- “Wizards of Waverly Place” premiered on Disney Channel in October 2007.
- The show starred Selena Gomez, David Henri, and Jake T. Austin as siblings with magical powers.
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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.
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.
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.
The oldest Russo child, Justin, was played by David Henrie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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