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Beloved Disney Channel Star Shocks Fans With Three HUGE Revelations About Her Post-Disney Life

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The beloved star of a famously popular Disney Channel series has just revealed some huge developments in her post-Disney era life: she’s now a mom and the CEO of a space start-up company–and that’s just the beginning.

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‘Good Luck Charlie’

On April 4, 2010, a brand-new show debuted on Disney Channel. Unlike many of Disney’s offerings at the time, the new family sitcom, Good Luck Charlie, featured a family with two parents who were not only involved in their kids’ lives; they were also written as parents who had something to offer their children, rather than serving as merely the less-intelligent butt of each episode’s jokes.

The series, which ran from April 2010 to April 2014, followed the many adventures of the Duncan family living in Denver–parents Bob and Amy, played by Eric Allen Kramer and Leigh Allyn Baker (Charmed, Will & Grace), and their kids PJ, Teddy, Gabe, Charlotte (“Charlie”), and Toby, played by Jason Dolley, Bridgit Mendler, Bradley Steven Perry, Mia Talerico, and Logan Moreau, respectively.

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The show derives its name from the words Teddy Duncan says at the end of each episode as she adds to a video diary she’s keeping for her much younger sister, Charlie.

Because of the difference in their ages, Teddy knows she’ll likely be out of the house with a life of her own by the time Charlie reaches her teenage years. As such, she keeps a video diary that she hopes to one day give to Charlie as a source of guidance as she navigates the challenges of those sometimes difficult years before adulthood.

In this case, however, it seems fiction imitated life for at least one member of the Good Luck Charlie cast. Or perhaps fiction somehow foretold real life . . .

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Bridgit Mendler (L) and Mia Talerico (R) as Teddy and Charlie in “Good Luck Charlie”/Credit: Disney

Good Luck Charlie was one of Disney Channel’s most popular series and several episodes featured very recognizable guest stars from around Hollywood.

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Even the Muppets joined the cast for the first episode of Season Four of the show, titled “Duncan Dream House.” But after only four seasons, it was time to say “Goodbye, Charlie.”

A Big Sister With a Bright Future

In Disney’s Good Luck Charlie series, actress Bridgit Mendler embodies the character of the second-oldest of the Duncan offspring, Teddy.

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Raven Goodwin (L) and Bridgit Mendler (R) as Ivy Wentz and Teddy Duncan in “Good Luck, Charlie”/Credit: Disney

Teddy excels in almost everything she attempts (except for dancing), but her highest achievements have an academic tone to them. She makes very good grades in all of her high school classes, and she is exceptionally responsible and creative.

The latter episodes of the series follow Teddy’s journey as she interviews with colleges like New York University, looks forward to high school graduation, and dreams about what life after high school will be like.

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Bridgit Mendler, Post-Disney

After the Good Luck Charlie series ended in 2014, the cast went their separate ways, each pursuing various endeavors. Bridgit Mendler, aka Teddy Duncan, might just have everyone beat when it comes to her post-Disney Channel life accomplishments, though fans are only now discovering what she’s been up to since her Teddy Duncan days.

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Unlike many of her Disney Channel acting peers, including Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Bella Thorne, and Selena Gomez, Bridgit Mendler has not pursued a career in entertainment in recent years.

In 2013, shortly before the series concluded, Mendler enrolled at the University of Southern California, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 2016. Since that time, she has gone on to earn a Master’s degree, as well as a Doctorate of Law (J.D.) from Harvard University.

She completed her graduate degree at MIT before beginning work toward her Ph.D. at MIT’s Center for Constructive Communications and Social Machines group. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the MIT Media Lab and focuses her attention on various technologies that “support inclusive and collaborative governance and citizen engagement,” per MIT.

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Mendler has remained largely out of the public eye in recent years–and it’s easy to see why. But this week, she took time to give her fans an update about her life now, at age 31, sharing her excitement about the pursuit of two exciting life goals.

“I’m a mama to a sweet four-year-old boy,” the 31-year-old posted on X, formerly Twitter. “Started fostering in 2021 [and] adopted near Christmas of 2022. I’m so lucky—being a parent is the biggest gift and most defining experience there is.”

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Mendler’s husband and son/Credit: X/BridgitMendler

But Mendler was just getting started.

In addition to earning a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, and a Doctorate of Law, and working toward her Doctorate of Philosophy, as well as getting married in 2021 to Griffin Cleverly and becoming a mom, Bridgit Mendler shared even more exciting news on X, saying that she is now the Chief Executive Officer for Northwood Space, a company that she co-founded.

The start-up company, per Mendler, aims to develop ground satellite stations to help send and receive data from space.

“The vision is a data highway between Earth and space,” Mendler told CNBC about her company. “Space is getting easier along so many different dimensions, but still, the actual exercise of sending data to and from space is difficult.”

Mendler is keeping it in the family, as her husband, aerospace engineer Griffin Cleverly, also works at Northwood Space as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.

On Monday, Mendler shared her excitement as Northwood was granted more than $6 million in seed money to be used in the development of the aforementioned ground stations.

According to those with expertise in the industry, the area of communications between Earth and the cosmos is vitally important, though often overlooked in the Space Race. Mendler’s efforts with Northwood Space will lend themselves to giving satellite communication a major upgrade, meaning that Bridgit Mendler might be even more popular in the world of space exploration as she was in Good Luck Charlie.

It proves that sometimes when you “hang in there, baby,” your dreams come true. Good Luck, Bridgit!

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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