THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'Bring It On' 20 years later

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"Bring It On" made its debut in 2000.
  • "Bring It On" is often hailed as one of the top teen movies of the early 2000s.

  • The film helped launch the careers of actors like Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union. 

  • Clare Kramer, who played Courtney in the film, went on to launch a major website. 

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Since its release in summer 2000, "Bring It On" has become one of the most beloved films of the early aughts.

The competitive-cheerleading film made its debut 20 years ago and, since then, the main cast has stayed pretty busy. 

Here's what the cast of "Bring It On" has been up to over the past two decades:

Kirsten Dunst had been acting for 10 years before landing the role of Torrance.

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Kirsten Dunst was 17 years old when she acted in the film.

Kirsten Dunst began acting when she was just 7 years old.

She appeared in a variety of minor roles, including a stint as Charlie on NBC's "ER" from 1996 to 1997. At the age of 17, she landed the starring role as Torrance Shipman in "Bring It On."

After "Bring It On," Dunst became a household name.

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Kirsten Dunst is now a film star.

"Bring It On" helped launched Dunst's career.

For starters, she landed the role of Mary Jane Watson in "Spider-Man," appearing opposite Tobey Maguire in the franchise's three films from 2002 to 2007.

Dunst also appeared in films such as "Mona Lisa Smile," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and "Marie Antoinette." The actress has also appeared on TV shows like FX's "Fargo" and Showtime's "On Becoming a God in Central Florida."

Before playing Missy, Eliza Dushku was well-known for her role on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

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Producers thought Eliza Dushku was different from Kirsten Dunst in a way that made her perfect for the role.

Before she played tough girl Missy in "Bring It On," Eliza Dushku was known for her role as Faith on The WB's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

According to MTV, producers knew they wanted Dushku to play Missy after watching her on "Buffy."  They loved how different she was from Dunst.

Dushku has appeared on many shows since.

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Eliza Dushku has appeared on shows from a few different networks.

After "Bring It On," Dushku landed many TV roles on shows like Fox's "Dollhouse," Showtime's "Leap Year," and Disney XD's "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H."

In recent years, she appeared in the film "Eloise" and the TV-movie "The Saint."


Before "Bring It On," Jesse Bradford had a few minor roles.

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Jesse Bradford was 21 years old during the filming of "Bring It On."

Before he appeared as Cliff in "Bring It On," Jesse Bradford played Balthasar in Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo and Juliet."

Bradford was 21 years old when he appeared as Cliff Pantone in "Bring It On," securing the role over both James Franco and Jason Schwartzman.

Bradford has taken on a few roles since.

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Jesse Bradford is still acting.

Bradford starred on the USA show "Shooter" from 2017 to 2018 and has acted in a few films over the years, including "The Year of Spectacular Men" and "Dead Awake." 




Gabrielle Union was a familiar face before joining the cast of "Bring It On."

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Gabrielle Union almost passed on the role.

In the late 1990s, Gabrielle Union was well-recognized by teen audiences. She had roles in films like "She's All That," "10 Things I Hate About You, and "Love & Basketball," along with a part on The WB/The CW's  "7th Heaven."

When Union joined the cast of "Bring It On," she said the film's dedication to diversity was a big reason she signed on as captain of the Clovers, Isis.

Union is still acting.

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Gabrielle Union has been in a number of films since.

After leaving teen movies behind, Union garnered critical acclaim for her role on the BET series "Being Mary Jane." 

She also appeared on the Spectrum Original series, "L.A.'s Finest," and in numerous movies, including "Think Like a Man" and "The Public." 

Earlier this year, she partnered with stylist Larry Sims to relaunch her hair-care line, Flawless by Gabrielle Union. 

Before playing Whitney, Nicole Bilderback appeared in "Clueless."

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Whitney is introduced in the opening cheer.

Before Nicole Bilderback played Whitney in "Bring It On," she appeared alongside Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless" as Summer.

Bilderback also had recurring roles on The WB's "Dawson's Creek."

Over the years, Bilderback has mostly appeared on TV shows.

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Nicole Bilderback has been on a few TV shows since "Bring It On" aired.

Bilderback has had appearances on TV shows like NBC's "Good Girls" and CBS' "NCIS: New Orleans."

The actress has a few films in the works and recently made an appearance on the Fox-NBC sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."


Before playing Courtney, Clare Kramer was on "Buffy."

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Courtney was a member of The Toros.

Clare Kramer played Courtney in "Bring It On," working alongside both Dunst and Dushku as members of The Toros.

Before the film, Kramer appeared on The WB's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as Glory, making her and Dushku both "Buffy" alumni.

Years after her role in "Bring It On," Kramer co-founded the website GeekNation.

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GeekNation sells products.

In 2012, Kramer co-founded GeekNation, one of the leading destinations for fans of comics, movies, and video games. 

She once described the site as "an online platform for all things entertainment" that serves as a venue for artists to create outside of the traditional studio system.

The actress has also been a producer for a few projects, including the GeekNation talk-show web series "Film Pigs."

Lindsay Sloane, who played Big Red, had been acting for a decade before "Bring It On."

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Lindsay Sloane was in a few TV shows before she landed the movie role.

Though known for playing Valerie on the ABC show  "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," Lindsay Sloane also appeared in "Mr. Rhodes" and "The Wonder Years" before appearing as Big Red in "Bring It On."

Sloane is still an actress.

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Lindsay Sloane was on a CBS series.

After appearing in movies like "Horrible Bosses" and "She's Out Of My League," Sloane had a recurring role on the CBS series "The Odd Couple" before it was canceled in 2017.

She also starred on USA's "Playing House" and appeared in the film "Endings, Beginnings." 

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