Sometimes to break away from the shadow of being a mega Disney Channel star, actors have to take on more serious roles after they leave the network. Some have truly displayed their acting chops acting in movies that showcased just how diverse and broad their talents really are.

Vanessa Hudgens shocked everyone when she took on the role in the movie Gimme Shelter which is so far removed from the role that made her famous of Gabriela in High School Musical. Since then she has continued acting in more serious projects and has made a great career for herself after her Disney days.

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And she is not the only one because one of your fave DC guys is about to play the role of an infamous serial killer.

Click through to find who it will be and to see which other actors took on some pretty shocking roles after leaving the network.