Drake and Josh burst onto the scene with gusto in the heyday of “All That” and “The Amanda Show,” so it was no surprise that “Drake & Josh” was a smash hit. What some people don’t realize is that, like its classic Nickelodeon predecessors, “Drake & Josh” brought us some hit guest stars, too. Often, they appeared as romantic interests for our leading men — though let’s face it, mostly Drake’s.
Here are seven ladies, and stars in their own right, that you may have forgot appeared on “Drake & Josh” as (mostly) romantic interests. Looking at their success now, we can’t say we’re surprised! Apparently talent is contagious. Bless you.
1. Lucy Hale
You probably know her best for her role as TV’s second-most famous Aria — Aria Montgomery on “Pretty Little Liars” — or even from her short stint on the hit comedy “How I Met Your Mother” as Robin’s younger sister. But before all that, Lucy Hale appeared on “Drake & Josh” as Hazel on the 2006 episode “Theater Thug.” As Hazel, Hale plays a date picked up by Drake in five second flat at the movie theater.
2. Torrey Devitto
Another “Drake & Josh” alum that graduated to the “Pretty Little Liars” camp, Torrey Devitto has done great things since appearing on the show as Drake’s love interest in several episodes including “Driver’s License” and “Playing the Field.” Fun fact: the two were actually dating in real life at the time!
Besides “Pretty Little Liars,” Torrey can be seen on “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Fire” as Dr. Natalie Manning, a Chicago pediatrician doing a fellowship in emergency medicine. After “D & J”, Torrey was also on “One Tree Hill,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Army Wives.”
3. Dianna Agron
Known best for her role as Quinn, the popular cheerleader-turned-singer on “Glee,” Dianna Agron played a similar role back in the day back on “Drake & Josh” as Lexi, a dumb blond archetype known for being able to put her fist in her mouth, who goes on a date with Drake in “The Great Doheny.”
Between “D& J” and “Glee,” Dianna also landed recurring roles on “Veronica Mars” and “Heroes.”
4. Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts has had quite the career: the talented niece of Julia Roberts first made a splash on Nickelodeon in her show “Unfabulous” as the main character, Addie. Before then, though, she appeared as this character on “Drake & Josh” in the 2004 episode “Honor Council” — not a love interest, admittedly, but as Megan’s best friend on a web show segment called “Doing stuff to Josh while he sleeps.” Not romantic in practice or in theory, but weirdly intimate nonetheless.
Now, Emma is best known for her appearances on “American Horror Story” and “Scream Queens” as well as movie roles in “Valentine’s Day,” “We’re the Millers” and “Adult World.”
5. Vanessa Hudgens
Disney’s “High School Musical” sweetheart Vanessa Hudgens, who played the Gabriella to Zac Efron’s Troy, was capturing hearts before then — Drake’s in particular (you could say she has a type). She played his girlfriend Becca in the episode “Little Sibling” and even shared a kiss with Drake Bell.
Since “High School Musical,” Vanessa has made a name for herself as a screen actress in movies like “Sucker Punch” and “Spring Breakers.” Most recently, she absolutely killed it as Rizzo in “Grease Live.”
“Drake & Josh” is an American television sitcom, created and produced by Dan Schneider, that aired on Nickelodeon for four seasons, from 2004 to 2007. “Drake & Josh” starred Drake Bell and Josh Peck as two teens with opposite personalities who become stepbrothers.