15 Embarrassing Roles These Disney Stars Want You To Forget

Some of the biggest names in entertainment once worked for The Disney Channel. Mega Stars like Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, and Zac Efron once starred on teeny-bopper television shows geared towards younger audiences. These days many of the former Disney stars are best known for their film and music contributions, rather than their stints on shows like Barney and High School Musical.

While several former Disney actors and actresses were able to take their childhood gigs and alter them into something more substantial, not every role from their past could be buried. Check out some of these superstars and their earlier work. We bet that they would want us all to forget these embarrassing roles that helped them get their starts.

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15 Cole and Dylan Sprouse In I Saw Momy Kissing Santa Claus

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Identical cuties, Cole and Dylan Sprouse are best known for their work on the Disney hit show The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Since work on the show ended, the fellows have turned to more mature acting roles. Dylan appeared in Camilla Cabelo's sultry music video, and Cole worked on Riverdale. These are the roles that they would prefer to be known for, not their time spent on the set of the cheesetastic made for television movie; I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. There, we said it.

14 Miley Wishes So Undercover Was Undercover For Good

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Actress turned musician turned we-don't-really-know-what, Miley Cyrus should be downright mortified about some of the stunts that she pulls and the outfits she prances about in. To our amazement, she doesn't seem bothered by her questionable decisions. In fact she appears quite proud of them. One film decision that she might regret is starring in the cheesy teen movie So Undercover.

13 Hilary Duff Would Rather Forget Her Lizzie McGuire Movie Days

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Mommy to two, Hilary Duff, plays an intelligent, dominant go-getter on her show Younger where she holds nothing back when taking on the cut-throat world of literature. Her current role is the opposite of the one Duff played back when she was known as beret-wearing Lizzie McGuire. Duff has to wince when she sees herself singing into that hairbrush.

12 Vanessa Hudgens High School Days Are Best Forgotten

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What a ways actress Vanessa Hudgens has come in regards to her craft. She was once the pretty princess of Disney, starring in the High School Musical movies, and dating her dreamy co-star Zac Efron. Hudgens has left the sugary goodness behind and instead is taking on gritty, more challenging acting roles. If only the internet could leave behind her former works. We bet she would appreciate that greatly.

11 Zac Effron Chooses To Erase His Early Movie Roles AND His Former Hairstyle

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Hudgens former beau and Disney costar, Zac Efron, has also grown up, trying his hand at playing dark and twisted characters. He recently took on the role of Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. His choice of acting gigs is vastly different from his singing and dancing days on Disney, as is his haircut. Man, he could rock that swish like no one's business.

10 Selena Went From Purple Dinosaur To Red Hot Siren

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Go ahead and do a double-take here. Yes, that is a sweet and innocent Selena Gomez cuddling the infamous purple dinosaur. In recent years, Gomez has transformed into a real musical talent, but between Barney and platinum records, she also starred on dorky Disney shows like Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly. Not her finest moment.

9 Lovato Prefers To Be A Queen, Not A Princess

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Lovato is all about self-love, pride, and coming into her own as an absolute Queen. Do you girl. We wonder what she thinks when she sees herself as a dainty and regal princess in Disney movies like Princess Protection Program. There is no protecting Demi from her former acting gigs, no matter how hard she tries to hide from them.

8 Zendaya Flinches At Her Former Teeny Bopper Roles

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Zendaya is making significant waves with fans and critics, thanks to her role in the HBO series Euphoria. This new side of Z is a direct departure from the work that she did over at Disney. He first movie role, starring in the Disney Channel's original 2012 movie, Frenemies, wasn't exactly riveting stuff.

7 Ross Lynch Left The Sunny Beach For The Dark Side

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To leave behind his reputation as a Teen Beach heartthrob, Ross Lynch had to go to absolute extremes. Ross used to rock it out on Disney's Teen Beach Movie and star as Austin Moon on the Disney series Austin and Ally. After becoming synonymous with the Disney franchise, he chose to depart from it in the most jarring way possible: playing Jeffry Dahmer onscreen.

6 Camilla Belle Says Rest In Peace To Her First Flick

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We are sure that actress Camilla Belle would choose to tell her first film to rest in peace and never resurface quietly. Many moons ago, the talented beauty starred in the 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie, Rip Girls. About the only thing that is the same about Belle from the early 2000s to now is her perfect eyebrows.

5 Dove Cameron Grew Out Of Her Small Screen Disney Roles

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She was the face of the epic Disney hit show Liv and Maddie for years, but Dove Cameron was destined from greater things. Cameron has taken her talent to the stage, appearing in Clueless The Musical and The Light in the Piazza. Now that she has established herself as a legit artist in the theater community, she might want to forget those Disney days.

4 Kirsten Storms Might Want To Keep Her Futuristic Role In The Past

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Kirsten Storms got her start working on the Zenon films as well as Disney shows like Kim Possible. As she grew out of child-acting roles, she moved over to the wonderful world of soap operas, where she has done quite good for herself. If only those futuristic costumes and plot lines would remain in the past.

3 So Long Sister, Sister, Hello Mega Business Babes

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We wonder what mortifies Tia and Tamara Mowry more, their work on Disney's Sister, Sister or the floppy hats and hideous wardrobe that used to come with the territory. Now that the pair are mommies and moguls, we are willing to wager a bet that they would rather forget all of it.

2 Sonny With A Chance Of New Beginnings

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There is a lot of pain in actress Tiffani Thorton's past. First and foremost, she lost the father to her sons in an accident; also, she is best known for her work on the cheesy show Sonny with a Chance. Motherhood seems to suit her best these days as she is the proud parent to two sons from her first marriage and a daughter from her second.

1 Phil Of The Future Ran From His Disney Past At Warp Speed

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Whoa. Raviv Ullman has come a long way from starring on Disney's Phil of the Future, light lightyears away. These days he focuses his energy on shutting down the patriarchy and channeling his artistic abilities. Whatever "future" Raviv is heading towards, we kind of want to be a part of it.

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