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Lela Avery Dean
Lela Teen Beach 2 Promotional Picture.jpg
Basic Information



15 (Original)
21 (Future)






Chase (father; deceased)
Rhys (mother; deceased)
Guy (step-father; deceased)
Caitlin (older half-sister; deceased)
Butchy (older brother)
Brian (paternal grandfather; deceased)
Joan (paternal grandmother; deceased)
Trevor (paternal uncle; deceased)
Cole (maternal grandfather; deceased)
Shay (maternal grandmother; deceased)
Hallie (maternal aunt; deceased)
Spencer (maternal uncle; deceased)
Maxine (maternal aunt; deceased)
Tanner (husband)
Destiny (daughter)
Dallas (daughter)
Charlie (daughter)


Tanner (Boyfriend/In Love With)


Tanner (Best Friend/Husband)
Chee Chee

Behind the Scenes
Portrayed by:

Grace Phipps

Lela Avery Dean is the leading female character in Wet Side Story. When Brady and Mack go into the movie, Lela accidentally falls in love with Brady, instead of Tanner, her original love interest. She is portrayed by Grace Phipps.


In Wet Side Story, Lela is a part of the biker group, "The Rodents". When Lela falls into surfer guy Tanner's arms, she instantly falls in love with him. Due to them being a part of rival groups, Bikers and Surfers, they must keep their love a secret.

When Brady, who is a real person, is transported into Wet Side Story, Lela falls into his arms instead and instead falls in love with Brady rather than Tanner. To try to make the movie right again, Mack and Brady try to set her up with Tanner however, they ultimately fail and they are instead naturally brought together.

At the end of Teen Beach Movie, she, along with her brother and a few other bikers and surfers, gets trapped inside the real world.

In Teen Beach 2, Lela is one of the most important characters. She is the one that comes up with the idea of going to the "world" where Mack and Brady live: the future. She finds the necklace that Mack got from her, and tells everybody that it is a sign. She, along with Tanner, travel to the future and find Mack and Brady.

There, she is amazed by how much girl power there is in the future, she loves the food, and she even likes the learning in school. Mack and Brady start noticing that Lela starts becoming more modern, and start rushing to find a way to get them back to their world. Accidentally, they tell her and Tanner that they are characters from a movie, and she doesn't take it good.

Lela, now knowing that she is not real, refuses even more to leave and it gets harder for Mack and Brady to get them to the movie. Lela doesn't want to go for a lot of reasons, but the main one is because she doesn't want to live the same story over and over. Things get harder, however, when the characters start vanishing and disappearing, so Lela and Tanner are forced to leave. Mack tells Lela that she can change the movie and do whatever she wants. Lela and Mack say goodbye, and along with Tanner, they leave on Brady's new surfboard.

However, even if Lela and Tanner left at the right time, Brady and Mack forgot about each other. Lela, knowing this, makes the movie change to give them another chance of meeting, and it works. With the new movie, called "Lela, Queen of the Beach", it is all centered on Lela's life and her summer with her friends. At the end, Lela winks to Mack and Brady, as if she did all this to give them another chance.

By the end of the series, Lela has acquired extremely powerful abilities to alter the fabric of reality--appearing to be able to reshape both her own fictional world and the "real" world arbitrarily at her whim. There are no apparent limits to her power. Although it is unclear which religion, if any, is canon in this universe, it appears Lela has become a god of sorts.


Lela trimming her nails with other biker girls.

Lela is a sweet and kind 1960's little girl. She generally takes a positive outlook, is almost always friendly, and is rarely seen being moody. She enjoys being a part of the bikers, but also would enjoy surfing and sunshine. She is known to change what she wears to attract boys.



Main article: Tela


Lela in Tanner's arms.

Tanner and Lela are the main characters in Wet Side Story. The two care for each other deeply, but are aware that their relationship may never work out due to being from opposing groups. Near the end of the movie, Lela falls for Tanner when the movie is back on track, and they become a couple like they were supposed to be in the first place.


Main article: Brela

Close friend

Lela falling into Brady's arms.

Brady and Lela are very close friends and spend plenty of time together. However, their relationship gets complicated when Brady catches her instead of Tanner. Lela calls him her hero and falls for him. Though he finds her attractive, he'd rather still be with Mack. At one point, however, she chooses Tanner over him, of which Brady is perfectly fine with since Brady is with Mack.


Close Friend

Lela and Mack at Lela's slumber party.

Although Lela's breaking into song gets on Mack's nerves, they have a close friendship as Lela considers Mack to be one of her best friends. Mack acts as a role model for Lela, offering her advice and doing activities with her, such as spending nights at Lela's house together. Lela feels close enough to Mack to confide information she couldn't to anyone else.



Lela and Butchy are siblings. They barely interact onscreen, though they do enjoy spending quality time together. Their typical activities include hanging out at Big Momma's and rivaling against the surfers. Butchy is rather overprotective of Lela, but how she feels about him is never revealed.

Lugnut, Chee Chee, and Struts


Lela and the biker orphans laughing.

Along with Butchy, Lugnut, Chee Chee, and Struts are among Lela's closest friends in the biker group, because they are all orphans, and all of them like to hang out in Big Momma's, doing various activities, many of them opposing the surfers.


  • Lela has always wanted to surf.
  • Her sleepwear consists of a hot pink hip-length nightie and slippers.
  • She had a necklace that means "Friendship Forever" in Hawaiian. At the end of the first movie, she gives this necklace to Mack.
  • She is one of the six people that accidentally got stuck in the real world at the end of the movie, along with Tanner, Butchy, SeacatGiggles, and also Struts).
  • In the Latin Spanish version, Lela's name is Lila.
  • When Lela changed the movie, Wet Side Story was replaced by Lela, Queen of the Beach.
  • The actress that portrayed her in Wet Side Story is revealed to be Alexandra Gray.
  • Her character is inspired by the West Side Story main female character, Maria, who falls in love with a member of a rival gang.
  • In TB2, Struts and another biker girl consoled Lela when she didn't want Tanner to leave.
  • Lela is younger than Tanner.
  • She is portrayed by Grace Phipps aka Grace Victoria Phipps.
  • She is an orphan, like the rest of the bikers and surfers.
  • Originally, her middle name was going to be Journey.


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