Every week, we send someone stumbling into the dark Maxim archives to see what we were up to way back when. This week we're going back to August of 2007, when Hilary Duff was a newfound pop star, Mark Ronson was a DJ on the rise, and Judd Apatow was our favorite Freak.
Cover Girl: Hilary Duff
Where You've Seen Her: This gorgeous Texan found stardom in 2001 when she landed the lead role in the Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire. Four years and one movie later, Hilary said farewell to the Disney gig to pursue a film career. After appearing in flicks alongside Steve Martin (Cheaper by the Dozen), Kat Dennings (Raise Your Voice), and her sister Haylie Duff (Material Girls), the starlet was officially all grown-up. By the time Hilary graced our pages in 2007, she was swapping her good girl image for sexy lingerie, and was a bona fide pop star. Somehow we still get her first hit "Come Clean" stuck in our heads (don't ask).
Where She Is Now: Sadly - or fortunately, depending on how you look at it - Hilary recently separated from her hockey player husband Mike Comrie. But with two films slated to debut later this year - Younger and Flock of Dudes - it seems like the unattached Ms. Duff is doing just fine.
Don't Hang This DJ
Before there was Avicii there was Mark Ronson, a hit-making DJ best known for producing albums with performers like Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen. When he revealed his favorite gadgets and drink preferences in this issue of Maxim, he was prepping for his second album to drop and continuing to build a massive following thanks to his ability to continually churn out dance-infused jams. Fast-forward to 2014, and the DJs-as-headliners trend is seemingly unstoppable. So the next time a million kids with glow-sticks take over an abandoned warehouse in your city, you can thank Mark Ronson.
Whack Pack: Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow has been livening up the Hollywood scene since 1992 when he scored his first big gig as executive producer for The Ben Stiller Show. The MTV sketch comedy series was a valuable notch on the producer's resume, but it was his short-lived TV masterpiece Freaks and Geeks - which he wrote and directed - that garnered our attention in 1999. Since then, he's become one of the biggest names in comedy thanks to films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and This is 40. But no matter how successful he may be, we'll always be bitter over the cancelation of Freaks and Geeks.
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