Then + Now: The Cast of ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’
In ‘Can’t Hardly Wait,’ graduating high school seniors get drunk, hook up and enter into romantic entanglements during a raucous house party.
The 1998 comedy features quite a few familiar faces — although some weren’t so familiar at the time. See what the stars of ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ are up to these days.
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Amanda Beckett)
Then: In ‘Can’t Hardly Wait.’ Love Hewitt was Amanda Beckett, a prom queen who was just unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend. Hewitt, 19 at the time, got her start on ‘Kids Incorporated,’ and was best known for playing Sarah Reeves on ‘Party of Five’ and spin-off show ‘The Time of Your Life.’
Now: A television star almost her entire career, between 2005 and 2010 Love Hewitt was the lead on ‘Ghost Whisperer.’ These days she stars on ‘The Client List’ and plays a recurring character on ‘Hot In Cleveland.’
Ethan Embry (Preston Meyers)
Then: Ethan Embry was Preston Meyers, a sensitive high school senior who wants to declare his love for Amanda before leaving for college. A competitive gymnast as a child, Embry had previously appeared in movies such as ‘That Thing You Do’ and ‘Vegas Vacation,’ in which he played Rusty Griswold.
Now: Besides ‘Can’t Hardly Wait,’ Embry is probably most famous for his role as Declan Giggs on the Showtime series ‘Brotherhood.’ Since that ended he has been a consistent TV guest star, most recently on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and a star in the thriller ‘The House Across The Street’ with Eric Roberts.
Charlie Korsmo (William Lichter)
Then: Korsmo played revenged-minded (and hilariously inebriated) geek William Litcher in ‘Can’t Hardly Wait.’ It was the last movie role for the prolific child actor, who between 1990 and 1991 had big roles in ‘Dick Tracy,’ ‘Men Don’t Leave,’ ‘Hook,‘ Heat Wave,’ ‘The Doctor’ and ‘What About Bob?’
Now: Korsmo was quite the dedicated student in real life as well, and earned a bachelor’s degree from MIT and a law degree from Yale. He is currently a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lauren Ambrose (Denise Fleming)
Then: In ‘Can’t Hardly Wait,‘ Ambrose was reluctant party-goer Denise Fleming. The redhead got her start in the theater, and her first movie was ‘In and Out’ in 1997.
Now: Ambrose is best known for playing Claire Fisher on the HBO funeral parlor drama ‘Six Feet Under.’ Since that show ended, she’s been a recurring character on ‘Torchwood’ and starred in the mini-series ‘Coma.’ She lives in Great Barrington, Mass., with her husband and son.
Peter Facinelli (Mike Dexter)
Then: Facinelli was Mike Dexter, a bullying jock who dumps Amanda because he’d been told he should keep his options open for college. He had previously been in movies such as ‘Touch Me’ and ‘Foxfire.’
Now: When Facinelli isn’t playing Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the ‘Twilight’ saga, he’s playing Dr. Fitch Cooper on ‘Nurse Jackie.’ The actor was married to actress Jennie Garth, but they have since filed for divorce.
Seth Green (Kenny Fisher)
Then: You probably remember Green from ‘Can’t Hardly Wait,’ where he played Kenny Fisher, a high school senior obsessed with hip-hop culture and finding a girl who would actually have sex with him. Green had made his film debut at age 10 in ‘Hotel New Hampshire’ and was playing Oz on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ when ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ was released.
Now: Green voices major parts in both ‘Robot Chicken,’ which he co-created, and ‘Family Guy.’ He also starred in the movie ‘The Story of Luke’ and made a guest appearance on ‘Franklin & Bash.’
Jason Segel (Watermelon Guy)
Then: Jason Segel made his film debut in ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ as “Watermelon Guy.” The next year, he began playing Nick Andopolis in the short-lived but critically acclaimed Judd Apatow comedy-drama ‘Freaks and Geeks.’
Now: Segel plays Marshall Ericksen on ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ and has headlined such films as ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ and ‘The Five Year Engagement.’ He also wrote and starred in 2011’s ‘The Muppets.’
Melissa Joan Hart (Yearbook Girl)
Then: Hart was the painfully annoying Yearbook Girl in ‘Can’t Hardly Wait.’ It was a bit of stunt casting for the 21-year-old, who was a big (and presumably not annoying) star for her lead roles on the Nickelodeon shows ‘Clarissa Explains All’ and ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.’
Now: Hart starred alongside Joey Lawrence on the creatively titled ABC Family series ‘Melissa & Joey.’ She also has three children with her husband, musician Mark Wilkerson.