101 Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Disney Channel Stars
You think you know but you have no idea.
1. After meeting at a photoshoot in the early ’00s, Raven-Symone and Lindsay Lohan decided to be roommates.
2. Miley Cyrus was born left-handed but her father insisted she use her right hand to write because he didn’t want her to have to “learn the world backwards.”
3. Kevin Jonas’ first name is actually Paul.
4. Christy Carlson Romano wrote a novel loosely based on her experience at The Professional Children’s School called Grace’s Turn.
5. Anneliese van der Pol turned down the role of Kim Possible so she could star as Chelsea Daniels in That’s So Raven.
6. Selena Gomez stopped wearing her “true love waits” purity ring when she started dating Justin Bieber.
7. Demi Lovato’s mom was a Dallas Cowboy’s Cheerleader.
8. After the success of High School Musical, Zac Efron turned down multiple record deals to focus on acting.
9. Vanessa Hudgens trained with the Navy Seals to get in shape for the action movie Sucker Punch.
10. Ashley Tisdale’s hair is naturally brown and curly, she started dying it to play the role of Maddie Fitzpatrick on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
11. Corbin Bleu attended eight different proms.
12. Sisters Aly and A.J. Michalka share a Twitter account.
13. In 2002, Monique Coleman graduated from the The Theatre School at DePaul University with a BFA in Acting.
14. Ricky Ullman started going by his real name Raviv after the end of Phil of the Future in 2006.
15. Shia LaBeouf’s legal troubles began back in 2005 when he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening his neighbor with a knife.
16. Bridgit Mendler’s sophomore album was delayed when her laptop crashed and she lost all the new songs she had been writing for it.
17. The week before her Lizzie McGuire audition Hilary Duff almost quit acting. She was discouraged after having been dropped from an NBC sitcom pilot called Daddio.
18. Back in 2008, Miley Cyrus had a YouTube show with her best friend Mandy Jiroux called “The Miley and Mandy Show.”
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=G1rTJoP-BMw.
19. Before becoming a musician, Joe Jonas wanted to be a comedian.
20. In 2010, Vanessa Hudgens played Mimi in a star-studded production of Rent directed by Neil Patrick Harris.
21. Demi Lovato wrote her song “World of Chances” with John Mayer.
22. After Lizzie McGuire ended Lalaine had a short-lived record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
23. Kyla Pratt has two daughters with boyfriend Danny Kilpatrick.
24. Alyson Stoner has appeared as a backup dancer in music videos for Missy Elliott, Gossip and Eminem.
25. Mitchel Musso’s DUI arrest is the reason the show PrankStars was canceled.
26. Zac Efron didn’t actually sing his character’s songs in the first High School Musical film; he lip-synced to tracks sung by Drew Seeley.
27. Monique Coleman was appointed the UN’s first-ever “Youth Champion” in 2010.
28. Selena Gomez’s mother was sixteen when she gave birth to the superstar.
29. Ashley Tisdale got a nose job to correct a deviated septum.
30. Raven-Symone recently enrolled in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
31. Zendaya was a back-up dancer for Selena Gomez in a Sears commercial.
32. Anneliese van der Pol was named after Annelies Frank, the famous writer and Holocaust victim.
33. After finishing her GED, Hilary Duff took online correspondence courses through the Harvard Extension School.
34. Nick Jonas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes while on tour in 2005.
35. Aly and A.J. Michalka worked with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo on their shelved third album.
36. Shia LaBeouf directed the music video for Kid Cudi’s song “Marijuana.”
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=BX3NOeioQxs.
37. Miley Cyrus bet Dr. Luke a $10,000 automated toilet that their song “Wrecking Ball” would go to number one on the Billboard charts.
38. Ricky Ullman speaks fluent Hebrew and keeps kosher.
39. Ashley Tisdale acts as executive producer on Emily Osment’s new ABC Family show Young and Hungry.
40. Brenda Song was briefly engaged to Miley Cyrus’ older brother Trace.
41. Spanish was Bella Thorne’s first language.
42. Demi Lovato celebrated her sweet sixteen at an Applebee’s.
43. That’s So Raven was the first Disney channel show to be renewed past the network’s 65-episode limit.
44. Singers Aly and A.J. Michalka are devout Christians who don’t believe in evolution.
45. Miley Cyrus beat out Taylor Momsen for the role of Hannah Montana.
46. Nick Jonas’ nickname is Mr. President.
47. If Hilary Duff hadn’t become a successful entertainer, she would’ve tried to become a make-up artist.
48. Miley Cyrus’ full name was Destiny Hope Cyrus before she legally changed it in 2008.
49. Corbin Bleu was one of the first students accepted into the prestigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
50. Both Nick and Kevin Jonas have co-hosted the talk show Live with Kelly!.
51. In 2003, Shia LaBeouf won an Emmy for his performance on Even Stevens.
52. Alyson Stoner is the youngest person to teach a master class at the Millennium Dance Complex.
53. Brenda Song is such a die-hard Lakers fan that one time she had to be taken to the emergency room during a game because she got so worked up she started hyperventilating.
54. After High School Music ended Monique Coleman hosted an online talk show called Gimme Mo’.
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=T_w5D_wkiKQ.
55. At seventeen Selena Gomez became the youngest American UNICEF ambassador in history.
56. Zac Efron had to have his mouth wired shut after he slipped and fell in a puddle outside his house in 2013.
57. During the first High School Musical movie Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel didn’t get along because Ashley was so convincing as the stuck-up Sharpay that he thought she must be like that in real life.
58. After High School Musical 3, Ashley Tisdale kept Sharpay’s trademark pink sweatsuit as a souvenir.
59. Hilary Duff hates bell peppers and can’t eat them — even as a garnish.
60. Bella Thorne is dyslexic and had a hard time learning to read.
61. Pickles are Selena Gomez’s favorite food.
62. Shia LaBeouf was raised interfaith; he had a Bar Mitzvah and was also baptized in a Pentecostal church.
63. Miley Cyrus has a non-fatal heart condition called tachycardia that causes a higher than average resting heart rate.
64. The leaked nude photos of Vanessa Hudgens were intended for Nickelodeon star Drake Bell.
65. Before he was a television and movie star, Zac Efron was a theater actor who performed in shows like Peter Pan, Gypsy, Little Shop of Horrors and The Music Man.
66. Nick Jonas acted as the Musical and Creative Director for Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights tour.
67. After Lizzie McGuire, Adam Lamberg left acting to study Geography at the University of California.
68. Selena Gomez was named after Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the famous Latin-American pop singer.
69. One of Zac Efron’s first roles was a cameo in Joss Whedon’s cult-hit Firefly.
70. After starring as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Christy Carlson Romano joined the Broadway cast of Avenue Q to play the role of Kate Monster.
71. Vanessa Hudgens gained fifteen pounds and cut off her own hair for the movie Gimme Shelter.
72. Kyle Massey was the first Disney Channel star to get a spin-off show with Cory in the House.
73. Kevin Jonas taught himself how to play guitar one day when he was home sick from school.
74. Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’ godmother.
75. Shia LaBeouf started performing stand-up comedy at ten years old.
76. A young Ashley Tisdale can be seen in a blink-and-you’ll-miss it role in the cult classic Donnie Darko.
77. Tom Cruise taught Zac Efron how to ride a motorcycle.
78. Back in 2008, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato hosted a YouTube series called “The Demi and Selena Show.”
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=NRWNu23Fbqs.
79. Demi Lovato’s half-sister Madison De La Garza is also a successful actress.
80. Joe Jonas’ favorite snack is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with potato chips in the middle.
81. Zendaya thought she would grow up to be a famous basketball player, not an entertainer.
82. Raven-Symone first met Bill Cosby during an audition for the movie Ghost Dad. While she didn’t get the part, he thought she was so great he created the role of Olivia for her on the The Cosby Show.
83. Shia LaBeouf admitted in an interview to sleeping with co-star Megan Fox while she was still dating actor Brian Austin Green.
84. In 2005, Hilary Duff donated $250,000 to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
85. The first song Nick Jonas ever wrote was a holiday song he co-wrote with his dad called “Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer).”
86. Miley Cyrus came out as bisexual at a performance at the iconic G-A-Y Nightclub in London.
87. Growing up, Zac Efron had a poster of Tyra Banks taped to the ceiling of his bedroom.
88. Missy Elliott wrote and produced songs for Raven-Symone’s debut album Here’s To New Dreams.
89. Demi sang Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” for her Camp Rock audition.
90. Corbin Bleu was the first member of the original High School Musical cast to appear on Broadway.
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=SN7bgDOkpNs.
91. Demi Lovato wrote most of the songs on her debut album Don’t Forget with the Jonas Brothers.
92. Monique Coleman organized a five-year High School Musical reunion for charity.
93. Brenda Song once had to sue a phone-sex company for using her face in their ads.
94. Vanessa Hudgens made her film debut in Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen.
95. Raven-Symone was working on a follow-up to her album This Is My Time in 2011 but scrapped the project when she decided it wasn’t the kind of music she wanted to be making.
96. Zac Efron graduated high school the same year High School Musical was released. He deferred his acceptance to the University of Southern California to continue acting.
97. Selena Gomez was supposed to star as Miranda’s little sister Stevie in the Lizzie McGuire spin-off What’s Stevie Thinking? but the show was scrapped and never aired.
98. Demi Lovato is a former pageant queen! She was the 2000-2001 Mini Miss Texas.
99. Lalaine was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine in 2007.
100. Raven-Symone was five years old when she signed her first record deal with MCA records.
101. Disney kids do it better.