See the Cast of ’10 Things I Hate About You’ Then and Now
Released in 1999, teen rom-com ’10 Things I Hate About You’ was based on the William Shakespeare play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and made stars out of Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the late, great Heath Ledger with its complex, hilarious and heartfelt tale of dating gone awry. Fifteen years later, we revisit the cast of this modern classic and see what they’re up to now.
Julia Stiles, Katarina “Kat” Stratford
Then: Julia Stiles played Kat Stratford, the feminist, headstrong elder of the Stratford sisters who is happy with her father’s rule that her younger sister Bianca cannot date until Kat does. Stiles previously appeared in ‘The Devil’s Own’ with Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt.
Now: Stiles went on to appear in the teen films ‘Down to You,’ ‘Save the Last Dance’ and ‘O.’ She also appeared in the ‘Bourne Identity’ trilogy, ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ and the remake of ‘The Omen.’ She took a break from appearing in films for a few years, during which time she had a recurring role on ‘Dexter.’ Stiles re-emerged with roles in ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘It’s a Disaster,’ ‘Girl Most Likely’ and ‘Closed Circuit,’ and can be seen next in ‘Out of the Dark.’
Larisa Oleynik, Bianca Stratford
Then: Larisa Oleynik, best known for her role on Nickelodeon tween show ‘The Secret Life of Alex Mack,’ played Bianca, the younger Stratford sister who is more girly and popular and eager to date.
Now: Oleynik had a recurring role on ’3rd Rock from the Sun’ as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s love interest, and appeared in another teen rom-com, ’100 Girls.’ She guest starred on shows like ‘Malcolm in the Middle,’ ‘Psych’ and had a recurring role on ‘Mad Men’ as Ken Cosgrove’s wife, Cynthia. She currently has a recurring role on the ABC Family series ‘Pretty Little Liars’ (pictured above right), and recently appeared in the film ‘Atlas Shrugged: Part II.’ She can be seen next in the horror film ‘Ghosts.’
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cameron James
Then: Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Cameron James, a transfer student who falls for Bianca and is determined to set Kat up with the perfect guy so their father will allow Bianca to date. Gordon-Levitt was best known at the time for his role on ’3rd Rock from the Sun,’ on which Larisa Oleynik also played his love interest.
Now: Gordon-Levitt has become a major household name, and has since appeared in films like Rian Johnson’s indie ‘Brick,’ reuniting with the director in 2012 for ‘Looper.’ He also starred in ‘(500) Days of Summer,’ ‘Inception,’ ’50/50,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Premium Rush.’ Gordon-Levitt recently made his directorial debut with ‘Don Jon,’ a film in which he also starred alongside Scarlett Johansson, and he can be seen next in ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,’ a film for which he turned down the role of Star-Lord in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ He recently launched ‘HitRecord on TV,’ a show he hosts on the Pivot network that brings his openly collaborative multimedia internet project to television.
Heath Ledger, Patrick Verona
Then: Heath Ledger beat out Josh Hartnett and Ashton Kutcher for the role of rebellious bad boy Patrick Verona, whom Cameron convinces to date Kat in an effort to get Kat and Bianca’s father to allow Bianca to date. Ledger was a then unknown actor in the US who previously had a role on the Australian series ‘Home and Away.’ ’10 Things About You’ was his first major film role.
Now: Ledger’s career blew up after that, and he starred in films like ‘The Patriot,’ ‘A Knight’s Tale,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘I’m Not There.’ Ledger tragically passed away in 2008 at the age of 28, but he left behind a legacy that included an incredibly memorable performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ — a performance that earned him a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. His final film role was in Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,’ which was released in 2009.
David Krumholtz, Michael Eckman
Then: David Krumholtz played Michael Eckman, a nerdy guy who is part of the A/V club at school and shows Cameron around, quickly becoming his friend and partner in (love) crime. Krumholtz was previously known for roles in ‘Addams Family Values’ and ‘Slums of Beverly Hills.’
Now: Krumholtz has since appeared in ‘The Mexican,’ the ‘Harold and Kumar’ films, ‘Ray,’ ‘Serenity,’ ‘Superbad’ and ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.’ He starred on the series ‘Numbers,’ which ran from 2005 to 2010, and has since guest starred on ‘Raising Hope,’ ‘The Newsroom,’ ‘The League’ and ‘Men at Work.’ He recently played a parody version of himself in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s ‘This Is the End,’ and will lend his voice to Rogen and Goldberg’s upcoming animated film, ‘Sausage Party.’
Andrew Keegan, Joey Donner
Then: Andrew Keegan played Joey Donner, an arrogant and self-involved male model who has a crush on Bianca, interfering with Cameron’s plans to date her. Keegan himself was a teen heartthrob known for roles in the film ‘Camp Nowhere’ and on shows like ’7th Heaven’ and ‘Party of Five.’
Now: Keegan reunited with Julia Stiles for the drama ‘O,’ which was also based on a Shakespeare play. He appeared in the lesser-known movies ‘A Midsummer Night’s Rave,’ ‘Cruel World’ and ‘Dough Boys.’ He also guest starred on shows like ‘House,’ ‘CSI’ and ‘CSI: NY.’ More recently, he starred in ‘Love, Wedding, Marriage’ with Mandy Moore, and he can be seen next in ‘Living Among Us.’
Larry Miller, Dr. Walter Stratford
Then: Larry Miller played Dr. Walter Stratford, Bianca and Kat’s overbearing OB/GYN father who doesn’t want either of his daughters to date for fear they’ll end up unwed teen moms. Miller was known for roles on the shows ‘Seinfeld’ (the vindictive doorman), ‘Dream On’ and ‘Mad About You.’
Now: Miller appeared in the Christopher Guest films ‘A Mighty Wind,’ ‘Best in Show’ and ‘For Your Consideration.’ He also starred in ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,’ and reprised the role of Walter Stratford for the ’10 Things I Hate About You’ TV show, which ran from 2009 to 2010. He also appeared on ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Devious Maids.’ Miller is also the host of the ‘This Week with Larry Miller’ podcast on Adam Carolla’s podcast network.
Susan May Pratt, Mandella
Then: Susan May Pratt played Mandella, Kat’s overdramatic friend who is obsessed with Shakespeare and draws the attention of Michael Eckman. She also appeared in the popular teen films ‘Drive Me Crazy’ and ‘Center Stage.’
Now: Pratt went on to make appearances on the shows ‘Charmed’ and ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ and starred in the horror film ‘Open Water 2.’ More recently, she guest starred on ‘Mad Men’ (pictured above right), ‘Private Practice,’ ‘The Defenders’ and ‘Drop Dead Diva.’ She is married to fellow actor Kenneth Mitchell, who has a recurring role on ‘Switched at Birth.’
Gabrielle Union, Chastity Church
Then: Gabrielle Union played Chastity, Bianca’s self-absorbed best friend. Union also starred in the satirical cheerleader comedy ‘Bring It On’ and in the hit teen rom-com ‘She’s All That.’
Now: Union made her mark starring in ‘Two Can Play That Game,’ ‘Deliver Us From Eva,’ ‘Bad Boys II’ and Tyler Perry’s ‘Daddy’s Little Girls.’ She guest starred on ‘Ugly Betty’ and ‘Army Wives,’ and had a recurring role on the short-lived sci-fi network series ‘Flash Forward.’ More recently she starred in ‘Think Like a Man,’ and she’ll reprise her role in the upcoming sequel ‘Think Like a Man Too.’ She is currently engaged to basketball player Dwayne Wade.
Allison Janney, Ms. Perky
Then: Allison Janney played Ms. Perky, the school’s sarcastic guidance counselor who spends her free time working on steamy romance novels. She previously appeared in ‘The Object of My Affection’ and ‘Six Days, Seven Nights.’
Now: Janney is also known for roles in ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous,’ ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Hours,’ ‘Juno,’ ‘Away We Go’ and ‘The Help.’ She starred on the hit Aaron Sorkin series ‘The West Wing,’ which aired from 1999 to 2006; she recently appeared on ‘Veep’; and she has a recurring role on the Showtime series ‘Masters of Sex.’ More recently, she appeared in the films ‘The Oranges’ and ‘The Way Way Back,’ and she can be seen next reuniting with ‘Juno’ co-star Jason Bateman in his directorial debut, ‘Bad Words.’