See the Cast of ‘American Pie’ Then and Now
Released in 1999, the raunchy teen comedy ‘American Pie’ became an instant classic with its story of a group of friends on the verge of graduation who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. The film kickstarted the careers of several of its cast members (and launched three sequels and a host of direct-to-video spin-offs), and now 14 years later we take a trip back down memory lane to see where they were then, and what they’re up to now.
Jason Biggs, Jim Levenstein
Then: Prior to playing the films’ doofy protagonist Jim, Jason Biggs appeared on the daytime soap ‘As the World Turns.’
Now: Biggs reunited with his ‘American Pie’ co-star Mena Suvari in the indie comedy ‘Loser’ in 2000. In 2001, he made a cameo in ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ which also featured Seann William Scott and Shannon Elizabeth. Yet another reunion: he currently stars with Natasha Lyonne in the Netflix original series ‘Orange is the New Black.’
Chris Klein, Chris “Oz” Ostreicher
Then: Chris Klein made his big screen debut in two films in 1999: ‘American Pie’ as Oz, the jock who joins choir to land a pretty girl, and in ‘Election’ alongside Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick.
Now: Klein recently reunited with his ‘American Pie’ castmates for the fourth and final film, ‘American Reunion,’ and has a recurring role on the dark FX comedy series ‘Wilfred.’
Thomas Ian Nicholas, Kevin Myers
Then: Former child and teen star Thomas Ian Nicholas had appeared in films like ‘A Kid in King Arthur’s Court’ and ‘Rookie of the Year’ before joining the cast of ‘American Pie’ as Kevin.
Now: Thomas Ian Nicholas appeared in all three ‘American Pie’ sequels and in the films ‘Please Give’ and ‘The Chicago 8′ — in the latter he played revolutionary legend Abbie Hoffman. Nicholas is also a professional musician and released his third album in 2012.
Eddie Kaye Thomas, Paul Finch
Then: Eddie Kaye Thomas caught his big break starring as eccentric high schooler Paul Finch in ‘American Pie.’
Now: Thomas appeared in all three sequels, and was a lead actor on the long-running Fox sitcom ”Til Death.’ He recently appeared in the film ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden.’
Alyson Hannigan, Michelle Flaherty
Then: The ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ star played Michelle, the girl obsessed with band camp who eventually takes Jim’s virginity. Hannigan was originally wanted for the role of Heather, but after reading the script, she asked to play Michelle instead.
Now: In addition to appearing in the ‘American Pie’ sequels, Hannigan appears on the sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ which is approaching its final season this fall. She is married to fellow former ‘Buffy’ star Alexis Denisof, and the pair have two children together.
Natasha Lyonne, Jessica
Then: Natasha Lyonne played Jessica, the foul-mouthed high schooler who was wise beyond her years.
Now: Lyonne stars on the Netflix original series ‘Orange is the New Black’ with Jason Biggs. She appeared in ‘American Pie 2′ and ‘American Reunion,’ but sat out on ‘American Wedding.’
Tara Reid, Vicky Lathum
Then: Tara Reid previously had supporting roles in ‘The Big Lebowski’ and ‘Urban Legend’ before being cast as Vicky, Kevin’s girlfriend in ‘American Pie.’
Now: Reid recently starred in the SyFy original film ‘Sharknado,’ and like Lyonne, the only ‘American Pie’ sequel she didn’t appear in was ‘American Wedding.’
Seann William Scott, Steve Stifler
Then: Seann William Scott made his big screen debut in ‘American Pie’ as Stifler, the party bro with an affinity for beer and crude jokes. (He also has a really hot mom.)
Now: Scott reunited with Biggs and Shannon Elizabeth on ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ and recently appeared in the sleeper hit ‘Goon.’ He is currently in production on the film ‘Before I Go.’
Mena Suvari, Heather
Then: Mena Suvari had two major roles in 1999: high school sexpot Angela in ‘American Beauty,’ and the nice choir girl Heather in ‘American Pie.’
Now: Suvari teamed up with Jason Biggs again for the 2000 film ‘Loser.’ She did not appear in ‘American Wedding,’ but did reprise the role of Heather for both ‘American Pie 2′ and ‘American Reunion.’ She appeared on the first season of ‘American Horror Story’ as Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia.
Shannon Elizabeth, Nadia
Then: Former model Shannon Elizabeth played Nadia, the foreign exchange student whom Jim has the hots for.
Now: Like Biggs and Scott, Elizabeth also appeared in ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ and like Lyonne, Suvari, and Reid, she only appeared in the second and fourth ‘American Pie’ films. In recent years she’s appeared on episodes of ‘What Not to Wear’ and ‘Melissa and Joey.’
Eugene Levy, Jim’s Dad
Then: Veteran comedic actor Eugene Levy played Jim’s well-meaning but aloof father, known only in the credits as “Jim’s Dad.” It was later revealed that his name is Noah.
Now: Levy has appeared in several films written and directed by Christopher Guest, including ‘Best in Show’ and ‘For Your Consideration.’ He appeared alongside Seann William Scott in the film ‘Goon,’ and recently joined the voice cast of Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory.’
Jennifer Coolidge, Stifler’s Mom
Then: Jennifer Coolidge played Stifler’s mysterious and very sexy mom, known only as “Stifler’s Mom,” the woman Finch desperately wants to hook up with.
Now: Like Levy, Coolidge has also appeared in some Christopher Guest films, including ‘Best in Show’ and ‘A Mighty Wind.’ She has a recurring role on the CBS sitcom ’2 Broke Girls.’
Chris Owen, Chuck “The Sherminator” Sherman
Then: Chris Owen played Chuck Sherman, aka “The Sherminator,” a dorky guy who believes himself to be quite the ladies’ man. You may have also seen him in the films ‘Angus’ and ‘Can’t Hardly Wait.’
Now: Owen went on to appear in ‘American Pie 2′ and ‘American Reunion,’ as well as ‘American Pie Presents: Band Camp,’ making him the only actor (aside from Eugene Levy) to appear in the direct-to-video spin-offs. According to Radar Online, Owen is now a struggling actor working as a waiter at a sushi joint in LA.