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15 '90s Heartthrobs (And The Surprising Things They're Doing Now)

Remember when you couldn't even see an inch of the actual wall in your bedroom because it was plastered with every poster you could get your hands on? And most of those posters were undoubtedly of the heartthrobs of our youth, like Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Andrew Keegan. But what are these men, who we were so infatuated back then, doing now?

While some of our childhood crushes remain in the industry, others have gone on to do interesting things like travel the world, and even start a religion (we're serious). And while our hearts may belong to other men now *ahem, Ryan Gosling* there's still a special place for our first crushes. Below are 15 of the hottest men from the '90s, and a look at what they're doing now.

15 Andrew Keegan Started A Religion

There were many reasons to love Andrew Keegan during your preteens and teenage years, but perhaps the biggest was the 1999 teen drama film, 10 Things I Hate About You. That, and 7th Heaven.

But a lot has changed since Keegan's days in the entertainment industry, because he's been very busy with a new venture: creating his own religion. Yes, Keegan has created a spiritual movement, which he founded in 2014, and it's called Full Circle.

Based in Venice, California, according to Full Circle's website, their aim is to "to activate community through a curation of heart-centered, spirited programming that creates space for authentic connection." The group is gaining a steady following, and even have their own a community pet, a giant talking parrot named Krishna.

14 Freddie Prinze Jr. Has A cookbook

Since the '90s, when Freddie Prinze Jr. starred in movies like She's All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer, he has accomplished many things. According to Bustle, he's been the director and producer of World Wrestling Entertainment; a sport which he has been a fan of for many years, as well as a voice actor for video games like Star Wars Rebels and Mass Effect 3. He's also been married to Sarah Michelle Gellar since 2002, and in Hollywood terms: that's an eternity.

But perhaps the most surprising thing about Freddie is that he has a cookbook.

The actor was enrolled in culinary school before he got a major acting break in To Gillian on her 37th Birthday, however, he remained passionate about food. According to E! News, Prinze Jr. regularly cooks meals for his wife and family, and so in 2016 he decided to let others in on his secrets with his first cookbook, Back to the Kitchen.

13 The Hanson brothers Have 12 Kids Between Them

Who can forget the Hanson brothers?! We were singing "MMMbop"all the way through our pre-teen years, and were pretty in love with the three blonde-haired brothers: Isaac, Taylor, and Zac.

But what are they doing now? For a while the brothers took a step out of the limelight (although they've recently made a comeback), but don't be fooled into thinking that they were relaxing. Their many ventures include starting a beer company in 2013—simply called Hanson Brothers Beer Company—and setting up the The Hop Jam Beer And Music Festival in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

And they've also been busy making babies, because the brothers have 12 children between them!

Eldest brother Isaac has three children with his wife, Nicole Dufresne. While Taylor has five children with his wife, Natalie Bryant. And the youngest Hanson brother, Zac, has four children with his wife, Kate Tucker.

12 Devon Sawa Found A Love For Travel

Canadian actor Devon Sawa was undeniably a teen heartthrob, and he had movies like Wild America, Then and Now and Casper to thank for that status. But Sawa had been acting since he was a teenager, and after years in the business he decided to take a break from the limelight and focus more on traveling.

Sawa found the travel bug, and according to the publication NickiSwift, during an interview with Movieline, he revealed that he had spent several months in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. He also concentrated on fixing up an old heritage building in Vancouver — which he claims was a great experience, but one that he wouldn't repeat.

While Sawa took a few years away from Hollywood, he did return. Some of his later movies include 2016's Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 and Real Detective. He is also working on a new thriller drama series (which is in pre-production) called Somewhere Between.

11 Rider Strong Got A Degree In English

If you ever watched the 1990s sitcom Boy Meets World, you would have fallen in love with Rider Strong — the guy who played the role of Shawn Hunter for seven years!

But after the sitcom came to an end in 2000, Rider's life went in a different direction. He decided to take some time away from the spotlight to focus on his education. In 2004, Strong attended Columbia University where he earned a degree in English. He went on to further his education, graduating from Bennington College in Vermont in 2009 with a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Although it's worth noting that he did reprise his role as Shawn Hunter for the Disney Channel spin-off show, Girl Meets World, which we're all still obsessed with.

10 Nick Lachey Became A Family Man

Nick Lachey was the "it" boy of the late '90s and early 2000's after rising to fame as the lead singer of boy band 98 Degrees. In 2002 he married Jessica Simpson and the two were, for a time, one of Hollywood's power couples.

However, the cracks in their relationship became glaringly obvious when they starred in the reality TV show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. Following his divorce from Simpson in 2006, Lachey went on to star in Season 6 of One Tree Hill and focused more on his solo career.

He also hosted Big Morning Buzz Live, and the singing competition show, The Sing-Off. But aside from Lachey's busy career, he found time to become a family man after marrying wife, Vanessa Lachey in 2011. The couple have three children together and seem incredibly happy. And I think it's obvious to say these two are smoking hot together.

9 Jonathan Taylor Thomas Lived In A Foreign Country

Jonathan Taylor Thomas is perhaps best known for his role as Randy Taylor on the TV show Home Improvement — but we also loved him in the films, Wild America and I'll Be Home for Christmas.

Jonathan took a break from the entertainment industry (who could blame him, he'd been working since he was 8 years old), and during his time away he decided to get an education. According to People, the former actor attended "Harvard, Columbia, and St. Andrew's University in Scotland" (where he spent a semester). So, he also lived in a foreign country, which is pretty cool.

However, Jonathan made a surprising return to Hollywood in 2016 (after more than a 10 year break), and he's now concentrating on writing scripts and directing.

8 Zachery Ty Bryan Started A Production Company

Home Improvement star Zachery Ty Bryan is no longer working in front of the camera, but he hasn't ditched the entertainment industry completely: he is an independent film producer.

Bryan and writer Adam Targum founded a production company called Vision Entertainment Group in 2009 — with their films including thrillers Rogue River and Dark Tourist.

Bryan is incredibly happy with his new role behind the scenes, and according to Fox News, he said he loves being a part of the process, which includes everything from raising finances to post-production. He compared the experience to art: "like getting to be the painter, not the paintbrush."

Bryan has also reportedly written a pilot with former costar Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and the pair are said to be shopping it around town. So, maybe some exciting things may be coming in the future!

7 Brian Austin Green Won A Grand Prix

Raise your hand if you had a poster of Brian Austin Green in your bedroom when you were growing up? Yeah, that's what we thought (a lot of hands).

Austin Green was one of the biggest heartthrobs in the 90's thanks to his role as David Silver on Beverly Hills, 90210, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. And while he continued to act well after the '90s, he also focused his talents elsewhere.

The actor is a talented musician who can play multiple instruments, and in 1996 he released an album called "One Stop Carnival." According to IMDB, he still produces music (he's a hip-hop man) and has his own production company. Austin Green also has an interest in cars, and has competed in the Grand Prix of Long Beach event on several occasions — even winning the celebrity portion of the race in 2010!

But mostly, Austin Green is a dedicated family man.

In 2010 he married Megan Fox, and despite their 12-year age difference, the pair have made their relationship work (apart from going through a rough patch at a few points). They also have three sons together.

6 Erik von Detten Used His Voice

Oh, Erik von Detten! Remember Wally Cleaver in the film Leave It to Beaver? How about Andy 'Brink' Brinker, the cool skater dude from the 1998 Disney Channel Original Movie Brink!?

Since the '90s, von Detten opted to mostly slip from the limelight. Apart from a few appearances in various TV series, Detten seems to have been more focused on staying behind the camera and working on voice overs. His voice credits include the role of Sid for Toy Story, as well as the sequel Toy Story 3, Captain Brad in Recess: School's Out, Flynt in The Legend of Tarzan, the role of Shovin' Buddy in Family Guy, and the voice of a kid in As Told by Ginger.

He also doesn't appear to have aged more than five years, so he has that working in his favor too!

5 Skeet Ulrich Is Now On 'Riverdale'

Skeet Ulrich was that one bad guy that was so talented and so hot, you couldn't help but love him in his role as Billy Loomis in Scream (back in 1996). Ulrich landed several roles following the success of the film, including As Good as It Gets and Jericho.

He then took some time off to concentrate on his children (which is adorable) and he is quoted by Entertainment Weekly as saying, "I took a couple years off to be with the kids." The kids he is referring to are his twins, Jakob and Naiia, whom he shares with ex-wife, actress Georgina Cates.

He's still acting though, and most recently you would have seen him on The CW’s Riverdale, playing the role of Riverdale's resident tough guy and Southside Serpent, FP Jones  (also known as Jughead's dad).

4 Kirk Cameron Found Religion

Kirk Cameron was beloved for his role as Mike Seaver in the family sitcom, Growing Pains. But in recent years he has been making headlines for his controversial views on politics and religion.

Cameron is a self-described born-again evangelical Christian, and he is very open about his conservative opinions. Over the years he has made headlines for taking aim at renowned scientist Stephen Hawking for his comments on gay marriage and homosexuality. Along with his thoughts on how a woman should honor, respect, and follow her husband.

Despite what others may think, Cameron is very passionate about his beliefs and has been involved in Bible-based tours. He, along with Ray Comfort, also founded the ministry of The Way of the Master, and created a documentary titled Unstoppable — which explores good and evil.

3 Will Smith Became An Insanely Talented Multi-Tasker

We know Will Smith is still a prominent figure in the film industry, but he definitely deserves a place on our list for his time on the hilarious sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Since the show ended, Smith has done many things, including movies like I Am Legend, Suicide Squad, and the Men in Black franchise.

In addition to his acting credits, Smith is also a producer, musician, and dedicated family man.

Smith married Jada Pinkett Smith in 1997, and the couple have two children, son Jaden Smith and daughter, Willow Smith. So, perhaps the most surprising thing about Will is not what he's doing now, but how the heck he manages to balance it all. With two entertaining kids and an equally busy wife, how does this man balance it all?

2 Eric Nies Started A Health And Well-Being Company

Back in the day, Eric Nies was a teenage heartthrob thanks to his role in reality TV series, The Real World: New York. The MTV show began airing in 1992, and Nies' incredible popularity resulted in the spin off show, The Grind.

Nies worked in the industry for several years after his reality debut, hosting shows, appearing in workout videos, and on VH1's reality TV series, Confessions of a Teen Idol. But his life also took a very different direction.

Nies has always been passionate about health and fitness, so it should come as no surprise that he focused his attentions on this and opened the company, Chi-Force. According to an interview he did with Entertainment Weekly, he and his brother had trained with an eighth generation grand master, and during this time they developed seven principles [called Chi-Force]. The principles are based on mental, physical, and spiritual aspects, and the program is reportedly intended to help create a happy, harmonious life.

1 Luke Perry Tried His Luck At Theater

We couldn't not put Luke Perry on our list, because it's impossible to forget him as Dylan McKay (one of our favorite characters) in Beverly Hills, 90210. It's actually surprising to know that Perry is still working in the television industry and has numerous credits to his name since his time on the hit drama series has ended (proving that sometimes you can have a very lengthy and prosperous career in Hollywood).

Wondering where you've seen Perry recently? He's one of the stars in our new favorite series, Riverdale (he is Archie Andrews' father, Fred Andrews). But, perhaps the most interesting thing about what he's been up to in recent years is the fact that he tried his hand at theatre!

According to Metro, his onstage appearance was in the 2004 London stage productionWhen Harry Met Sally. 

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