Disney has long been a part of everyone’s childhood, thanks in large part not only to their theme parks but also to their classic movies, TV series, and cartoons. It’s nice to reminisce about the good old Disney Channel days and the actors whom most of us grew up with. These stars have changed a lot since their days with the entertainment company, with some staying in the industry to pursue a star’s life while others quitting to live a quieter life.
See how your favorite Disney Channel stars are doing now.
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Gomez began her TV career on “Barney & Friends” alongside Demi Lovato when they were kids. She went on to become the lead actress on Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” She kickstarted her music career to release three albums with her band Selena Gomez and The Scene.
Now, Gomez has gone solo in her music career and has so far released two albums—“Stars Dance” in 2013 and “Revival” in 2015—while also nabbing roles for movies like “The Big Short” and “Spring Breakers.”
She served as the executive producer for Netflix’s “Thirteen Reasons Why” after her short rehab stint, which iHeart Radio says is an “attempt to focus on her mental health.”
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After appearing on “Barney & Friends” with Gomez, Lovato starred in the Disney Channel TV movies “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” with the Jonas Brothers. She also landed a lead role on “Sonny with a Chance” and released two albums while she was still under Disney’s management.
She made headlines due to her eating disorder, self-harm, and addiction. She went into rehab in 2010 after punching one of her dancers in the face.
Lovato is now focusing on her music career, even earning a Grammy nomination for her 2015 album “Confident.” Her latest song, “Sober,” was released in June 2018 where the former Disney star revealed she has broken her sobriety.
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Although she began her acting career at age six, Song shot to popularity with her portrayal of London Tipton in Disney’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” along with Ashley Tisdale and twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse.
Song is still active, appearing in a show titled “Changeland” that premiered in June 2019. The former Disney star is set to appear in the TV series “Dollface,” which is slated for release later this year.
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Duff was labeled a teen idol when she starred in Disney’s hit TV series “Lizzie McGuire.” She also began her music career around the same time her acting stint was taking off, appearing in various soundtracks for Disney Channel and debuting with a Christmas album.
Duff took a break from the industry after releasing four albums and the “Lizzie McGuire Movie.” She made her comeback in 2015 with her fifth album “Breathe In. Breathe Out.” and starred on the show “Younger.”
Seventeen Magazine says the former Disney star has two children of her own now: Luca, with ex-husband Mike Comrie, and Banks with her current partner Matthew Koma.
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Bet you didn’t know Captain Marvel was a Disney kid, did you? Larson began her career when she was nine years old, starring in the 2003 DCOM “Right on Track.” People Magazine says Larson has since landed role after role in various movies such as “13 Going on 30” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.”
Her lead role in “Room” earned her the 2016 Best Actress Oscar. Now, Larson has given life to the main character of Marvel’s “Captain Marvel,” the studio’s first female-led film. Aside from her Marvel stint, the actress also has three upcoming TV streaming projects with Amazon Studios, Apple TV+, and Netflix.
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Possibly one of the most famous Disney stars, Cyrus became a household name when she landed the lead role in the TV series “Hannah Montana.” Cyrus also started pursuing her musical career at the same time, releasing several albums and being known for both her acting and music skills. She also became a judge on “The Voice.” iHeart Radio notes the former Disney star’s philanthropy work—establishing the Happy Hippie Foundation, which “fights injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, and other vulnerable populations.”
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Dylan and Cole Sprouse
The mischievous twins from “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” debuted in 1999 for the comedy movie “Big Daddy” with Adam Sandler. Being Zack and Cody in the Disney original series catapulted the brothers to fame, which helped in creating the spin-off “The Suite Life on Deck” and the movie “The Suite Life Movie.”
The Sprouse twins stopped their acting career when “The Suite Life” ended in 2011. They focused on their studies and graduated from New York University in 2015. Two years after, Dylan and Cole went back into the acting business: Cole taking the role of Jughead Jones in “Riverdale” and Dylan starring in the indie thriller “Dismissed."