THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'Wizards of Waverly Place' 12 years later

Disney Channel‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ lasted for four seasons.

On October 12, 2007, “Wizards of Waverly Place” premiered on Disney Channel. The show centered on the Russo family living in New York’s Greenwich Village. On the sitcom, siblings Alex (played by Selena Gomez), Justin (David Henrie), and Max (Jake T. Austin) inherited magical powers from their father (David DeLuise).

The kids trained to become the superior wizard throughout the sitcom’s four seasons, while learning lessons from their parents (who owned the Waverly Sub Station).

Here’s what the cast has been up to since the series debuted on Disney Channel 12 years ago.


Selena Gomez starred as middle child Alex Russo.

Disney ChannelIn the 2013 TV movie ‘The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex,’ she cast a spell that resulted in two versions of herself — a good one and an evil counterpart.

She was sassy and often responded to people with sarcastic remarks. Alex’s careless use of magic landed her in messy situations, but yet, she ended up earning the title of the Family Wizard.


Gomez’s role propelled her to fame, and she’s now a singer, actress, and collaborator with fashion brands.

Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesSelena Gomez won her first Teen Choice Award in 2009.

Since “WOWP,” Gomez has become one of the most popular people on social media and had highly-publicized relationships with Nick Jonas, Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd.

Gomez has also been honoured for her musical achievements and humanitarian work. She voiced the animated character Mavis in the “Hotel Transylvania” films and previously released two albums that peaked at No. 1.

The “Bad Liar” singer has released her own perfume, collaborated with companies like Puma and Coach, and is a UNICEF ambassador.

Her fashion and hairstyles have evolved over the years, and she has been open about her struggles with depression and anxiety. In September 2017, Gomez revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant, which she needed as a result of her lupus.

In 2018, the actress said that she would be taking a break from social media. In October, People reported that Gomez was seeking treatment after an “emotional breakdown.”

The 27-year-old has since returned to the spotlight with a role in a zombie comedy movie called “The Dead Don’t Die,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019.

Read more: Selena Gomez is starring in a new movie with veteran actor Bill Murray, and he admitted that he misjudged her


The oldest Russo child, Justin, was played by David Henrie.

Disney ChannelJustin Russo was a teacher’s pet.

He was quite book smart and eventually became the headmaster of Wiz Tech.


Henrie continues to act, but he’s also writing and directing films. He’s recently became a father, too.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Favoured.byYou might recognise David Henrie as Ted Mosby’s future son on ‘How I Met Your Mother.’

The 30-year-old is directing a coming-of-age film titled “This Is the Year,” which stars his “WOWP” costar Gregg Sulkin.

In April 2017, Henrie reunited with his Disney Channel family when he married former Miss Delaware Maria Cahill. They welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Pia Henrie, in March.

On September 2018, Henrie was arrested for possession of a loaded handgun at Los Angeles International Airport. He later shared an apology online and the LA City Attorney’s Office has reportedly filed charges against Henrie for carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, and possessing a weapon in a sterile area of the airport.


Jake T. Austin portrayed Max Russo.

Disney ChannelHe wasn’t the smartest sibling.

Max loved eating sandwiches, so it wasn’t surprising that his father passed down the family’s Sub Station business to him at the end of the series.


Austin went on to star on Freeform’s “The Fosters” and voice characters in animated movies.

Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for ‘Flipping the Script’Jake T. Austin’s Instagram is filled with photos from his travels around the globe.

He left the show after season two and was replaced by Noah Centineo. In a series of tweets in January 2017, the 24-year-old said that he parted ways with the drama series because he “just wanted to do roles with more substantive content.”

The actor also voiced the character Alex in 2017’s “The Emoji Movie.”

In February 2019, he told Flaunt magazine that he’s filming a drama with material that’s “a little bit heavier, a little bit darker, it’s about addiction, it’s about the choices that we all make and what happens when we make the wrong ones.”


Jennifer Stone played Alex’s quirky best friend Harper Finkle.

Disney ChannelHarper had a big crush on Justin for a long time.

Harper and Alex met in kindergarten and created the “crazy funky hat” song.


After the show ended, Stone stepped away from acting to study psychology and nursing.

Jennifer Stone/InstagamJennifer Stone has been open about dealing with type 1 diabetes.

“I’d been acting since I was six, so I took a break to go to school to just make sure that this is what I wanted to do and to just explore other options,” the 26-year-old told International Business Times.

Now, Stone is back to acting and will star in a holiday movie called “Santa Girl.”


Theresa Russo was played by Maria Canals-Barrera.

Disney ChannelAlex often went to her mother for advice.

She wasn’t fond of her children using magic around the house.


Canals-Barrera has guest-starred on shows like “Fuller House,” “The Last Man Standing,” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

Steve Granitz/WireImageMaria Canals-Barrera in October 2019.

She also starred as Daniela on the short-lived show “Cristela.” When the 52-year old isn’t acting, she’s attending concerts with her daughters or showing support for her “WOWP” co-stars on social media.


David DeLuise starred as patriarch Jerry Russo.

Disney ChannelThe kids learned about the correct uses of magic through Jerry.

He was once a wizard, but gave up his powers so he could marry Theresa (a mortal).


DeLuise has directed Nickelodeon series and continues appearing on shows and movies.

David DeLuise/InstagramDavid DeLuise also directed a few episodes of ‘WOWP.’

DeLuise guest-starred on “Grey’s Anatomy, “Hawaii Five-0,” and “Baby Daddy.” Most recently, he appeared in the drama film “Unbroken: Path to Redemption.”

The 47-year-old also never passes up an opportunity to post a Disney Channel throwback.


Gregg Sulkin played Mason Greyback, Alex’s werewolf boyfriend.

Disney ChannelMason Greyback was afraid of clowns.

He was mentioned on season two, but physically appeared and met Alex on season three. They had an on-again, off-again relationship.


Gregg Sulkin currently stars as Chase Stein on Marvel’s Hulu series “Runaways.”

FOX Image Collection via Getty ImagesGregg Sulkin in August 2019.

Season three of “Runaways” hits Hulu on Friday, December 13.

He also had a recurring role as Ezra Fitzgerald’s brother, Wesley Fitzgerald, on “Pretty Little Liars” and starred on MTV’s “Faking It.”

Sulkin also revealed that he’s writing an autobiography.

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