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Hilary Duff Talks About ‘How I Met Your Father’ Paid Homage to Lizzie McGuire

Hilary Duff is an American actress, singer, and producer who is best known for starring as the titular character in ‘Lizzie McGuire’ on Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004. The show was a huge success and made Duff a household name. In 2022, she starred in the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ spin-off, ‘How I Met Your Father’, which premiered on Hulu. The show pays homage to ‘Lizzie McGuire’ in several ways, including a scene where Duff’s character, Sophie, watches a clip from the original show. In a recent interviews, she talks about this and reveals more information on the clips.

What did Hilary Duff say about the scenes?

In the latest season of the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ spinoff, Sophie (played by Hilary Duff) recalls a moment from her teenage years, which is a flashback scene from ‘Lizzie McGuire’. appears. Duff said that she was “really happy” with the way the ‘How I Met Your Father’ writers paid homage to ‘Lizzie McGuire’. The nod to the kids’ show was to all of the fans disappointed about how the reboot didn’t happen, something that Hilary recently recalled. “I don’t think it was enough to satisfy the fact that [Lizzie McGuire revival] project is shelved,” she mentioned to Shape in a recent interview.

Duff added that the scene where Sophie watches a clip from the original show was “really sweet” and that it was “a nice nod” to the fans of the Disney show. The use of the animated Lizzie McGuire figure was also a fun way to connect the two shows and to show that Sophie is a fan of Lizzie. Throughout the show, there are several references to Lizzie McGuire characters and episodes, which made fans of the shows ecstatic.  

Why was the ‘Lizzy McGuire’ reboot cancelled?

The reboot was cancelled three episodes in, around 2020. The main reason were heavy creative differences between the show’s creator, Terri Minsky, and Disney+. Minsky wanted the show to be more realistic and honest which would lead to more mature themes, while Disney+ wanted the show to be more family-friendly. These differences eventually led to Minsky’s departure from the show. When Disney revealed that they were not planning on reviving the ‘Lizzie McGuire’ reboot, it came as a disappointment to many fans.

Despite all this, Hilary Duff says that she is very “optimistic about the possibility of a ‘Lizzie McGuire’ reboot someday.,” adding that she “would love to do it if the right people were involved.” “I think it would be really fun to revisit the character and see where she is now,” Duff added. Aside from this, there is also a lot of fan support for the reboot. A petition on has over 60,000 signatures asking Disney+ to bring the show back. Fans have also been vocal on social media about their support for the reboot.