As children we all grew up watching the Disney Channel, the most popular children’s network around. With shows like Hannah Montana, Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire, and Camp Rock, most of us could not wait to return home from school so that we were able to watch our favorite shows. The stars on the Disney Channel are always so perfect looking, they could usually act, sing, and most of them even knew how to dance. It makes us wonder how Disney finds such amazing and talented young people, but that also raises another question. Does Disney hold their expectations for their actors and actresses too high?
A lot of these stars that got their start on the Disney Channel ended up going crazy, becoming depressed, dealt with body image issues, started taking drugs, or even drinking a lot of alcohol. So maybe being held to such a high standard at that young of an age and having to keep up the Disney Channel image and persona can drive people to the brink of insanity. Then again, maybe these are just people making stupid life decisions because they never got the chance to really be a kid or rebel as children since they were always so busy working and being held to such high standards. These stars grow up thinking that they have to be perfect in every sense of the word. In this article we will go over some of the darkest secrets behind some of our favorite Disney stars of all time.
15. Miley Cyrus Has An Alter Ego
Miley Cyrus may be known as a pop star today, but she actually got her start on the Disney Channel. Playing the lead role in the hit TV show Hannah Montana, where she had to play a sixteen year old girl named Miley who had an alter ego known as Hannah Montana, a singer. Miley said at the time that the show first aired she was only 11 years old and she had to put on tons of makeup everyday as well as wear a wig and fake teeth, in order to look the part. She also talked about how hard it was to have to work more than 12 hours a day so young.
Miley admits that as a result of playing the part of the alter ego for so long at such a young age, she ended up developing body dysmorphia disorder. It is because of this that Miley wound up getting into illegal substances and began to rebel as soon as she was able to break out of the Disney scene. Ever since then she has been struggling to find her true self and figure out just exactly who she wants to be as a person.
14. Vanessa Hudgens Shocking Photos
Vanessa Hudgens, a sweet-looking innocent teenager at the time, played the lead role in the very popular movie, High School Musical. Vanessa was another star who was subjected to the high standards that Disney holds for its actresses and when she fell “victim” to a photo leak in 2007. She claimed that she just wanted to shock people. The star admitted that it was not an accident that these photos were put out there for everyone to see, but rather that she wanted people to see them, to remind them that she is still a woman and not the cute and innocent little girl that she plays on the Disney Channel. A co-worker of Vanessa’s said that following the leak of these photos, Disney kept her in their office for an entire day to try to figure out how to “keep her under control” but that she just did not care what they had to say at the time.
13. Demi Lovato’s Depression
We all know Demi Lovato today as this amazing singer, but she too got her start on the Disney Channel, playing a role in the show Camp Rock. Demi said that she started on the show at a fairly young age and that Disney had very unreal expectations of her. The star goes on to admit that before the show she had a small gap in her two front teeth, and that they forced her to fix it. They said that if she would not have fixed it then she would be unable to be on the show. As a result of always having to be perfect and being told that she had to change things about her appearance, Demi ended up severely depressed and began to self harm. The star has since gotten away from the Disney channel and is now a very successful, and happy singer who urges everyone to love themselves for who they are.
12. Debby Ryan Is Reckless
Not many people know this, but Debbie Ryan (who played on the hit Disney TV show Jessie Dark) almost went to jail for reckless driving. In April of 2016, the star had three DUIs, but faced no jail time. She instead ended up with two misdemeanors, and one DUI for driving with a blood alcohol level of .08. The star received three years of probation and Disney was not pleased with her actions. She has since tweeted out an apology to all of her fans, saying that her actions were uncalled for and that she was greatly sorry for acting so poorly and carelessly. The star also claimed that, while filming the show, she was being mentally abused by a friend of hers who would stalk her and put her into bad situations that she did not know how to get out of, and she just did not know how else to cope.
11. Zac Efron’s Substance Abuse
Zac Efron, who played the other lead role in High School Musical, dated co-star Vanessa Hudgens not only in the movie, but in real life as well. Zac Efron was the center of most girls’ attention because he was so cute. Everyone loved him. Although he seemed so young, innocent, and clean-cut, he was actually battling a very serious addiction. Not too long after he starred in the final High School Musical movie that he was in, he ended up going to rehab for a cocaine addiction. His addiction, although, was not known by very many people and he managed to kick the habit fairly well and went on to star in many other movies and is still very successful in his career to this day. Zac would like to put that time of his life behind of him and act as if it never happened, because he is ashamed of the things that he did when he was under the influence and is now a better person.
10. Adrienne Bailon Is Not That Innocent
Any girl growing up in the early 2000s was in love with The Cheetah Girls. The movies featured four high school girls who formed a band that they called The Cheetah Girls. Raven-Symone was the leader of the group. Adrienne Bailon’s career, unlike some of her co-stars, seemed to have dwindled downwards after the all-girl group broke up and she ended up going to extreme lengths to try to gain some publicity for herself. Adrienne wanted out of that sweet and innocent image that Disney had painted for her, so in an attempt to be recognized as a very attractive very adult actress, Adrienne leaked her own photos. If that isn’t a cry for attention, then we do not know what is. It seems a little desperate, but then again, she did admit that she was basically doing it for the attention, so it is not that shocking.
9. Orlando Brown Went From Actor To Criminal
If you grew up watching the show That’s So Raven, then you’ll remember Raven’s best friend Eddie. The character or Eddie was played by the actor Orlando Brown. A lot of people are probably wondering what happened to that guy, since he has not been seen in any recent shows or movies. This is because in 2007, Orlando was arrested for drug possession, and again in 2011, and again in 2012, and in 2013. His last two arrests were stemming from DUIs and him not completing the DUI classes that he was ordered by the court to complete. It makes us wonder how someone can go from being a well-known and well-liked actor on a popular television series to being arrested multiple times. Perhaps the fame and hard work got to him, or perhaps he was unable to land any more roles after That’s So Raven ended and he spiralled downwards. Whatever the case, this is one star gone bad.
8. LaLaine Vergara-Paras On A Bad Path
The show Lizzie McGuire is a classic Disney show that every child loved. Remember Lizzie’s best friend, Miranda? Well, she was played by actress LaLaine Vergara-Paras. You probably have not seen LaLaine play in very much else since the Lizzie McGuire show ended. This is because she has been battling a serious drug addiction. She was arrested for possessing hard drugs during a traffic stop. It is for that reason that she has not landed any other roles since the show stopped production. She has since then been in a band called Vanity Theft, but that only lasted for one year and the band proved to be unsuccessful. It is unknown what LaLaine has been doing with her life in recent years because no one has heard anything from her, but it is rumoured that she may have fallen back into her bad habits, which we all hope is not true.
7. Lindsay Lohan Went Crazy
Lindsay Lohan may be irrelevant now, but back in her acting days, she starred in a lot of Disney movies and everyone loved her. She played the lead role in movies such as The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, and Herbie, just to name a few of them. Once Lindsay Lohan reached adulthood and started to get out of the Disney Channel scene, she started going kind of crazy, which again leads to us to assume that Disney overworks their child stars and holds them to standards that just end up messing them up mentally in the long run. Lohan has faced many obstacles over the years such as driving under the influence, doing drugs, going to jail, and three different rehab stays. She was arrested several times for probation violations and a few misdemeanors. Lindsay has seemed to have gotten her life straightened out somewhat now, but her acting career will never be the same.
6. Kelli Berglund Arrested At Coachella
Kelli Berglund most recently starred in the Disney Channel XD show, Lab Rats. Kelli Berglund, the now 21-year-old actress, was arrested in 2016 when she was caught trying to use a fake ID to get into a restricted area at Coachella. She was caught using the fake ID when she attempted to get into a restricted area to go hang out with her friends, security alerted the police, who handcuffed and fingerprinted her right there at Coachella. She was, however, let go and able to continue on with her day at the festival and she only received a citation. The actress was 20 years old at the time and when they took her mugshot, she was crying and obviously upset that she had been caught, as she realized that what she did was completely irresponsible.
5. Joe Jonas Blamed Miley And Demi
Everyone knows who Joe Jonas is; he was one of the Jonas Brothers, one of the biggest boy bands of the 2000s. The Jonas Brothers appeared the Disney Channel after they were given their very own show. In an interview, fans were shocked to hear Joe Jonas admit to using drugs while working, but he claimed that it was not his idea. Joe put all of the blame on two other stars, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. He said that they had made him do it and that it was their fault that he had started using in the first place. Although, we are sure that they didn’t force him to do it. He really should just be a man and own up to his actions. Of course, Disney frowns upon any type of drug or alcohol use and the very popular singer did face a lot of backlash for what he had done.
4. Mischa Barton Making Many Mistakes
Mischa Barton played the lead role in the Disney movie, A Ring Of Endless Light. It was the first major role that she had ever landed and it was also the kickstart to her career. This star was arrested for a DUI, but no surprise there, as most stars these days unfortunately do get cited with DUIs. She was also arrested for possession of drugs and driving without a licence. Sounds pretty careless. After she was arrested, she was held on ten thousand dollars bail and she was quoted as saying, “I was pulled over… just that. Obviously, I’m 100 percent responsible for my actions in this case and I’m really disappointed in myself. I don’t know what to say about it, except that I’m not perfect and I just don’t ever intend to do something this stupid again.” She was then sued in 2010 by her New York landlord for refusing to pay three months rent, which was $7,000 per month. She was sued again in the year of 2012 by her own mother for breach of contract and for theft. This is one careless, irresponsible actress.
3. Dutch Whitlock Pizza Robbery
Dutch Whitlock is a much lesser known actor. The only role that he ever played was on High School Musical as a nerdy boy who played the cello. Apparently after appearing on High School Musical he was unable to find any more acting jobs, because only two years after starring in the movie he was arrested for robbing a pizza joint at gunpoint. He must have really been desperate for money at the time and judging by his mugshot photo, drugs also most likely played a role in the crime that he committed. It is such a shame to see good talent go to waste, but unfortunately not everyone is fit for the acting industry. Dutch Whitlock, who received a year in prison, has since been released from jail and no one knows where he currently resides or what exactly he ended up doing with his life after he was released from prison.
2. Mitchel Musso Arrested For Possession
Mitchel Musso got his start of fame on the hit show Hannah Montana, playing the role of Oliver. He has also been the voice of a character on the show, Phineas and Ferb. Mitchel was pulled over one day in 2011 after he failed to slow down for the cops who had their lights on behind him. When they pulled him over, they gave him a field sobriety test and breathalyzer; he failed the test. He was then arrested for driving under the influence and his bail was set as five thousand dollars. The star made a public apology saying that he was truly sorry, but that he is an adult and he now realizes that he needs to take responsibility for his own actions. He then went on to say that he was very thankful for his family and fans for not giving up on him and for all of their support.
1. Brian Bonsall Arrested For Assault
A classic movie that aired exclusively on the Disney Channel that everyone loved was Blank Check. Brian Bonsall played an eleven year old boy named Preston Waters, who gets hit on his bike by a very wealthy man, and the man hands him a blank check telling him to write in whatever amount he needs for the damages. Preston of course took advantage of this by writing in one million dollars. The movie was a huge hit, but unfortunately it was this boy’s last role in any movie or TV show. The once innocent little boy has since turned into a hardened criminal. He has faced not only two DUIs, but charges of second degree assault of his girlfriend as well. Brian Bonsall has not acted since the year 1995.
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