Disney Channel Stars: Then and Now
Have you been swept up in the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series drama, because you were a fan of Bizaardvark and Girl Meets World? Do you still remember all the words to the Wizards of Waverly Place theme song? Or maybe you have binged watch every episode of That’s So Raven on Disney+ and now you, much like Disney star Kyle Massey, are petitioning the streaming site to add every episode of Cory in the House. If your heart still beats for Disney sitcoms and the actors who made them great, you need to see what your favorite Disney channel stars are up to now. Here's a look at how these child actors blossomed into adults.
Olivia Rodrigo Then
Rodrigo played comedic songwriter Paige Olvera on the Disney series Bizaardvark from 2016 to 2019. She was later cast as Nini on the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Olivia Rodrigo Now
The Disney star has been making headlines ever since the release of her single “Driver’s License” in 2021. Fans speculate that the song points to a real-life love triangle between Rodrigo, her ex-boyfriend and HSMTMTS co-star Joshua Bassett and Girl Meets World star Sabrina Carpenter.
Madison Hu Then
Hu began her Disney career as the recurring character Marci on the 2015 show Best Friends Whenever. After the series ended in 2016, Hu had a starring role on the Disney series Bizaardvark from 2016 to 2019 as comedic songwriter Frankie Wong.
Madison Hu Now
The Texas-born actress had a role in the 2020 project Remnants of the Fallen and will play Anda in the upcoming 2021 project, Voyagers.
Rowan Blanchard Then
Blanchard played Topanga and Cory’s daughter, Riley Matthews, on the Boy Meets World spin-off series, Girl Meets World. The series ran from 2014 to 2017.
Rowan Blanchard Now
Sabrina Carpenter Then
Before starring on Girl Meets World, the actress had roles on the Disney animated series Phineas and Ferb and the Disney sitcom Austin & Ally. She also lent her voice to the character Princess Vivian on Sofia the First.
Sabrina Carpenter Now
In 2020, Carpenter appeared in the Netflix movie Work It and the Disney movie Clouds.
In 2021, Carpenter was thought to be part of a love triangle between Disney stars Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett, after Rodrigo referenced an older, “blonde girl” in her song “Driver’s License.” Weeks later, Carpenter, who is also a singer and song-writer, released a single called “Skin” and fans speculated that it had something to do with the romantic situation.
Carpenter took to Instagram to share a message with her fans, and address feud rumors pitting herself against Rodrigo. "I wasn’t bothered by a few lines in a (magnificent) song and wrote a diss track about it," Carpenter shared. "I was at a tipping point in my life for countless reasons. So I was inspired to do what I usually do to cope, write something that I wish I could have told myself in the past."
Kyle Massey Then
Massey began his Disney career starring in the 2005 movie, Life Is Ruff. The Georgia-born actor had a recurring role on the animated Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long before playing Raven Baxter’s little brother, Cory Baxter, on the series That’s So Raven. After Raven ended in 2007, Massey starred on the series’ spin-off Cory in the House.
Kyle Massey Now
Massey has had roles on The Electric Company, the Disney animated series Fish Hooks, Gotham, Being Mary Jane and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The actor is very popular on social media. In fact, on Triller and TikTok, he is leading a campaign to have Cory in the House added to Disney+.
Madison Pettis Then
Pettis got her first Disney role at the age of eight on the TV series Hannah Montana. In 2007, she played the daughter of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the Disney comedy, The Game Plan. That same year, Pettis joined the cast of Cory in the House as bratty Sophie Martinez. In 2011, Pettis starred on the sitcom Life with Boys. She later had a recurring role on the Disney XD series Lab Rats and on the Freeform series The Fosters.
Madison Pettis Now
The busy actress has never slowed down. From 2016 to 2019, she played the voice of Zuri on the animated series The Lion Guard and had a recurring role on the drama Five Points. Her upcoming project He’s All That is an updated remake of the 1999 film She's All That.
China Ann McClain Then
The Georgia-born actress is best known among Disney fans for her character Chyna Parks on the network’s series A.N.T. Farm, which aired from 2011 to 2014. However, she has been in many Disney projects, including: Jonas, Wizards of Waverly Place, How to Build a Better Boy and in Disney’s Descendants franchise.
China Ann McClain Now
In 2020, McClain appeared in the Adam Sandler Netflix Halloween movie, Hubie Halloween. That same year, the actress said goodbye to her character Jazmine Payne on the series House of Payne, who she had been playing since 2006. She currently plays Jennifer Pierce on the series Black Lightning.
Carlon Jeffery Then
Before his role on Disney’s A.N.T. Farm, the actor appeared on the TV shows It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Heroes, Bones and Trust Me.
Carlon Jeffery Now
In 2014 Jeffery had a role on the TV movie Cloud 9 and on the TV series Kickin’ It. The actor is involved in an upcoming project titled Puzzled. His Instagram bio lists him as a father, actor, acting coach and MC.
Sierra McCormick Then
McCormick had roles on Hannah Montana, Curb Your Enthusiasm and CSI before her breakout role on Disney’s A.N.T. Farm in 2011. While appearing on the series, the actress also has a recurring role on the Disney TV show Jessie.
Sierra McCormick Now
In 2019, the North Carolina-born actress starred in the sci-fi movie Vast of Night, which was considered one of the best movies of 2020. Her upcoming projects include the movies Camp and We Need to Do Something.
Jake Short Then
The Indiana-born actor started his Disney career with various roles on Disney XD, including Zeke and Luther and Kirby Buckets. From there, he starred on A.N.T. Farm with co-stars Sierra McCormick and China Anne McClain. Short played Oliver on the Disney XD series Mighty Med from 2013 to 2015 and was on the Lab Rats spin-off show, Lab Rats: Elite Force, in 2016.
Jake Short Now
In 2020, Short starred in the British sports comedy The First Team. His upcoming projects include a movie called Supercool, about a teen who makes a wish that comes true. It is set for a 2021 release.
Miley Cyrus Then
Miley Cyrus Now
Miley married actor Liam Hemsworth in 2018. The couple later divorced that same year. In 2020 Cyrus released her seventh studio album, Plastic Hearts.
Hilary Duff Then
Hilary Duff Now
Shia LaBeouf Then
Shia LaBeouf Now
Jake Thomas Then
Jake Thomas Now
Dylan and Cole Sprouse Then
Dylan and Cole Sprouse Now
Both boys graduated with honors from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2015. As a joke, they received each other’s diplomas during their graduation ceremony. Cole currently stars as Jughead in the CW’s Riverdale, and Dylan is back in front of the camera with the movie After We Collided.
Demi Lovato Then
Demi Lovato Now
Zac Efron Then
Zac Efron Now
Selena Gomez Then
Selena Gomez Now
The "It Ain't Me" singer has been focusing on her music career. In 2020 she released the album Rare, and launched her beauty line Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez. Gomez currently stars on the HBO Max cooking series, Selena + Chef. In 2021 she announced that she will be releasing a Spanish-language album.
Keke Palmer Then
Keke Palmer Now
Brenda Song Then
Brenda Song Now
Though she's had to deal with a few rough rumors, Brenda's still acting! She had memorable guest roles on New Girl and Scandal andThe Social Network. She is currently one of the stars of the Hulu series Dollface.
After her series K.C. Undercover, a Disney Channel show about a math genius who gets recruited by her parents to work as a spy, she starred as MJ, Peter Parker’s classmate, in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Oakland-born actress is currently the star of the HBO series Euphoria.