The 1990s sure were a great time to be alive. Many of our favorite actors were still fresh-faced in a denim-dominated fashion world, using weird catchphrases and featuring in teen dramas that launched their careers. While some have faded from the limelight, others have very successful careers even now.
Since they landed their breakthrough roles, you might be wondering what they have been up to. Well, we did the work, and this is what we found.
Melissa Joan Hart
Despite that she is now a mother of three, Hart has remained a TV queen. She rose to fame after starring on Clarissa Explains It All between 1991 to 1994. She was later on the 90s series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. With these putting her on the map, she started featuring in various TV movies.
In 2010, she starred on ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey that ran for five years. She moved on to directing with the movie, The Watcher in the Woods in 2017, and in 2019, she appeared as Liz on the Netflix series No Good Nick.
In the early ’90s, the actor/comedian starred in Nickelodeon’s series All That, where he often collaborated with Kel Mitchell. In 1996, they started their own show Kenan & Kel, which ran for five years. He also featured in Good Burger and The Mighty Ducks.
In 2019, Thompson served as a judge for the comedy competition series Bring the Funny. Since 2003, he has been a cast member on Saturday Night Live and is currently starring on the NBC sitcom Kenan which premiered this year. He is set to produce the upcoming revival of All That. Amidst all of this, he is a father to two kids raised with his wife.
In 2006, there was a false claim that the All-Star favorite was dead. He is very much alive and well.
We can’t help but still marvel at his role as the loveable goofball Ed in Good Burger in 1997. Unlike some actors who have had glamorous careers, he hasn’t. But, he made a niche for himself and has not strayed far from it.
At the 2017 Super Bowl media day, he brought back the Ed character to interview players and report for Nickelodeon Sports. He also had recurring roles in small TV series like Game Shakers.
A father to four children is very invested in making a home for his family and being a present father.
Amanda Bynes was one child actor who had amazing growth in the industry. She joined the All That cast from season three through six. After, she joined Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out, and by the time she was 13, she had her own sketch comedy, The Amanda Show.
She kept growing professionally and starred in What a Girl Wants, She’s the Man, Hairspray, and Easy A. After featuring in Easy A, she announced that she was taking an acting hiatus. She stopped acting but enrolled in a fashion school. Since then, it has been one trouble after another.
In 2012, she was busted for a DUI, and in 2013, she set fire in front of a home which led to her been held for a mental evaluation. In 2014, she posted many erratic accusations to Twitter and finally revealed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She has since sought help for substance abuse and has been sober for a long time.
Buffy gave us Alyson Hannigan. She starred in the movie series American Pie and bagged the iconic TV role Lily on How I Met Your Mother. In the live-action movie Kim Possible, she played Kim Possible’s mom and appeared on shows like Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story and Pure.
She married another Buffy star, Alexis Denisof, with whom she has two daughters.
From 2010 to 2015, the Blossom star was on Melissa & Joey. According to Us, he filed for bankruptcy a few years later, but the case was settled in 2018. He competed in Dancing with the Stars in 2006 and Celebrity Big Brother in 2019.
In July 2020, he split from his wife, Chandie Lawrence, after 15 years of marriage.
Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer got his own spinoff series, and we couldn’t be any prouder of the turn his career took. He acted in another hit show with Bones and currently stars on the SEAL Team.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar is a ’90s favorite for her title role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before, she had the role of Kendall on the soap opera All My Children that made her famous.
She has starred in Cruel Intentions and The Grudge but hasn’t acted since 2016, apart from a guest appearance in The Big Bang Theory in 2019.
She has been married to I Know What You Did Last Summer co-star Freddie Prinze Jr. since 2002. After having kids, she has been more invested in her food-crafting company, Foodstirs. It creates and sells baking kits for kids. In 2017, she released a cookbook.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Freddie rose to popularity after he starred in I Know What You Did Last Summer and met his wife on the set. They acted together in the live-action movies Scooby-Doo.
He mostly takes on TV roles and short stints like on Bones and 24. He lent his voice to the animated series Star Wars Rebels and might have a role in the upcoming reboot of Punky Brewster.
He and his wife also starred in the animated flick Happily N’Ever After. They were seen together in a 2020 Cascade dishwashing campaign.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Party of Five launched Jenifer Hewitt’s career. She also starred in I Know What You Did Last Summer. Since then, she has been cast as the lead on Ghost Whisperer and has released four albums over time. The last one she released was in 2002. Hewitt also wrote a dating advice book titled The Day I Shot Cupid.
She was on Criminal Minds but didn’t act for three years after the show ended in 2015. She is still married to Brian Hallisay. Hewitt was cast for a role in 9-1-1 in 2018.
Jason Priestly is one of the original stars of Beverly Hills, 90210. In 2019, he reunited with his cast members for a quasi-revival of the drama titled BH90210. It featured Ian Ziering, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Brian Austen, and Shannen Doherty, who played fictionalized versions of themselves. It aired for six episodes on Fox.
He stars on the Canadian series Private Eyes and has two kids with Naomi Lowde-Priestley.
On Saved by the Bell, Tiffani starred as Kelly, Zach Morris’ love interest. She also played the villain Valerie on Beverly Hills, 90210, and continued as the main role on USA’s White Collar. Recently, she starred as Lori on Alexa & Katie, a Netflix original comedy. She has pretty much remained relevant as an actress, and in November 2020, she was announced as the would-be host of the MTV comedy clip show, Deliciousness.
Tiffani is a mother of two and has been married to Brady Smith since 2005.
Another popular teen on Saved by the Bell was Jessie, played by Elizabeth Berkeley. She appeared on New Girl.
Banks also starred in the box office bomb, Showgirls,and competed on Dancing with the Stars, season 17.
In 2011, she published a self-help book titled Ask Elizabeth for teenage girls.
She is a mother to one child with her husband, Greg Lauren.
Mayim Bialik has bagged two Critic’s Choice Awards and four Emmy nominations since featuring on Blossom between 1991 and 1995.
Since then, she got a ̣Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA and has written three books. She also starred on the CBS show, The Big Bang Theory as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler.
After starring in Aerosmith’smusic videos in the early ’90s, Silverstone skyrocketed to stardom. With her role of Cher in Clueless and Batgirl in Batman & Robin, she defined herself as a here-to-stay Hollywood actress.
With roles in American Woman, The Babysitters Club, Miss Match, and Braceface, she has remained relevant in the ever-changing scenes of the industry. In addition, she has written two books, The Kind Diet and The Kind Mama, about a vegan lifestyle and parenting.
Home Alone was every child’s go-to movie of the ’90s. After Macaulay Culkin played Kevin in this movie and its sequel, he appeared in MyGirl, The Good Son, and Richie Rich before turning 15.
He took a break from the spotlight after repeatedly making the headlines for his eccentricity. He later returned, reviving his career with a recurring role on The Jim Gaffigan Show in 2015. In 2019, he acted in Changeland and was also featured on season 10 of American Horror Story.
He has been dating Brenda Song since 2017, and they recently welcomed their first child together.
Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen
These twins saw their careers come off to a great start with their role of Michelle Tanner on Full House. Before they ended their run with Full House, they were already doing a series of other movies raking in millions for them. They featured together for the last time on New York Minute in 2004.
Ashley stopped acting then, but Mary-Kate appeared on Weeds and Beastly. She also stopped acting after that. In recent times, they are much more into fashion. They have started their own fashion line and are often spotted in the front rows during fashion week.
Candace Cameron Bure
She was on ABC Family’s Make It or Break It and competed on Dancing with the Stars in the 18th season. She co-hosted ABC’S The View for two years, then stepped away to focus more on Fuller House.
Candace has appeared in many Aurora Teagarden Mystery films. She is married to former NHL player Valerie Bure and has written four books, including one New York Times bestseller.
Her roles in the ’90s proved that Ryder is a natural acting star. She appeared in Little Women, Edward Scissorhands, Reality Bites, Beetlejuice and Heathers, and Girl Interrupted and has continued to succeed in her career.
She was further highlighted in the limelight by her high-profile romance with Johnny Depp that ended in 1993. Starting in 2016, she became an even bigger hit as Joyce Byers on Stranger Things.
Although a child star in the 80s, the ’90s made Drew Barrymore a household name. With roles in Scream, Home Fries, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, and The Wedding Singer, there was no way she wasn’t going to be someone we wanted in our faces. She later started her own production company, Flower Films. It produced Never Been Kissed in 1999.
Barrymore has had hits with Fever Pitch, Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet, and Whip It. She also hosts The Drew Barrymore Show, which premiered in 2020.
James Van Der Beek
The Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek wasn’t only an internet sensation for his role in the TV show, and a four-second clip of him crying made a meme.
He acted in One Tree Hill and Mercy. He also featured as himself on Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23. On the Viceland series, What Would Diplo Do?, he played DJ Diplo, was on an episode of Modern Family, and starred in Pose.
A father to 5 children currently, he and his wife are expecting a sixth.
Although Michelle Williams debuted on Lassie, she rose to fame for her role on Dawson’s Creek. She has remained in the limelight, getting nominated for four Oscars for her roles in Blue Valentine, Manchester by the Sea, Brokeback Mountain, and My Week With Marilyn.
She was on The Greatest Showman and Venom more recently.
With her role on 7thHeaven Jessica Biel became a superstar. She starred in The Rules of Attraction,The Texas Chainsaw, The Illusionist, and The A-Team, roles that put her on the map even more.
For her role in TheSinner in 2018, she earned her first Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. She also starred in the series Limetown recently. She married Justin Timberlake in 2012, and they had their first son together in 2015 and the second in 2020.
For her role on Beverly Hills, 90210, Doherty made the headlines. In the ’80s, she starred on the Little House on the Prairie as Jenny Wilder, and in 1989, she featured in the major film Heathers.
After four seasons, Doherty left Beverly Hills, 90210, and resorted to doing smaller projects till she was cast as one of the lead witches in the hit show, Charmed. She later competed on Dancing With the Stars. She is known as the “iconic Hollywood bad girl of the nineties.”
She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1999 and with breast cancer in 2015. She battled it for a long time but has been in remission since 2017. In February 2020, she announced that her cancer “had returned a year prior and that she is now stage four.”
Another star of Beverly Hills, 90210, was a heartthrob Luke Perry. He had some minor roles before finally finding his big break.
Though he left the show in 1995 for other roles, he returned after three years. Since then, he has been on other projects but was popularly known for being the hot dad Fred Andrews on the hit drama Riverdale.
He, sadly, passed away in March 2019.
One star Friends gave us is Jennifer Aniston, who had been quite unsuccessful bagging the right TV show before then. She played the role of Rachel Green and won a Golden Globe award and Emmy for how she portrayed the character.
Her transition to becoming a movie star wasn’t easy. She was mostly cast in romantic comedies that weren’t always successful. With comedies like Bruce Almighty and Horrible Bosses, she had hits and received critical praise for her role in Cake.
She is currently starring alongside Reese Witherspoon on the Apple series The Morning Show.
The Friend’s role, Phoebe Buffay, gave Lisa Kudrow her breakthrough. While the show ran, she was nominated for six Emmys and won one. While on the sitcom, she featured in other comedies, including Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. She is a mom to one child, a son she gave birth to in 1998.
Kudrow wrote, produced, and starred in The Comeback’s HBO series, canceled after one season but made a comeback after 9 years.
Since her big break, she has acted in various movies, like Easy A, Neighbors, and The Girl on the Train. She recently did a voice-over for The Boss Baby and was on Grace and Frankie and the film Booksmart.
Matthew Perry had his breakthrough with the sitcom Friends, where he played Chandler Bing. Before then, he had appeared on several short-lived sitcoms. Even after Friends, he was not able to bag a long-lasting sitcom. Two of his own comedies, Mr. Sunshine and Go On, were short-lived, but The Odd Couple lasted three seasons.
Since then, he has featured in many movies and even earned Emmy nominations. In the teen movie 17 Again, he played an older Zac Efron. He earned two Emmy nominations for his guest appearances on The West Wing and another for The Ron Clark Story.
His most recent role was Ted Kennedy on The Kennedys: Decline and Fall.
The X Files gave us Gillian Anderson in her breakout role as Agent Dana Scully. The show ran for nine seasons and sired two movies. 14 years after its 9th season, it was renewed and birthed 2 more seasons.
She has starred in many dramas and series since then. Still, more recently, she was featured as a sex therapist in the Netflix comedy-drama Sex Education and as a British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the Netflix drama series The Crown. She has also featured in Starz’s American God series and The Sunlit Night.
Gillian is a self-proclaimed feminist and women’s rights activist known for her incredibly active charity work.