#TBT: Our Boy Crushes From The 90s And Where They Are Now
Before there was the new school tween hotties like “Pretty Little Liars” and Harry Styles and Daren Kagasoff, there was the classic prepubescent screen stars from “TGIF” and “Nickledeon.”
We remember grabbing the latest issue of “Tiger Beat,” ripping out the full-length poster inserts, and taping them around our rooms as wallpaper. These boy-toys were barely juniors in high school and yet it felt as if they were light-years older than we were, despite their lack of facial hair and Adam’s apples.
We lusted after them, imagined what it would be like to be their girlfriends, and hoped that one day we’d get to meet them. Jonathan Taylor Thomas was the retro equivalent of Justin Bieber (minus the wannabe-bad-boy attitude and woman’s haircut).
Even now, we sometimes wonder where these kids ended up, their marital status and if they miss having 10-year-old girls kissing their magazines cut-outs.
In the spirit of a Throwback Thursday, here are our top ten crushes from the golden age of the 1990s:
Congrats, Andrew! You are still as good-looking and handsome as you were when you were twelve (are we allowed to say that?). Before he was douchebag Joey Donner in “10 Things I Hate About You,” Keegan had various cameos including “Party of Five,” “Camp Nowhere,” and even played a teenage father on “7th Heaven” before teen pregnancy was popularized by MTV!
Nowadays, the 34-year-old Andrew Keegan lands acting gigs sparingly with few breakout stage performances and minor television roles. He’s focused more of his attention into production and taking selfies. Don’t worry Andrew, we’d still marry you and your incredible hair.
Remember this face? Devon Sawa was literally everywhere in the 1990s. This kid was more ubiquitous than Miley Cyrus’s foam finger. He stole our hearts in “Little Giants,” “Casper” and “Now And Then.”
And his sexiness is really well-maintained after all these years, as well as his acting career. Sawa can now be found as a series regular on the popular CW (remember when it was The WB?) show, “Nikita,” and thriller, “A Resurrection.”
The 35-year-old got engaged back in 2011, but that won’t stop us from posting present-day pictures of him on our walls over again. He’s also very active on Twitter, if that’s your preferred method of stalking these days.
We thought Joey Lawrence’s fame would have for sure been eclipsed by his brothers’ by now, but it turns out he’s the most successful of the bunch (despite being the least attractive). He’s gone from 1990’s “Blossom” and 1995’s “Brotherly Love” to his own title show on ABC Family, “Melissa and Joey.”
If you’re thinking about marrying him for his money, you’re going to be disappointed; Joey has two daughters with his second wife, Chandie Yawn-Nelson.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas (JTT)
It’s hard to imagine the original 90s teeny-bopper from “Home Improvement” as a grown-up 32-year-old. JTT beasted the J-14 scene when he was just ten years old, starring in Tim Allen movies, “Tom and Huck,” and the voice behind Tyler Tucker on “The Wild Thornberrys.”
If you feel like you haven’t seen Jonathan Taylor Thomas in a while, it’s because you haven’t. He attended Harvard in 2000, but graduated from Columbia in 2010. He was last seen making a cameo on Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” back in February 2013. Guess it’s kind of hard finding new work when you’ve peaked in high school. He might not be the heartthrob he used to be when we still wore Limited Too clothing, but he still has his trademark blue eyes.
It must’ve sucked being Ben Savage when your co-star was as prematurely hot as Rider Strong. In 2004, Strong graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, and eight years later became engaged to actress Alexandra Barreto. While there may be a “Boy Meets World” spin-off in the works, don’t expect to see a Shawn Hunter TV reprisal. On making a guest-appearance in “Girl Meets World,” Strong says vaguely, “It really depends on what the show is going to be.” Until it airs, we’ll just be left hoping.
This list wouldn’t be complete without the most handsome middle child of the Lawrence Brothers, Matthew Lawrence. He was great in “Boy Meets World” and “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and still made us swoon in 2002’s “The Hot Chick.” Since then Matt hasn’t done much by way of Hollywood; however, he doesn’t even need a speaking role because his smile makes us melt without words. To our knowledge, Matthew Lawrence is still very much on the market and still very much sexy. Give us a call.
We always secretly wished “The Wonder Years” protagonist was in love with us and not Winnie. The 37-year-old dad of three still partakes in Hollywood, but as behind-the-scenes as a director. He is currently directing the new CBS show, “Friends With Better Lives.” Glad to see that not all child stars go by the way of Amanda Bynes.
Sweet, young and innocent Macaulay Culkin, oh my how you have changed over the years. After a rumored 60 cigarettes-a-day smoking habit and past heroin addiction that left you painfully skinny, you still seem to be alive. As we don’t see Culkin returning to film any time soon, we’ll have to immortalize him by watching “My Girl” and “Richie Rich” over and over again.
His love life had a good run, he was married and later divorced to Rachel Miner and even dated Mila Kunis shortly thereafter. The 33-year-old better take care of himself, or he’ll just be another child star statistic.
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