Lizzie McGuire is one of the most iconic television shows in history. Starring Timeless Supreme of the Earth Hilary Duff, this classic Disney Channel show chronicled the middle school trials and tribulations of a suburban girl named Lizzie (Duff). Throw in some wacky best friends, catty popular girls, an annoying little brother, and a memorable cameo from Music’s Greatest Treasure Aaron Carter, and you have a coming-of-age sitcom that surpasses all of your faves.
But what happened to those kooky characters who we fell in love with? Of course, Duff became a huge star, but what about her middle school BFFs? Her parents? Empress Kate Sanders? Many of the actors left the business and have kept low profiles since the show wrapped, but we tracked down their whereabouts. And some may surprise you. One of ’em went to law school.
Then: Duff played the adorkable Lizzie McGuire, the show’s titular character who had a penchant for tripping, Ethan Craft, and wearing ugly unicorn sweaters to picture day.
Now: Duff is a pop goddess with an estimated 15 million records sold. Her last album, Breathe In. Breathe Out. (2015), reached number five on the Billboard 200. She also plays a book editor named Kelsey Peters on the hit TV Land series, Younger, alongside Sutton Foster. She has a 4-year-old son named Luca.
Then: Lalaine portrayed Miranda, Lizzie’s fun-loving best friend who wasn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with the school’s popular girls. Despite her exterior bravado, Miranda was one of the most self-conscious characters on the show; one episode in particular explored her body image issues.
Now: Lalaine switched gears to music after Lizzie McGuire. She played bass guitar in a band, Vanity Theft, from 2010 to 2011. She still acts, too: In 2014, she starred in the film One Night Alone. She also co-stars in a Web series, Raymond and Lane, alongside Nickelodeon star Lori Beth Denberg. Follow her on Instagram here.
Then: Lamberg played David Gordon (“Gordo”), the nerdy, tech-savvy voice of reason in Lizzie and Miranda’s clique. He was hopelessly in love with Lizzie and routinely found himself in the friend zone—until The Lizzie McGuire Movie, that is. Remember their legendary kiss on the roof of their hotel in Rome? Middle school swoon!
Now: Lamberg hasn’t acted since 2008. According to his LinkedIn—yes, he has a LinkedIn—Lamberg received his bachelor’s degree in geography in 2008. He is currently the development associate at the Irish Arts Center in New York City and pursuing a master’s degree in public administration.
Then: We fell in love with Todd as Lizzie’s strict-but-loving mother, Jo McGuire.
Now: Todd is still a working actress. She played Carol Clark in the American Girl film Lea to the Rescue. Her latest movie, The Last Champion (2017), is currently in post-production. This icon also has an acting studio in Santa Barbara, California, where she gives lessons.
Then: Carradine played Lizzie’s awkward, Dick Butkus-loving father, Sam McGuire.
Now: Carradine was a star before Lizzie McGuire—he broke out after appearing in Revenge of the Nerds—and he’s had a successful career after the Disney show ended. According to IMDb, Carradine has four films in post-production. He was also the host and executive producer for TBS’ show King of the Nerds. In 2015, he and his estranged wife were involved in a head-on collision in Colorado; thankfully, they were unharmed.
Then: As Lizzie’s younger brother, Matt, Thomas delivered the pubescent laughs and eye rolls.
Now: Thomas has enjoyed great success as an actor post-Lizzie McGuire. He’s appeared in every television show from Cold Case to Ghost Whisperer to CSI: NY. He recently did a six-episode stunt on the Web series Storytellers, playing Finn Avery. He’s also a photographer.
Then: Brillault brought the well-manicured fears to Lizzie McGuire as Kate Sanders, Lizzie once-best friend turned middle school mean girl. She and Lizzie had their tender moments on the show, but they never fully broke their cheerleader/science geek dynamic.
Now: Brillault has kept a very low profile since Lizzie McGuire wrapped in 2003. MTV reports that Brillault received her B.A. in political science from California State University and then headed to Colorado for law school. She is married to a man whom she met in Colorado, and the two have a daughter together. “At the moment I’m focusing on being a mom to this amazing little human being and in the next few months I plan on looking for a job as a lawyer in the civil rights or criminal defense field,” Brillault told MTV. From queen bee to queen of the bar exam!
Then: Snyder made your 13-year-old hearts thump as the resident teen cutie, Ethan Craft. He was a big fan of spaghetti and shampooing only once.
Now: After slaying the water polo game post-grad (he attended Pepperdine University), Snyder has turned his efforts back to acting. Snyder briefly returned to Disney as Lucas in the TV series Second Star. He frequently appeared in the amazing 2016 YouTube series Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party. He has 11 projects in the pipeline, according to IMDb. His Instagram is also a gold mine.
Then: Downes warped brains and melted some hearts (read: mine) as the weird, outfit-repeating Larry Tudgeman.
Now: Downes now works behind the camera as a director, writer, and producer. His next project is the 2017 film Proxy Kill. We wonder if his signature shirt will make an appearance.
Then: Williams played Claire, Kate’s fellow mean cheerleader friend who Lizzie infamously called the “Claire Witch Project.”
Now: Williams reunited with Duff for the 2004 film Raise Your Voice. She starred on As the World Turns from 2008 to 2009. Most recently, Williams appeared in the YouTube series Foursome. She also just made a short film, which you can peep here.
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