People change fast, and the Disney stars you might have known as a kid have probably changed in a big way. Many of us grew up watching the likes of Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez launching their acting and music careers.
They entertained us with their talents, but the passage of time has made completely different people out of them. Over time, they have turned into incredible entertainers who have cemented their place in the industry.
So, here are 18 Disney stars and how they have changed over time.
1. Miley Cyrus
Many people met Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana back in 2006. These days, she is mostly known for her incredibly successful music career and her relationships with Liam Hemsworth and Cody Simpson.
So far, she has seven studio albums and several world-famous singles.
Zendaya was the hero in Shake It Up (2010), Good Luck Charlie (2011), and many other Disney movies such as Zapped! (2014) and Frienemies (2012).
She has definitely grown since then. She has released great music, and she still appears on the big screen with movies like Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Greatest Showman.
3. The Jonas Brothers
Brothers Kevin, Joe, and Nick appeared in the 2008 film, Camp Rock, as well as Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, two years later.
The successful brothers recorded four studio albums before they split up to pursue solo careers. As we speak, Kevin is already married to Danielle Jonas, and they already have two kids.
Joe Jonas married Sophie Turner in 2019, and Nick is married to Priyanka Chopra since 2019.
4. Hillary Duff
Hillary Duff turned into a Disney star with the show Lizzie McGuire in 2001. She later acted in the film, The Lizzie McGuire Movie in 2003.
She later took part in various films and also ventured into television.
However, her musical career has also been a success. So far, she has released five studio albums, and she is also a proud mother of three.
5. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato is currently a successful singer. However, she has also enjoyed the honor of being a Disney actor with her role in Camp Rock alongside the Jonas brothers.
She also appeared alongside Selena Gomez in Princess Protection Program back in 2009. There was also a time she struggled with anorexia, but it has not derailed her showbiz career.
Demi also relapsed and overdosed in 2018 and has so far suffered three strokes and heart attacks due to drug use.
6. Selena Gomez
If you were a fan of Wizard of Waverly Place, the 2007 series, then you must know plenty about Selena Gomez. Later, she appeared in the Disney film Princess Protection Program in 2009.
At the time, she was a successful artist with two albums to her name. She also managed to catch us by surprise when she decided to get back with her then ex, Justin Bieber, before he went off and married Hailey Bieber in 2018.
7. Bella Thorne
The world was introduced to Bella Thorne with Shake It Up in 2010.
She is currently pursuing her acting profession and has appeared in many major films, including Amityville: The Awakening in 2017, The Babysitter, and You Get Me, among others.
8. Zac Efron
You most likely saw him in the High School Musical back in 2006 alongside Vanessa Hudgens. He went on to appear in a number of films after that stint, including films like Baywatch.
Zac's voice is also in the movie, The Greatest Showman, where he acts along with Hugh Jackman and Zendaya. Clearly, his acting career has not slowed down despite being in the industry for all those years.
9. Vanessa Hudgens
Some people know her as Gabriella Montez in High School Musical (2006 to 2008). She is currently doing quite well in her acting career, and she has shown some interest in television as well.
Vanessa has also released five albums.
10. Lindsay Lohan
Although Lindsay Lohan later gained notoriety for her controversial personal life, she got off to a great start with her sterling performances in films like Mean Girls. However, she is also popular for being a major Disney actress for her roles in Freaky Friday (2003), Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), and Herbie Fully Loaded (2005), among others.
Lindsay Lohan, just like many other Disney stars on this list, has also taken a shot at singing. She is credited with releasing two studio albums.
11. Dylan Sprouse
Dylan was with his brother in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody in 2005. He has been in films and television ever since.
12. Cole Sprouse
Cole was with his brother in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. He played the role of Cody.
Since then, he has been in films, television and has become quite the heartthrob.
13. Raven Simone
Raven starred in Lizzie McGuire and That's So Raven in 2003. She has also appeared in films such as The Cheetah Girls (2003) and its sequel in 2006.
She was also in Revenge of the Bridesmaids (2010) and College Road Trip (2008). Raven has also released 4 studio albums.
14. Ashley Tisdale
Ashley was in Disney's High School Musical in 2006 and she was also in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody in 2005.
She also voiced the character of Candace Flynn in the Phineas and Ferb animation series in 2008. She has appeared in television, film and has also released three studio albums.
15. Shia Labeouf
Shia Labeouf was in the Disney series Even Stevens in 2002, Tru Confessions in 2002, and the Transformers movies from 2007 to 2011.
He has had the pleasure of appearing against legends like Harrison Ford during his role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.
His career and skill as an actor seem to be growing with every passing year, which is great for him.
16. Ryan Gosling
In recent years, Ryan Gosling has become one of the most sought-after actors in the world. However, he grew as an actor through a show like the Mickey Mouse Club.
Since then, he has grown from strength to strength to become one of the top actors in the world.
17. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is better known today for her incredibly successful music career with hits such as Bang Bang. The Florida actor started her career in 2009 in Nickelodeon's Victorious sitcom.
18. Britney Spears
The Princess of Pop, Britney Spears, appeared in the Disney show, The Mickey Mouse Club back in 1993. Obviously, she went on to become incredibly popular as a musical star, becoming an international icon.
Her private life has also been full of drama, and that is classic Britney.
What Do You Think About This?
Some people might feel a little old to learn that these stars have aged so much since they first appeared in the entertainment industry. Clearly, time truly does fly.
Fortunately for many of these stars, they seem to be doing great in their careers, and we can't help but be happy for them.
As promised, here is a video showing how the stars have changed over the years. Enjoy!