Disney Channel has been known for launching the careers of the biggest names in Hollywood. Case in point? Selena Gomez, who was recently named Billboard‘s Woman of the Year. Gomez got her early start starring as Alex Russo in the Disney Channel show Wizards of Waverly Place. But Wizards wasn’t Gomez’s only stint on the children’s network, she actually had a number of Disney Channel cameos—which you all probably missed!
It’s not just Selena Gomez, this article lists down, in no particular order, the best Disney Channel cameos that only the sharp-eyed probably noticed. Check them out below.
Disney Channel Cameos That You Probably Forgot About
1. Emma Stone as Evana Tipton in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Before she became known as the charming Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone, the La La Land actress played small-screen roles under the name Emily Stone. One of her first roles—and definitely one of the Disney Channel cameos you never expected—was voicing London Tipton’s (Brenda Song) pet Pomeranian in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
2. Evan Peters as Seth Wosmer in Phil of the Future
American Horror Story heartthrob Evan Peters may be scaring us with his unpredictable characters each season, but as Seth Wormer in Phil of the Future, he was just an incredibly adorable nerd.
3. Octavia Spencer as Dr. Evilini in Wizards of Waverly Place
Yup, the Oscar winner who is perhaps best known as the sassy Minny Jackson in The Help, played an evil wizard in Wizards of Waverly Place. Thank goodness she’s anything but evil in real life!
4. Selena Gomez in Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Selena Gomez is definitely a Disney darling! She made her Disney debut in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody where she shared her first kiss with co-star Dylan Sprouse. Gomez also made an appearance in Hannah Montana where she played Miley Cyrus‘s frenemy Mikayla.
5. Solange Knowles as Chanel in The Proud Family
Before she was conquering music festivals and fashion shows, Solange Knowles voiced Penny’s rich cousin, Chanel.
6. Lucy Hale as Miranda in Wizards of Waverly Place
Lucy Hale‘s breakout role was as Aria Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars. But prior to becoming the television darling she is today, Hale actually appeared in the first season of Wizards of Waverly Place. She played Miranda, Justin Russo’s older and edgier girlfriend.
7. Justin Baldoni as Diego in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Justin Baldoni may be stealing Jane’s heart (and ours, to be honest) in Jane the Virgin, but he first caught the eyes of viewers as fencing instructor Diego in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
8. Cyndi Lauper as Ms. Petuto in That’s So Raven
Sadly, ’80s legend Cyndi Lauper doesn’t sing in her cameo role in That’s So Raven. Nonetheless, Lauper was absolutely hilarious in that role.
9. Robbie Amell as Max on Life with Derek
Life with Derek is still one of the most underrated shows in Disney Channel. For those who have seen the show, you’ve probably noticed that Casey’s boyfriend looks super familiar. Well, he happens to be Robbie Amell of X-Files and The Flash.
10. Debbie Reynolds as Nana Possible in Kim Possible
The late Debbie Reynolds is best known for her role as Aggie Cromwell in Disney’s Hallooweentown series. But little do people know, she was the one who played the equally iconic character Nana Possible in the animated series Kim Possible.