In March 2022, Deadline reported that the “Give Your Heart a Break” musician would no longer be starring in the series, although they would continue to be an executive producer. When the show was first announced, Demi was set to star as Teddy, “a talented food stylist who wants to have a healthy relationship with food and date men who are good for Teddy,” per a Deadline report from June 2021.
It was also announced that actress Valerie Bertinelli would be joining the cast as Teddy’s mom, Lisa, a “warm, loving, self-critical and emotional mess of a woman who has lost and gained the same 30 pounds for 30 years,” according to TVLine, noting that the character and her daughter are best friends. “A restaurant owner, she is constantly thinking about and serving people food.”
Hungry was set to be Demi’s return to TV. In 2011, the singer parted ways with Disney Channel and focused on their music career. Over the years, they’ve made a few guest-starring appearances in shows like Glee and Will & Grace, but other than that it’s been all music all the time for the “Dancing With the Devil” musician.
Demi appeared in the March 2021 YouTube docuseries Dancing With the Devil, which allowed the “Skyscraper” singer to share everything that they’ve “wanted to say” since sharing their past struggles publicly. They continued their comeback year with an album, titled Dancing With the Devil … The Art of Starting Over, which was released in April 2021.
“If you listen to it track by track, if you follow the track listing, it’s kind of actually like the non-official soundtrack to the documentary. Because it really does follow my life over the past couple of years,” they shared about the record during a chat with fans via the Clubhouse app. “When we went through the track listing and kind of mapped out how it kind of coincided with my life’s story, it made sense to add the more emotional stuff in the beginning and then transition into The Art of Starting Over.”
Throughout Demi’s time in the spotlight, they have been open about their eating disorder struggles, something that was also touched upon in the docuseries and album. Demi has yet to speak publicly about their further involvement in Hungry. J-14 has reached out to Demi’s team for comment.
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