Debby Ryan is what some consider to be Disney Channel royalty. She became a star after starring in shows like The Suite Life on Deck and eventually getting her own show Jessie. The star is now reflecting on her time in the network and her life after it in a new feature with LadyGunn, trying to find herself in a world where she is mostly known for her roles on those sitcoms.

“It can be really scary because if people have only seen me in older episodes of Jessie, and it’s been several years since that was released, I’m now a 23-year-old woman and I’m going to act and behave like a 23-year-old woman, not like my character where everything is kind of summarized and there is a happy ending and everything works out.”

While other stars have had only negative things to say about their experience with Disney, Debby had plenty of great things to say about hers.

“They have such a system in place to where it’s really difficult to fail, but it’s not going to be done for you. In my relationship with Disney, the more that I learned, the more they encouraged me. They took care of me, but they didn’t baby me.”


She even said that she learned a lot of her work ethic and tricks to be more efficient.

“I just automatically started doing things to make the days go faster and easier, which turned into a huge learning experience. If there was something I could do to make the shot funny and interesting, and to where we didn’t have to shoot it 47 times…I was happy to help out.”

Her switch from being a kid star to an adult has not been easy, and she has had her fair share mishaps along the way. Debby was arrested last year for a DUI but she says she is still proud of how she dealt with situations like those.

“I’m really proud of a lot of the ways that I’ve dealt with things. TMZ doesn’t care about the good ways that you handle things, and it’s not anyone’s job to hold me accountable, but my own,” she said.

Debby says she is continuously pushing herself to do better in terms of her career and in life to be a more well-rounded person.

“I get afraid of getting out of my league but the truth is, I’m constantly pushing myself to live out of my league. I want to be doing something that scares me. I want to go for anything I put my mind to, and understand that the worst thing that they can say is no.”

We wish Debby the best in everything she does in her future and can't wait to see what is in store for her for the rest of her career.


Love J-14? Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for fun, exclusive videos with your favorite stars.