Those who grew up on the Disney Channel in the early 2000s may remember Christy Carlson Romano from some of her successful roles: the older sister of “Even Stevens”, the voice of the iconic “Kim Possible” or even the uncompromising drill sergeant in “Cadet Kelly”.
Now, more than a decade later, Romano has stepped out in front of his characters to reintroduce himself to the world – via YouTube and TikTok.
âI originally started the YouTube channel with my husband as a production partner,â Romano, 37, said in a recent interview. âWe started it because a lot of people would come up to me during, you know, appearances that I was making. And they were like, you know, ‘What are you doing?’ and “We miss you” and “What’s going on? What are you doing? ‘… I was like, well, this is a great opportunity.
Romano started “A look back at Christy’s kitchen“ in 2019, cook with other now adult child stars while remembering their past experiences. The series inspired his next cookbook, pushed her into the world of social media and taught her how to connect with her audience.
But it wasn’t the cooking videos that caught people’s attention. Over the past year during the pandemic, Romano’s content has shifted its tone from high-production videos to simple walk-and-talk vlogs, where she opens up to her audience about the behind the scenes of her growth. As an actor.
People have become enthralled with his frankness.
âI just want to thank Christy for her vulnerability, her journey is amazing and insightful and such a beautiful soul what a great role model,â said a the viewer commented on one of their YouTube videos.
“Why pay for Disney + when you can just watch this Christy Carlson Romano TikTok on repeat,” a person wrote in a tweet.
“Christy Carlson Romano’s YouTube channel is essential,” wrote another one, sharing an excerpt from one of Romano’s YouTube videos titled âHow I Lost the Princess Diary to Anne Hathawayâ.
She has amassed over 713,000 subscribers on TikTok and 6.5 million likes. On YouTube, where she has 355,000 subscribers, her most watched video from last year is titled “Why I’m Not Talking to Shia LeBeouf.”
In fact, in many of Romano’s most popular videos, she shares personal stories of childhood fame and the difficult transition to adulthood.
She spoke about her experiences with alcohol (in July, she revealed that she had been sober for five years) and an eating disorder, the fact that she lost so much of the money she made from her Disney days and personal stories from her time on set.
âSome of my experiences are unique, but I have been pretty silent on my interpretations, my experiences, and I have discovered over the last six months, yes I can definitely speak to the side effects of this trip,â said Romano. .
âI have covered a lot of very intense topics about my life, but it has really given people a sense of who I am and what my opinion is, and how I live my life,â she said.
Attention can be a trigger, said Romano, and she’s had to stay in touch with her own anxieties and fears when she decides to upload a more personal video to her account. Although she grew up onscreen, she said she didn’t feel comfortable with audience attention.
Offering so much of herself online has opened her to a new wave of reviews and headlines. Many called his videos clickbait.
âI touched on the issue of click baits in that, yes, they’re click-bait methods, but they deliver on the title promise,â Romano said. âI always do this, where I immediately address itâ¦ and then I sort of pontificate on it. I unpack it. I put a personal touch to it.
For now, she is considering her future as a working mother and carefully planning her next moves. She said she hoped to move away from personal stories while giving her audiences her take on pop culture issues, calling it a “natural progression.” She also told the Disney Channel that she would be ready to mentor a young actor if there was any interest.
âForties, I think, pushed a lot of people who thought they were otherwise fine to the edge,â Romano said. âAnd that’s why mental health has been so important. But again, kids tend to get overlooked because, well, they’re making money. They are famous. They have fun.
Romano said she knew there were many stories she wouldn’t share with the world, items that would violate confidences and friendships. But in many ways, this re-introduction has given her some thought about what she has to offer her audience and people in general.
âIt’s kind of like a brief so far,â Romano said. âBut if I were a young actor, I would follow my page. Because I am, some of them are uplifting stories. But these are my life lessons.â¦ They are genuine and genuine and true.