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    25 Teen TV & Movie Stars Turned Parents: An Iconic Transition

    If there’s one thing I excel at, it’s embracing the eternal youthful spirit—I’m currently engrossed in three captivating teen dramas. And as someone who avidly follows contemporary teen television while also having been a fan of teen shows during my own youth, I can’t help but feel a delightful nostalgia when former teen TV stars resurface in parental roles.
    Belly and Susannah hugging in the summer I turned pretty season 2
    So here are some familiar faces from our past who are playing parents in a cute nod to their iconic roles, in reboots of their classic shows or just because they’re now of parent age and that’s how time works:
    Rachel Blanchard portrayed the iconic character Cher in the highly popular 1996 Clueless TV series. Her performance was both analytical and captivating, bringing the beloved character to life in a whole new way.
    Closeup of Rachel Blanchard
    Now, she portrays the character of Susannah Fisher in the hit TV series ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty‘.
    Susannah in "The Summer I Turned Pretty"
    Meanwhile, Alicia Silverstone portrayed the iconic character Cher in the original Clueless movie released in 1995.
    Screenshot from "Clueless"
    In 2020, she portrayed the role of Kristy’s mother in the highly-anticipated reboot of The Baby-Sitters Club.
    Alicia Silverstone in "The Baby-Sitters Club"
    Freddie Prinze Jr. mesmerized audiences with his captivating performance as Zack Siler in the timeless classic She’s All That (1999). His analytical approach to the character brought depth and complexity to the role, establishing him as one of the brightest talents of his generation. Prinze Jr.’s portrayal of Zack Siler continues to resonate with viewers, making the film a must-watch for fans of romantic comedies. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable performance from one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors!
    Screenshot from "She's All That"
    In 2022, he portrayed Miguel, a devoted single father, in the heartwarming holiday film, Christmas with You.
    Screenshots from "Christmas with You"
    Raven-Symoné mesmerized audiences with her incredible portrayal of Raven Baxter on the hit TV show That’s So Raven, which premiered in 2003. Her analytical and captivating performance as Raven Baxter captivated viewers of all ages. Raven-Symoné‘s remarkable acting skills and undeniable charisma brought the character to life, making her a beloved and unforgettable part of television history.
    Raven-Symoné
    In 2017, she reprised her role as the beloved character, now a grown-up with her own children, on the hit TV show Raven’s Home.
    Screenshot from "Raven's Home"
    Kate Bosworth portrayed the fearless and determined surfer Anne Marie in the thrilling film Blue Crush (2002). She captivated audiences with her analytical approach to conquering the waves and her unwavering determination to achieve her dreams.
    Screenshot from "Blue Crush"
    In 2022, she portrayed Auden’s stepmother Heidi in the captivating film Along for the Ride.
    Screenshot from "Along for the Ride"
    In 2006, the talented actor Zac Efron took on the role of 17-year-old Troy Bolton in the highly acclaimed musical film, High School Musical. With his captivating performance and exceptional singing skills, Efron mesmerized audiences worldwide. His portrayal of Troy Bolton showcased his undeniable talent and charisma, making him a heartthrob among teenage viewers. Efron’s performance in High School Musical not only launched his career but also solidified his status as a rising star in the entertainment industry.
    Screenshot from "High School Musical"
    In 2022, he portrayed the enigmatic and compelling role of a father gifted with telepathic abilities in the thrilling movie Firestarter. The storyline follows his journey as he grapples with his child‘s extraordinary power of pyrokinesis, creating an intense and suspenseful atmosphere throughout the film.
    Closeup of Zac Efron in "Firestarter"
    Wilmer Valderrama portrayed the iconic character Fez on the hit TV showThat ’70s Show‘ for eight seasons, running from 1998 to 2006. With his charming personality and comedic talent, Valderrama brought Fez to life, and his performance captivated audiences worldwide. Throughout the show’s run, Valderrama’s portrayal of Fez became one of the most memorable and beloved characters on television. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and explore the unforgettable moments from Valderrama’s time on ‘That ’70s Show‘.
    Fez on "That '70s Show"
    In 2021, he portrayed the charismatic character of Agustín Madrigal in the enchanting animated film Encanto:
    Screenshot from "Encanto"
    Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis captivated audiences with their performances as Kelso and Jackie on That ’70s Show, which first aired in 1998. Their chemistry on screen and off-screen romance made them one of the most beloved couples in television history.
    Screenshot from "That '70s Show"
    In 2022, the actors reprised their roles in a highly anticipated sequel. This time, their characters are no longer just partners, but they are now married with a son named Jay Kelso. Fans of the original film were thrilled to see the progression of their relationship and how they navigate the challenges of parenthood. The chemistry between the actors is evident on screen, making their performances even more captivating. Audiences can’t get enough of this heartwarming and relatable family dynamic. Get ready for a rollercoaster of emotions as this beloved couple takes on the joys and struggles of raising their child in the midst of their action-packed adventures.
    Screenshot from "That '90s Show"
    In the year 2000, the talented actor Jason Segel portrayed the character of Nick Andopolis on the critically acclaimed TV series Freaks and Geeks. Segel’s captivating performance in the role captivated audiences and showcased his analytical style of acting. With his natural charm and impeccable comedic timing, Segel brought the character of Nick Andopolis to life, leaving a lasting impact on viewers.
    Jason Segel in "Freaks and Geeks"
    In 2023, he portrayed the character of Jimmy Laird in the popular TV series Shrinking. Jimmy Laird is a widowed father who navigates the challenges of raising a teenage girl. With his captivating performance, he brings depth and emotion to the character, capturing the hearts of viewers. The show has received critical acclaim for its engaging storyline and relatable characters. Don’t miss out on this compelling drama that explores the complexities of family, love, and loss.
    Jason Segel in "Shrinking"
    Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen portrayed the iconic characters of Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski in the beloved ’90s TV series, Saved by the Bell. Their performances captivated audiences with their analytical yet captivating style. The chemistry between Gosselaar and Thiessen brought Zack and Kelly’s on-screen relationship to life, making them one of the most memorable TV couples of the era.
    Kelly and Zack
    In 2020, they reprised their roles on the captivating Peacock reboot.
    Grown-up Zack and Kelly
    Riley Smith portrayed the charismatic character of Dean Talon in the highly acclaimed Disney Channel Original Movie, Motocrossed, released in 2001. With his compelling performance, Smith brought the character of Dean Talon to life, captivating audiences with his analytical and captivating portrayal. Motocrossed tells the inspiring story of a young girl who takes on the challenging world of motocross racing, disguised as her injured brother. Riley Smith’s portrayal of Dean Talon adds depth and intrigue to the film, making it a must-watch for fans of sports dramas. Experience the excitement and intensity of Motocrossed, and witness Riley Smith’s captivating performance as Dean Talon.
    Screenshot from "Motocrossed"
    Starting in 2019, he has taken on the captivating role of Ryan Hudson on the hit TV series Nancy Drew. And for those in the know, he portrays the character whose father’s identity is a mystery. Dive into the intriguing world of Ryan Hudson and discover the secrets he holds.
    Screenshot from "Nancy Drew"
    In discussing the iconic character Nancy Drew, it’s impossible not to mention the talented actor Scott Wolf. While he is widely recognized for his role as Bailey Salinger on the hit TV show Party of Five, Wolf also made a memorable appearance in the Nancy Drew series. His portrayal of a cunning and mysterious character brought a fresh and intriguing dynamic to the story, captivating audiences worldwide. With Wolf’s undeniable charisma and acting skills, it’s no wonder he left a lasting impression on fans of both Nancy Drew and Party of Five.
    Closeup of Scott Wolf
    And in 2019, he began portraying the character of Carson Drew, Nancy’s father.
    Screenshot from "Nancy Drew"
    Leighton Meester portrayed the iconic character Blair Waldorf on the hit series Gossip Girl, captivating audiences since its premiere in 2007.
    Leighton Meester as Blair
    In 2018, Angie D’Amato made her mark on the small screen as she took on the role of Angie D’Amato in ABC‘s hit show Single Parents. Her captivating performance and undeniable talent captivated audiences and left a lasting impression. With her incredible acting skills and natural charm, Angie D’Amato brought the character to life, endearing herself to viewers with her relatable and heartwarming portrayal. Don’t miss out on Angie D’Amato‘s breathtaking performance in Single Parents, a must-watch series that will leave you wanting more!
    Leighton Meester in "Single Parents"
    Adam Brody portrayed the iconic character of Seth Cohen on the hit TV show The O.C. from 2003 to 2007. His performance captivated audiences and made Seth Cohen one of the most beloved characters on television. With his witty remarks and relatable personality, Brody brought Cohen to life and left a lasting impression on fans. The O.C. became a cultural phenomenon, and Brody’s portrayal of Seth Cohen played a significant role in its success.
    Screenshot from "The O.C."
    Derek, the father of Leighton’s child, made his appearance on Single Parents, where he starred alongside his now-wife, Leighton.
    The cast of "Single Parents"
    Benjamin McKenzie portrayed the character of 16-year-old Ryan Atwood on the hit TV show, The O.C., which premiered in 2003. With his captivating performance, McKenzie brought Ryan Atwood to life, capturing the hearts of viewers with his analytical and rebellious nature.
    Ryan in "The O.C."
    In 2022, he portrayed the role of a loving father to a 17-year-old teenager in the captivating romantic comedy film I Want You Back.
    Ben McKenzie in "I Want You Back"
    Kristen Bell portrayed the character of Veronica Mars in the renowned TV series ‘Veronica Mars,’ which premiered in 2004. With her analytical mind and captivating performance, Bell brought the character to life, captivating audiences around the world.
    Screenshot from "Veronica Mars"
    In 2021, she portrayed the character of Anna in the captivating and suspenseful series titled ‘The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window’. With its analytical storytelling and intriguing plot, the show kept viewers on the edge of their seats. The exceptional performance by the actress brought Anna to life, adding depth and intensity to the role. This thrilling series left audiences eagerly awaiting the next episode, as they were immersed in the mysterious world surrounding Anna and her intertwining connections. Experience the suspense and unravel the secrets of ‘The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window’ in this must-watch TV series of 2021.
    Kristen Bell as Anna
    Barry Watson portrayed the role of Matt Camden on the hit TV show 7th Heaven, captivating audiences starting in 1996. His analytical and captivating performance as Matt Camden made him a fan favorite throughout the series.
    Screenshot from "7th Heaven"
    In 2022, he portrayed the character of Greg, Naomi’s father, in the highly anticipated show Naomi:.
    Screenshot from "Naomi"
    Chad Michael Murray portrayed the iconic character of Lucas Scott on the hit TV show One Tree Hill, captivating audiences from the year 2003 onwards. With his charismatic performance and undeniable talent, Murray brought Lucas Scott to life on the small screen, becoming a fan favorite. His portrayal of the complex and relatable character resonated with viewers, making Lucas Scott a memorable and beloved character in the world of television. Chad Michael Murray‘s performance on One Tree Hill cemented his status as a talented actor and solidified his place in the hearts of fans worldwide.
    Closeup of Chad Michael Murray
    In 2019, Edgar Evernever, portrayed by him, became a prominent figure on the hit TV series Riverdale. With a captivating performance, he brought the enigmatic cult leader to life, leaving audiences both intrigued and mesmerized. His portrayal of Edgar Evernever added a new layer of complexity to the show, making it even more addictive for fans. This captivating and iconic role solidified his status as an actor to watch in the industry.
    Chad Michael Murray in "Riverdale"
    In the 2001 film ‘O,’ Mekhi Phifer portrayed the character of Odin ‘O’ James. This captivating and analytical movie follows Odin, the only black student at a prestigious prep school, as he navigates love, jealousy, and betrayal on and off the basketball court.
    Screenshot from "O"
    In 2020, he portrayed Mia’s father, Harold, on the hit series Love, Victor.
    Screenshot from "Love, Victor"
    In 2003, the talented actress Sophia Bush skyrocketed to fame with her captivating portrayal of Brooke Davis on the hit television series One Tree Hill. With her undeniable talent and magnetic on-screen presence, Bush became an integral part of the show’s success. Her analytical and soulful performance as Brooke Davis resonated with audiences, making her a beloved character for over nine seasons. Bush’s dedication to her craft and her ability to bring depth and emotion to her character made her a standout in the world of television. From the early years of One Tree Hill to the series finale in 2012, Sophia Bush‘s portrayal of Brooke Davis left a lasting impact on fans around the world.
    Screenshot from "One Tree Hill"
    In the hit TV series Love, Victor, she played the captivating character Veronica, who is Mia’s stepmom. Her performance opposite Mekhi has been praised for its analytical and engaging style.
    Screenshot from "Love, Victor"
    Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel played childhood sweethearts Cory and Topanga on Boy Meets World.
    Screenshot from "Boy Meets World"
    In 2016, we witnessed their journey of growth, family, and enduring love on Girl Meets World.
    Screenshot from "Girl Meets World"
    Luke Perry portrayed the iconic character, Dylan McKay, on the hit TV show Beverly Hills, 90210, starting in 1990. His portrayal of the brooding and charismatic Dylan captivated audiences worldwide. Perry’s performance as Dylan McKay remains etched in the minds of fans, as he brought depth and complexity to the character. From his rebellious nature to his complicated romantic relationships, Perry’s portrayal of Dylan McKay continues to be revered and remembered. Beverly Hills, 90210, with Perry’s contribution, became a cultural phenomenon and influenced a generation of viewers. Perry’s portrayal of Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 made him an unforgettable part of television history.
    Dylan in "Beverly Hills, 90210"
    He portrayed the character of Fred Andrews, Archie’s father, on the popular TV show Riverdale until his untimely passing in 2019.
    Luke Perry in "Riverdale"
    Nia Peeples brilliantly portrayed Nicole Chapman on the iconic series Fame, captivating audiences since its debut in 1983. Her analytical approach to the character brought depth and emotion to every scene, making Nicole a fan favorite. Nia Peeples’ stellar performance on Fame continues to inspire and resonate with viewers to this day.
    Screenshot from "Fame"
    In 2010, she began her role as Emily’s mom on the highly popular TV series Pretty Little Liars.
    Screenshot from "Pretty Little Liars"
    In the iconic horror film Scream released in 1996, the role of Billy Loomis was brilliantly portrayed by Skeet Ulrich.
    Screenshot from "Scream"
    In 2017, he embarked on a transformative journey, captivating audiences with his portrayal of the enigmatic character, F.P. Jones, on the hit TV series, Riverdale.
    Screenshot from "Riverdale"
    And finally, Molly Ringwald is THE iconic ’80s teen movie star who appeared in a multitude of films, including Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club.
    Molly Ringwald in "Pretty in Pink"
    She pivoted to playing a mom in a ton of teen projects as well, including The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Kissing Booth, and most recently, Riverdale.
    Closeup of Molly Ringwald

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