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In the late aughts and the early 2010s, Disney Channel’s legendary line-up of tween sitcoms on the Disney Channel included an important role in Wizards of Waverly Place. From 2007 to 2012, the battle between the Russo brothers to see who would get to preserve their magical talents was an absolute must-watch thanks to the show’s catchy theme tune, extended narrative arcs, and mystical plotting. During its existence, the show was nominated for two Emmys, and it spawned two movies developed specifically for television. The event also brought the multitalented Selena Gomez to the general public’s attention. Since the final episode of Wizards of Waverly Place aired in 2012, the cast has been busy with various endeavors in and outside the entertainment industry.
Selena Gomez as Alex Russo
Alex Russo, played by Selena Gomez, was the sassy, devious, and frequently immoral character who drove the plot of Wizards of Waverly Place. Despite her weaknesses, Alex regularly (or at the very least on occasion) demonstrated depth and nuance, and a significant part of the credit for this goes to Selena Gomez’s assured acting choices. In addition to that, she was seen wearing some of the most amazing clothing of the early 2010s. Gomez was on Barney and Friends and had a recurring part on Hannah Montana before she joined the Wizards of Waverly Place cast, both of which are hit shows on the Disney Channel. Following the conclusion of Wizards of Waverly Place, Gomez went on to voice the character of Mavis in the Hotel Transylvania franchise, and she is presently starring in the comedy/mystery series Only Murders in the Building on Hulu. Gomez is a gifted musician responsible for performing the theme song for the television show Wizards of Waverly Place. She is now working on new music and receiving many nominations for Grammys. Gomez was also the topic of the Apple Original documentary titled “My Mind and Me,” which earned a lot of positive feedback. Gomez’s mental health and her struggles with bipolar disorder were the primary subjects of the documentary film that Alek Keshishian shot and directed.
David Henrie as Justin Russo
David Henrie is the actor who portrays Justin, Alex’s older brother and the intellectual member of the Russo family. Before getting the role of Justin on Wizards of Waverly Place, Henrie was most known for playing Ted Mosby’s son in How I Met Your Mother. This role helped Henrie gain widespread recognition. More recently, Henrie directed the teen comedy This is the Year, released in 2020, and he also appeared in the film as the character Sebastian. (Selena Gomez was involved in the production as an executive producer.) In the forthcoming biography of Reagan, Henrie will take on the role of President Ronald Reagan. In addition, Henrie will direct, and executive produce the upcoming film Boys of Summer.
Jake T. Austin as Max Russo
Before being cast as the goofy youngest sibling Max Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place, Jake T. Austin was most well-known for providing the voice of Diego, Dora’s cousin who is passionate about animals, in the long-running Nick Jr. show Go, Diego, Go. More recently, Austin portrayed Jesus Foster in the ABC Family series The Fosters from 2013 to 2015. The series ran for three seasons. Austin competed on the 23rd season of Dancing With the Stars as well as a contestant. (He was the first person to be removed, even before Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas. Austin’s jive and cha-cha-cha performances did not impress the judges.) In the movies Justice League vs. Teen Titans and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, Jake T. Austin provided the voice of Jaime Reyes. In more recent times, you may have seen him in the suspense film Adverse, which also starred Mickey Rourke and Sean Astin.
David DeLuise as Jerry Russo
David DeLuise is the actor who portrays Jerry Russo, the patriarch of the Russo family and the proprietor of a sandwich business who was formerly a wizard. Since the late 1970s, DeLuise has been working as an actor. Before obtaining the role of Jerry Russo, he has been in recurring roles on several television episodes, such as 3rd Rock From the Sun, Gilmore Girls, and Jesse. Following the conclusion of Wizards, he has since appeared as a guest on several television shows, including Shameless and This Is Us. Most recently, DeLuise has been cohosting a podcast called “Wizards of Waverly Pod,” a rewatch of the show Wizards of Waverly Place.
Maria Canals-Barrera as Theresa Russo
Theresa, Alex, Justin, and Max all have a human mother, played by Maria Canals-Barrera. Canals-Barrera began her career in television with an appearance in an episode of 21 Jump Street. Since then, she has maintained a consistent work schedule, starring in films such as America’s Sweethearts and Master of Disguise. She has also done considerable voice work on iconic cartoons such as The Proud Family, The Boondocks, and Justice League. Her work in these cartoons has been well received. It’s possible that you heard Canals-Barrera’s voice in Teen Titans: Judas Contract not too long ago, where it was featured alongside that of her co-star on Wizards of Waverly Place, Jake T. Austin. Canals-Barrera is now playing Sunset Boulevardez in the film The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, in which she previously portrayed the character.
Jennifer Stone as Harper Finkle
Jennifer Stone portrays Alex’s best friend, Harper Finkle, a human who does not originally know of the existence of wizards. Stone made her television debut on the sitcom House, where she played the “patient of the week” part before winning the position she is best known for on Wizards of Waverly Place. In addition, she appeared in the movie “Secondhand Lions.” Stone just finished her nursing degree and has worked in the emergency room since then. In addition to that, she is a cohost on the “Wizards of Waverly Pod” alongside David DeLuise.
Gregg Sulkin as Mason Greyback
Mason, Alex’s werewolf crush, was portrayed by Gregg Sulkin in the show. Before his roles in Seasons 3 and 4 of Wizards of Waverly Place, Sulkin starred in the British adaptation of the show As the Bell Rings, which aired on Disney Channel in the United States. In addition, he was a guest star in two episodes of the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, which is based on Doctor Who. His most recent role was as Kale in the film. This Is the Year, directed by David Henrie. In addition, Sulkin was in the music video for Bebe Rexha’s song “I’m a Mess.” In addition, you can catch him in the forthcoming World War II film Six Triple Eight and the television series World on Fire.
Bridgit Mendler as Juliet Van Heusen
On Wizards of Waverly Place, Seasons 2 through 4, Juliet Van Heusen played the role of Justin Russo’s vampire girlfriend. She appeared in all four seasons. Bridgit Mendler, an actress, played the role of the character. Mendler is most known for his roles as Charlie in the Disney Channel sitcom Good Luck, Charlie and Lemonade Mouth, an original film from Disney Channel. In the short-lived Netflix sitcom Merry Happy Whatever, she portrayed the role of Emily Quinn, and she is currently attending both MIT and Harvard for her education.
Even though the cast of Wizards has continued to be active in various jobs and projects following the program’s conclusion, several have shown interest in being included in any prospective reboot or reunion. Jennifer Stone stated, “It’s just a matter of having the right story to tell and timing.” The current moment is also the ideal opportunity for you to give Wizards of Waverly Place another look.