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What Happened to Adam Lamberg? What Gordo From ‘Lizzie McGuire’ is Up to Now

What Happened to Adam Lamberg? What Gordo From ‘Lizzie McGuire’ is Up to Now

Adam Lamberg captivated Disney fans who tuned into Lizzie McGuire and saw him as Gordo. So, what is Lamberg doing now? It’s not acting. So, Lamberg joined the other cast members on the Disney Channel show for two seasons. He also played Gordo in 2003’s The Lizzie McGuire Movie that Disney had on the books.

Lamberg posted acting credits in I’m Not Rappoport in 1996 and Max Keeble’s Big Move in 2001. After the Disney show ended, Lamberg appeared in the 2005 film When Do We Eat? and a 2008 independent movie, Beautiful Loser. As an aside, Lambert stopped acting after this 2008 film appearance. But he’d committed to come back when an updated Lizzie McGuire series went forth in 2019.

That work happened during the pandemic, which put extra pressure on the actors and crew. Yet everything about it fell apart when Hilary Duff, who played Lizzie in the original series, balked. She wanted to move Lizzie’s character along in life, hopefully in some adult situations. Disney, though, didn’t want that to happen. So the Lizzie reboot is now on the sideline.

Adam Lamberg Stays Clear of Acting Now

We might have gotten a sequence when Lizzie and Gordo get back together for old-time’s sake. But that’s not going to happen now.

Lamberg has not committed to any other acting jobs. He’s been out of the action since that 2008 film. But he’s not been slugging around like a slug. Lamberg went on to attend college at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied geography. He reportedly earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. Then, Lamberg continued his academic studies by seeking a master’s degree in public administration.

According to The Things, Lamberg started working in 2015 as a development associate at the Irish Arts Center in New York City. This also would lead to his fundraising and special events consulting in New York City, Entertainment Weekly reports.

For Lamberg, his life is led away from the public spotlight. You will not find him anywhere on social media. If someone did find his name on one, you can rest assured that it’s a fake one. Lamberg might just have had his fill of acting, even with his willingness to come back for the Lizzie McGuire reboot.

Fans of that show may have wondered why in the world such a beloved show ended after just two seasons.

Contract Issues Put ‘Lizzie McGuire’ On Ice

Reportedly, there were contract issues between the actors and Disney. One report cited Duff as getting $15,000 per episode on the sitcom. When ABC wanted to do a more high school-centric version of the show, that network put up a $30,000-per-episode number on the table.

Duff’s representatives went back to Disney, which owned the intellectual property of Lizzie McGuire. The Disney offer took months to get to Duff. That offer stunk so that pretty much put the end of Lizzie McGuire on the table.

Still, Duff even has held out hope the series reboot could happen at some point. She expressed this feeling while being interviewed by Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. Maybe if this show’s devoted fans started some social media campaign, it might get some attention. Duff did not offer that as a suggestion, though.

Duff’s mother Susan Colleen Duff has had her hand in the middle of negotiations with Disney. When Disney came in with a low-ball offer for Hilary to return, Susan Duff declined it outright. It’s going to take nothing short of a miracle for this show to come back. For now, Adam Lamberg will just live his life away from the world of show business. Maybe he will decide to come back if talks between Disney and Duff heat up again.