Wednesday, January 29, 2014

*Disney Week* 20 Things You Didn't Know About Hilary Duff

The OG.
  1. While it may seem like Haylie Duff is riding on the coattails of her younger sister, Hilary was the one that followed in her footsteps! It's not her fault she got her big break and Haylie just kind of floundered. #thecultoftheothersister
  2. Hilary's first major role came as Wendy the Good Little Witch in Casper Meets Wendy. One scene required her to work with a dog named meaner. While cameras were rolling, the dog trainer called out the dogs name, "Meaner! Meaner!" but Hilary mistook this for acting direction and would play the scene more aggressively each time she heard the word.
  3. Hilary was cast in the NBC sitcom Daddio in 2000, but was dropped from the project shortly afterwards. She was reluctant to pursue acting any further, but then booked the lead role in Lizzie McGuire one week later.
  4. Everyone wonders what happened to Lalaine, aka Miranda on Lizzie McGuire. There's about a million theories on the internet, but thankfully my LA connections have granted me access to the real reason. Lalaine was more popular with the cast and crew, so Hilary quite simply said "either she goes or I go."
  5. After completing 65 episodes of Lizzie McGuire, Hilary was offered to reprise her role in a spin-off series that would have followed Lizzie into high school, but she declined after Disney refused to up her pay.
  6. Hilary's debut album was not 2003's beloved Metamorphosis, but the Christmas album Santa Clause Lane, which was released the year prior and features a duet with Lil Romeo. #sohoodrightnow
  7. The infamous Hilary/Lindsay Lohan feud may have started over Aaron Carter of all things, but these girls made sure to cover all their bases. Hilary showed up with Chad Michael Murray to the red carpet premiere of Lindsay's Freaky Friday in 2003. In retaliation, Lilo showed up at the premiere of Cheaper by the Dozen. The two reconciled in 2007.
  8. Hilary got into a lesser known feud with Avril Lavigne when she criticized the "So Complicated" singer for trashing her fans. Avril retorted by calling Hilary a "mommy's girl." #goodone
  9. In 2005, critics slammed Hilary for releasing the compilation album Most Wanted, as they believed she didn't have enough hits to warrant such a release. Say what you will, but this album featured three new songs that absolutely slayed. "Wake Up", anyone?
  10. In 2006, Elle magazine published quote about Hilary discussing her sex life, alleging she had said virginity "is definitely something I like about myself. It doesn't mean I haven't thought about sex, because everyone I know has had it and you want to fit in." Hilary has since denied the quotes multiple times, stating it's not a topic she'd ever talk about publicly.
  11. Hilary took major creative control of her 2007 album Dignity, which utilized the not-yet-popular dance genre and featured personal lyrics. "Stranger" chronicles the end of her parents' marriage while "Gypsy Woman" confronts her father's mistress. The title track is a diss aimed at Nicole Richie, who was dating Hilary's ex Joel Madden. "Danger" was written for Hilary's friend who was dating an older man and "Dreamer" is about Hilary's stalker, Russian emigre Maksim Miakovsk.
  12. The media taunted Hilary after she got veneers on her teeth, saying she looked like a horse. After these attacks, Hilary's veneers were noticeably missing.
  13. By the time Best of Hilary Duff was released in 2008, Hilary's relationship with Hollywood Records had soured after a long list of creative differences and canceled releases. The parties mutually agreed to end Hilary's contract, which had one more album on it.
  14. Hilary was one of many celebrities who starred in the animated film Foodfight! Never heard of it? It's because it's release was repeatedly delayed from its original 2003 date until it was quietly released on DVD in 2012. It also features the voices of Charlie Sheen, Wayne Brady, Eva Longoria, and Haylie Duff.
  15. Hilary turned down the lead role in the CW's 90210 reboot in an attempt to distance herself from the teen genre. The part eventually went to Shenae Grimes.
  16. Hilary's debut novel Elixir became a New York Times best-seller and spawned two sequels, Devoted and True.
  17. Hilary HATES bell peppers. "Green, yellow, red, cooked, raw, even as a garnish!" #theseriousissues
  18. Our young author planned a non-fiction book aimed at helping children cope with their parents' divorce, but it never materialized.
  19. In 2009, Hilary was cast as Bonnie Parker in The Story of Bonnie & Clyde, a remake of the 1968 film. Faye Dunaway, the original Bonnie, criticized the casting, suggesting they cast "a real actress." In 2011, Hilary was dropped from the project after announcing she was pregnant. The film has yet to be made, but a separate Bonnie & Clyde project recently debuted as a two-part miniseries on A&E, the History Channel, and Lifetime.
  20. I've met Hilary Duff.

1 comment:

Madeleine Wills said...

these are all so interesting! but I'm left with one question: who the hell names a dog "Meaner"?