See the Cast of ‘Even Stevens’ Then and Now
Way back before Shia LaBeouf was the star of the ‘Transformers‘ franchise, and way back before he was the controversial actor stirring up trouble with plagiarism allegations, he got his star on the Disney channel sitcom ‘Even Stevens.’ LaBeouf played Louis, who often clashed with his older sister Ren in the suburbs of Sacramento, and the show followed the two and their lives at home and at school with their friends. Now that LaBeouf has announced his retirement, we decided to take a look back at the show that started his whole career. Join us as we revisit the cast of the series, which ended in 2003, and see what they’re all up to these days.
Shia LaBeouf, Louis Stevens
Then: Shia LaBeouf landed his breakout role as Louis Stevens, the immature and selfish prankster sibling of the Stevens clan on the Disney series ‘Even Stevens,’ which ran from 2000 to 2003 and capped off with a TV movie. He immediately followed it up with roles in the movies ‘Holes’ (also Disney) and ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,’ and his career kept taking off from there.
Now: LaBeouf went on to become the lead of Michael Bay’s first three ‘Transformers’ films, and appeared in action movies like ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,’ ‘Distburbia,’ and ‘Eagle Eye.’ As he matured, he tried to take roles to reflect that, appearing in ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,’ ‘Lawless,’ and more recently ‘The Company You Keep’ with Robert Redford. He can be seen next in Lars Von Trier’s anthology sex film ‘Nymphomaniac,’ and in David Ayer’s war flick ‘Fury.’
But LaBeouf has stirred up quite a bit of controversy lately: a short film he directed, ‘HowardCantour.com’ was revealed to have been plagiarized almost entirely from a comic written by Daniel Clowes. After a series of tweets in which he plagiarized his apologies from those of other famous figures embroiled in scandals, LaBeouf announced his retirement from “public life” … though he’s still sort of tweeting. We think he’s just forgotten the values he learned from ‘Even Stevens.’
Christy Carlson Romano, Ren Stevens
Then: Christy Carlson Romano played Ren, the 8th grade perfectionist and middle child of the Stevens siblings. Romano made her film debut as a singing banana in Woody Allen’s 1996 film ‘Everyone Says I Love You.’ During her time starring on ‘Even Stevens,’ she became the first Disney star to have three projects for the network simultaneously: her sitcom, a starring role in the Disney film ‘Cadet Kelly’ with Hilary Duff, and acting as the voice of the title character on the animated series ‘Kim Possible.’
Now: Following the end of ‘Kim Possible,’ Romano has appeared in the horror films ‘Suicide Dolls,’ ‘Mirrors 2,’ and ‘Infected,’ as well as the rom-com-drama ‘Loosies’ with Peter Facinelli of ‘Twilight’ and Jaimie Alexander of ‘Thor.’ She’s guest-starred on ‘Hawthorne’ and lent her voice to the animated shows ‘Family Guy’ and ‘The Penguins of Madagascar.’ Romano’s upcoming films include indie titles such as ‘Prism’ and ‘Real Love.’
Nick Spano, Donnie Stevens
Then: Nick Spano played Donnie Stevens, the eldest Stevens sibling who is very athletic and vain. He previously had a recurring role on ‘The Young and the Restless’ and guest spots on ‘Saved by the Bell: The New Class’ and ‘Melrose Place.’ Spano also played Angelina Jolie’s brother in the HBO film ‘Gia.’
Now: Following the end of ‘Even Stevens,’ Spano spent a lot of time guest-starring on other hit shows, including ‘Angel,’ ‘Monk,’ ‘Cold Case,’ ‘Alias,’ ‘NCIS,’ and ‘Without a Trace.’ His last credited appearances were in two short films in 2011. Currently, Spano is an acting teacher for the John Robert Powers acting agency.
Tom Virtue, Steve Stevens
Then: Tom Virtue, best known for roles on ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ and ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ played Steve Stevens, a former college football player turned lawyer and the father of the Stevens family.
Now: Virtue had a recurring role on the HBO series ‘The Comeback,’ starring Lisa Kudrow, and has appeared on shows like ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ and many, many more over the years. Recently, he’s had small roles in the films ‘Hitchcock’ and ‘Iron Man 3,’ and has guest-starred on ‘The Mindy Project’ and ‘American Horror Story.’ He also has a recurring role on ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ as Reverend Stone.
Donna Pescow, Eileen Stevens
Then: Donna Pescow played Eileen Stevens, the matriarch of the Stevens clan who is also a successful state senator. Pescow was previously best known for her role in the classic film ‘Saturday Night Fever’ with John Travolta.’ She also starred on shows like ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘Fantasy Island,’ and ‘Out of this World.’
Now: Pescow took a little break from acting following the end of ‘Even Stevens,’ but returned to television in 2006 with a guest role on ‘Crossing Jordan.’ In 2007, she played Donna Parisi, the wife of mob boss Patsy Parisi on the final episode of ‘The Sopranos.’ Since then, she’s appeared on ‘Cold Case,’ ‘Body of Proof,’ and ‘Child of the ’70s,’ and in the TV movie ‘Holiday Road Trip.’
A.J. Trauth, Alan Twitty
Then: A.J. Trauth played Alan Twitty, Louis’ athletic best friend who is very much like Louis, though not nearly as annoying. Trauth also lent his voice to Disney’s animated series ‘Kim Possible’ with Christy Carlson Romano.
Now: Trauth went on to have guest spots on several TV shows, including ‘House, M.D.,’ Ghost Whisperer,’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’ He had a recurring role on the WB series ‘Pepper Dennis’ in 2006, and in recent years has appeared on ‘Franklin and Bash’ and ‘Rules of Engagement.’ Trauth had a recurring role on the short-lived 2012 series ‘Ro,’ starring Melonie Diaz, and appears in the upcoming film ‘Moments of Clarity.’ In addition to acting, he’s also a musician.
Margo Harshman, Tawny Dean
Then: Margo Harshman played Tawny Dean, Louis’ other best friend who eventually becomes his girlfriend. Immediately following her role on ‘Even Stevens,’ Harshman starred on the short-lived WB series ‘Run of the House’ with Joey Lawrence.
Now: Harshman continued to prosper, acting alongside fellow Disney star Raven Symone in the film ‘College Road Trip,’ and appearing in ‘Sorority Row’ and ‘Fired Up.’ After guest spots on shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ’90210,’ ‘Modern Family,’ and ‘House,’ Harshman landed a recurring gig on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ as Sheldon’s assistant, Alex Jensen, appearing in four episodes. She also has a starring role on ‘NCIS.’
Steven Anthony Lawrence, Bernard “Beans” Aranguren
Then: Steven Anthony Lawrence played Bernard Aranguren, the Stevens’ annoying next door neighbor who’s obsessed with bacon, and whom everyone calls “Beans.” Lawrence previously appeared on ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,’ ‘The Amanda Show,’ and in the film ‘Bubble Boy.’
Now: Lawrence starred in the movies ‘Kicking and Screaming’ and ‘Cheaper by the Dozen,’ and has guest-starred on ‘Weeds.’ He’s appeared in a couple of short films, including one curiously titled ‘Death to Snooki,’ and recently had a role on an episode of the Adult Swim series ‘Eagleheart.’