For a time, our lives revolved around theirs, but where are these Nineties TV stars now and would we recognize them if we bumped into them in the street?
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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER :
When the Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV show spin-off hit screens in 1997, it ended up being way more famous than the original movie by which it was inspired. Sarah Michelle Gellar gave us all life as Buffy Summers, the sassiest slayer of all time.
Buffy’s love story with handsome vamp Angel was a different take on the usual star-crossed lovers tale. Remember when Angel turned into evil Angelus and our Buff’ had to stake him through the heart? We’re still not over it. Buffy quickly gathered a strong and loyal fan base with teenagers and adults alike, something the show’s stars totally understood.
Most of the cast recently enjoyed a big reunion photoshoot for Entertainment Weekly to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Gellar told EW: “It’s the ultimate metaphor: horrors of adolescence manifesting through these actual monsters.” David Boreanaz, who played Buffy’s true love, Angel, agreed, saying: “When you’re going through a really horrible part of your life, like your teenage years, you feel alone. And Buffy was a way to tell the audience you’re not alone.” Like, totally.
SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR as BUFFY:
Since retiring her stake, leading lady Sarah went on to star in an array of teen movies including Cruel Intentions and I Know What You Did Last Summer where she met hubby Freddie Prinze Jr. In recent years Sarah has had cameos in shows like The Simpsons but is currently putting acting on hold to promote her kid-friendly cookbook.
DAVID BOREANAZ as ANGEL/ANGELUS:
In 1997 Angel got his spin-off show, which ended in 2004. Since then David’s biggest gig has been a continuing stint as the star of crime TV show Bones.
ANTHONY HEAD as RUPERT:
Pouting Head has enjoyed a packed TV and movie career since Buffy with roles in Little Britain, The Inbetweeners, and A Street Cat Named Bob.
ALYSON HANNIGAN as WILLOW:
Buffy’s bestie went onto big things, starring in American Pie and its sequel. Hannigan was still bringing the LOLs until 2014 in How I Met Your Mother. She also took part in Penn & Teller’s magic show.
JAMES MARSTERS as SPIKE:
Spike became a much-loved anti-hero. James ditched the bleach and moved into theatre, then a music career with his band, Ghost of a Robot.
NICHOLAS BRENDoN as XANDER:
Playing Buffy’s wisecracking BFF was Nicholas’ biggest role. Unfortunately the actor has recently found himself on the wrong side of the law.
ELIZA DUSHKU as FAITH:
After playing leather-clad Faith, Dushku got her own Joss Whedon-directed TV show, Tru Calling. She was also part of the Bring It On cast, which is obviously ah-mazing.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 23 years, there’s not much we can say about Friends that you probably don’t know. Running from 1994 to 2004 for 10 iconic seasons, Friends was one of the most successful TV shows of all time. It catapulted its then-unknown cast into global stardom, gave the world Jennifer Aniston (not to mention the famous The Rachel haircut) and garnered a whopping 62 Primetime Emmy Award nominations during its run. In fact, the airing of the final episode was practically a historic event – you can’t help but remember where you were and how you felt when you watched it. Fortunately, the beloved gang have all managed to remain relevant and maintain successful TV and film careers since its finale 13 years ago.
Sadly, despite the cast still being close, erm, friends, after all these years, there has been no reunion. And the bad news is that it’s unlikely to ever happen. During a recent interview, Lisa Kudrow shattered all hopes of a get-together: “I feel like I’m just constantly bursting that little bubble of hope, each and every time it’s asked. It’s been 13 years, 13 years of the same question and right now, or in the future, it’s not going to happen.” Perhaps a couple of mega paycheques in the future can change that. Here’s hoping.
JENNIFER ANISTON as RACHEL:
Whether it’s her films, her private life or her hair, Jen is still America’s sweetheart. We rallied behind her when Angelina ‘stole her man’. Fortunately, Jen found her happy ending with Justin Theroux.
COURTENEY COX as MONICA:
From her role as nosy reporter Gale Weathers in the Scream film franchise to Jules Cobb in TV’s Cougar Town, there are many reasons to love Court. Best of all? She’s Jennifer Aniston’s BFF.
LISA KUDROW as PHOEBE:
While we love the entire cast, we have to admit that Lisa is our favourite. She’s starred in big screen classics like P.S. I Love You and Analyze That, and we think her TV series Web Therapy is highly underrated.
DAVID SCHWIMMER as ROSS:
David kept a fairly low profile, acting mostly on the West End and Broadway. That changed when he got an Emmy nod for his role as the late Robert Kardashian in The People v. OJ Simpson.
MATT LEBLANC as JOEY:
Matt’s IMDb page might not be as hefty as those of his co-stars, but he’s aimed for quality over quantity. He was the only cast member to get a spin-off, Joey, and is now making us smile in Episodes and Top Gear.
MATTHEW PERRY as CHANDLER:
From The Whole Nine Yards to TV’s Go On, Matthew has continued to enjoy success. After a few rehab stints, he opened Perry House, a sober living home in his former mansion in Malibu.
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR:
Running from 1990 to 1996, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was the story of a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who was sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their Bel-Air mansion. Not only did the show introduce us to Will Smith, it also gave us the theme song, Yo Home to Bel-Air.
Just last month, the original cast (minus James ‘Uncle Philip’ Avery, who passed away in 2013) reunited for lunch in Los Angeles. And that makes our hearts happy.
WILL SMITH as HIMSELF:
Will has become a big-name actor, musician and overall cool guy. In fact, he’s been ranked as the world’s most bankable star by Forbes.
TATYANA ALI as ASHLEY:
Tatyana earned a degree from Harvard, and become a spokesperson for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
ALFONSO RIBEIRO as CARLTON:
Alfonso mainly cashed in on his celeb status, appearing on chat shows and winning season 19 of Dancing with the Stars.
KARYN PARSONS as HILARY:
After quitting acting in 2002, Karyn created Sweet Blackberry, a line of animated films about unsung black heroes.
JANET HUBERT as VIVIAN:
The original aunt Vivian Banks was fired from the show after three seasons, allegedly due to due to a violation of her contract.
DAWSON’S CREEK :
Before the days of Taylor Swift and her gal pals, the gang from Dawson’s Creek was every teenage girl’s ultimate squad goal. The popular TV series, which aired between 1998 and 2003, followed the lives of a close-knit group of friends in high school and later their adventures in college. The timing of the show was perfect, tapping into the new craze of teen-themed films and TV shows in the late Nineties.
JAMES VAN DER BEEK as DAWSON:
Considering how popular he was during the show’s run, it’s odd that James’ career never really took off after it ended. He secured small roles throughout the years (mostly playing himself), but seems happy as a committed family man.
KATIE HOLMES as JOEY:
Katie is perhaps the most well-known star from the show. Following roles in Batman Begins, and Mad Money, her biggest role was in her ill-fated marriage to Tom Cruise. She’s rumoured to be dating Jamie Foxx these days.
JOSHUA JACKSON as PACEY:
Joshua’s had roles in successful films such as Shutter, but it was TV’s Fringe where he shone as Peter Bishop. These days he’s starring in TV series The Affair and is on the market again after his split from Diane Kruger.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS as JEN:
Michelle’s biggest roles include Manchester by the Sea, Shutter Island and Brokeback Mountain, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She famously dated Heath Ledger until his death in 2008.
MY SO-CALLED LIFE:
It might have only lasted one season but My So-Called Life still gives us angsty teen feels when we think about it. The show aired in 1994-1995 and starred Claire Danes as 15-year-old Angela Chase, who struggled to deal with adolescent traumas like getting grounded and her overwhelming crush on high school heartthrob, Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto).
JARED LETO as JORDAN:
Jared divides his time between his rock band, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and acting. The kooky star even bagged a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2013 for Dallas Buyers Club, . He’s also a BIG fan
of really wild and daring outfits…
CLAIRE DANES as ANGELA:
Life after Angela included tons of amazing movie roles before landing her big money-maker – telly series Homeland. When she’s not fighting bad guys, Claire lives in NYC with actor husband Hugh Dancy and their little boy, Cyrus.
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH:
There wasn’t a teenage girl in the ‘90s who didn’t want to be Sabrina Spellman and live in her bedroom. Remember those stained-glass windows? Sigh. Airing 1996-2003, the show centred around a high school student with magical powers at her fingertips who lived with her wacky witchy aunts and had to deal with a variety of crazy adventures. She also had a talking cat called Salem, the real star of the show. His pearls of wisdom were often cutting and always spot on.
MELISSA JOAN HART as SABRINA:
Melissa swapped her powers for a happy marriage and four kids. She’s still found time to act, starring in Melissa & Joey with fellow ‘90s star Joey Lawrence. But it definitely lacks Sabrina’s sparkling wit and charm.
NICK BAKAY as SALEM:
The voice of Sabrina’s snarky cat has taken his cat-vocalising skills to the next level and starred in every Sabrina spin-off you can imagine. If it