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I need to be very honest with this thread, I loved Hilary growing up and will always have a special place in my heart for her. This isn’t necessarily a criticism of her acting abilities, as growing up I do believe in the end she did a good job at entertaining her demographic. that being said, with the end of Younger and the start of her main producer credit and star in How I Met Your Father, I question if Hilary’s career could’ve taken a different trajectory had something changed at a specific year or time in her career. Alternatively one could say she landed a television cameback in a big way with younger and how I met your father after a longer hiatus. while this is true I personally feel like the trajectory of her career was changed but I’m not sure when. I’m not at all saying it’s bad she took a break btw. Let’s discuss She had a lot of commercial success with Cinderella story, Lizzie McGuire, cheaper by the dozen, and even the DVD cult following of raise your voice. Her albums, while not necessarily original were still successful and accompanied the Hilary Duff “brand” really well. After these films and teen pop rock albums she experienced a real commercial and critical dud (not that any were actually that greatly received tbh lol) with material girls. she then released UK inspired electro dance pop dignity which was positively received. She lost part of her demographic but that should be expected with an image change and sound evolution After this she focused more on acting. she took on more mature indie roles in films including What Goes Up (originally titled Safety Glass), According to Greta, amongst others. her role as Greta was a standout role for her. In the film she plays a teenager who has a plan to check everything off her list of things to do before she kills herself at 18 while she spends the summer at her grandparents’ house in jersey. This was of course was an indie film and subject to a series of delays. she also was on some ABC movie that did well however, again because it was a made for TV movie … but a pretty big departure for someone who had made it to big screen movies people watched and paid money to see She got married and had a child, prior to releasing 2015’s Breathe in Breathe Out which made a moderate impact on iTunes for a bit? But nothing that resonated with the kids that originally grew up with her (I was 17/18 when all this was happening). Younger coming out that same year was watched by a fair bit fo people at least for the earlier seasons? And survived on TV land because it’s Darren Starr and because people liked the show. While she obviously excels more on television critically, was there ever a moment where she could have made the transition to a fully blown actress? Potentially on her way to Jennifer Aniston or Julia Roberts box office gold as an adult actress?? even if she never was in line for an Oscar could she still be considered a a commercially successful actress today had she acted at the right time? Was an opportunity missed? Was there perhaps an issue with the types of roles she was picking? or do you think she is exactly where she should be? Relatively commercially successful on TV! as for music I feel like she was fading out nevertheless xxxx tell me your thoughts @SlayOut @PokemonSpears @Midnight @I Always Sing Live