Swimfan, 15 Years Later
2002 was a great year for film: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, A Beautiful Mind, Monster’s Ball…and the critically-panned teen-psycho thriller Swimfan all hit the big—er, blue—screen. No, really, the screen is tinted blue throughout the entire film. Fatal Attraction comparisons aside, Swimfan‘s psycho-drama for the teens is unironic camp at its best—and here’s what the cast is up to now.
Erika Christensen (Madison)
After fulfilling the arc of every crazed mistress in a thrilling love-triangle drama (read: she’s super dead), Christensen had a few roles on the short-lived TV dramas Six Degrees and Wicked City. You’ll definitely remember her as Julie, the youngest daughter of the Braverman family on NBC’s Parenthood, for which she won a Gracie Award in 2014.
Jesse Bradford (Ben)
Though he starred in all the teen movies of your dreams in the late ’90s and early ’00s—Bring it On, Romeo + Juliet, Clockstoppers, and of course, Swimfan—Bradford seemed to have graduated from the teen circuit. Since Swimfan, Ben Cronin has gotten out of the pool and taken on more adult material including Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers, an arc on The West Wing, an appearance in I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, and a role on the short-lived sitcom Guys with Kids. He’s currently appearing in USA’s Shooter.
Shiri Appleby (Amy)
After the excessive campiness of Swimfan, Amy left high school and Ben Cronin behind (let’s be honest, he was kind of the worst) and ended up featuring in some super adult movies like Havoc and Charlie Wilson’s War. Appleby also had a controversial guest arc on Lena Dunham’s Girls as Adam’s new girlfriend, as well as a recurring role on Chicago Fire. She seems to have found her calling in television, now starring in Lifetime’s critically acclaimed UnREAL as conflicted reality show producer Rachel Goldberg.
Clayne Crawford (Josh)
The resident jock frenemy doesn’t last through the end of the film (was that really a suprise?) but the actor currently stars in the Mel Gibson role in Fox’s Lethal Weapon reboot. You may have also seen his starring turn in the critically acclaimed Sundance drama Rectify. No word yet on whether or not he’s gotten back in a pool.
Dan Hedaya (Coach Simkins)
Both before and after his take on the standard unpleasant high school coach, Hedaya has enjoyed a successful career as a staple character actor on film (with a handful of guest roles on TV as well, including rcent turns on Gotham, The Mindy Project, Blue Bloods, and Odd Mom Out). Still, he’s remembered best for his pre-Swimfan role as Cher Horowitz’s father, litigator Mel Horowitz, in Clueless.
James DeBello (Christopher)
The true hero (and Armie Hammer lookalike) of this story unfortunately didn’t quite get his due as a breakout star. Since playing Madison’s cousin, DeBello appeared as Cliff in National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze and National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2 alongside Topanga (Danielle Fishel). He also starred in Eli Roth’s 2002 horror film Cabin Fever.