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    Updated on Jun 14, 2019. Posted on Mar 24, 2017

    What Iconic '90s Teen Heartthrobs Look Like Today

    The golden era of middle parts and frosted tips.

    1. Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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    Then: Was EVERYWHERE in the late '90s. You couldn't escape him.

    Now: Could release an album titled Me. I Am JTT... The Elusive Thespian, ’cause he has basically left the public's eye (the "now" photo is from 2013).

    2. Joshua Jackson

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    Then: Stole your heart as Pacey on Dawson's Creek.

    Now: Currently starring on Showtime's The Affair, which is also probably the title of the fantasy you're having about Joshua right now.

    3. Hanson

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    Then: Were literally a bunch of kids.

    Now: Are currently embarking on a tour in honor of the band's 25th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of their album Middle of Nowhere. (I'm sure you sprouted a gray hair just reading that.)

    4. Freddie Prinze Jr.

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    Then: Starred in a bunch of classic teen movies.

    Now: Stars as the voice of Kanan Jarrus on Star Wars Rebels (an already classic animated series).

    5. Jared Leto

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    Then: Played bad boy Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life.

    Now: Is an ageless vampire and could still play a teenage Jordan Catalano.

    6. Luke Perry

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    Then: Played the rebel heartthrob of West Beverly High on Beverly Hills, 90210.

    Now: Plays the dad of heartthrob and wannabe rebel Archie on Riverdale.

    7. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Then: Was the kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun with the epic middle part.

    Now: Ditched the middle part and is now an even BIGGER star.

    8. Andrew Keegan

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    Then: Starred in tween/teen classics 10 Things I Hate About You, 7th Heaven, and Party of Five.

    Now: Started his own religion.

    9. Jason Priestley

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    Then: Played goody two-shoes Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210.

    Now: Is working on the upcoming series Private Eyes.

    10. Mario Lopez

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    Then: Said the word "preppy" a lot on Saved by the Bell.

    Now: The peppy host of Extra.

    11. Mark-Paul Gosselaar

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    Then: Was a stereotypical blonde California surfer dude.

    Now: Basically turned into a lumberjack.

    12. Usher

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    Then: Was the baby-faced singer that made teenage girls' pulses rise.

    Now: Still making pulses rise.

    13. Devon Sawa

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    Then: Earrings, a middle part, and embraced by girls who loved Casper.

    Now: Ditched the earrings and middle part and embraced leather.

    14. Scott Wolf

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    Then: Looked like Tom Cruise.

    Now: Still looks like Tom Cruise.

    15. Erik von Detten

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    Then: Twink!

    Now: Dad!

    16. Rider Strong

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    Then: Was Shawn on Boy Meets World.

    Now: Was Uncle Shawn on Girl Meets World.

    17. Ethan Embry

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    Then: Starred opposite ’90s teen icon Jennifer Love Hewitt in Can't Hardly Wait.

    Now: Stars opposite LIVING TREASURES and ICONS Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin on Grace and Frankie.

    18. Matthew Lawrence

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    Matthew Lawrence.

    Then: Was one of the Lawrence brothers.

    Now: Determined by BuzzFeed to be the best Lawrence brother. Sorry, Joey and Andrew.

    19. Leonardo DiCaprio

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    Then: Great up-and-coming actor who dated twentysomething models.

    Now: Great actor who dates twentysomething models.

    20. Will Smith

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    Then: Was a rapper turned sitcom actor.

    Now: Turning into Uncle Phil!


    OMG! In a previous version of this post we misspelled Freddie Prinze Jr.'s name.

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