The Biggest Disney Channel Stars, Then and Now


With Zac Efron internet hosting journey exhibits, Zendaya choosing up Emmys, and Miley Cyrus producing jams to get us by quarantine, it looks as if there is no higher time to have been a Disney Channel star. So many vastly profitable entertainers acquired their begin on the community within the ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s, gathering devoted followers and then shifting on to larger and even higher issues. To remind you simply how far a few of these celebrities have gone, we’re trying on the largest Disney Channel stars, then and now. And for extra Hollywood nostalgia, listed below are 24 Celeb Red Carpet Photos From 1990 You Have to See to Believe.

Shia LaBeouf 2002
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Shia LaBeouf hammed it up as class clown Louis on the sequence Even Stevens, which ran from 2000 to 2003, together with a full-length Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM).

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Shia LaBeouf 2020

In 2019, Honey Boy—a movie LaBeouf wrote about his nontraditional childhood, eccentric father (who he performed), and substance use dysfunction—premiered, getting principally constructive evaluations. In 2020, he is appeared in movies The Tax Collector and Pieces of a Woman.

Miley Cyrus 2006
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Miley Cyrus, daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, catapulted to fame taking part in the lead function on the Disney musical sitcom Hannah Montana from 2006 to 2011.

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Miley Cyrus Midnight Sky
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Cyrus’s profession in music could have been launched by her Disney present, however she’s reinvented herself as an artist a number of occasions since. Her newest single, “Midnight Sky,” has an accompanying video she self-directed whereas in quarantine.

Selena Gomez 2007
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Selena Gomez had earlier appearing gigs, however she grew to become an enormous star due to the Disney sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place, on which she performed Alex Russo, from 2007 to 2012.

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Selena Gomez 2020
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In 2020, Gomez launched a brand new album, Rare, a make-up line known as Rare Beauty, and began her personal quarantine cooking present on HBO Max, titled Selena + Chef.

Zendaya 2010
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Zendaya, then often called Zendaya Coleman, starred on the Disney Channel sequence Shake It Up! from 2010 to 2013.

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Zendaya 2020

At the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards, Zendaya grew to become the second Black woman (and the youngest performer ever) to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her function on the HBO sequence Euphoria.

Raven Symone
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Having been a Cosby Show favourite, Raven-Symoné knew her means round baby stardom lengthy earlier than starring as a teen psychic on That’s So Raven (2003-2007) or being part of the DCOM lady group franchise The Cheetah Girls.

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Raven Symone 2019

Raven-Symoné returned to her function as Raven Baxter for the revival Disney sitcom Raven’s Home in 2017, after a stint on The View. She has a recurring function on black-ish as Dre’s sister and has lately launched new music.

Hilary Duff 2001
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Starring because the eponymous character on the junior excessive comedy Lizzie McGuire (and the 2003 characteristic movie model, The Lizzie McGuire Movie) launched Hilary Duff’s wide-ranging profession.

Hilary Duff 2019
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It stays to be seen simply what is going to occur with the planned Lizzie McGuire reboot, during which Duff was scheduled to star earlier than she and the showrunner objected to Disney+ holding the sequence to a PG score. But it looks as if issues are nonetheless a go for the spinoff of Younger, which can revolve round Duff’s character.

Cole and Dylan Sprouse 2006
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Twin actors Cole and Dylan Sprouse had been a Disney bundle deal, starring on The Suite Life of Zack & CodyThe Suite Life on Deck, and in The Suite Life Movie, between 2005 and 2011.

Dylan and Cole Sprouse 2019
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Cole now stars on the teenager thriller Riverdale as wannabe author Jughead Jones, whereas Dylan has co-founded a meadery in Brooklyn, New York.

Zac Efron 2006
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Playing a man equally concerned about sports activities and musical theater within the unique High School Musical (2006) made Zac Efron a teen heartthrob. He’d go on to star in two extra HSMs for Disney.

Down to Earth with Zac Efron

In 2019, Efron starred as serial killer Ted Bundy within the Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and in 2020, the streaming service debuted his travelogue actuality present, Down to Earth With Zac Efron.

Vanessa Hudgens 2006
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The different half of the East High energy couple of Troy and Gabriella, Vanessa Hudgens additionally rose to fame due to HSM. 

Vanessa Hudgens 2020
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Hudgens appeared in Bad Boys for Life, one of many few films to get a 2020 theatrical launch pre-pandemic, and will put Netflix audiences within the vacation spirit but once more with the Christmas rom-com The Princess Switch: Switched Again.

David Henrie 2007
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David Henrie performed Alex’s dorky older brother, Justin Russo, on Wizards of Waverly Place and additionally starred within the DCOM Dadnapped.

David Henrie 2020

Soon to be a dad of two, Henrie reunited with Gomez for This Is the Year, a film he wrote and directed.

Kyla Pratt 2008
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Kyla Pratt is well-known to older millennial Disney followers because the voice of Penny Proud on The Proud Family, a job she held from 2001 to 2005.

Kyla Pratt 2019
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These days, Pratt might be seen on the truth sequence Black Ink Crew: Compton. She additionally lately appeared on an episode of HBO’s Insecure; is part of the cast of the upcoming comedy sequence Call Me Kat, starring Mayim Bialik, and has signed on for a Disney+ revival of The Proud Family.

Jonas Brothers in Camp Rock
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Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas had already launched music earlier than changing into part of the golden ’00s period of the Disney Channel, however starring within the Camp Rock sequence took them to a different degree. They additionally had their very own present, Jonas, nevertheless it solely lasted from 2009 to 2010.

Jonas Brothers 2019
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Six years after a messy breakup, the Jonas Brothers acquired again collectively as a band in 2019 and launched the chart-topping single “Sucker,” adopted by the album Happiness Begins. In a documentary about their ups and downs, the brothers confessed that signing on for a Disney sitcom wasn’t the best profession step, looking back.

Sabrina Carpenter 2014
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Sabrina Carpenter starred on the Boy Meets World revival sequence, Girl Meets World, from 2014 to 2017. Her Disney domination additionally included main DCOMs and voicing animated characters, together with Princess Vivian on Sofia the First.

Sabrina Carpenter 2019
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Carpenter launched her fourth full-length album as a pop artist in 2019. In 2020, she made her Broadway debut within the musical Mean Girls, and starred in a handful of films, together with the Netflix dance flick Work It.

Skai Jackson 2012
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Skai Jackson performed the character of Zuri Ross for eight years on Disney, on the sitcom Jessie and later Bunk’d.

Skai Jackson 2019

Jackson is competing for the mirrorball trophy on the present season of Dancing With the Stars and has a ton of current voice work below her belt.

Brenda Song 2004
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Brenda Song was a DCOM queen, starring in a number of of essentially the most fondly remembered, together with Get a Clue (2002). She additionally performed London Tipton on each of The Suite Life sequence.

Brenda Song 2019
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Song remains to be within the Disney household, voicing a personality on the animated sequence Amphibia. Other current credit embrace the Hulu sequence Dollface and the 2019 Netflix thriller Secret Obsession.

Raviv (Ricky) Ullman 2004
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Credited as Ricky Ullman, Raviv Ullman was the Phil of the Disney Channel sci-fi comedy Phil of the Future from 2004 to 2006.

Raviv (Ricky) Ullman 2018

Ullman principally acts on stage as of late, these he is additionally dropped in on exhibits like Broad City; his most up-to-date theatrical function was a 2018 Off-Broadway play.

Bella Thorne 2010

Bella Thorne co-starred with Zendaya on Shake It Up!, which led to her releasing pop music as properly.

Bella Thorne 2019

Thorne’s 2020 initiatives embrace the films InfamousThe Babysitter: Killer Queen, and Girl. She additionally joined the subscription service OnlyFans, which gives customers the chance to pay for grownup content material from suppliers. (It could or could not be for a movie.)

Tahj Mowry 2001
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Brother of well-known twins Tia and Tamera MowryTahj Mowry was a toddler TV star in his personal proper. His sitcom Smart Guy wasn’t a Disney Channel Original, nevertheless it did discover a wider viewership there. He additionally voiced a personality on Disney’s animated spy present Kim Possible.

Tahj Mowry 2019

Tahj Mowry’s most up-to-date present enterprise ventures have been showing on the discuss present The Real and releasing an EP of his music, each in 2015. But he nonetheless steps out for the occasional carpet, as he did for the premiere of Breakthrough in 2019.

Jordan Fisher 2019
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Jordan Fisher grew to become a Disney child due to the Teen Beach Movie franchise, in addition to the sequence Liv and Maddie, which led to 2017.

Jordan Fisher 2019
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Pre-coronavirus shutdown, Fisher was starring on Broadway within the musical Dear Evan Hansen. He additionally starred in two 2020 Netflix films: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and Work It, reverse Sabrina Carpenter.

Demi Lovato 2008
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In 2008, Demi Lovato starred within the first Camp Rock, together with the Jonas Brothers. That led to Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam in addition to a starring function on the sitcom Sonny With a Chance.

Demi Lovato 2018

In 2020, Lovato began appearing once more with a recurring function on the ultimate season of Will & Grace in addition to the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest. She’s launched a number of new solo songs and collaborations, some specializing in her substance use dysfunction and different private struggles.


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