Hilary Duff used to be one of the biggest teen pop stars thanks to her phenomenal role in Lizzie McGuire. As a matter of fact, she still has millions of fans that watch her each and every move simply because they can’t get enough of her. Yet, at the same time, a lot of her die-hard fans have noticed that Hilary’s career just hasn’t been the same since she finished making Lizzie McGuire television movies. Hollywood hasn’t cast her in any big budget films and she’s had difficulty finding decent work on the small screen, too.
Sure, Hilary has been working on TV Land’s Younger for several years now, but considering the caliber of Hilary’s fame just a few years ago, you’d think that she would be doing much bigger and better work. Unfortunately, the right kind of scripts and offers just haven’t landed in her lap. And because of that, her career isn’t where it should be according to her critics. As young as she is, you’d think that she would take the time to listen to her fans and give them what they want, right? Here are 15 reasons why Hilary Duff’s career has bombed.
15 She’s Had A Hard Time Shaking Off Lizzie McGuire
This is something that you really can’t blame Hilary Duff for, as a lot of television stars have been in this same position. For the longest time Hilary just couldn’t shake off her Lizzie McGuire character, no matter how hard she tried (just think Jennifer Aniston and her role as Rachel on Friends). Even after the series ended, people kept looking at Hilary as if she were the lovable and bubbly Lizzie.
However, Hilary knows that she needs a change. She knows that she should be doing more big screen films than television work. She even once said, “I love doing emotional scenes. As I've had a perfect life, I don't really have much to pull from. But it's really fun and not that challenging. It's almost pretty easy. The hardest thing is to try and make people laugh. That's a really hard thing.” If she is ready for the challenge of more dramatic acting, she should try to prove to the world how capable she is of it.
14 She Has No Direction
It almost seems like Hilary Duff doesn’t have the right guidance in her life. She often seems rather lost when it comes to making decisions about her career and of course, her personal life. Sure, she has a great family and wonderful parents who have always been by her side, but a lot of fans would agree that something has been missing from Hilary’s life.
Hilary also admitted that she stopped going to school (even though she was tutored) at a very early age. She said, “I stopped going to school in the middle of fourth grade. Everyone grows up with the peer pressure, and kids being mean to each other in school. I think that's such a horrible thing, but I never really dealt with it in a high school way.” Maybe this could be contributing to her lack of direction career-wise.
13 She Overanalyzes
Here’s a problem that a lot of people have. Hilary Duff admits that she often overanalyzes a lot of situations, so much so that she ends up missing out on some really incredible opportunities. And we’re not kidding here, either. The problem with Hilary is that she might be overthinking some situations, causing her to miss her chance on some really great projects. At least, that’s what her fans believe.
She said, “I'm pretty good at thinking about everything – all of my consequences – before I make a decision, and I think about everything that's going to happen because of that decision. I'm a Libra, and I'm very strategic.” Sometimes, when it comes to Hollywood, it's best to take whatever opportunity that comes your way, as trying too hard to strategize might make you lose out on some good roles.
12 Her Personal Life Is A Mess
Ever since Hilary Duff pulled the plug on her marriage to her ex-husband Mike Comrie, things just haven’t been the same for her. Yes, she’s dated a hand full of guys, like her ex-trainer, Matthew Koma and so on, but the problem is she usually goes into these relationships head on. It’s as if she wants to get married or find someone to replace Mike sooner rather than later.
Simply put, a lot of people would say that her personal life is a mess. Yet, Hilary has even said, “I don't believe in having one partner for your whole life, but I hope I get married. I want to have a husband and two kids and a nice little life baking pies. I'm quite romantic. It's definitely important to have someone make you feel special.”
11 She Cares Too Much About The Press
Then again, what actor or actress in the spotlight doesn’t care about what’s being said about them? Sure, a lot of celebrities want you to think that they don’t care, but that’s not the case at all. Many celebs just like Hilary read the tabloid magazines and gossip blogs on a daily basis simply because they are curious about what’s being written about them.
But honestly, this is not healthy at all. Hilary is better off focusing on the things that matter, rather than what’s written by people who haven’t even physically met her before. She has said, “Every week I read about myself in a magazine, about something that I haven't done or some place that I've never been or don't even know. It's just gossip, rumors, egos, and politics.” You can't let the Hollywood rumor mill hinder your life, and it is very easy to get caught up in the public's perception of you.
10 Her Career As A Writer Didn’t Take Off
Hilary Duff is one celebrity that have managed to wear several hats at the same time. And we’ve seen it, too! She can sing, she can dance, and she can write books. And while Hilary has written quite a few young adult novels, her writing career as an author failed to take off. A lot of her fans are scratching their heads and wondering why.
One critic left this comment on her last book, Elixir: “This book infuriated me. How stupid do publishers think teens are? This is the same typical formula for every other YA paranormal book out there, except wrapped up in a different dress. There was nothing special about it. No spark. The writing was dead and lifeless, as were all the characters. I was bored out of my mind with the predictability of it all when I wasn't in a rage of seething hot fury.” OUCH. That has got to hurt. Maybe Hil simply hasn't found her voice yet and needs to keep working on her writing.
9 She Doesn’t Listen To Her Fans
First and foremost, many of Hilary Duff’s fans will tell you that they absolutely want to see her writing and recording music again. Sure, it’s great seeing her on television every week with her show Younger, but they want to see Hilary do what she does best, and that’s make music!
But unfortunately, Hilary’s just not listening to her fans. She’s not giving them what they want, and that might be a huge problem for her in her career right now. Instead, she admits that she’s rather overwhelmed with everything that is going on in her life right now. Hilary has said, “I try not to look at my schedule for the week because I'll get so overwhelmed. Every day, there are multiple things to be done and 10 things I don't end up accomplishing.” Perhaps Hilary is the kind of person that just doesn't do well under pressure.
8 Her Ex-Husband Is Shady
Another reason why some people might be keeping their distance from Hilary Duff is because they think that her ex-husband, former NHL player Mike Comrie, is a little on the shady side. Now, we don’t know this for certain, but there have been reports indicating that Mike might have been involved in a few incidents in which he allegedly violated other women in his Hollywood apartment.
And while Hilary has not made any comments about the allegations, it’s pretty apparent that she is still standing by his side. After all, the man is the father of her one and only child. And for years now she’s made it pretty evident that she expects him to be a part of Luca’s life and that’s why they’ve made such an effort to co-parent together. Still, a lot of critics say Mike isn’t the kind of guy that Hilary should be associating herself with. What do you think?
7 Most Of Her Publicity Is About Her Love Life
Just because Hilary is seen with a different guy almost every few weeks now, a lot of her publicity centers around her love life. She makes more headlines for the guys she’s dating than her music, her films, or her television work.
But let’s be honest here. Hilary is the one who is making everyone focus on who she’s dating, rather than what music she’s working on or what projects she wants to do. It’s because she falls head over heels in love with her new boyfriends each and every time. It’s as if she wants the world to see that she’s happy and she’s in love, even if that might not be the case. Of course, the only person who knows what is really going on behind closed doors is Hilary. We can only speculate. But the truth will come out one way or another, right?
6 She’s Always Doing The Paparazzi Stroll
On any given day, Hilary Duff can guarantee you that she’ll end up walking in front of the paparazzi one way or another. As a matter of fact, it happens all the time. While other celebrities have managed to figure out ways on how to evade the paparazzi in Hollywood, it almost seems like Hilary is catering to them.
Now, for the longest time people just couldn’t understand why Hilary would want to expose herself by hanging out in the same areas that she knows that paparazzi wait near on a daily basis. As much as she hates reading about herself in the tabloid media, it almost seems like she enjoys the attention that she gets from it at the same time. A lot of people can’t help but wonder if this means Hilary is insecure about herself. And seeing how she’s always judged by her looks and her weight, there’s a strong possibility that this might be the case.
5 She’s Not Writing Music
Hilary Duff’s fans love to hear her sing. As a matter of fact, they want to hear her sing more than they want to see her act! But that just hasn’t been the case with her lately. Her best songs, like “Why Not,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” and “Fly,” were all recorded well over a decade ago. And while she has dabbled in a few new things in recent years, like “Sparks,” things just haven’t been the same for her.
A lot of people say that if Hilary would just focus on the one thing that she does best (rather than act or write books or even go on her daily pap strolls, for goodness sake) her A-game would be strong again. But for some reason it seems like Hilary just doesn’t have any direction in her career. She doesn’t know what to do! We can only suggest that she pick up a pen and start writing.
4 She’s Too Emotional
It’s without a doubt that it has to be very hard growing up in the spotlight the same way Hilary Duff and so many other young celebs her age do. You’re going through so many personal changes that unfortunately the entire world gets to see with you. And that is not easy, no matter how you look at it. And because Hilary has been criticized so many times in the past, she’s become too emotional. She’s too invested with the things that are said about her, and not in a good way, either.
Yet, Hilary admits that she’s getting better and not allowing all the bad vibes get to her. Is it worth listening to your critics? Not all the time. She’s said, “At first, when I got bad press and people would talk bad about my family or something like that, I would get really upset, but now it's just not worth my energy.”
3 She’s Stuck In The Hollywood Bubble
As a child actor, it’s safe to say that Hilary Duff really doesn’t know what life looks like outside of the Hollywood bubble. And honestly, we can’t really blame her for this as she’s been in the industry her entire life. All she knows is movie sets, paparazzi strolls, red carpet premieres and press junkets. And for someone who is always in the spotlight, the pressure can take a toll on her.
She has even said in the past, “I just think that there's so much judgment in the world, whether it's coming from women in general or from men onto women – it's a lot. And when it comes to being a mom, I wish everyone could band together and realize that everyone has different beliefs, different styles, and different things that work for them and their family.”
2 She’s Dating The Wrong Guys
While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Hilary hanging out with her ex, Mike Comrie (the two co-parent their adorable toddler son Luca together), a lot of people would say that she’s been dating the wrong kind of guys these last few years. For some reason or another, when she hangs on to a guy, it almost seems like she’s hanging on him for life. And to make things worse, she does things that others wouldn’t do, like post selfies of her and her man on social media, just for them to break up a few short days later.
Hilary has said, “Guys make me feel secure and comfortable when I'm scared or need attention. They bring stability, and affection, and fun, and drama. You learn so much from a boyfriend. It's hard to put into words, I guess.”
1 Hollywood Just Won’t Cast Her
For one reason or another Hollywood just won’t cast Hilary Duff in their films anymore. And we think we know why. That’s because she took a huge jump from being a sweet, bubbly teeny bopper to working on dark, independent films. Unfortunately, she lost a lot of her young fan base along the way.
She starred in films like War, Inc and Bloodworth, which have both gotten very poor reviews from critics. They were two career decisions that she certainly shouldn’t have made. For Hilary, she was hoping that these more serious films would help launch her career in the right direction. But instead, it tanked. Honestly, Hilary should think about firing her management and start all over again. The only way direction to go now is up.