Hilary Duff and 'Lizzie McGuire' cast reunite for virtual table read of controversial episode

Raechal Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Hilary Duff just stepped back into her role from Lizzie McGuire. (Photo: Walt Disney Enterprises/Courtesy: Everett Collection)

Hilary Duff gave Lizzie McGuire fans some serious nostalgia on Monday.

She had an online reunion with former cast members of Disney’s Lizzie McGuire. They did a table read of an episode that originally aired exactly 19 years ago, on May 11, 2001. The series ran until February 2004.

Duff was joined on a conference call by Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire); Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire); Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire); Adam Lamberg (David “Gordo” Gordon); Lalaine (Miranda Sanchez); Ashlie Brillault (Kate Sanders); Davida Williams (Claire Miller); and Kyle Downes (Larry Tudgeman). Writers Nina Bargiel, Jeremy Bargiel and Bob Thomas were there, too, to give some context. Duff even whipped out a cutout of the cartoon Lizzie!

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They read the first season episode “Between a Rock and a Bra Place,” which the writers explained was a big deal on a children’s show... on Disney Channel. It was about Lizzie and her friend Miranda deciding it was time to get their first bras.

Duff said Thomas, her TV brother, had pitched the idea of a virtual reunion last week.

“I got the most amazing phone call last week from Jake Thomas,” she said. “I thought, there’s no better way to cure boredom and to provide a little bit of entertainment for everyone stuck at home.”

And the cast members were obviously happy to see one another.

Lizzie fans were thrilled.

“I didn’t realise how much I needed this,” one said.

Another quipped, “Oh so THIS is what dreams are made of.”

There had been plans for the gang to work together again on a reboot, but plans for that reportedly fell apart when the makers of the series and Disney+ couldn’t agree on a tone for the show.

Duff posted in February that she wanted the show to move from Disney+ to Hulu. “I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30 year old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating.”