Amy Jo Johnson and more stars of the '90s: Where are they now?
If you were alive during the ’90s, you definitely remember Amy Jo Johnson! The former competitive gymnast and Massachusetts native, who gave up on her Olympic dreams after suffering a serious injury, shifted her focus to acting after high school and scored her first big break almost immediately: In 1993 — within a month of moving to Los Angeles — she was cast as the original Pink Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” She left the show in 1995 but continued working in television throughout the end of the decade, scoring her second big break in 1998 when she won the role of Keri Russell’s pretty pal Julie on “Felicity.” Shockingly, Amy Jo turns 51 on Oct. 6, 2021. To mark the occasion, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at some of our favorite stars of the ’90s to see where they landed after shooting to superstardom.
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Amy Jo Johnson went on to star on “Flashpoint” from 2008 to 2012. She also had stints on “Wildfire” and “Covert Affairs” and released several albums. In 2017, she made her feature film directorial debut with the indie dramedy “The Space Between.” That same year, she divorced Olivier Giner after eight years of marriage. (Their daughter, Francesca Christine, arrived in 2008.) She’s since moved on romantically, though she’s managed to keep her long-term partner’s identity under wraps so far.
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Before Justin Bieber and Zac Efron, there was Jonathan Taylor Thomas, the most beloved tween heartthrob of the ’90s. JTT got his first big break in 1991 playing middle child Randy Taylor on “Home Improvement.” During his seven-year stint on the show, he also starred as Tom Sawyer in “Tom and Huck” and romanced Jessica Biel in “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” But most importantly, he voiced a young Simba in 1994’s “The Lion King.” Then in 2000, despite his overwhelming success as a child star, Jonathan left Hollywood behind.
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas traded in his life in the limelight for a life in the classroom. The former child star spent time studying at Harvard, Columbia and St. Andrew’s University in Scotland before returning to Hollywood in 2013 to guest star on a few episodes of “Last Man Standing,” Tim Allen’s most recent sitcom. (He also directed three episodes.) Impressively, the former child star, who hasn’t been photographed in an official capacity since 2013, has managed to keep his personal life completely under wraps over the years.
Jodie Sweetin was just 5 in 1987 when she won the role of Stephanie Tanner on “Full House.” She starred alongside Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen until 1995. But unlike the Olsen twins — who remained two of the biggest names in Hollywood for years after “Full House” went off the air — Jodie slowly slipped out of the spotlight.
Jodie Sweetin’s life post-fame has been anything but easy. In the mid-aughts, she became addicted to methamphetamine, a habit that caused the 2006 implosion of her four-year marriage to a Los Angeles police officer. In 2007, she married set designer Cody Herpin, and the couple welcomed a daughter, Zoie, the following year. But by the end of 2008, they were through, sparking a heated custody battle and a relapse with alcohol and cocaine for the former child star. Jodie welcomed a second daughter, Beatrix, in 2010 — and almost died during childbirth. She married Bea’s father, musician Morty Coyle, in 2012. But sadly, in June 2013 Jodie filed for legal separation from her third husband. In 2016 — the same year she competed on season 22 of “Dancing With the Stars” — she returned to the role of Stephanie Tanner on Netflix’s “Full House” reboot, “Fuller House.” Jodie got engaged to Justin Hodak in 2016, but they split in 2017. In the wake of the breakup, she obtained a restraining order against him.
Toronto native Devon Sawa achieved pre-teen heartthrob status in the mid-’90s thanks to his roles in “Little Giants,” “Casper” and “Now and Then.” By the end of the decade, he’d graduated to more mature fare like “SLC Punk!” and “Idle Hands.” But Devon, who also starred in the music video for Eminem’s “Stan,” is probably best known for starring in “Final Destination.” Sadly, after the early aughts, the sexy star — who romanced Danielle Fishel and was reportedly linked to Rachel Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and “Scrubs” star Sarah Chalke during the height of his fame — slipped out of the spotlight.
Devon Sawa went on to star on The CW’s “Nikita” from 2010 to 2013. He’s also appeared in several smaller independent films, including the cult 2020 horror flick “Hunter Hunter” and 2019’s “The Fanatic.” (He starred as a famous actor who’s stalked by a psychotic fan played by John Travolta.) Up next, he can be seen on the “Child’s Play” TV series “Chucky.” Devon and long-term girlfriend Dawni Sahanovitch tied the knot around 2013 after a courtship of a decade. They welcomed a baby boy, Hudson, in 2014 and a daughter, Scarlett, in 2016.
If you didn’t have a poster of A.C. Slater inside your locker, he was still at least on your list of “first celebrity crushes,” right? Mario Lopez started his career in the 1980s, but everything changed in 1989 when he was cast as A.C. Slater on the uber-popular sitcom “Saved by the Bell.” After the show wrapped in 1993, Mario continued to land smaller roles and thankfully hasn’t let his delicious dimples, playful smile or full head of hair go to waste.
Mario Lopez went on to star on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Nip/Tuck” and “The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia,” which he created and executive produces. He also starred in several made-for-TV movies, voiced Cruz on “Elena of Avalor,” took on the role of Vince Fontaine in 2016’s “Grease Live!” and portrayed versions of himself in the comedies “Get Him to the Greek” and “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” as well as on several TV shows including “Jane the Virgin” and “This Is Us.” But acting is just his side hustle these days: The former teen heartthrob — who hosted the second and third seasons of the short-lived American version of “The X Factor” — hosted “Extra” for more than a decade and won two Emmys for his efforts before transferring over to “Access Hollywood” in the summer of 2019. He’s also dabbled in reality TV: He came in second on the third season of “Dancing With the Stars” back in 2006, and the 2010 VH1 reality show “Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby” chronicled his path to welcoming his first child, daughter Gia, with then-girlfriend Courtney Mazza, with whom he connected when they co-starred in the 2006 Broadway revival of “A Chorus Line.” They married in 2012 and added sons Nico and Santino to their brood in 2013 and 2019. In 2020, Mario returned to the role of A.C. Slater on Peacock’s “Saved by the Bell” revival.
Detroit native and aspiring photographer Selma Blair studied at Kalamazoo College and New York University before graduating magna cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1994. After graduation, she moved back to New York City to pursue her acting career. Within a year, she’d made her small-screen debut in Nickelodeon’s “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.” But it wasn’t until 1999 that Selma became a huge star thanks to her roles in the teen drama “Cruel Intentions” and the sitcom “Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane.”
Selma Blair went on to star in “Legally Blonde” and two “Hellboy” movies, along with several other smaller independent films. From 2012 to 2014 — until he had her fired — she starred opposite Charlie Sheen on the “Anger Management” TV series. She bounced back by portraying Kris Jenner on the acclaimed 2016 series “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” In recent years, she’s appeared in the “After” film franchise and popped up on two episodes of the “Lost in Space” reboot. She’s also spent the past few years struggling with MS. Selma was married to writer-producer Ahmet Zappa from 2004 to 2006. She then romanced “Kath & Kim” co-star Mikey Day from 2008 to 2010. She moved on with fashion designer Jason Bleick — the father of her son, Arthur — from 2010 to 2012 and is currently in a relationship with Ron Carlson.
Carson Daly — who’s the son of a TV host and an actor — grew up in Santa Monica, California, and attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles before he became one of Hollywood’s most successful VJs. Carson scored his major breakthrough in 1998 when MTV cast him as the host of music video countdown show “Total Request Live.” During the height of his fame, the MTV host romanced Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tara Reid, to whom he was even engaged. In 2002, Carson left “TRL” — but not Hollywood! — behind.
Immediately after he left “TRL,” Carson Daly began hosting the late night show “Last Call With Carson Daly,” which came to an end in 2019 after nearly two decades. He’s hosted “The Voice” since 2011 and has served as an anchor on the “Today” show since 2013. Carson married Siri Pinter in 2015. They’ve since welcomed four children: son Jackson and daughters Etta, London and Goldie, who arrived in early 2020.
Geri Halliwell worked as a nightclub dancer and glamour model before she responded to a 1994 casting call looking to form a girl group. That group, the Spice Girls, made Geri an international star. But in 1998, the singer known as Ginger Spice left the group to launch her solo career. The following year, she released her debut album, “Schizophonic,” which featured three No. 1 hits in the U.K. Geri, who dated singer Robbie Williams in 2000, released two more solo albums in 2001 and 2005, but her success as a solo artist was to be short lived.
Geri Halliwell, who now goes by Geri Horner, released two more solo albums after “Schizophonic.” She also released the “Ugenia Lavender” series of children’s novels and served as a judge on the seventh season of “Australia’s Got Talent” in 2013. Most importantly, though, she reunited with the Spice Girls for the 2007 “The Return of the Spice Girls Tour” and the 2019 “Spice World Tour.” In 2006, Geri welcomed a daughter, Bluebell Madonna, with her ex-boyfriend, British writer-director Sacha Gervasi. In 2014 — following a brief romance with Russell Brand — she started seeing Formula One tycoon Christian Horner. They tied the knot in 2015 and welcomed son Monty in 2017.
Skeet Ulrich was poised to become one of the biggest names in Hollywood when he broke onto the scene in the late ’90s — first as the popular jock who crosses a coven of high school witches in “The Craft” and then as Sydney Prescott’s homicidal boyfriend in “Scream.” The poor man’s Johnny Depp married actress Georgina Cates in 1997, and in 2001, the couple traded in Hollywood for a farm outside Charleston, West Virginia.
In 2001, Skeet Ulrich and wife Georgina welcomed twins Jakob Dylan and Naiia Rose. But it wasn’t meant to be for the couple: They divorced in 2005. He was then married to actress Amelia Jackson-Gray from 2012 to 2015 and briefly engaged to Rose Costa in 2016 and 2017. More recently, he was linked to “Pretty Little Liars” alum Lucy Hale and to model Lindsay Kavcic. (More on his most recent love connection here.) Skeet made his big career comeback with the cult series “Jericho.” He starred on the post-apocalyptic drama from 2006 to 2008 and then on “Law & Order: L.A.” from 2010 to 2011. Since 2017, he’s starred as FP Jones on “Riverdale.”
We first fell in love with Danielle Fishel — and her luscious long locks — in 1993 when she made her debut as Topanga Lawrence on “Boy Meets World.” For the next seven years, she starred on the sitcom opposite Ben Savage as Cory Matthews. But off camera, she romanced boybander Lance Bass from 1999 to 2000. (He didn’t come out until 2006.)
Danielle Fishel mostly stepped away from acting after “Boy Meets World” came to an end. From 2008 to 2011, the former child star hosted the satirical pop culture show “The Dish.” Then in 2012, she finally graduated from college after heading back to school following her 27th birthday. In October 2013, she married longtime love Tim Belusko, though it wasn’t meant to be: They split in 2015. In 2014, Danielle scored a major comeback when she returned to the role of Topanga Matthews on “Girl Meets World,” which aired until 2017. In recent years, however, she’s worked predominantly as a director, helming episodes of the Disney Channel shows “Sydney to the Max” and “Raven’s Home.” In early 2018, she got engaged to “Drop the Mic” executive producer Jensen Karp. They tied the knot later that year, welcomed son Adler in 2019 and added a second baby boy, Keaton, to their brood in August 2021.
Joey Lawrence may have spent four years in the mid-’80s on “Gimmie a Break!” but it wasn’t until 1990 that he became a household name — and a teen idol — thanks to his role as Joey Russo on “Blossom.” A film role opposite John Travolta and an eponymous R&B/pop album followed. In 1995, Joey returned to the small screen on “Brotherly Love” and brought his two real-life brothers with him. The heartthrob also spent time with two of the hottest young starlets in Hollywood, Katherine Heigl and Keri Russell, during the ’90s. But after “Brotherly Love” came to an end in 1997, Joey slowly slipped out of the spotlight.
Joey Lawrence went on to star on “American Dreams” from 2002 to 2003 and on “Melissa & Joey” from 2010 to 2015. He also had a five-episode stint on “Hawaii Five-0,” headlined a handful of small independent films and dabbled in reality TV, placing third on season 3 of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2006 and competing on the second season of the American version of “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2019. In 2002, Joey married Michelle Vella, but by 2005, they were through. That same year, he married second wife Chandi Yawn-Nelson. They welcomed daughters Charleston and Liberty before he filed for divorce in mid-2020. Not long after that, he moved on with actress Samantha Cope, to whom he’s now engaged.
Alanis Morissette exploded onto the music scene in the ’90s, and by the time her third album, “Jagged Little Pill,” hit shelves in 1995, she was one of the most popular female artists in the business. Her hit single “You Oughta Know” — rumored to be inspired by her relationship with “Full House” actor Dave Coulier — became the breakup anthem and helped Alanis win four Grammys in 1996 including album of the year. Then in 1999, she played God in “Dogma” — how cool is that?!
Alanis Morissette booked a few more noteworthy acting gigs in the aughts: She had a three-episode stint on “Nip/Tuck” in 2006 and an eight-episode stint on “Weeds” in 2009 and 2010. Her career briefly cooled after that, but in recent years, business has been booming… In 2018, the “Jagged Little Pill” musical, which is built around her music, officially debuted. (It won two awards during the long-delayed 2020 Tonys in September 2021.) Also in 2020, Alanis released “Such Pretty Forks in the Road,” her ninth studio album and her first in nearly a decade. In 2021, she made her debut on the animated sitcom “The Great North” voicing a version of herself — a teen girl’s imaginary friend who appears in the Aurora Borealis. Meanwhile, Alanis has been focused on raising her young family. Following her three-year engagement to Ryan Reynolds (their 2007 breakup inspired her 2008 album “Flavors of Entanglement”), she fell in love with rapper Mario “MC Souleye” Treadway. They tied the knot in May 2010 and welcomed son Ever later that year. In June 2016, they welcomed daughter Onyx. Another baby boy, Winter, arrived in August 2020.
Ian Ziering spent an entire decade — from 1990 to 2000 — starring as Steve Sanders on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” On July 4, 1997, he wed Playboy Playmate Nikki Schieler.
After “Beverly Hills, 90210” went off the air, Ian Ziering found his second calling as a voice actor. He also headlined the cult “Sharknado” made-for-TV movie franchise, competed on the fourth season of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2007 and the 14th season of “The Apprentice” in 2014, portrayed Blue Devil on the short-lived 2019 “Swamp Thing” TV show and portrayed a version of himself in the meta 2019 “Beverly Hills, 90210” reunion series “BH90210.” In 2002, Ian and first wife Nikki Schieler parted ways after five years of marriage. In 2010, he married second wife Erin Kristine Ludwig. They welcomed two daughters, Mia and Penna, before splitting in 2019.
John Stamos spent most of the ’80s working on television, but it wasn’t until 1987 — when he won the role of Uncle Jesse on “Full House” — that he became a household name. After the show went off the air in 1995, John appeared in a series of made-for-TV movies. In 1998, he became half of one of the sexiest power couples in Hollywood when he married model-actress Rebecca Romijn.
In 2005, John Stamos and Rebecca Romijn officially ended their marriage. That same year, the gorgeous actor joined the cast of “ER” as Dr. Tony Gates, a role he’d play for the next four years. He then had noteworthy stints on “Glee,” “The New Normal,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Scream Queens” and “You.” From 2016 to 2020, he returned to the role that made him a star — Uncle Jesse — on the “Full House” reboot “Fuller House.” Currently, John can be seen on the Disney+ series “Big Shots.” In late 2017, he and girlfriend Caitlin McHugh got engaged. They tied the knot in early 2018 and welcomed son Billy a few months later.
There was no way to escape Vanilla Ice’s breakthrough hit “Ice Ice Baby” after it hit the airways in 1990. His album “To the Extreme” spent 16 weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. He even wooed Madonna! But Ice’s second album failed to reproduce his earlier success, and during the mid-’90s, he began to slip out of the spotlight and into a drug-fueled haze. On July 4, 1994, he attempted to take his own life by overdosing on heroin. The artist, who was born Robert Van Winkle, then cleaned up his act. He focused on competitive Jet Ski racing and motocross, met Laura Giaritta, whom he married in 1997, and began several side projects outside the entertainment industry, such as flipping houses and running a Miami-based extreme sports store.
Vanilla Ice and wife Laura Giaritta welcomed two daughters — Dusti Rain and KeeLee Breeze — before she filed for divorce in 2016 after nearly two decades of marriage. (It would be another three years before the tumultuous marriage was a done deal in the eyes of the law, though.) Vanilla Ice hasn’t released new music since his sixth studio album in 2011. Instead, he’s focused on reality TV: He starred on “The Surreal Life” in 2004, competed on “Dancing on Ice” in 2011 and “Dancing With the Stars” in 2016 and headlined the home-renovation show “The Vanilla Ice Project” from 2010 to 2019. In recent years, he’s also appeared in a handful of comedies, portraying versions of himself in “That’s My Boy” and “The Wrong Missy” and popping up as Mark Twain in “The Ridiculous Six.”
MC Hammer (real name: Stanley Kirk Burrell) became a superstar in 1990 thanks to his hit single “U Can’t Touch This.” His trademark Hammer dance became an international dance craze — and Hammer pants were even named in his honor! Despite his many musical ventures, television projects and appearances in small film roles, by 1996, the rapper was totally broke — $13 million in debt, to be precise! He filed for bankruptcy that year. In 1997, he founded the M.C. Hammer and Friends television ministry, and now, the MC in his stage name stands for “Man of Christ.”
MC Hammer hasn’t released an album since his 2009 independent release “DanceJamtheMusic.” He’s dropped a handful of singles since then, but none have made much of an impact. The rapper, who’s kept an extremely low profile in recent years, dabbled in reality TV, starring on “The Surreal Life” in 2003 before scoring his own A&E reality TV show, “Hammertime,” in 2009. More recently, Hammer made a cameo as a version of himself in 2016’s “Zoolander 2.” In December 2020, he and his wife, Stephanie Fuller, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. They have five children.
Fiona Apple took the late ’90s by storm. She dropped her debut album, “Tidal,” in 1996, and two years later, she won her first Grammy for her wildly popular single “Criminal.” The New York native also spent part of the ’90s romancing magician David Blaine.
In August 2020, Fiona Apple dropped “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” her fifth studio album and her first in nearly a decade. The extremely private singer-songwriter, who tends to shun the spotlight, won two awards during the 2021 Grammys — best alternative music album and best rock performance for “Shameika,” which also scored a nomination for best rock song. She’s managed to keep her personal life mostly under wraps since her high-profile romance with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson came to an end in 2002.
Melissa Joan Hart was one of the most sought-after young stars of the ’90s. Her rise to superstardom kicked off when she landed the lead role on Nickelodeon’s “Clarissa Explains It All.” After her three-year stint on the teen sitcom came to an end, she made her debut in the title role on another hit series: “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” which aired from 1996 to 2003.
After “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” wrapped in 2003, Melissa Joan Hart got hitched. She married musician Mark Wilkerson in Florence, Italy, on July 19, 2003. (Their nuptials aired as a TV special called “Tying the Knot.”) They’ve since welcomed three sons: Mason, Braydon and Tucker. In 2009, Melissa competed on the ninth season of “Dancing With the Stars.” The following year, she made her big return to acting, starring opposite fellow ’90s star Joey Lawrence on “Melissa & Joey” until 2015. She then starred in 2016’s “God’s Not Dead 2,” headlined the short-lived 2019 Netflix series “No Good Nick” and appeared in a handful of holiday-themed made-for-TV movies for both Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel, including 2020’s “Feliz NaviDAD” starring Mario Lopez — which she also directed. More recently, Melissa directed four episodes of “Young Sheldon.”
If you grew up in the ’90s, you grew up with “Blossom.” Mayim Bialik starred as the titular teen for five years on NBC.
After “Blossom” came to an end, Mayim Bialik earned an undergraduate degree and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. Then, after years of working predominantly as a voice actress while focusing on her studies, she landed memorable stints on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” Her next big break came when she made her debut as Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory” in 2010. She starred on the hit sitcom for nearly a decade and earned four Emmy nominations for her efforts. The former child star currently headlines the FOX sitcom “Call Me Kat,” which was renewed for a second season in mid-2021. It wasn’t the only big gig she booked that year: In August 2021, she signed on to serve as one of the new “Jeopardy!” hosts. Mayim was married to Michael Stone — with whom she shares sons Miles and Frederick — from 2003 to 2012.
Jaleel White is best known for his role as the nerdy, suspenders-wearing Steve Urkel on the hit sitcom “Family Matters.” For almost a decade, he had us LOL-ing and saying “TGIF!” Unfortunately, it was difficult for the California native to shake his geeky on-screen alter ego after the show came to an end in 1998.
Following his long run on “Family Matters,” Jaleel White starred on TV shows “Grown Ups,” “Fake it Til You Make It,” “Drunk History” and “Me, Myself and I” as well as in movies like “Big Fat Liar,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Preacher’s Son” and “The 15:17 to Paris.” Most recently, the former child star — who graduated from UCLA with a degree in film and television in 2001 — had stints on “Fresh off the Boat” and “Raven’s Home.” He also competed on season 14 of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2012. In 2009, he welcomed a daughter, Samaya, with ex Bridget Hardy.
Back in the ’90s, Christina Ricci was the go-to child actor for any movie that required an adorable, spooky youngster. From “The Addams Family” and “Casper” to “Now and Then” and more, Christina was a fixture on the big screen throughout the ’90s. Just check out her résumé!
Christina Ricci went on to star in a wide range of films — from “Monster” and “Black Snake Moan” to “Penelope” and the “Speed Racer” movie. She also headlined TV’s “Pan Am,” “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” and had memorable stints on “Ally McBeal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” — for which she scored an Emmy nomination in 2006. Up next, she’s set to star in the fourth installment in the “Matrix” franchise and on the Showtime drama series “Yellowjackets.” In 2013 — following a whirlwind engagement to comedian Owen Benjamin that came to an end in 2009, less than a year after they went public with their romance — Christina married dolly grip James Heerdegen, whom she met on the set of “Pan Am.” They welcomed son Freddie in 2014 and then endured a a painful and nasty 2020 split. In September 2021, the former child star announced that she’s expecting her second child with boyfriend Mark Hampton.
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