Hilary Duff says she would step into her Lizzie McGuire role once more. When asked about doing a Lizzie McGuire reunion Duff replied, “Why not?” A 10 year reunion show would thrill fans and finally settle the question of Lizzie’s love interests.
Duff first took on her starring role in 2001 as Disney was moving from a premium channel to a basic cable channel. Lizzie McGuire helped brand Disney as the channel for original programming aimed at kids. Until the late 1990s, the channel mostly aired classic cartoons and movies.
Hilary Duff was one of the first Disney actors to became a star. The Lizzie McGuire franchise lasted until 2004 and included one full-length movie. Duff’s popularity allowed her to move into other Disney venues. She started her singing career on the newly launched Radio Disney and starred in other Disney Movies. In 2002 her movie Cadet Kelly was the most successful Disney Channel film in its history to date. Duff went on the make theater releases such as Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) and A Cinderella Story (2004.) In 2003 she released her debut album Metamorphosis which was followed a year later by Hilary Duff. Since the release of her fourth album in 2007 Duff has taken on guest roles in TV sitcoms and made one television movie in 2010, but she mostly disappeared from public view. She left her trajectory to major stardom and took time to work on her personal life. She branched out into clothing, fragrances and books, and coauthoring a best-selling trilogy for teens. She also filled her time with philanthropic pursuits mostly focusing on children. She was married (and divorced) and is raising a two year old son. Duff told the Huffington Post in a recent interview that after her last record tour she needed a break to get back to doing normal things.
Finally, Duff has recorded a fifth album and began releasing singles this summer. Chasing the Sun met with popular success and All About You was received with critical acclaim. She has also been filming a new TV Land sitcom The Younger which will air in January 2015.
In an interview with the Huffington Post to promote her new endeavors, Duff admitted that she would be up for a Lizzie McGuire reunion, even though her schedule is a little busy. At first she seemed surprised that fans would be eager for more Lizzie, but said she herself liked the character so she can see how others would want to know what Lizzie is up to. “I mean, so many people loved her. I loved her,” says Duff. Also, fans would finally know if she ended up with either Gordo or Ethan. Duff said despite temptation she would always choose the good guy so friend Gordo would win Lizzie’s heart.
No matter what else Duff accomplishes, she will always be that plucky, middle school student with the animated alter ego for most of her fans. Lizzie always tried to do the right thing while her cartoon self expressed her innermost thoughts, gripes and complaints. Audiences related to Lizzie’s imperfections and the trouble she got into with authority figures. Young viewers leaned that it is more important to be real than to be popular.
Hilary Duff would step into her Lizzie McGuire role once more. It may be strange for fans to see Lizzie all grown up and acting like an adult. During her interview Duff said, “I think we should just start over, and you should come in here, and I should just put a bunch of butterfly clips in my hair and wear like mismatching jeans and top.” “Wow, that would actually be awesome,” replied the interviewer. Lizzie McGuire fans of all ages would agree.
By: Rebecca Savastio