It was 15 years ago this week that we first realised we weren’t living in a democracy. We are living in a cheerocracy, though sometimes it can feel like a cheertatorship.
That’s just one of the many gifts “Bring It On” gave the world when it premiered in theatres on August 25, 2000.
“Bring It On” once again proved to a increasingly cynical young generation that winning wasn’t everything and finding a girl who could do gymnastics was. And in the end, we can all be friends — even with the cheer team from the financially challenged part of town.
The movie would go on to make about $US90 million in worldwide box office — not too shabby for a film made for $US10 million. Even better, it would become a cult classic, spawn four TV series, and cemented its stars’ careers.
What are the stars up to 15 years later? Let’s find out.
Kirsten Dunst as Torrance Shipman
“Bring It On” opened Kirsten Dunst’s career to more comedic parts.
THEN: Kirsten Dunst is the new Toros cheer leading captain, Torrance Shipman. She’ll stop at nothing to make sure the team wins its sixth championship in a row.
Kirsten Dunst at the 2015 Television Critics Association press tour.
NOW: “Bring It On” would show Hollywood that previously serious actress Kirsten Dunst had comic skill. She would then go on to play Mary Jane in the “Spider-Man” film franchise from 2002 to 2007. She is currently shooting the first film from the Rodarte label founders’ feature directorial debut, “Woodshock.”
Eliza Dushku as Missy Pantone
By “Bring It On,” Eliza Dushku had already made a name for herself as the second slayer on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”
THEN: Eliza Dushku played Missy Pantone, the tough new girl looking for a way to replace gymnastics in her life. She would end up being exactly what the team needed and vice versa.
Eliza Dushku played the lead on The CW’s “Dollhouse” for two seasons.
NOW: Following “Buffy” and a series of guest appearances, Eliza Dushku starred on The CW show “Dollhouse” for two seasons from 2009 to 2010. Currently, she’s doing a lot of voice work in animated series.
Jesse Bradford as Cliff Pantone
Jesse Bradford had been steadily acting since the age of four.
THEN: Jesse Bradford played Missy’s music nerd brother, Cliff. He becomes a good source of advice for his sister. He also has a thing for Torrance.
Jesse Bradford graduated from Columbia University with a degree in film in 2002.
NOW: Jesse Bradford would go on to a career in TV, with recurring roles on “The West Wing,” “Outlaw,” and the short lived “Guys With Kids.” He’s now shooting the movie “Dead Awake” co-starring Lori Petty.
Gabrielle Union as Isis
Gabrielle Union’s first job was Her first audition/job was on “Saved by the Bell” in 1989.
THEN: Gabrielle Union was Isis, the captain of an opposing cheer leading team that inexplicably had the same routines as the Toros squad. Despite having many challenges, they would go on to win the championship over the Toros.
Gabrielle Union Has been in two adaptations of “The Taming of the Shrew”: 1999’s “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Deliver Us from Eva” in 2003.
NOW: Gabrielle Union continued to rack up a strong movie career. But she currently stars on the BET series “Being Mary Jane,” and spent the summer globetrotting with her NBA star husband, Dwayne Wayde.
Clare Kramer as Courtney
Clare Kramer, a staunch vegetarian, was dropped from her high-school cheer leading squad for refusing to sell hot dogs as part of a fundraiser.
THEN: Clare Kramer played Courtney, one of the more shallow girls on the Oros team. She also carried on a flirtation with male cheerleader Jan (Nathan West).
Clare Kramer is currently embarking on a directing career.
NOW: After appearing as big bad Glory on a season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Clare Kramer is still acting. She has also moved into writing, producing, and co-founded website GeekNation.
Nicole Bilderback as Whitney
Nicole Bilderback got her start as a dancer at the young age of 3 years old.
THEN: Nicole Bilderback was the Courtney’s best friend. She also tried to get her sister on the team instead of Missy.
Nicole Bilderback is an avid kick boxer and well experienced in mixed martial arts.
NOW: Nicole Bilderback also appeared in “Clueless” and “Can’t Hardly Wait.” She has had a string of TV and movie parts, most recently playing Pocahontas in a TV movie called “Snow.”
Nathan West as Jan
Nathan West in “Bring it On”
THEN: Nathan West was the fresh male cheerleader, Jan, who used the team to feel up girls.
Nathan West has three children with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Supergirl” star Chyler Leigh.
NOW: Nathan West continued in films and TV after “Bring It On.” Most recently, he appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Bones.”
Richard Hillman as Aaron
Richard Hillman appeared in “Detroit Rock City” in 1999.
THEN: Richard Hillman played Aaron, Torrance’s boyfriend who was in college and wasn’t always very supportive of her.
Richard Hillman was named after his father who produced the 1998 movie, “Charades.”
NOW: Richard Hillman followed “Bring It On” with several small projects. He died at the age of 34 in 2009. Cause of death has not been reported.
Lindsay Sloane as “Big Red”
Lindsay Sloane had a recurring role on 80s TV drama, “The Wonder Years.”
THEN: Lindsay Sloane played Big Red. She was in your face, rambunctious, and one didn’t want to cross her.
Lindsay Sloane played Nancy Reagan on a 2014 episode of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History.”
NOW: Lindsay Sloane is still very much working. You may remember her from the “Horrible Bosses” movies. She’s also currently starring on CBS’s “The Odd Couple.”
Natina Reed and Brandi Williams aka Blaque as Jenelope and LaFred, respectively.
From left, Natina Reed, Gabrielle Union, and Brandi Williams as members of the Clovers cheer leading team in “Bring It On.”
THEN: They were Isis’s closest buddies. Natina Reed and Brandi Williams were part of a girl group called Blaque. The group had two songs on the “Bring It On” soundtrack: “As If” and “Bring It All To Me” with 50 Cent.
Natina Reed and Brandi Williams aka Blaque
From left, Brandi Williams, Shamari Fears, and Natina Reed made up girl group Blaque.
NOW: The group disbanded in 2004, but decided to make a comeback in 2012. That was cut short when Natina Reed was hit by a car and killed on October 26, 2012.
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