2. Corey (Liv Tyler)
Important quote from Empire Records: “And I did love you, and I still … only I didn’t realize that it really was love because it was more than love and it wasn’t just some stupid feeling in my stomach like everything else and I’ll never love anybody as much as you and I hate you! I hate you!”
What she’s up to now: Oh you know, just being Arwen, a spokeswoman for Givenchy, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States, writing a book on etiquette with her grandmother Dorothea Johnson, and starring in a bunch of other films. She also has a son, Milo William Langdon.
3. Lucas (Rory Cochrane)
Important quote from Empire Records: Ugh, so many, but especially “What’s with today today?”
What he’s up to now: After a slow few years post-Empire, our man Lucas has had a pretty awesome career, appearing in CSI: Miami from 2002–2007, and then most recently finding success (and a ticket to the Oscars) as one of the hostages in Argo. He’s not on Twitter, but here’s a sad fan with one tweet who is.
4. Gina (Renée Zellweger)
Important quote from Empire Records: “Well, Sinead O’Rebellion. Shock me, shock me, shock me with that deviant behavior.”
What she’s up to now: Girl has accomplished a lot since Empire Records — she’s been nominated for three Oscars and won one (for Cold Mountain). She’s also dated a bunch of different weirdos, including the White Stripes’ Jack White, Jim Carrey, and country singer Kenny Chesney, who she married and then divorced, citing “fraud.” Most recently, she dated Bradley Cooper. Zellweger hasn’t made a movie since 2010, but the third Bridget Jones’ Diary movie is in pre-production.
5. A.J. (Johnny Whitworth)
Important quote from Empire Records: [on quarters glued to the floor] “I don’t feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren.”
What he’s up to now: In keeping with the procedural drama theme of Empire Records cast members, Whitworth played Detective Jake Berkeley from CSI: Miami from 2006–2010. He’s also been in several films, including the Bradley Cooper vehicle Limitless, where he played a super-smarmy drug dealer.
6. Debra (Robin Tunney)
Important quote from Empire Records: “Well you can’t kill me ‘cause I’m already dead. And I talked to God, and she says, ‘Yo, wassup?’ and she wants you to lose the gun.”
What she’s up to now: Right after making Empire Records, Tunney starred in The Craft — one of the greatest films of all time. She didn’t have any other huge roles in the movies, but these days she is killin’ it on CBS’s cop drama The Mentalist, where she is the straight woman to Simon Baker’s faux-psychic craziness. What would Deb think?! Tunney is also a really good poker player who came in second (to Jason Alexander) in the eighth season finale of Celebrity Poker Showdown.
7. Mark (Ethan Embry)
Important quote from Empire Records: “Damn the man. Save the Empire.”
What he’s up to now: After Empire Records, Embry continued to be a total hottie in important films such as White Squall, That Thing You Do!, and, of course, Can’t Hardly Wait. His recent career has been less heartthrobby, but he continues to work in both television and film. He’s been divorced twice and has one child, and he wears the hat pictured above to every notable public appearance he makes, it seems. He is awesome at Twitter.
8. Joe Reaves (Anthony LaPaglia)
Important quote from Empire Records: “Let me explain it to you. Mitchell’s the man. I’m the idiot. You’re the screw-up. And we’re all losers. Welcome to music town.”
What he’s up to now: His movie career was kind of meh, but LaPaglia found success when he starred as Jack Malone on the popular CBS police drama Without A Trace from 2002–2009. There is a very well-maintained fan site for him here, but he does not seem to have his own online presence.
9. Rex Manning (Maxwell Caulfield)
Important quote from Empire Records: “Say no more / Mon amour / I’ll bring my lovin’ right to your front door / Here I come / Baby je t’adore / Lips are for kissing baby / So say no more!”
What he’s up to now: After a long film career that started long before Empire Records with Grease 2, Caulfield has turned to television, most notably on the long-running British soap opera Emmerdale. He also guest-starred in an episode of Modern Family. He has been married to his wife, Juliet (who is 18 years his senior), for 33 years. He is on Twitter.
10. Jane (Debi Mazar)
Important quote from Empire Records: “Actually, [Rex Manning’s] new album tested well among teenage males.”
What she’s up to now: Mazar, who apparently doesn’t age, played Shauna on Entourage from 2004–2011. She’s also guest-starred on a slew of other TV series, including Burn Notice, Castle, Hawthorne, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and more. These days, she and her husband, Gabriele Corcos, host a cooking show on the Cooking Channel called Extra Virgin. She is on Twitter.
11. “Warren” (Brendan Sexton III)
Important quote from Empire Records: “STOP CALLING ME WARREN. MY NAME ISN’T FUCKING WARREN.”
What he’s up to now: OK, WARREN, whatever you say. Beardy McBearderson is kind of foxy and has had parts in a ton of movies since Empire Records, notably Boys Don’t Cry, Black Hawk Down, and Seven Psychopaths. He also played Belko Royce on the first season of AMC’s The Killing.
12. Berko (Coyote Shivers)
Important quote from Empire Records: “Don’t drop the soap, Warren.”
What he’s up to now: Ooof. Bro is a musician who has toured as the opening act for the band KISS. He was married to actress Pauley Perrette for three years, but after their divorce she obtained restraining orders against him for allegedly stalking and harassing her. Shivers maintains his innocence on Twitter.
13. Eddie (James “Kimo” Wills)
Important quote from Empire Records: “They’re my special recipe…and you know what that means… Lots of sugar.”
What he’s up to now: The, uh, brownie dealer of Empire Records has made a small career out of roles such as “First Slacker” (Monk) and Comic Book Store Clerk (White Oleander). His Twitter account is excellent, but he has only 36 followers. :(
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