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Where are they now? The kids of Lizzie McGuire.

Some nights, when I’m drifting off to sleep, I just can’t stop my mind from wandering to its very depths – where the most troubling of unanswered questions lay to ponder.

And by ‘troubling unanswered questions’, I mean:

‘I wonder what that guy from that show I used to watch is doing now?’

One cast I found myself furiously Googling recently was from an absolute classic of a tween drama complete with a feature film that I still watch without a hint of irony, despite being well above the intended audience age.

Lizzie McGuire. 

Looking back, the squeaky-clean series starring Hilary Duff was a little bit cringe with its cartoon Lizzie alter ego and sickeningly wholesome plotlines, but if you try and tell me you didn’t have a crush on Gordo – the Seth Cohen of our primary school years – as an 11-year-old girl, you, my friend, are a liar.

We decided it was time to delve into the 2018 lives of the Disney alum to see what they’ve been up to since the show’s 2004 final episode. Our digging proved very insightful.

Lizzie

Granted, Hilary Duff hasn’t really left our radars since the show ended, so she obviously didn’t require much ‘tracking down’.

After Lizzie McGuire, she enjoyed a successful pop career (Beat of My Heart is still a banger), starred in several movies including A Cinderella Story, Raise Your Voice, The Perfect Man and Cheaper By The Dozen and even released her own fragrance.

(It was called ‘With Love’ and was released at the same time as her song With Love, which featured advertising for the fragrance in its film clip – genius.)

She also had a clothing line – Stuff, by Hilary Duff, which was sold at Kmart and Target.

Currently, she plays a supporting role as Kelsey Peters in Younger and is expecting her second child with boyfriend Matthew Koma.

She also has a six-year-old son Luca with ex-husband Mike Comrie.

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Miranda

Lizzie’s bff was played by Lalaine Vergara, who’s 31 now.

Adding to the unfortunate list of corrupted Disney starlets, Lalaine had a run-in with the law when she was 20 and spent a short time in rehab.

In July 2007, Lalaine was reportedly arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, to which she pleaded guilty after missing her initial court date. She received no jail time and her record was wiped clean after court-ordered drug treatment.

She seems to have turned things around now. Her Instagram bio – “People tell me I look like this girl that used be on that show” – heads a feed full of edgy travel pics taken all over the world.

 

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LD in SD w/BC on da ZB.

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Other than travel, Lalaine has spent her post-Lizzie days singing, songwriting, and playing bass for band Vanity Theft.

She’s had a few small movie and TV roles, too – you may remember she made a brief appearance in Easy A as a gossipy teen.

She also shared this throwback post recently which we love too much:

 

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Since I just moved I’ve uncovered many of????#ThrowBacks

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Gordo

Adam Lamberg, who played Gordo, is no longer acting and is a bit of a social media ghost…

But we found him. He’s the development officer at the Irish Arts Centre in New York City now, and he looks like this:

Gordo?

We also tracked down his work's Instagram page because we're creepy like that:

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After the show ended, Lamberg appeared in a couple of small independent films, but left the acting world to study geography and public administration before taking up his current position at the Irish Arts Centre.

Matt

Lizzie's annoying little brother Matt was played by Jake Thomas, who kinda looks exactly the same as he did 14 years ago but with a beard.

The 28-year-old posted this photo with his former on-screen mum on his Instagram last month:

Thomas has been quite successful in the acting world, with quite a lengthy IMDB page to his name.

Thomas stuck around the tween world both during and after Lizzie wrapped - voicing Nigel Planter, a dorky wizard in cartoon The Grimm Adventures of Billy & Mandy and playing Jason Stickler in the Cory in the House after that. He has recently appeared in a few movies, including the comedy What Happened Last Night, thriller The Unwilling and comedy Baja.

According to his Instagram, he's now dabbling in photography and directing, too.

Kate Sanders

Lizzie's cheerleader nemesis Kate Sanders was played by Ashlie Brillault, who much like Gordo, disappeared from the acting world after Lizzie McGuire.

It turns out she ditched acting for law school - she's now a criminal defence attorney in California, according to her LinkedIn profile.

She's also a mum:

 

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She's certainly come a long way from labelling Lizzie an 'outfit repeater' in the Lizzie McGuire Movie.

Ethan Craft

The dopey school heartthrob and Lizzie's mega crush was played by Clayton Snyder, and yep, you guessed it - he stopped acting after Lizzie, too.

After the show's final episode he went on to play water polo at Pepperdine University, and continued to play professionally in Europe (Rome?).

BUT, he made a return to acting in 2010, appearing in several short films, TV movies and series. He even popped up in episodes of NCIS and Rules of Engagement.

Oh, and he looks like this now:

So, there you have it - all the kids from Lizzie McGuire accounted for. Now you can rest easy.

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