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    May 12, 2020

    24 Dramatically Different Then Vs. Now Pics Of Disney Channel Stars In Their First Big Roles And Now

    Get ready for the biggest wave of nostalgia.

    1. Miley Cyrus (2006 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred as Miley Stewart, a high schooler who lived a double life as a pop sensation, on Hannah Montana.

    Now: She's been writing and releasing her own music, and her latest album She Is Coming came out in 2019. Most recently, she started her own Instagram Live show called Bright Minded, where she interviews celebs during quarantine.

    2. Selena Gomez (2007 vs. 2020)

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    Then: Selena starred as a ~rebellious~ teenage wizard named Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place.

    Now: She's worked as a producer for shows like Thirteen Reasons Why and Living Undocumented. Last year, she released her third studio album, Rare. She also just announced that she will be starring in and executive producing a cooking show for HBO Max.

    3. Demi Lovato (2008 vs. 2020)

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    Then: Demi starred in her first movie role as Mitchie Torres in Camp Rock.

    Now: This year, she released a new single called "I Love Me" and a collab with Sam Smith called "I'm Ready." She also announced that she has a new Quibi talk show called Pillow Talk with Demi Lovato.

    4. Raven-Symoné (2003 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred as teenage psychic Raven Baxter on That's So Raven.

    Now: She reprised her role as Raven Baxter for the Disney Channel series Raven's Home and released an EP called 33000.

    5. Zac Efron (2006 vs. 2020)

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    Then: In High School Musical, he played Troy Bolton, a jock who just really liked to sing.

    Now: He's been in a TON of movies, including Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; The Beach Bum; and The Disaster Artist. He also has a new show on Quibi called Killing Zac Efron and will be voicing Fred in the new animated movie Scoob.

    6. Vanessa Hudgens (2006 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred in High School Musical as Gabriella Montez, a super smart girl who also loved to sing.

    Now: She's been in a few Netflix holiday movies, like The Knight Before Christmas and The Princess Switch trilogy. Currently, she's working on the third Princess Switch movie and the film adaptation of Tick, Tick... Boom.

    7. Zendaya (2010 vs. 2020)

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    Then: Zendaya starred in her first TV role as Rocky Blue on Shake It Up.

    Now: She's currently starring in HBO's Euphoria, Marvel's Spider-Man movies, and a TON of other upcoming movies.

    8. Cole Sprouse (2005 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He starred as Cody Martin on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

    Now: He currently plays Jughead Jones on Riverdale and will be producing/starring in a fictional podcast called Borrasca.

    9. Dylan Sprouse (2005 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He starred as Zack Martin on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

    Now: He starred in Banana Split, which came out earlier this year, and is set to appear in After We Collided. He's also the cofounder of his own meadery.

    10. Shia LaBeouf (2000 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He starred on Even Stevens as Louis Stevens, the youngest and most mischievous kid in the family.

    Now: Last year, he starred in the movie Peanut Butter Falcon. He also wrote and starred in Honey Boy, a movie based on his childhood and relationship with his father.

    11. Bella Thorne (2010 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred as CeCe Jones on Shake It Up.

    Now: She's been in movies like Midnight Sun, Assassination Nation, and The Babysitter, plus more projects that haven't been released yet. She also made her directorial debut in a PornHub film called Her & Him, which she also won a Vision Award for.

    12. Christy Carlson Romano (2000 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred in Even Stevens as Ren Stevens, the super smart perfectionist of the family.

    Now: Christy has her own YouTube channel where she posts throwback videos twice a week, often with other former Disney stars. She was also the original voice of Kim Possible and last year, she made a cameo as Poppy Blu in the new Kim Possible movie.

    13. Hilary Duff (2001 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred as the always fashionable Lizzie on Lizzie McGuire.

    Now: She currently stars as Kelsey Peters on Younger and reportedly has a spin-off series in the works. She was also working on Disney+'s Lizzie McGuire reboot series; however, production for the series has been paused.

    14. Raviv "Ricky" Ullman (2004 vs. 2020)

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    Then: On Phil of the Future, Raviv played Phil Diffy, a high schooler who has time traveled from the year 2121.

    Now: Since his Disney days, Raviv continued acting in small roles on TV and movies but focused mainly on theater. He also currently works as a photographer.

    15. Aly Michalka (2004 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred as Phil's best friend Keely from the 21st century in Phil of the Future.

    Now: Last year, she finished starring on the series iZombie. She and her sister AJ also released an EP in 2019 called Sanctuary, and they've confirmed that they're working on their next LP, which will come out later this year.

    16. Ashley Tisdale (2005 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played Maddie Fitzpatrick, the super smart candy counter girl, on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

    Now: Ashley continued acting and recently starred on Netflix's Merry Happy Whatever, and she's currently starring on Carol's Second Act. Last year, Ashley also released her third studio album, Symptoms.

    17. Debby Ryan (2008 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She got her first big TV role as Bailey Pickett on The Suite Life on Deck.

    Now: She starred on Netflix's Insatiable and Horse Girl and was cast in a new thriller called Night Teeth.

    18. Brenda Song (2005 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played the charmingly ditzy London Tipton on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

    Now: She currently stars on Hulu's series Dollface, and last year, she starred in Netflix's Secret Obsession.

    19. Emily Osment (2006 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played Miley Stewart's best friend Lilly Truscott on Hannah Montana.

    Now: She's still acting and most recently starred on Fox's Almost Family. She's also been writing music under the name Bluebiird and released an EP titled When I Loved You.

    20. Peyton List (2014 vs. 2020)

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    Then: On Jessie, she starred as Emma Ross, the Ross family's eldest child and biggest diva.

    Now: She was in Hulu's series Light as a Feather, and she currently stars on the YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai. This year, she also appeared in Valley Girl, the remake of the 1983 film of the same name.

    21. Rowan Blanchard (2014 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred as Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley on Girl Meets World.

    Now: She kept acting and will be in TNT's upcoming series Snowpiercer. She also wrote a book and spoke at the UN Women and US National Committee's annual conference.

    22. Karan Brar (2014 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He starred as Ravi Ross, the super smart and recently adopted Ross child, on Jessie.

    Now: This year, he starred in Disney+'s Stargirl and currently voices Prince Veer in Mira, Royal Detective.

    23. Dove Cameron (2013 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred in Liv and Maddie as both Liv and Maddie.

    Now: She released an EP called Bloodshot / Waste and has continued to release singles. She also starred as Mal in Disney's Descendants movies.

    24. Sabrina Carpenter (2014 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred in Girl Meets World as Maya, Riley's ~edgy~ best friend.

    Now: She's still acting and has been in movies like Tall Girl and The Hate U Give. Last year, Sabrina released her second album, Singular: Act II. She also has two movies currently in post-production and she made her Broadway debut this year as Cady Heron in Mean Girls.