My So-Called Life: Where Are Jordan Catalano & Co. Now?
So we all know what Jared Leto’s up to, but what happened to the rest of the My So-Called Life cast?
By Portis Wasp
It’s been 20 years since My So-Called Life premiered back in 1994 and there are many reasons to reflect on show which first introduced us to Claire Danes and uber babe Jared Leto. Celebrated at the time for tackling serious subjects like homophobia, child abuse, teenage alcoholism and drug use, the ’90s teen drama was one of the first shows on television credited as accurately portraying how s***ty and confusing being a teenager can be at times.
The show, which only ran until 1995, followed 15-year-old Angela Chase, an intelligent, sensitive and endearing Anne Frank-enthusiast in her sophomore year of high school whose wonderful way with words made her an obvious choice to narrate each episode.
We quickly learned though that navigating the halls of Liberty High School couldn’t have been any more different from the ridiculous hyper-reality of teen life portrayed in Sweet Valley High (which aired the same year) as the issues tackled on this show were actual real life problems that any teenager watching could easily relate to.
When not brooding over bad boy hunk Jordan Catalano, Angela spent most of her time on My So-Called Life helping her angst-ridden friends, whose catalogue of issues made Angela’s addiction to the word “like” (which she often used multiple times in the same sentence) seem like nothing more than an adorable quirk. Said friends included Rayanne Graff (a wild child who was addicted to ecstasy, booze and sequins), Rickie Vasquez (a sensitive loner who was openly gay), Sharon Cherski (Angela’s seemingly “perfect” former bestie who was a bit of a snore), and Brian Krakow (who, to viewers of the show at least, was not-so-secretly in love with Angela). Together, the gang navigated high school life with the same naivety that we once had but few teen shows touch on today, which is what made My So-Called Life left a lasting impression at the time and is still regarded today as one of the greatest teen TV dramas ever.
And have we mentioned how quotable Angela Chase was?
Or how it became really hard to breathe every time the opening credits rolled?
Sadly only airing for 19 episodes - thanks in part to low ratings and Danes’ refusal to film a second series - My So-Called Life was unceremoniously expelled from high school and cancelled from our TV screens indefinitely. With little warning, fans were left in limbo over the final episode’s shocking “cliffhanger”, which 20 years later still remains unanswered; who did Angela end up with in the end, was it Brian or Jordan?!
At least we managed to find out what the former stars of My So-Called Life have been up to in the 20 years that have passed since their cancellation.
Angela Chase (Claire Danes)
After winning an Emmy for her role in My So-Called Life, Danes concentrated on her film career, which saw her star in critically acclaimed gems like Little Women, How To Make An American Quilt and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet. Currently starring in Showtime series Homeland, the talented actress has won countless awards for her role as bonkers FBI agent Carrie Mathison.
Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto)
We should have known that doe-eyed pretty boy Jared Leto would go on to front a band after showcasing his lovely singing voice on episodes of MSCL, but little did we know he would end up fronting the hugely successful 30 Seconds to Mars! Likewise, Jared’s acting career has gone from strength to strength, with the actor impressing our groins in Fight Club, Girl, Interrupted, Chapter 27, American Psycho and Requiem For A Dream. His most recent role as trans woman Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club earned him his highest accolade to date: his first Oscar.
Rayanne Graff (A.J Langer)
Since MSCL, A.J. has had a pretty steady career in television with a number of guest appearances under her belt in shows like Diagnosis: Murder, Seinfeld and Poltergeist: The Legacy. Her most prolific role to date came more recently when she played Erica Warner in Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Private Practice.
Much more impressive than her IMDB credits though is A.J.’s marriage to a certain Lord Courtney, the son of the Earl of Devon. Which basically means Rayanne Graff will someday become the Countess of Devon.
Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz)
Wilson is probably the most recognisable cast member of MSCL to television audiences (who are yet to discover Homeland), having starred in lots of iconic shows over the years, like Sister, Sister, Ally McBeal, ER, The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Grey’s Anatomy, Party Of Five and Raising The Bar.
His new show with actress Octavia Spencer called Red Band Society premieres later this month.
Sharon Cherski (Devon Odessa)
Although Devon has worked steadily in television over the years, the only recognisable show listed on her IMDB that she has starred in is Private Practice. Playing mostly bit parts in bad TV movies, MSCL still remains her most high-profile role to date.
Brian Krakow (Devon Gummersall)
Since Life was cruelly culled, Devon has acted in over 50 projects, both in television and in film. His credits include regular stints on teen shows Felicity and Roswell, a number of guest appearances on shows The L Word, 24 and The Mentalist, and a couple of higher profile roles in films Independence Day and Dick.
As well as continuing to act, Devon is also credited as a writer, producer, and director.