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A Tribute to All the Disney Channel Stars Who Didn’t Go Crazy

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Raven Symone turns 28 today. Which I think we can all agree is just so Raven. She would turn 28 today. How’s she celebrating her big day? Probably with friends, like a normal well-adjusted adult. That’s right! I called her a normal well-adjusted adult. Or NWAA, as we say in the biz. (Or will say, if everything goes according to plan in 2014.) She managed to successfully go from being the star of a popular Disney Channel TV show to being an adult without any scandals. Not even a nude pic “leak” to prove to us that she’s an adult. That’s right, we still view her as adult despite the fact that she didn’t shove it down our throats. Sometimes life is crazy like that.

So in honor of her success, I wanted to run through a few more Disney stars who went in one end of the kid star machine and came out totally normal at the other end. Because it turns out that it is possible to star on a hit show on the Disney Channel and turn into a scandal-free functioning adult. Yes, that’s right. You can google ALL these people at work and not be scared of the results.

Let’s begin!

1. Ryan Gosling: cast of The Mickey Mouse Club for 2 seasons

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Considering the fact that Ryan Gosling started his career at the tender age of 12 on The Mickey Mouse Club and that his parents gave Momma Timberlake temporary custody of him so he could be on the show, it’s amazing that he turned out okay. Finnneee, you win. He’s more than okay. He’s Ryan Gosling. Need I say more?

2. Christy Carlson Romano: star of Even Stevens for 3 seasons

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As the Ren Stevens of my own family, I always felt a connection to Christy Carlson Romano. Which is why I’m so thrilled that she’s doing so well. She not only managed to escape the Disney Channel with her life intact (something that can’t be said for her brother, Louis Stevens), but she’s also still working in the industry. Sure she might not be starring in allllll the big movies, but she’s working and making money and generally not making a fool of herself.

3. Hilary Duff: star of The Lizzie McGuire Show for 2 seasons, plus a movie

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While a few years ago I would’ve filed her love triangle with Lindsay Lohan and Aaron Carter under “Scandalous,” I’m now no longer sure if it qualifies. What’s a middle school squabble compared to the “Wrecking Ball” music video? Also we owe her some major kudos for bringing one of the most adorable children ever into the world. Seriously guys, I would eat her son Luca with a spoon. He’s that precious.

4. Dylan and Cole Sprouse: stars of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody for 3 seasons, The Suite Life on Deck for 3 seasons and a movie. 

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These boys had not one, but two hit Disney shows and movie…and they left all that to go to NYU. Yes, you read that right. They left all their fame behind them to get a bunch of boring college degrees. While that’s exciting enough in its own right, Cole Sprouse went on to become a phenomenal internet troll and Dylan Sprouse went on to work in a restaurant like a normal. They’re like the Olsen Twins, minus that whole thing where they stopped smiling forever.

5. Alyson Michalka: star of Phil of the Future for 2 seasons, plus 2 movies

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Not only did Alyson Michalka star on a hit Disney Channel TV show, but she also starred in TWO unrelated Disney Channel movies. Which according to Karma.com is asking for it. But despite that, she’s completely a-okay now. Like many of her predecessors, she’s staying busy in the industry doing some low profile projects. Yo go (normal) girl!

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  • Olivia Wilson

    Lizzie McGuire clearly had a secret keep-our-child-stars-in-check potion. (Except Lalaine…sorry, girl.)

  • elle

    I watched a couple episodes of Low Winter Sun and I was like oh my gosh it’s Marney.I’m pretty sure she has some sort of magic potion that allows her to never age a day.she looks exactly the same. Isn’t Kyle Massey the one who outed Raven or am I remembering that incorrectly? If he is I’m not really ure he belongs n this list because that’s a pretty terrible not normal thing to do.

  • isabella

    you guys should add add Bella Thorne! Her show Shake It Up finished and she’s doing some major films and not a scratch on her pretty little face. She made it out rich and classy.

    • Jenni

      Ooo good to know! I’m slightly behind on the new Disney class.

  • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

    First of all, you are literally TOO funny. STAHP. You have caused me to snort/laugh or shoot beverage from my mouth onto my laptop more than once, and this was no exception. Second, I think Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera (regardless of tabloid BS) should totally be on this list! lol

    • Jenni

      I have a personal (and one-sided) vendetta against Justin Timberlake, hence his exclusion. And Christina deserves her own list. What it is…I don’t know…yet.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      I once dated a total d-bag that vaguely looked like JT so I totally get that.

  • Romylove

    For Christy Carlson Romano, you forgot to mention that she was also Kim Possible.

    I also noticed the lack of mention of Hillary Duff dating the 8 years older Joel Madden (she was 16 and he was 25 at the time, according to Wiki). That was mildly scandalous at the time.

  • Julie

    Sorry but Dylan spouse leaked nudes, guess he’s off that list…