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Last night, the world was introduced to Miranda Collins, the spunky, guarded heroine of Pretty Little Liars spin-off Ravenswood. We don't know about you guys, but we were rather charmed by this prickly foster kid, and that's mostly thanks to actress Nicole Gale Anderson, who brings a big likeability factor.

Who is this actress, and where might you have seen her before? We've got the deets, with five fun and interesting facts about this rising star.

1. She has a strong acting background. Ravenswood is far from Nicole's first time on TV. Despite being only 23, Nicole already has a long acting resume. Notable roles include Macy Misa on Jonas L.A., Kelly Parker on Make It or Break It, and Heather Chandler on Beauty and the Beast.

2. She used to do gymnastics. Nicole didn't just play a gymnast on Make It or Break It — she used to be one! When she was younger she was a competitive gymnast who won Nationals. Unfortunately, she was forced to retire due to injuries.

3. She's also been a model. After gymnastics and before becoming a TV star, Nicole spent some time as a model, and also did TV commercials. Hey, you gotta start somewhere!

4. She has a charitable side. Nicole has been a spokesperson for Underwriters Laboratories' Safety Smart Program, which helps young people learn how to make safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly choices. She also took part in Disney's Friends for Change program.

5. Her mother is from the Philippines. For those of you wondering about Nicole's ethnic background, she was born in Rochester, Indiana, but her mom is from the Philippines. Her dad was a Commander in the US Army.

Do you like Nicole as Miranda? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: IMDB, Starlit News, ABC Family, Underwriters Laboratories, Friends for Change

Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!


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