Disney had something of a renaissance in the 2000s as its eponymous TV channel invested heavily in original series and spawned a succession of highly popular and bankable teen stars that audiences just couldn't get enough of.
Most of the teens were triple threats – they could sing, dance and act – each looking adorable while doing it.
What became of them? They’re all still in showbiz in one or another but quite a few have swapped their once squeaky-clean Disney images and evolved into their own signature style and look.
Raven-Symoné – That’s so Raven
Raven-Symoné may just be 31 years old but she’s been a regular on US television since 1989 when she played Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show. After appearing in 63 episodes of the sitcom, Raven appeared in several movies and TV shows throughout the 90s and early 2000s.
However, it was in 2003 that Raven became a household name thanks to simultaneously starring in Disney show That’s So Raven and performing in girl group The Cheetah Girls.
The Cheetah Girls were a four-girl pop group that were active between 2003 and 2008, sold over 3.6 million records, went on three tours, featured in a book series and starred in two Disney Channel movies.
Sitcom That’s So Raven, meanwhile, aired on the Disney Channel between 2003 and 2007. Set in San Francisco, Raven played Raven Baxter, a teenage psychic and fashion designer. Incredibly popular, it became the first Disney show to mark 100 episodes.
Where is she now?
Post-Disney, Raven has appeared in several movies, had a stint co-hosting American Talk Show The View and has appeared in the popular television series Empire since 2015.
However, this year she’s gone back to her Disney roots, starring in a That’s So Raven spin-off called Raven’s Home. In the new show, Raven Baxter is a divorced mother of tweens Booker and Nia and lives with her childhood best friend in Chicago. She then discovers that her son Booker shares her incredible psychic abilities.
In 2016, Raven referred to herself as a lesbian on The View and has spoken out recently about body positivity and the pressures of staying skinny as a child star.
Raven’s Home is on Monday-Thursday at 5pm on Disney Channel BT Channel 480.
Miley Cyrus – Hannah Montana
Her dad may be country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, but Miley Cyrus didn’t become a major star until 2003 when she starred in Disney comedy show Hannah Montana. Winning the role when she was just 11 years old, Hannah Montana quickly became one of the highest-rated series on cable TV and before she knew it Miley had earned the coveted title of teen idol.
Hannah Montana was about a teen girl that lead a double life – high school student by day, and world-famous pop singer by night. Running until 2009, there were five Hannah Montana albums, Hannah Montana: The Movie and a plethora of Hannah Montana merchandise.
Where is she now?
As soon as her Disney stint had ended, Miley had her heart set on abandoning her good-girl Hannah Montana image and embraced a far raunchier and adult style.
Cutting her hair short, publicly smoking marijuana and making references to drug taking in her music, Miley’s image changed forever.
She released her latest album Malibu in May 2017 and has been dating actor Liam Hemsworth since 2009, when they met as co-stars in the movie The Last Song.
Hilary Duff – Lizzie McGuire
Hilary started out acting in her tween years, appearing as small roles in various television series and movies, but in 2001 she got her big break as the star of Lizzie McGuire, a massively successful teen sitcom that aired until 2004.
Starring as title character Lizzie, Hilary played a clumsy teen who was desperate to become one of the popular kids. With an animated alter-ego, the show dealt with standard teen issues.
Hilary is also a talented singer, and released three albums during this time, selling over three million copies.
Where is she now?
Hilary hasn’t been involved in much scandal since her Disney days, other than an apparently manufactured feud with rival teen star Lindsay Lohan around 2006. She was married to professional ice hockey player Mike Comrie between 2010 and 2016 and they have one child, Luca Cruz Comrie, born in 2012.
Career-wise Hilary had a reoccurring role in Gossip Girl in 2009 and has guest-starred in various television shows such as Two and a Half Men and Community.
Shia LaBeouf – Even Stevens
Before he became the movie star and wacky performance artist/political activist, Shia LaBeouf starred in the Disney show Even Stevens as Louis Stevens.
Centred around the misadventures of the Californian Stevens family, Evan played the young teen son, who was constantly getting into mischief and playing practical jokes.
The show aired between 2000 and 2003 and inspired the Disney movie The Even Stevens Movie, which premiered in June 2003. While it may not be as a big a hit as Hannah Montana or That’s So Raven, it did introduce the world to Shia.
Where is he now?
Shia is now a major Hollywood movie star, having starred in huge box office successes such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the Transformers movies and Surf’s Up.
In his personal life, Shia has courted some controversy, having pursued various public part performance projects and political activism, some of which has resulted in being arrested. In July 2017, he was arrested and filmed using racially charged language, which he has since apologised for and admitted he is seeking professional help for alcoholism.
Demi Lovato – Sonny with a Chance
Demi made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends (2002-2004) but didn’t get her big break until 2009 when she starred in the Disney series Sonny with a Chance between 2009 and 2011.
The show is about Sonny (Demi) who becomes a new cast member of a live comedy show called So Random! Garnering millions of viewers, the show only lasted two seasons, but it still earned Demi firm Disney star status.
Where is she now?
Singer Demi has released six albums since 2008 and is considered a major pop star. She’s acted in a host of movies and television series including lending her voice in Smurfs: The Lost Village, Glee and Prison Break.
She also become a judge on the American version of The X Factor for series two and three. Demi had a reported breakdown in 2010 and attended rehab. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and has since become an advocate for mental health awareness and philanthropy.
Selena Gomez – Wizards of Waverly Place
Long before Selena Gomez was linked to Justin Bieber, she was the star of Disney’s hit show Wizards of Waverly Place that ran between 2007 and 2012. Selena played Alex Russo, a member of the Russo family who as well as running a restaurant, are aldo a family of wizards.
Between 2008 and 2012 she was also the lead singer in Selena Gomez & the Scene, a pop rock band that won multiple music awards (including Teen Choice and Vevo Certified awards).
Where is she now?
Since 2012, Selena has established herself as a solo music artist. She’s had massive pop singles such as 2013’s Come & Get It and 2016’s Hands to Myself and to date has sold over 3.4 million albums.
She is currently the most followed person on Instagram and often courts tabloids for her infamous on-and-off relationship with Justin Bieber – which is currently back on.
Selena suffers from lupus and went to rehab in 2016 for anxiety and self-esteem issues. She also added the title of 'executive producer' to her credentials in 2017 for the popular and critically acclaimed Netflix teen drama 13 Reasons Why.