Remember Kay Panabaker from Disney Channel's 'Read it and Weep'? You'll never guess what she's up to now

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Disney Channel original movies were the highlight of any millennial.

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From "Halloweentown" to "Smart House," the DCOM Originals were at their peak in the mid 2000's. One of our favorites was "Read it and Weep." The 2006 movie told the story of Jamie Bartlett, played by Kay Panabaker, who finds herself in a bit of a sticky situation as her private journal about the musings of high school, gets published into a book. Is, played by her older sister Danielle Panabaker, is her alter ego, and main character in her journal.

Check out the trailer below for a bit of a refresher.

You probably recognize the older sis from the CW's "The Flash," but what in the world has Kay Panabaker been up to?! Lucky for you, we did a bit of a dig, and you'll never guess what she's up to now.

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The now 26-year-old, pictured below, hasn't been up to much since her Disney days, only having recently acted in 2012.

After a bit of digging, Panabaker is...get ready for it, a zookeeper! That's right, Kay Panabaker decided that acting wasn't for her.

One fan asked her on Twitter why she drifted away form acting and her answer was the absolute best.

She also posted on Twitter about staring in "Read it and Weep" over Memorial Day Weekend when they showed all of their DCOM original movies!

BRB while we quit our jobs and become zookeepers!

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10 of the best Disney sidekicks ever
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Remember Kay Panabaker from Disney Channel's 'Read it and Weep'? You'll never guess what she's up to now

Where would Simba have been without the help and riduculous banter of Pumbaa and Timon in "The Lion King." The unlikely duo of a meerkat and a warthog made this pair one of the best sidekick duo's in Disney history. 


Dressing up as a male to impersonate a warrior in the Chinese military would have been pretty difficult for Mulan without the help of Mushu: Guardian of the Fa family. Despite Mushu's early failings as a guardian, the feisty dragon was a constant support for Mulan with his sound advice, loving demeanor and fast-thinking in a pinch. 

If one must be holed up in a castle with a ghastly beast, it's best to have Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs. Potts on your side. Each brought a special sidekick quality to the table. Cogsworth was safe and practical, Lumiere always had romance and Belle's heart on his mind and Mrs. Pott's provided a motherly vibe. The trio were ultimate sidekicks for Belle in "Beaty and the Beast." 

Everyone needs a buddy and Flounder was just that for Aerial in "The Little Mermaid." Admittedly, Flounder wasn't always the best sounding board for the red-headed swimmer, but he made a good sidekick since he was always down for an adventure. 

What do a hummingbird and a raccoon have in common? They were both besties and sidekicks for indian princess Pocahontas. In the 1995 flick, Meeko and Flit provided just the right amount of comedy without ever saying a word. Now that's tricky. 

Any sidekick that will let you float down a river on their tummy is alright by us. Baloo the Bear and Mowgli were the best of pals in "The Jungle Book," and the best part about Balloo was he was always ready to dance and sing. We like that in a sidekick. 

Scheming, selfish and funny aren't exactly three words that you'd want in a sidekick, but Abu usually let his conscience take over when he and Aladdin were up to no good. Plus, he busted Aladdin out of a jail, dressed up as an elephant and more in order to help out Ali. 

Olaf was an immediate hit with everyone in "Frozen." The inherently happy snowman sprung to magical life in order to help Anna chase down Elsa and help end the snowpocalypse that would have ruined the kingdom. Daring and happy? Talk about a good mix.  

High five for Hercules and Pegasus! Not only does the winged horse regularly rescue the Greek god from many precarious situations, he also really cares about Hercules. So much so that he gets a bit jealous when Herc falls head over heels for Meg. But best friends are definitely supposed to do that -- because they have your best interest at heart. 

Tinker Bell definitely has a bit of an attitude problem, but she makes up for it by bringing a bit of sparkly magic everywhere she goes in Neverland. Even though she's a bit selfish and has a temper, she proves her worth when she's willing to go down in sparkly flames in order to protect Pan. 

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