Hilary, like many childhood stars, has a complicated relationship with her character as she got older. However, as she previously revealed it eventually led to a newfound mindset about her career.
“We shot 65 episodes in two years, so from 12 to 13, I was Lizzie McGuire,” she explained in a 2019 interview with E! News. “It is a blur. It went by so fast. I was so young and I loved it, but also, I wanted to have an identity outside of that, so I started singing. And I definitely went through a phase of not wanting anything to do with her.”
The mother of three, who was briefly set to reprise the role in revival before its cancelation, added, “By the time I was 19 or 20, I realized how appreciative I was for that role and for those opportunities. I love her. She’s very iconic.”
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