• Thu, Sep 26 - 1:23 pm ET

Disney Star Dylan Sprouse Has A Restaurant Job, But Not Because He’s Broke, Okay?!

Dylan Sprouse working at NYC restaurantIt’s always a tough time to be an up-and-coming actor trying to make a name for yourself, but I never realized how hard it apparently is to be an established actor who already has a famous name, as well. Case in point: former Disney star Dylan Sprouse has just confirmed that he’s currently working as a host in a New York City restaurant.

You may remember Dylan and his twin brother Cole Sprouse from such projects as The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody on The Disney Channel, Instagram wars with fans, playing the kid in Big Daddy, us discovering Cole’s secret Tumblr, Cole subsequently deleting said secret Tumblr, and most notably (in my brain, anyway), playing Ross’ son Ben on Friends. But no matter which order of impressiveness those achievements fall into for you, we can probably agree that these kids made a ton of money. Like, a ton. By the end of the 2000s, they were reported to be ‘the richest teenage twins in the world’. Which is admittedly an incredibly niche category, but still — by 2010 they were making $40,000 per episode combined. That’s a lot of money.

So you might think it’s odd that Dylan would be working at a restaurant now (or anywhere at all, with that kind of money lying around), but he wants to be clear that it’s not a money thing at all. He got on his personal Tumblr a few days ago to explain himself after multiple photos appeared on the internet of him at work.

“So many pictures have gotten out that I’m now working as a host at a restaurant in NY.  To clear up the air (which is admittedly pretty rude), I did not take this job because I “lost all my money”, I am financially secure, and took this job as a way to primarily feed my over bountiful video game addiction. I also too this as a way to try a new experience, working somewhat below the means I’m used to, as well as a way to socialize and get out of the house. I feel most comfortable when I’m working and doing something, to criticize someone of that is pretty odd. I will potentially return to acting someday, but in no way do I think any experience is a step down for me, but rather a new step in another direction.”

That’s totally legit reasoning and all, but can you imagine how weird it would be to get a job at a restaurant and be like, “Oh hello Disney star I grew up watching on my television set. You may not look the same as the tiny, adorable human I remember, but I guess we’ll be coworkers now and I’ll act like that’s totes normal.” It was weird enough for me to imagine going to brunch and having Orange Is The New Black cast member Madeline Brewer (she played Tricia Miller) be my server, but now I have to spend fifteen minutes at my desk sleuthing to figure out which restaurant in the city I could go to get greeted by Ben Gellar, too? Or…Zack Martin. Whatever floats your boat.

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  • Meredith Hirt

    I have the same part-time job as a former Disney star. I think that makes me feel cool.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I think that makes you a Disney star.

  • Bleep Blop

    Love this kid, he has his head screwed on straight.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Yeah he seems to really have it together.

      And by the way, would love to know how you found this post — are you a Crushable reader or did you see it somewhere else?

    • That guy.

      Smosh posted this article.

  • That Guy

    I think Dylan played Cody though…

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh no, did he? I looked it up and Wikipedia says he played Zack.

    • Olivia Wilson

      He did play Zack.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Huzzah! Great success!

  • Concerned

    Yeah..that’s great for him and all..but I can’t help but think of a person who could’ve actually used the job and the money that comes from it to support his or her family. Not that Dylan Sprouse is a bad person or anything, he’s got the right idea, but it’s still a fair point.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I…don’t know if that’s a legitimate concern, necessarily. I don’t think he’s SO famous that he would’ve gotten hired if he hadn’t been qualified, so it seems unlikely that he would have been able to take the job away from another worthy applicant, persay.

    • james

      I think the concern is that he is just taking the money to feed his video game addiction and didn’t need the money to survive off, so Concerned is thinking he is taking the job away because he is financially secured and doesn’t need it, when someone else could have taken it instead.

    • dddooonnnttt

      Any person that wants a host job can get one. There’s 25,000 restaurants in NYC. they can apply at any 24,999 of those, also, he might be part-time. i dunno, seems like this imaginary person won’t be unemployed forever.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I like to imagine that he and Cole split a part-time job and just each go to it on different days.

    • Jeseta

      I think I read that Cole is like, traveling the world visiting archaeological sites or something crazy like that?…

  • Smashninja22

    must be because of GTA5

    • Caleb

      He is going to need to work overtime now there are micro-transactions

  • Emily

    Which restaurant does he actually work in?

    • loveygurl

      THATS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS THINKING!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’d rather not say, because I don’t want to invade his privacy.

  • abdul

    which resteraunt is he working in

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’m not gonna say, out of respect to his privacy. But I figured it out via internet clues, sooo….

  • Terror

    You left out the BEST name he EVER went by in a show…..Frankenstein! <3 Big Daddy!

    • Jamie Hubbert

      omfg thats him???? how did i not see that…??

  • Monica

    You know he never played Ben that was all Cole…

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I just found that out! That’s crazy!

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  • 3q23412

    ben geller was Cole Sprouse though

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  • peri13

    Love him and his brother they’re so funny and smart lol i just follow their twitter, tumblr and instagram accounts and they never fail to laugh and entertain me :)

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      They’re funny guys!

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  • scallywag

    It simply could well be that Dylan Sprouse really does have an affinity for the common man and slaving away, running around slovenly tourists who once used to sheepishly watch the former actor on their evening tv sets in some way turns him on. After all what might be permanent humiliation for most of us as underpaid pretty bixches kissing
    and vexing over overweight tourists might be kinky high hits for Dylan.

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2013/09/former-disney-star-dylan-sprouse-denies-broke-caught-working-restaurant-host/

  • steelrsue

    Before they were Disney stars, Dylan & Cole played “Patrick”; the baby on “GRACE UNDER FIRE” with Brett Butler.

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