ByChristina Tenisha Small, writer at
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Christina Tenisha Small

Young Adult movies are a dime a dozen nowadays. With so many out, and unfortunately so many not really hitting that magical spot that rakes in critical and commercial success; naturally I've found myself wondering what ever happened to the cast of the movies that don't do quite as fabulously as hoped?

The love and admiration we feel for the casts of these movies, happens almost instantly, especially when relatively new and unknown actors are cast. We get the privilege of saying we supported them from the beginning and witnessing their rise to fame. (see Dom Sherwood as Jace out here like proud parents for ya, dude!)

But when the movie fails, where do they go?? Is there an abandoned wasteland somewhere for them? A horrifying and lonely place where the characters we know and love, just wander around not understanding where their story goes next?

Uhh, I got a second movie, I don't count do I?
Uhh, I got a second movie, I don't count do I?

Eh, maybe I'm being dramatic, but surely you wonder to? Let's check in with the casts of Vampire Academy, Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, and see what these lovable actors and actresses are up to now, shall we?

Beautiful Creatures

Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich/Lena Duchannes and Ethan Wate

Creating beautiful collages for you all since '13!
Creating beautiful collages for you all since '13!

Alice Englert, a relatively unknown actress, and Alden Ehrenreich known for his role in Tetro, both graced our screens in 2013, as Lena Duchannes and Ethan Wate in Beautiful Creatures. Whilst Englert's performance itself wasn't critically panned, Ehrenreich's did receive some negativity for its similarities to Bella in Twilight. The movie as a whole received mixed to negative reviews, with a lot of people drawing on that Twilight comparison and essentially calling it a knock-off, reversed Twilight.

After its failure, Englert went on to star in the small-budget movie The Lovers. She most notably and recently starred in a historical television mini-series, by the name of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Based upon the novel of the same name, the 7-part series premiered on the BBC earlier this year. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, it's a fictional take on the time period, where magic is a regular, yet somewhat unknown aspect of their world.

Despite the failure of the film, Ehrenreich has continued to find success, garnering roles in Stoker, and Blue Jasmine that same year. His next role will be in the Coen Brothers's Hail, Caesar, currently in post-production and due for release in 2016.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower/Clary Fray and Jace Wayland

Gaze upon their perfection.
Gaze upon their perfection.

Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower (JCB) stole hearts everywhere with their portrayal of Clary and Jace in 2013's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. A commercial failure, only managing to claw back a little over half of its overall budget, the movie garnered mixed reviews from fans and critics. The pacing was most notably sped up from the books, with countless other changes, but despite this, it still remains somewhat less of a failure than Beautiful Creatures.

After its failure, Collins went on to star in the rom-com, Love Rosie, with Hunger Games alumni Sam Claflin. The film stars Collins as Rosie, and Claflin as Alex, two childhood friends who, throughout the movie, seem to narrowly avoid actually being together through various circumstances and near misses.

JCB, an actor who had roles in various YA franchises before The Mortal Instruments, such as Harry Potter, and The Twilight Saga, went on to join the voice cast of Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure. A children's animated film, which ended up being highly popular in the UK. Jamie seems to have taken some time out to focus on his band, The Darling Buds, but he can next be seen in the West End adaptation of Bend it Like Beckham.

Of course, most notably for long time fans of the pair, they confirmed earlier this year that they had reconciled their relationship, and with that, TMI fans everywhere happily watched their biggest ship set sail again.


Vampire Academy

Zoey Deutch & Danila Kozlovsky/Rose Hathaway and Danila Kozlovsky.

Romitri <3
Romitri <3

In 2014, the Vampire Academy fandom welcomed Zoey Deutch - an actress known for her role in The CW's Ringer, and Danila Kozlovsky - a Russian theatre & stage actor, to a world of Vampires and magic, as they took on the roles of Rose Hathaway and Dimitri Belikov. Despite a lacklustre budget and script, both did exceptionally well within the film, but with so few people going to see it, the movie bombed. Raking in just half of its overall budget - a figure that was low in and of itself, the movie was not only a commercial failure, but a critical one.

After its failure, leading lady Deutch was due to star in Midnight Rider, but due to the tragic death of second camera assistant Sarah Jones, production was suspended. Her most recent project was as Kate in Vincent-N-Roxxy - an upcoming action crime-thriller. She's also set to star in another YA Adaptation (making this the 3rd YA film for the actress overall - she had a small role in Beautiful Creatures), Before I Fall.

Kozlovksy, an actor who, before Vampire Academy, had never starred in an English-language film, went on to appear opposite Keira Knightley in ads for Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. He went back to his native Russia, to star in Soulless 2, the sequel to the first film, of which he had also starred. He can next be seen as Erast Fandorin in The Decorator - based on a series of Russian historical detective novels by Boris Akunin.

We do of course have to give very special mention to one cast member from Vampire Academy, and that's the adorable, and always lovable Dom Sherwood.

Dom, of course, got his major start playing bad-boy fire user Christian Ozera in Vampire Academy, before graduating St Vlad's to star as the love interest in a Taylor Swift music video. Oh, and he's now playing Jace - you know, the same guy JCB played - in Shadowhunters for ABC Family (soon to be Freeform).

It's a truly magnificent day when fandoms collide like this folks, and of course it just goes to show that a failed YA movie doesn't mean the end of a career. For many, it is only the beginning. And a beautiful one at that.


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