Hey now, Lizzie McGuire can legally drink.
That's right, Hilary Duff's beloved character was officially introduced on the Disney Channel 21 years ago on Jan. 12, going on to become one of the network's biggest hits and turning its star into a pop culture icon.
Two seasons, a hit movie and millions of dollars in merch later, Lizzie McGuire's fashionable reign came to an abrupt end in 2004 after the details of a failed contract negotiation between Duff and Disney were made public. Sadly, it wouldn't be the last time the character was ripped away from fans after plans for a Disney+ revival series were scrapped in 2020.
But did you know there was actually supposed to be a sequel to 2003's The Lizzie McGuire Movie that also never ended up getting made? Or that Duff faced some serious competition when she first auditioned for the role that made her a household name back in 2001, including her one-time rival?
From the spinoff that never ended up happening to Duff's favorite episode that almost didn't air, here are 21 secrets you might not know about the beloved series in honor of Lizzie McGuire's 21st anniversary...
Lizzie McGuire is available to watch on Disney+.