These celebrities might just be older than you. Since the ‘90s, they’ve been running around filming movies and TV shows. Nearly two decades after, they show no stopping. Check out these ten stars whoa re still the front-runners in the craft they spent almost all their life doing.
You’d never be able to notice that Will Smith is a ‘90s star, if it weren’t for the tell-tale ‘90s wardrobes. Indeed, he is the man who never ages! Still, thanks to a certain Will Smith, every ‘90s kid will be dancing in their seats every time they hear that familiar theme song about a certain life turned upside down.
In the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith played the title role, providing us with his catchphrases and dance moves and a set of iconic ‘90s outfits from 1990 to 1996. After the show ended, he didn’t retire from the game and went on to star in movies like The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali, Hitch, The Men in Black franchise, and many more. He’s handled a variety of genres from drama to comedy, and his career displays no sign of lagging behind. He’s still as pertinent today as he was back in the ‘90s—his acting and his hairstyle.
Due to still being a huge, A-list name today, many people may have forgotten that Julia Roberts’s fame started in the 1990s. Her most iconic role to date was as an adorable prostitute named Vivian Ward in 1990s hit Pretty Woman, which made her start out the decade with a bang.
She then starred in countless movies throughout the decade. Among them are Runaway Bride, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill, Stepmom, and many more. We bet no one saw that portraying the role of a call girl could mold you into one of the biggest names today and in the ‘90s.
From the hit comedy series Married with Children, Christina Applegate essentially spent the whole decade playing Kelly, the infamous Bundy family’s eldest daughter. She mastered the role of a rebellious, boy-obsessed, giggling teen. Applegate did it so well that a lot of actresses in Hollywood today with bimbo roles might very well review some ‘90s films to master how it is done.
Applegate had some growing up to do after playing a teen for so many years. So after her breakthrough performance, she landed roles on the silver screen. She starred as the female lead in numerous comedy series including Samantha Who?, Up All Night, and Jesse.
Leonardo Di Caprio
Today, Leonardo DiCaprio is known as the guy who’s never won an Oscar despite being pretty well-received in Hollywood. But he’s absolutely not new to the Hollywood scene.
Back then, he was he was one of the biggest ‘90s heartthrobs. DiCaprio started by playing modest roles on television series. One of them was Growing Pains, and he rocketed into superstardom after playing amazingly difficult roles in The Basketball Diaries and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. He was able to snag title the main role of Romeo in Romeo + Juliet, a 1996 film by Baz Luhrmann, which he played opposite Claire Danes—thanks to those previous roles.
But what exactly immortalized his fame in the ‘90s? It was Titanic, where he played the role of charming artist Jack Dawson. Since then, he has gone on to play a number of intricate roles. But of course, our ‘90s heart will forever hold nostalgia for that moment where Jack is shouting that he’s “the king of the world” on the nose of the ship.
In the 1990s, long before Jacob and Edward, teenage girls had to make a serious decision from two options. They were rooting for either Slater or Zack. A. C. Slater was the incredibly handsome, always charming, and sometimes chauvinistic wrestler on the hit series Saved by the Bell, the show that shot Mario Lopez into superstardom.
Although his focus has switched a bit, he’s still a huge name in the entertainment industry. He’s primarily known as being the never-aging hot host of shows Extra and America’s Best Dance Crew, but he still gets acting roles. But if you’re missing your dose of Slater, there’s no need to worry. Jimmy Fallon had a fun little SBTB throwback on his show a few months ago.
Neil Patrick Harris
Everyone basically associates Neil Patrick Harris with his Casanova character, the one and only Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. In real life, he’s in a loving, committed partnership with adorable children.
His masterful portrayal of the womanizer on screen and quick wit in real life have garnered him a myriad of fans. It’s not his first big role on a television series, though. He played the genius Doogie Howser on Doogie Howser, MD in his younger years. While some may have let that success define their career, Harris hustled for countless guest starring appearances and small roles until finally landing Barney, long after the show ended after running for four seasons.
She had several other small roles throughout the ‘90s, but Mayim Bialik was known for her lead role in one particularly iconic ‘90s series. She played Blossom Russo on the series Blossom, which centered on the young teen adjusting to life with her father and brothers when her mother leaves to pursue her own dreams.
Bialik took a bit of a step back after the show wrapped in 1995, along with the five years she spent playing the character she has become so closely associated with. When people saw her name, they only thought of Blossom. She still had some small roles, but a vast majority of them were voice-overs for cartoons.
She changed that by landing the role of Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on comedy hit The Big Bang Theory in 2010. Since she’s on screens around the world, grappling with the infamous Sheldon Cooper and holding her own, everyone now knows Bialik’s name. Also, between her time off, she got a PhD. She was very busy!
Every single girl who grew up in the ‘90s wanted to be Angela Chase from My So-Called Life. This show was what took Claire Danes to the top even though it only ran for two years.
She solidified her role as a ‘90s star by appearing in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, playing the other half of the iconic star-crossed lovers alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
No one would would argue she isn’t an A-lister today despite having a few quiet years in between. On the hit series Homeland, she portrayed Carrie Mathison and got audiences around the world eagerly waiting to see what will happen next and on a weekly basis.
After a series of small guest starring roles on television shows and in made-for-TV movies, Alyson Hannigan ended up landing a role in popular series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which made her huge during the ‘90s. She consequently cemented her status among Hollywood’s players by playing Willow Rosenberg, who rose from a meek sidekick to an ass-kicking, powerful woman.
She also snagged a role in teen movie American Pie, telling audiences around the world about that one time at band camp during Buffy’s run. Many considered Buffy as a ‘90s show, despite it ending in 2003.
Two years later, Hannigan managed to land a role on another hit series after finishing up one successful television show. She played the lovable shopaholic Lily Aldrin for nearly a decade on How I Met Your Mother.
When he was trying to break into the entertainment industry, Joseph Gordon-Levitt had a series of small parts on various television shows and movies. However, he was catapulted into superstardom when he played the role of the floppy-haired Tommy Solomon on television series 3rd Rock from the Sun. Gordon-Levitt proves that you can definitely hold out hope for a swan-like transformation from average teen to mega-hot superstar.
He took a small break from Hollywood after the show wrapped up. He rushed back onto the scene to star in hits like Inception, 50/50, 500 Days of Summer, and more. He’s definitely one of Hollywood’s A-listers and shows no signs of fading away. He’s a multitalented star who can sing, act, and who knows what else.