While many Disney alum have gone their own, separate ways following their appearances as child stars on the famous channel, they all have one thing in common. They’re not shy to admit that they’re glad those days are far behind them. From the good to the bad, past stars talk about what it was like growing up on the Disney Channel, and how they live day-to-day with the lingering influence the channel and network executives had on them.
During an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the Disney star revealed that Disney had asked her to speak in a higher pitch during interviews, since they believed her naturally low voice would be unappealing to the young audience. She recalls that one of the strictest rules was when she was almost fired from her television show, “Shake It Up” for wearing a bikini at 14 years old. She revealed that the network saw the outfit as “too skimpy”, and they said, “You’re lucky that Bella has such a fan base that we can’t afford to fire her at this moment in time. But if she does one more thing, we will.”
Lovato shot to stardom with her role in Disney’s Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2, and her television show, Sonny With a Chance. She often compared to working on the network to living with trauma. She was often overworked and would joke that she had PTSD after leaving the channel, because if her schedule began to get too busy again, she would rebel. In 2011, she called out Disney Channel after they joked about eating disorders on it’s show, Shake It Up.
After starring on the hit Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana for five years, Cyrus admitted that she began to experience body dysmorphia. She revealed that the constant hair and makeup that she had to go through everyday affected her perspective on her own body.”I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show. I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that show, it was like, who the f*** am I?” She then admitted that she felt a sense of freedom after being out from under Disney’s thumb. She jokes, “I don’t give a [crap], I’m not Disney, where they have to be politically correct, and, like, everyone had bright-colored T-shirts.
Selena Gomez has always been public about the Disney Channel opportunities that opened doors for her. However, she often claims that she felt pressure to be perfect, and to be the “good girl.” She says, “I was still under Hollywood and Disney, and I was being held to this expectation of being the good girl. I knew deep down that this wasn’t what I wanted to do-being exhausted of forcing something that wasn’t right.I had to have moments where I was crying, and I was like, ‘Why am I not in love with what I do?’ I was forced to get very uncomfortable for a while in order to make the decisions I made.”
After the wild success Dylan and twin brother, Cole faced with “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”, they signed on for a spin-off. However, the spin-off ended when the twins turned 18. Dylan revealed that the surprise ending occurs because Disney refused to work with the brothers on ways the show could possibly go. Dylan claimed that the network used them as faces for the franchise, but refused to work with them creatively.”We were 18. If that isn’t old enough to know exactly what the show needs, then…well, I would beg to disagree. I don’t think they were willing to work with us, really ever. So we stopped the show.”
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