With Miley Cyrus coming up in the news day after day, I started to wonder about all of the other Disney channel stars that I used to watch. So, I decided to do some research and see if maybe any other Disney alumns have been twerking away or making statements in very obscene clothing…or no clothing at all, for that matter. Some of what I found was rather disturbing, but there were some things that put my mind at ease. Well, here are some of my favorite Disney channel stars and where they are now.
My favorite Disney Channel show was Lizzie McGuire, I was obsessed with the show and I’m not ashamed to say that even now, when my best friends and I have movie nights, we always start off by watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie. So, naturally Hilary was the first on my list to research. I can’t say that I was surprised to see that not only has Hilary Duff kept her head on straight, but she has also continued to be successful in working on some movies and even guest starring on a few television shows. Since the end of Lizzie McGuire, I have continued to catch Hilary in some of her other roles and I can say that I was the most surprised by her guest starring role on Gossip Girl where she was a part of a pretty racy threesome. I’m not sure if Miranda and Gordo would’ve approved of that decision, but since I think that was the raciest thing Hilary has done, we can let it slide. Recently, Hilary has been focusing on raising her son Luca and is also working on some new projects said to come out within this coming year.
Keeping with the Lizzie McGuire curiosity, I decided to check out what Miranda has been up to. To my surprise, Lalaine and Hilary have completely gone on separate paths. Since Disney Channel, Lalaine hasn’t done very much acting work; although a true fan would’ve recognized her in her extremely minor role in Easy A. Before being in Easy A, Lalaine was arrested in 2008 for possession of meth. Here’s to hoping Lalaine gets her life back on track and maybe we’ll see her in something else sometime soon!
Following That’s So Raven, that went on from 2003-2007, Raven went on and was a part of a few movies and then proceeded to make her way to the stage. I was fortunate enough to see Raven in Sister Act before it closed in August of 2012 and I have to say it was nothing short of great! Raven was really a natural on the stage, maybe it was because she got to practice her singing in all of the Cheetah Girls movies. Nonetheless, Raven has become one of the successful Disney Channel alumns and has most definitely kept her head on straight and is going forward with different projects and facets in her life wonderfully. Recently, Raven has also come out and publically told the world that she is a lesbian and did so using Twitter, she tweeted “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.". Good for you, Raven, kick ass and keep living your life the way you want to!
Again, sticking with the That’s So Raven cast, Orlando Brown who played Raven’s best friend Eddie has gone on a completely separate path from the one Raven has taken. In 2008, he was arrested for drug possession (hey, that’s the same year that Lalaine was arrested for possession of meth…coincidence?). In 2011, he was arrested for a DUI and then arrested again in 2012. Since working on That’s So Raven, Orlando hasn’t done anything else really and that may be because as of now there is still a warrant out for his arrest. To each their own, Orlando, you do whatever you gotta do.
Well, some of the Disney Channel stars have continued on their wholesome paths and successfully continued their careers whereas others have completely fallen off their wagons. In Miley’s case, it’s extremely evident that she is trying to make a statement and make sure she can get every ounce of attention that she needs, but hopefully one day she’ll get her act together, purchase some clothing, and get back on track.
Until next time,
- Arielle Ozery