When That’s So Raven premiered on January 17, 2003, fans were immediately obsessed with the throwback series. Jump-starting the careers of Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Kyle Massey and Anneliese van der Pol, the show followed a teenager named Raven who has the ability to see into the future. That’s So Raven aired for 100 episodes across four seasons, and came to an end on November 10, 2007.
Then, in July 2017, Raven reprised her role for the spinoff series Raven’s Home. Over the years, the That’s So Raven cast has accomplished a lot. Not only did Raven herself return to Disney Channel after all these years, but she has had a major career on TV and Broadway. She also married Miranda Maday in June 2020. But no matter what major changes come in her life, the actress still loves playing Raven Baxter.
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight in September 2021, Raven explained why she denied to make the character a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
“The reason I said, no, wasn’t because I wasn’t proud of who I was, or I didn’t want to represent the LGBTQ+ community in any way,” she explained. “It was because Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter. There was no reason for me to change the human that she was in order to fit the actress that played her. And Raven Baxter is a character that I was proud to play. Even if she is straight, cisgender, I don’t mind, let her have her moment.”
She added, “If you ever see me in another character, you see Raven Baxter and that’s just what the deal is. And I think the one thing that differentiates me from her is now a lot more.”
While fans know that Raven — and her costars Kyle, Orlando and Anneliese — got their start on the show, they may be surprised to know that other stars actually made an appearance before they were famous. Over the years, the series actually had a ton of guest appearances from a bunch of major stars when it was on the air. Haylie Duff, Alyson Stoner, Brenda Song, Jasmine Villegas, Tiffany Haddish and more all appeared not on the Disney Channel series in guest starring or recurring roles. Now, fans know these stars from all of their other accomplishments, but everyone gets their start somewhere!
Scroll through our gallery to uncover all the celebs you forgot guest starred in That’s So Raven and who they played.
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