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The Baby-Sitters Club, Then and Now
It’s been over two decades since Melanie Mayron’s 1995 adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s beloved middle-grade book series hit theaters, but you know that your friends are always there! Catch up with the members of The Baby-Sitters Club, ahead.
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Schuyler Fisk (Kristy Thomas)
The daughter of Sissy Spacek and Jack Fisk, Schuyler Fisk picked up her first major role (and her first credit on a film involving neither of her parents) at the age of 13 when she starred in The Baby-Sitters Club as Kristy, the club founder and president. In the 2000s, the actor-singer-songwriter moved towards focusing on her music rather than film roles, and she released her debut album, The Good Stuff, in 2009. In 2010, she joined forces with OneRepublic’s Tim Myers and formed the duo FM Radio. Her recent onscreen credits include Gus Van Sant’s Restless (2011), the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me (2014), a 2016 episode of Fear the Walking Dead, and the upcoming films The Nanny and Wake.
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Larisa Oleynik (Dawn Schafer)
Just a few months before she played cool California girl Dawn in The Baby-Sitters Club, Larisa Oleynik already begun playing the part that would make her famous in the mid-‘90s: the title character on Nickelodeon’s The Secret World of Alex Mack. After BSC, which was Oleynik’s first film role, her next big-screen appearance was playing the pretty, popular Bianca in the beloved 1999 teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. Since that time, she has racked up dozens of film and TV credits, including recurring roles on Mad Men, Hawaii Five-0, and Pretty Little Liars, and appearances on Psych, Mike & Molly, and Law & Order: SVU (pictured), among other series. She will appear next in the films Animal Among Us, Accommodations, and Wandering Off.
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Rachael Leigh Cook (Mary Anne Spier)
Rachael Leigh Cook made her acting debut when she played Mary Anne, she of the perfect handwriting, in The Baby-Sitters Club in 1995. She followed it up with another major family release, playing Becky Thatcher in Tom and Huck later that same year. It wasn't until 1999 that she had her breakout moment when she starred in the high school-set Pygmalion story She’s All That, opposite ‘90s dreamboat Freddie Prinze, Jr. After playing the title role in 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats, Cook gravitated towards indie projects and voice acting. She has done voice work on the Adult Swim series Robot Chicken since 2006, and has voiced parts in the Kingdom Hearts and Star Wars: The Old Republic video game series. Next up, she will appear in a new adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Tricia Joe (Claudia Kishi)
After a 1991 TV appearance and the 1994 film I’ll Do Anything, Tricia Joe’s role as the stylish, artsy Claudia in The Baby-Sitters Club is the third — and last — credit on her screen-acting resume. In the years since, according to her Facebook page, Joe earned a degree in dance at Fullerton College and studied criminal justice at California State University, Long Beach.
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Bre Blair (Stacey McGill)
Bre Blair got her first major role when she starred as glamorous New Yorker Stacey in The Baby-Sitters Club. Since 2000, she’s racked up dozens of credits, particularly on TV, with appearances on episodes of Charmed, Monk, Psych, Nip/Tuck, The O.C., 90210, Happy Endings, Two and a Half Men, and The Flash, among others. In 2016, she starred in the NBC drama Game of Silence, which lasted for one season.
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Stacey Linn Ramsower (Mallory Pike)
Stacey Linn Ramsower was busy in 1995, with parts in the films The Quick and the Dead and Tank Girl in addition to The Baby-Sitters Club, but her only credit since playing Mallory, baby-sitter extraordinaire, is the 1996 TV movie Terminal. She is currently a yoga instructor in Houston, Texas.
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Zelda Harris (Jessi Ramsey)
Before she played aspiring ballerina Jessi in The Baby-Sitters Club, Zelda Harris had already collected a few credits, most notably in Spike Lee’s 1994 film Crooklyn. Post-BSC, Harris had a role in 1998’s He Got Game and made appearances on a handful of TV shows, including an episode of NYPD Blue in 2002. In 2005, as a student at Princeton (whence she graduated in 2007), she gave an interview to the university publication Nassau Weekly in which she talked about the dearth of good roles for young black women in Hollywood.
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Christian Oliver (Luca)
German actor Christian Oliver was actually 23 when he played Stacy’s 17-year-old love interest Luca, who receives a terrible shock when he learns that the baby-sitter of his dreams is only 13. Oliver had already begun his role on the second season of Saved by the Bell: The New Class when he appeared in The Baby-Sitters Club. Since the ‘90s, he has collected dozens of credits in both the U.S. and Germany; his notable recent roles include the Wachowski siblings’ Speed Racer in 2008, the 2009 Tom Cruise starrer Valkyrie, 2017 indie Zipper, and parts on the series Sense8 and Timeless.
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Vanessa Zima (Rosie Wilder)
Vanessa Zima, who was eight years old when the film hit theaters, played not one of the baby-sitters but one of the baby-sat: Rosie, the little girl who awkwardly witnesses Stacey and Luca’s flirtation. In the two decades since, she has built a film and TV resume that includes appearances on Judging Amy, House, and Scandal, among other series, and parts in the films The Absent and Manson Girls.