Hilary Duff was a teen idol along the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes. She was propelled to fame with her hit tv show ‘Lizzie Mcguire’ but that was not her first acting role! Before she was the adorable Lizzie Mcguire she was:
- Wendy in ‘Casper Meets Wendy.’
- Ellie in ‘The Soul Collector’ which got her a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie
Her role as Lizzie Mcguire is what really caused her star to rise in Hollywood. The show was a ratings hit so it was also turned into a movie.
Duff also started to pursue music, starting out by singing on various soundtracks for the Disney channel. She is still acting and singing to this day!
The role of Wendy in ‘Casper Meets Wendy’ was Duff’s first big role. It was based on the Harvey Comics characters, and was a sequel to the film ‘Casper: A spirited Beginning.’ She was 11-years-old when it premiered.
When ‘Lizzie McGuire’ premiered in 2001 it got huge ratings. Fans loved Lizzie, and Disney purportedly made $100 million off of soundtracks, books, dolls, toys, and video games based on the character.
In 2002 Duff made made her feature film debut in the movie ‘Human Nature’ where she played the younger version of Patricia Arquette’s character.
That same year she also starred in the Disney Channel tv movie ‘Cadet Kelly’ which became the network's most watched program since the channel's inception.
Duff’s first debut album was a Christmas one, it was titled ‘Santa Claus Lane’ and was released in Oct 2002. She followed that up with a the movie ‘Agent Cody Banks’ where she starred alongside Frankie Muniz.
Her second album was released in August 2003 titled ‘Metamorphosis.’ It was a huge success for her, earning a 3x Platinum certification from the RIAA.
Duff has kept acting and making music, most recently she is co-starring in the tv comedy-drama ‘Younger’ alongside Sutton Foster. She has also kept making music and is still actively doing so.
In her personal life, she got married to hockey player Dave Comrie in 2010. They had an amicable divorce in 2014 which is good because they share a son, Luca who was born in 2011.