Hilary Duff says she was abandoned Disney after she finally considered returning to the role for a reboot of her hit series The Lizzie McGuire Show. According to Duff, execs got “spooked” by her insistence that Lizzie McGuire should be “30 years old doing 30-year-old things,” she told Women’s Health.

Duff joked that she wasn’t pushing for the Disney character to be “doing bong rips and having one-night stands all the time, but it had to be authentic.” Duff’s vision lined up with the vision of the show’s original creator Terry Minsky, who told Variety that they shot two episodes of the series in that manner before it fizzled out. Most of the original cast were set to reprise their roles.

Interestingly, the next role Duff secured after the McGuire reboot fell through was none other than the sitcom reboot series How I Met Your Father, which premiered in early 2022 and has been renewed for a second season already. Duff referred to her oft-used onscreen persona of a “relatable girl” as her acting “sweet spot.” And added it’s easy because “I am that girl.”

Duff also spoke about reclaiming her self-confidence in her body after going through a divorce and having several children, beginning to go to therapy, and resisting pressures from Hollywood cricles to “bust our ass to get our bodies in shape and to look the best we can.”

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