To most people, Coyote Ugly was one of the best movies released in 2000, for many reasons including the fact that it had a great cast. With a budget of $45 million, it raked in $113.9 million, meaning it was a huge box office success. Gina Wendkos wrote this musical comedy drama, Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman produced it, and David McNally directed it. Although these days many franchises are coming up in different parts of the world, Coyote Ugly is an actual saloon, and it’s the actual basis of the film.
The original saloon opened in New York City on January 27, 1993, when the real life Liliana Lovell turned down an internship position on Wall Street and chose to pursue a career in bartending. Just like in the film, Lovell would sing and dance on the bar, while challenging the customers to compete in a drinking contest. She hired young women, trained them the routine, taught them to chug alcohol, set it ablaze, and then breathe fire.
Being a film based on an actual saloon we can assume much of what happened in the film happened in real life, but with less exaggeration of course. Although this film had so much going for it, the cast brought it alive and made it into the hit it was. However, that was 17 years ago, and the actors who played these roles have changed so much. To some, this film launched them into successful acting careers, while the rest remember it as one among the greatest films they were part of.
Which cast member seems to have changed so much over the years?
15. Melanie Lynskey
Melanie Lynskey is an actress from New Zealand who has been appearing in movies and TV comedy and drama series since 1994 to date. She made a great first impression in her first film appearance in Heavenly Creatures as Pauline Parker, for which she won a Best Actress award from the New Zealand Film and TV Awards. She continued to impress in other supporting roles such as in Ever After and more.
In Coyote Ugly, she played the role of Gloria; a supporting role she played so well but didn’t attract any awards or nominations here. However, since then she has been part of memorable films and TV series.
You might remember her outstanding performance in films such as Snakeskin, Show of Hands, Up in the Air, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower among others. However, most people remember her from her role in the comedy series Two and a Half Men, in which she played the character Rose, and appeared in 63 episodes between 2003 and 2015.
14. Bridget Moynahan
Bridget Moynahan is an American model and actress, who started pursuing a career in modeling as soon as she graduated high school. She went for acting lessons after appearing in a few TV commercials, and this led to her appearance on Sex and the City in 1999, a debut guest appearance as Natasha which resulted in a recurring role in the show.
Before Coyote Ugly, Bridget had appeared in only three films, Row Your Boat, In the Weeds, and Fame. In Coyote Ugly, she played the role of a woman named Rachel, one of the workers in the trendy bar.
After this role, Bridget went ahead to participate in notable films such as The Recruit, I, Robot, Battle: Los Angeles, John Wick, and John Wick: Chapter 2 among others. Although she hasn’t been part of many TV series, the most notable one she has been on are Six Degrees where she played Whitney Crane, and of course on Blue Bloods where she continues to play Erin Reagan.
13. Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is a former model, occasional singer, author, actress, businesswoman, producer, and TV personality. Her modeling career began at the age of 15, gaining great success and becoming the first African American to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and on the cover of GQ. Banks was a Victoria’s Secret Angel for eight years and was one of the highest earning models in the world in the early 2000s.
In Coyote Ugly, she played the role of a girl named Zoe. Before her appearance in this film, she had appeared in other films including Higher Learning, Love Stinks, and Love & Basketball among others. Audiences got to see her first on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and appeared in other TV series including New York Undercover, Just Shoot Me!, and Felicity.
However, we normally associate her with America’s Next Top Model, a reality TV show she created, produced and presented for twenty-two seasons. She had her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show for five seasons, co-hosted FABLife for two months, and is the host of the 12th season of America’s Got Talent.
12. Piper Perabo
Piper Perabo is a film and TV actress who earned a bachelor’s degree in theater from Ohio University but was noticed a year before her graduation by Denise Fitzgerald, a casting director who asked her to read a part of the script when she had accompanied her then boyfriend to an audition in New York.
Piper was the star in Coyote Ugly, where she played the leading role of Violet “Jersey” Sanford. Although she received several nominations for her role, she won the MTV Movie Award for the Best Music Moment for her performance. Some of her earlier work includes her performance in Whiteboyz and the short films Knuckleface Jones and Single Spaced.
After Coyote Ugly, she appeared in the films Cheaper by the Dozen and its sequel, The Prestige, Looper, and the more recent Black Butterfly, among many others. Arguably, she’s most famous for her leading role as Annie Walker, a CIA agent, in the series Covert Affairs, which ran from 2010 to 2014.
11. Izabella Miko
Izabella Miko is an actress, a dancer, and a producer from Poland, who has a passion for protecting the environment. When she was 15 years old, she joined the New York City Ballet and later the Lee Strasberg Institute to study dance and acting respectively. Although she had taken part in two Polish films in 1988 and 1991, Coyote Ugly was her American film debut. She did a great job playing the character Cammie, one of the Coyotes. In addition to good acting, she’s an outstanding dancer.
After Coyote Ugly, Izabella appeared in The Forsaken, Minimal Knowledge, Double Identity, and The Rake among other films. However, over the years she has made a name for herself in dance movies circles, because she has also been part of Save the Last Dance 2, Make Your Move, Love and Dance, Step Up: All In, and even produced Desert Dancer.
10. Maria Bello
Maria Bello is an actress and a writer, who graduated with a political science degree from Villanova University and immediately after began honing her skills as an actor in a few theater productions in New York. Before appearing in Coyote Ugly, she had only appeared in two films, Permanent Midnight and Payback, and in two TV drama series Mr. & Mrs. Smith and ER. For her performance on ER, she won an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, from the Screen Actors Guild Award.
In Coyote Ugly, Maria played the role of a woman named Lil Lovell, an entrepreneur and founder of Ugly Inc. and Coyote Ugly Saloon. Her character was also the host of The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search.
After Coyote Ugly, Maria has been involved in films such as The Cooler, A History of Violence, The Sisters, and Prisoners, all of which she received different awards, and many others like Grown Ups and its sequel, Bravetown, and Max Steel among others.
9. Bud Cort
Bud Cort started appearing in films in 1967, long before other actors on this list were born. He’s a voice artist, writer, comedian, stage actor, and director, arguably most famous for voicing Harold in Harold and Maude and the eponymous hero in Brewster McCloud.
Bud played a minor role in Coyote Ugly of a character called Romero, who explained to Violet that the girls she just saw weren’t hookers but coyotes. A few of the films Bud had been involved in before this film include Brewster McCloud and Harold and Maude, both of which he received various award nominations. Other films include Son of Hitler, The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud, Invaders from Mars, Ted & Venus, and many more films.
He’s famous for voicing Toyman, one of Superman’s villains in the DC Animated Universe, as well as Josiah Wentwood, in Batman: The Animated Series. One of his most recent characters he voiced was The King in the 2015 animation The Little Prince.
8. Alex Borstein
Alex Borstein is a comedian, writer, producer, and actress, who didn’t have much experience in film prior to her appearance as the bidding auction woman in Coyote Ugly. However, she was quite active on television, voicing characters in series such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Power Rangers Zeo, as well as appearing on MADtv.
After her appearance in Coyote Ugly, she was part of some notable films including Catwoman, Little Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Ted, and A Million Ways to Die in the West. Alex has also voiced characters in ParaNorman, The Angry Birds Movie, and Cars 3.
Arguably, Alex is most famous for the voice work she does on Family Guy, where she does different voices including Lois Griffin, Barbara Pewterschmidt, and Tricia Takanawa. Her work in this show has led to two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and Outstanding Animated Program. In addition, she’s also a writer and a producer for Family Guy.
7. John Fugelsang
John Fugelsang is an actor, comedian, and TV personality who has been part of various acting projects including Providence, CSI, and of course Coyote Ugly where he played Richie the Booker. With regard to comedy, John has been part of the Just for Laughs Festival in Montréal, performed in Aspen at the US Comedy Arts Festival, and has been on Politically Incorrect over 20 times.
He premiered the much-celebrated solo show All The Wrong Reasons in 2007 at the New York Theatre Workshop, which received a Distinguished Performance nomination from the Drama League. He did subsequent runs in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Albuquerque, and finally Miami, places he received positive reviews for his work.
John has been a host of shows, with some of the most recent ones being Tell Me Everything, on SiriusXM, the political talk show Viewpoint, a series of videos for POLIPOP on YouTube, and TV Watercooler among others.
6. Johnny Knoxville
Johnny Knoxville, whose birth name is actually Philip John Clapp Jr. is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and stunt performer. Before Coyote Ugly, Johnny had only appeared in the film Desert Blues and in Boob and The Ben Stiller Show on TV.
In Coyote Ugly, he played the role of the college guy whose name we can’t remember. However, his is a name and face we are all familiar with today. Arguably, the Jackass film series and the reality show are what made him the star we know him to be today. He was the star and co-creator of Jackass, the reality stunt show on MTV from 2000 to 2002, and then the release of the Jackass first, second, and third films in 2002, 2006, and 2010 respectively.
5. LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes, unlike all other celebrities on this list, is a singer and not an actress. Her rich vocals are the reason for her rise to stardom. When she was just 13 years, she became a country music star, following the release of “Blue,” Bill Mack’s song, making her the youngest star in country music after Tanya Tucker. Her Album Blue reached the top of the Top Country Albums chart and it became a multi-platinum album owing to the sales by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Rimes is on this list because she was in Coyote Ugly as herself since hers was just a cameo role. Before this appearance, she had also been part of the TV film Holiday in Your Heart, and in an episode of Moesha.
After Coyote Ugly, Rimes has appeared in single episodes of shows including Blue Collar, I Get That a Lot, Interiors, Inc., and in eight episodes of her reality show LeAnn & Eddie. She has won numerous awards in her career so far, including one CMA, one American Music award, two Grammys, three ACMs, and 12 Billboard Music Awards so far.
4. Melody Perkins
Melody Perkins is an American who was born in Germany, and she has excelled in the fields of acting, modeling, and dancing. Although she majored in quantitative economics in college, the time she spent with the Jazz Unlimited Dance Company and the Sacramento Ballet Company made her a wonderful dancer. As she was modeling, with one of her clients being Lands’ End, she made commercials and broke into acting.
In Coyote Ugly, Melody played a minor role, where she was the new coyote, but she still did a great job at it. The only other film she made an appearance in was Planet of the Apes, where she was a friend at Leo’s party.
Melody is most famous for her role in Power Rangers in Space, where she was the villain who turned into a hero later on, and became the Pink Ranger in the series second installment called Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. In addition to appearing in one episode in Power Rangers Super Megaforce, she also appeared in CSI: Miami, Charmed, Malcolm in the Middle, and many other TV series.
3. Michael Weston
Michael Weston is a film and television actor whose surname used to be Rubinstein, but he changed it to Weston because the Screen Actors Guild already had a Michael Rubinstein. Weston has a Theatre and Arts degree from Northwestern University, although he probably was a natural because both his parents are actors.
In Coyote Ugly, Weston played the role of Danny, a role that probably marked the beginning of his career in film. Before this role, he had only taken part in one episode of the TV series Night Man, but soon after he has had numerous appearances in over 20 different TV series. Most people know Weston as the private detective on House, Lucas Douglas, or the unstable kidnapper on Six Feet Under named Jake.
2. John Goodman
John Goodman has been acting since 1980 and it’s highly likely you have seen him in a movie or a series. Most people remember his role as Dan Conner on the TV series Roseanne on ABC, between 1988 and 1997, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Other films and TV shows he was part of before Coyote Ugly include Revenge of the Nerds, Sea of Love, The Flintstones, Saturday Night Live and many other shows.
In the film, John Goodman played the role of Bill, Violet Sanford’s dad. Owing to the experience he had even before shooting the film and the quality of an actor he is, John did a great job at portraying the character.
Since Coyote Ugly, he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, since he has been part of some memorable productions including Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, Flight, The Hangover Part III, Patriots Day, and so on.
1. Adam Garcia
Adam Garcia is an actor, dancer, and singer from Australia, who has made a name for himself as a dance competition judge. Before his appearance in Coyote Ugly where he played Kevin O’Donnell, Adam had only previously appeared in the film Wilde, in which he played a character named Jones.
Other films he has been part of include Riding in Cars with Boys, The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, Every Emotion Costs, and Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?. In Kangaroo Jack, he did the voice over for Kangaroo Jack.
Adam started to appear on television in 2004 in Agatha Christie’s Marple, and a year later on Doctor Who as Alex in The Christmas Invasion episode. With regard to judging, between 2010 and 2012, and in 2014 he was one of the judges on Got to Dance, and between 2013 and 2014, he was one of the judges on Dancing with the Stars.
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