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The Cast of Dazed and Confused: Where Are They Now?

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For people of a certain age, Dazed and Confused was as real to them as their own high school experience. Set in 1976, it told a timeless coming-of-age story that would forever define what it meant to be a teenager.

Now, 22 years later, its grown from a mirror on our lives to a nostalgic look back at a simpler time, when your parents going out of town meant freedom, and your dream of becoming a dancer was still alive. Still, if we ever start referring to those as the best years of our lives, remind us to kill ourselves. Also, it introduced audiences to actors like Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and the McConaissance himself. Let’s see where the cast of Dazed and Confused are today, shall we?

Jason London (Randall “Pink” Floyd)

Then: Jason London starred as the soulful quarterback Randall “Pink” Floyd.

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Now: Today Jason London is trying to get his life back on track, after a 2013 arrest for disorderly conduct and assault. In recent years he’s starred in films like 51 and Snow Beast.

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Syfy/After Dark Films/Courtesy Everett Collection


Anthony Rapp (Tony)

Then: Anthony Rapp starred as good-natured nerd Tony Olson.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today Rapp is a Broadway star, after originating the role of documentary filmmaker Mark in the smash hit musical Rent. (He recently reteamed with fellow Rent alum Idina Menzel in the hit musical If/Then.) On the small screen, he’s popped up on shows like Kidnapped and Psych.

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YouTube


Wiley Wiggins (Mitch)

Then: Wiley Wiggins starred as freshman and nose pinching aficionado Mitch Kramer.

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Gramercy Pictures courtesy Everett Collection

Now: Today Wiggins is a videogame designer, who occasionally pops up in passion project films like 2013’s Computer Chess. He’s also the organizer behind Austin’s Fantastic Arcade.

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YouTube


Joey Lauren Adams (Simone)

Then: Joey Lauren Adams starred as the girlfriend every guy wanted, Simone Kerr.

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Dazed and Confused Gramercy Pictures courtesy Everett Collection

Now: Joey Lauren Adams has slowed down, after a ’90s heyday that peaked with Chasing Amy. She still works here and there, most recently on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth.

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ABC


Milla Jovovich (Michelle)

Then: Milla Jovovich starred as mute hippie dream girl Michelle Burroughs.

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Everett Collection

Now: Who knew Milla Jovovich would be the first person you want to call during a zombie outbreak? After a successful career as a model, she broke out as an action star, carrying five entries in the Resident Evil series, with a final outing on the way.

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Rafy Screen Gems/ courtesy Everett Collection


Shawn Andrews (Kevin)

Then: Shawn Andrews starred as the scheming Kevin Pickford, who in typical high school movie form just wanted to throw a rager while his parents were away.

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Now: Andrews has turned up in smaller films like 2008’s Fix where he appeared opposite Olivia Wilde. He is perhaps most famous for marrying Dazed co-star Milla Jovovich, only to have the marriage annulled two months later.

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Mangusta Productions/Courtesy Everett Collection


Rory Cochrane (Slater)

Then: Rory Cochrane starred as Ron Slater, the loveable pontificating stoner we all went to high school with.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today Cochrane is a staple on our televisions, recently recurring on CSI: Miami and 24. His old Dazed co-star Ben Affleck also brought him back to the silver screen in the Oscar-wining film Argo, and horror fans might have noticed him in Oculus.

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John Estes, Relativity Media courtesy Everett Collection


Adam Goldberg (Mike)

Then: Adam Goldberg starred as neurotic nerd Mike Newhouse.

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Gramercy Pictures/FanPop

Now: Today Goldberg is a go-to character actor, recently standing out as hired gun Mr. Numbers on FX’s acclaimed series Fargo.

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FX/Zap2It


Marissa Ribisi (Cynthia)

Then: Marissa Ribisi starred as geeky third wheel Cynthia Dunn.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today the sister of Giovanni Ribisi is married to rock star Beck, spending more time raising their two kids than focusing on acting.

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Sara Cozolino/Everett Collection


Cole Hauser (Benny)

Then: Cole Hauser starred as bully Benny O’Donnell.

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Now: Cole Hauser is a true workman actor, appearing in everything from studio movies like Olympus Has Fallen and Transcendence to bizarre cash grabs like Jarhead 2: Field of Fire.

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Warner Bros. Pictures courtesy Everett Collection


Ben Affleck (Fred O’Bannion)

Then: Ben Affleck starred as a freshman’s worst nightmare, Fred O’Bannion.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today Ben Affleck is Batman. After a brief exile from Hollywood’s good graces, he has burst back on the scene as an Oscar-wining director, and the star of last year’s hit film Gone Girl.

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Warner Bros.


Parker Posey (Darla)

Then: Parker Posey starred as the queen bee of Lee High School who had a fondness for giving freshmen spontaneous “air raids.”

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today Parker Posey is taking a victory lap as the “Queen of Indies,” having appeared in films like Best in Show and Highland Park. Most recently she turned up on Portlandia as a style maven.

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Augusta Quirk/IFC


Matthew McConaughey (David Wooderson)

Then: Matthew McConaughey starred as every mother’s worst nightmare, David Wooderson. (Watch his audition for Dazed and Confused here.)

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Gramercy Pictures courtesy Everett Collection

Now: In case you’ve been in a foggy haze since 1993, you’re aware that Matthew McConaughey is one of the biggest stars in the world. He can be seen traveling through outer space or driving a Lincoln into your dreams. Either way, his quasi-philosophical stoner vibe has remained frozen in amber, after first being perfected in Dazed and Confused. (He brought Wooderson back for a 2012 Butch Walter music video.) When we watch Wooderson these days, we have to marvel at how we may get older, but he stays the same age.

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Vevo


Sasha Jenson (Don Dawson)

Then: Sasha Jenson starred as the floater who fit in with the jocks and the stoners, Don Dawson.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today Sasha Jenson is out there somewhere, living a quieter life. He occasional pops up in random TV and film roles, but for the most part has disappeared. Sasha, if you’re out there, let us know how you’re doing. In the meantime, here’s his audition tape for Dazed and Confused:


Richard Linklater

Then: Dazed and Confused was Linklater’s second film, following his Sundance film festival breakthrough Slacker.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Linklater is one of the most acclaimed and prolific filmakers working today, thanks to the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight series and the recent awards season favorite Boyhood.

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FilmBuff/Courtesy Everett Collection

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.