School of Rock (2003) is one of the movies that will always be remembered. Everyone has seen it. Everyone loves it. Up until the release of Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), School of Rock was the highest-grossing musical comedy of all time, grossing $131 million worldwide. The movie spawned a Broadway musical and more recently, a Nickelodeon show that’s set to be released sometime in the near future.
The young actors cast in the movie were all, for the most part, proficient musicians or singers. Appearing in such an iconic movie would’ve propelled their music careers to new levels if they had managed their time correctly. Some of them did and have managed to have successful careers as musicians. Others, however, wasted the opportunity that was given to them. Maybe they were too young at the time and didn’t know how to capitalize on the exposure. Maybe Hollywood is too unforgiving to child actors.
On the 10-year anniversary of the first film screening, the cast had a reunion at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. The event included a red carpet, a full cast and crew Q&A after the screening, and a VIP after-party that included a performance by the School of Rock band. They played two songs, “School of Rock” and “It’s a Long Way to the Top,” the latter of which was featured during the credits of the movie.
So, what exactly has the cast been up to since the movie came out?
15. Sarah Silverman — Patty Di Marco
For Sarah Silverman, her role on School of Rock was really just a cameo appearance. She only appears in a few scenes of the movie and plays the most unlikable character of all time. She’s this nagging personality who has no redeeming qualities. You’ll struggle to find a more hated movie character played by a more loved comedian.
Even if you’re not a fan of Silverman’s, you have to respect her career in comedy. She’s been nominated for numerous Primetime Emmy Awards, written more jokes than anyone can keep track of, and is seen as a strong role model for young women competing in a male-dominated industry.
Recently, Sarah Silverman has continued to be a prolific figure in the comedy scene. She is, however, using her fame to generate support for her political causes. She was a key political activist during the recent United States Presidential election, trying to convince Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Clinton as opposed to Trump. She was a former Sanders supporter herself but spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention following Clinton’s nomination.
14. Miranda Cosgrove — Summer Hathaway
Miranda Cosgrove is one of few child stars to grow up and not become a complete weirdo. It’s surprising, really, because she landed a role in School of Rock when she was just 10 years old and blew up from there. Following School of Rock, Cosgrove made a name for herself on the show Drake & Josh (2004-2007) and by starring in her own show, iCarly (2007-2012). After wrapping iCarly, Cosgrove decided to attend the University of Southern California to study film.
Recently, Cosgrove starred in her first horror movie The Intruders (2015), which wasn’t released in theaters and was panned by critics. Additionally, Cosgrove starred in NBC’s Crowded (2006), which was canceled after the first season.
There are rumors that Cosgrove has an unsold pilot in the works, but there isn’t any information about whether or not that show will get picked up. This could be the end of Cosgrove’s career and the start of her descent into public humiliation just like what so many child stars before her went through.
13. Joey Gaydos Jr — Zack a.k.a. Zack Attack
Unsurprisingly, Joey Gaydos Jr was offered the role of Zack because of how well he could play guitar. He’s been shredding guitar since he was three years old and nailed his audition for School of Rock, his only acting credit.
Following the success of the movie, Joey Gaydos Jr released his debut album as part of the Joey Gaydos Group in 2006. In 2009, however, he was arrested for driving while impaired (and much too young to be drinking alcohol).
Today, 25-year-old Gaydos Jr is the lead guitarist for the band Stereo Jane. The band has been signed to a major label and is expected to break through into the mainstream music scene in the upcoming years. Unfortunately for Joey Gaydos Jr, he isn’t the focus of the band. You’ll rarely see him in music videos and is instead outshined by the two singers of the band, twin sisters Mia and Sydney.
12. Caitlin Hale — Marta a.k.a. Blondie
Caitlin Hale, the blonde girl with braids who quietly won over the hearts of movie fans, has taken a different career path than her bandmates. As one of the backup singers, we all expected that she would have continued to make music or at least pursued a music career to some degree. Instead, Hale went to Arizona State University, where she earned her degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Hale has taken to Twitter to express a number of her social and political views. She’s a very open feminist and avid Trump critic.
After a fourteen year hiatus, Caitlin Hale is returning to life as an actress. She’s signed onto the children’s show Max & Wrigley (2017) as the voice of Sydney and will be appearing in a horror movie titled Grimmerson Manor. These movies will either breathe new life for Caitlin Hale’s acting career, or they’ll be the final nail in the coffin for it.
11. Rebecca Brown — Katie a.k.a. Posh Spice
Rebecca Brown, the bass player of the band (and everyone’s childhood crush), continued to make a name for herself following School of Rock. Though you’re unlikely to see her in another movie, Brown continues to make music as an independent artist. Out of all of her former band mates, Brown has been the easiest to keep track of.
As an avid user of Twitter (@BekkuhBrown), Brown lets her fans know what she’s up to. Currently, she has a Tweet posted to the top of her account that is highly critical of the Republican party and a little too vulgar to post here.
On the professional side of things, Brown is currently performing in the musical production Spamilton in Chicago. The production, a parody of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, has been praised by critics and is considered a must-see by theater fans.
10. Maryam Hassan — Tomika a.k.a. Turkey Sub
If Tomika, the little girl with massive pipes, was your favorite character on School of Rock, I apologize in advance. The actress, Maryam Hassan, has gone off the grid. There’s almost nothing known about Hassan’s life since School of Rock was released. Hassan was present at the School of Rock reunion in 2013 and made a cameo appearance in the Broadway production of School of Rock in 2015. Other than that, there isn’t much to report.
There are rumors that the Youtube channel named “Mayhrenate” belongs to Hassan. She may have tried to take a swing at becoming famous on YouTube by singing covers a few years ago, but the channel has been dedicated to makeup tutorials for the past year. Was this her attempt at reviving her career? Maybe more child stars should go the Jake Paul route and use their fans to keep their careers alive on YouTube.
9. Brian Falduto — Billy a.k.a. Fancy Pants
Brian Falduto dropped one of the biggest movie insults in Hollywood history. There’s nothing more ruthless than the line “You’re tacky, and I hate you.” It goes straight for the throat and doesn’t hold anything back. And it helps that Falduto delivered that line perfectly.
For a while, Falduto was working as a promoter for a small radio station called “Nash FM 94.7.” More recently, however, Falduto is trying to make a name for himself as a musical talent. His music is vastly different than anything heard in School of Rock, focusing on a much more basic, acoustic style of music. His debut EP Love One Another was released in the summer of 2017. His talking voice sounds exactly like you remember it from the movie — but his singing voice is unrecognizable.
8. Aleisha Allen — Alicia a.k.a. Brace Face
Aleisha Allen, formerly an actress for Disney, broke into Hollywood from her small role in School of Rock but went on to star alongside Ice Cube in the movies Are We There Yet? (2005) and Are We Done Yet? (2007). Additionally, Allen made a few minor appearances in films such as You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Kills You and Young Adult (2011). And then, for whatever reason, Aleisha Allen took a bit of a break from making movies. Maybe, she lost interest in acting. Maybe, she couldn’t land any roles. Maybe, it’s a combination of the two!
While not much can be said about Allen’s career from 2011 until now, we do know that she attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. Some of her classmates included Karina Pasian, Mark Indelicato, and Taylor Momsen — who are all washed-up child stars.
7. Jack Black — Dewey Finn
Before starring in School of Rock, Jack Black appeared in movies for an older audience. His career really started to pick up at the turn of the century when he was offered the role of Barry in High Fidelity (2000). The following year, Black appeared next to Hollywood sweetheart Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal (2001), where he really made a name for himself. It was at this point in Black’s career that his style of comedy was starting to become unique.
Following the success of School of Rock, Black appeared in a number of family-friendly movies while still managing to create other movies for an adult audience. In the same year, Black starred in Nacho Libre (2006) as well as Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.
In recent years, Jack Black has been focusing on the Kung Fu Panda franchise. He’s voiced Po in a number of feature length and short films that have all been highly successful. He also appeared in Goosebumps (2015) and is set to appear alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
6. Mike White — Ned Schneebly
During the early years of his career, Mike White was a frequent collaborator of Jack Black. The two formed their own production company, Black and White, which closed in 2006. Black preferred to be in front of the camera, while White found pleasure working as the writer, director, and producer to the films Jack Black starred in.
After writing School of Rock, White went on to write Nacho Libre (2006) and write and produce the HBO original show Enlightened (2011-2013). However, the show was canceled after two seasons despite critical acclaim. Even though critics loved it, the show just wasn’t pulling in enough viewers to keep it afloat. Recently, White wrote the highly controversial Emoji Movie (2017), which has gotten absolutely torn apart by critics.
White appeared in the fourteenth season of Amazing Race with his father. They were eliminated in the seventh leg of the competition, finishing in sixth place. White and his dad were fan favorites and competed in The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business but were the second team eliminated.
5. Robert Tsai — Lawrence a.k.a. Mr. Cool
Robert Tsai was the bee’s knees as a kid, and he’s the bee’s knees now. He’s grown up and isn’t all that different from the dorky Asian kid that he played in School of Rock. For example, Tsai continued to play piano through his education at the University of Dartmouth. He would perform in recitals while attending the University, some of which are available to watch on YouTube. Additionally, Tsai became a member of the dance group Instant Noodle Crew.
For a while, Tsai was running a WordPress blog entitled Making Sure My Pen Works. He would share some of his work as a photographer and talk about his life as a teacher, student, dancer, and Homo sapien. Other than that, Mr. Cool has been laying fairly low. Don’t expect to see him on television anytime soon!
4. Zachary Infante — Gordon a.k.a. Roadrunner
Though he had a very minor role in School of Rock, Zachary Infante has gone on to be one of the more outspoken members of the band. Unfortunately, three years after his movie debut, Infante was diagnosed with stage IV Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Thankfully, Infante was able to fight off the cancer and continue his career as an actor.
Infante went on to graduate from NYU Tisch School of the Arts before landing a role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Tony award-winning production.
Outside of acting, Infante has done extensive work for not-for-profit organizations. In 2008, Infante became a national spokeskid for the Sunshine Kids Foundation and The Valerie Fund. These two organizations try to provide support for children with cancer. When he was diagnosed with cancer himself, these two organizations supported him in his time of need!
3. Kevin Alexander Clark — Freddy Jones a.k.a. Spazzy McGee
Freddy Jones was always seen as the coolest member of the band but often times came off as a bit of a bully. In earlier versions of the script, Freddy Jones had ADD and had to take Ritalin in class in numerous scenes. This is where the nickname Spazzy McGee comes from, and it’s a bit of a shame that this character trait was cut from the film. Without the character having ADD, there’s nothing that explains Freddy as a character — he doesn’t overcome anything. Zack overcomes issues with his dad, Tomika overcomes body image issues, and even Lawrence stops having issues with his self-esteem!
Today, Kevin Alexander Clark is making a living as a professional drummer in Chicago. He’s trying to maintain a fairly low profile. For a while, you could listen to his music on MySpace — a site that’s pretty much a graveyard now. Clark is still good friends with Rebecca Brown, whom he met on the set of School of Rock.
2. Joan Cusack — Rosalie Mullins
Joan Cusack has had an illustrious career. She’s been nominated for Academy Awards, acted as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and acted in more movies than anyone can keep track of. School of Rock was not a defining moment in her career, but it’s definitely a highlight.
You may be more familiar with some of Cusack’s more recent roles. She’s the voice of Jessie in the Toy Story franchise and left her mark on the world by nailing the role of Sheila Gallagher on the show Shameless (U.S. version). For that role, she was nominated for five consecutive Emmy awards, winning for the first time in 2015.
Most recently, Cusack played Justice Strauss in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. She absolutely nailed her brief part in the series, and it’s a shame that we won’t see much more of her alongside Neil Patrick Harris.
1. Adam Pascall — Theo
Adam Pascall played Theo, the only person that could possibly be seen as the bad guy in the movie. After all, it was Theo’s idea to kick Dewey out of the band (for good reason). Though he’s taken a step back from movies, Pascall has had an illustrious career acting on Broadway.
Before School of Rock, Pascall made a name for himself for his role as Roger Davis in the original casting of the musical Rent. He played this character in the 2005 movie version and again in 2009 during a Broadway Tour of the production.
In 2015, Pascall performed in the Tony Award-winning musical Something Rotten. He played the role of William Shakespeare and was praised for his performance on Broadway, and on the US National Tour. He was not, however, the original actor cast for the role. Don’t let that distract you, though! Pascall, once a washed up Broadway actor, is making his comeback. It’s always great to see someone succeed.
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