July 2020. Fans had great anticipation for the release of part 3. But, the show announced it would not return for the next part.
Though a special stand-alone Christmas episode was released under part three, it had no concern with the show's ending. Nor it had a connection with the storyline from the previous parts. It was filmed before the COVID pandemic.
Upon hearing the news of the cancellation, Podaras posted a picture on her Instagram with her co-casts and a caption that read, "We found out today that Ashley Garcia will not be picked up for another season. I have no words. Thank you thank you thank you. This was a dream come true."
Podaras joined hands with Family Reunion season 3 as a guest star in one of its episodes playing the character Kelly Anne.
The season premiered on April 5, 2021, with a total of 8 episodes featuring several well-known guest stars, Anika Noni Rose, Bruce Bruce, Willie Gault, Kenya Moore, Brandi Glanville, Candiace Dillard Bassett, Kelly Perine, Mark Curry, Ariel Martin, Ariel Martin, Lalah Hathaway alongside Bella Podaras.
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