Just in case you were looking to feel old, here's a fun fact: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody premiered in 2005. That makes Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse, the stars of the show, thirteen years old at the time. Well, considering it's not 2005 any more, the twins did in fact grow up.
However, they didn't grow up before they made their claim to fame. After the highly successful Suite Life wrapped, they starred on its spin-off, The Suite Life on Deck. It became the most watched show from tweens in 2008 and 2009. By 2010, they were the highest paid teenage actors at Disney.
Both brothers took a break from acting for a few years, attending New York University in 2011 after deferring attendance for one year. Cole Sprouse is back at it again with a starring role on The CW series Riverdale. Riverdale sound familiar? Yep, Riverdale is based off the characters from the Archie Comics.
It had been a grand total of five years since Cole Sprouse had appeared on any shows until Riverdale presented an opportunity for him to play Jughead. "It felt like a role that I could really dive into. Of course I’m pulling off of lived experience for the character as well," Cole said. "There comes a real loneliness in celebrity where you’re constantly told you're part of an out group in your own society."
Dylan Sprouse is making his return to the camera with his work in the indie film Carte Blanche. He said that he would make a comeback in the entertainment industry once he found "roles that are human, that have some sort of empathic quality." And, also, it looks like, ones that require long flowing blonde hair.
In the absence of acting, Dylan Sprouse never sat still. In fact, he did the opposite and worked with two business partners, Matt Kwan and Doug Brochu, to open All-Wise Meadery. The Meadery is set to open in Fall 2017.
Mead is fermented honey, a drink that's not widely available anymore. Dylan Sprouse, at 25, says he wants to "bring mead to people as this new alcohol with an old history." The makers documented the making of the mead and the opening of the meadery in a television series called Koozebane that they're hoping will be picked up soon.
In 2015, both brothers graduated from New York University with honors from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. When they graduated, they accepted each other's diplomas as a prank. The Suite Life antics live on.
"I needed to take a break and step outside myself. I needed a dose of reality and I needed to see myself in a more objective point of view," Cole said of his break and then his return to the career. "And now I think I can enjoy [acting], which is a really fundamental part about being an actor."
With Cole clocking in at 6'0 and Dylan at 5'11, the two child stars are definitely grown up. Whether it's making alcoholic drinks or starring on classic remakes, the sky's the limit for the two talented twins. They proved their talent and continue to prove it as they shine on their respective projects.
Ashley Tisdale, who starred alongside the twins in The Suite Life, posted about them on her Instagram. "I love seeing these boys. My little brothers have grown into such smart, talented, and genuinely great people."