Ten-hut! Hilary Duff rose to fame enjoying Lizzie McGuire within the Disney present of the identical title, however true followers will always remember her different massive project from that period: Cadet Kelly.
The Texas native portrayed the titular Kelly within the Disney Channel Original Movie, which premiered in March 2002. That year additionally noticed the discharge of different beloved DCOMs, together with Get a Clue starring Lindsay Lohan and Gotta Kick It Up! with America Ferrera, however Cadet Kelly was arguably the largest standout.
The movie follows Kelly Collins, a metropolis lady pressured to maneuver to the nation after her mother marries Joe (Gary Cole), who turns into the commandant of a close-by army college. Because it’s the one college within the space, Kelly has to go there too, however her free-spirited persona makes it robust for her sustain with the rigidity of the establishment.
Though Kelly makes a good friend in Carla (Andrea Lewis) and develops a crush on Brad (Shawn Ashmore), she additionally finds a nemesis in Jennifer (Christy Carlson Romano), who’s decided to implement the foundations in any respect prices. By the top of the film, nonetheless, Kelly and Jennifer come to grasp one another, particularly after Kelly helps lead the drill workforce to their greatest regionals efficiency ever.
While Kelly and Jennifer each nurse crushes on Brad all through the film, some followers have lengthy believed that the duo truly had emotions for one another. Duff had no concept that some viewers interpret the film as being “queer-coded” till her How I Met Your Father costar Tien Tran pointed it out.
“She was like, ‘Oh, my God. It is a moment in the queer community. All that close-talking with Jennifer,’” the Younger alum told Cosmopolitan in January 2022. “I didn’t know that. But if it helped anyone, I hope so.”
Romano, for her half, is simply pleased that viewers are nonetheless speaking in regards to the film years after its launch.
“Even if it’s a Disney Channel film, it’s still a piece of art. And the reason why my films and TV shows have done well over time is because they have substantial value that obviously rings true with the fans and fans of all ages,” she instructed MTV News in March 2017. “I feel very blessed to have played Jennifer Stone, because I do think that if she could have influence over people going through all sorts of different things, then that’s very flattering to me.”
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