The Shocking Suite Life Casting Secrets That’ll Make Your Jaw Drop
Even though you may have considered yourself one of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’s biggest fans, chances are you didn’t know everything there was to know about the show and its cast. For starters, the SL actors were involved with WAY more scandals than your little innocent self could’ve ever wrapped its head around. Also, it turns out a TON of people actually had some pretty effed-up theories about the series, which, if you actually sit down and think about, Kindasorta made sense.
But most importantly, while you came to love to Disney series (and it’s spin-off, The Suite Life on Deck) in the end, it turns out that the comedy hits could’ve been WAY different if things had originally gone as planned when they were in the casting room.
1. Ashley Tisdale originally tried out for London Tipton — Even though Ash went into her Disney audition with London in mind, the show’s execs felt she would be better suited to play Maddie, and had her read for that role instead. But even though the blonde didn’t get to play the materialistic ditz on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, she got her chance at the fun character when High School Musical rolled around a year later.
2. And Brenda Song auditioned for Maddie Fitzpatrick — While the Asian beauty became known for playing The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’s ditsy heiress, she initially tried out for the much smarter role of Maddie Fitzpatrick. The switcheroo that the two actresses went through was played out in a season-2 episode of TSL called “The Suite Smell of Success,” where the two characters switch lives.
3. The Rosso twins got their Suite Life roles by accident — When Milly and Becky Rosso attended a taping of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody over a decade ago, they had no idea where their lives would be headed.”We were discovered by chance, by the executive producer of the show,” Milly told KidzWorld. “She heard that we were English and we were twins, and she asked us to audition for the show. So, we took acting lessons for several months and we auditioned to be on one episode, and they liked how we played the characters, so they put us in seven episodes!” NBD!
4. Luke Benward auditioned for Moose — The role of Bailey Pickett’s boyfriend on The Suite Life on Deck was eventually played by Hutch Dano, but it almost went to the Ravenswood star. In fact, Luke’s audition tape is still up on YouTube, so if you want to swoon hardcore at his little bowl cut and cute grin, you can do so any time you want!