Exactly 19 years ago, Disney Channel viewers were introduced to Hilary Duff and Christy Carlson Romano‘s iconic movie, Cadet Kelly. The fan-favorite flick premiered on March 8, 2002, and time has seriously flown by.
The film followed Kelly Collins, who was forced to move upstate with her mom and stepfather. She had to attend George Washington Military Academy, the school where her stepfather became the Commandant. After she left her friends and everything she had ever known behind, Kelly was faced with difficult decisions. She was bullied by the Cadet Captain and formed a major crush on a boy who was totally off limits. In the end, Kelly finally found a way to succeed!
All these years later and actress Andrea Lewis, who played the role of Carla, opened up about her experience on the film via TikTok in February 2021. “Let’s have a little story time from a former child actor,” she gushed in the clip. “I had a lot of fun filming [Cadet Kelly]. We shot this over the course of an entire summer, so June, July, August — I had to miss a few days of school, and one of my only days off was on my birthday, which is August 15.”
She continued, “I really loved playing Carla. I thought she was such a fun character and I worked really hard on her backstory,” she said. “Her character description was nothing like me. I wanted to come across authentic and luckily, I booked it.”
Andrea also shared a story about her friendship with Hilary and noted that the former Disney Channel star was one of the first people to encourage her to kick off her acting career. “She was so generous. She set me up with her agents and let me see [Los Angeles],” the actress recalled.
These three stars, and the rest of the cast, have changed so much over the years. The transformation is seriously shocking, and we can’t get over how young all of the characters looked 19 years ago compared to what they look like now! Scroll through our gallery and check out what the Cadet Kelly cast is up to now!
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