It was roughly two decades ago now that we begrudgingly bid farewell to one of the most underrated but cult classic series of all-time: My So-Called Life. Between Angela Chase’s epic voiceovers and Rickie’s antics (not to mention everything Rayanne) we were pretty much in tears when the series was cancelled after just one season.
In hindsight, it was always doomed. Between Claire Danes not wanting to return for another round and the stiff competition against shows like Mad About You and Friends, My So-Called Life never really stood a chance. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few moments to catch up and see where some of our favourite characters/actors are now.
Here’s what the cast of ‘My So-Called Life’ is up to now
Devon OdessaEvery school had a "good girl" and Sharon Cherski was it. While we were sometimes annoyed at how perfect she always had to be, there was also something infinitely endearing about her -- especially when she and Rayanne begrudgingly became friends. In the years since the show went dark, she's surfaced in small roles on shows like That's So Raven and Touched By An Angel, along with several made-for TV films.ABC/Getty
Devon GummersallWho could forget Brian Krakow and his science boner? Not us, that's for sure. His character was so entrenched in our minds that it pretty much blew our minds when he resurfaced on Mad Men earlier this year, plenty hot. Sure, he'd been on other things, (Felicity, anyone?!) but he's also been spending some time behind the screen, writing, directing and producing. Low Fidelity is one of our faves.ABC/Getty
Jared LetoWhen Leto was originally cast as Jordan Catalano, it was only supposed to be for the pilot. Today, many swoon over the Oscar winner, whose luscious locks were the stuff of headlines until he recently chopped them off for his upcoming role as The Joker in the Suicide Squad. It's almost easy to forget that Leto is more than just a talented actor; he's also pretty darned good with music too, in his band Thirty Seconds to Mars.ABC/Getty
A.J. LangerLanger had the most experience when she joined the series as troubled teen Rayanne thanks to TV roles like Baywatch, Blossom and The Wonder Years. Since then, she's appeared in various shows, from Private Practice to Coach and even Seinfeld. Those roles were far from shocking; what is shocking is that Langer is now royalty. Yes, we can now refer to her as The Countess of Devon. And yes, she lives in a castle.ABC/Getty
Wilson CruzRickie Vasquez will forever be etched in our brains as the very first openly gay teenage character on television. Since then, Cruz has gotten gigs in everything from Ally McBeal and Party of Five to The West Wing and ER. Most recently he landed a gig on the short-lived Fox series Red Band Society. Unfortunately, that show was axed after a single season too.ABC/Getty
Claire DanesAt the time, a then-unknown Claire Danes was pretty much our everything as Angela Chase. Today, she's better known for her controversial role as Carrie Mathison on Homeland, a gig for which she's won three consecutive Golden Globes. Of course her first Golden Globe came back in 1995 for the role of Angela, but she's also got two Emmys for Homeland and one for the HBO flick Temple Grandin under her belt.ABC/Getty