Tiffany Thornton Opens Up About Childhood

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Tiffany Thornton is best known as "Tawni Hart" on Disney Channel's "Sonny With A Chance," but life hasn't always been easy for this starlet.

The 24-year-old recently opened up to Susie Magazine about her home life growing up, acting, and how she keeps strong in her faith.

On Demi Lovato: Demi is my closest friend. She's like my little sister. All of us are pretty much in the same age range.

On growing up with her 2nd Stepfather: Church really didn't matter to the man of the home, who's supposed to be the spiritual leader unless we were with our grandparents, we didn't go. We went through a rough time with that stepfather. I always found comfort in small spaces. I'd go in there and pray and sing to God. One night it came to blows between my mom and my stepfather, and he became violent. That was the first time I'd ever witnessed that. He tried to suffocate my mom, and I heard that whole thing going down. She was crying, of course, and my brother was hugging her.

On her faith: I'm the kind of person who wants to know what I believe-not because someone else told me. So I studied what it's like to be Buddhist, what it's like to be atheist . . . so I could understand at the end of the day that my Christian faith was right for me. Being in that class really solidified what I believe.

On almost quitting acting: There were times I didn't know if I wanted to do it," she confesses. "Right before I booked ';Sonny,' I went to church. I was like, OK, God, I feel like I'm just here, auditioning, not doing enough. I'm good at school. What am I doing here? If I don't book anything this week, I'm going back to Texas and I'm gonna do something for the Kingdom. And the next day I auditioned for ';Sonny' on a Tuesday. Wednesday I had my callback. Thursday I had to test for the network, and Friday we had the table reading for our first taping on Monday!

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