This may be hard to believe, but it’s been nearly 14 years since the Disney Channel show As the Bell Rings first premiered on the network and, boy, do we feel old! That’s right, on August 26, 2007, fans were first introduced to the short, five-minute episodes that quickly became a staple for viewers when watching their favorite shows.
For those who forgot, over the course of two seasons, the comedy show followed a group of six friends as they interacted between each of their high school classes. Each episode ended with the bell ringing, signaling the start of their next class and the beginning of Disney Channel’s next show. The show starred Tony Oller, Demi Lovato, Seth Ginsberg, Carlson Young, Collin Cole, Gabriela Rodriguez and Lindsey Black.
Of course, fans know that this short-lived series served as Demi’s big break on the children’s network. During an interview with Apple Music‘s Zane Lowe in April 2021, the actress got real about growing up on the Disney Channel.
“I called it Disney High because my only peers were other people on the Disney Channel,” Demi recalled. “And it was like, it was weird. You know, we all dated each other. We all hung out together and we had feuds and it was weird. It was like high school, but ours was on a platform with social media that had never existed before.”
In an earlier interview, from May 2020, Demi also reflected on her Disney days and compared them to high school.
“It was this really small group of kids that we really couldn’t relate to a lot of people, so we kind of stuck together,” she said during an appearance on the “In Bed with Nick and Megan” podcast. “We called it ‘Disney High’ because when there’s only a select few of you that can relate to one another, you start dating each other, you become friends with one another, you fall out with one another and then you break up with one another … It’s just confusing and dramatic, and that’s ‘Disney High’ for you.”
What has Demi and the rest of the short show’s cast been up to since the show ended after two seasons in 2009? Well, some have gone on to have major careers in Hollywood while others stepped out of the spotlight completely. Scroll through our gallery to uncover what the cast of As The Bell Rings is up to now.
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