Need a dose of nostalgia that also happens to be low-key hilarious? Look no further than Younger star Hilary Duff recreating the “magical” Mickey ears from her circa early 2000s “You’re watching Disney Channel” promo. Spoiler alert: It’s as delightfully awkward as ever.
You remember those commercials, right? You couldn’t swing a stick in the ’90s and early 2000s without hitting a chipper Disney star tracing glowing mouse ears on screen. And if you somehow slept through that glorious TV time period, you’ll likely recall that the unintentionally comical behind-the-scenes clips of the commercials went viral late last year.
But while Duff’s original outtake was — if we’re really being honest — hard to watch due to sheer secondhand embarrassment, Duff recreating the moment now is pure nostalgic perfection.
The magic happened when the former Lizzie McGuire lead took part in a round of “Giant Jenga Truth or Dare” for BuzzFeed with her current Younger co-star Sutton Foster. After pulling a dare block, Duff was asked to give the promo one more go.
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Looking none too thrilled at first, the 29-year-old proved to be a good sport about the situation. She flicked her wrist to form those iconic imaginary ears, joking after, “Did I nail it or should I do it again?”
Duff then explained the whole deal to Foster.
“So we have to do the thing, and then they put it in with CGI, like the mouse ears,” she said. “They made us do it, like, 900 times, and I think I had lost all personality at that point. Plus, I was a pubescent teen. I was like, ‘What are they making me do? This is invisible! It’s not cool!'”
In her defense, Duff was only 13 at the time the original promo was shot. We’d probably have been giving someone some major side-eye over the sitch at that age too.
And to Duff’s credit, she’s totally cool with playing the punchline now. “It’s so good. It’s, like, Hilary with a lot of attitude,” she told Foster, adding, “But now I’m happy to do it, because that was hilarious.”