15 Shocking Confessions From Disney Channel Stars
As a child, the idea of starring on the Disney Channel seemed like the height of success. Getting to be on TV, working with other celebs, having tons of money…how could it get any better? Now that we’re all grown up, it’s pretty easy to see the downfalls of being a celeb, and all of the once child stars are speaking out about their time working with Disney. Even they’ll admit that it wasn’t all bad, but it definitely wasn’t all good either.
1. Hilary Duff was one of the original Disney Queens. Lizzie McGuire was (and is) iconic, although it wasn’t all so great for Hil.
Back when she first started, Disney execs weren’t at all impressed with her performance, and would only keep the show up-and-running if Hilary took acting lessons. That’s got to be a blow to the self-esteem.
2. She also opened up about constantly being labeled as Lizzie, long after the show was over.
She was pretty sick of hearing it years later and said it was “super annoying,” although now she admits that it’s a blessing to have had that experience.
3. Alyson Stoner admitted to being really frustrated with the audition process and learned the hard way that there were no free passes with Disney.
Even though she had been in dozens of Disney shows, she had to try out for roles alongside people who had zero acting experience. Ouch!
“I was grateful, but then I was like, ‘Man, I’ve been on 12 shows for you and I’m coming in here auditioning for three different roles and not getting any of them and it’s almost like you don’t know who I am or what I’m capable of,'” she said.
4. Joe Jonas had to play a 16-year-old on Jonas while he was really 20.
It got old pretty fast, and he complained about having to always shave his face to look younger.
He explained, “The thing about the show was that some of the writing on it was terrible. It just ended up being some weird slapstick humor that only a 10-year-old would laugh at.”
5. Joe also felt like he couldn’t express himself creatively on the show, which was a pretty big issue for him and his brothers.
6. Cole Sprouse penned a response on Tumblr disagreeing with Joe and his statement.
“If they wanted to, they could have told Disney ‘NO.’ Cole and I did this hundreds of times and we ended up all right,” he said.
At least he felt like he could be creative!
7. Zendaya also opened up about using your voice while on set and saying what you really want.
She had a desire to produce, so she became assertive and let it be known that’s what she wanted, and guess what? It happened!
8. Zendaya’s Shake it Up co-star, Bella Thorne, opened up about the challenges that they both faced on-set, including being pitted against each other.
She explained, “Zendaya and I were put in a very unfortunate position where we were kind of forced to compete against each other [during Shake It Up], which made the whole first season of the show just very awkward for us.”
9. Kelli Berglund from Disney XD’s Lab Rats confessed:
“Being a teenager and growing up can already be tough enough as it is… try having your awkward years put in front of a spotlight for the whole world to see.”
We could only imagine!
10. Shia LaBeouf was a Disney star for a minute, and when he was asked about being compared to Hilary Duff and creating music, he replied:
“I didn’t just want to be a churn-’em-out guy. I never really felt like I fit in there…”
“From the moment I got there, all my friends were [making fun of me], like, ‘Dude, you’re at the Disney Channel!’ It was kind of embarrassing.”
11. Selena Gomez has outgrown the Disney scene and definitely has a lot to say about her experiences with it.
For her, growing up on the Disney Channel was a “blessing.” She said, “it was beautiful and tragic. It was everything that every teen goes through, just on a bigger scale. It literally was like high school.”
12. On outgrowing her role on Wizards of Waverly Place, she explained,
“Disney is a machine, and I’m grateful for it, but I feel like being part of that environment made me crave the reaction from other projects even more.”
13. Dove Cameron has had some really great experiences working on Liv and Maddie.
She explained that working with that many super talented people really made her feel like she was working with one big family.
We’re happy that she felt so at home while on set!
14. We all know that Miley Cyrus has bid goodbye to her Hannah Montana days, but she still talks about the experience every now and then.
She even opened up about going through puberty at the time, and how she got her very first period while filming…while wearing white pants.
That sounds like the worst thing in the entire world.
15. She also confessed that she felt a lot of pressure to have that perfect “pop star” image that she just didn’t like.
Apparently, it felt a lot like Toddlers & Tiaras on set.