Remember back in the day when The Hills was one of the most popular reality TV shows (and who can forget the fallout between Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad)? And Jersey Shore was once the most scandalous thing on MTV? Well, a lot has changed over the years, and the stars whose drunken antics and catfights played out for the world to see have (mostly) since grown up and gone on to do bigger and better things.
While some stayed in the entertainment industry and continued to make appearances on reality TV programs, others decided to take their lives in a completely different direction (like focusing on creating a charitable foundation or writing a cookbook). Below are 15 reality TV stars then, and the surprising things that they are doing now.
15 Lauren Conrad: 'The Hills'
Lauren Conrad first became a reality star in her teens with Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. After the show wrapped, she went on to become one of the main stars of The Hills in 2006. The series focused on Conrad pursuing a fashion career in Los Angeles, as well as her relationships, friendships, and her very memorable fallout with former BFF Heidi Montag ("You know what you did!").
But after leaving The Hills in 2009, Conrad has gone on to accomplish a lot of things: She is an author of L.A. Candy (her first novel in 2009) as well as its sequels Sweet Little Lies and Sugar and Spice. In fact, she's the author of nine books!
Conrad has developed a name for herself in the fashion industry and even has a brand, LC: Lauren Conrad. And fast-forward to 2017, she's married to William Tell and the pair are expecting their first child together soon enough!
14 Brody Jenner: 'The Hills'
It's hard to remember that Brody Jenner was once a star on The Hills, because nowadays he is mostly associated with the Kardashian clan and their reality TV empire. But before the release of Keeping Up With the Kardashians in 2007, the Kardashian siblings' half brother was a popular reality star himself. And the show focused heavily on his brief romance with co-star Lauren Conrad.
Since The Hills, Jenner has appeared on his own spin-off show, Bromance, several episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and Sex with Brody. However, according to Metro, he stated during an interview that he has sworn off reality TV for good and is now focusing on settling down and having kids, even getting engaged to Kaitlynn Carter in 2016.
13 Johnny Knoxville: 'Jackass'
Philip John Clapp Jr., better known by his stage name, Johnny Knoxville, was one of the stars of MTV's reality show, Jackass. The show, which saw Knoxville and co-stars Bam Margera, Jeff Tremaine, and Spike Jonze, among others, participating in crazy (and often painful) stunts.
Jackass lasted for three seasons before being pulled off the air for good in 2002. Knoxville went on to appear in several spin-off shows and movies dedicated to the Jackass concept, including Wildboyz, Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. However, according to Gazette Review, nowadays Knoxville enjoys a less crazy life, and has been keeping busy in the film industry with films like the American-Hong Kong comedy, Skiptrace, and the upcoming thriller, Action Point (coming in the spring of 2018).
12 David 'Puck' Rainey: 'The Real World: San Francisco'
David "Puck" Rainey was arguably the most memorable castmate from The Real World: San Francisco, in which he entered the Real World house in 1994, just hours after being arrested and getting hit by a car.
More than 20 years later and Rainey says he has since reinvented himself. During an interview with MTV News he claimed that while so many people he used to know still do the same "sh*t" he's changed things up. Since his time on the show he got married to Betty Rainey in 2002 and he became a father to two children.
According to Fox News, in 2012 he was convicted for allegedly stalking a woman and served time in jail for it. As for what you can find him doing these days? According to TMZ, in 2014, he was making his living as a makeup artist... But other than that, he seems to enjoy living life off the grid.
11 Bam Margera: 'Viva La Bam'
Bam Margera was a reality TV superstar in the early 2000s and following his time on MTV's Jackass, he had his own spin off show, Viva La Bam. The series debuted in 2003, and focused on the life of Margera as well as his friends and family, and usually included clips of Margera skateboarding or pulling pranks on his relatives.
Since his time as a charming yet slightly crazed reality star, Margera has struggled with alcohol abuse and depression, which according to Us Weekly, he revealed first started after the 2011 death of his close friend, Ryan Dunn.
In 2016, Margera addressed his struggles and substance abuse during VH1's Family Therapy with Dr Jenn, alongside his mother, April. The silver-lining here is that Bam is getting his life back on track, and I wish him all the best for the future!
10 Ali Fedotowsky: 'The Bachelor'
In 2010, Ali Fedotowsky was a contestant on the 14th season of The Bachelor and won the hearts of the public while competing for Jake Pavelka's affection, before leaving to focus on her career. The following year, Fedotowsky decided to focus on matters of the heart again and became the star of The Bachelorette herself. She picked Roberto Martinez and the pair ended up engaged (however, the couple called it quits in 2011).
But since Fedotowsky's time on the hit reality TV franchise, she has gone on to accomplish many things: she became a Fox news correspondent, hosted NBC's travel show 1st Look, and started blogging for E! Online. Furthermore, she found love, and earlier this year she married Kevin Manno in a beautiful resort wedding in Los Angeles, California. The pair welcomed a daughter to the world in July of 2016, Molly.
9 Ashley Parker Angel: 'Making The Band'
Ashley Parker Angel ventured into reality TV in 2000 when he starred on the ABC series, Making the Band. He competed against thousands of hopefuls to finally be picked as one of five contestants to form a band; and that band was O-Town.
O-Town achieved success, but the band was dropped by their record label in 2003. Since then, Angel tried his hand at a solo career from 2004 to 2006, and was later apart of the award-winning Broadway musical Hairspray in 2007. He has several acting credits to his name, which include, Wild Things: Foursome and Pizza Man, alongside Frankie Muniz.
As for what he's doing right now? Apparently posing shirtless on Instagram has become his favorite past time. Not that anyone is complaining, of course...
8 Tila Tequila: 'A Shot At Love'
Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, better known by her stage name Tila Tequila, found fame on social media with a record number of MySpace followers. She then went on to become an MTV star with her own show, A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila.
Following her reality show, Tila appeared on several TV programs including The Gossip Queens, and in 2015 she appeared on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother — only to be kicked out because of the controversial comments she made about Hitler and how she sympathized with the former Nazi leader.
This was arguably the beginning of Tila's descent, because in recent years she has been making headlines for controversial reasons such as her anti-Semitism views — resulting in her Twitter account being suspended for hate speech.
7 Ryan Sheckler: 'Life of Ryan'
In 2007, Ryan Sheckler was the subject of the MTV-produced reality television series Life of Ryan. The show focused on Sheckler's life: his skateboarding career, his relationship with his parents, and his romances. Now 10 years on, you may have been wondering what he has been getting up to?
Perhaps the most surprising thing about what Sheckler is doing now, is the fact that he is still skating. So he's had a long and successful career, but he has been competing less in recent years with his main focus being on the Sheckler Foundation, which was launched in 2008 and aims to help children and injured athletes.
The foundation holds several events each year including The Ryan Sheckler Celebrity Golf Tournament and Skate for a Cause (which celebrated it's 8th year in 2017). Ryan Sheckler is doing good work, and I'm glad to see it!
6 Tia And Tamera Mowry: 'Tia & Tamera'
Twins Tia and Tamera Mowry first became popular when they appeared on the American sitcom Sister, Sister. The hit '90s show earned them a large fan following, which is probably why they were offered the opportunity to star in a reality TV show, Tia & Tamera.
The Style Network show first aired in 2011 and documented the sisters lives: Tia's journey into motherhood and how she raised her son, Cree, and Tamera's relationship with her husband, Adam Housley. Soon to follow the birth of their son, Aden, in 2011. The show lasted for three years, with the final airing date in 2013 after three seasons.
According to E! News, since then, Tia has become a TV chef with her show Tia Mowry at Home on the Cooking Channel, and she's penned a cookbook as well. While Tamera has co-hosted the daytime talk show The Real for the past four years. As always, these two sisters make everything they do a "must watch."
5 The Gotti brothers: 'Growing Up Gotti'
In 2004 and 2005 A&E released a show called Growing Up Gotti, which starred Victoria Gotti (the daughter of Mafia boss, John Gotti) and her three sons, Carmine Agnello, Jr., Frank Gotti Agnello, and John Gotti Agnello.
10 years later the family returned to reality TV with a one-hour reunion show entitled Growing Up Gotti: Ten Years Later. But what exactly has changed? Apparently not much. On the reunion show the boys, who are now men, all still live at home. But to be fair, they have a really, really big home. And unsurprisingly, they're still in love with fashion.
According to Daily Mail, Frankie threw a fit and refused to be a part of the reunion, while John made the crew wait two hours before he arrived. However, the Gotti boys did admit that one of their biggest regrets was all the fighting that they got into during the show, with Carmine saying they acted "like clowns." So at least some things have changed!
4 Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi: 'Jersey Shore'
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi got up to a lot of drunk and embarrassing antics during her time on the MTV show Jersey Shore, but a lot more than just her appearance has changed since her six seasons on the show.
Polizzi is a married woman and a mother of two now. She has also shed the pounds, changed her personal style, and gone a little easier on that glowing tan of hers.
After Jersey Shore wrapped up, she starred on the spin-off show Snooki & JWoww, along with her BFF Jenni "JWoww" Farley. She has also penned three novels, appeared on Dancing With The Stars, and made an appearance on WWE. Furthermore, she has launched her own website and is dedicated to her YouTube channel.
And most recently? Well, Snooki is back in the reality TV game having appeared on Arnold Schwarzenegger's Celebrity Apprentice in 2017 — she even made it to week four.
3 Nick Lachey: 'Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica'
Nick Lachey and his then-wife, Jessica Simpson, were the darlings of reality TV and fans couldn't get enough of their relationship.
In 2003, the couple starred on a series about their life after marriage entitled Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. The show didn't last long and ended in 2005, and the cracks in their relationship became glaringly obvious as time went on, eventually resulting in the couple divorcing in 2006. Since his time on the show, Lachey has found love again: he's married to Vanessa Lachey and the pair share three adorable children.
Professionally, Lachey has tried his hand at a lot of things: he focused on his solo career, starred on Charmed between 2004 and 2005, and later in One Tree Hill. In 2009 he hosted the singing competition, The Sing-Off, and he also went on to host VH1's Big Morning Buzz from 2014 to 2015! Lachey is still very much in the game.
2 Adrianne Curry: 'America's Next Top Model'
Adrianne Curry was the cycle 1 winner of America's Next Top Model; although she reportedly didn't have very kind things to say about her experience, and there are rumors that she and Tyra Banks had a fall out.
Since winning the competition, Curry has gone on to feature in multiple magazines: including posing nude for Playboy in 2006 and again in 2008. She was even mentioned on Maxim's Hot 100 List in 2005! (She was literally ranked number 100 out of 100, but still...)
Curry may not have enjoyed being on ANTM but she didn't give up on reality TV, going on to appear in The Surreal Life where she met Christopher Knight. The couple later married in 2006 (but have since divorced in 2012) and had their own show, My Fair Brady. Curry has also attends Comic-Con events and seems to enjoy dressing up as her favorite characters.
1 Terri Irwin: 'The Crocodile Hunter'
Before Steve Irwin's untimely death in 2006, he and his family (his wife, Terri Irwin and their two children Bindi and Robert) starred on a nature documentary called The Crocodile Hunter. It was not your typical cringeworthy reality concept though, because the nature expert duo (Steve and Terri) used the show as a platform to educate people across the globe about the natural world, including potentially dangerous animals and reptiles like crocodiles.
But what is Terri up to these days? Apart from raising two children, Terri's love for wildlife has continued to blossom and she is known for being a passionate wildlife spokesperson and conservationist. She's won the InStyle Australia Women of Style Environmental Award and according to the Australia Zoo, in 2015 she was also the recipient of the prestigious Excellence in Women's Leadership in Queensland award.