The "Lizzie McGuire" Cast Were Just as Surprised as Us Over Reboot Cancellation

Tamara Fuentes
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Photo credit: Disney

From Seventeen

It's been almost a month since the news about the Lizzie McGuire reboot officially being cancelled came out, making us all wonder what happened behind the scenes.

While we might not know what exactly went down that made the whole production shut down, the cast is now opening up about how they were just as surprised to hear that it wasn't going to continue happening.

In interviews with Vice, the cast revealed that everything seemed to be going great until they wrapped filming for the first two episodes. However, based off their experiences up until then, it seemed like everyone was on board for what was happening.

"When we did the read-through of the first two scripts, there were literally three rows of chairs and in each chair was some kind of a Disney executive. I mean, there were 25 of them in there. And they were laughing their asses off," Robert Carradine, who played Sam McGuire, told Vice. "Every single step of that trajectory had to be greenlit by somebody who's high up in the organization. So, you go to all that trouble and they decide at the last minute, out of the blue, that it needs to be more kid-friendly? I don't get that."

Hallie Todd, who plays Jo McGuire, also revealed that a lot of the cast have been kept in the dark over what exactly went down behind the scenes that caused it to all go under.

"I'm sad. We had the best time when we got together for those two episodes. It felt like no time had passed, except that all of a sudden these kids were adults. It just seems ridiculous," she said. "There's always more to it than you hear, and I certainly am not privy to those conversations in the back room."

Meanwhile, Jake Thomas, AKA Lizzie's younger brother Matt, revealed that he was just as hurt as the audience over the cancelation, especially since he grew up watching the show as he was starring in it.

"Fans always tell me how watching the show was a staple of their childhood, and honestly, I was right there with them running to the TV every week to watch the latest episode," he said. "When I walked onto the set of the rebuilt McGuire house for the reboot, it felt like such an unreal homecoming, an overwhelming childhood nostalgia. It saddens me greatly that the fans don't get to share in that feeling."

Here's hoping they can still make it happen somehow.

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