When asked if she ever felt pigeonholed into certain roles because of the precedent set by the bubbly character, Hilary replied, “Of course. I still am.” She recounted that she would often receive rejections at auditions and callbacks under the excuse of “‘We know her as Lizzie McGuire.'”
Despite the constant association, Hilary still holds a lot of love for the character. In August 2019, it was announced that she would reprise the role of Lizzie for a new Disney+ series, which unfortunately fell through in December 2020. As she said in her latest interview, “I really don’t want to talk about the version that almost was or could be.”
At long last, Hilary has come to “peace” with her relationship with Lizzie.
“I’ve obviously had to think about [Lizzie] a lot. The lines get so blurry between me and her, and I think they are for the world, still. And they probably always will be. I think just accepting that has brought me a lot of peace,” she shared. “That doesn’t mean I don’t have a backbone, and I don’t have a drive, and I don’t have a vision. I have all of those things.”
She continued, “Now I’m like, ‘I love her.’ She’s the greatest. She made everyone feel good.”