What Could Have Been: Aly & AJ Michalka Almost Crossed Paths with Vanessa Hudgens on the Disney Channel

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Here’s something Disney Channel fans may not have known about, Vanessa Hudgens and both Aly and AJ Michalka's paths once may have crossed during their days of being Disney darlings. Turns out the three of them were being considered to star in the same show, that sadly didn’t amount to anything other than talks.

In an interview with IB Times, creator of Wizards of Waverly Place, Todd J. Greenwald explained that before the show that made Selena Gomez a household name emerged — he had pitched another show to the channel he wanted both Aly & AJ to star in. It was called The Odd Cousins, and it was about, “two cousins, one was a sunny, bright, cheery Southern California cheerleader, and then her emo Portland, northwestern grungy cousin got into trouble and was sent to live in sunny SoCal with her cousin. They both found a way to live together and it would’ve been one of those fish-out-of-water family shows,” Greenwald said.

“When the Michalka sisters couldn’t be in it, Disney still wanted to do it, so they go, ‘Hey, we have this musical movie, called ‘High School Musical,’ and Vanessa read for it and the other girl read for it, but then ‘High School Musical’ blew up and then that’s when everything went crazy for Disney Channel, for good,” he continued to say.

Sadly the show never came to be, but each of the girls became major successes in their own rights. Aly & AJ went on to star in their own DCOM, Cow Belles and Vanessa went on to do a total of three High School Musical movies. Looks like everything worked out just the way it was supposed to for the three of them, but the thought of their paths crossing on screen is totally wild.

Anyone who obsessed over the Disney stars during that time knows that three became friends throughout the success. They even reunited during Vanessa's birthday party back in 2013 alongside V's sister Stella.

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Just goes to show that fans literally have no idea about what happens behind the scenes. Though we can’t help but wonder if there’s any footage of the pilot, and if so — why has it not made it’s way online yet? So many questions and so little answers.


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