The Cast of ‘Friday Night Lights’: Where Are They Now?

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Kyle Chandler - Coach Eric Taylor
Kyle Chandler - Coach Eric Taylor
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Kyle Chandler as coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights taught us that the hottest guy on the show can actually be the dad. And he's still proving that he's a total DILF. Post-FNL he's now currently on the dark, Netflix family drama Bloodline. He's also done some notable films, like Zero Dark Thirty, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Argo.
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Connie Britton - Tami Taylor
Connie Britton - Tami Taylor
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Connie Britton's real job is to give all of us normal folks hair envy for the rest of our lives. As you may remember, when FNL ended, Connie was one of the first actors to join the American Horror Story crew, back in their Murder House days. She says she'd love to join the show for AHS: Hotel in the fall of 2015. Since 2012 she's been playing country star Rayne James on Nashville and as of 2015 she's on the new hit show American Crime Story.
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Aimee Teegarden - Julie Taylor
Aimee Teegarden - Julie Taylor
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As soon as FNL ended, little Julie Taylor went straight to work. That same year she starred in the films Prom and Scream 4. From 2011-2013 she was on the web series Aim High with Twilight star Jackson Rathbone. In 2014 she played Emery Whitehill on Star-Crossed. She has a few films set for release in 2015-2016: A Change of Heart, My Bakery in Brooklyn, and Rings.
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Zach Gilford - Matt Saracen
Zach Gilford - Matt Saracen
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Right after FNL, he went from Matt Saracen to Dr. Brett Robinson during his short-lived stint on The Mob Doctor. Since then, he's become more of a big-screen kind of guy. He's been in the films The Last Stand, Crazy Kind of Love, and Devil's Due. In 2014, he starred in The Purge: Anarchy with his wife Kiele Sanchez, who he met on the set of The Matadors.
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Taylor Kitsch - Tim Riggins
Taylor Kitsch - Tim Riggins
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Tim Riggins cut. his. hair. WHY?! Besides breaking our hearts with this dramatic hair choice, Taylor Kitsch has been doing well for himself. He starred in the box-office flop John Carter and then did better with Battleship, thought critically that film also did not do well. He worked with Hugh Jackman on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. At the end of 2013, he starred in Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg. Nowadays he's unintentionally making us swoon again by playing Paul Woodrugh on True Detective.
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Scott Porter - Jason Street
Scott Porter - Jason Street
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After his early departure from FNL, Porter went on to play Blake Calamar on The Good Wife. He's provided the voice for Scott Summers/Cyclops on the animated TV series X-Men. Since 2011 he's played George Tucker on Hart of Dixie.
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Jesse Plemons - Landry Clarke
Jesse Plemons -  Landry Clarke
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After playing Matt's funny best friend for several seasons, Jesse Plemons went on to co-star on another hit TV series, Breaking Bad. Maybe you've heard of it? He played Todd Alquist in the show's final season. He was also in Battleship with his FNL co-star Taylor Kitsch. He's been on the TV series Oliver Kitteridge and Fargo. In 2015 he'll appear in the film Black Mass. He also writes, sings, and performs with the band Cowboy and Indian.
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Adrianne Palicki - Tyra Collette
Adrianne Palicki - Tyra Collette
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Adrianne Palicki didn't stick with FNL through it all, though she did come back. Since her days as the beautiful Tyra, she's been one busy gal. Palicki has worked with a bunch of hot men: Chris Hemsworth on Red Dawn, Channing Tatum on G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Keanue Reeves on John Wick. She's lent her voice to the Adult Swim show Robot Chicken for various characters since 2007. She's also guest-starred on Drunk History, and so did her FNL co-stars Zach Gilford and Jesse Plemons. In 2014 she was on the show About A Boy and began her role as Bobbi Morse on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Minka Kelly - Lyla Garrity
Minka Kelly - Lyla Garrity
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Since her days as Lyla ended earlier than the show, most of the spotlight shone on Minka Kelly focuses more on her love life than her career. For a few years she dated Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter. After they broke up she reunited with her ex, Captain America himself, Chris Evans, but they too have split. She was on the shows Charlie's Angels and Parenthood briefly. From 2013-2014 she was on the show Almost Human. Now, according to her Instagram, she's in culinary school.
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Gaius Charles - Brian "Smash" Williams
Gaius Charles - Brian "Smash" Williams
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After leaving FNL, Gaius Charles pursued a degree in theology at Drew University. He's worked on a handful of films like Salt, Takers, and Toe to Toe. He most recently worked on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Shane Ross.
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Brad Leland - Buddy Garrity
Brad Leland - Buddy Garrity
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Since his days as Buddy Garrity have ended, Leland has done a lot of TV work. He's had guest roles on the shows Parks and Recreation, Justified, Veep, and later this year he'll appear in the pilot for the series Camp Abercorn.
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Derek Phillips - Billy Riggins
Derek Phillips - Billy Riggins
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His days as Tim Riggins big brother Billy might be over, but his days of acting are not. He's appeared on several TV shows Parenthood, Castle, The Mentalist, and Longmire. He also played Bobby Bragan in 2013's 42.
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Louanne Stephens - Mrs. Saracen
Louanne Stephens - Mrs. Saracen
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Louanne Stephens played the cutest grandmother ever on Friday Night Lights and we don't want to think of her as anyone else. Since then she's done a little work, appearing on the shows Longmire and Prime Suspect.
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Jeremy Sumpter - J.D. McCoy
Jeremy Sumpter -  J.D. McCoy
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Jeremy Sumpter might have already hit his stride before FNL, when he played Peter in Peter Pan back in 2003. Nowadays, he's still acting, but in smaller roles like in the biopic Soul Surfer and the disaster film Into The Storm. He has a handful of films set for release in 2015, like The UnBroken and Take Down.
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Michael B. Jordan - Vince Howard
Michael B. Jordan - Vince Howard
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Michael B. Jordan, man is he doing anything these days?! JK. Post-FNL he proved he had serious acting chops with 2013's Fruitvale Station when it blew everyone away at the Sundance Film Festival. He starred in That Awkward Moment with Zac Efron and Miles Teller. In 2015 we can look forward to seeing him in the Fantastic Four as Johnny Storm. He's currently working with Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky spinoff Creed.
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Jurnee Smollett-Bell - Jess Merriweather
Jurnee Smollett-Bell - Jess Merriweather
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After her days as Jess ended, Jurnee kept herself fairly busy. She was immediately on the show The Defenders, The Mob Doctor, and Parenthood. She starred in the film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor with Brandy Norwood. She played Nicole Wright on True Blood from 2013-2014. She's currently in pre-production for the TV show Underground.

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