As "Bring It On" week continues here on Hollywood Crush, we've decided to take a look back at the original movie in the franchise. In addition to turning cheerleading comedies into a genre unto themselves, the 2000 smash-hit "Bring It On" launched the careers of many of its leading actors and actresses.
In honor of the franchise’s fifth installment, “Fight to the Finish,” Hollywood Crush is taking a look back at the most successful cheerleaders to make their way out of Rancho Carne High School and into our hearts.
Though Kirsten Dunst (pictured below, left) had been around long before “Bring It On” hit the big screens (“Interview with the Vampire” or “Wag The Dog,” anyone?), it is unquestionably her sass and moves as Torrance Shipman that sent her soaring to superstardom. Two years later she would perform opposite Tobey Maguire in “Spiderman,” which regenerated the comic book film industry and spawned two sequels, with another supposedly on its way. She continued to stretch her acting ability in films like 2003’s “Mona Lisa Smile” and 2004’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and even had a chance to play Mary Antoinette in the 2006 film of the same name. Most recently, Kirsten starred across from Simon Pegg and Megan Fox in the 2008 comedy, “How To Lose Friends & Alienate People.”
Even after she showed the RCH cheerleaders what’s what on the gym floor, Gabrielle Union (above, right) continued to be a badass on screen. Appearing as the female leads in “Cradle 2 the Grave” and “Bad Boys II,” Gabrielle proved she could be just as tough as the boys. More recently, Gabrielle has shifted to softer fare with roles in “The Perfect Holiday” and “Meet Dave,” as well as returning for three episodes on “Ugly Betty.” She most recently appeared in four episodes of the canceled hit NBC series, “Life,” and will appear in at least one episode of ABC’s upcoming sci-fi drama, “Flash Forward.”
After her strong role as Missy Pantone in “Bring It On,” the bad boy directors of Hollywood showed how much they loved her by first Kevin Smith casting her as Sissy in “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and then “Buffy” creator Joss Whedon creating the other, significantly more badass vampire slayer Faith for Eliza to live in. After her six episode stint on “Angel” as Faith and two seasons as Fox’s title Tru in “Tru Calling,” Eliza faded into the backlight. But after coming to Joss Whedon and asking for a TV show of her own, Eliza returned with Joss to Fox for this past season’s smash hit, “Dollhouse.” She’ll next be starring opposite Ben Barnes in the mystery thriller “Valediction.”
Jesse continued his rise as a Hollywood hunk after being the boy to swoon after in “Bring It On” with starring roles in 2002’s “Clockstoppers” and “Swimfan.” After appearing in four episodes of “The West Wing” as Ryan Pierce, Jesse more recently appeared in “Flags of Our Fathers” and “W.” He will next be starring in the upcoming comedy, “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell,” based on the best-selling novel of the same name.
Click on any of the photos above to scroll through our entire "Bring It On" Where Are They Now: The Main Players flipbook. And, come back tomorrow when we take a look back at where the minor players of "Bring It On" (remember Big Red?) are now!
Who's success were you surprised by? And whose didn't?