21 March 2012 2:27 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

One day, 4-year-old Ariel Winter was watching "Dora the Explorer" in her Los Angeles home when she turned to her father and told him she wanted to walk through the screen and be Dora. Her parents, sensing their daughter's passion, began researching the business of acting. Soon after, Winter landed her first paid acting gig: a commercial for Cool Whip.At 7, she booked her first film role in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" as a young Michelle Monaghan, where her big line was "I'm going to be an actress!" From there, she booked guest-starring roles on many TV series (including a recurring role on the final six episodes of "ER"), appeared in films such as "One Missed Call," "Speed Racer," and "The Chaperone," and has voiced various animated characters, including Marina the Mermaid on the series "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," Gretchen on "Phineas and Ferb," and Thumper's Sister in. »

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