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How 23 Actors From the 2000s Comedy Movies We Couldn’t Stop Watching Changed


At the end of the ’90s and the beginning of the 2000s, teenage comedies were extremely popular. Even people who liked completely different kinds of humor watched them. Everyone got used to seeing the actors in these films and for many, they seemed quite young. But almost 20 years have passed since these movies debuted, and the actors in them have changed plenty since then.

The Bright Side team feels really nostalgic and has decided to find out what the actors who traveled in Road Trip and danced in Coyote Ugly look like today.

1. Jerry O’Connell (Tomcats)

The star of the ’90s series, Sliders never actually hoped to star in big movies. O’Connell always took part in low-budget films and TV series. And he’s doing the same thing today — working on TV show sets.

2. Jaime Pressly (Tomcats)

A lot of people know Jaime Pressly from comedies and shows like My Name Is Earl. Today, the actress doesn’t star in shows as often because she prefers to spend more time with her family.

3. Jake Busey (Tomcats)

Just like his father, Gary Busey, Jake Busey continues to star in movies and TV series. In May 2019, Busey acted in L.A.’s Finest alongside Jessica Alba who played the leading role.

4. Shannon Elizabeth (Tomcats)

It seems like Shannon Elizabeth took part in every other comedy at the beginning of the 2000s. We saw her in movies such as American Pie, Scary Movie, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, just to name a few.

At the beginning of the 2010s, Elizabeth cut down on work and spent a lot of her time on charity. She even set up a non-profit organization that helps save animals.

5. Horatio Sanz (Tomcats)

To most people, Horatio Sanz is a funny, plump guy from movies aimed at teenagers. Turns out, he’s a really good comedian and continues to star in sitcoms and comedies.

6. DJ Qualls (The New Guy)

After his success in The New Guy, Qualls stepped down from the acting business. Today, Qualls exclusively produces shows and movies but from time to time, you can spot him in small roles on various TV shows.

7. Zooey Deschanel (The New Guy)

At the beginning of the 2000s, Zooey Deschanel appeared in teenage films in supporting roles. The actress still continues to do sitcoms and comedies.

8. Gwyneth Paltrow (Shallow Hal)

Paltrow never disappeared from the movie radar and it’s unlikely to happen any time soon. In recent years, we’ve seen her play Virginia “Pepper” Potts, but now that The Avengers has come to an end, Gwyneth has many more interesting projects on the horizon.

9. Jack Black (Shallow Hal)

Jack Black not only acts in movies, but he also dabbles in music. He still performs (mostly in comedies) and gives concerts as Tenacious D along with his bandmate, Kyle Gass.

10. Amy Smart (Road Trip)

The actress that most people remember from movies like The Butterfly Effect and Crank still continues working at her career. Every year, Amy takes part in several projects and her Instagram page is full of photos of her family vacations and food she loves to cook. How does she find enough time for everything?

11. Breckin Meyer (Road Trip)

Since the moment he appeared in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare in 1991, Breckin Meyer has never left set! The actor grew up watching comedies but now takes part in more serious projects. Aside from cinema, Meyer plays the drums in a punk band called Street Walkin’ Cheetahs.

12. Michael Rosenbaum (Sorority Boys)

Michael Rosenbaum became famous after he starred in the role of Lex Luthor. In 2002, he was awarded The Saturn Award for “Best Supporting Actor” in Smallville. Michael continues to act in TV shows.

13. Barry Watson (Sorority Boys)

Barry Watson became very popular thanks to the show, 7th Heaven. Today, the actor takes part in various TV projects.

14. Harland Williams (Sorority Boys)

The Canadian actor loves to travel. Sometimes he stars in sitcoms and even has his own podcast called Harland Highway.

15. Tobias Schenke (Harte Jungs)

Aside from acting, Tobias Schenke also sings. He continues to act in movies and does his own music projects.

16. Axel Stein (Harte Jungs)

Axel Stein started his career in teenage movies and now takes part in more serious projects. He also does a bit of dubbing work.

17. Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly)

Aside from movies, Piper is in the theatre seen as well. In 2007, she made her Off-Broadway debut in the Neil LaBute play, Reasons to Be Pretty. The actress loves literature, classical music, and fishing. Piper Perabo is also a close friend of Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones).

18. Maria Bello (Coyote Ugly)

Maria Bello continues to do movies and also has the Dream Yard Drama Project for Kids, a non-profit educational program for children in Harlem.

19. Jennifer Garner (13 Going on 30)

Jennifer Garner is still an actress but her career is not the main part of her life anymore. She prefers to be a stay-at-home mom. She tries to spend more time with her children and loves to cook.

20. Judy Greer (13 Going on 30)

Judy Greer still stars in movies. In 2018, she appeared in the thriller, Driven about the famous inventor, John Zachary DeLorean. The film tells the story of the creation of DMC-12 which became an iconic car thanks to the movie, Back to the Future.

21. Anna Faris (Scary Movie)

Scary Movie is the film that made Anna Faris famous. The comedic actress continues to do movies and sometimes produces films.

22. Regina Hall (Scary Movie)

Just like Anna Faris, Regina Hall became popular after her part in Scary Movie. She continues to work as an actress and stars in comedic films.

23. Carmen Electra (Scary Movie)

Despite the fact that Carmen is, first and foremost, a model, she continues to take part in films and TV shows. Electra supports the non-profit organization Elevate Hope that supports abandoned and abused children.

What comedies from the 2000s did you love to watch?