Okay, so maybe Mattfeld isn’t exactly recognizable on Wizards of Waverly Place, but for anyone who was a fan of the late ’00s Disney Channel comedy, it certainly is a memorable role. The series tells the story of a trio of sibling wizards who are dealing with the trials and tribulations of high school. They are all also learning the arts of wizardry, often to comically chaotic results. Per the rules of wizardry, when the siblings come of age, they will compete to see which of them retains their abilities and become the Family Wizard. Obviously, lots of sibling rivalry ensues.
This is where Mattfeld comes in. In the season 3 episode “Franken Girl,” Justin (David Henrie) is trying to prevent his sister Alex (Selena Gomez) from messing with his stuff. Instead of putting a lock on his bedroom door, he decides to do the sensible thing and create a Frankenstein’s monster like creature to keep Alex away. Except instead of a giant reanimated corpse, it’s a teenage girl with a distorted forehead and the classic Frankenstein bolts, played by Mattfeld.
Things get complicated when Franken Girl and Alex become friends, and eventually join the cheerleading squad together. Playing a monster brought to life by teen wizards might have been against type for Mattfeld, but being a cheerleader isn’t — Mattfeld was a member of the USC cheerleading squad when she was in college, according to her Instagram.