Bring It On was once described by famed film critic Roger Ebert as “the Citizen Kane of cheerleading movies.” A high accolade indeed. The film’s winning script, endearing characters and expertly choreographed cheer routines saw it become a cult classic, and also saw some of its stars go on to even bigger things. But what are they all up to now?
10. Kirsten Dunst (Torrance Shipman)
Kirsten Dunst shot to fame as a child after her breakthrough role in Interview With the Vampire. However, it was her teenage performance as Torrance in Bring It On that made reviewers sit up and take notice of her comic talents.
These days, Dunst is a bona fide A-lister. After playing Mary Jane in the original Spider-Man movies a few years after Bring It On, in fact, her star grew and grew. Now with multiple awards under her belt, she’s found success in her love life, too: in early 2017 Dunst got engaged to fellow actor Jesse Plemons.
9. Eliza Dushku (Missy Pantone)
Eliza Dushku played Missy Pantone, the rebellious gymnast-turned-cheerleader who becomes Torrance’s closest gal pal. In fact, when cast as Missy, Dushku was already playing another rebel girl, Faith, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Indeed, Faith is still Dushku’s most famous role, but Missy Pantone isn’t too far behind. Dushku’s also starred in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and completed lots of voice work, so virtually everyone who’s ever watched TV knows her from somewhere.
8. Gabrielle Union (Isis)
Bring It On was one of the first films Gabrielle Union was ever in, and she credits it with kick-starting her career. In 2007, in fact, she told the website NewsBlaze that it had given her “the biggest boost.”
And although Union has had a few misses in her acting career since, she’s had a lot of hits, too. In particular, in 2013 she began playing the title character in the BET show Being Mary Jane, which was a big success and saw Union receive bundles of praise for her acting ability.
7. Jesse Bradford (Cliff Pantone)
Both James Franco and Jason Schwartzman were considered for the role of Missy’s twin brother Cliff, but it was Jesse Bradford who got the part in the end. He’d previously been in 1996’s Romeo + Juliet alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
After Bring It On, moreover, Bradford continued to play attractive young men in films like Swimfan. He’s also appeared in nine episodes of The West Wing and three episodes of Code Black, in addition to taking on a lot of TV guest appearances.
6. Lindsay Sloane (Big Red)
Lindsay Sloane played Big Red, the cheerleader whose machinations kicked off the plot. However, she actually auditioned for Torrance first. “I went in reading for the nice girl and now I’m playing this horrible person!” she told MTV in 2015.
Since then, Sloane has appeared in guest roles on shows like How I Met Your Mother and Psych. She also played Stacy in the two Horrible Bosses films and has a regular role on sitcom The Odd Couple.
5. Clare Kramer (Courtney)
Clare Kramer appeared in commercials for Wendy’s as a child before developing her acting career. In Bring It On, which was only her third film, the blonde beauty played the snobby blonde cheerleader, Courtney.
And like Eliza Dushku, it would ultimately be Buffy for which Kramer would become best known: she played season five antagonist Glory. Later, in 2012, she co-created the production studio GeekNation, which caters to fans of sci-fi and fantasy shows.
4. Nicole Bilderback (Whitney)
Nicole Bilderback played Whitney in Bring It On, but she was also in a couple other teen hits. Indeed, her first film was Clueless, and, like so many of her BIO co-stars, she appeared in Buffy.
Bilderback has guest-starred in many popular shows since Bring It On, including Castle and Bones. She also remains great friends with Clare Kramer, who played Whitney. In fact, she was even a maid of honor at Kramer’s wedding!
3. Nathan West (Jan)
Cheeky Nathan West told a little white lie to get an auction for Bring It On. The handsome actor said he had gymnastic experience when, in fact, he had none. Naughty! But when he was cast as male cheerleader Jan, the falsehood paid off.
Unfortunately, West would later go through drug addiction. But after proposing to his girlfriend Chyler Leigh on the set of Not Another Teen Movie, both of them got sober. In fact, now they’re happily married and have three children.
2. Ian Roberts (Sparky Polastri)
The man who coined the phrase “spirit fingers” was played by Uptight Citizens Brigade co-founder Ian Roberts. Bring It On director Peyton Reed specifically asked him on board, as they’d worked together before. The hilarious Sparky Polastri was the result.
Afterwards, Roberts gradually began leaning more towards the behind-the-camera side of movies. Though he still appears in TV and film, he also writes scripts. Indeed, along with Jay Martel, his writing partner, Roberts penned the Kevin Hart film Get Hard, among others.
1. Aloma Wright (Pauletta)
Although Aloma Wright had only a small role in Bring It On, it was a pivotal one. She played the possibly Oprah-inspired TV host Pauletta, who helps the Clovers out financially when they appeal to her.
One year after Bring It On, meanwhile, Wright was cast as Laverne Roberts in the sitcom Scrubs. That’s probably her most famous role, but she’s been in plenty of other things, too, including the hit shows Private Practice and Suits.