Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

And the Teen Beat Goes On

A not-so-adolescent chart of Hollywood’s adolescents

Posted on

Not since the days of Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe has the teen-idol frontier been so, well, fertile. ”There are more teenagers in this country than ever before,” explains Seventeen executive editor Roberta Caploe. ”They’re all going to the movies and watching tv, so it’s no surprise a teen roster of stars is developing.” For anyone whose definition of a teen hunk stalled with Keanu Reeves, may we present our at-a-glance primer for the next generation.

Jessica Shaw, with additional reporting by Shawna Malcom

NAME / AGE / WEB SITES / TEEN CRED

Brandy / 18 / 4 / Seventeen cover (April ’95)

Neve Campbell / 24 / 11 / Sassy cover (June ’96)

Scott Wolf / 29 / 3 / Seventeen cover (May ’95)

Jennifer Love Hewitt / 18 / 6 / Seventeen cover (Feb. ’97); tentative Teen People cover (Feb. ’98)

Jeremy London / 25 / 2 / Twist cover (Oct./Nov. ’97); Seventeen cover (Feb. ’96)

Sarah Michelle Gellar / 20 / 11 / YM cover (Dec. ’97)

David Boreanaz / 26 / 1 / Look for covers next spring

Nicholas Brendon / 26 / 3 / Featured in Twist, Teen, YM, and Seventeen

Melissa Joan Hart / 21 / 10 / Seventeen cover (Fall ’97 Special Issue)

Jared Leto / 25 / 5 / Seventeen cover (July ’96)

Mike Damus / 18 / 3 / Featured in Teen, Tiger Beat, and Seventeen

Heather Matarazzo / 15 / 1 / Featured in The New York Times Magazine

Reese Witherspoon / 21 / 2 / Seventeen cover (Sept. ’97)

Freddie Prinze Jr. / 21 / 2 / Featured in Sassy and Seventeen

Ryan Phillippe / 22 / 0 / Prefers to avoid teen publications

BRAT PACK EQUIVALENT

[Brandy] Demi Moore

[Neve Campbell] Demi Moore + Ally Sheedy

[Scott Wolf] Rob Lowe + Emilio Estevez – Ralph Macchio

[Jennifer Love Hewitt] Molly Ringwald + Ally Sheedy

[Jeremy London] Andrew McCarthy – Judd Nelson

[Sarah Michelle Gellar] Demi Moore + Emilio Estevez

[David Boreanaz] Andrew McCarthy + Rob Lowe – Judd Nelson

[Nicholas Brendon] Robert Downey Jr. x Jon Cryer [divided by] Judd Nelson

[Melissa Joan Hart]Ally Sheedy + Jon Cryer [divided by] Emilio Estevez

[Jared Leto] Andrew McCarthy + Rob Lowe + Judd Nelson [divided by] Anthony Michael Hall

[Mike Damus] Ralph Macchio + Rob Lowe [divided by] Jon Cryer

Comments