Amanda Joy “AJ“ Michalka, one-half of the musical duo who rose to prominence on the Disney Channel, revealed that she and her sister Aly Michalka almost had starring roles on Hannah Montana. The news comes just days after Hannah Montana casting director Lisa London shared that two actresses, Gossip Girl regular Taylor Momsen and Victorious star Daniella Monet, nearly got the titular role over the show’s eventual lead Miley Cyrus.
But now, AJ says that sister Aly nearly got the wig herself.
“I adore Lisa London but I have some tea beyond the tea to spill,” AJ wrote on the duo’s joint Twitter account on August 21. “Gary Marsh originally offered the role of ‘Hannah Montana’ to Aly and I was offered the role of ‘Lilly Truscott.'” Marsh was the Disney Channel president for 33 years, before stepping down in 2021. The role of Lilly Truscott, Miley’s best friend, was eventually played by Emily Osment.
AJ continued, “(I know this so doesn’t matter but thought I’d chime in).”
Before the Hannah Montana auditions, Aly played best friend and eventual love interest Keely Teslow on Phil of the Future. Both sisters starred as spoiled rich kids-turned-farmers in the 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie, Cow Belles. Maybe in an alternate universe, we’d get the best of both worlds.
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