When it comes to celebrities who made a name for themselves during the 1990s, there is no shortage of great candidates. In fact, we’re sure you’ll love reminiscing about all the great movies and television shows that helped solidify these celebrities as being some of the biggest in the business.
But the 1990s was also over a decade ago and as you’re going to learn from our list, time has not treated all of these stars equally. While half of our list either looks as good, if not hotter than they did during the 1990s, the other half, unfortunately, is in many cases downright unrecognizable from their time in the spotlight.
Which also may explain why for a solid portion of our list their best days, both in terms their career and physical appearance is well behind them. With actors, singers and even professional wrestlers making our list, we left no stone unturned when evaluating which stars from the 1990s best fit our list.
We’ve also included photos from both decades in order to help solidify the physical transformation that these stars have undergone.
Have a friend on social media who also grew up during the 1990s? Feel encouraged to share the list and your thoughts!
20. Hot – Jennifer Lopez
You better believe that Jennifer Lopez is still considered to be one of the best looking women in Hollywood. Paparazzi seem to follow her every step, and when you consider she’ll often be making you drop your jaw with her outfits, you can understand why that’s not going to stop anytime soon.
Lopez may be used to it, spending a large portion of her 90s trying to make it as an actress. Her biggest success came from Selena which released in 1997 and earned her a nomination for a Golden Globe. But whether you love listening to her music or seeing her on the screen, it’s clear why Lopez has found the incredible success that she has.
19. Not – Lil Kim
Lil Kim would not be the only African-American to significantly attempt to lighten her skin tone and dye her hair, but as you can see from the above photos it may be one of the more shocking examples.
When talking about her self-esteem in a past interview, Kim said,
“All my life men have told me I wasn’t pretty enough—even the men I was dating… It’s always been men putting me down just like my dad. To this day when someone says I’m cute, I can’t see it. I don’t see it no matter what anybody says.”
18. Hot – Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder made a name for herself in the 1988 movie Beetlejuice, so by the time the 90’s rolled around she was gearing up for what should have been a great decade. While there were some hits, there were also plenty of misses including a failed relationship with Johnny Depp.
But while Ryder’s personal life had it’s ups and downs, she was looking beautiful throughout it. And even though she took some time away from Hollywood for a period in the 2000s, she’s clearly back in a major way for Stranger Things.
17. Not – Pierce Brosnan
You wouldn’t be able to look at the biggest movies during the 1990s and not think of Pierce Brosnan as being one of the most prominent action stars. After all, the man took on the iconic role of James Bond in 1994 and even though his movies aren’t necessarily the most well-received of the Bond franchise, nobody can argue that he didn’t look in great shape for the role.
Plus it allowed us to see Halle Berry in a swimsuit, so are we really complaining? Unfortunately, a swimsuit seems to be the last item of clothing that Brosnan wants to be in if the above photo is any indication. While you could hope that maybe he’s getting big for a role, it just looks like he was getting big from rolls.
16. Hot – Britney Spears
Britney Spears‘ body and public persona have definitely gone through a variety of changes over her several decades in the spotlight. Britney shaving her head? Not so hot, Britney at the start of her career? Absolutely was considered one of the best looking women in the business.
Britney in 2017? Better believe she should still be considered right up there among the very best as she clearly needed to be in outstanding shape to rock out during her show which has been held in Las Vegas. Though reports have recently come out that Britney has announced her last show will be on December 31st, 2017 and that she is pushing hard to try and have another kid.
15. Not – Tori Spelling
Tori Spelling is no stranger to going under the knife, in fact, after it came out that her husband Dean McDermott cheated on her back in 2013 that she wanted to get back at him…by getting more surgery.
You wouldn’t be alone if you think that Spelling probably should have stopped years ago, especially when you consider her youthful look of the 90s is all but faded away.
Despite the various procedures she’s had done, Spelling has come out and said “I have the biggest fear of going under for surgery. I’m so scared of being put to sleep.”
Guess she learned to conquer that! While Spelling appeared in various movies in he 1990s, her claim to fame will always be her role in the series 90210, a role that she reprised with the spin-off in 2009.
14. Hot – Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman was plenty comfortable showing off her body for a role in the 90s, and when you transition to 2017 and she’s still doing it, you can imagine that’s one girl that is plenty comfortable with her body! Her most recent opportunity came with the television mini-series Big Little Lies which was a huge hit with critics and fans.
So much so that while the series was geared for one season, it’s being talked about that there may be a 2nd one on the way. The series also stars the similar ageless wonder, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley.
One thing that may make Kidman’s schedule a bit busy? She’s also slated to play Queen Atlanna in the upcoming Aquaman movie. This is not the first time that Kidman has entered into the comic book world, previously appearing in the forgettable Batman Forever. We’re sure DC has higher hopes for Aquaman!
13. Not – Meg Ryan
While we may put Meg Ryan on blast for not looking quite as beautiful as she did in When Harry Met Sally or other movies in the 90s that you may have loved, her ex-husband Dennis Quaid clearly still thinks she looks gorgeous, even if many argue she is one of the worst aging celebrities in Hollywood.
When talking to Andy Cohen, Quaid admitted that he recently called Ryan to try and get back together (they split in 2001), but she was not receptive to his advances.
Quaid also admitted to Cohen that he’s engaged in three ways in the past, but not on if Ryan was involved with them! We’re sure if Meg is included in his alleged racy past that divulging that information would probably not be the best way to win her affections back.
12. Hot – Jennifer Aniston
You are not alone if in the last day you’ve put on an episode of FRIENDS. In fact, if you’re like me, you might even have an episode of FRIENDS going on in the background (for myself it’s “The One Where Ross Can’t Flirt”) and one thing that is as undeniable as the success of FRIENDS, is the hotness of Aniston.
While she mainly was known for the hit series in the 90s, who could blame her? Aniston‘s most sexualized roles have come on the north side of 40; including two stints with Horrible Bosses helping reaffirm to herself and the world that she still has it going on.
We’re sure Ross is ecstatic that he was able to patch that relationship up, but in real life, it’s Justin Theroux who has been married to Aniston since 2015.
11. Not – Matthew Perry
If your friends are supposed to be there for you when you fall, then where are his friends telling Perry that he should pick up a razor and perhaps hit the gym? Perry, unfortunately, has battled weight and addiction issues throughout his life, including admitting in an interview that he doesn’t remember filming seasons 3-6 of the series.
While he’s definitely cleaned himself up and even turned his former mansion into a sober living facility, he’s definitely had better days than in the above photo!
One thing that might help Matthew Perry pull himself together? It was recently announced that he is going to write and star in his own play entitled The End of Longing and also stars Jennifer Morrison who you may have previously loved from her role on House.
10. Hot – Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts was definitely a pretty woman in the 1990s where she enjoyed her time as one of, if not the biggest actresses in the industry. Roberts is no stranger to current success either, even if one of her more recent movies Mother’s Day was terrible.
But she’s still looking as gorgeous as ever, in fact, she was recently announced by People magazine as the most beautiful woman in the world. It’s a feat that Roberts has gotten used to, previously being crowned by People on 4 separate occasions; with the first time stretching way back to 1991.
9. Not – Steven Seagal
There was a time during the 90’s where Steven Seagal was one of the most coveted action stars in the business. Yet it doesn’t take a very long look at the above photo to see that Seagal’s day of being an intimidating force on the screen should be far behind him. And we don’t want to be too mean to Seagal, but he wasn’t exactly being cast in these movies for his outstanding acting ability.
He’d probably kick the sh*t out of anyone getting in between him and the buffet though!
Though to give him some credit, he did appear in 7 different movies in 2016. The only kicker? Every single one of them was direct-to-video. It’s clear Hollywood has given up on him, so you can imagine it may only be a matter of time before Seagal calls it quits as well.
8. Hot – Halle Berry
Halle Berry has one of the most impressive resumes of anyone on our list. Not only has she been an Academy Award winner and Bond girl, but she’s also been a former pageant contestant (including being 1st runner-up in a Miss USA Pageant) and you can imagine her experience as a spokesperson for Revlon has also contributed to her outstanding skin.
While some of her more recent movies have disappointed, she’s going to play a major role in one of the most anticipated upcoming movies Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Nobody will blame Berry if she wants to up her workload in the near future when you consider she recently got divorced and considering she still looks amazing, we’re sure Hollywood won’t shy from casting her in leading roles.
7. Not – Goldie Hawn
Now if we really want to give Goldie Hawn some credit, the 1990s was far from the only decade that she has found success in. But with several great roles including The First Wives Club and Death Becomes Her we figure she makes a solid candidate for our list. Plus she’s the mother of Kate Hudson so it’s not like her name has ever gone long without being spoken in Hollywood.
Sadly for Hawn though while she’s looked outstanding at several points in her career, she definitely seemed to be having a rough afternoon whenever the above photo was taken and also appears to be lacking some makeup. Don’t be too hard on her though, nobody is perfect and decades in Hollywood means that Hawn is plenty familiar with paparazzi and their ability to catch stars on their most unflattering days.
6. Hot – Julia Louis-Dreyfus
When you’re thinking of television shows in the 90’s, you don’t get far before you start thinking about Seinfeld and the beautiful Julia Louis-Dreyfus. But that’s far from the only success that Louis-Dreyfus has found, including winning an Emmy for her role in The New Adventures of Old Christine and has won 5 straight for her work on her current series Veep.
It becomes evident when looking at Louis-Dreyfus’ resume that she definitely shouldn’t be intimidated showing off her funny side, including spending several years in the 1980s making a name for herself on Saturday Night Live. As a fun fact, that was also where she met her husband and the two have been married since 1987.
5. Not – Sunny
There was a time during the 1990s where Sunny was considered the best looking woman in wrestling and definitely the one you’d want as your manager if you’re an aspiring wrestler. Things have changed drastically since then for Sunny, including several stints behind bars and even some time doing some professional booty bumping (if you get our drift).
Sunny has even had a fake imposter impersonate her online and says she got an STD from having intercourse with Seth Rollins, yikes! She was quick to defend her honor though, writing,
“So this fu****** who has a fake page of me is claiming that I fu**** Seth Rollins 3 months ago and that he gave me an STD. Doesn’t do his homework, does he??? IVE BEEN INCARCERATED AND IN REHAB SINCE SEPTEMBER 23rd YOU FU***** AS*****!!! They don’t give conjugal visits in County lock up. NICE TRY, CU**!”
4. Hot – Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise may be completely off his rocker in real life, but we’d be lying if we said that the man hasn’t been able to stay in incredible shape and continue pumping out great movies. In fact, one of his biggest successes on a regular basis (The Mission Impossible franchise) started in 1996. The 6th film in the franchise is slated to come out in 2018.
Perhaps he stays in great shape because he always does so much running in his movies! Cruise is going to be expanding his action resume yet again this upcoming year with The Mummy.
3. Not – Renee Zellweger
If you think that Renee Zellweger looks different and has gone under the knife, you wouldn’t be the only one. Zellweger was criticized for her changed appearance, but she was quick to shout back at the haters,
“I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.”
Zellweger took a 6-year break from Hollywood after her 2010 movie My Own Love Song, saying in an interview “I was fatigued and wasn’t taking the time I needed to recover between projects, and it caught up with me […] I got sick of the sound of my own voice.”
She did, however, find success in 2016 with her movie Bridget Jones’s Baby, so you may be able to see more Zellweger in the near future. Zellweger will be teaming up with Greg Kinnear in 2017 to bring us Same Kind of Different as Me.
2. Hot – Marisa Tomei
One of the biggest switches from the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man franchises is that they’ve elected to go with a much more attractive option when casting Aunt May. And let’s be honest, it’s not like anyone is going to complain about getting to see Marisa Tomei on the big screen. Even if she’s definitely going to be keeping her clothes on, unlike with several of her previous roles that you may love (such as The Wrestler).
Tomei was also rocking on the big screen in the 90s, including most prominently winning an Academy Award for My Cousin Vinny back in 1992.
Tomei is clearly just as talented and beautiful as ever and is surely one of the most exciting parts about Spider-Man: Homecoming which is set to come out on July 7th, 2017 and stars Tom Holland in the lead role.
1. Not – Scott Hall
In the 1990s Scott Hall was one of the most successful and talked about wrestlers, including taking home the WWF Intercontinental Championship 4 times. Unfortunately alongside his success in the ring came a love of drugs outside of it, including having enough issues with it that he and his first wife divorced in 1998 (though they did remarry, and then get divorced again!).
As you can tell by the above photo, Hall definitely is not looking the best in comparison to his former in-ring body. In 2013, One of his former friends, Diamond Dallas Page was successful in being able to organize a Kickstarter to help pay for some of the necessary dental work and a hip replacement surgery, so at least Hall knows his fans still love him.