Beaded chokers, annoying younger brother, sweatpants as normal everyday wear, and Ethan Craft. You guessed it! I'm talking about Lizzie McGuire, a TV show we all remember watching on the Disney Channel when we were mere preteens and teens.
We couldn't help but relate to Lizzie as she crushed hard on the most popular guy in school (let's take a minute to dream about Ethan Craft's sunkissed locks), took care of her pestering brother Matt while her parents were insanely sick from the flu, and tried to really own the one thing she excelled at...even if it did end up being something as ridiculous as ribbon dancing.
Ever wonder what the cast is up to nowadays?
Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire)
With those sweet, innocent eyes and perfectly groomed blonde hair, Hilary Duff was exceptional in her role as Lizzie. Duff has since surpassed her teen role and acted in some more adult content. This list includes Gossip Girl, Beauty & The Briefcase, and Bloodworth.
Currently, she co-stars in the comedy-drama pilot Younger opposite Sutton Foster, which was released on March 1st this year. She has continued with her music endeavors, releasing an album in 2014 with songwriter Savan Kotecha and the ever popular Ed Sheeran. This multi-talented lady is also a mother of son Luca with now ex-husband and Canadian NHL player, Mike Comrie.
Lalaine (Miranda Sanchez)
That's right, people. Lalaine is just Lalaine, like a Beyonce, Seal, or a Madonna. She is a Filipino American actress and singer-songwriter. Lalaine seems to have fallen off the Hollywood map nowadays. Previously, she acted in another Disney Original Movie called You Wish, appeared in season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine in 2007, and was the bassist in a band called Vanity Theft from 2010-2011. You can actually catch a quick glimpse of her acting as a gossipy character in the film Easy A starring Emma Stone. Check it out below!
Adam Lamberg (David "Gordo" Gordon)
Aw, Gordo! Lizzie's best childhood friend, who ends up being her real love at the end of The Lizzie McGuire Movie (move over, Paolo), only proving that the dateable men start out as best friends first! Who could forgot the exciting moment when Lizzie and Gordo shared their first kiss on a balcony in Italy, as fireworks simultaneously explode into the sky?
Adam Lamberg didn't do much acting post Lizzie McGuire. He went on to study at UC Berkeley, where he majored in geography, and is now completing a Master's degree in Public Administration. He is also a development associate at the Irish Arts Center in New York City. Let's be real people: there's nothing sexier than a nerd.
Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire)
I count my lucky stars that my younger brother doesn't have much in common with the smart-ass, mischievous Matt. Okay, so he wasn't that bad, but Matt definitely had his obnoxious moments that as an older sister made me roll my eyes a bit.
Since Lizzie McGuire, Jake has continued with his passion for acting. You can see him in such TV shows and films as ER, Cold Case, Betrayed at 17, and the YouTube web series called Storytellers, directed by YouTube star Joey Graceffa. Jake is also heavily into photography, cycling, and music.
Ashlie Brillault (Kate Sanders)
We've all had an ex-best friend that suddenly became popular, and then decided to act as if they didn't know us. Surprisingly, Hilary Duff claims Ashlie is one of the sweetest girls she knows and that they are actually quite friendly in real life.
Leaving Hollywood behind, Ashlie graduated with a degree in law at University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2014. She is currently and attorney volunteer at ACLU of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.
Clayton Snyder (Ethan Craft)
Last but not least, the studly, the hunkiest, the tan man with golden streaks in his hair. Oh yes, I am talking about the Ethan Craft. It's safe to say that Clayton Snyder remained quite the heart-throb, as he attended Pepperdine University from 2006-2009 and played on their waterpolo team. Since then, he has continued acting in many films, TV shows, and web series. including The Manocle, NCIS, Rules of Engagement, and One and Only.
I can't be the only one wishing an animated version of me existed, constantly providing some inner mental commentary about the world around me. For now, I'll have to be content with just the voice in my head, as I continue to wish to be as cool as Lizzie McGuire, ribbon-dancing klutz and all.