What the cast of Roswell looks like today

In 1999, a little sci-fi show called Roswell — based on the book series Roswell High by Melinda Metz — premiered on The WB. Aiming squarely at the YA demographic, the show stacked the odds in its favor with some of Hollywood's hottest rising stars of the time. 

Despite its star power and extraordinary (or should we say extraterrestrial?) charm, Roswell fizzled out after only three seasons. But while the show itself was brief in duration, the fandom lives on. Until the reboot craze rolls around to this stellar series, take a look at what became of its fresh-faced stars. 

Shiri Appleby - Liz Parker

As Liz Parker on Roswell, Shiri Appleby charmed audiences as the sweet, unassuming young woman who worked at her parents' diner (and had a few special powers, to boot). Although Appleby didn't inherit any of her character's extraterrestrial powers, you could certainly say her onscreen comeback has been out-of-this-world. 

After a steady but inconspicuous string of gigs right after Roswell, Appleby resurrected her career with recurring roles on several TV shows: Six Degrees from 2006 to 2007, Life Unexpected from 2010 to 2011, Chicago Fire from 2012 to 2013, Girls from 2013 to 2014 and, as of 2018, an ongoing role in UnRealShe has also enjoyed numerous guest spots on hit shows — think Law & Order: SVU, Franklin & Bash, and Royal Pains. Not to mention the occasional TV or big screen movie, like the 2002 blockbuster Swimfan

But in addition to her starring role on UnREAL, the series has given Appleby license to explore another creative channel: directing. "I get really high off of it because it's also a lot of power. There's a problem, and I'm the person that fixes it: That makes me feel like I have a lot of control," Appleby told Vulture of the venture. She added, "Growing up on set, the director is the person that, as a child, you admire and gives you validation." 

Appleby is thriving in her personal life, too. In 2013, she married chef/restaurateur Jon Shook, with whom she has three kids.

Jason Behr - Max Evans

Roswell's Jason Behr played Max Evans, an often dark and brooding kind of dude. What's a guy to do when he's literally from another world though, right? Talk about a hard secret to keep! Since the show ended, Behr has remained friendly with costar-slash-onscreen-flame Shiri Appleby, posting photos of their friendship on social media. 

Outside of the Roswell realm, he has enjoyed relatively steady work in Hollywood. He landed a guest arc on the TV series Breakout Kings in 2012 and has starred in three TV movies as well: 2006's The Way, 2007's Company Man, and 2010's Matadors. He's held down some notable jobs on the movie front — most memorably 2006's Skinwalkers and 2004's The Grudge. In an interview with Collider, Behr explained there is a method to his madness, so to speak, saying of his penchant for sci-fi and fantasy, "I've tried to balance it out with a lot of independent, character-driven pieces as well which I've been lucky enough and fortunate enough to do." 

As it turns out, Behr is also pretty lucky in love. He and KaDee Strickland (best known as Charlotte from Private Practice) met while filming The Grudge together, and the pair is now married with a family. "He's a unicorn, he's out of this world," Strickland described Behr to People. "I fell madly in love with him, but I had no idea just how extraordinary he was until I saw him become a father." 

Katherine Heigl - Isabel Evans

Katherine Heigl held the role on Roswell of Max's sister, an alien-human hybrid named Isabel. After laying that role to rest, Heigl at first focused on TV movies like Wuthering Heights and Romy and Michele: In the Beginning. Her later body of work includes recurring TV roles on shows like State of Affairs and Doubt. Her career really cranked up, though, with 2007's Knocked Upa film she called "sexist" after-the-fact. The role Heigl is arguably most known for is also mired in controversy: Izzie on NBC's long-running Grey's Anatomy, which she reportedly lost due to negative comments she made. On Howard Stern's radio show [via Vanity Fair] in 2016, Heigl confessed she should have just told herself, "Shut up, Katie." 

Despite the drama, Heigl hasn't been without work. In fact, she settled nicely into a very specific niche: the rom-com heroine. And, for awhile, she really churned them out — 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Killers, Life As We Know It — before deciding it wasn't the best career move. "I was so stoked to be doing them," she told UK Marie Claire of rom-coms. "But maybe I hit it a little too hard. I couldn't say no. There's nothing wrong with them, but maybe I overloaded my audience." 

Outside of TV and film, Heigl spends time with her musician husband, Josh Kelley, and the couple's three children. As of 2018, she also runs a lifestyle blog called Heavenly Days.

Majandra Delfino - Maria DeLuca

Let's be real: as Roswell's Maria DeLuca, Majandra Delfino was all of us. A little weird, a lot jaded, she really captured the essence of the late '90s teen. Happily, she seems to have maintained her eccentric charm over the years. 

In addition to film work that includes TV series, TV movies, and voice acting, Delfino boasts a singing career — her second studio album, Tarte, can be bought on iTunes. But perhaps the most exciting project Delfino has worked on since Roswell (at least to fans of the sci-fi series) is Baron + Toluca. The as-of-yet-not-picked-up show, which Delfino wrote and directed, stars herself and Roswell costar Brendan Fehr as the title characters. The premise? As teens, they had a tumultuous relationship as actors on a sci-fi show about aliens. Feel free to get hype over all the Roswell vibes.

While Fehr remains the object of her TV character's affection, in real life Delfino married actor David Walton in 2011 and started a family. It will undoubtedly please Roswell fans to know that, in addition to marriage and being a mother, her social life includes friendships with several of her costars.

Brendan Fehr - Michael Guerin

While Appleby and Behr had the whole sweet and romantic couple on lock as Liz and Max, Delfino and Brendan Fehr as Maria and Michael represented the typical tempestuous relationship of '90s teens. 

That relatability has served Fehr well in the time since, if his career is any indication. In addition to the film Brotherhood in post-production as of this writing for release in 2018, Fehr has starred in several SyFy films over the years, a strategic decision he has made in part due to the network's "definite following." Fehr has further secured roles in hit TV shows such as CSI: Miami, Bones, Nikita, Longmire, Better Call Saul, Wynonna Earp, and The Night Shift  — the latter of which Fehr told Collider had "the best cast that I've worked with." And, in 2017, the actor began campaigning with his former Roswell costar, Delfino, to get the pilot for their potential show, Baron + Toluca, picked up. 

At home, Fehr married Jennifer Rowley in 2006. The couple has three daughters: James, Ellison, and Ondine. 

Nick Wechsler - Kyle Valenti

Roswell's resident jock, Kyle Valenti, was brought to life by actor Nick Wechsler. As hard as it is to believe, these two pictures of Wechsler were taken over a decade apart and not merely days. I mean, is there some sort of extraterrestrial sorcery keeping him from aging?! Although his face has remained the same, Wechsler's body of work has evolved since Roswell. Over the years, he has secured guest spots on a slew of shows, including Malcolm in the Middle, Cold Case, Crossing Jordan, and Without a Trace

He has also enjoyed extended roles in a few high profile shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Chicago P.D., and perhaps most notably, as Jack Porter on the series Revenge — of which his costar James Tupper (who played David Clarke) called him the "rhythm and soul."  As of 2017, Wechsler had been booked in a recurring role in the ongoing CW reboot of Dynasty

William Sadler - Sheriff Jim Valenti

William Sadler was an experienced actor coming into Roswell, and his illustrious career has continued to thrive beyond the sci-fi series. As of 2018, his work in TV and movies includes more than 150 roles with four films in various stages of production.

He has relished dark and emotional roles, such as 2007's The Mist, telling The Hollywood News, "I'm often asked to play parts that either start off good and go bad, or it looks like they're going to be bad and then it's revealed that there is a human being under there and this is why he's doing what he's doing. It's fun." 

He has enjoyed playing the villain in equal measure. "I don't know," he told Diabolique magazine in 2013 while discussing his role in Machete Kills, "Hollywood has always had this view of me where they see my face and think, 'Yeah, he could kill a room full of people and then sit down and have a sandwich,' and I'm actually grateful for that because bad guys are always fun to play." 

Colin Hanks - Alex Whitman

During his time on Roswell, Colin Hanks played everyone's best friend, Alex Whitman. And, well, Hanks' innate likability never really faded. Following his breakout starring role in 2002's Orange County, Hanks has landed major movie roles in 2005's King Kong, 2008's The House Bunny, and 2012's The Guilt Trip. He even worked with his famous dad, Tom Hanks, who was an executive producer on the 2008 film The Great Buck Howard. He has also booked many recurring gigs on TV series like Life in Pieces and Numb3rs, and received multiple award nominations (including an Emmy!) for his role in Fargo

But Hanks clearly believes in keeping things interesting. In the slasher series Dexter, he played the Doomsday Killer, a role he admits was atypical for him. "It's not that I like making people uncomfortable, but I get a kick out of the fact that I've seen some people, like, have their minds broken," he told Now Toronto about the departure. Further proof of his unpredictability? Hanks voices the cartoon character Talking Tom and has an uncredited role as Adult Alex in the 2017 Jumanji reboot.

Hanks keeps it pretty consistent on the home front, though. In 2010, he married New York publicist Samantha Bryant and the couple has two daughters together

Emilie de Ravin - Tess Harding

On Roswell, Emilie de Ravin played Tess Harding, who boasted extraterrestrial-queen pedigree. Even though she has yet to play another alien-human hybrid, de Ravin's career has remained exciting and diverse. She has played bit parts in numerous TV shows over the years, such as NCIS, CSI, and The Handler

The show that really gave her the opportunity to break out was that of Claire in the plane crash series Lost — even if she does admit to having a few lingering questions. "I would have liked to know more about what happened with Claire and her mother and their relationship," she told GQ during a 2010 interview. 

She ventured into films too, cranking it up a terrifying notch in 2006's The Hills Have Eyes and breaking hearts alongside Robert Pattinson in 2010's Remember Me ("I fell in love as soon as I read it"). But the role de Ravin is undoubtedly best known for in recent years is Belle in the fairytale series Once Upon a Time, a role she departed in 2017 after six seasons. "It meant everything," de Ravin told The Hollywood Reporter of finishing out Belle and Rumplestiltskin's arc, calling their relationship an "amazing rollercoaster."