Oh, This? Just 25 Photos of the 'Hannah Montana' Cast In 2006 vs. Now
POV: It’s March 24, 2006. Kids are sitting in front of their TV screens to get a glimpse at the newest show to premiere on Disney Channel. It’s Hannah Montana. The songs are catchy. The characters are quirky, yet relatable. And it did one thing no one expected: it made a global superstar out of a young girl named Miley Cyrus. Let’s get into the limo out front, take a ride down memory lane and see just where the wonderfully talented cast of Hannah Montana ended up a decade and a half after its premiere.
Just because Hannah Montana isn’t on the air anymore doesn’t mean Emily’s done with Hollywood. Most recently starring in the Fox series Almost Family, she is about to take over Netflix with an untitled rom-com series starring another famous Disney star: Gregg Sulkin.
BFF #2, step on up. Oliver Oken helped complete the friend trifecta. The name Smokin’ Oken will live in my mind rent free until the end of time.
The man behind Mike Standley III clearly wasn’t done with Disney post-HM, because shortly after the fourth season premiered, he went on to star in Pair of Kings on Disney XD and voice Jeremy in Phineas and Ferb. But he’s always going to be our favorite cheese-jerky lovin’ boy from L.A. Also… he’s now really ripped. You’re welcome.
Chances are we all knew someone who reminded us of Jackson Stewart in our youth. As the annoying older sibling, he always had to get the most attention. How did he do this exactly? By being a big goof and essentially ruining anything he could get his hands on. Welp.
Fans may still know Earles from his early Disney days, but after that, he starred in Disney XD’s Kickin’ It. Since that show ended, though, he’s primarily been heard (rather than seen) on various animated shows. Good for him!
Who knew the “Achy Breaky Heart” singer could actually be good at comedy? Robby Ray was the quintessential TV dad: concerned, caring, and also never wanting to see his little girl grow up and become a woman. Well, given how she had the WHOLE WORLD chasing her, it’s no wonder he was as protective as he was!
Nowadays, Cyrus is back to singing and making headlines for his feature in a certain Lil Nas X track. He also re-entered the world of acting a few years back as the star of the CMT series Still the King.
Let’s keep it real for a second—we all wanted to be Rico Suave. I mean, he had his own concession stand on the beach, had cash to spend however he wanted, and the energy to constantly play pranks on Jackson. What else could you ask for?
Arias has actually kept up with his acting career since the show ended, starring in critically-acclaimed movies like The Kings of Summer, The Wall of Mexico and Five Feet Apart, amongst other roles. Looks like he’s doing well for himself!
Raise your hand if at some point in the show, you were in love with Jake Ryan. He was the teen heartthrob we thirsted over, and when he and Miley got together, it was a match made in heaven. Sadly, their romance blew up—quite literally—when Oliver found out Jake was two-timing Miley.
Linley turned from one iconic role to another, as he eventually went on to star in the Sharknado franchise. Oh, and let’s not forget the time he was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Good looks AND dancing talent? Yeah.
Way before she became the beauty mogul she is now, Selena Gomez was busy torturing Miley as Mikayla, the ultimate mean-girl-turned-semi-popstar. I truly wonder if she’s still lusting after Jake Ryan all these years later…
I mean, do we really have to spell out where Selena is now? She starred on her own successful Disney Channel show, has released hit records, executive produced popular Netflix projects, and is now the founder of Rare Beauty. If that doesn’t give you a little bit of hope for the future, I don’t know what does.
Oh, Amber and Ashley… what would Hannah Montana be without the resident mean girls of Seaview Junior High? Despite every person not liking them, there was something weirdly endearing about Miley having to put up with peers who truly didn’t know the biggest secret in the world.
Shanica Knowles (who sadly, before you ask, is not related to those famous singing sisters) is still working in TV. In 2018, she starred in Tyra Banks’ Life-Size 2.
Anna Maria isn’t doing too bad either post-HM. She starred in the Camp Rock franchise, and then on Broadway in 2011’s Godspell. And best part? She’s about to be a first-time momma!
Remember the time when Miley had to choose between Jake and bad-boy Jesse? I mean, have you seen him? It’s no wonder Miley eventually went over to the dark side.
If you thought HM was the last time we’d see this beautiful man, you thought wrong. The father of two has starred in various TV shows since his Disney days, from Falling Skies to The Last Ship. He also starred alongside Diane Keaton and AJ Michalka in 2010’s Secretariat.
Did you forget Brooke Shields played Miley’s mom? Although Miley’s deceased mom Susan isn’t necessarily seen throughout the series (apart from an episode or two), her presence is definitely felt in the Stewart family, years after her untimely passing.
Brooke was already an A-List actress by the time she stepped onto the Disney small screen, and her work hasn’t stopped since. She stepped into a recurring role in Law and Order: SVU back in 2017, and she can most recently be heard as Beverly Goodman on the Adult Swim series Mr. Pickles.
Hold up… there’s a straight-up legend in the building. As Miley Cyrus’ real-life godmother, it only made sense for Dolly Parton to bring the role to life, big hair, big voice and all.
Having just turned 75 years young back in January, age is absolutely not slowing Dolly down. She’s been a vocal advocate for the COVID-19 vaccine, cranking out hit after hit, and still madly in love with her husband of over 50 years. God bless.
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