Hilary Duff: 'Torturous' Being Known As Lizzie McGuire

Lindsay McCane

Hilary Duff probably wouldn't have the success she does today if she hadn't starred on the Disney Channel's hit teen series, Lizzie McGuire. However, Duff said it was "torturous" being known as her at times.

During a recent interview with PrideSource, Hilary opened up about her time on the show, and how difficult it can be being associated with her longtime character.

"As torturous as it has been at some points in my life to be Lizzie McGuire, I think that when that show came out, it was such a part of who I was, I didn't feel like I was playing a part," she said, according to Entertainment Tonight. "The writers all knew me so well and were writing things that were happening in my life and things that I would say, and I was dressing exactly like I wanted. It was so me."

As annoying as it can be, Duff, who has a 3-year-old son, Luca, with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Mike Comrie, says she is grateful for the opportunity she had to be on the show, even if it was a bit "torturous."

"I don't think during the filming it was torturous. I loved it during the filming. I just didn't know what a success the show was gonna be, and after that -- four years, five years after that -- and I was still Lizzie McGuire to people and that was super annoying. Now it's not. I don't care now. I'm grateful for it."

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"Oh my gosh. I would be so accepting. … Ah, it could almost make me cry. I feel like... that must be such a lonely place if you don't feel accepted by your family," she said. "I can't imagine. So, 100 percent, I feel like I would notice all the signs and be the first one to bring it up if I had to, and I would want him to wholeheartedly be himself and know that that was accepted by me."

Years after the Lizzie McGuire chapter of her life, Hilary Duff is still as successful as ever. She is currently starring on TV Land's Younger, and has a new album called Breathe In. Breathe Out.

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