Over the years, the Disney Channel has delivered so many amazing TV shows. From the classics back in the day, such as Even Stevens and Lizzie McGuire, to the ones that starred current pop princesses, like Selena Gomez in Wizards of Waverly Place and Demi Lovato in Sonny with a Chance, this channel clearly knows how to entertain in a big and exciting way.
Before and after these well-known actors and actresses were Disney stars, though, they appeared in numerous other television shows, movies and even music videos, commercials and video games. Some of these were hits … and some were definitely not. Yes, there are several past roles that have featured Disney Channel stars and that were not so great. In fact, when it comes to the 21 embarrassing parts that are listed out down below, these celebrities would probably like for us all to just forget they even exist!
21 Shia LaBeouf In Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Shia LaBeouf is known for playing Louis Stevens on Even Stevens, and in 2003, he played another character named Lewis; he appeared in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, which was a prequel to Dumb and Dumber from 1994, and which was not as memorable as the original film or the Disney show.
20 Anneliese Van Der Pol In Vampires Suck
Anneliese Van Der Pol was in That's So Raven as Chelsea Daniels, and she even came back to play this character in Raven's Home. Before, during and after, she was also in flicks called Divorce: The Musical, Horror High, Vampires Suck and Cats Dancing on Jupiter. They sound… good?
19 Kyle Massey In Beethoven's Christmas Adventure
Also on That's So Raven (and on the spin-off television series Cory in the House) was Kyle Massey, who portrayed Cory Baxter. A role he had that was not as big and bright came about in 2011, as he was Henry in the direct-to-video movie Beethoven's Christmas Adventure.
18 Ashley Tisdale In Aliens in the Attic
For many, Ashley Tisdale will always be Maddie Fitzpatrick from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and/or Sharpay Evans from the High School Musical franchise. Who knows about Aliens in the Attic, though? It is a family sci-fi comedy flick from the year 2009, and she was in it.
17 Brenda Song In 7th Heaven
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody also featured Brenda Song as London Tipton. This actress was also in Disney Channel Original Movies like Get a Clue, Stuck in the Suburbs and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior… as well as 7th Heaven. Did anyone recognize her in this show, from back in the day?
16 Tamera Mowry In Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
Tia and Tamera Mowry are real twins who played twins in Sister, Sister and Twitches, and in 1995, Tamera appeared in the spooky show Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Well, Tia was in this episode, too, as Janice Robinson, while Tamera’s character was a bit more unique: Evil Chameleon.
15 Selena Gomez In Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
For years, Selena Gomez was Alex Russo in the Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place. She went on to star in Princess Protection Program and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, and in 2003, she was in a Spy Kids movie; it was called Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, and her role was Water Park Girl.
14 Ross Lynch In Muppets Most Wanted
As mentioned, Ross Lynch went from Austin & Ally and the Teen Beach Movie franchise to portraying Harvey Kinkle in the Netflix show Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. These were/are all memorable roles, but in 2014, he was in Muppets Most Wanted, and he was cast as Young Florist/Nerd Teenage Kid.
13 Billy Ray Cyrus In Sharknado 2: The Second One
Billy Ray Cyrus has been in the spotlight for quite some time, since he is a famous singer. When his daughter, Miley, got a show on the Disney Channel, he played her dad in Hannah Montana. And in 2014, he was in Sharknado 2: The Second One as Doctor Quint… for some reason.
12 Raviv Ullman In Prom Wars
There used to be a Disney TV show called Phil of the Future, and the lead character was named Phil Diffy and was played by Raviv Ullman. He has been in a few other things over the years, such as a funny flick called Prom Wars from 2008. Not his best look.
11 Lindy Booth In Teenage Space Vampires
Lindy Booth portrayed Riley Grant on The Famous Jett Jackson. After that, she appeared in television shows such as The Philanthropist and The Librarians. One of her first roles, however, was as Katie in Teenage Space Vampires. Yes, you read that correctly. It was Teenage. Space. Vampires.
10 G Hannelius In The Air Buddies Films
G Hannelius was Avery Jennings on Dog with a Blog, and that canine theme seemed to continue. She was in The Search for Santa Paws and Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, as well as voiced Rosebud in Spooky Buddies, Treasure Buddies and Super Buddies.
9 Blake Michael In No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School
Blake Michael was also in Dog with a Blog, and he was in the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth. Most Disney fans have heard of these two things… but what about No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School? Yes, Michael played Zach in this direct-to-video flick from 2010.
8 Will Friedle In National Lampoon's Gold Diggers
Boy Meets World was a very popular show, and Will Friedle was in it as Eric Matthews. He also voiced Ron Stoppable in Kim Possible… and was in a movie called National Lampoon's Gold Diggers. It came out in 2003, his character was named Calvin Menhoffer, and it looked something like this.
7 Ben Savage In Aliens for Breakfast
The star of Boy Meets World was Ben Savage as Cory Matthews, and Savage reprised this role in the Disney Channel sequel called Girl Meets World. A lesser-known work that Savage appeared in was called Aliens for Breakfast, which was a unique TV film from the year 1994.
6 Danielle Fishel In National Lampoon Dorm Daze 1 & 2
And Danielle Fishel was also in Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World as Topanga Lawrence-Matthews. This actress will always be known as this memorable character… and she is probably glad that she isn’t known for National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze and National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2.
5 Sabrina Carpenter In Just Dance Kids 2
Girl Meets World featured Sabrina Carpenter, too, and this actress/singer appeared in the Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting as Jenny Parker, as well. How many super fans knew that Carpenter was in the video game Just Dance Kids 2 as a coach on the song I'm a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)?
4 Stefanie Scott In Beethoven's Big Break
Stefanie Scott portrayed Lexi Reed on A.N.T. Farm, making her a Disney star. And while the Beethoven movies (the ones about the Saint Bernard dog) are classics, one from 2008, which was called Beethoven's Big Break, is actually not that popular. Still, Scott was in this as Katie!
3 Zendaya In Super Buddies
Zendaya was Rocky Blue in Shake It Up and K.C. Cooper in K.C. Undercover. As mentioned, she has gone on to appear in big films and to have a music career, as well. And in 2013, she voiced a dog named Lollipop in a movie that wasn’t really a hit and that was titled Super Buddies.
2 Debby Ryan In Barney
Debby Ryan starred in Jessie, was Bailey Pickett on The Suite Life on Deck and was in 16 Wishes as Abby Jensen. However, this Disney star actually got her start on Barney, as she was in the series Barney and Friends and the home video Barney: Let's Go to the Firehouse (as simply Teenage Girl).
1 Jake Paul In Bizaardvark
Jake Paul is a YouTuber. He grew to fame on Vine. He often makes headlines, due to his out-there and not-always-so-great behavior. And he probably has tried to leave his Disney life far behind. Who even remembered that he was, once upon a time, Dirk on the show Bizaardvark?