Whatever Happened To All Those Disney Channel Stars?

As winter approaches, movie marathons become more inviting. If you've already ditched your Netflix queue on a recent weekend for a nostalgic Disney Channel Original Movie marathon, you might have been left with some questions. Like, what's Christy Carlson Romano up to these days? Does she still remember all the words to "Sixth Period?" Is Zenon still acting? And what's the girl from Halloweentown been doing since she put down her broom?

This list is here to answer all your queries about the life and careers of your favorite DCOM stars. Some are still in the business, while others have left life in front of the camera behind. Click through to find out what they've been working on since their Disney days.

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Kimberly Brown: Then

Brown was 13 when Halloweentown first aired on The Disney Channel and thousands of preteen girls started to hope their grandma would come to tell them they, too, had magical powers. She went on to star in Halloweentown II and Halloweentown High, as well as the DCOM Quints.
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Kimberly Brown: Now

In 2013, Brown appeared in a handful of episodes of Low Winter Sun, but she always returns to her Halloweentown roots. She's appeared in Spirit of Halloweentown Festival for the last two years, which is held in St. Helens, Oregon, where the movie was filmed.
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Camille Guaty & America Ferrera: Then

Guaty and Ferrera played dancers in the DCOM that taught kids across the country an all-important Spanish phrase, Gotta Kick it Up! (2002).

Ferrera went on to earn an Emmy for her starring role in Ugly Betty, while Guaty has multi-episode arcs on shows like Prison Break and Las Vegas.
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Camille Guaty: Now

Guaty has been cast in the upcoming VH1 series Daytime Divas and will be appearing in A Futile and Stupid Gesture, a film about National Lampoon, out next year.
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America Ferrera: Now

Ferrera currently stars on the NBC sitcom Superstore, now in its second season. When not working she likes to lip sync with her bestie from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
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Christy Carlson Romano: Then

It's hard to say what Disney Channel role Romano was best known for — Kim Possible, Ren Stevens, or Hilary Duff's nemesis in the DCOM Cadet Kelly.

It's indisputable, however, that this was her greatest TV moment.
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Christy Carlson Romano: Now

Romano has moved to the other side of the camera, directing the upcoming family Christmas movie, Christmas All Over Again.
Erik von Detten: Then

Detten starred as a very safety conscious "soul skater" in the DCOM Brink! (1998). But the former teen star appeared in several more big screen Disney films like The Princess Diaries and Toy Story.
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Erik von Detten: Now

The actor's last screen role was Toy Story 3 (reprising his role as Sid), but he still brings his niece and nephew to the occasional red carpet, according to E!
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Ryan Merriman: Then

Merriman starred in three iconic DCOM—Smart House (1999), The Luck of the Irish (2001), and A Ring of Endless Light (2002). He'll always be remembered by '90s kids as the preteen who knew how to "Slam Dunk (Da Funk)."
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Ryan Merriman: Now

With a DCOM hat trick behind him, Merriman moved on to a role on Pretty Little Liars from 2010-2014. He has several film projects scheduled to be released this year, including sci-fi flick Domain and thriller Distortion.
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Kirsten Storms: Then

The girl of the 21st century starred in three Zenon films between 1999-2004, and also appeared in DCOMs Johnny Tsunami and Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time.
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Kirsten Storms: Now

Storms has been acting on the soap opera General Hospital since 2005, appearing in over 900 episodes.
Emmy Rossum: Then

Before her breakout role in The Phantom of the Opera, Rossum was the object of a whiz kid's affection in the DCOM Genius (1999).
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Emmy Rossum: Now

Rossum has starred as the de facto Gallagher matriarch on Showtime's Shameless since 2011. She recently directed an episode during the series' seventh season.
Laura Vandervoort: Then

Vandervoort starred in the 4th best DCOM Halloween film (behind Halloweentown 1 and 2, and The Scream Team, obviously) Mom's Got A Date With a Vampire in 2000, after appearing in the classic Alley Cat Strike.
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Laura Vandervoort: Now

Post-Disney Vandervoort played Kara (aka Supergirl) on Smallville from 2007-2011; appropriately, her most recent role was on The CW's Supergirl.
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Camilla Belle: Then

Before there was Blue Crush, there was Rip Girls (2000), Belle's DCOM convincing legions of girls they should grab a surfboard. Her turn in the movie came after roles in big screen films like A Little Princess and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
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Camilla Belle: Now

Belle has starred in several big screen films since her Disney days — including The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) and 10,000 BC (2008) — and has multiple projects in the works including The Mad Whale (2016).
The Lawrence Brothers: Then

Andrew, Matthew, and Joey Lawrence were DCOM staples. Andy had a film all to himself (The Other Me, 2000), he shared the screen with big brother Joey in Horse Sense (1999), and all the brothers appeared together in Jumping Ship (2001).
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The Lawrence Brothers: Now

Joey Lawrence recently wrapped his sitcom Melissa & Joey and appears in the holiday movie out this month, Wish For Christmas.

Matthew Lawrence's next film, a thriller titled Desperate Waters, is scheduled to be released next year.

Andrew Lawrence had a multi-episode arc on Hawaii Five-O this year and will appear in the film Better Than Love.
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Kat Dennings: Then

Dennings appeared in the 2002 Halloween DCOM The Scream Team. It was her first movie and third screen credit, after a season of Raising Dad and a cameo on Sex and the City.
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Kat Dennings: Now

After appearing in movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, Dennings landed a starring role on the sitcom 2 Broke Girls, which just started its sixth season.
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Brenda Song: Then

Song appeared in what seemed like an endless stream of DCOM and Disney shows, including Get A Clue (2002), Stuck in Suberbs (2004), and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006).
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Brenda Song; Now

Song appeared on the short-lived sitcom Dads from 2013-2014 and she currently stars on the CBS drama Pure Genius.
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Shia LaBeouf: Then

LaBeouf rose to fame as Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel show Even Stevens, but before he starred in the series-capping movie he played an autistic teenager in 2002's Tru Confessions.
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Shia LaBeouf: Now

LaBeouf has been in many feature films since Even Stevens, and he highlighted his extensive list of credits by renting out a theater to watch all his films in reverse chronical order last year. In his next film, Borg/McEnroe he'll portray tennis player John McEnroe
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Jared Padalecki: Then

In the middle of his stint as a Stars Hollow heartthrob, Padalecki appeared in A Ring of Endless Light (2002), an adaptation of a Madeleine L'Engle novel that also starred a pre-OC Mischa Barton.
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Jared Padalecki: Now

Padalecki has been playing a Winchester brother on Supernatural since 2005. But he took a break from monster hunting to appear in the upcoming Gilmore Girls special.
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