Christy Carlson Romano says her TikTok, YouTube videos are a ‘memory until now’

Those who grew up on the Disney Channel in the early 2000s may remember Christy Carlson Romano in some of her successful roles: the older sister of “Even Stevens”, the voice of the iconic “Kim Possible” or even the uncompromising drill sergeant in “Cadet Kelly”.

Now, more than a decade later, Romano has stepped forward in front of her characters to reintroduce herself to the world — via YouTube and TikTok.

“I originally started the YouTube channel with my husband as my producing partner,” Romano, 37, said in a recent interview. “We started it because a lot of people would come up to me on, you know, appearances that I would make. And they would say, you know, ‘What are you doing?’ and, ‘We miss you’ and, ‘What’s going on? What are you doing?’…I was like, well, this is a great opportunity.

Romano launched “Christy’s Kitchen Throwback” in 2019, cooking with other now-adult child stars while reminiscing about their past experiences. The series inspired her next cookbook, pushed her into the world of social media, and taught her how to connect with her audience.

But it wasn’t the cooking videos that caught people’s attention. Over the past year, during the pandemic, Romano’s content has gone from high-production videos to simple walk-and-talk vlogs, where she opens up to her audience about behind the scenes of her growth as a ‘actor.

People became captivated by his frankness.

“I just want to thank Christy for her vulnerability, her journey is amazing and insightful and such a beautiful soul what a great role model,” a viewer commented on one of her YouTube videos.

“Why pay for Disney+ when you can just watch this Christy Carlson Romano TikTok on loop,” one person wrote in a tweet.

“Christy Carlson Romano’s YouTube channel is essential,” wrote another onesharing a clip from one of Romano’s YouTube videos titled “How I Lost Princess Diaries to Anne Hathaway.”

She has amassed over 713,000 followers on TikTok and 6.5 million likes. On YouTube, where she has 355,000 subscribers, her most watched video of the last year is the one titled “Why I’m not talking to Shia LeBeouf”.

In fact, in many of Romano’s most popular videos, she shares personal stories of childhood stardom and the difficult transition to young adulthood.

She opened up about her experiences with alcohol (in July she revealed she had been five years sober) and an eating disorder, the fact that she wasted a lot of money that she gained from her days at Disney and personal stories from her time on set.

“Some of my experiences are unique, but I’ve been pretty quiet about my interpretations, my experiences, and I’ve found over the past six months, yes, I can definitely talk about the side effects of this trip” , Romano said. .

“I covered a lot of very intense topics about my life, but it really got people to know who I am and what my opinion is, and how I live my life,” she said.

Attention can be triggering, Romano said, and she had to stay in touch with her own anxieties and fears when she decided to upload a more personal video to her account. Although she grew up on screen, she said she didn’t feel comfortable with public attention.

Offering so much of herself online has exposed her to a new wave of criticism and headlines. Many have referred to his videos as clickbait.

“I touched on clickbait in that, yes, they are clickbait methods, but they deliver on the promise of the title,” Romano said. “I always do that, where I immediately address it…then I kind of pontificate about it. I unpack it. I put a personal touch to it.

Christy CarlsonRomano.Kristal Eve Photography

For now, she is contemplating her future as a working mother and carefully planning her next moves. She said she hoped to move away from personal stories while giving her audience her perspective on pop culture issues, calling it a “natural progression.” She also told Disney Channel that she would be willing to mentor a young actor if there was interest.

“Quarantine, I think, pushed a lot of people who thought they were otherwise okay to the edge,” Romano said. “And that’s why mental health is so important. But again, children tend to be ignored because they earn money. They are famous. They have fun. »

Romano said she knew there were many stories she would not share with the world, articles that would violate confidences and friendships. But in many ways, this reintroduction has allowed her to reflect on what she has to offer her audience and people more generally.

“It’s kind of like a memoir so far,” Romano said. “But if I was a young actor, I’d follow my page. Because I am, some of them are cautionary tales. But those are my life lessons. … They’re authentic and genuine and true.

Raymond T. Helms