The film drew 2.1 million viewers, a better-than-average prime-time audience for ABC Family, and per the network, was the week's top cable film among coveted female demographic groups.In the third season, Disney Channel announced that the series would feature a same-sex couple.

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Though initially slated for a theatrical release, the film did not receive one in the US and was instead released as a TV film on ABC Family in 2009.

The film did, however, receive a theatrical release in countries such as Russia, Romania, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, and Mexico.

In Summer 2012, Mendler confirmed that the title of her official debut single was "Ready or Not", written by Mendler herself, Emanuel "Eman" Kiriakou and Evan "Kidd" Bogart.

The song was released for digital download on August 7 and for radio airplay on August 21, 2012.

In 2011, she appeared in Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas, the film based on the series.

Mendler starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth, in which her character Olivia performs numerous songs.

In 2004, she began her career in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha.

As a teenager, she starred in the films Alice Upside Down, The Clique, and Labor Pains.

On the decision, she stated, "I was 11 when I did a play out in Northern California and I really enjoyed it and I decided that I wanted to pursue a career, so I got an agent and did commercials and voice-overs and that sort of thing." In 2004, Mendler got her first acting role in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha, in which she portrayed Lucy.