9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Lizzie McGuire’
Lizzie McGuire was an American live-action teen sitcom that aired on the Disney Channel for two seasons and featured the story of a shy, clumsy 13-year-old and her friends as they try to fit in at school and deal with normal teenage life issues. This show was the launching pad for Hilary Duff’s success and gave her the platform she needed to become the huge star she is today. Not only that, but it was also the highest-rated show on the Disney Channel and even spawned the spin-off film The Lizzie McGuire Movie! Despite its success, the show only aired 65 episodes and has now been off the air for 13 years! Here’s a look back at 9 things you probably didn’t know about Lizzie McGuire!
9. Casting the Role of Lizzie McGuire
In the beginning stages of Lizzie McGuire, Hilary Duff was up against some tough competition for the lead role. They had about 400 to 500 people audition for the part and many big name actress like Lindsay Lohan, Sara Paxton, and Hallee Hirsh were all being considered. At first, Duff was hesitant because she’d just been fired off the show Daddio, but after some pleading from Disney and her manager, she showed up for the first audition and because she was convinced she wouldn’t get the part she did a terrible job! Fortunately, the shows creator Terri Minsky saw a lot of potential in her and gave her a second chance. It was her quirky, cute and charming personality that landed her the role.
8. Hilary Duff Did Her Own Stunts
Hilary Duff had a lot of natural athleticism which was portrayed in the show. “She was very athletic and that began to give us the idea that we could integrate physical comedy into the show,” said producer Stan Rogow. “Lizzie would take a locker door in the face almost every episode, or trip and fall every episode, and she always did her own stunts without pads or without anything and it became part of the signature of what Lizzie McGuire was.” The production team offered to bring a stunt woman in for a lot of it, but Duff refused and wanted to do it all herself.