8 Actors Who Were in a DCOM Before Starring on a Disney Channel Series

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It’s no secret that Disney Channel likes to recycle its actors. While execs claim that they don’t write certain roles for specific stars, whenever a new DCOM debuts, it seems to be jam-packed with actors and actresses we already know from a different Mickey project. Every once in a while, though, a DC original movie will premiere a fresh face and then it’s only a matter of time before we see them allllll over the channel. Basically, once you get your foot in the door, you’re SET!

Even though it’s true that some actors get in on a DCOM and then ditch The Mouse entirely… for the most part, if you see a celeb on Disney Channel, then you will likely see them again on the network in the future.


Demi Lovato

DCOM: Camp Rock (2008)

Disney Channel Series: Sonny With a Chance (2009-2011)

Although Demi had previously gotten roles on Barney and Friends, Prison Break, her career totally took off once she landed her lead gig in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock alongside the Jonas Brothers.

The "Confident" singer wound up getting her very own TV show from that experience and also shot the sequel to Camp Rock, which premiered during the second season of Sonny.

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Raven Symoné

DCOM: Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Disney Channel Series: That's So Raven (2003-2007)

Raven's role as Zenon's BFF, Nebula, in the futuristic space flick was totally iconic. Unfortunately, she was re-cast for Zenon: The Zequel, but not before she landed her leading role on That's So Raven.

We know that Rave absolutely loves the network, because she'll be returning to DC for the That's So Raven spin-off!

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Brenda Song

DCOM: The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000) & Get a Clue (2002)

Disney Channel Series: The Suite Life of Zach and Cody (2005-2008) & The Suite Life on Deck (2008-2011)

Brenda spent eleven whole years working for The Mouse. While originally just a DCOM star, she eventually got a main role on the goofy Sprouse Twins-led sitcom. The actress also had a recurring role on Phil of the Future, starred in another DCOM called Stuck in the Suburbs even after landing the series role, and guest-starred on That's So Raven and Wizards of Waverly Place. Impressive!

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Mitchel Musso

DCOM: Life is Ruff (2005)

Disney Channel Series: Hannah Montana (2006-2011)

Most people forget that Mitchel played Kyle Massey's BFF in the dog-centric DCOM that premiered in 2005. Soon thereafter he took the iconic role as Oliver on Hannah Montana and the rest is history.

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Olivia Holt

DCOM: Girl v. Monster (2012)

Disney Channel Series: I Didn't Do It (2014-2015)

After her comedy/horror DCOM with Luke Benward and Katherine McNamara was a success, she left her Disney XD series Kickin' It for a part on the OG network's I Didn't Do It.

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Jason Dolley

DCOM: Read it and Weep (2006)

Disney Channel Series: Cory in the House (2007-2008) & Good Luck Charlie (2010-2014)

Jason knows every nook and cranny of the Disney Channel pipeline. He's been in four DCOMs, as well as a part of the main cast on two different series! While he's known for Good Luck Charlie, his first time experiencing the world of Mickey Mouse was in the made-for-TV movie based on the YA novel, How My Private, Personal Journal Became A Bestseller, by Julia DeVillers.

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Erik Von Detten

DCOM: Brink! (1998)

Disney Channel Series: So Weird (1999-2001)

Before Erik grew up and started a family of his own, he was one of the hottest Disney heartthrobs. He starred in the skater flick, Brink before playing the character Clu Bell on Disney's creepiest series of all time, So Weird.

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Tahj Mowry

DCOM: Hounded (2001)

Disney Channel Series: Kim Possible (2002-2007)

The Mouse is a family business for the Mowrys, considering Tahj's older sisters Tia and Tamera were also in two Disney Channel Original Movies.

The actor starred in Hounded with Shia LaBeouf and Craig Kirkwood before taking the voice role of a 10-year-old computer genius named Wade Load on Kim Possible.

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