Stick on Can't Fight The Moonlight and get ready to shake your booty, because it's the 15th anniversary of Coyote Ugly!
Can you believe it’s been 15 years since Coyote Ugly first hit cinema screens? No, neither can we.
A decade and a half after shy songwriter Violet Sanford (AKA the film’s star Piper Perabo) headed to the bright lights of New York to persue her dream of a career in music, and we still can’t get past the opening bars of Can’t Fight The Moonlight without wanting to climb up onto the nearest bar and strut our stuff like a badass.
But where are the cast of the film now? Find out below, and see what they look like 15 years on in the gallery above!
After the success of Coyote Ugly, Piper starred in a string of indie movies, including Canadian drama Lost and Delirious, and comedy Slap Her… She’s French, before returning to the mainstream once more in the Cheaper By The Dozen movies. She was most recently seen in US TV series Covert Affairs, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. And guess what? She now owns her very own bar in New York City! You’ve come a long way, Violet
Following Coyote Ugly, Adam appeared alongside some big name stars, including Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and Drew Barrymore in Riding in Cars With Boys. He then swapped the big screen for the stage, starring in the original London production of Wicked alongside Idina Menzel from 2006 to 2007, and most recently returned to his native Australia to be a judge on Dancing With The Stars. Earlier this year Adam married girlfriend Nathalia, and the couple are expecting their first child this summer. Aww!
Tyra was – and continues to be – the biggest star to appear in Coyote Ugly. The fierce model-slash-actress is perhaps best known for her role as head judge on American’s Next Top Model, which is just about to start its TWENTY-SECOND series. Wow! In between ordering contestants to ‘smize’, Tyra has also found time to host her own chat show, pen a best-selling book and complete a course at Harvard Business School.
Who could forget the moment when veteran actor John Goodman – playing Violet’s dad – clambered onto the Coyote Ugly bar and wiggled his backside? Since that hilarious scene, John has gone on to appear in countless movies, including Inside Llewyn Davis, The Hangover III, Monsters Inc and Oscar-winning film The Artist.
If you’re wondering where you know Izabella from outside of Coyote Ugly, you’re probably thinking of the music video for The Killers’ 2004 mega-hit Mr Brightside – she played lead singer Brandon Flowers’ love interest in it! She’s also had parts in Save The Last Dance 2 and Step Up: All In.
Coyote Ugly shot then 15-year-old country singer LeAnn to mega-stardom, thanks to her incredible vocals on the film’s soundtrack single, Can’t Fight The Moonlight. To date, LeAnn has released 15 studio albums – although it’s her love life that has dominated the headlines. She was divorced from her first husband, Dean Sheremet, in 2010 amid reports of an affair with Eddie Cibrian – who himself was married. The actor later split from his wife and began a relationship with LeAnn, and the pair eventually married in 2011.
We couldn’t help but wonder… Isn’t that Natasha from Sex And The City!? Well, yes it is; Bridget went on to play Big’s wife, appearing in seven episodes – including that infamous scene where she falls down the stairs after catching Carrie in her and Big’s apartment. She dated Tom Brady (now known as Mr Giselle) from 2004 to 2006, and announced she was pregnant with his child two months after they split. She gave birth to a son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, in August 2007, and is currently single.
Since her Coyote Ugly days, Maria has enjoyed a successful film career, with roles in movies including A History of Violence, Thank You For Smoking and The Jane Austen Book Club. She also took the lead role in the American version of Prime Suspect. In 2013 the actress came out as gay in a New York Time article, and sharing a thoroughly modern family snap showing her with her ex-boyfriend and father of her son Dan McDermott and her new girlfriend Clare Munn. The couple are still together, with Maria describing her love as “‘one of the most beautiful, charming, brilliant and funny people I have ever met”. Cute!