Hilary Duff & Cast Of ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Reunite For A Virtual Episode Reading
Hilary Duff shared a 44-minute video on Instagram featuring the former Lizzie McGuire cast on Monday. The costars reconnected on a Zoom conference call for a virtual reading of the Disney Channel episode which aired 19 years ago: “Between a Rock and a Bra Place!”
“We could not stop laughing reading lines from tween us… this is the first time we were all ‘together-ish’ in almost 18 years!” Duff commented and called the video a “LIZZIE MCGUIRE retro table read!”
The episode revolved around Lizzie and Miranda buying their first bras, and Gordo helping Matt in a contest to become Jet Li’s sidekick in a new movie.
Before the cast began the reading, McGuire encouraged her viewers to donate to charities fighting COVID-19. She recommended Frontline Responders Fund, No Kid Hungry, Baby2Baby, Support and Feed and food banks in L.A. and New York.
On the call with Duff were Adam Lamberg (Gordo), Lalaine (Miranda), Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire), Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire), Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire), Ashlie Brillault (Kate). Davida Williams (Claire) and Kyle Downes who read for the late David Carradine.
Duff’s Instagram video got over two million views.
“I truly believe that this show was magical, and everyone that was a part of it created that… and made this show mean so much to so many people. I think we’re all very grateful to have experienced that,” Duff said after the Zoom reading.
While Disney considered rebooting Lizzie McGuire for its streaming service, Disney+, series creator Terri Minsky left the project in January. The spinoff show would have focused on McGuire as a 30-year-old living in New York City.
In February, Minsky stopped production because Disney wanted the show to have a PG rating, while she and Duff were looking to create an “adult version.”
“It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to Hulu, if they were interested, and I could bring this beloved character to life again,” Duff said. “I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30-year-old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating.”