We loved Bring It On! C’mon, and so did you! It was that movie that was released in 2000 based on a cheerleading squad that was determined to go to nationals. It had quite the cast, who for the most part did quite well in Hollywood.
Bring It On was about a head cheerleader named Torrance, who was played by Kirsten Dunst, and it was her job to get her team to the National Cheerleading Competition, and it turned out not to be as easy as you would think. The film was filled with sexual innuendos and one-liners, but it’s still a huge fan favorite.
When it was released, the film was a hit at the box office and went on to have probably unneeded sequels. There were four sequels, in fact, and they all were straight to video and didn’t have any of the original cast in it. The film was made to spoof the cheerleading culture, and we loved every moment of it. These days, many people are still watching the movie now that it has a cult following. Even we have to admit we’ve watched it a dozen or more times ourselves. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 17 years since the movie came out. Have you ever wondered what happened to the cast of the movie? Well, we’re about to find out. It’s time that we revisit the movie and see where our favorite characters ended up.
15. Richard Hillman
Richard Hillman was, in the movie, Torrance’s cheating boyfriend, who didn’t show much support for her. Hillman didn’t do a whole lot after Bring It On. He had a few small roles in movies such as Legally Blonde, Detroit Rock City, and Boys and Girls. The last film that he was in was Greater Than a Tiger, a short film in 2007 and then didn’t work in Hollywood for another two years for unknown reasons. He didn’t have the same kind of success in Hollywood that most of his co-stars did. Hillman died tragically in 2009 at the shocking age of 34, and the cause of his death was never fully disclosed. He had a short career and also a short life, and it’s all a little sad but a great reminder that you only live once and should live life to the fullest.
14. Gabrielle Union
Isis was the head cheerleader on the opposing team named the Clovers, fighting with Torrance and her group all through the movie. It left the audience wondering who was really going to win the Nationals. Since then, Gabrielle has been in a couple of other cult classics like 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s All That. That was just the beginning of a huge career for the starlet. She starred alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys II. She went on to star in movies such as Deliver Us from Eva, Think Like A Man, Running With Scissors, Cadillac Records, and Think Like A Man Too. Lately, she’s been in a few TV shows such as Being Mary Jane and The Lion Guard. Gabrielle has turned into a beautiful woman over the years from the fun-loving teenager that we saw in the movie.
13. Clare Kramer
Clare Kramer played Courtney, the sexually experienced cheerleader that liked to wear her “spanky pants” around the male cheerleaders hoping to get some extra attention. She was flirty and ditzy but a fun addition to the cast. After the movie, Kramer, too, went and joined the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She played the hell god, Glory, and then went on to star in numerous shows including Tru Calling, House, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and, most recently, Tweet Out and Film Pigs. She was also the co-founder of GeekNation and started to produce podcasts about comic books, fantasy/sci-fi, and video games. Most recently, she was spending more time behind the camera than in front of it. She also writes, directs, and produces; she even produced Film Pigs. She’s another actress that’s done quite well in Hollywood since Bring It On.
12. Kirsten Dunst
After Bring It On, Kirsten’s career only went up, and at one point, she was one of the most sought-after young actresses in Hollywood. She was specifically chosen by Julia Roberts herself to play one of the leads in Mona Lisa Smile, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. She’s been in countless movies, including the Spider-Man trilogy. She started out in the industry as a child star, getting her first kiss ever from Brad Pitt in Interview With The Vampire. From there, her career in Hollywood has only been met with good movies; she was part of The Virgin Suicides, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Marie Antoinette, Bachelorette, Elizabethtown, and Melancholia, among many many others. She also guest-starred on quite a few episodes of Fargo. Her career hasn’t slowed down one bit, and she’s considered a veteran in Hollywood these days.
11. Eliza Dushku
Eliza Dushku played the sexy and badass Missy who came in from out of town and joined the cheerleading squad. She was the one that informed Torrance that the squad was stealing their cheers. She played a crucial role in getting the squad back on their feet. After Bring It On, she starred in the Buffy Spinoff, Angel and went on to star in numerous TV shows such as Dollhouse, Torchwood: Web of Lies, White Collar, Tru Calling, Bull, and Banshee. She also appeared in a few movies, such as the horror flick Wrong Turn, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Bottle Shock. She’s done quite well in Hollywood and is still going strong. She’s one actress that has always remained just as sexy as she was in the beginning, and she’s proven that she has the talent needed to stay the course in Hollywood.
10. Jesse Bradford
Jesse Bradford was the boy who, in the movie, stole Torrance’s heart and all of our hearts as well. We fell for him when he was brushing his teeth and making that simple gesture sexy AF! He hasn’t had as much success as the other two characters in Hollywood, but he’s nowhere near obscurity either. He made a big splash in the movie Swimfan making us all aware of how scary cheating on your spouse can actually be. He also starred in the critically acclaimed movie Flags of Our Fathers and W. He has starred in many TV shows over the years including, Guys With Kids, The West Wing, NCIS, Code Black and Outlaw. He’s done well for himself, and although he does walk around with a large scruffy beard these days, he’s just as handsome as he was back in the cheerleading days.
9. Nicole Bilderback
Nicole Bilderback played Whitney, the snobby cheerleader who managed to be a huge pain in Torrance’s butt the entire movie. She was one of those characters that you just loved to hate. She was trying to get her own sister on the squad even though there was no talent there. So what has Bilderback been doing since the movie? She’s starred in familiar movies such as Clueless and Can’t Hardly Wait. She went on to appear in many different TV shows over the years including the popular Dark Angel and Dawson’s Creek. Throughout the years, she was cast in films such as Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, as well as Bad Girls From Valley High. She has done quite well for herself and, most recently, has appeared in TV shows such as Heroes, Cold Case, and Without a Trace.
8. Nathan West
Nathan West played Jan, a male cheerleader on the squad who had the hots for Courtney and showed us that every time they were in contact with each other. He loved being part of the squad because it gave him the chance to hook up with plenty of girls. Before Bring It On, you may have seen West in movies such as D2: The Mighty Ducks and was part of TV shows such as 7th Heaven and ER. West went on to marry his co-star from 7Th Heaven, Chrissy Leigh in 2002. He probably hasn’t had as much success as some of his other cast mates, but he did appear in the flick Not Another Teen Movie with his wife and also starred in That 80’s Show before it was canceled. He was cast in the films Miracle and the sequel to Skulls. He hasn’t been seen in anything since 2010, when he starred in the movie Alleged, so, it’s been seven years since he’s been away from Hollywood.
7. Lindsay Sloane
Lindsay Sloane played Big Red, the former head cheerleader that bestowed her greatness onto Torrance when she graduated. She was also the one responsible for stealing the cheers from the Clovers. She was the bitch that you were okay with hating throughout the movie. Torrance had to rise above her sneaky shenanigans to bring her team to the top. You may also recognize her from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, where she played Valerie alongside Melissa Joan Hart. After Bring It On, Sloane played in various films such as She’s Out of My League, The Accidental Husband, The TV Set, Nancy Drew, Horrible Bosses 2, and The Other Guys. She also had TV guest appearances on popular TV shows such as How I Met Your Mother, The League, and Entourage. She’s still acting regularly in Hollywood and has been seen in TV shows such as Children’s Hospital, Weeds, and, most recently, The Odd Couple.
6. Tsianina Joelson
Before Tsianina Joelson got her big break on Bring It On, she was Miss Coos County in 1993. She was also very much into fitness and won Fitness America’s Miss Fitness USA in 1997, so she was a natural when it came to the rigorous cheerleading training they had to endure for the movie. She played Darcy in the movie, the cheerleader with the rich daddy. Before the movie, she also co-hosted a show called The Daily Burn on MTV, so she was already doing a few things beforehand. After the movie, she went on to play Varia, an Amazon on Xena: The Warrior Princess. She hasn’t done much in the way of films since she played Amy in American Pie 2, and her most recent movie was According to Greta in 2009. From there, she dropped out of the limelight and hasn’t been seen since.
5. Huntley Ritter
Huntley Ritter played Les, the gay cheerleader in Bring It On. He was the stereotypical nice guy that tried to help Torrance out as much as he could. After the movie, he appeared in a few big budget movies such as We Are Marshall, The Wedding Planner, and The Third Nail. He had a few guest appearances on shows such as Popular and Drive, but his career, for the most part, went stagnant. He seems to have dropped out of Hollywood after 2007 and has gone behind the scenes. He doesn’t seem to be interested in acting any longer and works mostly on outdoor shows like Ducks Unlimited, The Huntley Way, and Outlanders. Why he decided to leave Hollywood behind and go the nature way is anybody’s guess.
4. Cody McMains
Cody McMains played the annoying little brother to Torrance who was seen wearing the ‘Death to Cheerleaders” shirt at the Nationals. He walked around with Darcy’s spanky pants and just generally annoyed everyone that he could in the movie. Isn’t that what brothers are for, even if he did make you want to punch him out? Aside from Not Another Teen Movie, McMains never really did many more movies, but he did get a lot of hits in TV shows. He was seen in Everwood, Desperate Housewives, 90210, and the series 10 Things I Hate About You and Monk. As TV shows go, he’s done pretty well for himself, though we haven’t seen much of the actor since 2012, when he appeared in the movie, FDR: American Badass! He seemed to be going strong there for a while, so it’s a mystery as to why he seems to have dropped out of Hollywood.
3. Bianca Kajlich
Bianca Kajlich is looking hotter than ever these days, a much thinner and more beautiful version of the teen that we saw in Bring It On. She played Carver in the movie, the girl that injured herself on a cheer pyramid and basically sets in motion the rest of the movie. We don’t see much of her in the movie, but she was a bubbly treat nonetheless. After Bring It On, she found TV fame in many popular shows. She played the bitchy actress girlfriend of Dawson in Dawson’s Creek. She was also cast in shows such as Rock Me, Baby, Rules of Engagement, and Boston Public. She’s still kicking ass in Hollywood on shows such as P*rn Again, Undateable, and, most recently, Major Crimes in 2017. In 2006, she married the soccer player Landon Donovan and was married for four years before divorcing in 2010. In 2012, she then went on to marry Michael Catherwood, the radio personality, whom she had her first child with.
2. Natina Reed
Natina Reed played Jenelope, the sassy and tough girl from the Clovers. She was huge into rap and probably helped a lot with the lyrics of the cheers in the movie. After her role in the movie, she went on to be part of the R&B group Blaque, which is what she’s best known for. She got her big break in music because she was a protégé of the late Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes. Reed is another actress that died tragically at a young age, just shy of her 32nd birthday. She was hit by a car while she was crossing the road; she wasn’t paying attention as she was on the phone. The driver was found to not be at fault. She left behind a ten-year-old son, and the father of her son, rapper Kurupt, paid for her funeral. “Last night the world was changed forever, life will never be the same… she was my sister,” Brandi Williams, singer and former Blaque band member, tweeted.
1. Brandi Williams
Brandi Williams played Lafred in Bring It On, a cheerleader from the Clovers. She’s also more known for being in the group Blaque, alongside Natina Reed. After the movie, she focused more on her career as a rapper, although she did play herself in a few TV appearances such as V.I.P, Total Access 24/7, and Disney’s 2 Hour Tour. She also played herself (Blaque) in the movie Honey. While in music, she released her first solo album in 2011 called Love It and also planned on releasing another album in 2014, but it never happened. She married entrepreneur Jay Harris in an Atlanta wedding in 2009 and was devastated by Natina Reed’s death. She hasn’t done much with her career since 2011, but she’s very active on Twitter, so you can probably find her bouncing her thoughts there.
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