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7 Heartthrobs of the 80s and 90s: Where Are They Now?

Step back in time and reminisce.

Step back in time and reminisce about the heartthrobs who stole our hearts in the '80s and '90s. From silver screen sensations to TV icons, these stars left an indelible mark on pop culture. But where are they now? Alicia Silverstone, best known as Cher Horowitz in Clueless, continues to captivate audiences with her on-screen appearances and activism. Tatyana Ali, who rose to fame as Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has embarked on a diverse career spanning acting and music. Join us on a journey to discover the current endeavors of Liv Tyler, Julia Roberts, Rob Lowe, Anthony Michael Hall, and Emilio Estevez, as we catch up with these iconic heartthrobs from the past.


Alicia Silverstone

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Alicia Silverstone is best known for her role as Cher Horowitz in the 1995 film Clueless. Since then, she has reprised the character on Lip Sync Battle and in a 2023 Super Bowl commercial for Rakuten. She also appeared in the Netflix adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club and in 2018's American Woman. Silverstone is also an activist, known for her work with PETA.


Tatyana Ali

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Tatyana Ali first broke out with her role as Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She also launched a singing career with her 1998 album, Kiss The Sky. Ali's other roles in the '90s included the films Jawbreaker, The Clown At Midnight, and Kiss the Girls. Most recently, she appeared on RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race, had a voice role on the PBS show, Fancy Nancy, and had roles in several TV movies. 


Liv Tyler


In the '90s, Liv Tyler starred in videos for her father's band, Aerosmith, as well as in the films Stealing Beauty, That Thing You Do, and Armageddon. Tyler's most recent projects include the 2019 film, Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, a role on the first season of 9-1-1 Lone Star, and a role in Captain America: Brave New World.


Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts' long-running career started in the '80s. She first broke out with her role in the 1988 film, Mystic Pizza. The following year, she appeared in Steel Magnolias, which landed her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Roberts became known for her roles in romantic comedies in the '90s. She starred in films like Pretty Woman, My Best Friend's Wedding, Runaway Bride, and Notting Hill that decade. Her most recent film role is 2022's Ticket To Paradise


Rob Lowe

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Rob Lowe has been acting for over 40 years. Being a member of the "Brat Pack" in the '80s, he starred in films like St. Elmo's Fire, Square Dance, Oxford Blues, and The Outsiders. In the '90s, Lowe starred on the NBC political drama, The West Wing, which earned him two Golden Globes. In the 2000s, Lowe starred on Brothers & Sisters, Parks & Recreation, and Code Black. Currently, he stars in FOX's 9-1-1: Lone Star and in Netflix's Unstable, alongside his son, John Owen Lowe. He also hosts two podcasts.


Anthony Michael Hall

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Anthony Michael Hall is best known for being a member of the "Brat Pack" in the '80s. He appeared in hit John Hughes films like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science. In recent years, Hall has had recurring roles on TV shows like The Goldbergs, Murder In The First, and Community. He recently appeared in 2021's Halloween Kills. 


Emilio Estevez

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The son of Martin Sheen and the brother of Charlie Sheen was also a "Brat Pack" member in the '80s. Estevez starred in films like The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. In 1992, he appeared in the Disney film, The Mighty Ducks, and would reprise his role in the Disney + spinoff series, The Mighty Ducks: Gamechangers, in 2021. 

Anna Bechtel
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