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2000s Disney Channel Stars: Where Are They Now?

It’s been two decades since they starred in our favorite Disney Channel shows, so what are they doing now?
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While Raven, Miley, and several other Disney Channel stars from the 2000s are still big names in the industry, some of our other favorites have gone under the radar. Are they still acting? Or did their careers shift gears and go in a completely different direction?

I went searching for the stars that made the Golden Age of Disney Channel what it was to see where they are now. And what I found honestly surprised me. Did I miss your favorite actor?

Alyson Stoner: Isabella from ‘Phineas and Ferb’

Alyson Stoner in Camp Rock and on Instagram
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First up, we have Alyson Stoner. You’ll either recognize her voice as Isabella from Phineas and Ferb or her face from Camp Rock, where she played Caitlyn, Mitchie’s best friend. In addition to those roles, she also starred in Cheaper by the Dozen as a child.

Before she scored the role of Isabella, Stoner was a background dancer for several artists. She has kept up the dancing in her own pursuits, most of which you can find on TikTok or YouTube. She’s also still acting, with her next role being in Hamster & Gretel, another Disney show.

In addition to sticking with Disney for several shows and projects, Stoner also voiced Kairi in Kingdom Hearts for several years. And in case you were wondering, just like most Disney stars, she can sing and has several songs out on her YouTube channel.

Ashley Tisdale: Maddie from ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’

Ashley Tisdale in High School Musical and on Instagram
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You might already recognize her just from her name alone, but let’s get into some of her several Disney Channel roles. Ashley Tisdale’s biggest Disney roles were Maddie from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Candace from Phineas and Ferb, and Sharpay from High School Musical.

While Ashley has continued acting, I’m more interested in her music career. In 2019, she released Symptoms and posted covers on her YouTube channel every once in a while. She’s currently a panelist on The Masked Dancer.

Anneliese van der Pol: Chelsea from ‘That’s So Raven’

Anneliese van der Pol in That's So Raven and Raven's Home
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Chelsea cracked all of us up on That’s So Raven, which is why she’s on this list. She made a few more appearances in other Disney shows, from Shake It Up to Kim Possible.

Anneliese reprised her role of Chelsea in Raven’s Home, but she’s got a few other projects under her belt right now. She has been in several stage shows, including Annie in 2018. Her last TV appearance outside of Disney was in 2020 when she competed on Celebrity Family Feud.

See related: Disney Channel Relationships That Should Have Been Canon

Adam Lamberg: Gordo from ‘Lizzie McGuire’

Adam Lamberg in Lizzie McGuire and on Instagram
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Not to be confused with pop star Adam Lambert, let’s talk about Lizzie McGuire’s best friend, Gordo – or at least the actor who played him. Gordo from Lizzie McGuire (and its finale movie) was Adam Lamberg’s only prominent Disney role. However, he also made a brief appearance in Max Keebler’s Big Move.

Lamberg’s last acting credit was in 2008, and his only notable appearance in recent years was as Gordo in the planned Lizzie McGuire reboot. Sadly, that production was shut down, much to the cast and fans’ dismay. Lamberg has since stayed out of the spotlight.

Jake T. Austin: Max from ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’

Jake T. Austin in Wizards of Waverly Place and on Instagram
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Though Jake started his acting career with a Nickelodeon show, he really reached a new level because of Wizards of Waverly Place. And though he left Disney after reprising his role in 2013, he’s still going strong in his career.

Jake’s biggest role post-Wizards was in The Fosters, but he left the show after two seasons. He went on to voice Jaime Reyes, AKA The Blue Beetle, in various DC films, including Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.

In his personal life, Jake works closely with Make-A-Wish Foundation and other organizations to help children in low-poverty situations. He’s also been open about voting and politics in recent years.

David Henrie: Justin from ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’

David Henrie in Wizards of Waverly Place and on Instagram
Disney | It’s a Laugh Productions | @davidhenrie on Instagram

Moving on to the other brother from Wizards of Waverly Place, let’s talk about David Henrie. Before he scored his starring role as Justin, he also had roles in That’s So Raven and How I Met Your Mother. And leaving Disney, he still acts but has also branched into directing.

He will portray a young Ronald Reagan in Reagan next year, sharing the role with Dennis Quaid. He teamed up with Selena Gomez to make This Is The Year in 2020. David is married and has a son and daughter.

Jennifer Stone: Harper from ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’

Jennifer Stone in Wizards of Waverly Place and on Instagram
Disney | It’s a Laugh Productions | @jenniferstone on Instagram

As the third Wizards of Waverly Place cast member on this list, you might be just as surprised as I was when I found out Jennifer Stone took a slight turn in her career. However, I’m still hoping we get a Wizards reboot someday with her reprising her role as Harper.

While she does continue acting, Jennifer is now also a registered nurse, a career she decided to pursue a few years ago. Her most recent role was in 2021’s The In-Between, but Stone has another movie coming out soon called The Perfect Night.

See related: The Absolute Worst Couples on Disney Channel

Emily Osment: Lilly from ‘Hannah Montana’

Emily Osment in Hannah Montana and on Instagram
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Emily Osment might not make headlines as often as Miley Cyrus, her on-screen best friend, but she has been quietly awesome in several television shows since then. I constantly search out her new projects just to see her take on roles that are similar to Lilly from Hannah Montana.

Just this year, Emily was promoted to series regular in Young Sheldon and starred in Dead End: Paranormal Park. Before then, she had several other starring roles, including Young and Hungry and Pretty Smart (I’m still mad about the latter’s cliffhanger cancellation). She’s also pursuing music again under the stage name Bluebiird.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster: Ferb from ‘Phineas and Ferb’

Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Game of Thrones and The Maze Runner: The Death Cure
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Thomas Brodie-Sangster is just one of those actors that never ages. I’m not kidding, he looks the same as he did nearly a decade ago! And while you might recognize him from a myriad of projects over the years, his recognizable Disney role is Ferb’s voice from Phineas and Ferb.

While still starring in Phineas and Ferb, Brodie-Sangster started his role as Newt in The Maze Runner movies. Brodie-Sangster also recently appeared in two miniseries, The Queen’s Gambit and Pistol. Other than his acting credits, his life is very private.

Vincent Martella: Phineas from ‘Phineas and Ferb’

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Next up is the voice of Phineas himself, Vincent Martella. Vincent’s last roles were in 2020: Jason Todd in Batman: Death in the Family and reprising Phineas’s voice in Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against the Universe. Most of his acting credits took place during the time he also recorded Phineas and Ferb for eight years. He keeps his personal life very private.

Kyla Pratt: Penny from ‘The Proud Family’

Kyla Pratt in Dr. Dolittle 3 and Call Me Kat
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With The Proud Family having been rebooted, it felt right to talk about the star of the original series. Kyla Pratt was in so many movies and shows I watched as a child (and still rewatch to this day). I just found out what she’s been doing recently in addition to returning to Disney.

In between The Proud Family and its reboot, Kyla didn’t slow down for a second. She starred in several Doctor Doolittle films, Let’s Stay Together, and Recovery Road. Currently, she’s appearing in Call Me Kat and Black Ink Crew: Compton.

See related: Disney Channel Premiered 38 Years Ago – Everything You Need to Know About the Network’s History

Raviv Ullman: Phil from ‘Phil of the Future’

Raviv Ullman in Phil of the Future and on Instagram
Disney | Buena Vista Television | @ravivullman on Instagram

Raviv went by Ricky when he played Phil Duffy in Phil of the Future but has since started going by his real name. Since wrapping on Phil of the Future, he’s gone on to do several movies and guest appearances in shows, but more interestingly, he branched into stage productions, too.

While Raviv isn’t currently working in television, he does have two films in production – Spring Break ’83 has been in production since 2007, and The Other Side started recently. Outside of acting, Raviv has been an activist, working closely with TAP (Teens AIDS Prevention).

Cole Sprouse: Cody from ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’

Cole Sprouse in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and in Riverdale
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It’s pretty hard to miss Cole Sprouse these days, but let’s travel down nostalgia lane before I get into his current gig. Cole played Cody Martin in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck before moving on from Disney.

Cole went straight from Suite Life to New York University to study archaeology and photography. Since returning to acting, he has starred in Riverdale as Jughead Jones. He also has several other credits, but The CW show is his most notable.

Dylan Sprouse: Zack from ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’

Dylan Sprouse in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and in After We Collided
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Like his brother, Dylan also left Disney projects behind him after wrapping The Suite Life on Deck. But where Cole decided to return to acting as the lead in a teen show, Dylan went a slightly different route.

After leaving the Disney Channel, Dylan also went to New York University (he studied video game design, though). His most notable roles since Disney are mostly indie films: Trevor in After We Collided, Jake in My Fake Boyfriend, and Calaf in The Curse of Turandot. He’s dating model Barbara Palvin.

Christy Carlson Romano: Kim Possible from ‘Kim Possible’

Christy Carlson Romano in Even Stevens and on Instagram
Disney | Buena Vista Television | Fireworks Entertainment | Brookwell McNamara Entertainment | @thechristycarlsonromano on Instagram

Whether you recognize her face from Even Stevens or her voice from Kim Possible, you’re bound to know how iconic Christy Carlson Romano was in the early 2000s. In addition to those two shows, she also starred in Cadet Kelly opposite Hilary Duff (who I’ll get to later).

Christy has been very vocal about her struggles after being a child star. She started a YouTube channel where she gets various actors from Nickelodeon and Disney to cook or bake with her and talk about their experiences as children on TV.

Other ventures of Christy’s include narrating audiobooks, writing her own book, and hosting a Podcast with Kim Possible co-star Will Friedle (Ron Stoppable) called I Hear Voices. If you’re looking to see what your favorite actors not mentioned here are up to, make sure to check it out because the podcast is incredible!

Miley Cyrus: Miley Stewart from ‘Hannah Montana’

Miley Stewart in Hannah Montana and on Instagram
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I’m sure I don’t need to remind you who Miley Cyrus is–she’s made enough headlines over the years–but I’m going to anyway. After wrapping Hannah Montana, Miley quickly dropped Disney to pursue a much more “adult” persona.

Miley has continued making music, going through different styles with each album release. She’s also continued to act; her most notable recent role was in 2019’s Black Mirror episode “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too”.

Miley also hosted a web show, Bright Minded, in 2020. In addition to her acting and music, Cyrus founded a non-profit organization for LGBTQ+ youth, came out as queer, and went through a very public divorce from Liam Hemsworth.

See related: The Definitive Ranking of Disney Channel Musicals

Selena Gomez: Alex Russo from ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’

Selena Gomez in Wizards of Waverly Place and on Instagram
Disney | It’s a Laugh Productions | @selenagomez on Instagram

Selena took a little break from the spotlight after Wizards of Waverly Place (and her breakup with Justin Bieber), but she’s back and better than ever. But she’ll never forget her Wizards family; Selena is still in touch with many of them, according to social media.

Currently, Selena has two shows out right (Only Murders in the Building and Selena + Chef), a makeup line called Rare Beauty, and a new album Rare. She’s also been active with various philanthropy projects and is an advocate for several different social issues.

In addition to her public life, Selena gives fans glimpses of her life on TikTok and other social media platforms. Just a few months ago, in April, she even teamed back up with Jennifer Stone to recreate their “Funky Hat” dance and song for TikTok.

Hilary Duff: Lizzie McGuire from ‘Lizzie McGuire’

Hilary Duff in Lizzie McGuire and on Instagram
Disney | Buena Vista Television | Egmont Television | Telescreen | Stan Rogow Productions | @hilaryduff on Instagram

Hilary Duff has been snubbed by Disney one too many times, but at least she’s doing well for herself after the Lizzie McGuire reboot was canceled. If you were wondering, her only other Disney role was as Kelly in Cadet Kelly.

Nowadays, Hilary donates to those in need, raises two children, and has a successful acting and music career. Her last album came out in 2015 (Breathe In. Breathe Out.), and she is currently starring in How I Met Your Father, the How I Met Your Mother spin-off.

Demi Lovato: Mitchie from ‘Camp Rock’

Demi Lovato in Camp Rock 2 and Unidentified with Demi Lovato
Disney | Coin Flip Productions | Alan Sacks Productions | Peacock | GoodStory Entertainment | SB Projects

Before Demi ever landed Mitchie in Camp Rock, they actually got their Disney start in a miniseries called As the Bell Rings. After Camp Rock, Demi starred in Sonny with a Chance, Princess Protection Program, and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.

Demi took a break from acting for a while, but they did have a Netflix film out in 2020 titled Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. They’ve also appeared in several reality shows, including Cooking with Paris, and hosted Unidentified with Demi Lovato in 2021.

Raven-Symoné: Raven Baxter from ‘That’s So Raven’

Raven-Symone in That's So Raven and Raven's Home
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Though Raven retired in 2013 to attend college, they returned to the screen in 2016 to host The View. But even better than that, they started a spin-off of That’s So Raven focusing on Raven Baxter as her son discovers he also has visions called Raven’s Home.

In addition to that show, Raven has been very active in politics, came out as non-binary, and has made several guest appearances on various shows as themself. Their most recent appearance was on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune earlier this year.