Throughout the early ’00s, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were living every girl’s dream life. They had fame, they had popularity, they had money… and they had guys. Lots of guys, actually, all apparently absolutely falling over themselves to get a chaste kiss from an Olsen twin. However, unfortunately for them, even appearing on screen with a pair of beautiful blond teen idols doesn’t necessarily give you a passport to the A-list. But while these ten guys may have been just passengers on the Mary-Kate and Ashley train, wait until you see what they look like now.
10. Blake McIver
Full House helped make a name for the Olsen twins, but unfortunately it didn’t make the name of Blake McIver. He was the adorable enemy-turned-friend of Michelle, the character played by both Olsen twins in the show. Remember him?
Well now, McIver is still doing pretty well for himself in the entertainment industry – albeit not on screen these days. Specifically, he’s a go-go dancer in LA: a job that he finds “liberating and empowering.” He’s also gay and proud, and there’s no doubt that many a man has a crush on him these days.
9. Derek Lee Nixon
Derek Lee Nixon played Ryan, the cute but rather too arrogant and pushy love interest from the Olsens’ 2002 flick When in Rome. And he ends the movie receiving a hug – notably, though, not a kiss – from Ashley’s character Leila.
And nowadays, while Nixon may not be running as many multi-million dollar projects as the Olsens are, he nevertheless seems happy. Currently he’s working as a director and a producer, and occasionally he also makes cameos as an actor in the movies he produces.
8. Riley Smith
Not Another Teen Movie and Bring it On alum Riley Smith appeared in 2004’s New York Minute as Jim. He was the love interest for Ashley’s character Jane – even though he revealed later that he never figured out which twin was which. Awkward.
Luckily for Smith, he went on to become a fairly familiar face on television. Indeed, he’s had recurring roles in high-profile shows like True Blood, True Detective and Nashville – which is pretty good going. Plus, he’s even become even more attractive than he was back then!
7. Ethan Peck
Ethan Peck – who is the grandson of famous thespian Gregory Peck – played the arty and sensitive Michel in the Olsens’ 1999 movie Passport to Paris. And prior to that, he’d played a younger version of Michael Kelso in That ’70s Show.
Now, though, Peck has showed up in quite a few TV shows and looked pretty handsome while doing so. For one, he played the Heath Ledger role in the small-screen version of 10 Things I Hate About You. And let’s not forget his turn as right-hand man to noted director David O. Russell in Gossip Girl, either.
6. Jesse Spencer
In 2001 Jesse Spencer played Lord James Browning Jr., Mary-Kate’s romantic interest in Winning London. And the character was every bit the charming British man that his name suggests, even if Spencer himself is in fact Australian.
And Spencer’s another Olsen squeeze who ended up having considerable success in the TV world. House fans, for example, know him as hot doctor Robert Chase; these days, he’s playing a leading role in Chicago Fire, too. Plus, he’s also a violinist who performs in a band alongside his House co-star Hugh Laurie.
5. Ben Easter
Ben Easter played Jordan – perhaps the hottest bad boy of all the Olsens’ hot bad boys – in the 2001 movie Holiday in the Sun. And he would star alongside the famous twins again a year later, in the TV series So Little Time.
Now Easter is actually a photographer – and a very successful one at that. In fact, he even took some of the photos for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign! And it goes without saying that his Instagram, which is full of selfies, is a thing of beauty.
4. Michelangelo Tommaso
Michelangelo Tommaso played Paolo, the sexy love interest in 2002’s When in Rome, and he was lucky enough to share a kiss with Mary-Kate’s character Charli. In fact, it was the first movie of this Italian actor’s career – and a pretty good start, all things considered.
Yet while you won’t see Tommaso on American TV much these days, you can nevertheless regularly find him popping up on the small screen in Italy. Indeed, he seems to be working pretty steadily in his home country. Plus, he looks every bit as kissable as he did back in 2002.
3. Billy Aaron Brown
Cute blond dream boy Billy Aaron Brown ended up being a frequent collaborator with Mary-Kate and Ashley. From 2001 to 2003, in fact, he appeared in Holiday in the Sun, Getting There and The Challenge– not to mention an episode of the TV show So Little Time.
In between hanging out with the Olsens, Brown also played Kyle in the show 8 Simple Rules. But after that, there were no more big roles. Brown has, however, grown up incredibly good looking, and so surely it’s only a matter of time…
2. Austin Nichols
Austin Nichols plowed through the bad dialogue he was given as Griffen in Holiday in the Sun and won the heart of Mary-Kate Olsen’s Madison. That was only his second movie, in fact, although he had done a few TV shows previously.
In the decade or so since Holiday in the Sun, though, Nichols has transformed into a seriously fine-looking man. His acting career has taken off, too: he’s had success with shows like One Tree Hill, Ray Donovan and The Walking Dead.
1. Jared Padalecki
Jared Padalecki was still starring as Dean In Gilmore Girls when he was cast in the Olsen twins’ 2004 film New York Minute as Trey Lipton. Both Mary-Kate and Ashley found themselves smitten in that movie – and can you blame them?
Padalecki is now best known as Sam from Supernatural, the colossally successful WB fantasy show. In 2016 he also reprised his role as Dean in the Gilmore Girls revival, A Year in the Life. And, of course, he’s still smoking hot.