Lizzie McGuire is the first "cool" show I saw as a kid. I didn't have an older sister teaching me about fashion, relationships, or bras (you know exactly what episode I'm talking about). That's why Lizzie and Hilary Duff became an icon for me and so many girls. I looked up at Lizzie as an example of what it means to be a good friend, a good daughter, a good sister and a good person.
Almost 20 years later, I was able to talk to Duff as part of their partnership with the beverage brand Creative Roots. No, I didn't tell her about my "What Dreams Are Made Of" moment at my bachelor party or the Isabella costume that I almost ordered for college Halloween. Instead, I asked the question every child was concerned with in the early 00's: what is going on with the restart of Disney +?
"I think it is our responsibility to honor the fan base that grew up with them and where they are now."
Duff is more connected to Lizzie than anyone, and that's why she continues to fight for her character after Disney has decided to discontinue production. "I think it is our responsibility to honor the fan base that grew up with her and where she is now," she said to POPSUGAR, repeating previous comments she had given to give Lizzie an act that would real life of a 30 year old. Although she asked Disney to release the series on another network like Hulu back in February, there still seems to be hope for her partnership.
"Disney has certain things that need to be done for its brand, and I fully understand that and they fully understand my needs," she said. "So we're in a really good place to say, & # 39; Hey, we paused and we're regrouping. & # 39; There were a lot of creative meetings, obviously virtual. I think we're on the right way and I want it to happen more than anyone else and they obviously feel the same way. "
Duff said Disney is still "very excited" about the restart and "determined to get it up and running", but due to the coronavirus pandemic, everything remains in the break. At the moment she is enjoying the time at home with her children – Luca (8) and Banks (1). They haven't shown any real interest in their Disney roots since they saw it The Lizzie McGuire film with them last year, but hey, is there always next year?
If Duff doesn't chase her kids around – or learn guitar or die – she reconnects with old Castmates. She's most in touch with Jake Thomas, who played her brother Matt, and Holly Hobble, who played her mother, but the real highlight was that everyone was read during their "really fun" zoom table in May.
"We all just giggled and couldn't stop laughing," she recalled. "And obviously there is a zoom call game, so we all tread on each other's toes."
"I think we all feel very grateful to be part of something that has been so effective for others," she continued. "And there is a love that will never go away. Hopefully we will all experience what this new version looks like."