The majority of the Disney Channel’s programming is aimed at children between 9 and 16. Over the course of three decades, it’s produced every sort of genre, from original first-run television series to reality shows to live action and theatrically-released movies. According to movie database IMDb, among the top 25 Disney Channel shows of all time are “Even Stevens” (2000), “Lizzie McGuire” (2001), “That’s So Raven” (2003), “Phil of the Future” (2004), “Life with Derek” (2005),“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (2005), “Hannah Montana” (2006), “Cory in the House” (2007), and “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2007).
Anyway, we’re not overly concerned with the channel’s fiscal performance or programming schedule (that’s for when we really run out of stuff to write about!). We’re here to bring you a rundown of the hottest and the trashiest of ex-Disney stars, the ones that have gone from good to bad or good to wowzers! So sit back and enjoy 15 stars of the Disney Channel, hot or trashy.
15. Brenda Song – HOT
American actress Brenda Song, better known for her role in the CBS drama “Pure Genius,” started in entertainment as a child model. However, it was her film and TV work that earned her the career she now has. She was 7 years old when she starred in “Fudge,” an American children’s TV series based on a series of Judy Blume books about a young boy nicknamed Fudge. After commercials and TV work grew in the 1990s, Song won a Young Artist Award for her performance in “The Ultimate Christmas Present” (2000). Following on from this, she signed with Disney and, over the course of the 2000s, worked with them on several projects, including movies and sitcoms. She’s played parts in 15 films and over 20 TV productions, including “The Brothers García” (2000) and “Miles from Tomorrowland” (2015). Her prolific work in front of the screen is set to continue; it was reported that Song had signed a “talent holding deal with Fox and 20th Century Fox Television.”
14. Anneliese Van Der Pol – TRASHY
Dutch-American actress Anneliese Louise van der Pol started off in music theater and attended the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, CA. According to a 1999 theater review in the LA Times, “Van der Pol played Sandy Dumbrowski in the Huntington Beach Playhouse revival of Grease, which earned her a Bobbi Award for Best Actress in a Musical.” Her TV and film acting breakthrough came when she landed the part of Chelsea Daniels on the Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven.” Her singing and stage career has progressed equally well with a Broadway debut in 2007 and off-Broadway in 2009. However, in 2006, one year prior to “That’s So Raven” coming to an end, Anneliese found herself in hot water after being arrested for driving under the influence. With more than double the legal limit for blood alcohol, Van der Pol was charged with the DUI and arrested for causing damage to the parked cars she hit.
13. Miley Cyrus – TRASHY
After playing small parts in TV series “Doc” and the film “Big Fish” at the age of 9 and 11, respectively, American singer and songwriter Miley Cyrus quickly rose to “teen idol” status for her part in “Hannah Montana.” Starring as the fictional main character Miley Stewart in the hit Disney show, Cyrus was assured of an acting career with the entertainment giant. Selected for the lead for both her acting and singing abilities, Cyrus toured as Miley Stewart and recorded hit tracks from the show. In tandem with this, Cyrus also signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records for her non-Hannah Montana soundtrack music. This proved to be a significant springboard to her own solo activities. The 24-year-old’s personal life has not been bereft of controversy; she’s alleged, over the last few years, to have picked up various charges relating to physical assault, DUI, and possessing fake ID.
12. Selena Gomez – HOT
25-year-old Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer born in Grand Prairie, TX. She first appeared in the hit children’s TV series “Barney & Friends” as a ten-year-old and gained fame in the lead role of Alex Russo in Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2007 until 2012). Gomez’s career took off spectacularly over the next few years; in 2008, she formed production company July Moon Productions and is an exec producer for Netflix. Her career as a singer has risen in tandem with her film and TV work, culminating in her own band, “Selena Gomez & The Scene” signing a record deal with Hollywood Records. The band went on to release three studio albums; they had produced four top 30 singles by 2011. From 2012 onwards, Gomez has concentrated on her solo singing career. We think that despite her reported problems with anxiety and depression, she’s generally a girl-done-good.
11. Vanessa Hudgens – HOT
Actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens was born in Salinas, CA in 1988. In 2005, at the age of just 17, Hudgens was cast in Disney’s “High School Musical” as Gabriella Montez but prior to that had her debut in the 2003 film “Thirteen,” a controversial movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed. However, it was her time with “High School Musical” that propelled her career forward and made her a virtual household name. In 2008, MTV Movie News reported that Hudgens intended to “take a break from her music career to focus more on acting.” This she did between the years of 2009 and 2014, becoming involved in various projects with varying degrees of success. She almost made a return to the stage in the late summer of 2010 starring in Jonathan Larson’s hit musical “Rent” as Mimi. Her involvement in the production “drew negative comments,” according to MTV.
10. Mischa Barton – TRASHY
Mischa Barton began her acting career on-stage at New York City’s Lincoln Centre. She played the lead in James Lapine’s “Twelve Dreams” and appeared in Tony Kushner’s “Slavs!” Her first major film appearance was as the heroine of John Duigan’s fantasy drama film “Lawn Dogs” (1997). The film itself was an acclaimed drama, and at the age of just 11, Barton was being billed next to such actors as Sam Rockwell, Christopher McDonald, and Kathleen Quinlan. Since then, she has continued film acting and has had starring roles in films such as “Notting Hill” (1999) and M. Night Shyamalan‘s psychological thriller, “The Sixth Sense” (1999). However, in 2007, Barton was pulled over by cops after her vehicle was witnessed straddling two lanes of highway, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. She was arrested for and charged with a DUI and not having a valid license but eventually released after posting $10,000 bail.
9. Lindsay Lohan – TRASHY
Lindsay Lohan started out modeling at an early age; she attended shoots for Calvin Klein Kids and Abercrombie. Following this, she appeared in many TV commercials for household brands according to her Biography, “Rolling Stone.” Her acting career came shortly after when she bagged a role in NBC’s soap opera, “Another World.” At the time, she was 10 years old. The following year, Lohan made her film debut in Disney’s remake of “The Parent Trap,” which was released to critical and commercial success. As successive films such as “Freaky Friday,” “Mean Girls,” and “Herbie: Fully Loaded” also proved a hit with audiences, Lohan became a teen idol sensation. But over the last few years, Lohan has felt the power of the dark side and currently boasts a “laundry list of charges and arrests,” according to an article in magazine teen.com. A DUI charge plus a charge for possession of cocaine in 2007 seemed only the start of something more serious, and Lohan has been arrested and charged with other offenses since.
8. Raven-Symoné – HOT
American actress and TV personality Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman (Raven) first appeared on screen in 1989 on “The Cosby Show” at the age of just four. Her character’s name was Olivia Kendall. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Raven re-appeared in “The Cosby Show” and hit American TV sitcom “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” with Mark Curry and Holly Robinson. From 2003 until 2007, Raven starred in the Disney Channel series “That’s So Raven” in which she played Raven Baxter, “a psychic teenager who tried her best to keep her psychic powers a secret.” In tandem with her rising fame in TV and film (and not to mention her role as Deloris van Cartier in the 2012 Broadway musical “Sister Act”), Raven has released, to date, five studio albums. Having performed various soundtracks for Disney, including RIAA-certified double-platinum album, “The Cheetah Girls” (2003), Raven has sold in excess of 300,000 albums in the United States.
7. Emily Osment – HOT
Yes, American actress and singer Emily Osment is hot, and there ain’t nothing that will change our minds this time. Born in Los Angeles, Osment began her meteoric rise through the entertainment ranks at an early age. Her first big acting role was at the age of 10 in Robert Rodriguez’s “Spy Kids 2,” which grossed $119.7M. Following on from this success, she then appeared in “The Island of Lost Dreams” and “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” next securing the role of extroverted, clumsy and impulsive Lilly Truscott in the hit TV show “Hannah Montana.” She has supplemented her success in film and TV with a burgeoning repertoire as a solo artist, singing pop music and alternative/indie rock. In 2007, she recorded “I Don’t Think About It” and in 2008, “Once Upon a Dream,” and has been involved in recording soundtracks for movie singles and Disney albums.
6. Christy Carlson Romano – HOT
Christy Carlson Romano is best known for her role as Ren Stevens in Disney’s TV sitcom “Even Stevens” (which ran for three seasons and 65 episodes). The 33-year-old has since starred in 21 films and 23 TV productions including “The Even Stevens Movie” (2003), “Family Guy” (2005), and “The Penguins of Madagascar” (2010). Her singing career has moved in a similar dynamic way since her Broadway debut in 1998 as Mary Phagan in the musical “Parade” and six years later in the stage show of “Beauty and the Beast.” While working at Disney, Romano’s voice was in demand, and she was contracted to record the soundtracks for “Kim Possible” (for which she also won a Daytime Emmy) and other projects. The synergy of her acting and musical talents was first showcased on the Disney Channel during a musical episode of “Even Stevens,” which consequently assured her of more vocal work with the entertainment group.
5. Jake T. Austin – TRASHY
A child actor for commercials at the age of seven, Jake Austin appeared in a televised comedy sketch with David Letterman in 2003. Since then, he has gone on to star in live-action Disney productions and is an experienced voiceover actor. He’s best known for his role as Max Russo in “Wizards of Waverly Place” in which he co-starred with Selena Gomez. The five-time Young Artist Award nominee has, since 2011, continued along a successful acting career path having voiced the role of Fernando in Disney’s film “Rio” and secured a series attachment to ABC’s “The Fosters.” All sounds like we’re erring toward a “Hot!” but wait a moment; Austin was pulled over by cops in 2013 because one of his headlights was out. The actor, who was 18 at the time, was stopped for the routine violation, and when the arresting officer smelt alcohol on his breath, Austin got more than he bargained for. The officer took him out for a sobriety test, which he failed and for which he received a DUI. Sorry, Jake — so close, but you know the rules.
4. Ryan Merriman – TRASHY
American actor Ryan Merriman, now 34 years old, has starred in 16 films and landed over 20 TV roles including “The Mommies” (1993-95), “Touched by an Angel” (2001), “The Luck of the Irish” (2001) and “Hawaii Five-0” (2012). Additionally, in the 1990s, he appeared in action television series “The Pretender” as a younger version of title character Jarod. For this, Merriman was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series. However, “The Luck of the Irish” was not with Merriman who, in 2011, became another Disney prince to fall foul of the law. Having recently divorced and under extreme emotional hardship, Ryan’s driving was noticed to be erratic by a cop cruising Newport Beach, CA. After being pulled over for not stopping at a red light, the arresting officer noticed Merriman was under the influence and promptly booked him.
3. Madison Pettis – HOT
After her mother entered her into a local parenting magazine modeling competition, American actress Madison Pettis enjoyed a modeling career from the age of five. At seven, she appeared on “Barney and Friends” as Bridget and has since starred in 12 films, including “Horton Hears a Who!” (2008) and “The Search for Santa Paws” (2010). Thanks to the success of her roles as Sophie Martinez in the Disney Channel comedy series “Cory in the House” and as Peyton Kelly in the 2007 film “The Game Plan,” Pettis’s career in television has been equally bright. She has starred in around 20 shows, including “Hannah Montana,” “Parenthood,” and “The Lion Guard.” From 2015 until the present day, Pettis has secured her part as Janelle in the Disney hit, “Lab Rats,” a sitcom centering on the life of Leo Dooley, who discovers three bionic superhumans “with whom he develops a close friendship.”
2. Mitchel Musso – TRASHY
American actor and musician Mitchel Musso starred alongside Emily Osment in Disney’s “Hannah Montana.” The pair portrayed Miley Stewart’s best friends, Oliver Oken and Lilly Truscott, respectively throughout the series. Oken is also known for his work as Jeremy Johnson in the animated musical comedy “Phineas and Ferb” (2007-2015). Other work with Disney includes Raymond Figg in “Life is Ruff” (2005), a film about a scheming 13-year-old boy who is convinced by a stranger to adopt and train a dog of his own. Musso is also a talented artist whose self-titled debut album was released in 2009 on Walt Disney Records. However, the “adorable” star caused some raised eyebrows after getting arrested in 2011. 20 years old at the time, Musso was arrested and charged with a DUI after he “failed to slow down for police.” Having stopped and cautioned Musso, the arresting officer (as they so often do) realised Musso had been drinking. He was later released on $5,000 bail, according to reports.
1. Shia LaBeouf – TRASHY
American actor Shia LaBeouf received a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 for his role as Louis Stevens in Disney’s “Even Stevens.” He won the award in 2003, and, in the same year, made his film debut in Andrew Davis’s adventure comedy-drama film “Holes.” He has since starred in around 30 films, including “I, Robot,” “Transformers,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” and “Man Down.” In 2004, LaBeouf made his directorial debut with the short film “Let’s Love Hate” and has since directed other short films. LaBeouf is definitely a Disney Channel black sheep; he has numerous arrests on record, including assault and disorderly conduct complaints. In 2008, he was arrested and charged with DUI after he rolled his car into another. Luckily, neither LaBeouf’s co-star, Isabel Lucas, nor the occupants of the other car were hurt in the accident.