Former Disney Stars Respond To Joe Jonas’ Confessional

Dylan Sprouse and Zendaya took to the internet to respond to the former Disney star's tell-all

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Dylan Sprouse and Zendaya Coleman took to the Internet to respond to Joe Jonas’ New York magazine confessional where he described the pressure and expectations of being a star on the Disney Channel.

Among the many other revealing tidbits in Jonas’ tell-all, the singer says:

Being a part of the Disney thing for so long will make you not want to be this perfect little puppet forever. Eventually, I hit a limit and thought, Screw all this, I’m just going to show people who I am. I think that happened to a lot of us. Disney kids are spunky in some way, and I think that’s why Disney hires them. “Look, he jumped up on the table!” Five, six, ten years later, they’re like, “Oh! What do we do?” Come on, guys. You did this to yourselves.

While the feature is getting a lot of attention, apparently not all of the Disney Channel’s former stars feel the same way about the company’s methods. Zendaya Coleman, a singer and actress who starred on the Disney sitcom Shake It Up from 2011 to 2013 and goes by her first name, said that Jonas’ statements did not reflect her experience, tweeting:

Meanwhile, Sprouse —m who starred in the Disney sitcoms The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck from 2005 to 2011 — wrote on his blog that if the Jonas Brothers had been unhappy, “they could have told Disney ‘NO.’” He went on to say, “Nowadays artists just assume they have to do what they are told by their proprietors because there is a ‘rigid structure to achievement’….  You do not have to become something else to be successful. Not only is it not too late for them to redefine themselves now, it was never too late.”

So it seems that not all of the Disney Channel’s former stars are unhappy about their time working for the company.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

3 comments
AzBabyBoomer
AzBabyBoomer

Being grateful and happy are not what people want to read. How many stars have a life they like? We will never know because the drugged up booze hopping mate swapping stories make more sales.

eagle11772
eagle11772

Where can I get the Dylan Sprouse nude pics ??? !!!  Somebody tell me !!!

okayfine
okayfine

Both of these actors have a point. Jonas has a point. Zendaya, though, I think might jump into a vat of acid if Disney asked her to. That is HER temperament, POV, preference & she has a right to it. Lots of kids go through the Disney machine & come out the other side whole. Not everyone feels the need to strike out, like Jonas or Cyrus.Some of them stop in the middle & cry "Uncle!" I can't see Disney holding anyone hostage. Fulfill your contract & then you can go. Some of them jump from Disney project to Disney project because it allows them to work & do a lot of things the average kid doesn't get to do. I suspect Jonas is laying the blame wholly at Disney's collective feet when there was pressure from many places. 


I also thought it was funny that he complained that the sitcom he & his brothers did was funny only to 8-year-olds. Um, yeeeeeeessss. It was designed for kids, maybe not THAT young, but kids. This is not high art.