Andrea Lewis recently shared her memorable experience working alongside Hilary Duff in the beloved Disney Channel Original Movie, Cadet Kelly. The 2002 film saw Duff as Kelly Collins, navigating the challenges of military school and forming a lasting friendship with Lewis’ character, Carla.

Reflecting on her time in the project, Lewis revealed her initial excitement about joining a Disney production. She fondly recalled being a fan of Disney Channel hits like Even Stevens and Lizzie McGuire. However, Lewis did not fully grasp the magnitude of the project until she saw Duff and Christy Carlson Romano at the read-through. Lewis described the shoot as one of the most enjoyable experiences of her career, praising Duff and her mother for their encouragement – even crediting them with influencing her and her own mother’s decision to pursue opportunities in Los Angeles.

Years later, Lewis still encounters fans who recognize her from Cadet Kelly. One surprising revelation during the pandemic was discovering the film’s impact as a “coming out” movie for many in the LGBTQ+ community. Neither Lewis nor her co-stars initially viewed the film through this lens, making the association an eye-opening experience for them.

Hilary Duff also acknowledged the “queer coded” aspects of the film, brought to her attention by fellow actress Tien Tran. Similarly, Christy Carlson Romano reflected on her YouTube channel about the film’s role in helping many girls identify their sexuality. Both actresses expressed pride and surprise at the film’s deeper cultural significance.

What are your thoughts on Cadet Kelly and its impact over the years? Share your memories and join the conversation in the comments below!

Source: Lexy Perez