Sometimes, it’s easy to think of an actress or actor as only embodying the roles that they’re most well known for. That’s why when they appear in a different show or movie, it can totally come as a major shock! A lot of notable Disney Channel stars actually appeared in multiple shows on the network. Zendaya, for example, is known for her role as Rocky Blue in Shake It Up!, but she also starred in K.C. Undercover and made an appearance on A.N.T. Farm!
After Shake It Up! came to an end, Zendaya made the decision to return to the network for a particularly special experience with K.C. Undercover.
“When I left Disney, there weren’t any families of color on the channel … I thought that was a big reason why I wanted to come back,” she shared in a separate Variety interview from August 2017. “I think I’ve successfully made a show that not only allows for representation but sees girls in a powerful and strong position.”
At the end of the day, Zendaya loves her past roles.
“The thing is, I am [a Disney kid]. And to a degree, I am grateful for that,” the actress told Variety in January 2021 when reflecting on her past. “That’s where I started, and I learned so much from that experience.”
During the same interview, she called her Disney days “part of my heritage to a degree,” something that she’s learned to “embrace.” As fans know she’s since moved on from the network, nabbing more serious roles like in Euphoria, for which she won an Emmy Award.
“Before Euphoria, technically I was still on Disney Channel … I’ve always felt that I could bring things to the table: that I could be creative and free to try things, and put out bad ideas,” the actress told the publication. “Because of the Disney kid thing, I get scared of that kind of thing.”
G. Hannelius has also been cast in various shows over the years. Fans will probably remember her as Avery Jennings on Dog With a Blog, but she actually starred in a total of five different Disney Channel series! China Anne McClain, Cameron Boyce, Debby Ryan, Bella Thorne, Selena Gomez, Bridgit Mendler, Olivia Holt, Sabrina Carpenter and Dove Cameron are among the list of names who were on various Disney Channel shows.
Scroll through our gallery to uncover all the other celebrities that you had no idea starred in more than one Disney show.
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