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It's not often that a teen comedy movie has enough sticking power to be recognized by its quotes 16 years after it was released, but then again, not every film can be 10 Things I Hate About You.

Released in 1999, 10 Things was hilarious, sad, entertaining and poignant, which basically made it the pinnacle of any late '90s/early 2000s teen movie. The film introduced us to many things - a Shakespeare-themed film that was easy to relate to, the kick-ass feminist character of Kat Stratford, an adorably young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and last but not least, the absolutely babe that was a 20-year-old Heath Ledger.

It's been a long 16 years since 10 Things was released, and honestly, I'd still watch the film any day of the week - but what are the actors behind those characters up to now? Take a look for yourself:

Julia Stiles as Kat Stratford

Age then: 18

Age now: 34

Best quote from the film:

"I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car, I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind, I hate you so much that it makes me sick, it even makes me rhyme. I hate the way you're always right, I hate it when you lie, I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate the way you're not around, and the fact that you didn't call, but mostly I hate the way I don't hate you. not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all."

What has she been up to? 10 Things I Hate About You was the breakout role for not only Julia Stiles, but also Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Following 10 Things, Stiles has had a pretty huge career, starting with roles in films such as Save the Last Dance, Mona Lisa Smile, and The Prince and Me. She played Nicky in the first three films of the Bourne films, and starred in the TV show Dexter in the show's fifth season. Recently, you may have seen her as Veronica in Silver Linings Playbook and the web series Blue as the title character. The 34-year-old actress has a whole slew of films lined up for 2015 and 2016, including an adaptation of the children's book The Great Gilly Hopkins.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cameron James

Age then: 18

Age now: 34

Best quote from the film:


What has he been up to? 10 Things was by no means Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first role, but it was one of his breakthroughs. Following the film, he went on to star in 3rd Rock from the Sun as the adorable Tommy Solomon for six seasons. After taking on less roles while he studied, he made a return to screens in the mid-2000s and surprised many with his evolution from on-screen cutie to heartthrob in films such as (500) Days of Summer, Looper, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Lincoln. He recently appeared in [Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For](tag:1374) and is currently filming his role as Edward Snowden in the film Snowden.

Larisa Oleynik as Bianca Stratford

Age then: 17

Age now: 33

Best quote from the film:

"There's a difference between like and love. Because I like my sketchers, but I love my Prada backpack."

What has she been up to? Larisa Oleynik was already American's sweetheart when she took on the role of little sister Bianca Stratford in 10 Things due to her role as Alex Mack in The Secret World of Alex Mack. After 10 Things, she also went on to star in 3rd Rock from the Sun alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt for two seasons, before picking up a few roles throughout the 2000s in TV series and movies such as Broken Windows. In recent years her career has had a resurgence. Since 2011 she has voiced characters in the animated Winx Club series, and also appeared in the TV shows Pretty Little Liars , Mad Men, and Hawaii Five-O.

David Krumholtz as Michael

Age then: 20

Age now: 36

Best quote from the film:

"I have a dick on my face, don't I?"

What has he been up to? Much like his 10 Things co-stars, David Krumholtz has had a huge career. Audiences will remember him for his role as Charlie Eppes in Numb3rs, Jeff Fineman in The Lyon's Den, and Goldstein in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Krumholtz also stars in TV series The Good Wife, and recently reunited with 10 Things star Allison Janney in the TV series Mom.

Larry Miller as Walter Stratford

Age then: 45

Age now: 61

Best quote from the film:

"I'm down, I've got the 411, and you are not going out and getting jiggy with some boy, I don't care how dope his ride is. My momma didn't raise no fool'!"

What has he been up to? Comedian Larry Miller is also still acting, and also has his own podcast The Week with Larry Miller. Some of his roles include 8 Simple Rules, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, For Your Consideration and TV series Boston Legal. Miller also returned to his 10 Things roots when he reprised his role as Walter Stratford in the short-lived 10 Things I Hate About You TV series. In 2012 Miller suffered a traumatic brain injury when he fell and hit his head on the pavement, but he has since recovered and returned to acting and podcasting.

Allison Janney as Ms. Perky

Age then: 39

Age now: 55

Best quote from the film:

Ms. Perky: People perceive you as somewhat...
Kat Stratford: Tempestuous?
Ms. Perky: "Heinous bitch" is the term used most often.

What has she been up to? One of the funniest minor characters in 10 Things had to be the somewhat inappropriate guidance councillor Ms. Perky, played by Allison Janney. In the 16 years since 10 Things was released, Janney has starred in a ton of movies and TV shows including Drop Dead Gorgeous, Nurse Betty, Strangers with Candy, The West Wing, Hairspray, Juno and The Help. She also lent her voice to Charlene Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb, appeared in Masters of Sex, and now you can catch her in the TV comedy Mom, alongside Anna Faris.

Gabrielle Union as Chastity

Age then: 24

Age now: 42

Best quote from the film:

"I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?"

What has she been up to? Perhaps you better remembered a young Gabrielle Union from cheerleading movie Bring it On, but before that she played Bianca Stratford's friend Chastity! Since those days you may have seen her in films and shows such as Bad Boys II, The Hooneymooners, Night Stalker, The Perfect Holiday and TV series FlashForward. These days she plays the title character in the series Being Mary Jane.

Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona

Age then: 20

Age now: Heath Ledger tragically passed away in 2008, he was 28.

Best quote from the film:

"It's not everyday you find a girl who'll flash someone to get you out of detention."

...And basically this entire scene:

What he did after 10 Things: Heath Ledger had his start in Australian TV shows such as Home and Away before heading to American, where 10 Things I Hate About You turned him into a teen heartthrob. Following the film, he starred in A Knight's Tale as William Thatcher, Ned Kelly as the title character, Lords of Dogtown as Skip and, in perhaps his biggest role, Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain. Ledger sadly passed away on January 22, 2008 while his last two films were still in production, including The Dark Knight. However, for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, Ledger was posthumously awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He is survived by his daughter Matilda who is now 9 years old.

Source: IMDB


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