Birth Date: September 23, 1984 / Age: 29
Birth Place: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Biography: Anneliese Louise van der Pol (born September 23, 1984 in the Netherlands) is a actor in the television show That's So Raven.
Anneliese was born in the Netherlands, where it is flat, green, and rainy, as she claims. Her dream was to be a ballerina, but a sprained ankle stood in her way. Although she had surgery to correct it, she still can no longer dance en pointe.
A graduate of the Musical Theater Program at The Orange County (CA) High School of the Arts, Anneliese has already made an impressive mark in the world of entertainment. For her captivating performance as Eva Peron in the Buena Park Civic Theatre production of "Evita", she not only won rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times but also earned a place in history as the youngest actress (age 15) to play the role in a professional production. Anneliese recently starred as Laurey in "Oklahoma!" for Austin Musical Theatre, and was nominated for "Best Actress In a Musical".
Many people believe that Anneliese's voice overshadows her That's So Raven co-star Raven-Symoné's, especially in the That's So Raven episode 'Road to Audition'. She has said that despite rumors, there is no competition between her and Raven-Symoné: "Raven is a really good friend, and I feel no sense of competition between us whatsoever." Anneliese is currently single, and claims to have absolutely no time for guys, and not even enough time for family.
She and Christy Romano were last minute replacements for the duet with Carlos Ponce in the Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade 2003. LeeAnn Rimes, who was supposed to be Carlos Ponce's duet, was snowed in and could not make it, so Anneliese and Christy were asked to fill in. Because it was last minute, they did not have the clothes that Disney wanted them to wear for the performance, so they were each bought a new outfit (including shoes) for it, which they were allowed to keep. She said she really liked the boots that she got.
On television, she stars as Chelsea Daniels, Raven's best friend and sidekick, who often draws her into humorous escapades in the Disney Channel original comedy series That's So Raven.
She is currently in the studio recording her first vocal demo CD with veteran music producer/ composer Bob Esty, who has produced, written and arranged numerous hit songs for Barbra Streisand and Cher. She is also working with award-winning songwriters Allan Rich and Jud Friedman.