Can't Hardly Wait cast: Where are they now?
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Amanda Beckett
THEN: Hewitt stole viewers' hearts as Can't Hardly Wait's dreamy, aloof prom queen Amanda Beckett. The high school hottie nursed her broken heart at the end of the year party after being dumped by her football player boyfriend, Mike Dexter.
NOW: Amanda Beckett was just the beginning for Hewitt, who continued her run on Party of Five after Can't Hardly Wait hit theaters. After the show wrapped in 2000, she went on to land roles in films like Heartbreakers and TV shows like The Client List and Criminal Minds. Hewitt, who appeared on Criminal Minds as agent Kate Callahan and joined the main cast of 9-1-1 in 2018, is eyeing a Can't Hardly Wait reunion and sent fans into a tizzy when she tweeted, "Can't Hardly Wait reunion movie anyone? Let's get them to make it!"
Ethan Embry – Preston Myers
THEN: The '90s favorite joined Can't Hardly Wait as Preston Myers, a quiet student who carried a torch for Amanda for years. He attempts to win her over by slipping her an emotional love letter, and finally gets his big moment with his love just as he is leaving town.
NOW: The Empire Records star continued his rom-com run in 2002's Sweet Home Alabama, going on to appear in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Showtime's Brotherhood, and the Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. In 2018, appeared in the films Blindspotting and the Damien Chazelle-directed First Man. After Hewitt voiced her enthusiasm to get back together with the high school gang, Embry chimed in as well, saying he would be "thrilled" to work with his Can't Hardly Wait costars again.
Peter Facinelli – Mike Dexter
THEN: Facinelli was the typical bad high school boyfriend in the flick, playing jock Mike Dexter. The popular football player dumps his girlfriend Amanda in the simple of hopes of hooking up with as many college chicks as possible.
NOW: Years after he hung up his Mike Dexter varsity jacket, Facinelli found himself in another teen classic. The Nurse Jackie alum played vampire Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight series. In recent years, he's made appearances in Damages and Glee, starred in NBC's American Odyssey series, and had a recurring role on S.W.A.T.
Seth Green – Kenny Fisher
THEN: The ultimate high school poseur came to life in Green's portrayal of Kenny Fisher. The goggles-wearing wannabe attended the blowout for the sole purpose of losing his virginity.
NOW: After starring as Dr. Evil's son Scott in the Austin Powers movies and appearing in The Italian Job and Sex Drive, Green mixed up his filmography with extensive voice work. The comedian lent his vocals to TV shows such as Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
Jason Segel – The Watermelon Guy
THEN: Segel made a brief but memorable appearance as a stoner kid in Can't Hardly Wait. He earned the nickname of "The Watermelon Guy" after scooping watermelon out of the rind with his bare hands at the party.
NOW: The comedy heavyweight earned his first feature film credit for Can't Hardly Wait, and soon graduated from such bit roles. The following year he starred in Freaks and Geeks, going on to spend nearly a decade playing How I Met Your Mother's Marshall Eriksen, appearing in The Muppets and The Five-Year Engagement, and generating Oscar buzz for his role of David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour.
Charlie Korsmo – William Lichter
THEN: Korsmo staged his own Revenge of the Nerds as token vengeful geek William Lichter. The dork stages an elaborate scheme to get back at Mike Dexter for picking on him, and ends up becoming the life of the party after downing one too many drinks.
NOW: Can’t Hardly Wait served as Korsmo's final acting role, ending his short onscreen career. He made appearances in just five other movies, including Hook and What About Bob?, and later pursued a career in law and politics.
Lauren Ambrose - Denise Fleming
THEN: Ambrose spent most of the high school movie getting caught in Kenny's web as his former childhood friend and current nemesis, Denise Fleming. The two ended up reconnecting in a major way when they have sex in the bathroom that they're stuck in.
NOW: Following Can't Hardly Wait, Ambrose went on to appear on Broadway and returned to the big screen in movies like Wanderlust and Where the Wild Things Are. On TV, she appeared in the 2016 X-Files revival and also spent the mid-2000s playing Claire Fisher on Six Feet Under. In 2018, she starred as Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway revival of My Fair Lady, for which she received a Tony nomination.
Jaime Pressly – Girlfriend #1
THEN: Then a relative unknown, Pressly found her role in Can't Hardly Wait in Amanda's clique of girlfriends. Credited just as "Girlfriend #1," the actress drunkenly reassured her pal that she was winning the breakup, despite Mike Dexter being "the most dope guy in school."
NOW: Pressly called on her Can’t Hardly Wait experience for 2001's Not Another Teen Movie, and continued her movie career with Joe Dirt and I Love You, Man. The former model later earned an Emmy award for her part in My Name Is Earl, and returned to TV with roles in I Hate My Teenage Daughter and Mom.
Selma Blair – Girl Mike Hits On #1
THEN: A teen movie regular, Blair made one of her most brief appearances in Can't Hardly Wait. She nabbed just seconds of screen time, shown as an unnamed girl at the party that Mike Dexter tries and fails to woo.
NOW: With roles in Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, Down to You, and The Sweetest Thing, Blair soon became a staple in the late '90s/early '00s rom-com world. She filled out her resume with TV roles, and starred as Kris Jenner in 2016's FX series American Crime Story.
Jerry O’Connell – Trip McNeely
THEN: O'Connell brought an unexpected source of wisdom to Can't Hardly Wait as older guy Trip McNeely. The former big man on campus shares a beer with Mike Dexter and tells him a cautionary tale about life after high school graduation.
NOW: While he was uncredited in the movie, O'Connell went on to expand his filmography many times over with starring turns in Crossing Jordan, Kangaroo Jack, and Mission to Mars.
Chris Owen – Klepto Kid
THEN: The teen star booked one of his early roles as the so-called "Klepto Kid," a high school student who, fittingly, steals things. He makes sporadic appearances in Can't Hardly Wait, popping up only to take things as his own.
NOW: Best known for his character Chuck "Sherminator" Sherman in the American Pie movies, Owen also appeared in She's All That, October Sky, and National Lampoon's Van Wilder.
Sean Patrick Thomas – Jock #2
THEN: Thomas appeared in Can't Hardly Wait as one of the movie's unnamed jocks, reveling in the good times to be had at the party. One of Mike Dexter's buddies, he spends much of the evening macking on his girl of choice.
NOW: Soon after Can't Hardly Wait, Thomas booked roles in Cruel Intentions, Save the Last Dance, Not Another Team Movie, and Barbershop. Julia Stiles' onscreen love interest recently appeared in an episode of American Horror Story and the third Barbershop movie, The Next Cut.
Jenna Elfman – Angel Stripper
THEN: A rare character who didn't go to high school with the crew, Elfman played a stripper in an angel costume who sits down for a heart-to-heart with Preston. The two meet at a phone booth and end up forming a surprising connection over their shared bad nights.
NOW: The Dharma & Greg star focused largely on television throughout the '90s and '00s. She booked roles in Accidentally on Purpose, 1600 Penn, and Growing Up Fisher, and most recently starred on the short-lived Imaginary Mary and joined the main cast of Fear the Walking Dead in its fourth season.
Clea Duvall – Jana
THEN: Duvall joined the party as Jana, a high school student with little back story but epic comebacks. In one famous scene, Kenny says "sup" and asks her to dance, to which she simply replies, "I'm allergic."
NOW: The teen star transitioned from Can't Hardly Wait to She's All That, But I'm a Cheerleader, and Girl, Interrupted. In recent years she appeared in American Horror Story: Asylum, The Newsroom, and Lifetime's The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. She currently has a recurring role as Marjorie Palmiotti on Veep.
Melissa Joan Hart – Vicki The Yearbook Girl
THEN: Though she was uncredited in the movie, Hart stole the show as Vicki, the overly enthusiastic girl on a quest to have all of her classmates sign her yearbook.
NOW: Already a star in her own right with Clarissa Explains It All, Hart followed Can't Hardly Wait with Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Drive Me Crazy, and TV cameos. From 2010 through 2015, she teamed up with fellow '90s star Joey Lawrence for ABC Family's Melissa & Joey. Most recently, she has appeared in a variety of TV movies, and directed the Lifetime movie The Watcher in the Woods, starring Anjelica Huston, in 2017.