Debby Ryan is forever beloved to many for her roles on two Disney Channel series, The Suite Life On Deck and Jessie. Both shows were total hits and solidified her place as a DC queen, at least in our hearts. Since Debby was on the network starting at 15 years old and now is 24, she spent a lot of your young acting years firmly planted in the Disney universe. But she's opening up now about her time being a fixture on Disney and how although she's forever grateful for everything she did there, it wasn't the easiest making the transition away from the place she called home for so many years.
"That was my high school and college. When it ended and we had done over 100 episodes of both shows, it was kind of like 'I already feel like I've done a lot of the things there are to do there, and there's so many different things in the industry. Where do I even begin?'" she said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
She simply didn't know what to do next! And Deb admits that getting considered for roles was a challenge since some people didn't even want to bother to see passed her Disney Channel persona, making it hard for her to move on after Jessie came to an end in 2015. She just had to work that much harder to get her foot in the door when it came to going on auditions.
"The best part in the years since we ended [Jessie] has been being able to walk through a couple doors that have been open, and then bang down some that were closed because people saw me with mouse ears. I got a real fresh start. Being a big deal in one specific world still does give you a bit of anonymity throughout the rest of the industry," she explained.
Crazy to think that being on Disney Channel wouldn't make getting new roles easier and if anything, made things a bit tougher. Well, Debby has conquered that and then some, since she currently has tons of projects lined up. She has a guest-starring role on the VH1 series Daytime Divas alongside her longtime friend Chloe Bridges, she has the leading role in the upcoming Netflix series Insatiable and she has at least five movies coming out within the year and a half, plus she just finished filming a part in the film adaption of the YA novel Every Day. So she's slaying the game and proving everyone just how much of a force she is. Consider us all #Proud over here.