What The Cast Of Bring It On Looks Like Today

It's hard to believe just how much time it has been since the film Bring It On was released. The cult classic has been out since 2000, but it feels like just yesterday that we were introduced to what is arguably the fiercest cheer squad in cinematic history: the Toros. The movie went on to spawn a successful franchise, but our hearts still belong to the cast of the original film. Who can forget Kirsten Dunst as spunky head cheerleader Torrance Shipman, or Gabrielle Union as Isis, Torrance's biggest rival?

It might seem like hardly any time has passed, but the turn of the millennium was actually quite a while ago, and the cast of Bring It On has changed quite a bit. While many of them are still acting, others have gone on to pursue different career paths. Here's what the cast of Bring It On looks like today.

Kirsten Dunst

Bring It On boasted some pretty big stars, and Kirsten Dunst is one of the biggest. She already had more than a decade's worth of credits on her resume when she landed the role of head cheerleader Torrance Shipman. Her career continued to skyrocket after Bring It On, and she's had roles in other blockbuster films such as Spider-Man, Bachelorette, and The Bling Ring. She has also starred in a few TV shows, including Fargo and On Becoming a God in Central Florida.

The actress also has plans to try her hand at directing and is attached to an adaptation of Sylvia Plath's novel, The Bell Jar. She told Variety of her attempts to make the film and secure financing, and of just how difficult it is to succeed as a director in Hollywood because of her gender. "It's always harder for women," she said. "Everyone has to work 10 times harder." 

Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku played newcomer to the squad and dedicated gymnast Missy Pantone. She has landed a steady string of roles since Bring It On, including starring roles on TV series Tru Calling and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Aside from acting, Dushku has also gone back to school to study holistic psychology at Lesley University.

Dushku is a vocal member of the #MeToo movement and has come forward about being molested as a child star. More recently, the actress made headlines after she was fired from the TV show Bull after reporting that her co-star, Michael Weatherly, sexually harassed her. In 2018, Dushku was paid a $9.5 million settlement from CBS, just a small amount compared to what she would have earned had she stayed on the show.

"I guess what makes me angry is people knew," she told Time about the ongoing harassment of women in Hollywood. "Important people knew. They could have done something. And they didn't." 

Jesse Bradford

Heartthrob Jesse Bradford was the male lead of Bring It On, portraying Torrance's love interest, and Missy's brother, Cliff Pantone. Bradford had been acting for most of his life before landing the role, earning his first film credit in 1984's Falling In Love. Since getting his happily ever after with Torrance at the end of Bring It On, Bradford has been a TV mainstay with roles on shows like The West Wing, Outlaw, Guys With Kids, Shooter, and Teachers.

All those decades of acting have resulted in a healthy bank account for the star that has enabled him to live quite comfortably. In November 2018, the actor's Los Angeles home was put up for sale for just under $3 million. The following month, he announced his marriage to actress Andrea Leal who, according to her Instagram bio, has changed her last name to Bradford's legal last name, Watrouse, and is enrolled as a veterinary medicine student.

Gabrielle Union

One of the other mega-stars in Bring It On is Gabrielle Union, who played Isis, the head cheerleader of the Toros' biggest rivals, the Clovers. Isis was strong and empowered and knew how to get things done, just like Union herself. You've probably seen something Union has been in since Bring It On. She has appeared in dozens of projects, including TV shows City of Angels, Flashforward, and Being Mary Jane, and movies Running With Scissors, The Perfect Holiday, Think Like a Man, and The Birth of a Nation.

Union isn't content to be the only superstar in the family, though. She's already laying the groundwork for her daughter to become a star in her own right. In March 2019, she and her husband, NBA star Dwyane Wade, filed to trademark their four month old baby's name, Kaavia James. Union and Wade plan to launch a baby product line with Union as CEO of the company, and Wade as CFO.

Clare Kramer

After her role as Courtney in Bring It On, Clare Kramer's career really took off. She appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 2000 to 2002. From there, she had roles in several more films, including Road to Hell, Hard Love, and The Wrong House. While she's still acting, Kramer has also turned her attention to producing, beginning with Tweet Out in 2013.

Kramer has also tried her hand at directing. In 2017, she directed her first documentary, Joyrider, alongside actress and producer (and fellow Bring It On alum) Bianca Kajlich. The documentary is about Kajlich's brother, a wheelchair athlete who became the first hand-cyclist to compete in Race Across America.

While directing can be a difficult industry for women, Kramer refuses to look at it that way. "I'm trying to raise my girls the way I was raised, which was really not seeing gender as an obstacle or something that differentiates," she told Birth.Movies.Death. "It is there, of course. Our society does differentiate, but I really try to live my life as if I can do anything. I try not take the 'woman' label into account so much."

Nicole Bilderback

While she's not one of the most recognizable stars on this list, Nicole Bilderback is one of the most prolific. She appeared in some of the biggest hits of the 1990s and 2000s, with roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek, and Heroes. The actress has continued her career in show business, with guest roles on several TV shows including Good Girls, Andi Mack, and NCIS: New Orleans.

Bilderback auditioned for a role in the 2018 blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, which was noted for its all-Asian cast. Bilderback spoke to HuffPost about being an Asian-American actress in the early 1990s, when she started her career. At the time, there were just "a handful of Asian-American actresses out here in LA," making establishing her career difficult. "I wish all this was happening back when I was starting out," she said of the recent rise in projects starring Asian-American actresses. "I mean, wouldn't that be great, in an ideal world?"

Tsianina Joelson

Bring It On was one of Tsianina Joelson's earliest roles. She followed up her role as the cheerleader Darcy with an arc on Xena: Warrior Princess, playing the role of Varia. Joelson had a role in American Pie 2 in 2001 and had guest spots that same year on a few shows including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Men, Women & Dogs. After 2001, Joelson's career slowed down a bit. She appeared in the TV movie Hollywood Division in 2004. That role was followed by The Rain Makers in 2005, and According to Greta in 2009.

Since 2009, however, Joelson hasn't had any roles. She is also pretty quiet on social media, leaving her current life a bit of a mystery. While there is an Instagram account in her name, it isn't verified and hasn't been updated since 2017. It seems that Joelson may have taken a step back from her career to focus on family. The actress is married to director Michael Lohmann and the couple is raising a family together.

Rini Bell

Rini Bell played the cheerleader Kasey in Bring It On. Bell has had a handful of roles since the movie, the most notable of which is probably her recurring role on Gilmore Girls, on which she played Lulu, Kirk's girlfriend. Bell reprised the role in the 2016 reboot of the show, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The actress has also ventured into voice acting, and voiced several characters on the show King of the Hill.

Aside from acting, Bell continues to fuel the public's need for more Gilmore Girls by appearing at fan events. The actress is happy to mingle with the show's many fans and has posted pictures with them on Instagram. According to her Instagram bio, Bell also loves to make cupcakes and soaps. In 2018, some of her soaps went up for sale at the Gilmore Girls Fan Festival to support the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.  

Nathan West

Nathan West continued acting for a while after playing Jan in Bring It On, with roles in 7th Heaven and Not Another Teen Movie. He hasn't had an acting credit since 2010, though, and these days he's more focused on his family and his blossoming music career. Performing under the name East of Eli, West has been gaining some notoriety as a musician, and made fans swoon with his single "Nowhere" in 2017. The song was dedicated to his wife, actress Chyler Leigh.

"Nowhere" is a love letter to my wife," West told All Access Music. "It is about the power of love that we have had over the past 18 plus years and how love in itself has no boundaries. Over the years, we have faced a lot of hardships but also have had brilliant moments, through it all we have never given up on the belief that the love we share is worth fighting for. We have an incredible relationship and are more in love now than ever. The song is for her, she is my best friend, greatest inspiration and biggest fan."

Huntley Ritter

Huntley Ritter played cheerleader Les in Bring It On. The role was one of his first acting credits, following a 1999 appearance on Redemption High, and the straight-to-video Voodoo Academy in 2000. After Bring It On, Ritter acted for a few more years, portraying a groom in The Wedding Planner in 2001, and appearing in 2006's We Are Marshall. He hasn't been active as a performer since 2007, when he appeared in The Third Nail, which he also wrote.

Since then, Ritter moved on to production, with his last credit on IMDb listed as executive producer for the 2012 television documentary Making the Game for RED Presented by Coca-Cola. According to his LinkedIn profile, Ritter moved on to the marketing and advertising business. He has been founder and CEO of USeek since 2016, and President and CCO of Stafford since 2003. The former actor is also on the board of directors of rifle manufacturer PROOF Research, Inc.

Natina Reed

Bring It On was the only acting credit of Natina Reed's career. Reed portrayed Jenelope, one of the cheerleaders from the Clovers. While that was her only role as an actress, she did appear in a couple more films as herself. After Bring It On, Reed portrayed herself in the 2003 film Honey, as one of the members of the musical group Blaque. She also made an appearance in 2008's Til 6 in the Morning by Platinum Souls.

Tragically, Reed passed away in 2012, just a few days before her 33rd birthday. She was struck by a car and killed in what was ruled an accidental death, although the authorities did open up an investigation into what happened. Reed left behind a 10 year old son, Tren Brown. "Natina continuously embodied the pioneering spirit of Blaque and her undeniable creativity touched the hearts of fans everywhere," said the other members of Blaque in a statement (via AJC). "Natina was a mother, sister, accomplished songwriter, artist and friend."

Brandi Williams

All the members of the musical group Blaque were featured in Bring It On. Brandi Williams played Lafred in the film, which was the first of just two acting roles on her resume. Her other film role was the following year in On the Line. Williams' other media appearances include performing with Blaque in the 2003 film Honey, performing at the Grammy Awards in 2000, and performing at the Soul Train Music Awards that same year.

Williams is into healthy living, and chalks up her still-youthful looks to her lifestyle. Williams and fellow member of Blaque, Shamari DeVoe, told The A-Scene about their diet. "We eat really good... drink a lot of water," said Williams. She also eats a largely pescatarian diet, and considers herself to be "60 percent vegan." Williams said that she's a fan of meat substitutes, and especially enjoys Beyond Meat burgers, which she turns to when she's in need of some comfort food.

Shamari DeVoe

The third and final member of Blaque, Shamari DeVoe (listed as Shamari Fears in the film's credits), played Lava in Bring It On. The cheerleading movie is her only film credit to date, but even people who don't follow her music are likely to be familiar with her face. DeVoe appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta from 2018 to 2019. Her husband, Ron DeVoe, is also a musician and is part of the group New Edition.

DeVoe infused a lot of drama into the reality show, particularly after dropping the bomb that she and her husband had an open marriage for a while, shocking her mother-in-law. DeVoe said that the experiment didn't work, but that it had lasted for about a year and a half. "I initiated the open marriage," she said on the show (via Rolling Out). "We were going through some really bad times. It was a girl that I was interested [in] at the time. I wanted to do something different. I was bi-curious."

Lindsay Sloane

Lindsay Sloane's career spans decades, and dates back to the 1990 short Why, Charlie Brown, Why? The actress can be seen in some of the most beloved shows of the 1990s. In 1990, she landed an arc on The Wonder Years. She also appeared in an episode of My So-Called Life, and played Valerie Birkhead on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch from 1997 to 1999. Since her role in Bring It On as Big Red, the ruthless head cheerleader before Torrance who resorted to any means to win, Sloane has continued to appear in films and on TV.

Sloane has been open about her struggles with body dysmorphia. "I feel like most actresses kind of have issues in body dysmorphia," she told AXS. "I kind of learned that I am way too tough of a critic on myself and that other people are not judging me as harshly as I judge myself so I need to give myself a break."

Bianca Kajlich

Bianca Kajlich had a small roll in Bring It On as the cheerleader Carver. While her role in the film was brief, her acting career has been anything but. The actress has racked up quite a few roles on her resume since 2000, including arcs on Boston Legal from 2000 to 2001 and Dawson's Creek from 2002 to 2003. Other notable roles include a lead role on Rules of Engagement, which Kajlich starred in from 2007 to 2013. Most recently, she has appeared on the fifth season of Bosch.

From 2014 to 2016, she portrayed Leslie on Undateable, a show about the difficulties of the dating world. Kajlich said she identified a lot with the character. "I have to say that I find a lot of common threads with Leslie because I, too, was divorced in my early 30s," she told The PC Principle. "You find yourself back out in the dating pool and realize you don't know how it works anymore."