The Lizzie McGuire Movie: Things You Didn’t Know…
The Lizzie McGuire Movie: the story-line that every teenage girl desperately wanted to be a reality…
Graduated Junior High? Check. Went on a class trip to Rome? Check. Accidentally met an international superstar, fell in love, and then impersonated his singing partner? Check.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 15 years since star Lizzie McGuire went on the graduation trip of a lifetime.
Boy drama, ‘finding yourself’ and dealing with all the trials and tribulations that come along with being in Junior High was what made Lizzie McGuire a hit among its fans. Relatable and funny; the show provided an outlet for every young teenage girl to escape and seek advice for their own, boy-centred lives.
So, when Disney Channel announced that there would be a feature film, it was arguably Christmas Day for teens worldwide.
Whilst you might think you know all there is to know about the film, there is actually so much more than first meets the eye…buckle up ladies (or fellas): this is what dreams are made of…
1) Hilary Duff Didn’t Provide Isabella’s Singing Voice
Although it’s disappointing to find out your whole childhood has basically been a lie, the person who did in fact sing Isabella’s (pop star) part is extremely comforting – making the news slightly better.
The producers still wanted to keep the film within the Duff family because Isabella’s singing voice was provided by none other than Hilary Duff’s older sister, Haylie Duff.
2) Hilary Duff Did Her OWN Stunts
Remember the scene where Lizzie somehow managed to successfully persuade Isabella’s fashion designer to think that she is, in fact, Isabella and also managed to just survive the whole scene in general?
Well, she celebrated the only way she knew how – by doing a cartwheel on the steps in the middle of Rome…..casual.
Although the scene looked quite technical and unsafe for such a famous actress to attempt, Hilary Duff, in fact, was well equipped to do her own stunts.
She also willingly drove on Paolo’s motorcycle, portrayed by Yani Gellman, around Rome – got to give the girl some credit for being adventurous and brave in the city with no real driving rules. Big up Liz.
3. Kate Was Nearly Always In A Business Suit
Ah, Kate Sanders. The girl in the Lizzie McGuire Movie who we all secretly loved and hated at the same time. Notoriously known for making Lizzie’s life difficult, Kate’s glamour, fashion and whole personality became a mixed bag. The one thing that stayed the same throughout the film? Her love for business suits.
Throughout the majority of the film, Kate is wearing some form of a business suit. You name it – suit and trousers, suit and skirt – she’s wearing it.
4) Miranda Wasn’t In The Film Due To LaLaine’s Music Career
Miranda – aka Lizzie’s best friend – was a staple part of the show. You can’t have a show without your sidekick and BFF. So you would like to think that she would appear alongside her BFF for the biggest adventure of her life?
Wrong. Fans were shocked to find that Miranda was on holiday in Mexico with her family for the entirety of the film. Priorities Miranda, priorities.
The reason for this though was very explainable. LaLaine, who portrayed Miranda, declined the film offer in order to focus on her solo music career.
5) There Was Talk Of A Sequel Film
You read that right. After the success of the first film, Disney wanted to follow Lizzie’s journey further. Why wouldn’t they? She was living the most fabulous life at only 15.
The ending of the film left us with so many unanswered questions. What happened to Gordo and Lizzie? Did they become high school sweethearts? Did anyone know if she was back home or whether it was like a Hannah Montana double identity? How about Kate and Ethan? SO MANY QUESTIONS.
All these questions very nearly became answered. So why didn’t it happen? What could have possibly gone wrong?
Unfortunately, Hilary and Disney Channel couldn’t come to an agreement about money. This is more heartbreaking than hearing that Miranda wasn’t in the film.
Due to their disagreement, the sequel never happened. The only saving grace was that they didn’t try to do a new film without Hilary.
It looks like Hilary doesn’t regret her decision. One of the most successful actresses and musicians to come from the Disney channel, she’s doing an amazing job raising a family and remaining within the business. Snaps for Hilary.