The Internet nearly imploded yesterday when Dylan and Cole Sprouse graduated from NYU.
For many fans of the Disney Channel show "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," it was yet another reminder that our childhood is practically over. (Though, you could argue that happened when Miley Cyrus twerked on Robin Thicke.) But for Dylan and Cole, 22, it was something more -- it was the culmination of four years of really hard work.
And now, they're even ready to step in front of the camera again. A source close to Dylan and Cole has confirmed to MTV News that after four years of academia, both Sprouses plan to pursue acting post-grad.
We've tried to do right, to fix some of the negative stereotypes of child stardom. We've had some bumps, but I'm so glad we went to Uni.
— Cole C. Sprouse (@colesprouse) May 20, 2015
Child stars often get a bad rap for going off the rails, and even the ones who subvert the "negative stereotypes" and attempt a normal college experience (think: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Emma Watson, Dakota Fanning, etc.) are subjected to ridicule from their peers. Plus, they often end up splitting their time between filming and classes. Dylan and Cole, however, managed to keep things fairly normal.
Both graduates of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Dylan and Cole momentarily gave up acting to pursue their studies. Dylan studied video game design and is looking to have a career in the gaming industry, in addition to his work on screen. In March, he attended the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) where he presented his indie game Slash Dash, and judging from his most recent Tumblr post, he's working on a "secret video game project."
Back in 2012, Dylan told alternative student blog NYU Local, "With video games, everything is the narrative. If you think about it, the way you design it is like mechanics, dynamics, and then aesthetics. As a player, you first see the aesthetics, and then you play and you’re like, 'Oh, I really like the controls!' And then you realize the mechanics, so it's backwards for the player."
Meanwhile, Cole studied archaeology after a short stint at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Archaeology, he said, makes him happy in a way acting previously did not.
"The question I wanted to answer, which I get all the time, is why did I switch from acting -- which my brother and I were arguably successful in -- to archaeology, and I think the simple answer is because I can," Cole said in an audio post on Tumblr. "We don't realize how often we have the ability to change what is constant in our lives, and once we begin to get comfortable with concepts, we don't learn from them anymore."
— Cole C. Sprouse (@colesprouse) December 1, 2014
"My brother and I were put into acting when we were eight months old by our mother because we needed the money," he added. "I never made the decision to join the arts, or acting specifically. It was never my passion. To be honest, if she never thrust me into it, I probably never would have thought of it as a career choice for myself... I really stress the emphasis on doing what makes you happy, which archaeology does."
Well, we you put it like that...
Regardless of what Dylan and Cole end up doing -- acting, video game design, digging up bones, etc. -- we just want them to be happy.
So, GO CHANGE THE WORLD (and give us a "Suite Life" reunion, please), YOU CRAZY KIDS.