Hilary Duff is further open about the decision to Lizzie McGuire reboot on Disney+.
In a recent interview with Women’s HealthDuff explained that she insisted on the streamer that the revival of the classic Disney Channel show features a more mature Lizzie, without at grown up.
“She had to be 30 years old to do 30-year-old things,” Duff told the magazine. “She didn’t have to do bong rips and have one-night stands all the time, but it had to be authentic. I think they are shocked.”
Duff announced in December 2020 that the reboot was no longer going ahead, just over a year after the project was announced. In the new series, Duff would play an adult version of her character and star alongside much of the original cast, while Adam Lamberg, Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine and Jake Thomas are set to reprise their roles.
Shortly after packing younger, Duff returned to her Southern California home base and was soon offered the lead role in How I met your fathershe told earlier The Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t do that,'” Duff recalled. “‘I’ve been in the reboot kind of row and tried. And I don’t think I can keep up with that.’ And they say, ‘No, it’s not like a reboot in that sense.’”
When the Lizzie McGuire revival fell through, it gave Duff a chance to sign up to HIMYF, in which she plays Sophie. The story follows Sophie’s relatable character and her close-knit group of friends who are in the midst of figuring out who they are and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless possibilities.
Duff sees how people can draw parallels between Sophie and a 30-year-old Lizzie McGuire.
“It would be stupid of me not to know I have a good place to play that recognizable girl. I am that girl,” Duff told Women’s Health† “It was a conscious choice not to be anxious and to change people’s opinion of who I am. That doesn’t mean I didn’t want to try it.”