Christy Carlson Romano leans into Disney past for new cooking show

On the heels of her incredibly personal Teen Vogue essay, in which she revealed her past struggles with drinking and depression, Christy Carlson Romano is getting back to her lighthearted side with her new cooking series, “Christy’s Kitchen Throwback.”

“The purpose of the article was to be open and show people a different side of me and I think it did that,” she told Page Six on Thursday following the release of her first episode, in which she and her former “Kim Possible” co-star Will Friedle recreate the show’s famous nacho taco, aka “The Naco.”

The web series has a purposefully upbeat tone, and as the 35-year-old mother of two described it, “I have been ready to explore how I embrace my past, but also do something fun. It’s still valuable to fans, the things I’ve done in the past. I’m not one of those people who’s going to be completely denying the nostalgic factor of ‘Even Stevens’ or ‘Kim Possible’ or ‘Cadet Kelly’ or anything I was associated with, so why not lean into it? Why not enjoy the fact that I have people who really like to talk about it and want to celebrate it? So I think this show is a celebration of nostalgia.”

Romano joked that it may have been “clickbait” to have Friedle as the guest on the first episode of the series, but said they hang out so often that he’s become part of her family.

The YouTube series will feature a new guest every episode and she hopes to eventually collaborate with the YouTube community, as well as former Disney and Nickelodeon stars.

“I think it’s a really great segue into talking about their relationship to the show that made them a celebrity and talking about one element from an episode and tying it all together,” she explained. “I think a lot of times what’s hard about nostalgia shows is you get wrapped up in the same questions, in the same conversations. Doing something like this is going to be able to diversify the conversation and the fact that I know the person, I think, will inherently change the dynamic as well because it’s not your typical interviewer.”

And while Romano wouldn’t dish on which stars will be appearing on upcoming episodes, she did tease that someone from “Lizzie McGuire” and “The Cheetah Girls” would be making appearances soon.

“We also have something that we will be shooting,” she hinted. “All I’m going to say is that it’s a musical and it’s coming out soon. Anyone who’s a fan of ‘Even Stevens’ could probably know what this means.”

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