What Happened to the Cast of Lizzie McGuire as Disney Turns 18
In short story that will age every millennium, The Lizzie McGuire Movie turned 18 earlier this month.
Released on May 2, 2003, the Walt Disney Pictures film, based on the hit television series, saw Lizzie and her classmates travel to Rome where they met up with pop stars and others getting involved in other shenanigans on their school-sponsored graduation trip.
In 2019, fans of the franchise were saying “This is what dreams are made of” when it was announced that a revival of the series, with the original cast, was due to air.
The revival planned to focus on Lizzie McGuire, now 30, as she navigated life and love in her 30s.
However, that wasn’t meant to be the case, and just a few months after filming began, production was halted. In December 2020, the show’s lead and executive producer Hilary Duff confirmed that the reboot had been canceled.
It is believed that disagreements with Disney over mature storylines were to blame, with Hilary revealing that she would make the character and that fans are doing a disservice to limiting “the realities of a 30-year-old’s journey to live under the ceiling. with a PG dimension “.
While the McGuire family and their friends may not be returning to our screens anytime soon, we take a look at what the actors have been up to since their class trip to Europe 18 years ago …
Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire)
The Lizzie McGuire series made 33-year-old Hilary Duff a household name when it first aired in 2001.
After playing the main role in the series and the film, the actress continued to work in the industry. featured in films such as Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper by the Dozen and A Cinderella Story throughout the 2000s, as well as topping the charts, releasing five studio albums over the years.
Outside of the show, Hilary’s love life dominated the headlines early in her career. In 2001, she confirmed she was dating another teen idol, pop star Aaron Carter, who has grown into a dramatic on / off relationship over the years.
The couple would go on to be embroiled in a love triangle with Lindsay Lohan, sparking Hilary’s feud with the Mean Girls actress, before the couple resigned for good in 2004.
The ‘So Younger’ singer gave birth to her first child, a son, in March 2012 with her then-husband, Canadian hockey player Mike Comrie. Husband and wife divorced in 2015, Hilary remarried and had two more children with songwriter Matthew Korma.
The star recently took to her Instagram Stories to wonder why, when other celebrities received packages, she hadn’t received any products from Lizzie McGuire’s new themed makeup line. The brand behind the range, Colourpop, has yet to comment publicly on Hilary Duff’s snub.
Adam Lamberg (David ‘Gordo’ Gordon)
Playing Lizzie McGuire’s lovable childhood friend, Adam Lamberg has become a fan favorite with his portrayal of straight college student “Gordo”.
Since The Lizzie McGuire Movie in 2003, Adam seems to have stopped acting, with only a few movie appearances in nearly two decades. In 2019, it was revealed that the 36-year-old worked at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan before joining the short-lived reboot series of the hit Disney show.
Proving that their friendship was as strong behind the cameras as it was on screen, teammate Hilary Duff shared photos of the couple appearing happy to be reunited on the set of the now-canceled revival.
Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire)
Born in Knoxville, Jake Thomas played the role of Lizzie’s prankster younger brother Matt McGuire in both the show and the movie.
Now 31, Jake now works as a commercial entertainment photographer and still appears on the small screen on shows such as NCIS, Criminal Minds and Ghost Whisperer.
Ashlie Brillault (Kate Sanders)
Originally one of Lizzie’s best friends, Ashlie Brillault’s character Kate Sanders is the stereotypical high school villain throughout the franchise.
Having retired from acting at the end of the series in 2004, the former child star has kept an unusually low profile and now works as a criminal defense attorney.
The mother-of-one has not been confirmed for the ill-fated reboot, but has joined the cast for the virtual table read in 2020 which has raised funds for frontline responders throughout the pandemic.
Yani Gellman (Paolo Valisari)
Playing the role of one of the franchise’s new characters in The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Yani Gellman rose to prominence among teenage audiences in 2003 with his portrayal of Italian pop star Paolo Valisari.
Since then, the 35-year-old actor has appeared in long-running American soap operas, The Young and the Restless, Pretty Little Liars and Greek, as well as as a model for brands like Omega watches.
Alex Borstein (Ms. Angela Ungermeyer)
While a generation may know Alex Borstein as the principal of Lizzie McGuire’s school Ms. Angela Ungermeyer, millions of people will also recognize her as the voice behind Lois Griffin in the animated comedy Family Guy.
In addition to playing the long-suffering wife of Peter Griffin, Alex won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Susie Myerson in the comedy-drama series, The Marvelous. Mrs. Maisel.
In addition to acting, Alex is the mother of two children, Barnaby Borstein Douglas and Henrietta Borstein Douglas, of whom she is co-parent with her ex-husband, actor Jackson Douglous.
Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire)
Before taking on the role of Lizzie and Matt’s pressurized daddy, Robert Carradine had already appeared in numerous films, including Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets and The Cowboys with legendary actor John Wayne.
Since starring in The Lizzie McGuire Movie, the father of three has appeared on reality TV shows such as Celebrity Wife Swap and hosted King of the Nerds with his former Revenge of the Nerds co-star, Curtis Armstrong.
Outside of work, Robert is a huge motorcycle fan and also raced the Rolex 24 race at Daytona in 200, finishing 61st overall.
Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire)
Since playing the role of Jo McGuire in the hit Lizzie McGuire franchise, Hallie Todd has continued to work in the industry behind the scenes.
The mother-of-one often works alongside her producer husband Glenn Withrow and recently starred in The Last Champion which she also co-wrote and produced.
Prior to the show’s cancellation, Hallie was set to reprise her role as Lizzie and Jake’s mom for the Lizzie McGuire reboot.