Well, there are several people who have inspired her with their words throughout her life and career, but when TWIST recently caught up with the actress on the red carpet of the Celebrity Experience event in California, she exclusively shared that one of her close friends and Suite Life on Deck co-stars once gave her a piece of advice that has stayed with her in many aspects of her life.
"Cole Spouse told me in like the first year of Suite Life [that] there are going to be people who love you, and there are going to be people who don’t, and you can’t place your identity in either one," Debby shares with us. "That was like, really heavy and really good for me, and the older I’ve gotten and the more kind of context I've gone into, whether it's the TV space, the film space, auditioning, events, premieres, the internet... it kind of has only proven to be more and more relevant."
Not only is that seriously precious, but those statements apply to us all. It is so easy to forget that other people's opinions of you – positive or negative! – can't completely define us, and we love Cole's way of expressing that.
Make sure to check out our exclusive red carpet video above to hear Debby tell you all about Cole's advice. For an added dose of nostalgia, click through the gallery below to see Debby and Cole's cutest photos together – from Suite Life to hanging out IRL!
Reporting credit: John Panichella