These Former Disney Stars You May Have Forgotten: Then And Now

By: Shelly Grinfeld | Last updated: Mar 17, 2024

How many of these past Disney Channel stars can you list off the top of your head, and how many are you forgetting?  While many of the Disney channel stars have since gone on to become high-profile actors, the same can’t be said for every one of them.

While the star trajectories of actors such as Hilary Duff, and Miley Cyrus have all been well-documented, you may not be as familiar with where your former fan-favorite Disney child actors are now. As we revisit your favorite former Disney faces, can you recognize them all grown up? You won’t believe where some of them ended up. 

Andy, Matthew, and Joey Lawrence

Only 90s kids will remember the real-life brothers in 1995’s Brotherly Love, in which the trio played the Roman brothers. But you can’t forget that they were also Disney kids. All three brothers starred in Disney Channel’s Original Movie Horse Sense and its 2001 sequel Jumping Ship. Andy even went on to star in Disney’s The Other Me and Going to the Mat. Where are the brothers now? 


Source: Brotherly Love (1995) IMDB / officialbrotherlylovepod Instagram

There is still brotherly love between them! All three of the brothers have continued to take on acting roles over the years. From time to time, the brothers have hinted at putting together a TV show starring all three of them again, but unfortunately, nothing has come of it so far. We are still holding out hope.


Camilla Belle

Camilla Belle is an American actress born and raised in Los Angeles. She grew up in an English and Portuguese-speaking household because of her Portuguese mother. Her career began in the early 90s and has only continued to blossom. But before we knew her as the accomplished actress and model she is today, she starred as a 14-year-old Sydney Miller in Disney’s Rip Girls.


Source: Camilla Belle in Disney's Rip Girls / Camilla Belle Instagram

As you can see she is still wearing the same shade of pink years later and still as beautiful as ever. Since her Disney days, she has worked on countless projects and famous franchises such as Law & Order: Organized Crime and even a Jonas Brother’s music video.

Hillary Duff

Hilary Duff was the star of the famed and popular Disney show Lizzie McGuire. The show aired from 2001 to 2004. Since her days as Lizzie, she has not only developed her music career but has also acted in countless films and television shows such as, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Younger.’


Source: 'Lizzie McGuire' S2.E1 First Kiss (2002) / Hilary Duff Instagram

Hilary Duff has no signs of slowing down both personally and professionally. She has even gone on to have four kids, in addition to her thriving career. Since 2019 she has been married to musician Matthew Koma, with whom she has had three of her four children. Duff is one of those child stars who was able to retain her fame and celebrity from childhood into adulthood. Not an easy feat! Although we are still waiting for that Lizzie McGuire reboot.

Christy Carlson Romano

This list would not be complete without Christy Carlson Romano, best known from her Disney days for her portrayal of Ren Stevens on Disney Channel’s Even Stevens. She also starred opposite Hillary Duff in Disney’s 2002 original movie Cadet Kelly.  However, we can’t forget her role voicing Disney’s beloved Kim Possible in which she also appeared in the fairly recent live-action movie.


Source: Disney's Even Stevens, S1E3 Take My Sister... Please, IMDB / thechristycarlsonromano Instagram

Where has Romano been these last few years? Well, she has been working on some different projects in the entertainment industry, namely investing in her company PodCo, a podcast network where your fan favorite childhood stars host a rewatch of their popular TV series. She has also married fellow actor Brendan Rooney and is the mother of two girls.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan rose to fame as a child star, starring as both twins in the 1998 Disney remake of The Parent Trap, but she also played some memorable characters in some fan-favorite Disney Channel original movies. Who can forget her iconic character, Lexi Gold in the 2002 movie ‘Get a Clue’? She portrayed a high school teenager and aspiring journalist who investigates a mystery alongside her classmates after one of her teachers goes missing. We can’t mention Lindsay’s Disney days without recalling Disney’s 2000 film ‘Life-Size‘ either, where she starred alongside Tyra Banks. Banks playing a Barbie, who literally “comes to life.” Can it even get any better than that?

Source: 2002 Disney's Life Size (IMDB) / Lindsay Lohan Instagram

Since her Disney Channel days, Lohan reached a rough patch with some constant partying and reckless behavior in 2007 but she has since found her peace and has gotten back on track. She even got married in 2022 and had a son named Luai. She resides in Dubai but doesn’t shy away from making a trip to the U.S. especially when she is working on a new film. She still loves a good romantic comedy and most notably teamed up with Hallmark for a 2022 Christmas movie called, Falling for Christmas. She even had a cameo in 2024’s new Mean Girls adaptation.


America Ferrera

Before America Ferrera was a household name in cult-classic films such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and shows like Ugly Betty where she played the title character she was a Disney kid. She portrayed Yolanda in the 2002 Disney Channel movie, Gotta Kick It Up! The Disney Channel original film centered around a girl’s dance team, predominantly Latin, that struggles to find their sync but gets a second chance with a new dance coach willing to put in the work to help them.

Source: Disney's Gotta Kick it Up! (2002) / America Ferrera Instagram

Since her time on Disney Channel, America Ferrera has continued to succeed both on and off the screen. She co-starred in the highly anticipated 2023 ‘Barbie‘ movie and portrayed ‘Amy’ in the seven-season run of Superstore (2015-2021). During her career, she has garnered a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. As they said in her Disney film, “si se puede,” or in English, “Yes, she can” and she can really do it all.


Shawn Ashmore

You may originally remember Canadian actor Shawn Ashmore from the Disney Channel show ‘In a Heartbeat’ or maybe you forgot. Ashmore has made a big name for himself in the industry since his Disney days, perhaps most recognized for his roles as Wesley Evers in the hit show, ‘The Rookie’ or who can forget his portrayal of Bobby Drake, “Iceman,” in the X-Men franchise.

Source: Cadet Kelly / Disney (2002) / shawnrashmore Instagram

But before he was the movie star we know him as today, he was co-starring alongside Hillary Duff and Christy Carlson Romano in Disney Channel Original films like Cadet Kelly and Disney’s ‘In a Heartbeat‘ series centered around a group of teens who volunteer as part-time EMTs. Did we also mention his guest appearance on The Famous Jett Jackson? Yet another Disney classic.


Courtnee Draper

Courtnee Draper is perhaps the original Disney girl, she was first introduced into the Disney space as Morgan in the hit Disney show, The Jersey in which a group of sport-loving friends find a magic jersey that lets them travel back in time and participate in iconic sporting events, the show lasted 6 seasons. Additionally, Draper starred in some memorable Disney Channel original movies such as 1999’s The Thirteenth Year and 2000’s Stepsister from Planet Weird. 

Source: The Thirteenth Year (1999 Disney) IMDB / Christy Carlson Romano Youtube

Fun fact, she was in the running to play Zennon Kar in Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, a role that ultimately went to Kirsten Storms. Since Courtnee’s Disney days, she has stayed in the acting business. She has also entered the video game industry, portraying the face of Sarah Whitaker in the video game, Days Gone (2019) and various additional roles in a variety of games.


Kirsten Storms

Storms appeared as the lead role in the futuristic sci-fi flick Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century and its sequel and threequel. She also appeared as Emily on Johnny Tsunami. You may also recognize her as a voice on Kim Possible, in which she voiced a few minor characters most notably the character of Bonnie Rockwaller. She even appeared in a 2003 episode of That’s So Ravan

Source: Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999 Disney) / kirstenstorms Instagram

Storms is still going strong in the acting business but has stayed mostly in the Soap Opera lane. She appeared in episodes of the long-running Days Of Our Lives and Clubhouse. She’s a regular on the doctors and nurses drama, General Hospital. She even got an Emmy nomination for her work there. 


Ben Foster

American actor Ben Foster broke into the industry as a child. You may have forgotten his time on Disney Channel’s 90s show ‘Flash Forward‘ portraying middle schooler Tucker James, but we sure haven’t. The show centered its time around two best buds narrating the ups and downs of their middle school experience all while comparing it to past moments from their childhood.

Source: Disney Channel 'Flash Forward' Poster (1995) / Wikimedia Commons / Blanka Borová (Karolína Černá) / CC BY-SA 4.0

Since Foster’s days on Disney, he has accumulated quite a list of credits, from his roles in The Punisher, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Alpha Dog to name a few. He went on to marry Laura Prepon, another blast from the past, known for her iconic portrayal of Donna in ‘That 70s Show.’


Tahj Mowry

Tahj Mowry is an American actor and singer. He comes from quite a famous family, his sisters being twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. He starred in the Disney-affiliated show, Smart Guy, in which he played Supersmart 10-year-old T.J. Henderson and how he tackles high school challenges alongside his older siblings. Additionally, he appeared in the Disney Channel original films, Hounded and The Poof Point, respectively. We also must note ‘Seventeen Again‘ where he acted alongside his real-life sisters.

Source: Disney Channel Original film 'Seventeen Again' Cover IMDB / Tahj Mowry Instagram

Where is Tahj Mowry these days? He is living in Los Angeles, CA, and is more focused on his singing career although he still dabbles in the occasional acting project. We don’t know about you but we will forever remember him as that beloved “smart guy,” which mind you isn’t too far from the truth. He is quite smart and loves a good laugh from what we’ve heard.


Will Friedle

Surprise, Eric Matthews has arrived. Will Friedle arguably most known for his role on Boy Meets World also appeared on Disney. Not only did he star in Disney Channel’s original movie, My Date with the President’s Daughter, as Duncan Fletcher, but he also voiced another beloved Disney character on Kim Possible, none other than, Ron Stoppable. Since his days working with Disney, he has made a lucrative career in various and steady voice-acting jobs. Some would even say he is, “unstoppable.”

Source: My Date with the President's Daughter (1998 Disney) / podmeetsworldshow Instagram

He has also reprised his role as Eric Matthews in the Disney remake Girl Meets World, a sequel to the original Boy Meets World. Friedle is also very involved in the podcast world. You can hear him on your next drive on his podcast ‘I Hear Voices‘ co-hosted with fellow Disney child star Christy Carlson Romano (Even Stevens) as well as his podcast ‘Pod Meets World’ where he co-hosts with his fellow Boy Meets World cast members, Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel.


Elisabeth Harnois

Harnois joined the acting profession at age five when she starred in One Magic Christmas and Where Are The Children? You might remember her from the all-singing, all-dancing 1992 series, Adventures In Wonderland. She got the role after turning twelve and even won an award for her efforts.

Source: My Date with the President's Daughter (1998 Disney) / Adventures In Wonderland series (1992 Disney) / lisabones2 Instagram

We know we shouldn’t pick favorites but we particularly loved her in the 1998 Disney Channel original movie, My Date with the President’s Daughter, starring opposite Will Friedle and featuring Dabney Coleman. Now she’s best known for her portrayal of Morgan Brody, a CSI scientific investigator in the police procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She has also taken minor roles in other television shows and films.


Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young fell in love with acting at an early age. Before he knew it he was starring in the Disney channel hit, ‘The Famous Jett Jackson‘ as the title character, Jett Jackson, a teenager and actor who moves his hit show back to his hometown in search of some normalcy. He also portrayed a supporting role in 1999’s ‘Johnny Tsunami.’

Source: The Famous Jett Jackson (1998 Disney) IMDB / Rizzoli & Isles, S1E4 'She Works Hard for the Money' ; Angie Harmon & Lee Thompson Young as their characters

Young went on to have a successful career after Disney, portraying some memorable characters in both television and film, such as Friday Night Lights, ABC television drama FlashForward as well as his last acting credit in TNT’s hit drama Rizzoli & Isles, as Barry Frost, the partner of Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon). Unfortunately after dealing with severe and ongoing health struggles such as depression and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, in 2013, Lee Thompson Young was found dead in his own home in what was determined as suicide.


Kay Panabaker

Kay Panabaker made her Disney Channel debut in the series ‘Phil of the Future’ centered around a family from the future that is stuck in the past (our present). Panabaker portrayed Debbie Berwick who is a type-A personality student, she is both naive and kind and considers Pim (Amy Bruckner) her best friend. Pim is a loveable yet mischievous girl of the future who sometimes takes advantage of this. Panabaker went on to start in additional Disney Channel films such as “Life is Ruff” alongside Kyle Massey and the film “Read it and Weep” in which she played opposite her real-life sister Danielle Panabaker.

Source: Disney's 2006 'Read it and Weep' IMDB / Kay Panabaker Instagram

Since her Disney days, Kay’s acting credits include guest appearances in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSL: Crimes Unit Investigation as well as a role in the 2009 reboot Fame. Her last acting credit is in 2012’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! Kay has since retired from acting for the time being and has become an american Zoologist.


Danielle Panabaker

We can’t mention Kay without noting her older sister Danielle. As a Disney Channel kid, she starred in several original movies, including the 2004 Disney Channel Original Movie, Stuck in the Suburbs alongside Brenda Song. She was also cast in the 2005 superhero comedy film Sky High, and Isabella in Read It and Weep alongside her sister, Kay.

Source: Disney's 2006 'Read it and Weep' IMDB / Danielle Panabaker Instagram

Since Disney, she has continued to act steadily in a variety of roles, most recently in the 10 seasons of The Flash (2014-2023) as Caitlin Snow and reprising this role in a variety of spinoffs in the DC universe, i.e. Arrow and more.


Jake Thomas 

You may remember him as everybody’s favorite annoying brother and perpetual evil schemer, Matt McGuire, but Jake Thomas, the actor who played him on the classic Disney sitcom Lizzie McGuire is now all grown up. He picked up a Young Artist Award for his performance in 2001’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Source: "Lizzie McGuire" Sibling Bonds (TV Episode 2001) IMDB / sirjakethomas Instagram

Thomas transitioned out of acting from around 2015, although he has had a few minor roles here and there. Thomas mainly works as a photographer and director. He’s worked in the advertising sector and has also produced writing for television and film.


Aaron Michael Metchik

Metchik played the second-oldest brother, Steven Floyd, in the 1991 sitcom, The Torkelsons. You may not recognize him as a Disney star but through his voicing work he brought to life a minor character in Disney’s Hercules, until as late as 2012. Since then, he hasn’t been seen much in front of the camera, but he’s still in the entertainment business.

Source: 1994 'Trading Mom' IMDB / aaronmetchik Instagram

Metchik has worked as a writer, producer, and director. He founded Actor’s Edge, a company dedicated to instructing the actors of tomorrow. Some of Actor’s Edge’s alumni include Kathleen Rose Perkins, Tiffany Thornton, and even Zac Efron! And perhaps the most important role of all, he is a father too. 


Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley is a Canadian-American actor and director. He began acting as a child and has continued his career into adulthood. He first started his career in commercials before progressing to film and television. His role as Brandon Walsh in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ is perhaps what turned him into a bonafide teen idol and fast-tracked his career’s success.

Source: Teen Angel (1989) Disney / Wikimedia Commons Eva Rinaldi / CC BY-SA 2.0

But before Brandon Walsh, there was Buzz Gunderson. Priestley was cast in Disney’s shortlived 1989 show Teen Angel centered around a 1950s teenage guardian angel who died in a car crash (Buzz) and goes back to earth to complete various missions to be able to pass on to heaven. Since then he has stayed in acting most recently joining the cast of the CBC TV series “Wild Cards.”


Cole And Dylan Sprouse

They are known as the mischievous and awesome Marin twins of Disney’s 2005 sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, but they started in the business even before they could talk. The young brothers notably appeared in 1999’s Big Daddy and everyone’s favorite sitcom about 20-something friends in New York City, Friends. The Suite Life of Zack & Cody was such a hit that it went on to a 2008 sequel series and a movie in 2011.

Source: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005 Disney) / dylansprouse Instagram

If it wasn’t for some creative differences with Disney executives the brothers probably would have even taken the Marins even further, but we are not ones to dwell on what could have been. The brothers are still into acting, but only occasionally and usually apart. Dylan decided to focus his time and energies on the video game development industry, while Cole is more active in the performing space, with his roles in the comic book series Riverdale and the film ‘Lisa Frankenstein.’ Cole enjoys searching for ancient artifacts as an archeologist in his spare time as well.  



Raven-Symoné may be most famous for her comedic timing and impeccable mic-drop one-liners as a child actress, appearing as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show, but you can’t think of Raven-Symoné without mentioning her Disney career. She was everyone’s favorite best friend in Disney’s Zenon franchise as Zenon’s bestie Zebula Wade, not to mention her own hit Disney show ‘That’s So Raven’ in which she has psychic abilities. How about Disney’s Cheetah Girls franchise? Need we say more?

Source: Disney's 'The Cheetah Girls (2003) IMDB / Wikimedia Commons - W!ZARD Radio Media - Interview with Raven-Symone | Raven's Home / CC BY 3.0

Nowadays she continues to garner recognition via her acting chops (the Disney reboot story Raven’s Home) and she has spread her wings and become quite the TV talk show host, receiving several hosting accolades.


Kaley Cuoco

Only true Disney fans will know this one. Kaley Cuoco as a Disney Channel Kid? Yes, you heard right! Cuoco starred in some nostalgic Disney Channel original movies that will surely transport you to another time. She portrayed Lori in the 1997 Disney film Toothless with Kirstie Alley, as well as Elisa Bowers in the 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie Alley Cats Strike. The movie takes place in a small town and follows a group of quirky teens who love bowling and set out to win a school trophy with the help of an unlikely Jock. Kaley was also on her own animated Disney Channel show, 2004’s Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, where she voiced the title character of Brandy.

Kaley Cuoco as Elisa Bowers in Disney Channel's movie Alley Cats Strike (2000) / Youtube / Kaley Cuoco Instagram

Kaley Cuoco has gone on to an impressive acting career with roles that any actor would envy. Perhaps one of the most iconic was on the long-running hit show, The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019) in which she brought the character of Penny to life on our screens and into our hearts. She has been part of many hit shows and films throughout her life since Disney. You may remember, 8 Simple Rules and Charmed, she was on both of them and the list goes on.


The Jonas Brothers, Kevin, Joe & Nick Jonas

The Jonas Brothers, who are indeed real-life brothers, originally rose to fame as a musical trio. The Laurence Brothers walked so the Jonas Brothers could run. In case you needed a refresher, Camp Rock, another Disney Channel classic premiered in 2008 starring all three brothers, Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas alongside Demi Lovato in which they all attend a prestigious music summer camp. Additionally, the brothers made their own Disney mark with their 2009 Disney channel show, titled ‘Jonas.

Source: Jonas (TV Series 2009–2010) - IMDb / jonas brothers instagram

The show was loosely inspired by their real-life challenges as a musical band of brothers, staying true to their identities while rising to stardom. Despite having their Disney show for only two seasons the brothers have continued to thrive in their careers both together and separately. They have gone on to numerous successful independent projects both in the musical space and beyond as well as their new albums together. Since their Disney days, the brothers have also gone on highly anticipated tours both nationally and internationally. Plus, the most important job of all, they are all DADS now!


Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez was the star of Wizards of Waverly Place, a show where she and her family were wizards. Naturally, it was a hit and sprung Selena into fame. Before she landed her own starring role in a Disney original she also had some memorable guest appearances on some other Disney classics, like ‘Hannah Montana’ and ‘The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.’

Source: Wizards of Waverly Place, S4.E4 'Journey to the Center of Mason' (2007 Disney) / selenagomez Instagram

Since leaving her Disney days far behind she has maintained a successful career and has even branched out to music, first stepping onto the scene, backed up by her band, “The Scene.” Since then she has become a solo artist collaborating with numerous artists like Zedd and Cardi B. Not to worry though, she is not leaving her acting behind. She portrays Mabel Mora in the series titled, Only Murders In the Building.


Jake T. Austin 

Best known as Max Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place, grown-up Jake now divides his time between acting, the fitness industry, and doing work for children’s charities. He’s grown into quite a handsome young man—and apparently, we weren’t the only ones to take notice.

Source: Wizards of Wavery Place (Disney) / jaketaustin Instagram

Arguably Jake’s biggest fan, Danielle Caesar, managed to get into contact with Jake after six years of persistent tweeting. The two met at a signing event in 2011, and in 2015 the two began dating. We wonder how he must have felt seeing a poster of his own face on his date’s bedroom wall.


Sterling Knight

Fans of Sonny With A Chance and So Random! will recognize Knight as Chad Dylan Cooper, AKA Chaddy, AKA, CDC, Sonny’s egoistical rival and eventual friend. Knight not only has acting talents but is also a talented singer and dancer. It is no wonder he was cast in the Disney Channel’s musically inclined film, Starstruck. What has Knight been doing since both his Disney shows ended in 2012? 

Source: Sonny with a Chance (Disney) Youtube / realsterling Instagram

He’s still in the acting game. He sticks mostly to sitcom roles and occasionally does some voiceover for animated projects. He is also still using his musical talents, and guest starred in shows like Melissa & Joey and a recurring role in the Hulu series The Hotwives of Orlando.



Zendaya made her TV debut in the Disney show Shake It Up as Rocky Blue, during its run from 2010 to 2013 alongside costar Bella Thorne. The show centered its storyline around two best friends who love to dance. She had several guest roles in some Disney shows like “Good Luck Charlie” as well as roles in Disney Channel original films, “Frenemies” (2012) and “Zapped” (2014). She even went on to her own Disney channel show, K.C. Undercover.

Source: Disney's Shake It Up; S2E1 "Shrink It Up" (2011) / Zendaya Instagram

Since Disney, she has become a leading lady, cast in the newest  Spiderman franchise as well as Dune. Zendaya’s name means ” to give thanks” in the language Shona. It speaks for itself that she only has to go by her first name, we all know who she is. She has been widely praised for her work on the controversial teen drama “Euphoria” and has continued to receive several accolades such as two Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.


Anneliese van der Pol

Fans of That’s So Raven will remember Chelsie Daniels, played by the stunning Anneliese van der Pol. Her part on That’s So Raven was one of her first roles, and she’s been seen on TV and in films since, such as the Twilight parody, Vampires Suck.

Source: That's So Raven, 2003–2007 (Disney) / IMDB / Christy Carlson Romano Instagram / @thechristycarlsonromano

While van der Pol has been active in film and TV, she’s been even more active on stage and in the music scene. She has many stage credits to her name, including the part of Belle in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast. She’s also lent her heavenly voice to several Disney musical numbers.


Kyle Massey

That’s So Raven actor Kyle Massey, who played Cory Baxter in the show, was so popular that he spawned his own spin-off show, Cory In The House in which his date becomes head chef to President and they moved to D.C. The spin-off show was the first of its kind for Disney, it ran for two seasons. He also starred in a Disney Channel Original Movie, such as Life is Ruff opposite Kay Panabaker. Even then he showcased his musical talents, his hip-hop single “It’s a Dog” was featured in the film.

Source: (2005) Disney Channel Original Movie 'Life is Ruff' IMDB / kylemassey's profile picture kylemassey Instagram

He also became the voice of Milo on the 2010 Disney Channel series Fish Hooks, which ran for 3 seasons. Corey continued his acting even after his Disney shows ended. He branched out into singing and rapping and although he ran into some trouble with the law in 2021 he seems to have gotten his life back on track with acting credits as recent as last year, he was also in two episodes of Gotham. He is known as “Young Massey” per his Instagram. It’s nice to see he still loves dogs too.  


Vanessa Hudgens

We all fell in love with Vanessa Hudgens in 2006 as Gabriella Montez in the Disney Channel Original Movie ‘High School Musical.’ The film focuses on Hudgens’s character as she starts a new school and falls in love with the basketball team captain despite being from different social circles. She reprised her role in all the films in the franchise due to its positive audience reception. She went on to guest star in several ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ episodes as well during her Disney days.

Source: High School Musical (2006) Disney, IMDB / Vanessa Hudgens Instagram / @vanessahudgens

Today Vanessa is singing different tunes than in her Disney days, she has tied the knot with professional baseball player Cole Tucker with whom she is expecting her first child. Before that, she was linked to Austin Butler for eight years before parting ways. Professionally her career has continued to thrive with both musical and film credits to her name, namely ‘Second Act‘ alongside Jennifer Lopez and Netflix original ‘The Princess Switch.’ Additionally, she has helped co-found a successful water company called, “Caliwater.”


Laura Marano

Laura Marano portrayed the title character of Ally in the Disney Channel Original show, ‘Austin & Ally‘ throughout its TV run from 2011 to 2016. The show chronicles the lives of two best friends, Austin and Ally as they aspire to break into the music industry as a musician and a songwriter, respectively. Laura Marano nowadays is still a famous face even after her Disney stardom is long behind her.

Source: Austin & Ally (2011), S3E10 'Dancers & Ditzes' Disney / IMDB / Laura Marano Instagram / @lauramarano

Laura alongside her sister Vanessa Marano, has starred in numerous projects both together and separately. Laura’s acting credits span over many years starting at age 5 and she has no plans to slow down anytime soon. You may recognize her from popular series like Without a Trace and Back to You. Her musical chops are also something to take note of, recently celebrating an album release. Kuddos Laura!


Sofia Carson

Sophia was introduced to the Disney scene as a guest star on the popular Disney Channel series Austin & Ally. She was then cast as Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen in the 2015 Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants and its following film sequels.

Source: Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0 / Decedents 2 / Sophia Carson Instagram / @sofiacarson

Carson continues her musical and acting pursuits starring in several projects that garnered her positive reviews and recognition, such as the Netflix romantic drama Purple Hearts.