Remember last week when we said Hilary Duff might be joining the cast of the new 90210 spin-off? Well, it looks like that’s not happening so much. According to E! Online, the 20-year-old singer/actress has passed on the role of Annie Mills to expand her image through more grown-up opportunities.

Call me crazy, but I was actually surprised when Duff was offered the role, because I already think of her as a grown-up (is that wrong?). I know it’s de rigueur for 20-somethings to play small screen teens (see: Gossip Girl, Smallville, One Tree Hill, etc.), but I miss the days when actual teenagers played teens. But just as I was beginning to lose my faith in casting, the heavens parted and manna began falling from the sky in the form of 18-year-old Shenae Grimes. This real-life teen and Degrassi: The Next Generation alum (does anyone watch this show besides my colleague Lisa?) will take on the theater-nerd role. But it gets even better. Her mom will be played by none other than Aunt Becky. Yes, that’s right, Lori Loughlin (pictured) from our favorite ’90s sitcom Full House (my 12-year-old self may have cried when that show ended).

So what do you think, PopWatchers? Are you excited Loughlin has a new role since Summerland was canceled? Are you one of the few people who actually watches Degrassi?

addCredit(“Lori Loughlin; Dale Wilcox/WireImage”)

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