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Paolo From "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" Was In One Of My Favorite Shows For Years, And I Didn't Even Know It

Garrett, is that you?!

Earlier today, I wrote about Miley and Noah Cyrus fangirling over meeting Paolo from The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

Obviously, it made me curious as to what Paolo — real name Yani Gellman — has been up to for all these years. So, I did what any millennial would do and I went down an Instagram rabbit hole.


That's when I discovered three very important things.

1. He's still very attractive.

2. He still acts.

3. And one of his roles was playing Garrett Reynolds in Pretty Little Liars, and OMG HOW DID I NOT REALIZE THIS?!?!

I mean, I've seen every episode of PLL AT LEAST twice.


Except for the series finale, 'cause, you know...

I've also probably seen The Lizzie McGuire Movie a solid five or six times.


(Okay, it's definitely been more than that, but I don't want you judging me.)

So, can someone please explain to me how I had NO IDEA that Paolo and Garrett were the same person?!?! When I found out this morning, I basically lost my mind for several minutes.

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Paolo Valisari. Garrett Reynolds. Same person.

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Evil lip-syncher/heartthrob. Shitty Rosewood police officer. SAME PERSON.

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Am I crazy? Am I the only one who missed this? Did YOU know that Yani/Paolo/Garrett were the same person?? Tell me in the comments!