Star of Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place Jennifer Stone now working as a nurse

Disney star Jennifer Stone is creating real-life magic after quitting acting for life as a nurse.

The US actress is famous for playing Harper Finkle in four seasons of the channel's Wizards of Waverly Place.

But the 29-year-old quit the screen to go to college, first studying psychology and then turning to professional nursing.

She is now working in the emergency department at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.

Her career change came on the advice of doctors, as when she was 20, she was diagnosed with latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, referred to as 1.5 type diabetes.

She told the website Beyond Type 1 that she wanted to study nursing to "better understand her disease".

She said: “More than learning the semantics of beta cells and autoimmune disorders. I wanted to understand my body and the impact of Type 1."

Stone also likes to read, visit Disney, post past pictures and occasionally act.

She is filming The Perfect Night and has appeared in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, Wizards of Waverly Place: Alex Vs Alex, Mean Girls 2, Dadnapped, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, and Deadtime Stories.

She is also involved in other projects while working 12-hour nursing shifts and recently reunited with her Wizards co-star Selena Gomez in a TikTok post.

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They danced and mouthed the words to The Crazy Hat Song, collecting 18million views and 6million likes.

As for how she dealt with the pandemic, Stone told Deadline: "I can only speak for myself because I think every nurse and person has their own way of processing life.

"I think, as a nurse, you’re just hit with it a lot more upfront and to be honest, I look at it this way: During a 12-hour shift, it’s not about me. It’s about putting myself aside to help somebody else.

"I try to stay really focused during those 12 hours to be as effective and helpful as I can and then just decompress when I get home.

"I’m a big fan of bubble baths Drag Race, and watching medical shows, so I could watch somebody else do it."

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