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Duff at her wedding shoot for Vogue in 2019
Hilary Erhard Duff
September 28, 1987
Houston, Texas, U.S.
(m. 2010; div. 2016)
|Relatives||Haylie Duff (sister)|
Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of various accolades, including seven Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, four Teen Choice Awards and two Young Artist Awards.
Hilary Erhard Duff was born on September 28, 1987, in Houston, Texas. Her parents are Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of convenience stores, and Susan Colleen Duff (née Cobb), a homemaker turned film and music producer. Duff has one older sister named Haylie. She was raised between Houston and San Antonio, the locations of her father's convenience stores. Encouraged by their mother, both Hilary and her sister enrolled in acting, singing and ballet classes. The siblings earned roles in local theater productions, and later participated in a touring BalletMet production of The Nutcracker in San Antonio. Increasingly interested in the pursuit of show business, the Duff sisters and their mother moved to California in 1993, while their father stayed in Houston to take care of his business. The sisters auditioned for several years and were cast in many television commercials. Due to her acting career, Duff was home-schooled from the age of eight. The pair also modeled for various clothing brands. Duff stated, "My sister and I really showed an interest in [performing] and dedication, and [our mother] was like, 'How can I tell my kids no?' It's the same as kids that are going into sports. Parents support them and push them."
Duff began her acting career at a young age, quickly being labeled a teen idol, as the title character of the television series, Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004), and in the film based on the series, The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003).
Thereafter, she appeared in numerous mainstream films such as Cadet Kelly (2002), Agent Cody Banks (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) and A Cinderella Story (2004). She later appeared in independent films playing a wider range of roles, such as War, Inc. (2008), According to Greta (2009), and The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019). From 2015 to 2021, Duff starred as Kelsey Peters in TV Land’s longest-running original series Younger, for which she received two People's Choice Awards nominations. As of 2022, she produces and stars in How I Met Your Father as the lead role, Sophie.
Duff first came to prominence in the music industry after releasing her debut studio album, the Christmas-themed Santa Claus Lane (2002), through Buena Vista Records. Her second album, Metamorphosis (2003), was hugely successful, topping the Billboard 200 chart and earning a 3× Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). She enjoyed significant commercial success with her subsequent Platinum and Gold-certified albums released through Hollywood Records; Hilary Duff (2004), Most Wanted (2005) and Dignity (2007). Following a hiatus from music, Duff signed with RCA Records for her fifth album, Breathe In. Breathe Out. (2015). Duff has been hailed as an inspiration by subsequent Disney teen stars such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Bridgit Mendler and Selena Gomez, and has sold an estimated 15 million records worldwide.
In addition to music and acting, she has also co-authored a trilogy of novels, beginning with Elixir (2010), which became a New York Times best seller, and followed by the sequels Devoted (2011) and True (2013). Duff's success in the entertainment industry led her to venture into business with fashion lines of her own such as Stuff by Hilary Duff, Femme for DKNY, and the "Muse x Hilary Duff" collection, a collaborative effort with GlassesUSA which was credited to have boosted GlassesUSA's sales for its premium brands. She has also invested in a number of businesses ranging from cosmetics to children's products.During her initial acting years, Duff primarily played minor roles, such as her uncredited part in the Hallmark Entertainment western miniseries True Women (1997) and as an uncredited extra in the ensemble comedy-drama Playing by Heart (1998). The same year, Duff landed her first major role as Wendy in Casper Meets Wendy, based on the Harvey Comics characters. After appearing in the supporting role of Ellie in the television film The Soul Collector (1999), Duff received a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress). In March 2000, Duff appeared as a sick child in the CBS medical drama series Chicago Hope. She was next cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC comedy series Daddio. Her Daddio co-star Michael Chiklis stated, "After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife, 'This young girl is gonna be a movie star.' She was completely at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin." However, producers dropped Duff from the cast prior to the airing of the show.
Duff released a children's picture book titled My Little Brave Girl in March 2021, which was published by Random House Children's and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley. Duff said that she was inspired to write this book by her daughter Banks. The book is aimed to mothers and also daughters aged 3 to 7 and it is a "beautiful and inspiring book about bravery and love". This was Duff's fourth overall book release. The book debuted at #8 on the New York Times best-seller list on the children's picture books category. Furthermore, she collaborated with the romper company Smash + Tess to design a collection of rompers for mothers and their young children, which was launched on February 23, 2021, and reportedly sold out within minutes.
Duff announced in April 2021 that she would star in a spinoff of How I Met Your Mother titled How I Met Your Father. In addition to starring as main character Sophie, Duff is also a producer on the show. A ten-episode run was ordered by Hulu, with This Is Us co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger named as the creators of the show. Filming for the spinoff began in August 2021 in Los Angeles. Just three days into filming the series, Duff contracted COVID-19, pausing the show's shoot. The series premiered on January 18, 2022. The first season was met with mixed reception. On February 15, 2022, Hulu renewed the series for a 20-episode second season.
On May 18, 2022, Duff became the first-ever chief mom officer of the children's apparel company Carter’s.
With her debut, Duff's music featured prominent pop and pop rock elements. Duff cited listening to rock music as a child for the main influence behind the theme. She worked heavily with The Matrix for her second studio album, leading critics to compare the effort to releases from artists such as Avril Lavigne, Ashlee Simpson and Lindsay Lohan. These themes were featured more prominently on her third studio album, Hilary Duff. The album makes further use of strong drum and guitar beats. Duff co-wrote multiple songs for the album, with the lyrics speaking on topics such as criticism, following your dreams, and love. The new material featured on her Most Wanted (2005) compilation album began to see Duff transfer towards a more pop and dance friendly sound. This was later expanded upon for her fourth studio album, Dignity (2007). Dignity was heavily influenced by Europop, hip hop, and rock 'n roll. Duff described the music as "dance", "rock", and "electro". Duff co-wrote all but one of the songs on the album, which dealt with topics including her stalker, her breakup with Joel Madden, and her parents' divorce. Following its release, critics stated the album was "slightly ahead of its time."
Duff's 2014 releases featured a more folk influenced, "earthy" indie pop sound compared to her previous releases. The album's lead single was planned to be "All About You" (2014) and, among other instruments, it featured a banjo and an acoustic sound. Instead of the original plans, Duff released a dance-pop record which balanced EDM with the folk pop sound originally planned for the record. This album consolidated Duff as a dance-pop singer.
Legacy and public image
Following the launch of Lizzie McGuire, Duff received a significant amount of fame and media attention. The series proved to be a major hit for the network, and led to a string of merchandising that included Lizzie McGuire dolls, video games, plush figures, and even McDonald's Happy Meal Toys. The success of The Lizzie McGuire Movie "indicated that Duff's television fanbase could be migrated to film." Following her success from Lizzie McGuire, Richard Huff of the New York Daily News called Duff "a 2002 version of Annette Funicello" but admitted that the character of Lizzie McGuire was both a blessing and burden for her. In 2003, Huff stated that Duff's public image is "tied" to Lizzie McGuire. "
Duff was credited with the revival of Hollywood Records following the release of Metamorphosis (2003). The San Fernando Valley Business Journal wrote that the album was "giving Hollywood Records a needed shot in the arm" after a decline in CD sales during the previous two years had forced the label to reduce costs and alter its operation. Hilliard Lyons analyst Jeffrey Thomison cited Metamorphosis as a reflection of Disney's ability to develop "great synergy between their cable, film and music segments" Duff's transition from Disney star to successful singer became a formula that Hollywood Records tried to implement with future acts such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Bridgit Mendler among others. Artists such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer have all cited Duff as influences on their careers.
Her song "Come Clean" (2003) was used as the theme song to the MTV reality series Laguna Beach, which is in turn credited with helping promote the song in the United States. Her song "Sweet Sixteen" (2003) was used as the theme for the MTV reality series of the same name. Multiple dates on her Most Wanted Tour to promote Hilary Duff (2004) sold out in minutes. She sold over fifteen million albums by 2014.
Following the birth of her son in 2012, Duff said that it took her a year for her to lose her baby weight and that she lost nearly 50 pounds by 2013. Duff stated that she revamped her diet and hired a personal trainer. Duff's slow but healthy method in shedding off her post-pregnancy weight was praised by health experts and was looked up to by actress Tia Mowry, who cited Duff as her idol in taking up a healthy and safer way to lose the excess weight gained during pregnancy. Duff has credited her weight loss success to a balanced lifestyle and the practice of flexible "macro counting" or IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) because it makes for allowances in indulgences such as bread and chocolate.
In 2001, it was confirmed that Duff was in a relationship with fellow teen star Aaron Carter. He later guest-starred in an episode of Lizzie McGuire with Duff. The relationship garnered media attention with reports of a love triangle between Duff, Carter, and actress Lindsay Lohan. Duff and Carter continued an on-again-off-again relationship for three years, before ultimately ending their relationship.
In July 2004, 16-year-old Duff began dating Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, who was then 25 years old. After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff's mother Susan announced their relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine. Madden worked with Duff on her compilation album, Most Wanted. In November 2006, Duff and Madden broke up.
Duff began dating Canadian National Hockey League (NHL) player Mike Comrie in 2007. Duff and Comrie announced their engagement in February 2010, and married on August 14, 2010, in Santa Barbara, California. Duff announced her pregnancy in 2011, and gave birth to their son on March 20, 2012. On January 10, 2014, Duff and Comrie announced that they had amicably separated and would continue to co-parent their son. In February 2015, Duff filed for divorce from Comrie, citing irreconcilable differences, and requesting primary physical and legal joint child custody of their son. The divorce was finalized in February 2016.
Following her split from Comrie, Duff dated personal sports trainer Jason Walsh from August 2015 until November 2016. She also briefly dated businessman Ely Sandvik in the summer of 2017, when she and Koma took a temporary break from their relationship.
Duff began dating singer-songwriter Matthew Koma in January 2017. They worked together for her 2015 album Breathe In. Breathe Out.; the title track is a track he co-wrote and produced. They announced she was pregnant with their first child together, a girl on June 8, 2018. On October 25, 2018, Duff gave birth to their first daughter. Duff and Koma then became engaged in May 2019, and were then married on December 21, 2019. On October 24, 2020, Duff announced her third pregnancy via Instagram. On March 24, 2021, the couple's second child together, also a daughter, was born.
On January 31, 2005, Duff began taking classes at Harvard University as part of the Harvard Extension School. On February 4, she wrote on her website that she was taking classes "for Harvard University." Her statement upset some students at Harvard, who felt that she did not have the right to claim she was attending Harvard University, when she was attending its Extension School. The Harvard Crimson published a scathing opinion piece which insulted both Duff and the Extension School. The following week, The Harvard Crimson published a letter to the editor which criticized the opinion piece.
Duff has involved herself with various philanthropic activities. For natural disasters, she donated $250,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in addition to donating over 2.5 million meals to Hurricane Katrina victims in the southern US in 2005. In August 2006, Duff traveled to a New Orleans elementary school and worked with USA Harvest to distribute meals.
She has helped various youth charities and is a member of Kids with a Cause. Duff has also served on the advisory board of the Audrey Hepburn Child Benefit Fund and the Celebrity Council of Kids with a Cause. In October 2008, Duff starred in a public service announcement for The Think Before You Speak Campaign by Ad Council and GLSEN to prevent youth from using anti-LGBT vocabulary, such as the phrase "That's So Gay." In July 2009, Duff was named as a youth ambassador to the children of the Colombian capital, Bogotá. As a Youth Ambassador, she spent five days in the country, distributing backpacks filled with food to needy children.
In 2012, Duff was actively involved in the Johnson's Baby Cares campaign. The campaign included activities such as sending care kits and care cards to new mothers across the U.S. as a motivation. It also raises funds for children and poor families together with Save The Children.
In November 2013, Duff teamed up with Duracell in Canada for a campaign for kids in hospitals. The campaign called Powering Holiday Smiles donated 20,000 batteries to hospitals across Canada. In order to promote the campaign, Duff visited The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. She discussed the campaign on Breakfast Television Toronto, a radio show, and in numerous magazine interviews.
She has participated in various online charity campaigns, including a partnership with Claritin, and raising relief efforts for the 2018 Hanalei floods via sales of her "Muse x Hilary Duff Collection". She was also one of the celebrities who participated in the 2017 telethon for the Houston floods and contributed an essay about the devastating effect the hurricane left on her hometown on Marie Claire's official website.
In 2020, aside from sharing a donation of a sum of money with her husband Matthew Koma for the Australian bushfires relief efforts, Duff also donated baby products to parents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic via her "Happy Little Camper" brand. In October that year, she launched the "Veeda in Action" donation campaign, via her feminine care line "Veeda". Partnering up with PERIOD, "a global, youth-powered non-profit that is fighting to end period poverty and period stigma through service, education, and advocacy", the donation campaign ran through the month of October to donate period products to those in need.
|1998||Casper Meets Wendy||Wendy|
|2001||Human Nature||Young Lila Jute|
|2003||Agent Cody Banks||Natalie Connors|
|The Lizzie McGuire Movie||Lizzie McGuire/Isabella Parigi||Main role/Dual role|
|Cheaper by the Dozen||Lorraine Baker|
|2004||A Cinderella Story||Samantha "Sam" Montgomery|
|Raise Your Voice||Terri Fletcher|
|In Search of Santa||Princess Crystal||Voice role|
|2005||The Perfect Man||Holly Hamilton|
|Cheaper by the Dozen 2||Lorraine Baker|
|2006||Material Girls||Tanzie Marchetta||Also producer|
|2008||War, Inc.||Yonica Babyyeah|
|2009||Stay Cool||Shasta O'Neil|
|What Goes Up||Lucy Diamond|
|According to Greta||Greta||Also executive producer|
|2010||Beauty & the Briefcase||Lane Daniels|
|2012||She Wants Me||Kim Powers|
|Foodfight!||Sunshine Goodness||Voice role|
|2014||Wings: Sky Force Heroes|
|2016||Flock of Dudes||Amanda L. Benson|
|2018||Meet Your Tooth Fairy||Twinkle||Voice role|
|2019||The Haunting of Sharon Tate||Sharon Tate||Also executive producer|
|1999||The Soul Collector||Ellie||Television film|
|2000||Chicago Hope||Jessie Seldon||Episode: "Cold Hearts"|
|2001–2004||Lizzie McGuire||Elizabeth "Lizzie" McGuire||Lead role|
|2001–2005||Express Yourself||Herself||Interstitial series|
|2002||Cadet Kelly||Kelly Collins||Television film/ main character|
|2003 & 2005||George Lopez||Stephanie / Kenzie||Episodes: "Team Leader", "George's Grand Slam"|
|2003||American Dreams||The Shangri-Las member||Episode: "Change a Comin"|
|2004||Frasier||Britney||Voice role; Episode: "Frasier-Lite"|
|2005||Joan of Arcadia||Dylan Samuels||Episode: "The Rise & Fall of Joan Girardi"|
|Dear Santa||Herself||Television film|
|2006||Rebelde||Cameo / 1 episode|
|2007||The Andy Milonakis Show||Episode: "Andy Moves To L.A."|
|Hilary Duff: This Is Now||Television documentary|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Morgan Jeffries||Episode: "Thrilled to Death"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ashlee Walker||Episode: "Selfish"|
|Gossip Girl||Olivia Burke||Recurring role (season 3), 6 episodes|
|2009–2010||Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps||Viki||US dub voice role|
|2010||Beauty & the Briefcase||Lane Daniels||Television film; also producer|
|Community||Meghan||Episode: "Aerodynamics of Gender"|
|2012||Project Runway||Herself||Episode: "It's Fashion Baby"|
|2013||Raising Hope||Rachel||Episode: "The Old Girl"|
|Two and a Half Men||Stacey||Episode: "Cows, Prepare to Be Tipped"|
|Dora the Explorer||Jessica the Ice Witch||Voice role; episode: "Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular"|
|2014||The Real Girl's Kitchen||Herself||3 episodes|
|2015–2021||Younger||Kelsey Peters||Main role|
|2016–2017||The Talk||Herself||Guest co-host, 3 episodes|
|2018||Who Do You Think You Are?||Episode dated: "June 4, 2018"|
|2022||The Bachelor||Guest appearance; season 26|
|How I Met Your Father||Sophie Tompkins||Lead role; also producer|
|My Best Friend's Kitchen with Gaby Dalkin||Herself||Episode: "Traditional Thanksgiving"|
|2009||The Chase||Various||6 episodes; to promote her clothing line "Femme for DKNY"|
|2018||Staying Fresh with Hilary Duff||Herself||4 episodes; made in collaboration with Walmart and Tastemade to educate viewers on grocery shopping tips|
|2020||Lady Parts||Episode: "How to Survive Puberty"|
- Santa Claus Lane (2002)
- Metamorphosis (2003)
- Hilary Duff (2004)
- Dignity (2007)
- Breathe In. Breathe Out. (2015)
- Metamorphosis Tour (2003–2004)
- Most Wanted Tour (2004–2005)
- Still Most Wanted Tour (2005–2006)
- Dignity Tour (2007–2008)
- Elixir Trilogy
- Elixir (2010) (book 1)
- Devoted (2011) (book 2)
- True (2013) (book 3)
Other published works
- My Little Brave Girl (2021)
In Spanish: Hilary Duff para niños
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