Maya From Suite Life On Deck Is Gorgeous Now

Actor Zoey Deutch is one of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars but some fans may not know that she actually got her start on the Disney Channel. Deutch starred as Maya Bennett on Cole and Dylan Sprouse’s show “Suite Life on Deck” from 2010 to 2011. Deutch played Zack’s love interest, which apparently was a little nerve-wracking for her first role. She recalled to W in 2020, “I have a sweating under the armpits problem.” She continued, “We had tapings in front of a live audience, and there would be five people with blow-dryers trying to dry me off. Other than the sweat, it was great.”

Despite her nerves, it was always clear to Deutch that she would act. She told W, “I was 3 years old when I decided I wanted to be an actress. I was really getting into my made-up storylines of my Barbie and her dream boat crashing and her breakup with Ken, but my parents were very hesitant about letting a 3-year-old act professionally.” She added, “Finally, they let me try out for a part on a Disney sitcom called ‘The Suite Life on Deck.'” 

When a fan asked if she still keeps in touch with the twins, she posted a photo in her Instagram Story from the show, where she joked (via Teen Vogue), “Not after they let me wear this dress.” Cole continued the joke, writing, “Please send all outfits to me for approval.” Of course since playing Maya, Deutch has grown up and is not only gorgeous now but also a star.  

Zoey Deutch's rise from Disney star to leading lady

After her time on “Suite Life on Deck” ended in 2011, actor Zoey Deutch immediately continued to work in Hollywood. According to her IMDb, that year she landed a recurring role in the CW series “Ringer” and made her film debut alongside her mother and sister (more on them later!) in the comedy/drama “Mayor Cupcake.” While Deutch had a supporting role in the film “Beautiful Creatures,” her first starring role came in 2014 when she led the action/comedy “Vampire Academy.”

From there, Deutch continued to take the industry by storm with roles in popular movies like “Dirty Grandpa,” “Why Him,” and “Before I Fall.” Deutch’s next leading role after “Before I Fall” was the indie comedy “Flower,” where a film critic for The Hollywood Reporter raved of her “magnetic performance, which would be star-making if in the service of a better vehicle.” In 2019, Deutch starred in as well as produced the comedy/drama “Buffaloed.” 

Yet fans may recognize Deutch best from her role in the 2018 Netflix comedy “Set It Up.” She continued to work with Netflix that next year, starring in the Ryan Murphy series “The Politician” from 2019 to 2020. It’s clear that Deutch literally grew up on screen, as she never stopped working after landing her first role as a young teen.

Zoey Deutch is basically Hollywood royalty

Zoey Deutch may have gotten her start on Disney, but it appears the actor was destined for stardom thanks to her famous parents. Deutch’s dad is director Howard Deutch, who has directed major films throughout the years, like “Pretty in Pink” and “The Replacements,” as well as episodes of popular TV shows, like “American Horror Story” and “Empire.”

Yet fans may recognize Deutch’s mother more. She’s actor Lea Thompson, who is best known for her roles in the “Back to the Future” trilogy as well as the Freeform TV series “Switched at Birth.” Deutch told InStyle about how her parents being in show business impacted her decision to act, explaining, “I was aware of all the things that came with wanting to act. I had no illusions of what it was. I knew it was a job, and it was tough and cutthroat.” Thompson added, “One of the beneficial things about kids who come from a legacy of watching their parents, second-, third-generation Hollywood, is that they see how brutal it is.” She added, “They’re doing it because it’s in their soul.”

Deutch’s sister, Madelyn Deutch, also acts, writes, and directs. Deutch has worked with her mother and sister on the big screen before in the movies “Mayor Cupcake” and “The Year of Spectacular Men.” They continue to work together to this day on a scripted podcast.

Zoey Deutch continues to entertain us

It seems Zoey Deutch used the time she had off during the pandemic to work with her famous mom, Lea Thompson, again. This time they two changed the format and Deutch created a scripted podcast for them called “A Total Switch Show.” Deutch and Thompson starred in the project, while her sister, Madelyn Deutch, served as a writer for the show. Deutch explained what it was about to InStyle, saying, “It was truly a family affair, and we put a very dark spin on the story.” She continued, “It’s about a control-freak mother and her disdainful daughter who firebomb each other’s lives once they switch bodies.”

Deutch also recently opened up about her next Netflix project. While fans wanted a sequel to her 2018 romcom “Set It Up,” Deutch revealed that it’s currently not in the works. However, she did share (via E!), “There is another film with the writer of ‘Set It Up,’ Katie Silberman, and myself and Glen Powell.” She added, “We’re all doing another movie together with Netflix. So, there is another rom-com coming from us.”

According to her IMDb, Deutch has several other projects in the works, including the crime drama “The Outfit.” According to Deadline, she also just signed up for the Hulu film “Not Okay,” which she’ll be filming in New York. It’s clear the beautiful star has come a long way from her days on “Suite Life on Deck.”

Zoey Deutch has dated fellow hotties

Zoey Deutch has done a really good job keeping her romantic relationships under the radar. However, “The Politician” actor has most recently been linked to “Home Economics” star Jimmy Tatro. According to Just Jared, Tatro is Deutch’s current boyfriend and the two have been spotted hanging out a lot together recently.

Before that, Deutch had been in a long-term relationship with Dylan Hayes, according to PopSugar. Hayes is the son of “Conjuring” producer Chad Hayes. It appears from her Instagram activity that the two began dating in 2017 when she seemingly posted about their anniversary that following year. She last posted about him in 2019, but it’s unclear when the two split and she began dating Tatro.

Deutch also dated actor Avan Jogia for five years between 2012 and 2017. Jogia told Glamaholic why they chose to keep their relationship private at the time, saying, “If you don’t want it to be a spectacle, don’t make it a spectacle.” The two appeared to remain on good terms following their split since they starred as love interests in the comedy “Zombieland: Double Tap” two years after their breakup.

Zoey Deutch is more than just a pretty face

It seems that actor Zoey Deutch has used her fame to bring attention to the issues that are important to her. In 2015 Deutch spoke up for Planned Parenthood. She told Bustle why it was important for her to advocate for the organization, saying, “Planned Parenthood has been there for my friends and for my family when they needed them the most and when they didn’t have another option.”

Deutch has also been open about politics, being a feminist, and has encouraged her Instagram followers to vote. When it comes to her activism, Deutch told InStyle, “It’s nice to be part of a generation that is taking more of a vocal stance. I don’t think silence makes you safe.” She is also not afraid of any backlash she may get over expressing her opinions, explaining, “I’m just trying to have an open conversation with as many people as I can, and that includes those who don’t always agree with me.”

Alongside her famous parents, Deutch has also worked with Corazón de Vida, which supports orphanages in Baja, Mexico. It appears that Deutch has grown up from being “Suite Life on Deck’s” Maya to a big Hollywood star, who’s gorgeous inside and out! 

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