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Hilary Duff's birthday is September 28th! The former teen star is turning 28, rekindling our nostalgia for Disney Channel's golden content of the early 2000s. Disney Channel has produced a line of teen stars throughout the years, but it was Hilary Duff that launched the multitalented, "triple threat performer," standard.

From 'Lizzie McGuire'
From 'Lizzie McGuire'

Duff was a member of the golden generation of teen actors, alongside Lindsay Lohan and Raven-Symoné, but her success on TV, in movies and in music sets her apart. In celebration of her 28th birthday let's have a look at how Duff set the ground for future Disney Channel stars like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Zendaya (to name just a few).


Hilary Duff Represented Every '90s Kid As Lizzie McGuire

Yes, parents, take a chill pill.
Yes, parents, take a chill pill.

Duff's first notable role was in a non-Disney movie, Casper Meets Wendy, in 1998 when she was 11 years old. However, it was her role in Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004) that catapulted her into stardom. Duff, with her role as Lizzie McGuire, was a representation of the '90s kid in all of us, gaining a place in the hearts of all teen viewers.

Absolutely nothing to wear.
Absolutely nothing to wear.

Lizzie McGuire's relatable adolescent angst echoed ours and that made us love her. For many, Lizzie McGuire is still the most favored Disney Channel show. The popularity of the TV series led to the release of The Lizzie McGuire Movie in 2003. It was the first Disney Channel TV show to get a movie, paving the road for future Disney Channel originals. Think about it — without the success of Lizzie McGuire we might not have had Miley Cyrus's Hannah Montana or Selena Gomez's Wizards of Waverly Place, among many other original shows.

In 2002, Duff starred in Disney's Movie Cadet Kelly, which, following her success as Lizzie, received a lot of attention. If you're feeling nostalgic and would like to check this one out, Netflix has you covered.

Making Music, Disney And Beyond

If you were one of the many angsty teens in the early 2000s you probably listened to Hilary Duff's music or watched her movies because she was a teen icon.

Hilary Duff was the first to record albums for Disney-owned Hollywood Records. Her first album was released in 2002, featuring the holiday song, "Santa Claus Lane." A year later she released, Metamorphosis and "Come Clean" became her first real hit. In 2002, it may have been unusual for stars to also sing for Disney, but Duff set the standards for future generations.

Nowadays it is expected that Disney Channel teens are able to act, sing and dance. Without her success, pop stars like Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez would not have been possible.

Hilary Duff's Success After Disney Channel

From 'A Cinderella Story'
From 'A Cinderella Story'

Duff, after parting from Disney, went on to star in many successful movies like Raise Your Voice (2004), The Perfect Man (2005), Cheaper By The Dozen 1 and 2 (2003, 2005), Agent Cody Banks (2003) and most famously, A Cinderella Story (2004) alongside Chad Michael Murray, which was a success earning $70,067,909 worldwide.

From 'A Cinderella Story'
From 'A Cinderella Story'

In the modern adaptation of the popular fairytale, Hilary Duff starred as Sam, an unnoticed high school student, who fell for Austin, the popular guy in school. Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray's on-screen chemistry melted the hearts of teenagers across the world.

Did you know that Hilary also sang a few of the songs from A Cinderella Story’s soundtrack like "Now You Know?" You can listen to the song below!

Duff has had an active acting career throughout the years, both on TV and the silver screen.

In 2004 she also launched her clothing line, "Stuff by Hilary Duff" which was available until 2008. Additionally, in true celebrity spirit, she is involved with various charities.

And She's Still Doing Awesome Things

From 'Younger'
From 'Younger'

Many would argue that Hilary Duff's career has taken a mature turn. She's still around, singing and acting. Duff is currently starring as Kelsey Peters in TV series Younger. Last year she released her fifth studio album, Breathe In. Breathe Out. after a long musical break.

She has a son, Luca, and she has declared that being a mom is:

"the most important [part] for me"

It's safe to say that Duff's success did more than just pave the road for succeeding teen stars and that without her, our early 2000s wouldn't have been the same! Happy birthday, Hilary Duff!

From 'Younger'
From 'Younger'

Which is your favorite Hilary Duff movie or TV show? Let me know in the comments bellow!

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