Hilary Duff compared to Lizzie McGuire
Lizzie McGuire is only one of the many personas performed by Hilary Duff, and she wants the world to know that she is not Lizzie McGuire.
The How I Met Your Father actress, 34, spoke with Bustle on Wednesday, Jan. 19, about her experience portraying the title role on the hit Disney Channel program; and how it has shaped the way the public perceives her to this day.
Part of the reason they’re so close is that Hilary and Lizzie’s personalities gradually melted together while making the show; according to Hilary. She explained; “I was too young to perform a character dive on Lizzie”. “I guess I was just putting on a show for myself”. And I had a lot of empathy for that girl. She was identical to me, and
Being continuously compared to the joyful teen began to weigh her down as she grew older and developed her own interests.
“‘I’m me!’ I said. I’m not that person; I’m Hilary. That’s a made-up character,’ says the narrator “she stated “It was a yearning to be recognized as a real person rather than a persona. ‘If I hear her name [Lizzie McGuire] one more time!’ I thought to myself when I was 18 years old.”
When asked if she ever felt pigeonholed into specific roles as a result of the bubbly character’s precedence, Hilary said, “Yes, of sure. I’m still here.” She described how she was frequently turned down at auditions and callbacks because “‘We knew her as Lizzie McGuire.”
Despite their long history, Hilary has a soft spot for the character. It was stated in August 2019 that she would reprise her role as Lizzie in a new Disney+ series, but this fell through in December 2020. “I really don’t want to talk about the version that almost was or could be,” she stated in a recent interview.
Hilary has finally found “peace” in her relationship with Lizzie.
“I’ve definitely had a lot of time to think about [Lizzie]. Between me and her, the lines become increasingly hazy, and I believe they are for the sake of the world. They are, and they will probably always be. Accepting that has provided me a great deal of peace “she revealed.
“That isn’t to say I don’t have a backbone, motivation, or a vision. All of those items are in my possession.”
She went on to say, “‘I love her,’ I’m thinking now. She’s incredible. She made everyone happy.”