Although her last “Lizzie McGuire” concert tour was four years ago, Hilary Duff’s career is still as strong as ever. Married to Canadian NHL player Mike Comrie since the fall of 2010, the now-23-year-old Disney darling is all grown up. Her first young adult novel, Elixir, was published in hardcover in October 2010 and released in paperback earlier this month. Devoted, a sequel, will be released this fall. Earlier this year she starred in Bloodworth as the teenage daughter of a promiscuous, alcoholic mother, and she’s also scheduled to appear in two upcoming independent films: The Story of Bonnie and Clyde and She Wants Me.

“I still feel like I’m transitioning! It’s a long process. I think about the frustrations I have sometimes—if I don’t get a certain part that I want or someone’s like, ‘Oh my God, I know you. You’re from Disney!’ I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ You have to accept where you come from and be proud of it,” she told the press about her Disney past.

“The best advice is not railing against your past. Just move forward and take your time and be conscious about the steps you take before you take them, because every move you make is so crucial. It’s really important to just sit back and really enjoy your success [and] not be embarrassed of where you came from,” she advised other starlets. Look like a starlet yourself in these glam Gucci sunglasses, which Hilary wore while toting her Louis Vuitton bag around town.

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