Girls From The 90s Then And Now

Sep 16, 2021James Montalvo

Do you remember all the female stars you had a crush on back in the 90s? Know what they're up to these days? While some of them have turned into today's biggest stars, more than a few have pretty much faded from the limelight. Here's what the famous ladies from the 90s are up to these days. Find out if your 90s crush is here too!

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AMY JO JOHNSON: Then

If you were a little kid throughout the 90s, then we're pretty sure you know the 'Power Rangers.' Intergalactic space cops made up of angsty teens trained in the martial arts. They came in various colors, and the one ranger that became a lot of little boys' first crush was Kimberly Hart, aka the original Pink Ranger, played by Amy Jo Johnson. Here's what she's been up to.

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AMY JO JOHNSON: Now

Since moving on from her iconic role as the first pink ranger, Johnson has been finding steady work as an actress. She's been part of tv shows like "Felicity," "The Division," and "Flashpoint." Though she never gained mainstream fame, she has since become a figure in the ever-rising geek culture and even made a cameo in the recent Power Rangers reboot movie.

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YASMINE BLEETH: Then

Baywatch was definitely one of those shows that woke boys up to the reality that girls are beautifully amazing. For some fans of the show, Yasmine Bleeth was the reason for that realization. The actress started off as a member of the daytime drama, Ryan's Hope. She was shot up to fame because of Baywatch and her body's ability to look amazing in a bikini.

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YASMINE BLEETH: Now

Bleeth followed up her success from Baywatch with roles in various low to medium budget films like BASEketball, and Coming Soon, which pretty much typecast her into roles that showed off her beauty over her acting chops. She did make it as a regular cast member of Nash Bridges. Her personal struggles with fame would eventually convince her to step away in the early 2000s. She's been living pretty low-key with her husband ever since. 

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JULIA STILES: Then

Making a name for herself as a rising star in both film and television in the late 90s was Julia Stiles. She burst into the scene with a young seductress role in Wicked. Then she starred in the modern adaptation of Shakespeare's 'The taming of the shrew' titled "10 Things I Hate About You." I mean, who could forget that poem she wrote for Heath Ledger's character, right? 

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JULIA STILES: Now 

Since then, Stiles has been enjoying a career of an actress finding steady work. Most notably, she's been the leading lady in romcoms like "Save the Last Dance" and "The Prince and Me," been in ensembles like Matt Damon led Jason Bourne films and "Mona Lisa Smile," and "The Silver Linings Playbook." She's also got married in 2017. 

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LARISA OLEYNIK: Then 

Since we're talking about "10 Things I Hate About You", then we should also talk about Stiles' on-screen sister, who played Bianca, Larisa Oleynik. You'll probably know her better as the title character from "The Secret World of Alex Mack." Better yet, you probably also know her as Alissa from "3rd Rock from the Sun," where a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt was crushing over her just like we were.

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LARISA OLEYNIK: Now

After fading into obscurity in the 2000s, save for a long-time role as the voice of Icy in the "Winx Club," and the now-39-year-old Oleynik found her way back to more stable tv roles. She's appeared in short arcs for shows like "Hawaii Five-0" and "Mad Men." More recently, she's been part of a couple of Netflix series, namely, "The Healing Powers of Dude" and "Trinkets." 

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TIFFANY THIESSEN: Then 

If you grew up in the 90s, then there are definitely two tv shows that you should never have missed. The first was Saved By the Bell, and the other was Beverly Hills, 90210. Both shows featured the lives of edgy, obviously beautiful teenagers and all the drama that comes with that. They both also featured the beautiful Tiffany Thiessen. If you didn't have a crush on her in the first show, then I'm sure you would've lost it for her in the second.

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TIFFANY THIESSEN: Now

Throughout her career, Thiessen has enjoyed steady success on the small screen. She's never had trouble finding a project that would take her in. She's been on shows like "Fastlane," "Good Morning, Miami," and most notably a five-year stint on "White Collar." These days she's playing a mom on Netflix's "Alexa & Katie." Oh, how time flies.

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PHOEBE CATES: Then

Okay, Phoebe Cates might be a little of a stretch, but she's on this list because Gremlins 2 and her last few outings as an actress that came out in the early 1990s. Better known as the object of every teenager's desire from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Cates also cemented her role as an up-and-coming lady with the Gremlins films. 

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PHOEBE CATES: Now

While filming Princess Caraboo, Cates met the love of her life, the actor Kevin Kline. The two would marry, and Cates would soon decide to give up acting and focus on becoming a mother and wife. Since then she hasn't been in front of the screen save for a one-off appearance in 2001's The Anniversary Party. I guess we'll always have that pool scene from Ridgemont high.

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JOEY LAUREN ADAMS: Then

A recurring face in the Kevin Smith films of the 90s, Joey Lauren Adams broke into the scene as that super hot blonde that you'll definitely be intimidated by in 1993's Dazed and Confused. She became every fanboy's dream girl when she played Alyssa Jones in Chasing Amy, a role which she'd reprise a few times for Kevin Smith. 

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JOEY LAUREN ADAMS: Now

Throughout her career, Adams' beauty, blonde hair, and sultry bedroom voice would catch everyone's eye. Apart from her work with Kevin Smith, she's been in movies like "Big Daddy," "The Break-up," and recently part of the short-lived sitcom "Still the King," starring alongside Billy Ray Cyrus.

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MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG: Then

Remember "Harriet the Spy"? Yeah, well, she's all grown up now. Before we get to what she's up to, you'll probably also remember Michelle Trachtenberg from other 90s kid shows like "The Adventures of Pete & Pete," "Meego," and low-key movies like "Inspector Gadget" and "Can't be Heaven." By the time the 2000s came around, and puberty finally started hitting overdrive, she likely stole your attention in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or "Eurotrip."

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MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG: Now

These days Trachtenberg is considered a veteran of Hollywood despite being only 35-years-old. She's already been in over 60 acting credits, which include roles in "Six Feet Under," "Gossip Girl," "17 Again," and has even produced her own show "Guidance." Her latest outing was as the voice of a lead character on Facebook Watch's "Human Kind of."

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SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR: Then

Another of the late 90s stars is Buffy The Vampire Slayer herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar. She took both film and television by storm in 1997 as she appeared in "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Scream 2," and became everyone's favorite vampire hunting blondie. Two years later, she showed us how much of a villainous seductress she could be in "Cruel Intentions". So did you ever think we were gonna leave her out?

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SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR: Now

Just as Buffy was going off the air, Gellar landed a role in another film franchise with her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr. The two stars became the live-action versions of Mystery Inc.'s Daphne and Fred in the "Scooby-Doo" movies. Two English versions of The Grudge followed this, and a return to the soap opera world with "All My Children." These days, the mother of two is enjoying some voice acting and is set to be Teela in Netflix's "Masters of the Universe: Revelation."

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JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT: Then

Nothing says 90s sensation more than Jennifer Love Hewitt. At age 12, she was already a recording artist, selling albums in Japan and starring in her own music videos. Then she joined Kids Incorporated, and then her career just took off. By the time she was in her late teens, she was everyone's dream girl thanks to the late 90s outings in "Party of Five," "Trojan War," "Can't Hardly Wait," and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" thrillers.

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JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT: Now

At the height of her career, Hewitt was even the spokesperson for Nokia. These days, the actress has been enjoying a successful string of television projects, namely, "Ghost Whisperer," "The Client List," "Criminal Minds," and most recently "9-1-1". She even served as executive producer in several of her shows. In terms of her personal life, the now-41-year-old actress is happily married with two kids.

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How was that for a trip down memory lane? Be honest, which of these beautiful 90s stars did you fall head over heels for, and why? Did we miss out on anyone you wanted to read about? Let us know in the comment section. For more great content like this, check out Amomedia!

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