The last episode of Even Stevens aired in June 2003, and although it seems like it was just a short while back, it's actually slightly over 15 years ago. If you never got an opportunity to watch this show, then you don't know what you missed, and if you get an opportunity to, don't be surprised if you get hooked and can't stop watching. The show was mainly about a seventh-grade character played by Shia LaBeouf struggling to fit in what appeared to be a perfect family and in school. In the process, he got involved in a lot of trouble, but thanks to a friend called Alan, they would always find a way out.
When you look back at how much the cast of the show has changed over the years, you can't help but want to remind yourself of just how they used to sound and look like. We were so used to seeing them together that it's hard to imagine just how far apart these characters are since we've not seen them working together for a very long time, let alone hanging out.
This makes us wonder what will become of our favorite stars today, who share long-running series a decade or so after the shows end. Although these actors are on set because for them it's just a job, we audiences usually develop relationships with them in their roles, which is why it takes us a bit of time to relate with our favorite characters when they're playing different roles from the ones we're used to seeing them play. Here's what the cast has been up to since 2003.
20 Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf is a famous actor, filmmaker, and performance artist. He played the role of a character called Louis Stevens in Even Stevens; a mischievous and immature boy who was always ruining other people’s lives.
Shia has since appeared in several films, but his most successful role was in the box office hit films Transformers and its two sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Shia, who is currently married to actress Mia Goth, is working on the films The Peanut Butter Falcom, Honey Boy, and The Tax Collector, all set to premiere in 2019.
19 Christy Carlson Romano
American actress and singer Christy Carlson Romano played the role of Ren Stevens in Even Stevens. Her character was that of an intelligent, well-mannered 8th grader who constantly tried to keep her brother's schemes from going wrong. While still working on Even Stevens, Christy also starred in the film Cadet Kelly and voiced a lead role in the animated series Kim Possible.
Christy has since been featured in multiple films and has taken several voice roles in animated television series and video games. She is a mother of one and is married to a Brendan Rooney. Christy is currently working on the Kim Possible movie which will hit the big screen in 2019.
18 Nick Spano
Nick Spano, popularly known as Donald Stevens or “Donnie” in Even Stevens played the role of Louis and Ren's big brother. Donnie was a talented athlete who was always concerned about his appearance and popularity. After the series ended, Nick and the rest of the cast also appeared in The Even Stevens Movie.
Following the release of the movie, Nick appeared as a guest star in a number of episodes in the hit television series 7th heaven. He also appeared in Cold Case, Sister Sister, Step by Step, Without a Trace, and NCIS. Nick is currently an acting coach for the John Robert Powers acting agency but hardly takes up any acting roles.
17 Donna Pescow
64-year-old Donna Pescow has been acting since she was a teenager. She debuted her acting role in the musical film Saturday Night Fever. Donna appeared in the film Rainbow and in the soap operas series All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital, before taking up the role of Eileen Stevens in Even Stevens.
Her character played a successful senator and mother to Louis, Ren, and Donnie. Donna took a seven-year break from serious acting thereafter but later picked up small guest roles in series like Crossing Jordan and The Sopranos. Her latest guest roles have been in The Flash and New Girl.
16 Tom Virtue
American actor Tom Virtue is best known for his role as Steve Stevens in Even Stevens. Steve was the father of Louis, Ren, and Donnie and he was also a former college football player turned lawyer. Over the years, Tom has appeared in small roles in the films Kicking & Screaming, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Hitchcock, The Guilt Trip, Iron Man 3, A Haunted House 2, and Live by Night, and many more.
He recently played a news anchor role in the film The Thinning: New World Order and is working on a film called Green Book, which is set to be released in November 2018.
15 A.J Trauth
Andrew James Trauth, commonly known as A.J Trauth is an actor and musician popularly known for playing Alan Twitty on Even Stevens. Twitty was Louis’s best friend who always bailed him out of bad situations. While playing Twitty he also voiced a character called Josh Mankey on the animation Kim Possible.
After the two shows, Trauth went on to have guest appearances on shows including The Amanda Show, House, 7th Heaven, Numb3rs, Bones, Franklin & Bash, and Ro. He starred in the movies You Wish!, The Last Word, and Literally, Right Before Aaron. He most recently appeared in Moments of Clarity and Welcome to Happiness. Trauth is currently married to Leah Pipes.
14 Lauren Frost
American singer and actress Lauren Frost is best known for her recurring role as Ruby Mendel on Even Stevens. Ruby was Ren’s best friend who loved to gossip and was crazy about boys. She reprised her role in the series' follow up movie, The Even Stevens Movie.
Lauren also starred as Casey in the film Web Girl and appeared in the film Blackberries N Humble Pie: A rock Story. As a singer, she has performed internationally in tours with Legends like Barbra Streisand. Lauren is currently working on a few films, including One Nation Under God.
13 Margo Harshman
Actress Margo Harshman played the recurring role of Tawny Dean on Even Stevens. Tawny was Louis’s other best friend who eventually became his girlfriend. After the series ended, she took up a role in the short-lived series Run of the House.
Margo became even more famous when she appeared as Sheldon’s assistant in the comedy hit series The Big Bang Theory. She has taken up guest spots in shows like 90210, Boston Legal, House, CSI, Bones, and Bent. Between 2013 and 2017 she played a recurring role of a character called Delilah Fielding, in the television action series NCIS. In 2017, she appeared in the movie Love on the Vines.
12 Steven Anthony Lawrence
Steven Anthony Lawrence is best known for his role as Bernard “Beans” Aranguren. His character was that of an annoying next-door neighbor to Steven’s family, who liked showing up to their house uninvited. Prior to acting this role, Steven had appeared in a couple of series including Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, The Amanda Show, and That’s so Raven.
He has also appeared in films like Kicking & Screaming, Bratz, and Archie’s final project. He recently played the role of Jingles in the film Holly, Jingles and Clyde 3D. Other than acting, Steven's face has also been featured as one of the filters on the social media app Snapchat.
11 Eric Tyrone Hodges
Eric Tyrone Hodges popularly known as Ty Hodges is not only an actor but a singer and rapper. Born in Washington, Eric started acting at the age of eleven. He debuted his film career in the movie, Don’t Look Under The Bed. He then had a recurring role in Even Stevens as Lawrence “Larry” Anthony Beales. Larry was Ren’s biggest rival in school who always tried to ruin her reputation.
Thereafter Eric made guest appearances in shows like City of Angels, Boston Public, The District, and Truth Unspoken. He has recently directed and featured in the films A Girl Like Grace and Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah. Ty is currently developing projects for his production company.
10 Eric Jungmann
36-year-old actor Eric Joseph Jungmann is popularly known for his role as Jain McManus in the ABC television series Night Stalker. Eric had a recurring role as Ivan in Even Stevens. Ivan played Larry Beale’s yes-man sidekick and occasionally as a yes-man to other popular kids.
Immediately following his role as Ivan, Eric appeared in several films like Sweden, Ohio, Not Another Teen Movie, Happy Endings, Timer, Shotgun Wedding, and Of Fortune and Gold. He has also taken up guest roles in hit shows like Criminal Minds, Castle, NCIS, True Blood, Bones, and CSI: Miami. Eric has however not been involved in any acting roles since 2015.
9 Fred Meyers
Actor Fred Meyers appeared on The Catcher for his first acting job. He then appeared in the movie Suspended Animation before playing the recurring role of Thomas “Tom” Gribalski in the series Even Stevens. His character is one of Louis’s best friends, a nerd who is always trying to save him from his ridiculous schemes.
After the show ended, Fred co-starred with Hillary Duff as Matthew in the film Raise Your Voice. He then appeared in films like Confession and Hallowed Ground. He also appeared in television shows like That’s So Raven, Boston Legal, The Handler, and 7th Heaven. Fred retired from acting in 2007 and is now a paramedic.
8 George Anthony Bell
George Anthony Bell is a professional actor, singer, and acting coach best known for his role as Conrad Wexler in the Even Stevens series. Conrad played the principal of Lawrence Junior High who always favored Ren over other students. Besides this role George has been featured in films like House Party 2, Polly: Comin’ Home, and in the series Ally McBeal, and Gilmore Girls.
George has also appeared in several TV commercials as well. As a singer, he first appeared in the Broadway musical Timbuktu! He also coached actors who starred in the films like Hook, Gulliver’s Travels, and Sister Sister. His recent guest roles are in the series Grey’s Anatomy.
7 Jim Wise
54-year-old Jim Wise was popularly known for his recurring role as Coach Terry Tugnut on Even Stevens. He was a gym coach who was always tough on Louis and loved to eat food. Jim is also a writer; singer and composer. He wrote all the songs in the Even Stephens episode “Influenza: The Musical.”
He has taken guest roles in shows like That’s so Raven, JAG, and Invader Zim among others. Jim is also known for voicing characters in movies and video games. He is a comedy writer as well and has written for Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
6 Lisa Renee Foiles
Lisa Renee Foiles is an American actress and video game Journalist. She appeared as Carla, a newspaper editor on Even Stevens who always looked up to Ren. Her other popular role was in the Nickelodeon series All That. Lisa has also starred in series like Malcolm in the Middle, Leverage, and The League of S.T.E.A.M and was featured in the movie Your Friends Close.
She also starred in the popular YouTube channel called The Game Station and runs a video game website called Save Point. Her recent guest roles are in the series Muzzled and Game Shakers. Lisa is married to Shawn Cloninger and has a daughter by the name Chloe.
5 Gary LeRoi Gray
Chicago born actor Gary LeRoi Gray is known for his recurring role as Nelson Tibideaux in The Cosby Show and Nelson Minkler in the sitcom Even Stevens. His character in Even Stevens was that of Ren’s childhood best friend who had serious allergies. Since then Gary has appeared in films like Blackbird, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom and Bring it on: All or Nothing.
He has voiced characters in movies like The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour and its two sequels. Gary has also taken up small roles in shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Slappy and the Stinkers, and Family Matters. The last film he was part of was Vigilante Diaries in 2016.
4 Jerry Messing
Jerry Messing was born Jerome Edward Trager Messing. He appeared as Artie Ryan in the series Even Stevens. Before his role as Artie, Jerry was featured in several series like Freaks and Geeks, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and George & Leo.
He also played guest roles in the shows The Brother Garcia and Malcolm in the Middle while filming Even Stevens. Jerry has only played significant roles in two films; he played Pugsley Addams in the 1988 Addams Family Reunion and as Justin Harold in the film Finding Kelly. Jerry was a successful child actor but it's weird why he never pursued acting after these appearances.
3 Kelli McCarty
Kelli McCarty is popularly known as Beth Wallace in the hit soap opera Passions. She started acting professionally in the series Dream On before taking the recurring role of Ms. Lovelson in Even Stevens. She has also appeared as a guest star in television shows like 90210, Beverly Hills, Melrose Place, That’s So Raven, and Beyond the Break.
In 2010 she starred in the film Dangerous Attractions and has made a guest appearance in the series Co-Ed Confidential. Kelli went on to appear in movies like Love Test. She has since then moved from acting to professional photography.
2 Efren Ramirez
Actor Efren Ramirez is best known for playing Pedro Sanchez in the film Dynamite, as well as playing the same role in the animation series Dynamite. Efren has starred in a number of movies including Endgame, School Dance, Casa de Mi Padre, The Pool Boys, American Summer and many more.
He played Scrub Patrol in the Sitcom Even Stevens and appeared as a guest star in several shows like Boston Public, Judging Amy, ER, The District, American Dad!, and Constantine. Other than acting, Efren has a DJ career as well and he has toured over 50 cities and performed worldwide. He also has a production company.
1 Brenden Jefferson
Born in San Bernardino as an only child, Brenden Richard Jefferson is an actor and songwriter who played the role of Ryan Zellpepper in the television sitcom Even Stevens. He has made several appearances in television shows including Full House, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Smart Guy, JAG, Judging Amy, The Hughleys, Boston Public, The Practice, The Steve Harvey Show and many more.
He also played the role of Young Stan Williams in the 2004 film Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story. Brenden has been featured in other films as well, like Crimson Tide, Senseless, and Holes. However, he has not appeared on TV since 2004.