Then + Now: The Cast of ‘Josie and the Pussycats’
In 2001, ‘Josie and the Pussycats’ went from being a cutesy ’70s cartoon to a live-action satire about the music industry, all thanks to the great songs and hilarious cast, the latter of which included Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson. What has the cast been up to over the past 13 years? Read on to find out. (Psst — we dare you to get through this post without getting at least one Pussycats or DuJour song stuck in your head.)
Rachael Leigh Cook (Josie McCoy)
Then: Fresh from her breakout role as nerd-turned-beauty Laney Boggs in 1999’s ‘She’s All That,’ ’90s teen icon Rachael Leigh Cook played Josie McCoy, the awesome chick rocker and lead singer of the Pussycats. (Fun fact: Cook made her acting debut as Mary-Anne Spier in the 1995 ‘Baby-Sitter’s Club’ movie.)
Now: Three years after ‘Josie,’ Cook married future ‘Vampire Diaries’ actor Daniel Gillies in 2004. She has continued to act, though she has found greater success on the small screen than in film, voicing several characters over the years on ‘Robot Chicken,’ and having a recurring role as Shawn’s ex-GF Abigail on ‘Psych.’ Since 2012, Cook has starred in the TV series ‘Perception’ opposite Eric McCormack and posts awesome behind-the-scenes photos with the cast on Twitter. She and Gillies welcomed their first child, Charlotte Easton Gillies, in September 2013.
Tara Reid (Melody Valentine)
Then: Party girl, tabloid fixture and ‘American Pie’ actress Tara Reid played sweetly naive Melody (think Karen Smith of ‘Mean Girls’), the drummer of the Pussycats. At the time the movie was filmed, Reid was engaged to ‘TRL’ host Carson Daly, who made a cameo appearance in the film — ironically, trying to kill off Melody. (The two called off their real-life engagement just months after the movie’s release. Coincidence?)
Now: Since ‘Josie,’ Reid has nabbed other feature roles, including acting alongside Richard Gere in ‘Dr. T and the Women,’ opposite Ashton Kutcher in the 2004 comedy ‘My Boss’s Daughter’ and reprising her role as Vicky in two ‘American Pie’ sequels — not to mention a recurring role on ‘Scrubs.’ Most recently, Reid starred in the cult sci-fi hit ‘Sharknado’ and confirmed she’ll be reprising her role in the sequel. After several famously failed relationships (and faux marriages), Reid is currently dating Infected Mushroom musician Erez Eisen.
Rosario Dawson (Valerie Brown)
Then: Six years after her breakout role as Ruby in 1995’s ‘Kids,’ Rosario Dawson played Val, the level-headed bassist of the Pussycats in ‘Josie.’
Now: Dawson has had an eclectic career, starring in everything from ‘Men in Black II’ to ‘Sin City’ to Shakespeare in the Park’s ‘Two Gentleman of Verona,’ the latter two in 2005 — a big year for the actress, who also hit it big playing Mimi Marquez in the film version of the Broadway musical ‘Rent.’ To this day, Dawson is still going strong, beefing up her resume with 2008’s ‘Seven Pounds’ (re-teaming with ‘MIB’ co-star Will Smith), ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,’ and, most recently, in ‘Gimme Shelter’ opposite Vanessa Hudgens. And, according to IMDB, Dawson will be reprising her role as Gail in the ‘Sin City’ sequel.
Gabriel Mann (Alan M.)
Then: Gabriel Mann (who started his career as a model, might we add) played Alan M., the sweet folk guitarist who captured Josie’s heart — much to the chagrin of the snobby, skunk-haired Alexandra.
Now: After ‘Josie,’ Mann scored a significant role as Danny Zorn in the ‘Bourne’ films and in 2003’s ‘The Life of David Gale,’ alongside Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet and Laura Linney. Today, he is most well-known for his role as Nolan Ross on ‘Revenge’ and continues to have a successful modeling career.
Paulo Costanzo (Alexander Cabot)
Then: After getting his start on the late ’90s series ‘Animorphs’ and in 2000’s ‘Road Trip,’ Paulo Costanzo played the Pussycat’s flamboyantly wealthy manager, Alexander Cabot, in the film.
Now: In 2004, Costanzo scored the role of Joey Tribbiani’s brother Michael on the ‘Friends’ spin-off ‘Joey,’ a role he played for two years. Since 2009, he has starred as Evan Lawston on USA’s ‘Royal Pains.’
Missi Pyle (Alexandra Cabot)
Then: In ‘Josie,’ Missi Pyle portrayed Alex’s obnoxious twin sister, Alexandra, whose trademarks were her skunk-like highlights, lusting after Alan M. and annoying the Pussycats to no end. A class act, in every way.
Now: Both before and since ‘Josie,’ Pyle has appeared in supporting roles in countless television shows and movies, including ‘Bringing Down the House,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ ‘The Artist,’ ‘Two and a Half Men’ and dozens more. In addition to acting, Pyle is also an accomplished country singer and is half of the country-rock duo Smith & Pyle, alongside fellow actress Shawnee Smith.
Alan Cumming (Wyatt Frame)
Then: The Tony Award-winning stage and film vet Alan Cumming portrayed the evil Wyatt Frame, the mastermind behind the Pussycats’ supposed “success” — while he secretly brainwashed teens through their music and pitted the band members against each other. Equally as important as his critically-acclaimed performances and dozens of accolades, ’90s fans will know Cumming as the Spice Girls’ manager in 1997’s ‘Spice World,’ and the evil Floop in the ‘Spy Kids’ films.
Now: With a wealth of credits to his name, some of Cumming’s more notable roles include the emcee in the London production of ‘Cabaret’ (for which Cumming won the Tony), Eli Gold on ‘The Good Wife’ and the titular character of Broadway’s revival production of ‘Macbeth,’ among countless others.
Parker Posey (Fiona)
Then: Parker Posey portrayed the villainous Fiona, CEO of the Pussycat’s record label and Wyatt’s brainwashing partner-in-crime. Before ‘Josie,’ Posey was primarily an indie darling, known for her roles in the Christopher Guest mockumentaries ‘Waiting for Guffman’ and ‘Best in Show’ — though she also had prominent roles in big budget flicks like ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Scream 3.’
Now: Posey has continued to work with Christopher Guest, later starring in ‘A Mighty Wind’ and ‘For Your Consideration.’ She has also found success on TV, with recurring roles on ‘The Big C,’ ‘The Good Wife’ (alongside her ‘Josie’ co-star Alan Cumming) and ‘Louie.’
Breckin Meyer (Marco, DuJour)
Then: Breckin Meyer played Marco, one-quarter of the boyband DuJour — you know, the ones that supposedly died in a plane crash in the film and sang ‘Backdoor Lover,’ that hit that totally went over your head as a kid. Before ‘Josie,’ Meyer was best known for his role as Tai’s stoner boyfriend in ‘Clueless.’
Now: Meyer married ‘Josie’ screenwriter and co-producer Deborah Kaplan in October 2001 but divorced in 2012 after 11 years of marriage. Like some of his fellow ‘Josie’ castmates, Meyer has voiced several characters on ‘Robot Chicken’ over the years. Since 2011, he has played titular character Jared Franklin on TNT’s ‘Franklin & Bash’ and is also the creator (and writer!) behind TBS’ comedy ‘Men at Work.’
Donald Faison (D.J., DuJour)
Then: Like his ‘Clueless’ co-star Breckin Meyer, Donald Faison went from playing Murray, Dionne’s jokester Beverly Hills BF in the Alicia Silverstone flick, to portraying boybander D.J. in the fictional DuJour.
Now: In 2001, the same year ‘Josie’ came out, Faison got his big break by playing Turk on ‘Scrubs,’ his most famous role to date. Faison tied the knot with Jessica Simpson‘s BFF Cacee Cobb in December 2012, and the two welcomed a baby boy, Rocco, in August of the same year. Faison, who also has four other kids from previous relationships, currently stars on TV Land’s ‘The Exes.’
Seth Green (Travis, DuJour)
Then: When Seth Green played Travis, one of DuJour’s more whiny members, he already had an impressive resume under his belt, with starring roles as Oz in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ as the voice of Chris Griffin on ‘Family Guy’ and as Dr. Evil’s son Scott in the ‘Austin Powers’ films.
Now: After ‘Josie,’ Green has built a successful comedic career for himself, guest-starring in countless television shows and movies, and continuing to provide the voice of Chris on ‘Family Guy’ to this day. And as the creator, writer and producer of ‘Robot Chicken’ (on which many of his ‘Josie’ co-stars have lent their voices), Green has certainly found his niche.
Alexander Martin (Les, DuJour)
Then: Rounding off DuJour was Les, played by Alexander Martin, grandson of legendary singer Dean Martin.
Now: Though not as prominently successful as the rest of his ‘Josie’ co-stars, Martin has continued to act sporadically. His most recent role was in a 2013 episode of ‘Private Practice.’