Disney Channel Stars All Grown Up
How many of these actors do you recognize?
The Disney Channel has been a career launch pad for a lot of Hollywood celebrities.
From Ryan Gosling to Demi Lovato, you’re likely familiar with the career path some old Disney Channel stars have followed. But what about some of the more under-the-radar actors?
Check out this list to see what your favorite Disney Channel stars are doing today.
Kimberly J. Brown — Then
Brown is known both for her role as Marnie Piper in the “Halloweentown” movies and her part as big sister Jamie Grover in “Quints.” She’s pictured below in between her two “Halloweentown” co-stars.
Kimberly J. Brown — Now
Not only is Brown still acting, with roles in both television and film, but her love life seems to be blooming as well. Rumor has it she’s been dating Daniel Kountz, for several months, if not longer. Kountz played Kal in “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge.”
Olivia Burnette — Then
Burnette played Dorothy Jane Torkelson on the sitcom “The Torkelsons,” later renamed “Almost Home.” Although the show originally ran on NBC, it was later syndicated on the Disney Channel. See Burnette pictured below with locks as curly as her TV mom’s.
Olivia Burnette — Now
These days, Burnette is both acting and producing. Most recently, she portrayed a homeless woman on multiple episodes of “Sons of Anarchy.” In August 2018, she tweeted that she was busy with auditions and other things and would try to post news soon. Perhaps we’ll be seeing more of her in the near future.
Christy Carlson Romano — Then
You probably know Romano as perfectionist middle sibling Ren on “Even Stevens,” which ran from 2000 to 2003.
Christy Carlson Romano — Now
The actress who played Shia LeBeouf’s older sibling is now married with a child of her own. Her daughter, Isabella, was born on Christmas Eve in 2016. Christy is still acting as well as directing and running her own lifestyle website.
Jake T. Austin — Then
Austin is best known as Max Russo, the adorable youngest sibling on “Wizards of Waverly Place.” The show ran from 2007 to 2012.
Jake T. Austin — Now
Since then, Jake has gone on to appear as Jesus on “The Fosters.” In addition, he’s working in the fitness industry and has been dating Danielle Caesar (a fan who followed him persistently on social media before finally meeting him) for more than three years.
Cara DeLizia — Then
From 1999 to 2000, DeLizia played main character Fiona “Fi” Phillips, a paranormal investigator on the Disney Channel show “So Weird.”
Cara DeLizia — Now
Now married, DeLizia dropped out of the spotlight and goes by Cara DeLizia Rich. Along with being a mom to three little boys, she is also the executive director of the Pou Timoun Foundation. She’s involved in running the organization, which supports children and families in Haiti. The photo from the organization’s Facebook page shows DeLizia on the job.
Courtnee Draper — Then
Draper played Morgan Hudson on “The Jersey,” a popular Disney Channel show in which a group of friends became famous athletes when they put on a magic shirt.
Courtnee Draper — Now
Draper has done voice acting for several video games, including BioShock and Disney Infinity. In 2018, she received an alumni award from La Mirada’s Phantom Projects, a teen theatrical group she began performing with when she was 11 years old. She married producer Kevin Hoiseth in 2016 and their first child is due in December 2018.
Michael Galeota — Then
Galeota was also in Disney’s “The Jersey.” He played Nick Lighter for the entirety of the show’s run, which ran from 1999 to 2004.
Michael Galeota — Now
According to his Facebook page, Galeota had been working as a sales consultant. Sadly, he passed away unexpectedly in 2016. The official cause of death was heart disease, which he and his family were unaware he had. He was 31 years old.
Elisabeth Harnois — Then
From 1992 to 1994, Harnois played Alice on Disney Channel’s “Adventures in Wonderland.”
Elisabeth Harnois — Now
Harnois continues to act. Most notably, she portrayed crime scene investigator Morgan Brody on “CSI.” She has also had roles in several made-for-TV movies, including the holiday romance titled “Christmas Cupid.”
David Henrie — Then
On “Wizards of Waverly Place,” David played Justin Russo, eldest of the Russo siblings.
David Henrie — Now
Still acting, David is also a screenwriter, producer and director. He and his wife Maria Cahill are currently expecting their first child, a baby girl. On September 10, 2018, David was arrested at LAX for carrying a gun, which he said was an embarrassing accident.
Omri Katz — Then
You may remember Karz as Max on “Hocus Pocus,” or as weirdness investigator Marshall Teller on “Eerie, Indiana.”
Omri Katz — Now
Katz seems to have retired from acting. He is not publicly active on social media, although he does show up now and then. In 2015, his “Hocus Pocus” costar Vinessa Shaw shared this shot of herself with Katz and Thora Birch, who played Dani in the Disney Channel film.
Sterling Knight — Then
Knight played Chad Dylan Cooper, also known as CDC, Chaddy or simply Chad on “Sonny with a Chance.” There’s blondie below, surrounded by his buds.
Sterling Knight — Now
Knight is still acting. His most recent role is pretty dark. He’ll be appearing in the psychological thriller series “Tell Me a Story” starting next month. He’s also musically inclined. He sang on the “Starstruck” soundtrack and still sings and plays the guitar.
Adam Lamberg — Then
Lamberg was David “Gordo” Gordon, Lizzie’s male BFF in the Disney Channel series “Lizzie McGuire.”
Adam Lamberg — Now
He has since left the acting world, but Lamberg is certainly still active. He has become the Development Officer at the Irish Arts Center NYC. If you follow the center on Twitter or Instagram, you might get lucky and see Adam now and then. Can you spot him? He’s all the way to the left in that bottom photo.
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Joey, Matthew And Andy Lawrence — Then
The three real-life Lawrence brothers played Joe, Matt and Andy Roman on the Disney show “Brotherly Love,” which ran from 1995 to 1997. It later aired in syndication on the Disney Channel.
Joey, Matthew And Andy Lawrence — Now
Matt and Andy both made appearances on their brother’s show, “Melissa and Joey,” which ran from 2010 to 2015. In 2017, the brothers stated that they were working on a new television show together, which has yet to be announced.
Kyle Massey — Then
Massey played Cory Baxter on “That’s So Raven” and its spin-off, “Cory in the House.”
Kyle Massey — Now
He has continued acting, as well as singing and rapping. In August 2018, it was announced that Massey would step into the reality television world. He is set to join the cast of “The Hills: New Beginnings,” a reboot of the MTV show.
Aaron Michael Metchik — Then
You might recall this actor as the athletic, second-oldest sibling Steven Floyd Torkelson on “The Torkelsons.” You saw some of the Torkelsons in a previous slide. Here’s the extended family, with Metchik sporting the darker locks.
Aaron Michael Metchik — Now
Metchik went on to be an assistant director, writer and producer, as well as an actor, although his most recent film was in 2012. He is also an acting coach, and the founder and head instructor of Actor’s Edge. He has taught, coached or directed many actors, including Tiffany Thornton, Kathleen Rose Perkins and Zac Efron.
Aly Michalka — Then
You might remember Michalka as Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel series “Phil of the Future,” where she played the titular character’s best friend.
Aly Michalka — Now
Michalka has been a busy lady since her Disney Channel days. She’s still acting (did you recognize her on “iZombie”?), directing, costume design, music and more. In 2015, she married cinematographer Stephen Ringer.
Tahj Mowry — Then
Tahj was the adorable TJ on Disney’s “Smart Guy.”
Tahj Mowry — Now
Lee Norris — Then
Along with his role as Stuart Minkus on “Boy Meets World,” Lee Norris played Chuckie Lee Torkelson on “The Torkelsons.”
Lee Norris — Now
Norris is still in show business. He played grown-up Stuart Minkus on “Girl Meets World” and has had small roles in films such as “Gone Girl,” and shows such as “The Walking Dead.” He married his wife, Andrea, in 2011.
Emily Osment — Then
You knew Osment as Lilly Truscott on the Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana.”
Emily Osment — Now
Dylan And Cole Sprouse — Then
The twins had roles in films like “Big Daddy” and TV shows like “Friends,” but perhaps you know them best as the title characters on “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.”
Dylan And Cole Sprouse — Now
The brothers have grown up, and now enjoy unique, separate interests. While they both enrolled at New York University, Dylan majored in video game design and Cole majored in archaeology. In addition, the Sprouses continue to act, though not necessarily together.
Kirsten Storms — Then
Whether you remember her as Emily on “Johnny Tsunami” or the titular character on “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century,” you likely have fond memories of this actress.
Kirsten Storms — Now
Storms has worked steadily since her Disney days. She spent four years as Belle Black on “Days of Our Lives” and another 13 on “General Hospital” as Maxie Jones. Storms married and divorced Brandon Barash, with whom she has a daughter named Harper. She is currently in a relationship with Elias Paul Reidy, whom she dated prior to her marriage.
Jake Thomas — Then
Thomas played Lizzie’s bothersome little brother Matt McGuire on “Lizzie McGuire.”
Jake Thomas — Now
These days, Thomas is a photographer, actor and director. His credits include advertising, entertainment and editorial, as well as snapshots and shorts. He is also a screenwriter for both film and television.
Lee Thompson Young — Then
Young was the star of the Disney Channel show “The Famous Jett Jackson.”
Lee Thompson Young — Now
Young continued acting after “Jett,” with roles in “Friday Night Lights,” “Akeelah and the Bee” and “Rizzoli & Isles.” He also attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Tiffany Thornton — Then
Thornton played self-absorbed Tawni Hart on “Sonny with a Chance.” Pictured here with Demi Lovato, who was also on the show.
Tiffany Thornton — Now
On her Instagram profile, Thornton describes herself as an actress/singer/songwriter/worship leader/wifey/mommy. In 2015, her first husband, Chris Carney, with whom she had two sons, died in a car accident. She wed her second husband, Josiah Capaci, in 2017.
Raviv Ullman — Then
You knew Ullman as Phil Diffy on “Phil of the Future.”
Raviv Ullman — Now
Since “Phil,” Ullman has been deeply involved in theater, music and film. Sometimes credited under the name Ricky Ullman, he has had roles on “House,” “Criminal Minds” and “Cold Case.” In addition, his stage credits include “The Bad Guys,” “Dead End” and “The King and I.”
Anneliese van der Pol — Then
Do you recognize van der Pol as Chelsea Daniels on “That’s So Raven?”
Anneliese van der Pol — Now
Since her “Raven” days, van der Pol has continued acting and singing in a major way. Case in point: She portrayed Belle in the Broadway version of “Beauty and the Beast.” In the fall of 2018, she will star as Lucille Ball in the off-Broadway show “The Cuban and the Redhead.”
Phillip Van Dyke — Then
If you loved “Halloweentown,” you will recall Phillip as the goblin Luke.
Phillip Van Dyke — Now
These days, Van Dyke is out of show business and largely off the radar. If you happen to take a glance at his personal Facebook page, you will discover that he is living happily in California with his family.
Lalaine Vergara-Paras — Then
You might recognize the face of Lizzie’s BFF Miranda Sanchez on “Lizzie McGuire.”
Lalaine Vergara-Paras — Now
Lalaine — who goes only by her first name these days — is still an actress, as well as a singer. She’s made appearances on a number of TV shows, as well as some film shorts, including “Raymond & Lane” in 2015 and “Off the Clock” from 2009 to 2013.
Jermaine Williams — Then
Williams played Coleman “The Slaw” Galloway on “The Jersey.”
Jermaine Williams — Now
These days, Williams is both acting and producing. His credits include “The Great Debaters,” “Stomp the Yard” and “Fat Albert.”
Originally published on The Delite.