Hannah Montana was never just a television show: it was a worldwide sensation that spanned five years, thousands of sold-out concerts, four soundtracks and two box-office topping films. Now, eight years after the show’s inception, we take a look forward as to what the beloved characters of America’s favorite children’s show are doing today.
Miley Cyrus- Like a phoenix rising from the sugary ashes of Disney Channel success, Miley Cyrus continues to be just as relevant and twice as shocking as her Hannah Montana counterpart of the mid-2000s. After the end of Hannah Montana, in which she played the lead role, Cyrus was briefly known by the public for her high profile engagement, and later breakup, with Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth. However, Cyrus stayed in the limelight by destroying her girl-next-door image in favor of a more scandalous and spandex-clad one. You can now find the twenty-one year old singer focusing solely on her music; she released her fourth studio album titled Bangerz in the fall, and is currently on tour promoting popular tunes such as “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop”.
Billy Ray Cyrus- Just as Billy Ray Cyrus played a supporting father to his daughter on Hannah Montana, he continues to support his daughter as her career explodes in real life. While the elder Cyrus’ other acting credentials are limited to the television movie Billy Ray Cyrus: I’m American and a guest spot on 90210 since Hannah Montana‘s conclusion, Cyrus has followed his daughter’s footsteps in the music world and released the album Change My Mind in late 2012. Since then, he has penned the book Hillbilly Heart and continues to write and record along with his daughter.
Emily Osment- After her role as sidekick Lilly Truscott ended, Osment bounced back by starring in a number of television movies and original series. Most notable are the ABC Original Movie Cyberbully in which Osment plays the lead, and the TV series Cleaners. Additionally, Osment landed upcoming roles as the star of a new ABC sitcom titled Young & Hungry, as well as roles in television movies, A Daughter’s Nightmare and No Way Jose.
Jason Earles- Not much has been heard from the 37-year-old actor after his role as Hannah’s lovable brother Jackson. Earles now starts as Sensei Rudy in the Disney XD series Kickin’ It .
Mitchell Musso- Hannah’s best friend Oliver found fame outside of the show by starring in the Disney XD comedy Pair of Kings. After Musso’s character was not renewed following the second season, Musso landed his current role as the voice of animated heartthrob Jeremy in the Disney Channel series Phineas & Ferb.
Moises Arias– While the actor voiced Anthony in Despicable Me and starred in the popular movie Ender’s Game following his role as Rico in the show, his most recent contribution to the entertainment world has been stirring up controversy after he was photographed shirtless with underage Willow Smith.