It’s hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since we first saw Cruel Intentions, the dark and steamy teen adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons. Between Sarah Michelle Gellar’s “kissing lessons” with Selma Blair to her questionable relationship with her stepbrother, we’re thinking the movie is a little too NSFW to recap here. Instead, we thought we’d catch up with its stars who, at the time, were at the top of the movie crop. Where are they now? For the most part, you can find them on TV.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (aka Kathryn Merteuil)
Gellar eventually graduated from her place as America’s favorite vampire slayer for roles in series like The Ringer and The Crazy Ones, which she currently stars in with Robin Williams. Our favorite fact about SMG? She’s still in love with her teen-dream hubbie, Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Ryan Phillippe (aka Sebastian Valmont) & Reese Witherspoon (aka Annette Hargrove)
After their respective roles as lovelorn, escalator-stalking Sebastian and goodie-goodie Annette, life imitated art for the onscreen couple: Phillippe and Witherspoon were married for eight years and had two children. Since they split in 2007, Phillippe has busied himself with various action roles (including a particularly funny one in MacGruber), but hasn’t yet settled down. Witherspoon went on to play wildly successful roles in Legally Blonde and Walk the Line (for which she won the Oscar), and is currently producing the movie adaptation of Gone Girl. In 2010, she married her agent, Jim Toth. Despite their separation, Witherspoon and Phillippe will always be together in our hearts, listening to Counting Crows’ “Colorblind.”
Selma Blair (aka Cecile Caldwell)
Once the naïve, cello-playing Cecile, Blair has since carved a unique space for herself in movies and film. Playing everything from a stuck up law student in Legally Blonde with former co-star Witherspoon to flashing her deadpan wit in off-beat films like Dark Horse, Blair has proven to be quite the chameleon. Right now you can watch on her on Anger Management and in the upcoming (and intriguingly-titled) Sex, Death and Bowling alongside Adrian Grenier.
Joshua Jackson (aka Blaine Tuttle)
The actor formerly known as Pacey eventually grew out of his goofy teen roles and appeared in small indies like 2010’s One Week. Jackson most recently starred in Fox’s sci-fi series, Fringe, and has been dating actress Diane Kruger since 2006.
Sean Patrick Thomas (aka Ronald Clifford)
After playing Selma Blair’s very hands-on cello teacher, Thomas went on to star in the CBS drama, The District. While he’s popped up in shows like American Horror Story and Gellar’s old stomping grounds, The Ringer, we haven’t heard much from the actor in the past couple years. Maybe he’s busy playing dad to his two little ones?
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