See the Cast of ‘Say Anything…’ Then and Now
Released in 1989, Cameron Crowe‘s ‘Say Anything…’ starred a baby-faced John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler, an average high school student who falls for lonely valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye), and the pair spend their summer together before Diane heads off to college. 25 years later, we’re revisiting the cast of one of the most cherished teen romantic dramedies of all time.
John Cusack, Lloyd Dobler
Then: John Cusack played Lloyd Dobler, an average high school student who dreams of being a kickboxer and falls in love with the class valedictorian. Cusack had also starred in the teen films ‘Sixteen Candles’ and ‘Better Off Dead.’
Now: Cusack went on to become known later for roles in ‘Grosse Point Blank,’ ‘Con Air,’ ‘Being John Malkovich,’ and ‘High Fidelity.’ In the aughts, he took on more blockbuster roles in films like ’2012′ and ‘Hot Tub Time Machine,’ and appeared in ’1408,’ based on the Stephen King story. In recent years he’s appeared in ‘The Raven’ and in the Lee Daniels films ‘The Paperboy’ and ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler.’ More recently he starred in the indies ‘Adult World’ and the thriller ‘Grand Piano,’ and you can see him next in David Cronenberg’s ‘Maps to the Stars,’ and in ‘Love and Mercy,’ in which he plays the older version of Beach Boy Brian Wilson.
Ione Skye, Diane Court
Then: Ione Skye played Diane Court, the class valedictorian who is a bit socially inexperienced, but who opens herself up to Lloyd Dobler for a summer of romance before she heads off to college in England. Skye was a relative newcomer, who was mostly known for her role in the 1986 film ‘River’s Edge.’
Now: Skye went on to appear in the films ‘Wayne’s World,’ ‘Four Rooms,’ ‘But I’m a Cheerleader,’ and ‘Fever Pitch.’ She also made appearances on several shows, including ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Life As We Know It,’ ‘Private Practice,’ and starred in the 2010 TV movie ‘The Santa Incident.’ She had an uncredited role in David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac,’ and recently appeared in the film ‘Haunt.’ Skye can be seen next in the film ‘Dear Eleanor,’ directed by ‘Entourage’ star Kevin Connolly.
John Mahoney, Jim Court
Then: John Mahoney played Jim, Diane’s father, who is under investigation by the IRS, causing Diane to worry that she’s spending too much time with Lloyd and not enough time with her dad. Mahoney was also known for roles in ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘The Manhattan Project.’
Now: Mahoney is best known for playing the father of Frasier and Niles Crane on the hit ’90s sitcom ‘Frasier,’ a spinoff of ‘Cheers.’ He also appeared in the Coen Brothers’ films ‘Barton Fink’ and ‘The Hudsucker Proxy,’ as well as the movies ‘Reality Bites’ and ‘Primal Fear.’ After ‘Frasier’ ended in 2004, Mahoney appeared on shows like ‘ER,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ and ‘In Treatment,’ and had a recurring role on ‘Burn Notice.’ In 2011 he reunited with former ‘Frasier’ co-star Jane Leeves for a guest spot on the show ‘Hot in Cleveland.’
Lili Taylor, Corey Flood
Then: Lili Taylor played Corey Flood, a songwriter and Lloyd’s best friend who also happens to have a crush on Lloyd and spends much of the film angry at her ex-boyfriend, Joe. Taylor had previously appeared in ‘Mystic Pizza.’
Now: Taylor went on to star in ‘Rudy,’ ‘I Shot Andy Warhol,’ ‘Ransom,’ and ‘The Haunting,’ before reuniting with John Cusack in 2000 for the dark romantic comedy ‘High Fidelity,’ in which she played one of his ex-girlfriends. Since then she’s appeared in films like ‘The Notorious Bettie Page,’ ‘The Promotion,’ and ‘Being Flynn,’ and more recently starred in the hit horror film ‘The Conjuring.’ She’s had recurring roles on shows like ‘Six Feet Under’ and the Netflix series ‘Hemlock Grove,’ and currently stars on the series ‘Almost Human.’
Bebe Neuwirth, Mrs. Evans
Then: Bebe Neuwirth made her film debut as Mrs. Evans, one of Lloyd’s teachers who suggests he applies at a college in his hometown. Neuwirth was known for playing Lilith Crane, wife of Frasier Crane, on the sitcom ‘Cheers.’
Now: Neuwirth also appeared with ‘Say Anything…’ co-star John Mahoney on ‘Frasier,’ where she guest-starred on a dozen episodes during the show’s run. She’s appeared in the films ‘Jumanji,’ ‘The Faculty,’ ‘Summer of Sam,’ ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,’ and the 2009 update of ‘Fame.’ She’s had recurring roles on ‘Law and Order: Trial by Jury,’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Bored to Death,’ and more recently, ‘Blue Bloods.’ Neuwirth is also a talented stage actress, who has appeared in productions of ‘Chicago’ and ‘Funny Girl,’ and played Morticia in the Broadway production of ‘The Addams Family’ from 2010 to 2011.
Pamela Adlon, Rebecca
Then: Back then, Pamela Adlon was known as Pamela Segall, and she played the role of Rebecca, one of Lloyd’s less tolerant friends. Adlon had also appeared on the shows ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Night Court.’
Now: Adlon went on to use her voice talents on several animated projects, most notably as Bobby Hill on ‘King of the Hill’ and Ashley Spinelli on ‘Recess.’ She teamed up with Louis C.K. to play his wife on his short-lived HBO project ‘Lucky Louie,’ and has a recurring role on his FX series ‘Louie’ as his friend, Pamela. She also has a recurring role on ‘Californication,’ has guest-starred on ‘Parenthood,’ and lends her voice to animated kids’ shows like ‘Pound Puppies’ and ‘Uncle Grandpa,’ and animated grown-up shows like IFC’s ‘Out There.’
Eric Stoltz, Vahlere
Then: Eric Stoltz played Valhere, the cool guy who throws a big party for the senior class after graduation. Stoltz previously had a minor role in Cameron Crowe’s ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ and appeared in films like ‘Mask’ and ‘The Fly II.’
Now: Stoltz went on to star in films like ‘Singles,’ ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Killing Zoe,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Kicking and Screaming,’ and ‘Anaconda.’ In 1996 he reunited with Cameron Crowe for ‘Jerry Maguire,’ in which he played a character named Ethan Valhere, a nod to his role in ‘Say Anything…’ In the aughts he appeared in ‘The Rules of Attraction’ and ‘The Butterfly Effect,’ but started to shift more into television, guest-starring on ‘Medium,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and ‘Leverage.’ He also had a leading role on the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ spinoff, ‘Caprica.’ Stoltz has moved into directing, and has helmed episodes of ‘Glee,’ ‘Californication,’ and ‘Nashville.’
Joan Cusack, Constance Dobler
Then: Joan Cusack, John Cusack’s real-life sister, played his onscreen sister Constance Dobler, though the role was uncredited. She had also previously appeared with her brother in ‘Sixteen Candles’ and ‘Broadcast News,’ and was known for her role in ‘Working Girl.’
Now: Cusack is known for roles in ‘My Blue Heaven,’ ‘Addams Family Values,’ ‘Nine Months,’ and ‘In and Out,’ and is the voice of Jessie in the ‘Toy Story’ films. She also appeared with her brother in ‘Grosse Point Blank,’ ‘High Fidelity,’ and ‘War, Inc.,’ and has starred in films like ‘School of Rock,’ ‘My Sister’s Keeper,’ and ‘Acceptance.’ More recently, she had a supporting role in ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ and appears next in the film ‘Welcome to Me.’ Cusack is also a regular star on the Showtime series ‘Shameless.’