Where Are They Now: Disney Channel Original Movie Stars

Where Are They Now: Disney Channel Original Movie Stars

The early 2000s were one of the best times to be a kid! We rode Razor scooters, collected Beanie Babies and had the very first iPods. We also enjoyed some of the greatest TV Movies Disney has yet to produce.

1. Wish Upon a Star (1996)

After wishing on a shooting star Hayley Wheaton (Danielle Harris) switches places with her older sister, Alexia Wheaton (Katherine Heigl). They spend the next few days trying to sabotage the other's reputation but eventually grow to respect each other. 


Danielle Harris went on to voice Debbie Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys (1998-2004) TV series. She now stars in many horror films including Halloween II (2009) and See No Evil 2 (2014). 

Katherine Heigl continues to have a very successful career. She is best known for her role on Grey's Anatomy (2005-2010) as Dr. Izzie Stevens. She will be starring in NBC's new show State of Affairs which is scheduled to air November 17, 2014. 

2. Brink! (1998)

Andy Brinker (Erik von Detten) and his team of "Soul-Skaters" skate for fun, the opposite of Team X-Bladz, a sponsored team in town. Brink discovers his family is in financial trouble and joins Team X-Bladz forcing him to live a double life.  


Erik von Detten was EVERY girl's crush in the early 2000s! Detten went on to star as Josh Bryant in The Princess Diaries (2001) and was the voice of Sid, Andy's evil neighbor in the Toy Story films. Detten hasn't starred in anything for some time but I know we would love to see this heartthrob make a comeback! 

3. Halloweentown (1998)

On Halloween, Marnie Piper (Kimberly J Brown) and her siblings discover their grandmother, Aggie, is a witch and that they have magic powers as well. Aggie needs their help to save Halloweentown from a dark and evil magic. 

Kimberly J. Brown went on to star in the next two Halloweentown movies, as well as the Disney Channel Original Movie, Quints (2000). Recently, Brown starred in the TV series, Low Winter Sun (2013) as Shana Taylor. Brown enjoys crafting and currently sells painted signs on Etsy which feature her favorite quotes and a personalized note on the back. 

4. Johnny Tsunami (1999)

Johnny Kapahala (Brandon Baker), a young hawaiian surfer who is forced to take his skills to the slopes when his family moves to Vermont.

In his youth, Brandon Baker starred in a number of Disney movies and television shows including The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998), Even Stevens (2000-2003) and The Proud Family (2005). In April 2014, Baker starred in the raunchy comedy The Formula

5. The Thirteenth Year (1999)

Cody Griffin (Chez Starbuck), an adopted teen, learns his birth mother is a mermaid on his thirteenth birthday when he starts to grow fins. 

Starbuck went on to star in the movies, You're Invited to Mary-Kate and Ashley's School Dance (2000) and Recipe for Disaster (2003). Starbuck now lives in Austin, TX with his family, where he focuses on painting. His paintings are for sale online through the site Fine Art America under the name Caesaray Starbuck. 

6. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Zenon Kar (Kirsten Storms) lives with her family in an orbiting space station, until she gets in trouble with the station's commander and is forced to live on Earth with her Aunt. 

Kirsten Storms went on to star in the next two Zenon sequels and voiced Bonnie Rockwaller in the Disney series Kim Possible (2002-2007). Away from Disney, Storms has had a strong presence on TV starring as Belle Black on Days of Our Lives (2000-2004) and as Maxie Jones on General Hospital (2005-2014)

7. Rip Girls (2000)

Sydney Miller (Camilla Belle) moves back to Hawaii with her father, where she discovers more about herself, her mother and the Island. 


Camilla Belle most recently starred in When a Stranger Calls (2006), 10,000 BC (2008) and a number of short films. Belle received a lot of media attention for her relationship with Joe Jonas and her feud with Taylor Swift. 

8. Life Size (2000)

Casey Stuart (Lindsay Lohan) brings her doll to life, when she tries to cast a spell to bring her mother back to life. 


Over the years, Lindsey Lohan has battled her fair share of demons but has managed to remain in a number of films including, Mean Girls (2004), Liz & Dick (2012), and InAPPropriate Comedy (2013). Lohan has also guest starred on many TV shows such as Eastbound & Down (2013) and 2 Broke Girls (2014). 

9. Model Behavior (2000)

Alex Burroughs (Maggie Lawson), a shy teenager meets a famous teenage model at her fathers business party. When the two girls realize they look similar, they switch places. 

Maggie Lawson has starred in the sitcoms Crumbs (2006), Rules of Engagement (2007), and It's All Relative (2003-2004). She is best known for her role as Detective Juliet O'Hara on Psych (2006-2014)

10. Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)

Pete Riley (Taylor Handley) is the manager of the local movie theatre. They are problems at the movie theatre like title changes and tornados. Pete must find the source of the problem while keeping the theatre running.

Tyler Handley continues to be an actor and producer. He starred in television shows like The OC (2003-2004), Southland (2009-2010) and Vegas (2012-2013). He has also starred in many films such as, Channeling (2013), Chasing Mavericks (2012) and is best known for his role as Dean in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006).

11. The Luck of the Irish (2001)

When Kyle Johnson (Ryan Merriman) has his lucky coin stolen, he learns about his family's history of being leprechauns. It is up to Kyle to track down the leprechauns that stole his family's luck.


Ryan Merriman also starred in another great Disney Channel Original Movie, Smart House (1999). Away from Disney, Merriman starred in the films The Ring Two (2005), Final Destination 3 (2006) and 42 (2013). He also played the role of Ian Thomas in Pretty Little Liars (2010-2014).

12. Motocrossed (2001)

Andrea 'Andi' Carson (Alana Austin) poses as her brother Andrew Carson (Trevor O'Brien) to win the big race when he breaks his leg. 

Trevor O'Brien went on to star in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Gridiron Gang (2006) and Grey's Anatomy (2012). He continues to act and produce.

Alana Austin starred in the film Popstar (2005) with Aaron Carter and in the series Cold Case (2005).

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.


We all knew Scorpion was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint

18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings

23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop

31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me

This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

Couple goals, amirite?

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Sandra Oh was Nominated for an Emmy, and can I just say, It's about time

"Yeah, well, don't write your address on your suitcase in case it gets stolen by a psychopath." -Eve, Killing Eve (2018)


The Emmy's are a time for some of the best shows and performances of the year to get honored. This year, a handful of my favorites were up for nomination. "Black Mirror," "Portlandia," "Bob's Burgers," and actress Sandra Oh.

Sandra Oh was nominated for best lead actress in a drama series for "Killing Eve"; the first woman of Asian descent to ever be nominated for this category! Although, this isn't her first time being nominated. She was previously nominated five times for supporting actress for "Grey's Anatomy"––she never won.

I am a huge "Grey's Anatomy" fan. So you're telling me, after Sandra Oh's character, Christina Yang, had suffered an ectopic pregnancy which almost killed her, being left at the altar by Burke, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after having a gun held to her head in the midst of trying to save Derek, gets cheated on by Hunt, goes through a divorce, survives a plane crash but watched her friends and colleagues die, and not to mention she deserved to win that Harper Avery award but didn't; you're telling me after all these extraordinary performances she didn't win at all? Not one of the five times? Unbelievable.

Although it won't be for "Grey's Anatomy" this time, it's about time Sandra Oh gets the recognition she deserves. Sandra Oh departed from Grey's Anatomy after season ten and has since grabbed viewers' attention for her role in "Killing Eve," the show that she is being nominated for. This show centers around Sandra Oh's character, Eve, a desk-bound M15 officer who finds herself in the midst of a cat and mouse game with an assassin. If you need a new show to watch, this is an intriguing one to start.

To think, Sandra Oh is the FIRST actress of Asian descent to be nominated for this category. It's 2018, and I can't emphasize enough how much representation matters. Growing up as an Asian-American, I found it hard to resonate with characters of Asian descent who fit the stereotypical identity that everyone makes assumptions about. That wasn't who I was, nor did I want to be. Hollywood has created a narrative around Asians and Asian-Americans to fit a typecast for films and television shows but I for one believe Sandra Oh has defied that logic. She's brilliant and has proven viewers everywhere the hardworking, versatile actress she can be. From the principal in "Princess Diaries" to a dedicated cardiothoracic surgeon on "Grey's Anatomy" to an M15 officer trying to find an assassin, the limit does not exist.

The lack of Asian descents taking home the famous statue has only been numbered down to two and let's be honest here, there needs to be a change. As much as the internet pushed for Leonardo DiCaprio to finally win that Oscar he deserved, we need to push for Sandra Oh to break the internet and give her the Emmy she deserves.

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