Total throwback! Debby Ryan stole the hearts of Disney Channel viewers when Jessie first premiered on September 30, 2011.
Before it came to a bittersweet end in October 2015, the show went on for four epic seasons and fans are still hoping for a comeback! Besides Debby, the series starred Cameron Boyce, Skai Jackson, Peyton List, Karan Brar and Kevin Chamberlin, and it followed a girl named Jessie who left her Texas roots to take a job as a nanny for the Ross family’s four precocious kids in New York. Watching Jessie, Emma, Luke, Ravi, Zuri and of course, Bertram take on the world together was nothing short of magical, and there’s not a day that goes by that fans don’t miss it, TBH.
“It’s interesting. It’s fun that I grew up with other people who were kind of in the same situation on the show, like on Jessie. I was 12 years old when I first auditioned and I loved Disney. That was my dream to be on a Disney show,” Peyton gushed on People Now in September 2018 when reflecting on her success from the show. “So it was weird to suddenly [be] getting stopped by kids my own age and getting recognized by people. I would go to Six Flags or Disney or wherever and all of a sudden, I wasn’t just normal. I had people my own age [that looked] up to me and it was kind of weird, kind of an adjustment.”
Now, Peyton has said goodbye to her Disney days and stars in the Netflix show Cobra Kai.
“The creators had said, once I met them, that they were going to enjoy taking a Disney princess — that’s what they called me,” she told WWD in January 2021. “They’re like, ‘Oh, we got to take the Disney princess. This will be fun.’ I was like, ‘Really? OK, well, if you guys have faith in me.’ And the whole time, even at the wrap party, they’re like, ‘This was the best decision we made, taking the Disney princess and bringing her in.’ I like proving myself, so I didn’t mind.”
In the years since the show went off the air, the cast has certainly grown up a lot. Some of them went on to star in a bunch of TV shows and movies, while others stepped out of the spotlight to start families of their own! Scroll through our gallery to see what the Jessie cast is up to now.
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