Right after The Lizzie McGuire Movie came out in 2003, Hilary Duff was set to do another Lizzie McGuire series for ABC (or ABC Family?) with Lizzie moving on to high school. However, her mom negotiated for more money with Disney, and they balked, so her mom went to Warner Bros, which turned into Hilary getting the lead role in A Cinderella Story.
Disney was apparently pissed her mom went to Warner Bros behind their backs, so they ripped up the plans for any more Lizzie at that time. I'm still bitter the most recent Lizzie McGuire reboot died before it could get off the ground, as a former super fan.
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Jennifer Stone from Wizards of Waverly Place is now a registered nurse. She still acts and also writes screenplays now.
Idk if he still is there, but Brandon Baker who played Johnny in Johnny Tsunami was our waiter at a breakfast joint in Colorado in like 2017. Seemed to be living a nice outdoorsy and quiet life out there.
Bridgit Mendler from ‘Good Luck Charlie’ on Disney channel got her PhD from MIT in 2020 in Social Media technology that support diversity and inclusion and now works in a lab for them! She also took classes at Harvard Law School and met her husband while attending MIT as he was also a student.
Not info, but this photo of Raven-Symoné on a Segway lives rent free in my mind.
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Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson Young of Disney Channel’s The Famous Jett Jackson, which ran from 1998 to 2001, sadly succumbed to his battle with depression and bipolar disorder and ended his life in 2013 at the age of 29.
Alyson Stoner who used to be the sister on Mike’s Super Short Show-and was in Camp Rock, Step Up, Missy Elliot videos-had a very hard time as a child star and battled an eating disorder.
Like a few years back I know she did a Missy Elliot tribute video that was supposed to be her comeback to adult stardom but something happened, she disappeared, came back to dance with Missy Elliot at the VMAs for Vanguard Award, came out as queer, wrote a book and she’s a motivational speaker now or something on TikTok.
She occasionally seems a little thirsty but overall is clearly trying to work through trauma.
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When I think of 90s child stars my mind goes to Amanda Bynes. You could tell that she had a rough time as a child actor. She has had it bad, if not worst than Brittany Spears. I honestly hope Amanda is doing okay now.
Jamie Lynn Spears
When Jamie Lynn Spears got pregnant on Zoey 101 there were a lot of rumours that the father was a producer on Nickelodeon.
Kimberly J. Brown & Daniel Kountz
Kimberly J. Brown (Quints and the Halloweentown movies) dating her Halloweentown 2 costar.
Rondell Sheridan (Dad from That’s So Raven) was doing comedy shows on cruise ships a few years back. We saw him on the Royal Caribbean and his show was absolutely one of the funniest comedy shows I’ve ever seen. He has us (and the entire audience) in tears from laughing so hard.
Not really tea but Paul Butcher from Zoey 101 (her little brother) has a million TikTok followers and posts a lot of hyper-sexual videos and it’s super weird to me bc in my mind he’s the dorky little child forever.
I didn’t see it mentioned, but does anyone remember when Tiffany Thornton (So Random, Sonny With A Chance) was accused of kidnapping her own kids by her late husband, when she was really just escaping his alcoholic erratic behavior?
So, there you have it! The Reddit community came through with all the gossip on some of our favorite Disney stars and where they are now.
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