Hilary Duff and Disney disagreed on destiny of ‘Lizzie McGuire’

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Hilary Duff is dishing about why the much-anticipated “Lizzie McGuire” reboot by no means got here to be.

The 33-year-old actor defined Thursday on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Present” that her imaginative and prescient for the favored character didn’t fairly align with Disney’s, which initially aired the collection from 2001 to 2004 on the Disney Channel.

“I believe they’re actually making an attempt to determine what sort of content material they need dwelling on Disney+,” mentioned Duff, now the star of Hulu’s forthcoming “How I Met Your Father.” “That doesn’t completely align with the place I see Lizzie proper now. I’m like very protecting of her, and so they’re very protecting of her.”

Duff hesitated whereas describing the back-and-forth that ensued in talks with Disney earlier than selecting what she mentioned had been a number of “artistic discussions” about the way forward for her character. Finally, she mentioned, the reboot isn’t taking place.

Disney initially aired “Lizzie McGuire” on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004. Now invested closely within the success of streaming service Disney+, the leisure large additionally owns Hulu.

Duff, who emphasised that the discussions between her and the corporate weren’t a “battle,” imagined a extra mature reprisal of the position — one by which Lizzie, just like the followers who grew up watching her, faces the ups and downs of maturity.

“The best way that she might join with what was happening in people who had been watching the present, it was like, they’re watching themselves. And that was the place they associated,” she defined. “It solely is sensible to me to shoot a present the place she’s appearing like a 30-year-old in a contemporary world.”

The actor additionally mentioned she was as soon as sick of listening to about her iconic position. “There was a degree in my life the place I couldn’t stand Lizzie McGuire. I used to be like, ‘I don’t need to hear that identify ever once more!’”

Nonetheless, Duff mentioned she was blissful concerning the three weeks she spent tapping into the position for 2 episodes of the ill-fated reboot. “Now that I’m my age, I’m like, ‘I like her.’ That is the place all of it started for me.”

“We’re totally different people now,” she mentioned of reuniting with the present’s authentic solid. “It was simply all love, and it nonetheless is.”

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