The ’90s were hands-down The Best Decade for Celebrities™—both in terms of fashion (so many butterfly clips, so little time) and heartthrobs. Celebs were truly doing the most between creating highly questionable music videos with way too many dance routines (it’s called ART okay?), experimenting with denim-on-denim, and spiking their bleached hair. It’s frankly a miracle they even had time to walk the red carpet! But thank god they did so this iconic era could be captured by professional photographers and preserved in like, IDK, the Library of Congress or something. (Oh, and also this gallery.)
If you’re missing the ’90s as much as we are, go ahead and relive some memz with your fave hunks from the decade. You know, the actors whose magazine poster inserts were readily available for you to ~browse~ atthe grocery store while your mom stocked up on Lunchables? And the random boy band members you inexplicably thought were cool when you were ten and owned several NOW That’s What I Call Music CDs? Them!
Come for Freddie Prinze Jr., Tyrese Gibson, and Hugh Grant, and stay for Rider Strong from Boy Meets World—who I’mdeeply sorry to report no longer has floppy middle-parted hair and has seemingly moved on from oversized flannel shirts. Also yes, Paul Rudd is on this list, but I’m not not sure he should be since he hasn’t aged since 1995. It’s frankly alarming.
Who wasn’t fawning over Freddie Prinze Jr. when he was in She’s All That and even in I Know What You Did Last Summer? He was definitely every teenage girl’s crush back in ’90s.
Aaand the man is still a babe! Recently, Freddie has added author and chef to his resume. In early 2020, he released his cookbook Back to the Kitchen, and his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar wrote the foreword. Cute.
Way back in the ’90s, Keanu held big roles in popular movies like The Matrix and Speed—which paved the way to his incredibly successful acting career. Ugh, my heart is melting with that ~smize~.
Keanu clearly ages like a fine wine because…I mean, just look at that jawline. It hasn’t changed a bit. We fell in love with him in his movies decades ago, and kept on falling for him in his John Wick films. Might I add, the man can rock a-n-y hairstyle. If you haven’t seen him in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe yet, um, get on it.
A rapper, singer, and an actor, Tyrese was slaying the game in the ’90s. And on top of that, he couldn’t help but win hearts with that perfect smile.
Yep, Tyrese is still the cutest. He’s since become an author and has nabbed big roles in the Fast & Furious and Transformers movies.
No one can ever forget Paul as Josh in Clueless. It was an iconic role and he looked cute as hell. But personally, he really knocked me off my feet when he played Mike, Phoebe’s love interest in Friends.
Nowadays, we know Paul as Ant-Man. Who else goes from ’90s heartthrob to superhero in one lifetime? The dude really has got some fabulous genes.
Let’s be real: Every. Single. Woman in the ’90s imagined themselves walking down the aisle as George Clooney waited for them at the altar. In this fantasy, he was also a doctor (thanks, ER) *and* a Hollywood star, because in your daydreams he could be both.
How is this man 60 years old and still such a hottie?! Didn’t know I had a thing for older guys until right now…
There wasn’t anybody who didn’t know LL Cool J in the ’90s. He was famous for his stint in the show In the House and also for his rap career (duh) that earned him two Grammys. But people were also fans because, come on, look how dreamy he was!!
We can confirm that LL Cool J is still a dreamboat AND still a big name in Hollywood. Now he’s known for his long-time role in NCIS: Los Angeles and as a host on the show Lip Sync Battle. Never sleep on this man!!!
As you’re probably well aware, James played Dawson on Dawson’s Creek—as in, *the* teen drama series from the ’90s. So you can bet that many a teenage girl had posters of his face all over their bedroom walls.
Still cute. And James hasn’t stopped working. Most recently, he had a role on the hit show Pose. Oh, and don’t forget, he also starred as DJ Diplo in the comedy series What Would Diplo Do? on Viceland.
Andrew stole the hearts of the J-14 when he starred in the classic 10 Things I Hate About You. His role as Mary’s boyfriend, Wilson, on 7th Heaven didn’t hurt, either.
So Andrew’s career took a surprising, uh, turn. Following his success in the ’90s, he founded his own religion called Full Circle, which was busted in 2015 for selling “illegal” kombucha (lol). Since then, Full Circle has fully shut down due to lack of funding and Andrew has been filling his time surfing and being a dad.
Who didn’t have a crush on Rider’s character, Shawn Hunter, on Boy Meets World? I mean, Cory was fine and all, but Shawn was the *real* reason to watch the show.
Rider played Uncle Shawn on Girl Meets World from 2014 to 2017 and has also been collecting credits behind the camera as a writer, director, and producer on short films with this brother.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air launched Will into superstardom. His charm and undeniable appeal, both on the show and off, cemented Will’s status as a bonafide ’90s heartthrob.
Will is still a super-famous actor in Hollywood and is married to Jada Pinkett Smith, with whom he has two children, Jaden and Willow. As for his acting career, Will starred as Genie in 2019’s live action Aladdin, so, yeah, he’s doing fine.
Ryan’s bad-boy-turned-good-guy role in Cruel Intentions made him the crush of choice for many a ’90s teen. Also important: his gorgeous face/bod.
Famously, Ryan went on to marry (and divorce) Reese Witherspoon, with whom he has two kids. He recently starred in the USA series Shooter as well as Big Sky on ABC, and if you *really* want to know about his daily life, he’s pretty active on Twitter so check it out.
In the ’90s, Hugh and his baby blues were busy starring in classic rom-coms like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill. Oh, and also, smizing.
Hugh is still a fixture in Hollywood. Most recently, you probably watched him on HBO’s psychological thriller series The Undoing with Nicole Kidman.
Is there a better artifact from the ’90s than the long hair and center part that JGL rocked on 3rd Rock From the Sun? No, kids, there absolutely is not.
Joseph went on to star in indies and blockbusters alike, including 500 Days of Summer and Inception, and now he’s focused on Hit Record, the company he founded that encourages collaboration between creatives.
Speaking of good throwback hair, Justin was another teen idol with a noteworthy, er, mane, if you can call it that. Being a member of NSYNC made JT a household name, and his three-year-long relationship with Britney Spears only added to his superstar status.
JT is still a big pop star, but he’s gone a bit folksy (see: his 2018 studio album Man of the Woods) and is now married to actress Jessica Biel (shout-out to another ’90s star!), with whom he has two sons, Silas and Phineas.
Saved by the Bell’s resident cutie was Mark-Paul’s charming character Zack Morris, who lead the audience through his life at Bayside High.
Mark-Paul is still very much doing the TV thing, and has been on shows like NYPD Blue, Pitch, and Nobodies.
From: Cosmopolitan US
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