It’s not all sunshine and sing-alongs at the Disney corporation. Ever wondered what it takes to maintain a squeaky clean image despite being a typical, red-blooded teenager? Let Joe Jonas explain it to you.
“Being a part of a company like that comes with certain expectations,” he revealed in an interview with Us Weekly. “Not overtly, but there was a subtle vibe. When the Vanessa Hudgens [bare] photo happened, we heard that she had to be in the Disney offices for a whole day because they were trying to figure out how to keep her on lockdown. We didn’t want to disappoint anyone - our parents, our fans, our employers - so we put incredible pressure on ourselves, the kind of pressure that no teenager should be under.”
This pressure to be commercially clean-cut and sweet has been too much for loads of Disney stars over the years. It’s a tale as old as time: the corporation grooms a young starlet for mass appeal based on a perfectly pure persona only for the star themselves to slip up and show the world how they really are.
Here are 20 photos that prove these Disney stars weren’t always innocent.
18 Miley Cyrus’ Office Antics
We’ve all seen more of Miley than this, but back in 2009 these pictures were risky because she was just 16. Director Adam Shankman posted them online and got so much bad feedback that he had to respond to the haters, tweeting: "Miley is a sweet angel who works tirelessly…and is allowed to have fun in the make-up room! She's like my angel little sister." Hmm.
17 Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan Falling Out of a Club
It's easy to forget that Lindsay and Britney were once Disney stars, but that's how they both got their start! As anyone who lived through the early 2000s knows, those innocent public images were shattered pretty quickly via substance-related arrests and nights out with notorious party girl Paris Hilton. They don't look so camera ready here.
16 Debby Ryan’s PDA
No Disney star should be caught acting PG13, but Debby Ryan has. When paparazzi caught her pouting and publicly playing around with then-boyfriend, now-fiance Josh Dun, footage of their PDA made the media rounds to Disney's disapproval. And this wasn't Debby Ryan's first (or last) brush with scandal - you'll see her again on this list. Get it together, girl!
15 Mischa Barton Under the Influence
Before The O.C. fame, Mischa Barton made a splash in Hollywood via a made-for-TV Disney movie about a girl who loves dolphins. Years later she caught the public eye again for walking the streets of Los Angeles clearly impaired by some kind of substance. TMZ reported that she was "rambling and incoherent," but Mischa herself claimed she'd been drugged against her will. The situation looks dark either way.
14 Dove Cameron’s Braless Selfie
You might recognize this beauty from the Disney Channel original, Liv and Maddie. These days she's 23 and turning heads by posting suggestive pics on her socials, including the set that this picture came from in August 2019. Dove wore a thin white shirt and no bra posing for her IG audience and leaving nothing to the imagination. Fan response was split between shocked and impressed.
13 Emily Osment’s Racy Halloween Costume
We've all had Halloween costumes we'd rather forget ever happened. Unluckily for everyone, the Internet exists to remind us of how different we once looked - and Emily Osment is no exception. She dressed up as a hot cop while Hannah Montana was still in its heyday, meaning she was definitely a teenager and definitely too young to flaunt her stuff to the world.
12 Hilary Duff's Post-Divorce Mirror Selfie
Hilary Duff surprised her IG followers in summer 2015 by stripping down for a seductive mirror selfie. She had recently gotten divorced and some entertainment reporters at sites like TMZ and PopSugar saw this pic as a direct message to her ex to show him what he was missing. She captioned it with the hashtag "#WeStillGotIt," so we see how she gave them the idea.
11 Orlando Brown’s Burglary Arrest
His days making bank on That's So Raven are long behind him, so it seems like Orlando Brown is trying different, less legal tactics to secure the bag these days. Last September he was caught trying to change the locks on a restaurant so he could get in and rob it, ultimately getting him arrested on burglary charges. He also has drug offenses under his belt. Someone's life went downhill...
10 Bella Thorne’s Leaked Bathroom Pics
In June 2019 Bella Thorne took her image into her own hands and did something most celebs (especially Disney celebs) would NEVER do. She leaked her own hot lingerie pics! She had been threatened by a hacker so decided to get ahead of the problem, keep control, and release the pictures that were on her phone to the general public on Twitter. Empowered? Yes. Raunchy? Definitely.
9 Mitchel Musso’s Cryptic Tweet Pic
Did anybody from Hannah Montana make it out as a normal, functioning adult? Maybe Miley was a bad influence on these people. Mitchel Musso definitely hasn't turned out too well, proven by his erratic, chain-smoking and inflammatory social media presence. He Tweeted this picture with the caption "Take a hike, bozo" and we just do not know what is going on.
8 Hayley Kiyoko for Rolling Stone
Hayley Kiyoko likes girls, and everybody knows it. She makes super racy music videos that are wildly successful among alternative communities, but back in the day she was just a completely innocent little Disney Channel child star. This Rolling Stone cover shoot from 2018 (in an issue titled #20gayteen) smashed that squeaky clean image, fast.
7 Ariana Grande Licking Donuts
Remember this madness? Ariana, whyyyy? If you're unfamiliar with this not-so-innocent incident, the basics are: Ariana Grande went to a bakery in 2015 with one of her many exes. She was caught on security camera footage LICKING DONUTS that she DID NOT BUY and saying "I hate America." Her publicity team had to do so much damage control and the world will still never forget.
6 Moises Arias Looking Completely Out of It
ANOTHER Hannah Montana alum gone off the rails! Moises Arias played Rico on that show, and has had mild acting success in minor Hollywood movie roles since then. He actually had a small part in Five Feet Apart which stars the brother of a certain Sprouse you'll see embarrassing himself on this list, too. We genuinely don't know how Moises keeps getting cast while looking like this. He's a mess.
5 Shia LaBeouf’s Mugshot
Oh, Shia LaBeouf. Gone are his days as a cute curly-haired little brother on Even Stevens or unlucky teenager on Disney's Holes. He's now a very unlucky full grown man. Despite being one of the more successful former Disney stars, fame and money haven't stopped Shia from slipping up. This mugshot is from when he was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in Georgia. Yikes.
4 Lalaine's 'Tasty Tuesday' Posts
You might not recognize Laliane by name (who knew Disney had a child star who considered herself special enough for a one-word stage name?) but if you look closely you'll see that this is the girl who played Miranda on Lizzie McGuire. Now she's in a rock band and very active on social media, where she posts raunchy pictures captioned "#TastyTuesday" showing off her bod. Not rated G anymore!
3 Vanessa Hudgens’ Racy Selfie
This picture is from the leak that broke the Internet way back in 2007. How could the sweet star of High School Musical do this? In a public statement she said "I want to apologize to my fans, whose support and trust means the world to me. I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos." We bet she does.
2 Dylan Sprouse's Hacked Phone Footage
It's less often that male celebrities have compromising pictures leaked to the public, but unluckily for Dylan Sprouse, he's one of the exceptions. Pictures of the actor alone and undressed in his bedroom leaked in 2013, prompting him to apologize to fans on Twitter: "I messed up.. but I'd be a fool not to own up to it. Got to move past it I suppose."
1 Debby Ryan's DUI Arrest
Here she is again! Did Debby Ryan not learn anything from the sweet character she played on Jessie? The actress IRL got caught driving under the influence and landed herself a full-on DUI. News spread fast after she was caught CRASHING HER CAR after a rowdy night out. It looks like we might have a next-generation Lindsay Lohan on our hands.
Sources: IMDB.com, Popsugar.com/celebrity, Billboard.com, NYDailyNews.com, YouTube.com, People.com