The skateboarding show Zeke and Luther premiered via Disney XD in June 2009 and starred Hutch Dano, Adam Hicks, Daniel Curtis Lee, Ryan Newman and Nate Hartley, among others. But they weren’t the only notable names who appeared on the series throughout its time on the air.
During the three seasons of Zeke and Luther, stars like Hayley Kiyoko, Austin Butler, Calum Worthy, Jake Short, Debby Ryan and Riker Lynch — who went on to star in other Disney shows and movies — appeared in supporting roles for one or more episodes. Talk about a throwback!
“Zeke is very serious. He’s very focused and passionate about skateboarding. He pursues his dream [of being] a world-famous skateboarder every day, and I’ve always been a fan of someone who just really, you know, goes for it. I just love his passion,” Hutch, who played Zeke, told Girls’ Life of his character in 2016. “He’s very passionate about skateboarding and I feel the same way about acting. It’s something that I want to do for the rest of my life, the same way Zeke wants to be a skateboarder the rest of his life.”
Ryan, for her part, won a Young Artist Award in 2010 for her role as Zeke’s sister Ginger. At the time, she told Sweety High that it was “an amazing feeling” to be honored.
“I absolutely had no intention of winning, and when I did, I was in total disbelief,” the star gushed following her win. “I was up against Miley Cyrus, Miranda Cosgrove and other talented girls, so it was such an honor just to be nominated.”
Of course, now she’s all grown up and has since nabbed tons of other roles, but she’ll never forget where she started.
“I knew when I was about 2-and-a-half years old [that I wanted to be an actress],” she told Seventeen in October 2010. “I am really lucky that my family has always been incredibly supportive.”
When it came to talking about her character on the show, Ryan referred to Ginger as “smart and conniving.” She explained, “She is constantly challenging Zeke and playing pranks on him. Ginger and I aren’t really a lot alike, but we both are definitely perfectionists.”
Ryan isn’t the only actress who starred in Zeke and Luther who went on to continue their acting careers. Click through our gallery to uncover all the stars you totally forgot starred on Zeke and Luther.
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