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Dreamy Teen Stars From The '90s Who Are Now Moms And Dads On Popular Shows

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Vote up the former crushes who are crushing it as parents on popular shows.

Teen heartthrobs, scream queens, and every crush-worthy celebrity from the '90s are now turning out performances as concerned dads, working moms, and try-hard stepparents as former Tiger Beat cover stories turn in their pom-poms and Mazda Miatas for sack lunches and PTA meetings. But that doesn't mean the end of an era, just a new chapter. Here are a few '90s teen dreams who are now playing the part of parents on popular TV shows. Vote up the actors and actresses who are still worthy of poster wall space.

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  • Best Known For: '90s superstar who starred in Fear, Pleasantville, Cruel Intentions, and Election before hitting the jackpot with Elle Wood in Legally Blonde 
    Now Known For: Elena Richardson in Little Fires Everywhere, suburban mom with a secret Madeline in Big Little Lies

    Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award, she ...more
  • Best Known For: Teen icon Kelly Bundy on Married...with Children, Suell (short of Sue Ellen) on Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
    Now Known For: The deeply disturbed Jen Harding on Dead to Me

    Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress and dancer. As an adolescent actress, she started playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married... with Children ...more
  • Best Known For: Manic pixie dream girl of the '90s thanks to Boys on the Side, Mad Love, Scream, Batman Forever, Bad Girls, The Wedding Singer, Ever After, and Never Been Kissed
    Now Known For: Zombiefied wife and mother on Santa Clarita Diet 

    Drew Blythe Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress, producer, director, author, model and entrepreneur. She is a member of the Barrymore family of actors, and the granddaughter of ...more
  • Best Known For: Fashion forward Cher in Clueless, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the ill-advised Batman & Robin, Aerosmith video muse
    Now Known For: Super mom Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer in The Baby-Sitters Club 

    Alicia Silverstone (; born October 4, 1976) is an American actress. She made her film debut in The Crush (1993), earning the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and gained further ...more
  • Best Known For: Judy in Jumanji, Claudia in Interview with a Vampire, Lux Lisbon in The Virigin Suicides, the great Torrance Shipman in Bring It On
    Now Known For: Krystal Stubbs in On Becoming a God in Central Florida 

    Kirsten Caroline Dunst (; born April 30, 1982) is an American actress. She made her debut in the 1989 anthology film New York Stories, appearing in the segment Oedipus Wrecks directed by Woody ...more
  • Best Known For: Headstrong Kat in 10 Things I Hate About You 
    Now Known For: Widow Georgina Clios in Riviera 

    Julia O'Hara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American actress. Born and raised in New York City, Stiles began acting at age 11 and made her screen debut as Erica Dansby in six episodes of the ...more
  • Best Known For: Hero Rick in The Mummy, Georg of George of the Jungle, new kid in school David Greene in School Ties, and unfrozen cave dweller Link in Encino Man 
    Now Known For: Former race car driver/bad dad turned robot Cliff Steele in Doom Patrol

    Brendan James Fraser ( FRAY-zər; born December 3, 1968) is an American-Canadian actor. He is best known for playing Rick O'Connell in The Mummy trilogy (1999, 2001, 2008), as well as for leading ...more
  • Best Known For: Teenage psychopath Billy in Scream
    Now Known For: Jughead's father FP Jones on Riverdale

    Bryan Ray "Skeet" Ulrich (born January 20, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in popular 1990s films, as Billy Loomis in Scream and Chris Hooker in The Craft. Since 2017, he ...more
  • Best Known For: Teen dream Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell, hell on wheels Valerie Malone in Beverly Hills 91210
    Now Known For: Zach Morris's wife in the reboot of Saved by the Bell, Alexa's mom Lori Mendoza on Alexa & Katie

    Tiffani Amber Thiessen (born January 23, 1974) is an American actress. She is known for starring as Kelly Kapowski on NBC's Saved by the Bell (1989–93) and as Valerie Malone on Fox's Beverly Hills, ...more
  • Best Known For: Vampire with a soul Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
    Now Known For: Hero dad Jason Hayes on SEAL Team

    David Boreanaz (; born May 16, 1969) is an American actor, television producer, and director, known for playing the roles of vampire-turned-private investigator Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer ...more
  • Best Known For: Scheming Stu in Scream, non-conformist Stevo in SLC Punk!, the all-powerful Shaggy in Scooby-Doo
    Now Known For: Scummy car salesman and ex-hubby extraordinaire Dean Boland in Good Girls

    Matthew Lyn Lillard (born January 24, 1970) is an American actor, voice actor, director, and producer. His early film work includes Chip Sutphin in Serial Mom (1994), Emmanuel "Cereal Killer" ...more
  • Best Known For: Adorable skater Travis in Clueless, Mitt in The Craft, Tiny in Go
    Now Known For: Henpecked, blackmailing stepdad Vance on Good Girls

    Breckin Erin Meyer (born May 7, 1974) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer and drummer known for his roles in films such as Clueless, Road Trip, Rat Race and Garfield: The Movie.
  • Best Known For: Sabrina Spellman in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Clarissa Darling in Clarissa Explains It All 
    Now Known For: Set to play a grown up Clarissa in a new reboot, Liz in No Good Nick

    Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress. She had starring roles as the titular characters in the sitcoms Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994), Sabrina the Teenage Witch ...more
  • Best Known For: The object of affection in Unhitched, Rat Race, Road Trip, Varsity Blues, and Starship Troopers
    Now Known For: Working mom Barbara Whitmore on Stargirl

    Amy Lysle Smart (born March 26, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model who rose to prominence in the late 1990s.A native of Los Angeles, Smart began her career modeling in Italy and ...more
  • Best Known For: Playing the hapless Julie James in I Know What You Did Last Summer
    Now Known For: 9-1-1 operator Maddie Buckley in 9-1-1

    Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress and singer. Hewitt began her career as a child actress and singer, appearing in national television commercials before joining the ...more
  • Best Known For: Ray in I Know What You Did Last Summer, the hunky Zack in She's All That, and Fred in Scooby-Doo
    Now Known For: Plays Punky's ex-husband Travis in the Punky Brewster reboot

    Frederick James Prinze Jr. (born March 8, 1976) is an American actor. He has starred in films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), She's All ...more
  • Best Known For: Started as Russ in The Mighty Ducks but made a name for himself in the show Kenan & Kel 
    Now Known For: Kenan, about a recently widowed dad

    Kenan Thompson (born May 10, 1978) is an American actor and comedian. He has been a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live since 2003, making him the longest-tenured cast ...more
  • Best Known For: Alex Browning in Final Destination, Anton Tobias in Idle Hands, drug addled Sean in SLC Punk!
    Now Known For: The dual role of Logan and Luke Wheeler in Chucky

    Devon Edward Sawa (born September 7, 1978) is a Canadian actor. He began acting when he was a teen, appearing in the films Little Giants (1994), Casper (1995), Now and Then (1995), Night of the ...more
  • Best Known For: Wholesome Mary Camden in 7th Heaven
    Now Known For: Cora Tannetti in The Sinner

    Jessica Claire Timberlake (née Biel ; born March 3, 1982) is an American actress and model. Biel began her career as a vocalist appearing in musical productions until she was cast as Mary Camden in ...more
  • Best Known For: Shelly Briggs, waitress at the Double R on Twin Peaks
    Now Known For: Alice Cooper, Betty's mom on Riverdale

    Mädchen Amick ( MAYD-chən AY-mik; born December 12, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for her starring role as Shelly Johnson on the cult television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991), its ...more
  • Best Known For: Cheerleader Isis in Bring it On, Keesha Hamilton on 7th Heaven, bad bestie Chastity in 10 Things I Hate About You
    Now Known For: Sydney Burnett in L.A.'s Finest

    Gabrielle Monique Union-Wade (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress, activist, and author. She began her career in the 1990s, appearing on television sitcoms, before landing supporting roles ...more
  • Best Known For: Starred with twin Tamara in Sister, Sister  
    Now Known For: Cocoa McKellan in Family Reunion  

    Tia Dashon Mowry-Hardrict (born July 6, 1978) is an American actress. She first gained recognition for her starring role as Tia Landry in the sitcom Sister, Sister (1994–1999), opposite her identical ...more
  • Best Known For: Object of Felicity's obsession Ben Covington, Ned on Nancy Drew, hybrid werewolf/vampire in Underworld
    Now Known For: Dr. Nick Marsh on Grey's Anatomy and sad dad/murder suspect Matthew on You

    Robert Scott Speedman (born September 1, 1975) is a British-Canadian film and television actor. He is known for playing Ben Covington in the coming-of-age drama television series Felicity, ...more
  • Best Known For: Brandi Carson on Melrose Place, Carmen Ibanez in Starship Troopers, and Bond Girl Dr. Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough
    Now Known For: High drama mom Shauna Fulton on The Bold and the Beautiful and Bentley on Paper Empire 

    Denise Richards (born February 17, 1971) is an American actress and former fashion model. Her most recognized roles are Carmen Ibanez in Starship Troopers (1997), Kelly Van Ryan in Wild Things (1998) ...more
  • Best Known For: Rose to fame with the role of Ricky in Boyz in the Hood   
    Now Known For: Playing wealthy family man Raymond DuPont in Our Kind of People

    Morris Lamont Chestnut Jr. (born January 1, 1969) is an American actor. He first came to attention for his role in the 1991 film Boyz N The Hood. He has appeared in feature films and on television ...more