The cast of Hannah Montana – then and now


Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as Ashley Dewitt

One half of antagonistic duo Amber and Ashley, Ashley Dewitt was a rival of Miley and Lilly’s at school. Not thought to be the brightest bulb in the box, she cared more about her appearance and being considered cool over anything else. Although she hated Miley, Ashley was actually a big fan of Hannah Montana and did whatever she could to get noticed by her. That behavior nearly convinced Miley to reveal the truth to her rival, but she held off when she realized Ashley would only like her for her fame.

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle now

While she appeared sporadically as Ashley, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle also had a significant role in another Disney production – “Camp Rock.” The actress appeared in the musical film and its sequel as Ella Pador, a role that allowed her to show off her vocal skills. It came in handy for scoring a part in the Broadway revival of Godspell in 2011. However, things have been relatively quiet since then. After starring in an episode of the sitcom “Baby Daddy” and several short films, little has been heard of her.

Romi Dames as Traci van Horn

When posing as Hannah Montana, Miley was usually surrounded by Lilly and Oliver in their various disguises. However, she did have some famous friends, including Traci van Horn. The socialite was the daughter of her record producer, and the two spent a lot of time together when Miley was playing Hannah. Unfortunately, Traci didn’t get along too well with Lilly posing as Lola Luftnagle, causing tension in Miley’s social circle. The character is best remembered for her prominent nasal voice which was supposedly the result of a deviated septum.

Romi Dames now

A lot of Romi Dames’ time has been spent working on web series in recent years. She voiced multiple characters in animation “Bravoman,” and filled the role of Lena Luthor in another animation, “DC Super Hero Girls.” She also dubbed a voice in “Winx Club” for several years after “Hannah Montana” finished, and starred in “Phineas and Ferb” while it was still on the air. Given that Dames has such a notable voice, it’s unsurprising that most of her acting credits have been for animations.

Mitchel Musso as Oliver Oken

One of Miley’s best friends, Oliver was late to the party when it came to realizing Hannah Montana’s true identity. Although hurt that Miley kept the secret from him, he quickly adapted and became part of her celebrity entourage as Mike Standley III. Oliver’s character was often portrayed to be wimpy and very in touch with his feminine side, although that meant he also had a big heart. From season three onward, he was involved in a relationship with Lilly Truscott, something that took Miley some time to adjust to.

Mitchel Musso now

Mitchel Musso only had a recurring role in the show’s final season because he was already busy moving onto new projects. He starred in the Disney XD sitcom “Pair of Kings” and was the host of reality series “PrankStars.” However, his roles in both of these fell through after he was charged with a DUI in 2011. Fortunately, that run-in with the law didn’t hurt his career too badly, and he’s continued to land acting work since. His latest appearances include gore flick “The Sand” and comedy film “Characterz.”

Jason Earles as Jackson Stewart

The older brother of Miley Stewart, Jackson often viewed himself as the black sheep of the family. While his sister was selling out concerts, he was working at Rico’s Surf Shop trying to get by. Although he harbored some resentment towards Miley because of her success, he showed many times that he cared deeply for her. However, that didn’t stop him from playing up to the big brother role and falling out with her at every opportunity, often in the hope that his dad would pay more attention to him.

Jason Earles now

Jason Earles was already in his late twenties when he started playing a teenager on “Hannah Montana,” so he’d already had some television experience before the show. He’d appeared in the sitcoms “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Phil of the Future,” as well as adventure film “National Treasure.” Since “Hannah Montana” ended, he hasn’t been quite so busy, mainly landing voice roles on the animations “Fish Hooks” and “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.” Since 2018, he’s also had a main role on web series “Hotel Du Loone.”

Tammin Sursok as Siena

Siena was only in “Hannah Montana’s” final season, but she made a huge impact in Jackson’s life. The next door neighbor of the Stewarts, Jackson had an instant attraction to her, but he struggled to talk to her. However, the two bonded and took their friendship to the next level after confessing their true feelings for each other. At one point, Siena was suspicious of Jackson’s connection with Hannah Montana when she caught the two together, but she soon discovered there was more to the pop star than she realized.

Tammin Sursok now

Around the same time that Tammin Sursok was playing Siena in “Hannah Montana,” she was also filling the role of Jenna Marshall in “Pretty Little Liars.” It was a recurring part that she continued until the end, although she had to work around her pregnancy in 2013. After the series finished, Sursok appeared in another show – the comedy series “Aussie Girl” – that was loosely based around her career. Before she’d become a star in America, the actress had found fame in Australia for her soap opera roles and music.

Billy Ray Cyrus as Robby Stewart

Miley’s father and manager, Robby Stewart was very much a fictionalized version of his actor, Billy Ray Cyrus. Despite allowing his daughter to launch into the spotlight as Hannah Montana, he was very reluctant to let her grow up. However, as the series progressed, he had to come to terms with the fact that Miley wasn’t his little girl anymore. Outside of his parental responsibilities, Robby was very childlike in his behavior, and had an intense desire for food. He never liked anyone coming between him and his pie.

Billy Ray Cyrus now

Billy Ray Cyrus was already a star when cast in “Hannah Montana.” He’d had a successful string of country albums throughout the ‘90s, with his time on the Disney series prompting a resurgence in his musical career in the ‘00s. Although Cyrus hasn’t landed any acting roles bigger than “Hannah Montana” since the show ended, he did appear in 26 episodes of comedy series “Still the King” between 2016-17. It came several years after his alleged marriage struggles with Tish Cyrus, which nearly ended in divorce… twice!

Brooke Shields as Susan B. Stewart

Robby’s wife and Miley’s mother, Susan had already passed away by the time that “Hannah Montana” started airing. That didn’t stop her character from cropping up every so often, though. She featured throughout the series in home videos, as well as in flashback sequences, to help her daughter deal with various struggles. This included comforting Miley in a dream when she thought she’d never sing again. Susan was the more responsible of Miley’s parents, but she lost her life in a car accident when the pop star was only ten.

Brooke Shields now

Brooke Shields had quite the résumé when she landed the guest role as Miley Stewart’s mother. Finding fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s as a young actress, Shields status as an icon has never faded away. She’s gone on to appear in shows like drama “Army Wives,” sitcom “The Middle,” and comedy horror “Scream Queens,” as well as several television movies. Most recently, she’s played the recurring roles of River Fields in rom-com drama “Jane the Virgin” and the voice of Mrs. Goodman in animation “Mr. Pickles.”

Moisés Arias as Rico Suave

The son of a billionaire, Rico wasn’t one to show his nice side regularly in the series. He was Jackson’s boss at Rico’s Surf Shop and did whatever he could to make his employee’s life a misery. That usually involved using money as a temptation for him to embarrass himself. Despite being so young, Rico was academically gifted, but he never worked out that it was Miley performing as Hannah Montana all that time. While many people considered him to be evil, the boy did show a vulnerable side occasionally.

Moisés Arias now

Moisés Arias has been doing well for himself post-”Hannah Montana.” He’s featured in multiple episodes of “The Middle” and dramedy series “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” although it’s his film career that’s really taken off. Arias appeared in hits like animation “Despicable Me 2,” musical comedy “Pitch Perfect 3,” and the upcoming romantic drama “Five Feet Apart.” While still on “Hannah Montana,” he also featured in several of Disney’s popular series including fantasy sitcom “Wizards of Waverly Place.” However, he’s since distanced himself from the channel for a more mature image.

Cody Linley as Jake Ryan

Jake Ryan was the primary love interest for Miley throughout the series, although he wasn’t the guy she ended up with. The pair met after Jake became a student at her school, and he took notice of her because she didn’t treat him differently. As a famous child star, he was used to everyone fawning over him and liked that Miley wasn’t like that around him. The two became a couple, but their rocky relationship ended multiple times, with Miley ultimately calling things off after Jake cheated on her.

Cody Linley now

Cody Linley made the most of his time on “Hannah Montana” when he landed a part on the seventh season of reality dancing competition, “Dancing with the Stars.” His partnership with Julianne Hough got him all the way to the semi-finals, although he ultimately finished the series in fourth place. Unfortunately, his success in the competition hasn’t helped his career recently. The star’s most recent roles were in the fourth and fifth “Sharknado” disaster comedy films, the second of which aired back in 2017.

Selena Gomez as Mikayla

Mikayla is essentially the newer version of Hannah Montana, and she resents the pop star because of her greater success. Although both girls are kind and supportive towards each other on camera, it’s a different story behind the scenes. Their feud started after Mikayla told Hannah exactly how she felt during a commercial break for a TV show they were both appearing on. Despite hating her alter ego, though, Mikayla gets along well with Miley and considers the girl her friend because she doesn’t know the truth.

Selena Gomez now

While Mikayla might have resented Hannah Montana’s popularity, Selena Gomez has never had that problem with Miley Cyrus. The same year that she appeared on the show, she received her own series in the form of “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Her starring role as Alex Russo transformed her career, and she’s since gone on to produce five successful albums that have sold millions worldwide. She’s starred in films like musical comedy “The Muppets” and animation “Hotel Transylvania,” and she’s now the executive producer of teen drama “13 Reasons Why.”

Emily Osment as Lilly Truscott

Miley’s loyal best friend and confidante, Lily was originally unaware that her favorite singer was the girl she’d known for years. She felt betrayed when she discovered the truth in the first episode, although all was quickly forgiven. After that, there was no keeping the two characters apart. With a very clumsy and excitable personality, Lilly was very much like Miley, only more of a tomboy. She had an extensive interest in sports, including skateboarding and surfing, a passion that helped her fall for Oliver in the third season.

Emily Osment now

Emily Osment certainly wasn’t a newbie when she joined the cast of “Hannah Montana.” She’d already starred in the “Spy Kids” series of adventure comedy films when she was just hitting double figures, and things only got better from there. After “Hannah Montana,” Osment had a regular voice role on animation “Family Guy,” and she played the lead in the sitcom “Young & Hungry.” She’s kept busy well into 2018, with additional credits in the television film “25” and a recurring role on web series “The Kominsky Method.”

Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana/Miley Stewart

Hannah Montana was the alter ego of Miley Stewart, a Tennessee girl growing up in Malibu. By day, she was a schoolgirl dealing with life as a teenager, but by night, she was a pop star selling millions around the world. While she might have had success as Hannah Montana, though, Miley’s life was far from easy. The struggle of keeping her identity a secret got in the way of things so often that she finally came clean in the final episode, pulling off her blonde wig to reveal who she really was.

Miley Cyrus now

Miley Cyrus’ life has been non-stop since finding fame as Hannah Montana. The music she’s released under her own name has been incredibly successful, with 2013’s “Bangerz” charting at number one and selling over a million copies in the U.S. Although she went through a period of gyrating on foam fingers while performing, Cyrus has since calmed down and returned to her country roots. She’s currently engaged to Liam Hemsworth, with the couple back together again after separating for several years during the singer’s wilder years.