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31 "Hot Guys" From '90s And '00s Teen TV Shows Then Vs. Now

1.James Van Der Beek in 1998:

closeup of him in a suit

His teen show: Dawson's Creek

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James Van Der Beek now:

closeup of him in a sweater and scarf

What he's up to now: After Dawson's Creek, James starred on shows like Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (playing a comedic version of himself) and Friends With Better Lives. He and his wife Kimberly are the parents of six children.

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2.Joshua Jackson in 1999:

closeup of him

His teen show: Dawson's Creek

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Joshua Jackson now:

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3.Barry Watson in 1999:

closeup of him in a suit

His teen show: 7th Heaven

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Barry Watson now:

closeup of him with short hair and glasses

4.Will Smith in 1990:

him outside wearing a track suit with no shirt

His teen show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Will Smith now:

him in a suit

5.David Boreanaz in 1999:

closeup of him

His teen show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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David Boreanaz now:

closeup of him wearing a hoodie, sunglasses and baseball cap

What he's up to now: After his Buffy and Angel days, David went on to star on Bones. Now, he stars on SEAL Team.

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6.Scott Speedman in 1998:

closeup of him

His teen show: Felicity

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Scott Speedman now:

closeup of him in suit

What he's up to now: These days, Scott Speedman is a series regular on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Nick Marsh and he also appeared on You in 2021.

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7.Scott Foley in 1998:

closeup of him

His teen show: Felicity

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Scott Foley now:

closeup of him with a greying beard

What he's up to now: Like his fellow Felicity Scott, Scott Foley appeared on Grey's Anatomy and he also starred on Scandal. Most recently, he starred in the comedy series The Big Leap and starred in The Thanksgiving Play on Broadway.

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8.Milo Ventimiglia in 2002:

closeup of him in a t-shirt and jeans

His teen show: Gilmore Girls

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Milo Ventimiglia now:

closeup of him giving a peace sign

What he's up to now: Of course, Milo eventually starred on This Is Us as Jack, famously making all of us rethink ever owning a Crock-Pot. Most recently, he starred in the ABC drama, The Company You Keep.

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9.Jared Padalecki in 2001:

closeup of him with long hair and a leather jacket

His teen show: Gilmore Girls

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Jared Padalecki now:

closeup of him speaking on stage

What he's up to now: After Gilmore Girls, Jared went on to star on Supernatural for all 15 seasons. Now, he stars on Walker as, well, Walker.

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10.Robert Ri'Chard in 1999:

closeup of him

His teen shows: One on One, Cousin Skeeter

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Robert Ri'Chard now:

closeup of him in a suit

What he's up to now: Robert has appeared on shows like Empire and Harlem, and appears in the 2023 film Sweetwater.

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11.James Lafferty in 2003:

closeup of him

His teen show: One Tree Hill

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James Lafferty now:

him in a suit

12.Chad Michael Murray in 2001:

wearing a tank with a tattoo on his arm

His teen shows: Dawson's Creek, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill

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Chad Michael Murray now:

with longer hair and facial hair

What he's up to now: Recently, CMM stayed in the CW family and appeared as cult leader Edgar Evernever on Riverdale. He has also starred in a number of Hallmark Christmas movies, including Toying With the Holidays most recently.

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13.Jason Dohring in 2004:

closeup of him

His teen show: Veronica Mars

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Jason Dohring now:

closeup of him with his arms crossed

What he's up to now: Of course, Jason returned for Hulu's Season 4 of Veronica Mars (I'm STILL not ready to talk about it!). He has also appeared on All Rise and SEAL Team.

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14.Percy Daggs in 2005:

closeup of him with a hat

His teen show: Veronica Mars

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Percy Daggs now:

closeup of him at an event smiling

What he's up to now: Percy returned for Veronica Mars Season 4 as well. He has also starred in the Christmas movie Christmas in Louisiana and the short film Infraction.

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15.Francis Capra in 2004:

closeup of him with thin facial hair

His teen show: Veronica Mars

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Francis Capra now:

closeup of him looking the same

What he's up to now: Like his costars, Francis returned for Season 4. He also starred in the 2022 film Shadows.

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16.Tristan Wilds in 2008:

closeup of him in a suit

His teen show: 90210

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Tristan Wilds now:

closeup of him giving the peace song

What he's up to now: After his time on 90210, Tristan released two albums. He later appeared in Adele's "Hello" music video. He also appeared in the Apple TV+ series Swagger and hosted the four-part documentary Profiled: The Black Man.

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17.Matt Lanter in 2009:

closeup of him

His teen show: 90210

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Matt Lanter now:

closeup of him in a paisley blazer

18.Dustin Milligan in 2008:

him in a suit with long curly hair

His teen show: 90210

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Dustin Milligan now:

him with a beard wearing a suit

What he's up to now: Of course, Dustin appeared as Ted on Schitt's Creek and he also starred on the short-lived comedy, Rutherford Falls.

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19.Jason Priestley in 1990:

closeup of him in a suit

His teen show: Beverly Hills, 90210

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Jason Priestley now:

him in a suit

What he's up to now: Jason was involved with the Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff BH90210 in 2019. He also starred in the Canadian show, Private Eyes.

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20.Marques Houston in 2003:

him wearing jeans and a sideways hat

His teen show: Sister, Sister

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Marques Houston now:

him in a blazer at an event

What he's up to now: Marques is, of course, also known for his music. After nine years, he released a new album in February 2022. He also recently starred in the Apple TV+ series Sacrifice.

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21.Chace Crawford in 2008:

him in a suit

His teen show: Gossip Girl

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Chace Crawford now:

him in a suit with shorter hair

What he's up to now: These days, Chace stars on the massive hit Prime Video show, The Boys.

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22.Penn Badgley in 2006:

closeup of him

His teen show: Gossip Girl

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Penn Badgley now:

What he's up to now: Since 2020, Penn has starred in the massively popular series You. Hello, you. 

What he's up to now: Since 2020, Penn has starred in the massively popular series You. Hello, you.

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23.Benjamin McKenzie in 2003:

closeup of him

His teen show: The O.C.

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Benjamin McKenzie now:

What he's up to now: After The O.C. Ben starred on Gotham as James Gordon. He also appeared in the movie I Want You Back as the father to a teenager. Last month, Ben actually co-wrote a book about cryptocurrency (a topic which he talks about a lot) called Easy Money: Cryptocurrency, Casino Capitalism, and the Golden Age of Fraud. 

24.Adam Brody in 2003:

closeup of him

His teen show: The O.C.

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Adam Brody now:

closeup of him with longer hair

25.Drake (aka Aubrey Graham) in 2005:

closeup of him in a sweater

His teen show: Degrassi: The Next Generation

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Drake now:

him on stage

What he's up to now: Of course, Aubrey pivoted to Drake. He's massively famous for his music and, you know, being Drake.

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26.Jake Epstein in 2004:

closeup of him

His teen show: Degrassi: The Next Generation

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Jake Epstein now:

him in a suit

What he's up to now: Jake has acted a bunch on TV (The Umbrella Academy, The Hardy Boys, Star Trek: Discovery), in Lifetime holiday movies, and on Broadway.

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27.Mark-Paul Gosselaar in 1991:

him shirtless at a beach

His teen show: Saved by the Bell

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar now:

him at an event wearing glasses

What he's up to now: Mark-Paul reprised his role as Zack on Peacock's short-lived Saved by the Bell reboot. He has also appeared on shows like Will Trent and Barry.

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28.Mario Lopez in 1991:

him shirtless with long curly hair

His teen show: Saved by the Bell

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Mario Lopez now:

closeup of him

What he's up to now: Mario also reprised his role in the Saved by the Bell reboot. Additionally, he has really made a career as an announcer and host on shows like Extra and Access Hollywood.

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29.Taylor Kitsch in 2006:

closeup of him with long hair

His teen show: Friday Night Lights

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Taylor Kitsch now:

him with shorter hair and a suit

What he's up to now: Most recently, Taylor starred in the Netflix series Painkiller. He also starred on Prime Video's The Terminal List and appeared in movies like 21 Bridges.

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30.Gaius Charles in 2006:

closeup of him

His teen show: Friday Night Lights

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Gaius Charles now:

him looking the same

What he's up to now: Gaius has had a thriving TV acting career since Friday Night Lights with roles on Grey's Anatomy, God Friended Me, Roswell: New Mexico, and most recently, The Walking Dead: Dead City.

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31.Zach Gilford in 2006:

closeup of him

His teen show: Friday Night Lights

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Zach Gilford now:

him in a suit with longer hair