Several teen movies have catapulted numerous actors into stardom, particularly those who landed roles in cult films. Despite the passing years and the actors’ aging, it’s difficult to envision anyone else embodying the same characters they portrayed.
Today we’ve given free rein to our imaginations and pieced together iconic scenes to visualize how the actors might look if they were to reprise their roles years later.
Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash in Clueless
Released in 1995, Clueless has a comedic storyline revolving around the trials and tribulations of two affluent teenagers. The film’s immense popularity led it to become a cult classic in popular culture. The lead role was portrayed by Alicia Silverstone, who was already a well-known and well-loved actress at the age of 18. Now 45 years old, Alicia has continued her career as both an actress and an activist.
Additionally, the movie proved to be a pivotal moment for Stacey Dash’s career. At 28 years old, she starred as a friend of the main character. Following her role in the film, Dash went on to act in several other movies and later became a contributor to a news network.
Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz in The Mummy
In 1999, The Mummy was released and quickly became one of the most beloved adventure films of all time. At 31 years old, Brendan Fraser landed the lead role, solidifying his status as one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. Despite facing personal obstacles that made it difficult to maintain his star status, Fraser, now 52 years old, continues to act and remains a familiar face to the public.
The film also brought a great deal of attention to Rachel Weisz, a talented actress who has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award. Weisz has appeared in a plethora of renowned and large-scale productions throughout her career. She was 28 years old when she starred in The Mummy and is currently 51 years old.
Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls
The 2004 hit comedy Mean Girls is considered one of the best teen movies of all time. With its memorable quotes, the film has become a pop culture reference. Lindsay Lohan, who was 18 years old at the time, played the main character and became one of the most popular young actresses in Hollywood. Lohan, now 35, continues to work in the entertainment industry.
Rachel McAdams also rose to fame around the same time as Lohan. She has starred in several successful films and won awards for her performances. Although her character Regina George was a teenager, McAdams was 26 years old when she played the role.
Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler in Armageddon
In 1998, the movie Armageddon was released. Despite having flaws in its storyline and receiving negative reviews, it was a commercial success worldwide. The movie even received nominations for several Academy Awards, including Best Original Song, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Visual Effects.
Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler played the roles of a romantic couple in the movie, giving us a love story in the midst of an apocalyptic scenario. Liv Tyler, who is now 44 years old, has starred in significant films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Meanwhile, Affleck, who is 49, has had an illustrious acting career, winning numerous accolades for his work.
Rachel Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr. in She’s All That
The 1999 teen love story “She’s All That” starred Rachael Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr. Cook was only 18 years old when she acted in the movie. Recently, Netflix released a new version of the film in 2021, with Cook confirmed as a cast member playing the mother of the main character. Prinze Jr. has also appeared in numerous movies and TV shows since his breakthrough role in the original film.
Kate Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
In 2003, the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was released, starring Kate Hudson in the lead role. Just two years prior, she had won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film Almost Famous. Despite now being 42 years old, Hudson has continued to pursue acting.
Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada, released in 2006, made a certain brand of clothing and a pair of boots iconic symbols. Anne Hathaway played the lead role in the film and gained widespread recognition for her portrayal. Now 38 years old, Hathaway has become a well-known actress and has won numerous awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On
In the year 2000, the movie “Bring It On” was released, with Kirsten Dunst in the lead role. She had been a standout performer since childhood, earning recognition and awards for her great performances. Dunst is now 39 years old and continues to work in the entertainment industry.
Uma Thurman in Kill Bill
Uma Thurman played the main character, The Bride, in Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed 2003 movie, Kill Bill. The character was co-created by Thurman and Tarantino, who considered her his inspiration. Thurman’s portrayal of The Bride garnered her fame and a nomination for a Golden Globe for Best Actress. The character also made it onto the list of the 100 best movie characters of the last two decades. At 51 years old, Thurman is a highly talented actress with a successful career in film.
Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz in There’s Something About Mary
The comedy film “There’s Something About Mary” was a major box office success in the US in 1998, ranking as the fourth highest-grossing movie of that year. The film starred Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz as the main characters, and their on-screen chemistry contributed to the movie’s status as a classic comedy.
Ben Stiller has continued to work on other movies and has also worked as a director and producer. Cameron Diaz was one of the most famous actresses of the 1990s, starring in many popular movies. After some time, Diaz decided to step away from acting and focus on her own projects instead. Currently, Ben Stiller is 55 years old, while Cameron Diaz is 49.
As for who could play the same character more than once, there are many actors who have reprised their roles in multiple movies, such as Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in The X-Men franchise. As for who else should be on this list, it would depend on the criteria used for selecting the actors and movies.
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman
In 1990, Julia Roberts starred in the hit rom-com Pretty Woman, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her iconic role. Her co-star Richard Gere also gained recognition, establishing himself as a well-known actor. Three decades later, Gere, now 72 years old, continues his acting career and advocacy work.
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