was born in Carmichael, California (a suburb of Sacramento) to a Hmong American father and a Thai American mother. Her family migrated to America from Laos in 1976. Brenda has two younger brothers, Timmy and Nathan, whom she lives with them and her parents in Greater Los Angeles. Brenda holds a black belt in and Tae Kwon Do
was named an All-American Scholar in ninth grade. She began acting and modeling at age six. Her first television appearance was in a Little Caesars commercial. She also played a minor role in a skit on MADtv.
One of Song's more notable acting roles is her portrayal of
in the Disney Channel Original Series
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (alongside Ashley Tisdale and twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse)
. She also played a recurring role as Tia in the Disney Channel Original Series Phil of the Future and as Sariffa Chung on Nickelodeon's 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd. She starred as Wendy Wu in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.
had minor guest appearances on the Disney Channel Original Series
That's So Raven, American Dragon: Jake Long, and Lloyd In Space; on One on One, George Lopez, The Nightmare Room, The Bernie Mac Show, Judging Amy, Bette, Charmed, and 7th Heaven; and "extra" appearances on Reba, Strong Medicine, Supernatural, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, Will and Grace, Grounded for Life, Lizzie McGuire, and Even Stevens.
Song had starring roles as Natasha in the Disney Channel Original Movie
Stuck in the Suburbs
(alongside Danielle Panabaker),
Jennifer in Get a Clue
(alongside Lindsay Lohan), Samantha Kwan in
The Ultimate Christmas Present
(alongside Hallee Hirsh), and
Wendy Wu in Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (alongside Shin Koyamada)
. Wendy Wu first aired on June 16, 2006, where Song starred as a popular high school student who aspires to be Homecoming Queen, but is called to be the next great warrior – her only Disney Channel Original Movie role where she does not portray a sidekick character. In December 2006, Song
provided voiceovers for a 60-minute made-for-television film called
Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen.
Song sang alongside other Disney Channel stars in their rendition of "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes," which was released on both the special edition Cinderella DVD and on the DisneyMania 4 CD. ~ wikipedia.com