It doesn’t matter if you were a 90s kid, odds are if you’re a fan of Hollywood, you remember the 90s (but it obviously helps to have been around then). For some it was the glory days. The stars were glamorous, talented to boot, the music was catchy and, for the most part, the actors and performers that entertained us throughout the 90s withstood the test of time.
Who can forget Andrea Barber’s character on Full House? Or Jaleel White’s famous words, “did I do thatttttt.” How how about Denise Richards making cameos on any and every TV show you can imagine? And that was just the tube….
The big screen gave us the best of the best. Titanic, the Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, the Silence of the Lambs, Clueless and everyone’s favorite hero, Forrest Gump. The 90s truly had it all. So much so, that we all at times become nostalgic to a decade long gone, which is why we should also thank 21st century technology for helping us with our 90s craving.
There are endless blockbuster movies, best-selling albums, and award winning sitcoms to choose from; and it’s all thanks to the producers, directors and, of course, the stars behind these entertaining hits who were nothing short of astounding.
Almost three decades later, where are these stars? Some are still tearing up Hollywood with blockbuster movies, new hit singles and world tours that bring us back to our childhood and glory days. Others have retired from the limelight only to pop up every here and there, sometimes on the anniversary of the movies and shows we love so much, or in an interview or a book that gives us insight into their lives. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to see where our favorite 90s stars ended up in the 2000s…
Catherine Zeta-Jones – Then
Catherine got her (very) big break in the 1998 smash hit, The Mask of Zorro, starring alongside Antonio Banderas. Her exotic features, sweet demeanor, and excellent acting chops won over fans all over the world.
Catherine Zeta-Jones – Now
Catherine met Michael Douglas in 1998, and married him in 2000. They have two children together, son Dylan and daughter Carys. She continued to do what she does best and win us over with her thespian skills, as she starred in films, such as, Chicago (who knew she could sing?), the Ocean’s films, Red 2, The Terminal, and the second Zorro film, The Legend of Zorro – reprising her role as Elena de la Vega.
Jessica Alba – Then
Jessica began her journey in Tinseltown in 1994. She starred on the Nickelodeon Channel’s series, The Secret World of Alex Mack. A couple of years later, in 1996, Alba became a series regular on the show, Flipper. Flipper was meant to be a revival of the 1964 television series. It’s hard to imagine that today’s Jessica Alba got her start on a children’s channel. Honestly it’s hard to even imagine her as one!
Jessica Alba – Now
Now 35 years old, Jessica is happily married to Cash Warren since 2008. The couple has two beautiful daughters, Honor and Haven (she has an affinity for names with an ‘H’ apparently). Alba’s career, which started out seemingly slow, took a turn for the better when she starred in the series, Dark Angel, from 2000 through 2002. She went on to star in films such as, Honey, Valentine’s Day, and both Fantastic Four films. In addition to her acting, Alba is a very successful entrepreneur with her ‘Honest’ company’s success.
Shania Twain – Then
Shania Twain made country music cool in the 90s. Even those who didn’t like the genre, loved her country-pop style. In 1995 she sold over 20 million copies internationally of her album, The Woman in Me. The song, Any Man of Mine, won her a Grammy Award for the first time. Her third album, Come On Over, broke records by being the best-selling country album EVER! But here’s a little known fact about the stunning lady, she may be singing American country music, but she was born and raised in Ontario, Canada!
Shania Twain – Now
Shania’s first albums are still hits. She is as famous today as she was in the 90s, even though her music-making is much slower. She has won multiple Grammy Awards, and a star on both Canada and Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2004, Twain retired from music and moved to Switzerland. In 2011 she released an autobiography titled, From This Moment On (after her mega-hit song). Although she retired from singing, Shania does do appearances every now and then, showing the world that she’s as beautiful as ever.
Marisa Tomei – Then
Marisa was introduced to us as Maggie, on The Cosby Show spin-off, A Different World. However, it wasn’t until 1992 that she broke out with a role in, My Cousin Vinny. Her acting in that film got major buzz, winning her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other than film and television, Tomei also found her love of theater. In 1998 she performed in the Naked Angels Theater Company’s play, Wait Until Dark.
Marisa Tomei – Now
The ever-blossoming leading lady is 51 years old today (hard to believe, we know), and her work in films has gotten better and better with time. Her role in the 2000 film, What Women Want, alongside Mel Gibson, had us laughing along with her overly-dependent character, her 2008 role in The Wrestler, got her a third Oscar nomination, and her two latest films, Captain America: Civil War, and Spider Man: Homecoming, will undoubtedly introduce her to yet another generation.
Andrea Barber – Then
Let’s be honest, we all know Andrea Barber as the annoying, yet somehow lovable, best friend of DJ Tanner, Kimmy Gibbler from Full House. That show put Andrea on Hollywood’s radar, even if typecasting her slightly in the process. She played the role of Kimmy from 1987 until 1995. Andrea acted from the early 1980s in the soap opera, Days of Our Lives, and while the show was, well, still is, on the air and popular, her character of Carrie Brady never made waves like her Full House role.
Andrea Barber – Now
After Full House, Andrea retired from acting to go back to ‘normal life’. She finished high school and went on to get a Bachelors Degree in English from Whittier College and and Masters Degree from University of York in England. She then turned her career goals towards academics, being the assistant to the director of the International Programs at her alma mater, Whittier College. Earlier this year, though, she blessed us fans with reprising her role as the (still) annoying neighbor, Kimmy Gibbler on the Full House revamp, Fuller House, on Netflix. Yay!
Mandy Moore – Then
Mandy Moore’s double threat of singing and acting came one after the other. What got her noticed was first her singing, with her 1999 debut album, So Real. Her music got her mediocre success and fame, which she wasn’t very pleased with. Her music was considered to be ‘bubblegum pop’, which resonated with a very small demographic. Later in her career she would combine her singing and acting, producing better results.
Mandy Moore – Now
Her role in The Princess Diaries allowed her to sing and act, the ultimate combination for Moore. Her breakout acting role though, was in A Walk to Remember, in 2002. She went on to have starring roles in romantic comedies and voice over, such as voicing Rapunzel in Tangled. Most recently though, Mandy has hit the small screen in a big way, starring as the mother figure on the wildly successful and talked-about series, This Is Us, where she also gets to show the world her singing and acting chops.
Melissa Joan Hart – Then
Melissa in the 90s was actually Clarissa. Specifically, Melissa starred as Clarissa in the smash hit tv show, Clarissa Explains It All. She talked directly into the camera and through that into the hearts of the youth of that decade. After her stint as Clarissa, Melissa continued her winning streak as Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. Between these two super successful shows, everyone knew who Melissa was – even without her signature black cat to follow her around.
Melissa Joan Hart – Now
What’s better than one 90s teen star? TWO 90s teen stars! This is exactly what happened when Melissa joined Joey Lawrence in the ABC Family sitcom, Melissa & Joey. On the personal side, Melissa married musician Mark Wilkerson in 2003 and the couple has three children together, Mason, Braydon, and Tucker. Mel and her husband now have a fashion line they called, King of Harts. We see what you did there…
Jaleel White – Then
Jaleel is known for one thing and one thing only in the 90s – playing the ridiculously annoying and beloved character of Steve Urkel on the sitcom, Family Matters. His coined catchphrase, Did I do that?, made kids everywhere try it out on their parents. Here’s something you didn’t know: Steve Urkel was supposed to be on the show for only one episode, but the ratings were so good and the audience liked him so much, that he became a series regular.
Jaleel White – Now
Urkel was just the start though. Jaleel attended UCLA to study film and television production, graduating in 2001. From there he had successful role in the 2006 film, Dreamgirls, alongside Beyonce Knowles, as well as television show appearances in drama’s like, Boton Legal, House and Psych. In 2012 he danced his heart out on Dancing with the Stars. In 2009, White and then-girlfriend became a parents to daughter, Samaya.
Rider Strong – Then
If Rider looks familiar to you, it’s because he is. Rider played the star role of best friend in the show, Boy Meets World. However, before his bad boy style role on the sitcom, he was big into theater, performing as Gavroche in the San Francisco production of Les Misérables. After that he got a regular role in the television show, Julie, co-starring with the legendary Julie Andrews.
Rider Strong – Now
Rider has since continued to act, as well as adding the title of writer and director to his already impressive resume. He wrote and directed a short film with his brother, Shiloh, titled Irish Twins, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. His acting jobs came rather easily following the years of Boy Meets World, such as the horror film franchise, Cabin Fever. Most recently, Rider reprised his role as the best friend in the remake of Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World.
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Then
The 90s favorite girl next door, Jennifer Love Hewitt, was every adolescent male’s dream girl. Her roles in Party of Five, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Can’t Hardly Wait, solidified her status as an actress to watch. It was hard to find a movie in the 90s where Jennifer didn’t play the role of innocent, good girl in the high school setting. Honestly, we see her appeal to the male demographic, not to mention her ability to scream in a horror flick.
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Now
Life after the 90s were good for Love Hewitt. She continued to act in films such as Heartbreakers, co-starring Sigourney Weaver and shattering the good girl image for good – did you see how short her dresses were in that one? She returned to television with the CBS show, Ghost Whisperer, the acclaimed show, The Client List, and finally, her one season stint on the hit crime drama, Criminal Minds. Talk about being a busy lady!
Seth Green – Then
Seth’s 90s were filled with commercials, films and television appearances. He got his break in 1991 in a commercial for Rally’s Cha Ching that appeared in the Super Bowl that year. He was a brave youth to have a role in the horror movie It (scary clowns are not for us), and a role in the 1998 hit, Can’t Hardly Wait. What we really remember Seth from though, if we are being honest, is his role in the action show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Seth Green – Now
Seth has made it big sine his early days. He guest starred on The X-Files, That 70’s Show, Will & Grace, Entourage, Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes, and My Name is Earl, and our personal favorite, the voice of Chris Griffin on the animated sitcom, Family Guuy. Just look at those credits! The man’s been busy. Seth is now married to actress, Clare Grant; the two got married in 2010 in Northern California.
Anna Chlumsky – Then
Anna got her big break (and broke our own hearts) in the 1991 film, My Girl, where she plays the role of a young girl who grows up in a funeral home, who befriends a sickly boy, played by Macaulay Culkin, to the detriment of his health. Anna also went on to do the sequel of the movie in 1994; capitalizing on the first films huge success. A Lesser known movie that she starred in was 1994’s Trading Mom, alongside Sissy Spacek.
Anna Chlumsky – Now
Anna took a break from acting to attend the University of Chicago for a Bachelors Degree in International Studies. Once she graduated she worked as an editorial assistant for HarperCollins Publishing. Anna realized that acting was her true love once again and returned to television in appearances in 30 Rock, Law and Order, and, most recently, playing the role of Chief of Staff for the Vice President on the HBO series, Veep. She gets credit for being a child star that is still relevant and thriving!
Jonathan Taylor Thomas – Then
The long blonde hair and those deep blue eyes, were the kryptonite of every young girl in the 90s. Jonathan Taylor Thomas was so incredibly adorable, and an actor to take seriously. He played the role of Randy, the middle child on the show, Home Improvement. But more importantly (and less known to the world), he was the voice of Simba in 1994 in The Lion King!
Jonathan Taylor Thomas – Now
Jonathan isn’t your typical child actor though, other than the random guest appearances on show like, 8 Simple Rules, Smallville and Veronica Mars, he pretty much stopped acting altogether; choosing to go the academic route instead. After graduating from high school in California, he went to Harvard University (smarty pants!) to study philosophy and history, spending his junior year abroad at St. Andrews University in Scotland (where Prince William and Kate went!).
Christina Ricci – Then
Christina’s youth was spent playing the role of the stone cold faced, Wednesday Addams in both The Addams Family, and Addams Family Values. She played the role so perfectly, it’s become a cult classic, not to mention Halloween costume of choice for many a girl. Ricci continued her winning streak with her role in Casper, Now and Then, and The Opposite of Sex (which she got a Golden Globe nomination for).
Christina Ricci – Now
Nowadays you’ll find Christina in cameo appearances in shows like, Grey’s Anatomy, for which she got an Emmy nomination for. She co-starred alongside Charlize Theron in the critically acclaimed film, Monster. She has been in at least one movie per year since her start in 1990 (Mermaids). Her role as the beautiful mayor’s daughter in the light horror movie, Sleep Hollow, alongside Johnny Depp and Christopher Walken, was enough to send shivers down our spines!
Kenan Thompson – Then
Kenan’s comedic gifts were evident right off the bat. He shared his talent on Nickelodeon Channel’s, All That. He had appearances on The Steve Harvey Show from 1996 to 1998, and lest we forget his roles in Sister, Sister, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. His film creds include D2: The Mighty Ducks, Heavyweights, D3: The Mighty Ducks, and Good Burger – all of which were filmed and released in the 90s, making the world a funnier place, one film at a time.
Kenan Thompson – Now
Kenan, now 38, married model, Christina Evangeline in 2011; they had a daughter together in 2014. Kenan has stayed busy since the beginning of his career. He appeared in movies like My Boss’s Daughter, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Snakes on a Plane (Sam L. Jackson anyone?), and the voice of Greedy Smurf in The Smurfs movies. Clearly, his roles are funny ones, making sure his talent isn’t wasted.
Kel Mitchell – Then
Kel, the other half of the dynamic duo that is, Kenan and Kel, is just as funny as his co-star. Also starring in, All That, he also played alongside Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Rush in the film, Mystery Men. The skits that Kenan and Kel worked on were good enough to turn to film, so they did. The movie Good Burger was born out of a sketch they did on their show.
Kel Mitchell – Now
Kel mostly stuck to television after Good Burger. You can find him in television roles, no surprise here, all comedic, on shows like, The Nick Cannonn Show, Good Luck Charlie, One on One, and Pink Panther and Pals, for which he lent his very distinct voice over skills. His personal life hasn’t been as successful but good nonetheless; he was married from 1999 to 2005, and got remarried in 2012 to rapper Asia Lee.
Michelle Trachtenberg – Then
Where do we start? Well, perhaps with Harriet the Spy, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, and Clarissa Explains It All. Michelle was a busy young lady in the 90s. Oh we almost forgot – Inspector Gadget! Michelle worked on an astrounding 11 television shows in the 90s, as well as 4 films. Out of all of the many acting jobs that she had, her breakout role, and the one she is still remembered for first, is Harriet the Spy.
Michelle Trachtenberg – Now
And now? Michelle played Sarah Michelle Gellar’s younger sister on the smash hit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer to kick of the 2000s. From there you’ll see her in House, Six Feet Under, Gossip Girl, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds, NCIS: Los Angeles, Sleepy Hollow, and SuperMansion. Should be continue? Because we could. She’s also seen in films such as Ice Princess, 17 Again, and EuroTrip, among others.
Keshia Knight Pulliam – Then
Little Rudy! We bet you watched television between 1984 and 1992, and if you did, that means you watched The Cosby Show, and if you watched The Cosby Show, it means you know Rudy, or Keshia Knight Pulliam, very well. The young one played the role of Clair Huxtable on the hit series, she played her so well she got nominated for an Emmy award when she was just six years old!
Keshia Knight Pulliam – Now
Keshia has since been more into reality show appearances than anything else. She was on the celebrity season of Fear Factor in 2002, as well as the same version of The Weakest Link, and finally, Celebrity Mole 2: Yucatan. Not sure how we feel about all of it, but we’re glad she’s trying to stay relevant. More reality experience? The Celebrity Apprentice Season 7 and Splash; don’t ask us what these shows are.
Jonathan Lipnicki – Then
He was so darn cute! Jonathan played the über adorable little boy in Jerry McGuire, kind of stealing Tom Cruise’s thunder, if you ask us. He also had roles in Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2. Question: What’s cuter than Jonathan Lipnicki on screen? Answer: Jonathan Lipnicki on screen with a talking mouse. His 90s spiked blonde hair and round glasses just hit the heart strings for us.
Jonathan Lipnicki – Now
From cute to ripped! Wow. We were floored to learn that the once adorable, innocent, little Jonathan, grew up to become a too-good-looking-to-look-away version of himself. In terms of his career, he has done some appearances on television shows, as well as smaller roles in B rated films. What’s more important for him these days is his charity work, like being a speaker for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Tia and Tamera Mowry – Then
Tia and Tamera are twin sisters and are therefore being considered as a package deal for the sake of this list. They got their big break on the show, Sister Sister, as Tia and Tamera Landry. Other than being very funny characters, they had a very annoying neighbor that won the line of – Go Home Roger! – every time he appeared. You may also remember seeing them on Full House, and True Colors.
Tia and Tamera Mowry – Now
What do sisters do? What they know best – stick together. That’s how their careers mostly went. The two worked together on a number of projects, more recently on television shows and television films, Twitches, Tia & Tamera, Instant Mom, and this years runaway hit, Mistresses. Both of the sisters are now married with children. Tia married actor, Corey Hardrict in 2008 and are now parents to son, Cree. Tamera is married to Fox News Correspondent, Adam Housley, in 2011. They have two children, son Aden and daughter Ariah.
Tahj Mowry – Then
Following in the family tradition of acting, the younger brother of the already very successful actresses, Tia and Tamera, Tahj started acting in 1990 with a cameo on Who’s the Boss. It wasn’t until his role as T.J. Henderson on the sitcom, Smart Guy, that he would get his big break. His role as the child genius won fans over immediately. He was also on Full House for a number of episodes as the tiny and delicious little, Teddy.
Tahj Mowry – Now
A far cry from the innocent roles of his youth, Tahj, who is now 30 (!) years old, stars as Tucker Dobbs on the sitcom, Baby Daddy. His role as roommate, ladies man, and funnyman is addictive to watch. Tahj attended Pepperdine University, as did his sisters. In 2015, Tahj released his first music single, Flirt, followed by a six song album later that year. We haven’t heard anything else, probably because he is focusing on his tv role.
Haley Joel Osment – Then
In the 90s, Haley saw dead people. Well he did! In the thriller, The Sixth Sense, that is. He was so convincing (he really was) that he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also played Forest Gump’s son, in the mega-successful film by the same name. He also made us cry our eyes out in the emotional film, Paying It Forward. To balance the serious films with the more comedic side, Osment appeared in shows such as, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Murphy Brown.
Haley Joel Osment – Now
The 28-year-old hasn’t really slowed down since his early start in film. When it comes to films, he’s been in some highly sought after roles, like, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and Seconhand Lions. He did some occasional voiceover work for movies like, The Jungle Book 2, and The Country Bears. On the more personal side, Haley graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2011, and enjoys playing golf, at times competitively.
Denise Richards – Then
Denise was every man, woman, and child’s fantasy in the 90s. Her risque roles in films like, Wild Things, were enough to send anyone to the movie theater to watch. She also starred in Starship Troopers, The World Is Not Enough, and Drop Dead Gorgeous. She had television appearances on Beverly Hills 90210, Seinfeld, In Living Color, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Melrose Place. Phew! What WASN’T she on?
Denise Richards – Now
Denise is now remembered as Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife, thanks to his crazy antics throughout the years. She and Charlie share two daughters, Sam and Lola. But putting aside her personal matters, Denise has maintained a steady acting career both in film and television. Richards was on the show, Anger Management alongside ex-husband Sheen, as well as To and a Half Men, with him too! She appeared in the remake tv movie of Blue Lagoon, The Awakening, and the remake of 90210.
Sarah Michelle Gellar – Then
The 90s marked the soap opera peak. It was no different for Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played the role of Kendall Hart on the ABC soap, All My Children, winning herself an Emmy award in 1995 for her role. However, let us not forget her true breakout role – as Buffy, THE Buffy, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Teen girls everywhere looked up to this character, wishing they could be as awesome as she was on screen. Last but not least, her role as Kathryn in Cruel Intentions, solidified her celebrity status in Hollywood for good.
Sarah Michelle Gellar – Now
Sarah is now 39 years old, married to fellow actor and heat throb, Freddie Prinze Jr. since 2002 (one of Hollywood’s longest marriages), and has two children with him. She is now working as executive producer on the pilot version of her hit movie, Cruel Intentions. She’s also had a starring role in the horror film, The Grudge and the subsequent sequel, The Grudge 2; we love how she returned to her horror roots (I Know What You Did Last Summer – anyone?).
Tara Reid – Then
Tara Reid got her big break when she landed a role in the 1998 film, The Big Lebowski. She continued to make hit after hit with her role as Vicky in American Pie, American Pie 2, and American Reunion. Her role in The Big Lebowski was an in for her to get roles in films like Cruel Intentions and Urban Legend, both of which made Reid very wealthy and famous.
Tara Reid – Now
Her career has had its ups and downs, she was on shows like Scrubs when she hit her high notes, and tv movies like the Sharknado trilogy, when she hit her low notes. Her film work has also been turbulent, with roles in Van Wilder, Devil’s Pond, Josie and the Pussycats, Last Call, and The Hunger Games spoof, The Hungover Games. It’s hard to tell what she’ll do next in both categories.
Britney Spears – Then
It all started in 1997. Little Britney from Kentwood, Louisiana, got signed by Jive Records and sang her heart out on hits like, Baby One More Time, and Oops! I Did It Again. Before her breakout album though, Brit Brit was in The Mickey Mouse Club, together with future boyfriend, Justin Timberlake. She shot to superstardom after her first singles, which culminated in her being featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in her bra and shorts.
Britney Spears – Now
Now? Britney is like a cat with nine lives. Her career went from amazing to epic very quickly, with a film (Crossroads) and more successful songs and albums. Then 2007 happened. That year Britney had a nervous breakdown and got several tattoos and shaved her head all in the same night. There was also the famous underwear, or lack thereof, with her then best friend, Paris Hilton. Either way, Britney sought help and recovered both in health and in career. These days she’s producing hit single after hit single.
Leonardo DiCaprio – Then
One word: Titanic. Titanic was the movie that made Leo the famous, well-respected and loved actor he is. His role as Jack made millions of women weep and made the millions in the bank grow. Let’s not forget about the movies beforehand too, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Romeo + Juliet alongside Claire Danes. His acting won him critical acclaim, with nominations galore and opened the door to every movie he could possibly imagine.
Leonardo DiCaprio – Now
Leo is now an Academy Award winning actor. Finally. He won for his role in his last movie, The Revenant. His film career is one of the most impressive in Hollywood; from Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York, Blood Diamond and The Departed, to Body of Lies, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, Inception and The Great Gatsby, Leo has truly out-played most actors in Hollywood, by a lot. Other than acting, Leo is a very serious environmentalist, even slipping some environmental facts into his Oscar victory speech.
Macaulay Culkin – Then
Young Macaulay got started in 1990 with Home Alone. His adorable plump face, all scared from the furnace is as adorable today as it was then. He continued his child acting skills with the sad and moving film, My Girls, and then onto The Good Son, The Pagemaster, and, of course, Richie Rich. Culkin was considered to be the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple and her cute little curls came onto the scene.
Macaulay Culkin – Now
Sadly, Macaulay hasn’t done much acting since then. He, as many child star, had a lot of trouble getting his earnings from his parents who, for lac of a better term, got greedy, controlled everything, only to finally be emancipated at 16. After that he seemed to be quietly living with fellow actress, Mila Kunis, until their breakup in 2006, after which he went off the grid, and has been said to be struggling with substance abuse.
Bug Hall – Then
Bug Hall, real name Brandon, rocked the 90s as yet another child star and actor who won the role of, Alfalfa. He played the dorky character in the 1994 film, The Little Rascals. After the hype from the movie died down, Bug went on to act in The Stupids, and The Big Green. He continued to keep busy with, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, voicing a character in the animated version of Hercules, and finally, the movie, Mel.
Bug Hall – Now
Bug managed to (mostly) avoid the pitfalls of being a child actor. He continued to act and keep busy with roles in television, such as CSIL Crime Scene Investigation, Charmed, Cold Case, The O.C., Saving Grace, Criminal Minds, 90210, Major Crimes, Masters of Sex, and Castle. He also played in a Disney Channel original movie, Get a Clue, alongside Lindsay Lohan and Brenda Song.
Bryton James – Then
Little Bryton James was the youngest member of the Crawford family on the hit television show, Family Matters. He was always witty, sassy, and getting into heaps of trouble with his side kick Steve Urkle. Bryton was on the show from 1990 to 1997, he appeared on a total of 200 episodes, which was pretty much for the duration of the show. Show business was part of the family, his father was a music producer, songwriter and musician.
Bryton James – Now
These days, 30 year old Bryton is as handsome as can be. If you find yourself missing him, you can easily find him playing the character of Devon Hamilton on the never ending television soap, The Young and the Restless. He has been on the show since 2004, his character has become an intricate part of the shows storyline, meaning he is going nowhere fast from the show.
Selma Blair – Then
The 90s were filled with television and film roles for Selma. At the time she was in her 20s and quickly rising to be one of the most talked about actors. She had roles in productions like, Scream 2, Girl, and her breakout role as Cecile Caldwell in Cruel Intentions. It was in Cruel Intentions that she shared a kiss with co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar, creating a media frenzy about the two, winning them both an MTV movie award for best kiss.
Selma Blair – Now
Since the 90s, Selma has continued strong in the acting game. She was in the Hellboy franchise, as well as the voice of her character in the animated version. She was also in films such as The Fog, In Good Company, Dark Horse, and Mothers and Daughters. Her role in tv’s Anger Management alongside Charlie Sheen was the role that kept her name in the front of everyones mind.
Mario Lopez – Then
Mario spent the 90s as AC Slater on Saved By the Bell. His adorable grin and large biceps got his heartthrob status along with the kind of fame he never thought imaginable. His role as AC Slater lasted five years, which was pretty much as long as the show; his character was very prominent on the show, with various love interests and comedic snips.
Mario Lopez – Now
Since 2008, and showing no signs of slowing down, Mario is the host of the celebrity news show, Extra, as well as plays himself in many movies where the host of Extra is needed! He is now married and has two children, who he shows off when he walks around Los Angeles or brings them to the set of his television show. Mario still looks just like his AC Slater days, dimples and all!
Neve Campbell – Then
The original Scream queen herself, if you pardon the pun. Neve had the 90s eating out of the palm of her hand. She was everywhere; television show, Party of Five, and films such as Scream, The Craft, Wild Things (remember that kiss with Denise Richards?). Her role as Sidney Prescott in Scream had everyone turn her way. That movie is what catapulted Neve to stardom, and the rest was history.
Neve Campbell – Now
After the original Scream, came Scream 2 through 4 – all of which somehow managed to be hits. Campbell continued to act, of course, in film, as well as tv movies and television appearances. She was on The Simpsons, Grey’s Anatomy, An Amish Murder, Mad Men, and House of Cards, to name a few. Neve is in a relationship with fellow actor, JJ Field. The two welcomed their son, Caspian, in 2012.
Drew Barrymore – Then
She didn’t always have the face of America’s Sweetheart, in fact, back in the 90’s Barrymore was a Hollywood wild child when she hung around with then best friends, Courtney Love and Liv Tyler and she dates some of the more infamous men in Tinsel Town. The E.T child star used to spend much of her partying at Studio 54, In 1993, she was even the face of Guess.
Drew Barrymore – Now
It seems like the actress took a more relaxed turn as years went by and her infamous Hollywood days are pretty much over. She has married three times. Her marriage to actor Tom Green lasted only one year and her latest marriage to Will Kopelman ended last year after four years and two children together. Barrymore is still strong in the industry with her many romantic comedies roles.
Jennifer Aniston – Then
Everybody remembers her for playing the one and only Rachel Green on the classic sitcom, Friends. The show which ran from 1994 to 2004 gave ,without a doubt, Anniston’s push to the top. Jennifer became so incredibly famous due to Friends, she even had a haircut named after her character. Her marriage to Brad Pitt was one of the more famous ones in Hollywood couple’s history. The two got divorced in 2005, after Pitt reportedly left Anniston for Angelina Jolie.
Jennifer Aniston – Now
Nothing stopped Anniston since Friends was last aired, and in fact, the actress has appeared in tons of movies since her glorious days in the 90’s. She played alongside Hollywood’s finest male actors. One of her co stars even became her future husband, actor Justin Theroux. Her latest film was just out this Christmas, Office Christmas Party. Anniston doesn’t have any kids but she does own a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Claire Danes – Then
Claire Danes rose to fame in the mid 90’s when she played the role of Angela Chase on Ny So Called Life. The role on the teen drama gained won her a couple of awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Danes also moved to the big screen with films like Little Women, where she played alongside Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon and Kirsten Dunst. One of her most memorable roles was on the modern version of the Shakespearean play, Romeo & Juliet, where she co starred with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Claire Danes – Now
Claire Danes is keeping herself very busy with the role of Carrie Mathison, a CIA agent with bipolar disorder on the drama series, Homeland. Danes has been on the show since 2011 and it’s one of the most important stepping stones in her career as she won seveal awards for her performance. In 2012 and 2013 she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress as well as an Emmy. She also entered the prestigious list of Times Magazine of 100 most influential people on tej world.
Cindy Crawford – Then
You can’s think of the 90’s and about the fashion scene and not think of Cindy Crawford. The gorgeous model with the famous mole was one of the top and highest paid supermodels during the nineties. She modeled for top designers, appeared on endless magazine covers, and starred in commercials. She also acted in a couple of movies, and her Hollywood experience also slid to her personal life when she was famously married to Richard Gere for four years. Together they hit red carpets and looked absolutely stunning together.
Cindy Crawford – Now
It’s hard to beleive that Cindy Crawford is 50 years old today, as she still looks incredible and like she hasn’t aged a day. After her divorce from Hollywood’s leading man, Richard Gere, in 1995, she continued to appear in a few films and even released some fitness tapes that were extremely popular. In 1998, she married fellow model, Rande Gerber and the two are still happily married. They have two children, Presley and Kaia, who is already following in her mother’s footsteps with her modeling career.
Gwyneth Paltrow – Then
Although the actress pretty much grew into the Hollywood scene with her famous parents, Gwyneth has earned her status as a leading actress for her outstanding performances in the various films that she’s been a part of. She is the daughter of actress, Blyth Danner and television producer, Bruce Paltrow. In 1996 she played the role of Emma in the film version of Jane Austen’s famous novel, Emma. She also had some very high profile relationships when she dated Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck back in the days.
Gwyneth Paltrow – Now
Paltrow appeared in several movies including, Sliding Doors, Shallow Hal, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Iron Man movie series and on the Glee 3D concert movie. She married Coldplay vocalist, Chris Martin back in 2003 and the two have two children, Apple and Moses. Paltrow and Martin divorced in 2016. She is the face of Estee Lauder Pleasures perfume and has published two cookbooks. Paltrow had been seeing Brad Falchuk for over two years.
Uma Thurman – Then
The 1994 Quentin Tarantino film, Pulp Fiction was the movie which probably gained the star her stardom status. She played alongside John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie was an instant success when it grossed more than $100 million in the box office. Thurman was nominated for an Oscar her unforgettable role . She married fellow actor, Ethan Hawke in 1998 and the two divorced in 2003, shirtky after their second child was born.
Uma Thurman – Now
Since her performance in Pulp Fiction, Thurman has been one of Tarantino’s favorite actresses. The famous director cast her to be the star in his later successful movie series, Kill Bill. She has also starred in other films such as The Accidental Husband with Colin Firth. Although there were rumors about Thurman dating her Pulp Fiction director, Quentin Tarantino when they were seeing together at Cannes Film Festival for the movie’s 20th year tribute, it has been reported that she is dating her long time on and off lover, Andre Balazs.
Kate Moss – Then
The British model was discovered when she was only 14 JFK airport in New York. She became worldwide famous, a lot due to her thin figure or ‘heroin chic’ style, which at the time gained her much fame and endless campaigns and magazine covers. One of her more famous campaigns was the 1993 Calvin Klein Obsession ad. Despite her drinking issues and drug usages, she did serve as a big inspiration for many designers in the fashion industry. She has also been engaged to actor, Johnny Depp in the 90’s.
Kate Moss – Now
It seems like the bad reputation that the model gained along the years refused to leave her as Moss drew some bad attention when she was caught doing drugs on camera and the pictured were published in a British paper. Due to her drug and alcohol addiction, the former supermodel had lost many campaigns and contracts. She did manage to bounce back though, and in 2006 Moss even closed a deal with British clothing line, TopShop, to design a collection just for her. She also has a perfume named after her.
Stephanie Seymour – Then
Seymour began her modeling career when she was only 16 years old and her big step in the industry was when she was a finalist at the Elite Model Look of the Year contest. By the 90’s she already appeared on many covers and in many issues of the prestigious Sports Illustrated. She also modeled for Vogue magazine. Some of her more infamous work includes posing for Playboy in 1991 and in 1993.
Stephanie Seymour – Now
In the midst of her career she released a book called Stephanie Seymour’s Beauty Secrets for Dummies. Stephanie continued with her modeling for quite some time, but she mostly focused on her marriage and motherhood. Her recent work was a Salvatore Ferragamo creative campaign with her long time fellow supermodel, Claudia Schiffer. In 2006, her children joined her for the Gap campaign. At 48, she is still looking pretty incredible.
Keri Russell – Then
Keri spent the 90s as a cast member of the All-New Mickey Mouse Club. She was on the show from 1991 to 1994. During her stint on the show she was in the 1992 film, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, as well as Married with Children, and Malibu Shores. It was also in the 90s that Keri got her breakout role in the show, Felicity. Her signature curls and mega watt smile were her signature on screen, and made audiences love her all the more.
Keri Russell – Now
Since her 90s beginnings, Keri has gone from good to better in the eyes of Hollywood. She has been in films like Waitress (now being produced into a Broadway play), Mission: Impossible III, August Rush, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Extraordinary Measures. She is currently on the hit television series, The Americans, that has gotten her much needed buzz.
Liv Tyler – Then
Other than the fact that she was known as Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv was getting a name for herself as quite the thespian. In the 90s, Tyler was in films like, Empire Records, Heavy, and her breakout role in Stealing Beauty. In 1998 she appeared alongside Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck in the hit film, Armageddon (while dad sang vocals on the soundtrack).
Liv Tyler – Now
Live has since been in an even longer list of films, has started a family and made a name for herself as one of the most stylish women in Hollywood. Most notably, Liv has been a part of The Lord of the Rings films. Liv has three children, one with ex-husband Royston Langdon, and two with current love, David Gardner.
Winona Ryder – Then
Winona is considered one of the most legendary actresses of the 90s. Her roles in films like, Mermaids, Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Little Women, and Girl, Interrupted, that solidified her name in Hollywood for generations. Winona’s romantic relationship with Johnny Depp was also another catalyst to her already rising star.
Winona Ryder- Now
Despite an embarrassing incident of shoplifting, Winona has managed to bounce back to the public’s good graces and the critics good side too. She is currently playing the mother on the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, showing us that no matter how far you fall, you could always come back if you’re willing to work hard and show the world your talent.
Gwen Stefani – Then
Gwen in the 90s was all about her band, No Doubt, and we were undoubtedly (pun intended) all about her! She had blue hair one day and pink hair the next, even with braces she looked adorable! No Doubt’s song, Don’t Speak, was one of their biggest hits, and is one of the most beloved songs to this day.
Gwen Stefani – Now
Now, Gwen is still very much in the music industry, a judge on a musical competition and wowing the world with a spectacular solo career. She was married to Gavin Rossdale from 2002 until 2016, the couple had three sons together. She is currently back in the dating game, all the while proving that age is just a number, because she doesn’t seem to age!
Sandra Bullock – Then
She may have officially gotten her first movie role in the 80s, but it was in the 90s that Sandy totally blew up. Her roles in films like, Speed, While You Were Sleeping, A Time to Kill, Hope Floats, and Practical Magic, made sure that her face was practically everywhere! She was beautiful, funny, relatable and all around fantastic in everything she did!
Sandra Bullock – Now
Sandra has since won herself an Academy Award for her role in the film, The Blind Side, as well as adopted two children. Her role in Gravity has also put her even farther on the map, as well as The Heat and The Proposal, showing the world that her comedic timing is only getting better with time!
Mary Louise Parker – Then
Mary Louise Parker made her acting debut in 1991 with two high-profile projects; she starred Fried Green Tomatoes with Kathy Bates and in Grand Canyon alongside Kevin Kline. She was the girl next door who was transitioning from a successful career on broadway and spent the 90’s working with experienced, veteran actors like John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, Viggo Mortensen, and John Malkovich.
Mary Louise Parker – Now
As early as the 2000’s, Mary Louise Parker was nominated for countless Golden Globes and Emmy’s for her television and mini-series performances. In 2006, she was awarded with the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series, starring in the HBO drama Weeds, and beat out 4 cast members of The Desperate Housewives for the honor. In 2007, Mary adopted a baby girl from Ethiopia and in 2013, she was ceremoniously honored for her work with a non-profit organization, Hope North, that aids and educates children enduring the struggle of the Uganda War.
Julia Louise-Dreyfus – Then
In the 90’s, you couldn’t reference the hit-sitcom Seinfeld without dropping in an Elaine line or two. Julia Louise-Dreyfus skyrocketed to fame as her comedic genius was quickly recognized and she worked closely with Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld until the show ended in 1998. In 1997, she starred in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Deconstructing Harry. Julia then took a break until the mid 2000’s, re-emerging on television and the big screen sometime around 2010.
Julia Louise-Dreyfus – Now
Now, Julia-Louise Dreyfus has taken the tv world back by raging storm. Her HBO show, Veep, where she plays Vice President Selina Meyer, has been renewed for a 6th season. She’s also made guest appearances on Arrested Development, The Simpsons, and 30 Rock. In 2010, Julia was finally honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Fairuza Balk – Then
Fairuza Balk began her career as a young child actress in The Worst Witch alongside screen veteran Tim Curry, but soon made a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s hottest goth girls. In the 90’s, she starred in flicks such like American History X and The Waterboy. However, she gained critical notoriety as villainous Nancy in 1996’s The Craft. The last mainstream appearance she made in Almost Famous in 2000.
Fairuza Balk – Now
Today, Fairuza still makes her fair share of movies. She can be seen in Deuces Wild, Grindstone Road, and Dose of Reality. In 2010, she released a single entitled “Stormwinds” under her music-stage name, Armed Love Militia. Balk also exhibits personal works of art in Los Angeles and California.
Lacy Chabert – Then
Lacey Chabert was a staple in the teen-drama genre of the 1990’s. Alongside Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt, she had a starring role as Claudia Salinger on Party of Five until the series was cancelled in 2000. She then became the voice of a cartoon, Nickelodeon generation as Eliza on The Wild Thornberry’s. It wasn’t until 2004, though, that Lacey would become a household name. She became famously recognized as Gretchen Weiners in Mean Girls (her hair was so big, it was full of secrets).
Lacy Chabert – Now
Lacey Chabert has become a holiday-film enthusiast since her days as Toaster Strudel heiress in Mean Girls. She’s starred in Christmas-themed movies like Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past, A Wish for Christmas, The Tree that Saved Christmas, and a remake of the 70’s horror flick, Black Christmas. In 2016, Lacey and her husband David welcomed their first child together – a baby girl named Julia.
Julia Stiles – Then
Julia Stiles was one of the reigning queens of the 90’s era. She played an array of versatile roles that set her apart from the other teen dreams of her time, most notably as Kat Stratford in the cult-classic 10 Things I Hate About You. In 2001, she showed off her dancing talent in Save The Last Dance and lived out an epic on-screen romance with Freddie Prinze Jr. in Down To You.
Julia Stiles – Now
Julia Stiles has graduated from teenage, 90’s sensation to action star. She plays Nicky Parsons in The Bourne Franchise and has starred in critically recognized films including Mona Lisa Smile, The Omen, Hamlet, and The Prince & Me. Julie recently became engaged in 2013 to camera assistant, Preston J. Cook.
Mark Paul Gosselaar – Then
Mark Paul Gosselaar won the 90s with his role as Zack Morris in the hit television series, Saved by the Bell. He was a main character, among a pretty large cast, and stood out among the many cast members. The Saved by the Bell series ended in 1993 but spun movies, reuniting him with the rest of the cast. In addition to Saved by the Bell, Gosselaar appeared on television shows like, Murphy Brown, and Blossom.
Mark Paul Gosselaar – Now
After the 90s, Gosselaar continued to act in front of both film and television cameras. He was in the 2015 film, Heist and the 2016 film, Precious Cargo. In terms of television, where he is most known and comfortable, Mark has been in shows like, Commander in Chief, Raising the Bar, Weeds, CSI, and Pitch. Mark has been married twice and has four children, two with each wife.
Alyssa Milano- Then
While Alyssa did act in films in the 90s, it was her role on television that got her noticed. Milano played the playful role of Samantha Micelli on the show, Who’s the Boss?, as well as Spin City, Melrose Place, and Charmed, which is the role that sent her flying into the public’s full radar; where she played the role of Phoebe Halliwell, one third of the Charmed sisters.
Alyssa Milano – Now
Milano has kept very busy since the 90s. She has been in made for television films, as well as countless shows. Her most recent role was in 2014, when she played the role of Savannah on the series, Mistresses. Alyssa is now a wife and mother of two adorable little ones.
Shiri Appleby – Then
Shiri began her acting career in the 80s but it was in the 90s that she started making a serious impression on audiences and critics. She appeared in television shows like, Knots Landing, Doogie Howser, M.D., ER, 7th Heaven, Xena Warrior Princess, Beverly Hills 90210, and her true breakout role – Roswell.
Shiri Appleby – Now
These days, Shiri is married with two children and in the hit television show, UnREAL. Before her major success on UnREAL, she had main roles in shows like, Life Unexpected, ER, and Chicago Fire. Her one major film credit that most people know Shiri for is her role in the film, Charlie Wilson’s War, alongside Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks.
James Van Der Beek – Then
James Van Der Beek will always be Dawson Leery for us! From 1998 to 2003, James played the role of the wholesome blonde who had a bedroom window we all wanted to climb through! Anyway, other than his role on Dawson’s Creek, James was in films like, Harvest, and Varsity Blues.
James Van Der Beek- Now
James is now an even better actor, although he did have some quiet years in between the early 2000s and today. He is now happily married to wife Kimberly, and has four children with her. James has been in a large number of television shows, most notably in, How I Met Your Mother, One Tree Hill, Mercy, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, and Friends with Better Lives.
Candace Cameron Bure – Then
Candace got her start in the 90s. Her role as DJ Tanner on the practically cult series, Full House, got her name and face known worldwide. Throughout the 90s, Candace landed role after role in movies like, No One Would Tell, She Cried No, and NightScream. She also appeared on the hit show, Boy Meets World.
Candace Cameron Bure – Now
Candace is now all grown up and as stunning as ever. She is married to NHL player, Valeri Bure, and has three children. Candace is now reprising her role as DJ Tanner on the Full House Netflix spinoff, Fuller House. Bure is also working in full force on movie after movie for television channels; it’s very hard to keep up with this lady.
Devon Sawa – Then
Devon Sawa acted in his heart out in the 90s. Most notably though, was his role as Casper in the 1995 film of the same name, alongside Christina Ricci. He also starred in films like, Little Giants, Now and Then, Night of the Twisters, and Wild America. In 1999 he played the leading role in the film Idle Hands, where he played a high school student whose hand becomes possessed… interesting.
Devon Sawa – Now
His first role of the 2000s was in the film, Final Destination. He has continued to make films like Final Destination 5, Devil’s Den, Life on the Line, and Punk’s Dead. His well known television role was on the show, Nikita, from 2010 to 2013. Devon has been married to producer wife, Dawni from 2010, the couple has two children together.
Amy Jo Johnson – Then
Amy Jo was the pink power ranger before we knew her real name. She played the role of the pink ranger on the show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, as well as the film adaptation of the hit series. She spent the rest of the 90s appearing in other shows and made for tv movies, such as, Susie Q, Killing Mr. Griffin, and Perfect Body. She was also on the television show Felicity for a duration.
Amy Jo Johnson – Now
These days, Johnson is directing films! In 2014 she directed the film, Lines, and in 2016 the film, The Space Between. Johnson has also had parts in shows like, Flashpoint, Cracked, and Covert Affairs. Throughout her life she has also always expressed her love of music and has recorded three albums. Amy Jo is married and has a daughter.
Scott Wolf – Then
The heartthrob of the 90s! He started his television career on Saved by the Bell, but really made it big as Bailey Salinger, on the popular series, Party of Five. Girls everywhere wanted Scott to sweep them off their feet, there was something about the combination of his blue eyed gaze and his dimples that just worked!
Scott Wolf – Now
After Party of Five, there were other shows, like, Spin City, that kept Scott atop the list of beloved celebs, not to mention his reoccurring role on the show, Everwood. Most recently he has been on show like, Perception and The Night Shift.
Andie MacDowell – Then
1993 was the year of the Groundhog – the film that got Andie noticed. After ’93, Andie went on to act in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Michael, Multiplicity, and The Muse. Andie’s acting credits were getting to be a very long list, with Andie able to evolve into a very complex and interesting actress.
Andie MacDowell – Now
Andie has continued to be on a range of films, from dramas to comedies, somehow she knows how to make sure she is perfect in everything. Some of her roles include films like, Beauty Shop, Intervention, The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, Daydream Nation, Monte Carlo, Footloose (the remake), and Magic Mike XXL. Andie has three children from two marriages.
Meg Ryan – Then
Ah, Meg Ryan is the undisputed queen of the 90s romantic genre. We’ve got Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and French Kiss, to name a few. Meg’s girl next door looks and comedic timing made her a shoe in for such roles as the adorable female love interest.
Meg Ryan – Now
Meg has since managed to have the time to marry and divorce actor, Dennis Quaid, with whom she has two children with, as well as enter and end a relationship with singer and song writer, John Mellencamp. Meg has continued to act through the years, such as films like The Women, and Fan Girls. Most recently though, Meg has been in the media’s eye for some extensive plastic surgery she has done to her already beautiful face.
Charisma Carpenter – Then
Charisma Carpenter got her big break after landing the role of Cordelia Chase in the insanely popular 90s TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. Before that, she did several commercials and a small part in another very popular 90s TV show “Baywatch”.
Charisma Carpenter – Now
Today, at the age of 46 and almost two decades after Buffy’s last episode, Carpenter continues working in the TV and film industry. She briefly came back to our lives as Cordelia Chase in Buffy’s spin-off series “Angel”.
Jenna Jameson – Now
The sexy star acclaimed her fame under some very different circumstances than what we are used to in classic Hollywood. Jameson became famous in the 90’s due to her erotic film career where she was once one of the most famous porn stars in the world. By twenty, she made several appearances on adult magazines as well, including the men’s magazine, Penthouse.
Jenna Jameson – Now
The famous porn star has turned more mainstream when she landed roles like Mandy on Howard Stern’s 1997 film, Private Parts. She later went on to start her own adult film company together with her ex, Jay Gradina. They named their company ClubJenna. Jenna released her very personal yet public memoir – How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale. The book was even part of The New York Times Best Seller List for six weeks.