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

Dazed and Confused

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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.

Warner Bros.

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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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

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The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Reality? Check.

Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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