‘My So-Called Life’: Where Are They Now?

Over 20 years later, it’s still clear that ABC executives made a terrible decision when they cancelled the ’90s teen drama, My So-Called Life. Luckily, many of show’s stars thrived despite the show wrapping up after only one season. Claire Danes has obviously been kicking butt and taking names for the last few years as the star of Showtime’s acclaimed series Homeland. But what about everyone else? See what the rest of the My So-Called Life cast is up to now.

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Claire Danes - Angela Chase
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Claire Danes' role as the the angsty teenager Angela Chase on My So-Called Life helped propel her into the spotlight. Though the show won Danes her first Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination, it was cancelled after one season. After the show wrapped, Danes starred in a number of huge films including Romeo + Juliet and The Hours. Danes took a break from acting from 1998 to 2000 to attend Yale University, only to return to  acting shortly thereafter. In 2010, Danes starred in the HBO production of Temple Grandin. For her performance, she won an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actor Guild Award. Since 2011, Danes has starred in the critically acclaimed Showtime series, Homeland. She has won two Golden Globes and two Emmy Wards for her role as CIA agent Carrie Mathison. Danes is married to actor Hugh Dancy whom she met on set for the film Evening. The couple have a son named Cyrus.
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Jared Leto - Jordan Catalano
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Jared Leto was already 23 years old when he was Claire Danes' high school crush in My So-Called Life. After the show was canceled, Leto went on to star in some major Hollywood films including American Psycho and Fight Club. Aside from acting, Leto is also an accomplished musician. His band, Thirty Seconds to Mars which he formed with his brother Shannon Leto in 1998, has sold over 15 million records world wide. In 2013, Leto won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Rayon, a transgender woman in the film Dallas Buyers Club. Leto lost 30 pounds and waxed his entire body for the role. Leto is a vegan and a LGTBQ activist. He was recently named the global ambassador for World Wide Fund for Nature. He will be playing The Joker in the highly anticipated film Suicide Squad, which is slated for release in 2016.
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Wilson Cruz - Enrique Vasquez
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Wilson Cruz's role as Enrique "Rickie" Vasquez on My So-Called Life in 1994 made Cruz the first actor to play an openly gay character in a leading role on a television series. After My So-Called Life Cruz snagged a role in Oliver Stone's Nixon. Since then, he has appeared in the film He's Just Not That Into You, and various television series including a recurring role on Noah's Arc. Most recently, Cruz had a starring role on the short-lived FOX series Red-Band Society. Cruz has long since been an advocate for LGBTQ youth of color because of the terrible experience he had coming out to his parents. Though they eventually reconciled, Cruz's father initially threw him out of the house. Cruz has been a GLAAD staff member since 2012 .
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Devon Gummersall - Brian Krakow
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Devon Gummersall snagged a ton of roles after My So-Called Life ended. He worked alongside Will Smith in the blockbuster hit Independence Day, and he played a recurring character on the first season of The WB's hit show Felicity. Since then, he has been seen on major television shows including Mad Men and iZombie. Though Gummersall is known for his work in front of the camera, he is also an accomplished writer and director. He wrote, edited and directed a music documentary called Lawn Chairs and Living Rooms and he also directed the indie films, The Inherited and Low Fidelity. Devon Summersall is a member of the Director's Guild of America.
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Bess Armstrong - Patty Chase
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Bess Armstrong played Claire Danes' mom Patty Chase in My So-Called Life. Though the show was geared toward teens, it was fantastic about creating well-rounded adult characters who had their own problems. After the series ended, Armstrong went on to play Lydia James; Haley James Scott's mom on the fan favorite show One Tree Hill. Since then, Armstrong has has a recurring role on Showtime's House of Lies and has appeared on NCIS and True Blood.
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Devon Odessa - Sharon Cherski
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Devon Odessa is best known for her role as Angela's narrow minded childhood friend Sharon on My So-Called Life. Luckily, she became more open minded as the show continued. Though Odessa has had small roles in numerous television shows including That's So Raven and Private Practice, she has been laying low for the past few years. Most recently, Odessa produced and starred in a short film called Strip.
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A.J. Langer - Rayanne Graff
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A..J. Langer's Rayanne Graff was the girl that brought the wild side out of Angela in My So-Called Life. Once ABC canceled the show, Langer went on The Drew Carry Show, and had a starring role in the short-lived show Eyes. Most recently Langer had a recurring role on the now canceled show Private Practice. Though she is best known for acting, Langer is also the Countess of Devon; a title she assumed after marrying her husband Charles Courtenay, Lord Courtenay, the son of the Hugh Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon. Langer currently resides in London, England with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she raises awareness and money for fibromyalgia, a disease that she personally suffers from.
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Tom Irwin - Graham Chase
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My So-Called Life fans will probably remember Tom Irwin's character Graham for his almost affair. Luckily, Graham never went through with the indiscretion. Once the show was canceled, Irwin had a starring role on the TNT series, Saving Grace and a recurring role on Grey's Anatomy. Most recently, Irwin has been starring on Lifetime's Devious Maids. He is also an instructor at the Steppenwolf Theater West School in Los Angeles.
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Lisa Wilhoit - Danielle Chase
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Though Lisa Wilhoit's character Danielle was super annoying on My So-Called Life, she really couldn't be blamed; little sisters tend to be a bit aggravating. Though Danielle had small roles in numerous television series over the years, including 7th Heaven and Greek, she has voiced several roles on Family Guy including Connie D'Amico since 2000. Lisa Wilhoit is first cousins with Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit, the actors who played Nicky and Alex on Full House.

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