See the Cast of ‘Valley Girl’ Then and Now
Released in 1983, ‘Valley Girl’ (loosely based on ‘Romeo and Juliet’) starred Nicolas Cage as a punk who falls in love with a stereotypical Valley girl, much to the disgust and dismay of her snobby friends. The film was a decent hit at the box office, and 30 years later it has become a romantic-comedy classic, treasured for generations. Join us as we revisit the cast of ‘Valley Girl’ and see what they’re up to now.
Nicolas Cage, Randy
Then: ‘Valley Girl’ marks the first film in which Nicolas Coppola was credited as Nicolas Cage. In it, he plays Hollywood punker Randy, who falls head over heels for the preppy Valley girl Julie.
Now: Cage is known for playing eccentric and/or over-the-top characters, and some of his more recent credits include the ‘Ghost Rider’ films, ‘The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,’ ‘Drive Angry’ and the upcoming indie film ‘Joe.’ As everyone who’s caroused the internet knows, he’s also become an internet sensation with his face literally popping up everywhere.
Deborah Foreman, Julie Richman
Then: Michelle Pfeiffer was considered for the role of Valley girl Julie, but the part went to Deborah Foreman, a then little-known actress who previously appeared in ‘I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can.’
Now: Foreman went on to star in ‘Real Genius,’ ‘April Fool’s Day’ and ‘Waxwork,’ but her career tapered off in the early ’90s. In 2008, she appeared in the indie film ‘Beautiful Losers,’ and is currently a certified Yoga instructor in California.
Elizabeth Daily, Loryn
Then: Elizabeth Daily played Loryn, one of Julie’s friends who doesn’t approve of her relationship with Randy. Daily wasn’t sure how to do a Valley girl accent, so she came up with a backstory that involved her character being from nearby Malibu instead.
Now: Daily, now known as E.G. Daily, also played Dottie in ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,’ but she’s perhaps best known for her vocal acting talents — she voiced Tommy Pickles on ‘Rugrats’ and Buttercup on ‘The Powerpuff Girls,’ and provided additional voices in Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph.’ Daily also had a small singing career in the ’80s and ’90s, and recently attempted to restart that career by being a contestant on NBC’s ‘The Voice.’
Michael Bowen, Tommy
Then: Michael Bowen made his acting debut in ‘Valley Girl’ as Tommy, Julie’s jerk ex-boyfriend who ends up sleeping with Loryn post-break-up.
Now: Bowen also appeared in ‘Night of the Comet’ and ‘Less Than Zero,’ and had a recurring role on ‘LOST.’ He’s appeared in three of Quentin Tarantino’s films, including the recent ‘Django Unchained,’ and starred in the final two seasons of ‘Breaking Bad’ as Todd’s nefarious Uncle Jack.
Cameron Dye, Fred Bailey
Then: Cameron Dye played Fred Bailey, Randy’s goofy punk friend who strikes out with the ladies. Dye made his big-screen debut in the film, following small TV appearances on ‘Cagney and Lacey’ and ‘MASH.’
Now: Dye has recently appeared on episodes of ‘Medium,’ ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Bones,’ and stars in the upcoming horror film ‘Helliversity.’
Michelle Meyrink, Suzi Brent
Then: Michelle Meyrink, who previously starred in ‘The Outsiders,’ played Julie’s friend Suzi Brent.
Now: Meyrink reunited with Deborah Foreman for the film ‘Real Genius,’ and also appeared in ‘Revenge of the Nerds.’ Her last acting credit is the 1988 film ‘Permanent Record.’ She now owns her own acting studio in Canada.
Lee Purcell, Beth Brent
Then: Lee Purcell played Suzi’s stepmother, Beth, who competes with her daughter for the affections of the grocery delivery boy. Purcell previously starred in ‘Almost Summer’ and ‘Stir Crazy.’
Now: Purcell had a recurring role on the miniseries ‘Due South’ and ‘Persons Unknown,’ and in 2005 she appeared in the horror film ‘The Unknown,’ aka ‘Clawed: The Legend of Sasquatch.’