In 2000, Christy Carlson Romano happened to be one of the Disney Channel’s biggest names. During her childhood she took acting classes and when she grew up to a teenager, she appeared in front of the camera. Her talent led to her getting a lead role in two major shows. She had a lot of fun at Disney, and some of the series she appeared in include Even Stevens, Cadet Kelly, and Kim Possible. So what is she up to?
When she was a teenager, she began to struggle with alcohol consumption and depression. In a 2019 vogue essay, she said people don’t understand that child actors usually have an inflated ego to mask the lack of idea about their identity. This is a defense mechanism used by many young people. She recalled having two friends who committed suicide during her teenage years. It was hard to understand what they were going through psychologically, and while she doesn’t understand their reasons, she has an idea of what they were going through. She also struggled with her career and relationships for ten years before deciding to go back to school and focus on herself.
Romano blames alcohol for nearly ruining her life and the constant depression. The use of alcohol had a lot of influence on the negative thoughts she had. She did not understand her self-esteem and was not responsible for her actions. She said, “I was kind of numb about what I was doing to people.” She stopped drinking because of her first pregnancy and she has never looked back since. She says quitting the habit brought many benefits, such as being happier, looking younger, and being consistent. She was able to grow and learn more about herself and her emotional journey from her days at Disney and realized she can do a lot. “It’s a better way of life not to have alcohol in your life,” she concluded.
The actor has recently been trying to make a comeback in acting, although she spends most of her time as a parent working on her YouTube channel. The actress married Brendan in 2013 and they have two daughters, Sophia and Isabella. Looking back on her time at Disney, Romano said she knew there was life outside of acting, and even though she felt like getting out, she knew she would carry on. “I knew I had passions, and I knew I wanted to direct.” she said, and in 2016 she directed her first film, Christmas All Over Again.
She considers it a memory from her time at Disney and was excited to broaden her scope in the film industry. The movie she confessed was more personal. Her husband also happened to be one of the film’s writers. With the rampant changes in the media, Romano has changed with it. She chose to determine what type of content she wanted to create on her YouTube platform. She said, “Even those who are established are transitioning to creating content this way because there is no red tape to cut, including myself.” The Even Stevens actress stated in Vogue that the beauty of today’s entertainment industry is that anyone can create whatever they want, and she chose that.
Combining entertainment and cooking
In 2019, she combined her love of entertainment and cooking and cast the first episode of her series known as Christy’s Kitchen Throwback. She said the videos would allow her fans to see a new version of her where she talks about kitchenware and cooking with everyone, including former stars and current YouTube entities.
Like other child stars who have switched to YouTube, the former child actress is very open on her channel. She has over 380,000 subscribers to her channel who listen to her advice, watch her cooking videos and Disney throwbacks. She even discusses her relationship with Shia LaBeouf when they were teenagers. The videos show Romano at her best. For those wondering what the beginnings of the child did, tune in to her channel, the Christy Carlson Romano channel, on YouTube.