Did Hilary Duff Confirm Ethan Craft’s Return in the ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Reboot?
The Lizzie McGuire reboot is what dreams are made of — and nothing you say can tell us otherwise. On Aug. 23, Hilary Duff, who played the title character, revealed a revival series is coming to Disney+ in 2020.
Thus far, fans can expect the return of fan-favorite Lizzie McGuire cast members, including Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine, and Jake Thomas, who portrayed Jo, Sam, and Matt McGuire respectively. And although the return of LaLaine and Adam Lamberg as Miranda and Gordo is still up in the air, it seems Duff just confirmed Clayton Snyder will come back as Ethan Craft in the Lizzie McGuire reboot.
Hilary Duff says there could be a ‘thing’ with Ethan Craft
On Nov. 7, Duff spoke with E! News about the new Disney+ series. Sadly, she was unable to give away too many details. However, Duff not only teased Ethan Craft’s return in the Lizzie McGuire reboot, but she also hinted at something happening between Lizzie and Ethan.
“He is hot. He’s very hot,” she shared with us. “I’m pretty sure there’s going to be, there’s going to be a thing.”
So will sparks fly between Lizzie and her high school crush in the revival? Only time will tell at this point.
Will Gordo return in the ‘Lizzie McGuire’ reboot?
Nevertheless, some fans might be a little disappointed in Duff’s comments about Lizzie and Ethan. When the original Lizzie McGuire ended, it seemed Lizzie was on track to date her best friend, Gordo. And while Duff suggested Ethan’s return, she remained mum about Gordo, noting that she “can’t give away too much.”
Duff also revealed Lizzie is dating someone new in the reboot. “She has an awesome boyfriend and they’ve been together for two years so everything’s looking pretty promising for her,” Duff told E! News.
However, the actress isn’t exactly upset that Lizzie didn’t get together with Gordo after the Lizzie McGuire Movie.
“You know what, I don’t know if I was as devastated by that,” Duff said, according to Vulture. “I feel like them not being together is what was so good … it’s that one person that you’re like, ‘Was he the one? Is it ever going to be?’ You’re always kind of wondering. We wanted it to hurt everyone a little bit, and it’ll continue to hurt.”
But Dugg still hopes Lamberg will reprise his role as Gordo or be involved in the Lizzie McGuire reboot in some way.
“I really hope he’s going to be involved,” she said. “We’ve been planning out the season and coming up with what everything looks like, and it’s so important for him to be there for part of it.”
What is Clayton Snyder, who played Ethan Craft on ‘Lizzie McGuire,’ doing now?
We may not know whether or not Gordo will return to the Disney classic. But given Duff’s statements, at least fans can anticipate something between Lizzie and Ethan in the Lizzie McGuire revival. And of course, longtime viewers are curious to find out what Snyder is up to now.
According to E! News, Snyder paused his acting career after appearing as Ethan on the original Lizzie McGuire series to finish high school. The publication then revealed the 32-year-old attended Pepperdine University, but he has since come back to the entertainment industry.
On April 16, prior to the news of the Lizzie McGuire reboot, Snyder opened up about where he sees Lizzie and Ethan now. He told Today:
Ethan could be a used car salesman to a politician. He can really go anywhere, or fall anywhere on that map … Lizzie she’s driven, but she’s also a people person. And, like, I could see her being a head at, like, some corporate office, for sure. You know, in HR, even heck, CEO, why not?
But Snyder doesn’t see Lizzie and Ethan as endgame. When asked if the two characters would be together today, Snyder refuted the idea immediately.
“That’s gonna be a hard no, if Lizzie has any sense,” he said. “God, save her soul if she is.”
What to expect from the ‘Lizzie McGuire’ reboot on Disney+
Now, Snyder’s prediction about Lizzie isn’t entirely too far off. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Lizzie McGuire reboot will follow Duff’s character in her thirties as she takes the world by storm in New York City.
“The good news is, just like me and everybody who loved Lizzie and has grown up with her, Lizzie’s also grown up,” Dugg told EW. “She’s older, she’s wiser, she has a much bigger shoe budget, which is super exciting. She has her dream job. She has kind of the perfect life right now.”
However, Lizzie is the same girl everyone knows and loves. When speaking with E! News, Duff said:
It’s been fun to find the new version of [Lizzie]. She’s a little less frantic and a little more confident. She has some years of life under her belt. There’s that relatability that I think that everyone loves in her. She is going to be coming across some challenges that the show is gonna serve up and a lot of what people want to see or the answers to questions that they never got.
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