The 2000’s was the decade of the ultimate chick flicks! From A Walk To Remember, to A Cinderella Story. Not to mention the pop stars of the era. Want to know where your favorite heart throbs are today? Let’s find out
It’s been 16 years since “It Wasn’t Me” was released, and we know you still reference it. Don’t worry, we do too. With hit songs like “Boombastic” and “Angel,” Shaggy was a rising star. But then he suddenly disappeared off the scene.
Shaggy is still making music. The reggae rap-singer took a break for a few years to give himself a new sound. Earlier this year, he released a new song called “I Got You”. He also raises a lot of money for charity through his Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation. In January, his annual “Shaggy & Friends” benefit concert raised fortunes for Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, Jamaica. He will always be ‘Mr Lover Lover’ to us.
Sisqó will forever be responsible for an increase in thong sales. We still don’t know what ‘dumps like a truck’ means, but we are guilty for singing along to it over and over. He was one of the only people to make silver hair and red leather cool. (Except for Britney’s catsuit of course)
Sisqó admitted that he was in fact blacklisted from mainstream music for fighting back against industry politics. This created rumors among music managers that he was hard to work with. In 2015, more than a decade after his second solo album, Return of the Dragon, was released, and he came back strong with his new music, in the form of a 13-track album titled: Last Dragon. Sisqó also formed his own music label called Dragon Music Group.
Ashanti was great. Thank you for songs like “Foolish” and “Rain on Me.” Thank you for your ongoing collaboration with sing-rapper extraordinaire Ja Rule. Thank you for putting Terrence Howard in your music videos. Thank you for making John Tucker Must Die happen. But most of all, we thank you for making the 2000s just that much better.
Ashanti was in a low-key 10-year relationship with Nelly. Sadly the couple split, and she recently opened up about the break-up in an interview saying that she was ‘betrayed’. In terms of her music career, the singer announced that she does have a sixth studio album lined up sometime in the near future. We cannot wait to relive those years.
Shane West Then
Shane spent the ’90s on shows like Boy Meets World and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. By the early 2000s, he was in movies like Get Over It and — most notably — 2002’s A Walk to Remember. Yes, he is Landon Carter, the popular boy who is sweet and kind deep down inside. After that, he starred in a string of early-2000s movies, like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. But what’s happened to Shane West since then?
Shane West Now
Well, he’s been working nonstop. He’s made movies consistently throughout the last decade, but his biggest successes have been on the small screen. West starred on ER in the mid-2000s — remember, he was Ray Barnett. He also played Michael on the CW show Nikita from 2010 to 2013. These days, he’s starring as John Alden on the WGN show Salem, along with Ashley Madekwe.
Sean William Scott Then
Seann William Scott played some version of a “bro” in every movie in the 2000s. Sure, some of the bros were smart and some of them were incredibly idiotic, but they were all bros at the end of the day. You might remember him best from movies like Dude, Where’s My Car?, Final Destination, Old School, The Dukes of Hazzard, and the American Pie series. But after the mid-aughts, Seann William Scott seemed to disappear.
Sean William Scott Now
According to MTV, Scott entered a treatment facility in 2011 to address personal and health issues. By 2012, Scott was openly talking about the fact that he had been typecast throughout his career, thanks in large part to his role as Stifler in American Pie. Since then, he’s been an integral part of the Ice Age series, in which he voices Crash. He’s also diving into darker roles for films like Just Before I Go.
Jesse Metcalfe Then
For those who’ve ever given daytime TV a chance, you probably remember Jesse Metcalfe from the NBC soap opera Passions, where he played Miguel. But by 2004, Metcalfe was on to bigger projects. He landed a recurring role on the hit show Desperate Housewives. And then he scored a major movie playing the title character in John Tucker Must Die. But what’s happened to John Tucker since then?
Jesse Metcalfe Now
He’s still working. Metcalfe starred on the show Chase, where he played Luke Watson. He then joined the cast of Dallas from 2012 to 2014, playing Christopher Ewing. He’s also been on shows like 2 Broke Girls. Metcalfe just finished filming two movies: In Stranger Company (co-starring Danny Trejo) and The Ninth Passenger.
Frankie Muniz Then
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 16 years since Malcolm in the Middle first aired — in January 2000 — and Frankie Muniz became America’s favorite child star. As Muniz grew up, he started to make movies. Anyone remember Agent Cody Banks with Hilary Duff or Big Fat Liar with Amanda Bynes? But in 2006, Malcolm in the Middle was over. And Frankie Muniz disappeared from the spotlight.
Frankie Muniz Now
He’s living a pretty great life. In 2007, at 21 years old, Muniz told People that he was no longer focused on acting, but instead had become a professional race car driver. In a tweet, Muniz said that he retired from acting with about $40 million in savings. He’s now engaged, traveling the world and playing golf. He will always be Malcom in the middle to us.
Ben McKenzie Then
If you were in the Ryan Atwood fan club, you loved his bangs, his tank tops, and his chokers. You even loved the way he got into fights at bonfires because that’s who he was. Ben McKenzie brought everyone’s favorite troubled teen heartthrob to life on The O.C. But when the show ended, Ben McKenzie and his cute smile seemed to disappear, too.
Ben McKenzie Now
Ben McKenzie has been enjoying a pretty successful acting career on TV, years after The O.C. ended. McKenzie earned major acclaim for his role on the drama Southland, where he played a rookie cop. Since then, he’s held the leading role on the hit Fox series Gotham, where he plays a young (and very handsome) Det. James Gordon. He also happens to be in a relationship with Morena Baccarin, who you know best from shows like Homeland and the blockbuster movie Deadpool. The couple just welcomed their first child earlier this year.
Jesse McCartney Then
Once upon a time, Jesse McCartney was everywhere — on your magazine covers, on your TV, on your iPod, and even in your dreams. From 2003 to 2005, he was everyone’s crush. He earned a hit single with his album Beautiful Soul, and starred in shows like Summerland and Greek. But where did he go?
Jesse McCartney Now
In 2007, when everyone was singing along to Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love,” McCartney was sat smiling smugly. Why? Because he wrote the song. Yep. In 2008, he released another album, called Departure, which included the hit song “Leavin'” — it’s okay, you can admit to singing it. Everyone did. Since then, he’s starred on shows like Young and Hungry and been the voice of Theodore in the Alvin and the Chipmunks series. He’s also been the voice of Robin/Nightwing on the show Young Justice since 2010. Most recently, McCartney played Red on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.
Mandy Moore Then
Remember when she made you cry in A Walk to Remember? Remember when she left you feeling personally victimized in The Princess Diaries? How about when she was the president’s daughter in Chasing Liberty? Let’s not forget that Mandy Moore is also responsible for the happiest of songs, “Candy.” Also, that music video featured several VW Bugs and maybe made them cool again? She’s definitely a hero. Iconic.
Mandy Moore Now
Guess what? National hero Mandy Moore hasn’t stopped being a national hero. She starred on Grey’s Anatomy in 2010 as Mary Portman. That same year, she was the voice of Rapunzel in one of the best movies ever, Tangled. She’s also been on shows like Red Band Society, and is currently starring on the epic award winning show This Is Us.
Tell the truth: Your graduating class had a photo montage play out to Vitamin C’s “Graduation (Friends Forever).” And admit it: You would probably still tear up if you listened to the song in its entirety today. Vitamin C was a ray of light in the late ’90s and early 2000s. She had incredible bright-yellow-orange hair. She wore platforms. And she sang songs like “Smile,” “The Itch,” and “As Long As You’re Loving Me.”
Vitamin C Now
Vitamin C’s real name is Colleen Fitzpatrick. And Colleen Fitzpatrick no longer sings pop songs and rocks orange hair. Vitamin C is now a Vice President at Nickelodeon. She oversees all music recording for Nickelodeon and its sister networks. She’s also in charge of production and performance for Nick Jr., Nicktoons, and TeenNick. On top of that, she manages recording sessions, video shoots, and works with marketing and press to coordinate music initiatives.
Mischa Barton Then
When you look back at yourself 15 years ago, didn’t you love Mischa Barton? Didn’t you low-key want to be Mischa Barton? She was tall, cool, and starring on the hottest show on TV. Barton had been working in Hollywood for a long time as a child star. She had small parts in Notting Hill and — as a ghost — in 1999’s The Sixth Sense. But it was her role as Marissa Cooper on The O.C. that shot her to superstardom.When Marissa Cooper was killed off The O.C., Barton seemed to fade away. Whatever happened to your favorite teen queen?
Mischa Barton Now
Barton’s real life started to mirror the life of Marissa Cooper. By the mid-2000s, Barton became a favorite of paparazzi and tabloids, spotted out with celebrities like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. Barton was arrested on suspicion of DUI and pot possession in 2007, and then put on involuntary psychiatric hold for two weeks in 2009. That same year, she was on the short-lived Ashton Kutcher-produced CW series The Beautiful Life, which was canceled after two episodes. Earlier this year, Barton competed on Dancing With the Stars.
Chad Michael Murray Then
Didn’t we all love Chad? Murray was the star of the hit CW show One Tree Hill. With the series’ success came teen crushes like no other. He went on to star as the hot guy in movies like Freaky Friday and A Cinderella Story. He also made major news in 2005 when he married One Tree Hill co-star Sophia Bush. They separated five months later but we’re forced to continue working together on the show.
Chad Michael Murray Now
These days Murray is married to another former co-star, Sarah Roemer, whom he met while filming Chosen. They even have children! Sorry if that crushes your early-2000s fantasies When it comes to his career, Chad Michael Murray has been quite busy. The actor had a small role in the critically acclaimed film Fruitvale Station. He had a small role on Scream Queens and a recurring role on the show Agent Carter.