When you think about it, the idea that Disney and Nickelodeon were chasing the same young talent makes total sense, but it still blows my mind that these mega-Disney stars made their start with Nick bit parts.
Below is a round up of just a few Disney darlings who had their premiere on Nickelodeon shows, and it seems like The Brothers Garcia was a really popular choice with the girls!
8. Ashley Tisdale
What Were They Up To On Nickelodeon? Tisdale appeared on The Amanda Show where she played Daphne, Amanda Bynes’s No. 1 fan, who gets her ass whooped in a trivia quiz. She also played Wendy on an episode of 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd.
Where Did They End Up On Disney? Tisdale became a Disney darling on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and the High School Musical films.
7. Demi Lovato
What Were They Up To On Nickelodeon? Demi Lovato appeared on a single solitary Nickelodeon episode of Just Jordan where she was very much unimpressed with Tony Lee’s strumming and songwriting abilities.
6. Doug Brochu
What Were They Up To On Nickelodeon? Weirdly, Brochu played a wrestler on both of his Nick appearances on Zoey 101 and iCarly.
Where Did They End Up On Disney? Brochu played Grady Mitchell on Sonny with a Chance.
5. Brenda Song
What Were They Up To On Nickelodeon? Song has landed pretty big roles on both Nick and Disney. She was Sariffa Chung, the protagonist's best bud on 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd. She also appeared as a love interest for both of the bros in The Brothers Garcia.
Where Did They End Up In Disney? Song charmed us all as London Tipton on The Suite Life of Zac and Cody.
4. A.J. Trauth
What Were They Up To On Nickelodeon? Wearing some totally on trend silver MC Hammer pants on The Amanda Show, naturally.
You probably know Trauth as Twitty from Even Stevens.
3. Vanessa Hudgens
What Were They Up To On Nickelodeon? Just like fellow Disney star Brenda Song, Hudgens was on Nick as a love interest in The Brothers Garcia.
Where Did They End Up In Disney? Of course, Vanessa Hudgens grew up to become Gabriella from High School Musical.
2. Steven Anthony Lawrence
What Were They Up To On Nickelodeon? Lawrence was on Nick twice, both times on The Amanda Show. Once he was being baby sat and the other time he appeared on a fake commercial after swallowing his own Hamster. Yep, you read that right!
Where Did They End Up In Disney? Lawrence met his Disney destiny as the delightfully odd Beans on Even Stevens.
1. Kay Panabaker
What Were They Up To On Nickelodeon? Panabaker was yet another love interest who appeared on The Brothers Garcia and kicked off a Romeo and Juliet-style battle.
Where Did They End Up In Disney? Panabaker became the happy-go-lucky Debbie on Disney's Phil of the Future.
Were you surprised about the amount of Nickelodeon/Disney crossovers?