If you were a television consuming child in the early 2000s, you probably watched shows likeLizzie McGuire, That’s So Raven, Boy Meets World, and Even Stevens. The characters in those shows will forever be tweens in your mind, but the actors who played those characters are growing up and having kids of their own now.
Keep reading to find out what all your favorite Disney Channel actors are doing now!
You probably know Ashley Tisdale best from Disney Channel productions like The Suite Life of Zach and Cody and High School Musical.
Now Ashley has a successful YouTube channel on which she posts musical collaborations and make-up reviews. She launched her own make-up brand in 2016, and she’s working on her third studio album.
Cole Sprouse and his twin brother, Dylan Sprouse starred on Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zach and Cody. Cole played Cody, the smarter, more sensitive brother.
Cole took a break from acting to go to university, but now he’s back in the business again as Jughead Jones on Riverdale.
Ben Savage played Corey Matthews on Boy Meets World from 1993 to 2000. Savage took a short break from acting after the show ended and got a political science degree from Stanford University.
In 2014, Disney released a show called Girl Meets World in which Corey and Topanga are married and their daughter is in middle school.
Speaking of Topanga, Danielle Fishel is all grown up! She graduate from California State University, Fullerton in 2013. While she was studying, she became a math tutor, which is how she met her ex-husband, Tim Belusko.
They got married in 2013 and divorced in 2016. Danielle is now engaged to podcast host Jensen-Gerard Karp.
Aly Michalka starred as Keely in Phil of the Future. She and her sister A.J. starred in a Disney Channel movie called Cow Belles.
Aly and A.J. have released a bunch of albums, and now Aly is more of a singer than an actress. She is married to independent film producer Stephen Ringer.
Kay Panabaker played Debbie on Phil of the Future. She had a few more acting roles after that, including roles in Brothers and Sisters and Cyberbully.
Kay has always been super smart. She attended school while she was acting. She was her high school’s valedictorian, and she graduated university with a BA before she was 18. Now Kay works as an animal keeper at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Hilary Duff really hasn’t left the public eye since Lizzie McGuire ended. She made some music, starred in some movies, and even co-wrote a few novels.
Hilary married and had a son with hockey player Mike Comrie, but they divorced in 2016. Now Hilary is expecting her second child with her partner, Matthew Koma.
Jake Thomas played Matt McGuire, Lizzie’s annoying brother, on the Disney Channel show Lizzie McGuire. He also played Jason Stickler in Cory in the House.
He recently graduated from California State University, Northridge. Now he’s working as a photographer and a director. He’s definitely come a long way.
Clayton Snyder played teen heartthrob Ethan Craft on Lizzie McGuire. After the show ended, he attended Pepperdine University and was a member of the water polo team from 2006-2009.
Now he’s working as a model and starring in some web series and theatre productions. You rock, Clayton. Don’t ever change.
Jamie Lynn Spears
Ok, so Zoey 101 wasn’t exactly a Disney Channel show, but it has that Disney Channel show feel. I’m including Jamie Lynn on this list even though Zoey 101 aired on Nickelodeon.
Zoey 101 ended after Jamie got pregnant when she was just 16. Her daughter Maddie is 11 now, and Jamie Lynn and her husband, Jamie Watson (yes, they’re both Jamie) just had a baby girl named Ivey.
Alexa Nikolas played Zoey’s roommate Nicole Bristowe on Zoey 101. She was bubbly, excitable, and a little ditsy.
Alexa was written off the show in season 2 after she (allegedly) got into a fight with Jamie Lynn. Since her Nickelodeon days, Alexa has appeared in some pretty high profile shows including Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and Criminal Minds.
Erin Sanders played brainiac Quinn Pensky on Zoey 101. Like Alexa, another ˆZoey 101 alum, Erin had a small part on Mad Men during the show’s third season.
Her Instagram is honestly fire, and I low key want to be this girl IRL. She was adorable as Quinn, but now she’s a verifiable babe.
Sara Paxton starred on Darcy’s Wild Life, a show about a city girl who finds herself living in farm country. She was also a mermaid named Aquamarine in a teen movie of the same name co-staring Jojo and Emma Roberts.
Sara Paxton looks as beautiful as ever. Her Instagram is full of pictures of her tiny dogs.
Maiara Walsh played Meena Paroom on the That’s So Raven spinoff, Corey in the House.
She had an ambiguous European accent on the show, but in real life she just sounds like an average American. Since Corey in the House ended, she’s been on other shows like Desperate Housewives andSwitched at Birth.
Christy Carlson Romano
Whether you know her as Ren from Even Stevens or as the voice of Kim Possible, Christy Carlson Romano probably embodies your childhood.
In February 2004, Christy starred as Belle in a Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. She also sings and narrates audiobooks. Romano is married to writer-producer Brendan Rooney. They have one daughter together, and they’re currently expecting their second child.
You probably know Tahj Mowry as T.J. Henderson on Smart Guy.He also played Cousin Tahj Sammy on his sisters’ show, Sister Sister, and he was the voice of Wade on Kim Possible.
Now he’s busy making music and hanging out with his nieces and nephews. I think he still pretty much looks the same.
Essence Atkins played T.J.’s older sister, Yvette, on Smart Guy. After Smart Guy, she had supporting roles in films like How High, Deliver Us from Eva, and Dance Flick.
Essence was married to collegiate football free safety Jamie Mendez. They had a child together in 2011. Essence filed for divorce in 2016.
Raven Symone basically was the Disney Channel while she was on her show That’s So Raven. After that show ended, Raven mostly focused on her music career.
She joined the cast of The View in 2015, but left in 2016 to focus on a spinoff of That’s So Ravencalled Raven’s Home.
Do you guy’s remember Life with Derek? Ashley Leggat played Casey, a girl who moved to a small town to live with her newly blended family.
Now Ashley is involved in charity work. She married hockey player Jeremy Williams in 2011, and they had a daughter together in 2017.
Michael Seater played Dereck on Life with Derek.In 2015, Seater wrote and directed the feature film People Hold On, which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Song.
In 2016, he wrote and directed his second feature film, Sadie’s Last Days on Earth. That film received mostly negative reviews from critics.