Hilary Duff on Being Typecast After Lizzie McGuire


Hilary Duff is opening up about trying to move away from the iconic character that made her famous, Lizzie McGuire.

In a new interview with Cosmopolitan UK, the actress revealed that it was difficult to be cast in new roles after starring in the hit Disney Channel show.

″I definitely went through big frustrations of being like, ‘Why can I not get a shot at being someone else?’” she said. “Not that I want to dog every casting director out there, but there’s a very small handful of people who are character actors and can be hired for roles that are truly different from one another. From age 21 to 25, before I became a mom, there was a lot of frustration.”

Hilary went on to say that people had a hard time seeing her as anyone else.

″I would get to producer callback and they’d be like, ‘She’s so great and she gave us the best reading and blah blah blah, but she’s Hilary Duff…’″ she said.

Now, Hilary says she finally “feels ready” to reboot the show.

″It just doesn’t annoy me any more when people refer to me as Lizzie McGuire or say that was my biggest role, because it paved the way for all the other roads I’ve been able to take,” she said.

“I’m at such a different place in my life now, being a mother and a wife – it doesn’t weigh on me any more,” she continued. “I don’t feel like people only see me that way, but [even] when they do, I feel appreciative of it because she was very impactful on so many people’s lives.”

We’re so happy she feels this way!