Hillary Duff opens up about her career and escaping the “typecast” of the titular character, “Lizzie McGuire.”
The blonde beauty cemented her name in Hollywood, thanks to her breakthrough role in Disney’s hit teen comedy series.
Launched in 2001, it depicts the story of a 13-year-old girl alongside her best friends, Miranda Sanchez, played by Lalaine Vergara and Gordo, portrayed by Adam Lamberg.
With only two seasons, the teen series bids goodbye in 2004 but managed to create a theatrical film “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” directed by Jim Fall.
Hilary Duff Struggles to Move Past the Shadow of “Lizzie McGuire”
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After nearly two decades since the series ended, the 33-year-old actress revealed her struggles in Hollywood and her attempt to break away from the shadow of “Lizzie McGuire.”
In her recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the mother-of-two confessed that she has “big frustrations” of finding a perfect Hollywood role.
“I definitely went through big frustrations of being like, ‘Why can I not get a shot at being someone else?'” she mentioned.
She also appointed out that although she managed to land numerous acting projects, Duff usually offered to play a similar character.
“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.”
The Texas-born actress also recalled an incident when an executive would praise her acting skills but would comment, “She’s so great, and she gave us the best reading and blah blah blah, but she’s Hilary Duff…”
After the much loved Disney series, the blonde beauty landed several rom-com movies, including “A Cinderella Story,” and “The Perfect Man.”
She also appeared in different movie genres, such as the teen musical drama film “Raise Your Voice” and her recent 2019’s horror thriller movie “The Haunting of Sharon Tate.”
Moving on with “Lizzie McGuire”
Now that she is a wife and a mother, Hilary Duff pointed out that she has moved on with how “Lizzie McGuire” has outlined her career in Hollywood.
She also added that she is in a “different place” right now and has different life priorities.
“I don’t feel like people only see me that way, but [even] when they do, I feel appreciative of it because [Lizzie McGuire] was very impactful on so many people’s lives.”
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