The Disney Channel Is Bringing Us A That’s So Raven Spin-Off. Here’s The Original Cast, Then And Now

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If you were a kid from 2003 to 2007 and had access to the Disney Channel, you almost certainly watched That’s So Raven. Indeed, the show, which followed the adventures of a psychic teen played by Raven-Symoné, was incredibly popular. It even spawned a spinoff, Cory in the House. But time passed, and for nine years children’s television was a Raven-less wasteland – until October 2016, that is. That’s because on her show The View Raven-Symoné announced that the show would be back, starring her as a parent this time. Exciting news! But what have her supporting cast been doing while waiting for the comeback call?

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20. Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter)

Raven-Symoné, who appears to have barely aged at all, kept herself busy after Raven finished. In fact, she made the transition from child star to adult entertainer with relative ease. In 2015, moreover, she began hosting The View. And during the year before that, she had finally come out as gay, explaining that because she had been “sold as the Raven-Symoné brand” for so long, it had been a difficult journey for her.

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19. Orlando Brown (Eddie Thomas)

Unfortunately, if there’s one person who will probably be absent from the new Raven show, it’s Orlando Brown. In his teens he played Raven’s best friend Eddie, but as an adult he went off the rails and was arrested in 2016 for drug possession and alleged domestic battery. However, he still insists that the new show can’t go ahead without him.

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18. Anneliese van der Pol (Chelsea Daniels)

Anneliese van der Pol played Chelsea, Raven’s sweet but slightly dim-witted best friend, for the entire run of That’s So Raven. Once it was done, though, she went to Broadway and took on many different roles there, including that of Belle from the hit show Beauty and the Beast. And with her long chestnut hair still in place, she certainly looked the part in playing the Disney heroine.

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17. Kyle Massey (Cory Baxter)

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Kyle Massey’s Cory, Raven’s brother, turned out to be one of the most popular characters on the show. In fact, he even got his own spin-off, Cory in the House, which ran from 2007 to 2008. After that, though, he shed the baby fat, continued to work in showbiz and ended up as the runner-up in the 11th season of Dancing With the Stars.

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16. T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (Tanya Baxter)

It was a shock to everyone when T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, who played Raven’s mother, quit That’s So Raven before its final season. And while rumors suggested that it was because she was bored of the role, it later transpired that she’d left to take care of her grandmother who’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It’s possible, though, that Keymah will be back for the spin-off, looking barely any older at all…

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15. Rondell Sheridan (Victor Baxter)

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Rondell Sheridan played Victor Baxter on That’s So Raven before following Kyle Massey to Cory in the House. The day that the new Raven show was announced, though, he tweeted, “Hmmm, there’s a lot in the news today. I’ll believe it when I get a phone call.” Let’s hope, then, that he hears that ring soon…

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14. Jonathan McDaniel (Devon Carter)

Back when he was known as Lil’ J, Jonathan McDaniel played Raven’s boyfriend Devon on That’s So Raven. He’s one cool looking guy now, but is there a chance he’ll be back for the spin-off? Well, in the new show adult Raven is going to have two children… so could Devon be the father?

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13. Bobb’e J. Thompson (Stanley)

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Perhaps no one in the That’s So Raven cast physically changed as much as Bobb’e J. Thompson, who played next-door neighbor Stanley. He went from an annoying little kid to a very attractive man, and the internet was quick to express delight about it. There’s certainly plenty of people, then, who’d like to see him return for the spin-off.

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12. Sydney Park (Sydney)

Starting in 2006, Sydney Park played the recurring role of namesake and Raven mentee Sydney. And after leaving the series, she grew into a beautiful young woman with a successful TV acting career. Park’s appeared on a diverse selection of shows, in fact, including the likes of Hannah Montana, The Sarah Silverman Program, CSI: NY and The Walking Dead.

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11. Rose Abdoo (Señorita Rodriguez)

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Abdoo played Spanish teacher Señorita Rodriguez throughout the whole of That’s So Raven. However, the role she’s best known for is Gypsy on Gilmore Girls. Furthermore, she’s also appeared on countless other popular TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Not only that, but we think she’s aged pretty phenomenally, too.

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10. Adrienne Bailon (Alana Rivera)

Raven’s enemy Alana was played by Adrienne Bailon, singer with all-girl group 3LW. Bailon would stay in the music industry long after That’s So Raven had finished, going on to appear on TV and stage as part of the Cheetah Girls. Now she’s all grown up and is both very good looking and hugely successful, having sold 5.6 million albums.

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9. Ashley Eckstein (Muffy)

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Ashley Eckstein, then going under the name Ashley Drane, played Alana’s blonde-haired minion Muffy. Now, older but barely aged a day, she’s running a fashion brand called Her Universe and is known to Star Wars fans everywhere for voicing the character of Ahsoka Tano in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

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8. Andrea Edwards (Loca)

Tough girl Loca, another member of Alana’s girl gang, was played by Andrea Edwards. However, That’s So Raven was to be more or less her only foray into the acting world, apart from a role in Bratz. Now aged 30, she does stand-up comedy – and she could still very much pass for a teenager.

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7. David Henrie (Larry)

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Today David Henrie is barely recognizable as Larry, best buddy to Cory. Regardless, he’s since grown up to have a lot of success in the acting world. After becoming a teen idol in Wizards of Waverly Place, for example, he played Ted’s son on How I Met Your Mother – and that’s not even to mention his appearances in popular movies like Grown Ups 2.

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6. Frankie Ryan Manriquez (William)

Cory’s other buddy William was a bit of a nerd, but the guy who played him, Frankie Ryan Manriquez, certainly doesn’t look like one anymore. He also left acting behind him not long after That’s So Raven finished and now plays baseball for Iowa’s Northwestern College.

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5. Juliette Goglia (Sierra)

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Juliette Goglia played Raven’s annoying neighbor Sierra – who was shortly afterwards paired up with Raven’s other annoying neighbor Stanley –  in two episodes of That’s So Raven. After the show, though, Goglia changed her hair color and continued to act in shows like Scandal. She balanced all that, moreover, with a university education.

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4. Rachel G. Fox (Buffy)

Muffy’s sister Buffy was played by child actress Rachel G. Fox, who had already played a young Sydney on the popular show Alias. Later, she would grow up to play Kayla Huntington on Desperate Housewives, with her facial features and even her cheeky smile remaining exactly the same as they were on her That’s So Raven days.

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3. Jordyn Colemon (Cindy)

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After playing Cindy, the object of Cory’s affections, Jordyn Colemon more or less slid off the acting radar. Luckily, the rise of social media coincided with the ending of That’s So Raven, and so anyone wanting to see how she’s doing now can go straight to her Instagram page. What’s more, Colemon is still very much proud to be associated with the show.

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2. Jodi Shilling (Tiffany)

Throughout the last season of That’s So Raven, Jodi Shilling played Tiffany, annoying assistant to fashion designer Donna Cabonna and enemy to Raven. And Shilling continued to act once the show had finished, later appearing in Hannah Montana as well. These days, meanwhile, she actually looks younger now than she did back then!

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1. Anne-Marie Johnson (Donna Cabonna)

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Anne-Marie Johnson played Raven’s boss Donna Cabonna – her name a combination of Dolce & Gabbana and Donna Karan –  in That’s So Raven’s fourth series. However, that was just one role in a long and illustrious career, particularly as she has since gone on to star in the prestigious likes of Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy and Castle.

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