Back in the early 2000s, kids and teenagers watched Lizzie McGuire (2001-2004) on Disney channel. This comedy drama follows the titular middle schooler who expresses her thoughts and feelings through an animated character.
The show was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2003 and 2004 for Outstanding Children’s Program. It has won seven awards, including Kids’ Choice Awards in the USA for Favorite Television Show in 2002 and 2003. The show also won the Kids’ Choice Awards in Australia for Favorite Television Star in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
The show was well-loved because it dealt with relatable issues in funny ways and used characters people cared about. It became so popular there was even The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), in which Lizzie graduates from middle school and takes a class trip to Rome, Italy. Lizzie finds out she’s a dead ringer for Isabella, a famous teen pop idol, and she takes her place after Isabella and her partner Paolo… who Lizzie finds herself falling for.
But what happened to the cast of Lizzie McGuire? Which actors rocketed to stardom and which fell into obscurity? Some of these TV actors made the big screen, continued successfully (and some not so successfully) on the small screen, and a few even had careers in singing.
Where did your favorite character wind up? Find out here with Where Are They Now? The Cast Of Lizzie McGuire.
15. Hilary Duff
The biggest name to come out of Lizzie McGuire was Lizzie McGuire herself. Hilary Duff used her Disney role to help promote her singing career. She has released five studio albums so far. Some of her more popular songs include “Come Clean” (2004), which hit #35 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Stranger” (2007), which hit #97 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her album Metamorphosis ended up going triple-platinum.
After Lizzie McGuire, Duff went on to star in a Disney movie A Cinderella Story (2004), a romantic comedy based on the classic. She was well-known for her work on the Cheaper by the Dozen films. She got her own clothing line and has supported numerous charities by donating both her money and her time.
Most recently, Duff plays a supporting role on Younger (2015-), a romantic comedy about Liza Miller, a women who tries to improve the romance in her life and her career when she’s mistaken for a 26-year-old. Duff plays Kelsey Peters, Liza’s co-worker and friend. Duff is now a household name and she can still do a lot with her career.
14. Hallie Todd
Hallie Todd played Lizzie McGuire’s mother Jo. She was listed as one of the Ten Best TV Moms of All Time by CNN Entertainment in 2010. Before Lizzie McGuire, she appeared on the Showtime comedy series Brothers (1984-1989) and was nominated for two Cable ACE awards.
The year after Lizzie McGuire, Todd voice-acted in one episode of comedic animation Brandy & Mr. Whiskers (2004-2006), also by Disney. She took a break from acting after that until appearing in the horror movie The Mooring (2012), which was about a group of teenage girls going away to sleepaway camp (and since it’s a horror movie, the girls unfortunately don’t just sit around braiding each other’s hair). She then appeared in the American Girl film Lea to the Rescue (2016) and the short drama Hello My Friend (2017).
Todd will be appearing in the sports family drama movie The Last Champion (2017), which is currently in post-production. The film is about ex-Olympian John Wright who returns in disgrace to his hometown after his mother dies.