Super Famous Actors And Actresses We Sort Of Forgot Were Disney Channel Stars In The 2000s

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Vote up the superstars who most owe their stardom to the Mouse House.

Before they won Emmys and Golden Globes, before they dominated Billboard charts, primetime networks, and streaming services, and before they earned millions of Instagram followers, they were wannabe dancers for a Chicago TV station. Or they joined a high school bowling team. Sometimes they had superpowers and other times they were the nerdy friends of more popular classmates. These are the A-listers, superstars, and mega celebs who we somehow forgot were once a part of the Disney Channel.

Folks like Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez made a name for themselves thanks to the Disney Channel, but what about the forgotten folks who got their start at the Mouse?  

From 2000 until 2010, these child actors cut their teeth in wholesome TV shows and movies that were fun for the whole family before they became serial killers, addicts, and supernatural superheroes. Vote up the superstars you completely forgot were once a part of the Disney family. 


  • 1
    499 VOTES

    Phil of the Future (2003)

    Best known for his collabs with Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story, his turn as Quicksilver in the X-Men franchise, and his recent Emmy win for HBO's Mare of Easttown, we completely forgot that Even Peters has a small part in Disney's Phil of the Future as Seth Wosmer, the super-nerdy buddy of Phil in the first season. 

  • 2
    308 VOTES

    A Ring of Endless Light (2002)

    Before he spent the better part of two decades chasing wendigos, vampires, fallen angels, and the occasional djinn on Supernatural, Jared Padalecki played the rich-but-troubled Zachary Gray in the Disney Channel TV movie opposite Mischa Barton's Vicky Austin, a girl who can psychically communicate with dolphins. 

  • 3
    327 VOTES

    Alley Cats Strike (2000)

    The star of CBS's The Big Bang Theory and HBO's The Flight Attendant pinned down the role of Elisa Bowers in the Disney Channel original movie Alley Cats Strike, a story about a school rivalry and a junior high school bowling league. 

  • 4
    307 VOTES

    The Scream Team (2002)

    The future Mrs. Andrew W.K. and the snarkiest part of both Thor and WandaVision, Kat Dennings played Claire Carlyle in the Disney Channel TV movie The Scream Team. Though the Halloween movie didn't have the staying power of either Hocus Pocus or Mr. Boogedy, the spooky holiday movie has its own charm as it follows a pair of siblings who help souls cross over. 

  • 5
    355 VOTES

    Shake It Up (2010)

    Before she won an Emmy for her work on HBO's Euphoria and earned box-office success for her outings in Dune and the Spider-Man franchise, Zendaya played Rocky Blue, a wannabe dancer who got her big break on a local TV show, Shake It Up, Chicago, along with her bestie CeCe (Bella Thorne, also on this list).

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    310 VOTES

    Right on Track (2003)

    Best known for her role in Marvel's Captain Marvel and her Oscar-winning turn in Room, Brie Larson got her start at Disney well before she helped defeat Thanos. In 2003, Larson starred in Right on Track, a film that was "based on the true story" of young sisters who become junior drag racing champions. Larson played Courtney Enders, the younger sister who was based on the former NHRA drag racer.