Many people assume that Disney actors have the best jobs on the planet. They start young, become famous among their generation, and star in blockbuster films. However, of the many Disney talents, only a few manage to stay in the spotlight long enough to bring home huge paychecks.
Below are seven of those who held on and became among the highest-earning Disney stars of today:
7. Bridgit Mendler
Net Worth: $2 million
American actress, singer, songwriter, and record producer Bridgit Claire Mendler, simply known as Bridgit Mendler, started her acting career in an animated Indian movie, The Legend of Buddha, where she played Lucy. Since then, she has starred in other films, such as The Clique, Labor Pains, and Alice Upside Down.
In 2009, she signed with Disney Channel and played Juliet on the series Wizards of Waverly Place. Her performance was positively received and she later landed the role of Teddy Duncan on another Disney series called Good Luck Charlie.
She also starred in the Disney Original Movie, Lemonade Mouth, where she performed a number of songs. In 2012, she released her debut album, Hello My Name Is, which featured pop music.
Since the release of her first album, she has made appearances in a number of films, including The Secret World of Arrietty, Muppets Most Wanted, and Lennon or McCartney. She also made appearances on television shows, such as House, Violetta, We Day, Jessie, and Undateable.
6. Laura Marano
Net Worth: $2 million
Laura Marano is an American singer and actress, who rose to prominence after starring in Disney Channel’s series, Austin & Ally. She also starred for three seasons on the television series Without a Trace.
She landed her first acting role at the age of five. Since then, she has worked for numerous productions at the Stage Door Theater. From there, she started appearing in various commercials and won minor roles on Ghost Whisperer, Joan of Arcadia, Huff, and Medical Investigation.
She went on with her acting career, getting more roles in films. Her most recent project was on Disney Channel’ series, Austin & Ally, where played Ally Dawson. Also, she starred in the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie, Bad Hair Day.
5. Ross Lynch
Net Worth: $3 million
Rose Lynch is an American musician, actor, singer, and songwriter, who is best known for his role on the Disney Channel original series, Austin & Ally.
Ross has made guest appearances on the TV show Moises Rules! and in the movie Grappie. He also appeared in the music video of Kidz Bop, for their song, Let It Rock, as well as Cymphonique’s Lil’ Miss Swagger.
In early 2011, he was cast in the pilot for Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, where he played the lead male role of Austin Moon. In December 2011, the show debuted and was then renewed for a second season in March 2012.
The following year, he started working on the Disney Channel Original Movie, Teen Beach Movie, where he played the male lead, Brady. When the film aired on July 19, 2013, it got about 8.4 million viewers.
Since his movie was released, his television career expanded. Now, his estimated net worth is $3 million.
4. Debby Ryan
Net Worth: $5 million
The lead star of the Disney Channel series, Jessie, Debby Ryan, is now worth an estimated $5 million. She also became known for starring in Disney Channel’s The Suite Life on Deck as Bailey Pickett.
At a young age, she started acting in professional theaters. Later on, she was discovered in a nationwide search by Disney and was then cast in a guest role in Barney: Let’s Go to the Firehouse.
In 2010, she played the main role in the film 16 Wishes, which became the most watched cable program on the day it was aired on Disney Channel. The film introduced her to a wider audience, and soon after, she already starred in an independent theatrical film, entitled What If.
Debbie also starred in another Disney Channel Original Movie in 2012, entitled Radio Rebel. She portrayed the role of Tara Adams, the shy 17-year old girl who adopts the radio personality, Radio Rebel.
3. Ashley Tisdale
Net Worth: $6 million
Ashley Michelle Tisdale, simply known as Ashley Tisdale, is an American singer, actress, and producer, who made appearances in over 100 TV advertisements at a young age.
In 2004, she got her first role in Disney Channel, playing Maddie Fitzpatrick on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. She later rose to prominence in 2006, after playing Sharpay Evans in the television film High School Musical.
Her popularity led her to signing a record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 2006. The following year, her debut album, Headstrong, was released and became a certified gold. Two years after, she released her second studio album, called Guilty Pleasure.
Also, she voiced Candace Flynn in the Emmy Award-winning animated series Phineas and Ferb. It became the most watched animated series among tweens and kids on television.
Throughout her career, Ashley became a part of various films and TV shows, including Scary Movie 5, Hellcats, Playing It Cool, and Aliens in the Attic.
2. Dylan & Cole Sprouse
Net Worth: $16 million
Dylan and Cole Sprouse are American actors, who are collectively called as the Sprouse brothers. Their first major theatrical film role was in Big Daddy, where they starred along with Adam Sandler.
In 2005, they were cast in the Disney Channel sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Because of their success, they were dubbed as “heartthrobs” among the teen audiences.
After three years, the sitcom got a reboot and was called The Suite Life on Deck. The brothers then reprised their roles as Zack and Cody. During the run of the show, it became the most watched tween or children’s television show.
In 2007, the twins were listed among the wealthiest children alive. They also were the highest-paid teenage Disney television actors, receiving $40,000 per episode combined. By the end of the year 2000, they became the richest twins in the world. As of now, their estimated net worth is around $16 million.
1. Zac Efron
Net Worth: $18 million
Originally Zachary David Alexander Efron, Zac Efron is an American singer and actor, who started professional acting in the early 2000s. He became a teen idol after starring as Troy Bolton in the Disney Channel Original Movie, High School Musical.
But before High School Musical, he played guest roles on various television series, such as ER, The Guardian, and Firefly. He also played Cameron Bale on WB’s series, Summerland. At first, he was introduced as a recurring character, but he later became a regular cast member. Since he appeared in Summerland, he landed guest roles on other shows, including The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, CSI: Miami, and The Replacements.
Aside from his illustrious TV career, Efron also snagged a number of roles in films including The Lucky One, 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud, and That Awkward Moment.
With their start in the Disney Channel, the stars on this list have done more than just build a career. But, before they got to where they are, they had to work their hardest, like the rest of the celebrities in the industry.