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Hinsdale girl hits H’wood

DANIELLE CAMPBELL Trip to salon with mom leads to starring role in Disney TV movie

- BY PAIGE WISER

It almost sounds like ... a Disney movie. A Midwestern girl gets discovered at a hair salon, catapulted into an acting career, and must learn to balance her freshman year at Hinsdale Central with filming in Los Angeles.

Danielle Campbell has Chicago’s Buzz Salon to thank for her teen stardom.

“I tagged along with my mom when she went to get her hair cut, and an agent approached my mom,” Campbell says. “They asked me to audition for an agency — and then I booked a Build-aBear Workshop commercial.”

Now 15, Campbell has hit the big time: The Disney Channel is relentless­ly promoting her new movie “StarStruck” with billboards and commercial­s. It airs Sunday at 7 p.m. She plays a Midwestern girl who visits L.A. and meets Disney heartthrob Sterling Knight: He hits her in the face with a door. (Then she throws up.)

In many ways, fame was inevitable. After all, Campbell would stand out anywhere. She’s a young, accessible brunette with blue eyes that are rivaled only by her co-star’s. She can sing, she can dance, and she even has a younger brother, Johnny, who would love to get into the business (see: Frankie Jonas, “the Bonus Jonas”).

It almost sounds like ... a readymade Disney star.

Not that Campbell hasn’t paid her dues. Before “StarStruck,” she played Gracey Hollander on “Prison Break.”

“Definitely completely different from Disney,” Campbell confirms. “I was the daughter of a woman who put this man in prison — he was one of ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ she saw his name on the TV and immediatel­y called the police — and he ended up coming back and getting revenge on our family,” she explains. “It was actually quite fun to film.”

Then came another thrill: She was nearly cast as the young Angelina Jolie in the upcoming movie “Salt.”

“It was down to me and one other girl,” Campbell says. She lost out, but there are worse things than being mistaken for a young Angelina Jolie. “I get a lot of people saying I remind them of Selena Gomez or Katie Holmes,” Campbell says. “I got a Megan Fox comment once. That made me super happy.”

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Hinsdale Central student Danielle Campbell stars opposite Sterling Knight in “StarStruck,” which will be televised by the Disney Channel on Sunday night.

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