Ever wonder what your Disney Channel crushes from back in the day are currently up to? Well you’re in for a treat because we caught up with some of the biggest stars from the ‘90’s/early ‘00s to see how they’re doing in 2017. Some of them have made some fairly dramatic transformations, but they’ll never forget their formative years at Disney and in our hearts.
Erik von Detten
We’re not gonna lie, Erik von Detten is looking rough as hell these days. He’s aged about 60 years since his role in Brink!, but that doesn’t stop him from getting back on his skateboard every now and then. Even though he can only ride downhill in keeping with his life’s trajectory, it’s great to see Erik doing what he loves.
Remember Chez Starbuck from The Thirteenth Year? If so you’ll be relieved to know that our favorite young merman has recently transitioned into a beautiful beluga whale. He’s settled with a wife and kids about five miles off the coast of Miami Beach, FL, and you might even see him going for a swim if you take a boat out around sunset.
After playing the lead in the DCOM classic The Luck of the Irish, Ryan Merrimack was getting offered sponsorship deals for Irish brands left and right. We think he picked a good one, since he’s now basically the most famous leprechaun in the world and gets free marshmallow cereal for the rest of his life.
Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-off was all about a young boy having to make a choice between his two loves: cooking and baseball. These days Taylor Ball is proving you really can have it all since he’s got an amazing job as a waiter at The Cheesecake Factory and he also watches baseball games sometimes.
The Lawrence Brothers
There used to be three Lawrence brothers back in the day, and they often co-starred in Disney Channel movies and shows together. Sometime over the last few years they decided to all morph into a hotter, younger version of Joey, which is much better if you ask us.
Dylan and Cole Sprouse
Dylan and Cole Sprouse, the lovable twins from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, were determined to continue working for the Disney brand after their debut series ended. They recently found a new role as twins—the adorable Chip and Dale—whom they dress up as seven days a week at Disneyland for minimum wage.
Whether he was creating the next digital pop sensation in Pixel Perfect or messing around with gadgets in Phil of the Future, Ricky Ullman was always playing a tech nerd during his time at Disney. No wonder that in 2017 he’s gone full geek and turned into an Alexa who can provide information on news, sports and entertainment all for the low, low cost of $200.
Steven Anthony Lawrence
The classic story of the “awkward” kid blossoming into a beauty: Steven Anthony Lawrence AKA “Beans” from Even Stevens is now the famous heartthrob Ryan Gosling. Bet you wish you didn’t turn down all those date offers now, huh?
Ever since the High School Musical franchise, Corbin Bleu has had an acting career that’s been basically unstoppable. He most recently had a pivotal role in the Oscar award-winning film La La Land as a dancer in the first sequence, fifth car back in the first row.
No one has seen Clayton Snyder, who played Ethan on Lizzie McGuire, since he walked off the set of the final episode in 2004. If you have any leads whatsoever, please let us know immediately.