Roswell (1999-2002) was never a huge hit but it’s still a cult favourite and it launched the careers of a few Hollywood regulars including a Miss Katherine Heigl.
The show was a kind-off ‘Dawson’s Creek’ meets ‘The X Files’ as it followed three alien teenagers who adjust to regular life in an American high-school and try to keep their powers under wraps.
Something tells me the makers of ‘Smallville’ were fans.
Oh and as it was the late 90’s, Dido sang the theme tune!
Check out what happened to those alien teens and their photogenic friends after the jump!
Shiri Appleby – Liz Parker
Just some slight points of interest – ‘Shiri’ means ‘my song’ or ‘my poem’ in Hebrew. She was bitten on the face by a dog as a child and still has the scar above her right eye.
Before ‘Rowell’, she had guest roles in loads of 90’s shows like ‘Baywatch’, ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ and ‘7th Heaven’. You may have seen her in Bon Jovi’s video for ‘It’s My Life’.
Since then she appeared in ‘Swimfan’, ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ (with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts) and she played an intern on the final season of ‘ER’.
She dated Adam in season 2 of ‘Girls’ and was involved in *that* bedroom scene. I obviously can’t post it here, let’s just say her character definitely wanted a shower afterwards.
Jason Behr – Max Evans
As a child Jason appeared in over 75 commercials and as a teen he had guest appearances in ‘7th Heaven’, ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ and played Chris Wolfe in ‘Dawson’s Creek’ (more on that cast here).
He has since appeared in smaller films like ‘The Tatooist’ and ‘Senseless’ along with bigger hits like ‘The Shipping News’ with Kevin Spacey, and ‘The Grudge’ with Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Jason previously dated Katherine Heigl, and is now expecting a child with his wife KaDee Strickland, who he met while filming ‘The Grudge’.
He has a very long neck.
Katherine Heigl – Elizabeth Evans
Don’t know how to pronounce that name? She won’t be shy about correcting you –
Katherine was a child model who appeared in loads of commercials before landing the lead role in ‘My Father The Hero’ opposite Gerard Depardieu.
It was a huge hit but also had some questionable scenes in which the camera follows14-year-old Katherine as she wears a thong bikini – and there was the whole ‘pretending my dad is my boyfriend’ thing. In short, hat film had issues.
While working on ‘Roswell’, Katherine also appeared in the horror ‘Valentine’ opposite David Boreanaz from ‘Angel’ and then starred in a few TV movies before landing her biggest role – Izzie in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
The Judd Apatow film ‘Knocked Up’ made her a (briefly) bankable movie star but she later said she found it to be ‘a little sexist’. She went on to make predictable rom-coms like ’27 Dresses’ and ‘The Ugly Truth’ and most recently she has appeared in critical bomb ‘The Big Wedding’.
In 2011 she simply did not show up for work on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and was immediately released from her contract – Katherine later said she’d loved to return to wrap up Izzie’s storyline.
She is married to singer-songwriter Josh Kelley and together they have adopted two daughters – Naleight who was born in South Korea and has special needs, and Adalaide who was born in the US.
Majandra Delfino – Maria DeLuca
Majandra was born in Venezuela and her family moved to Miami when she was three.
She was up for the role of Angela in ‘American Beauty’ but apparently had a big problem with kissing Kevin Spacey so the part went to Mena Suvari instead.
She has also appeared in ‘Traffic’, TV series ‘The State of Georgia’ and an unsuccessful pilot for a spin-off from ‘The Office’ called ‘The Farm’. She’s also released two albums and is working on the third.
Majandra was married to her ‘Roswell’ co-star Devon Gummersall from 2007-2009 (yes that’s Brian from ‘My So Called Life’, more on him here), she now has a daughter with her second husband, David Walton.
Brendan Fehr – Michael Guerin
Brendan is from Canada and worked as a model before landing his role on ‘Roswell’.
He’s appeared in the alternative US video for U2’s ‘Stuck In A Moment’, had parts in ‘Bones’ and ‘Samuri Girls’ and played Dan Cooper in 35 episodes of ‘CSI Miami’.
He has three daughters with his wife, Jennifer Rowley.
Nick Wechsler – Kyle Valenti
David was born and raised in New Mexico – where Roswell actually is.
Since the show he has appeared in ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, ‘Lie To Me’, ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’, and now plays Jack Porter on ‘Revenge’.
William Sadler – Sheriff Jim Valenti
Sadler played Colonel Stuart in ‘Die Hard 2’, was Heywood in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and was the Grim Reaper in ‘Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey’.
She has also had parts in ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, ‘CSI’, ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Numb3rs’, ‘Greeting from Tim Buckley’ and most recently played the US President in ‘Iron Man 3’.
He has a daughter with his wife Marni Joan Bakst.
Colin Hanks – Alex Whitman
Colin is Tom Hanks’ eldest son – one of his half-brothers Chester Hanks is now a rapper who goes by the name Chet Haze.
Aside from ‘Roswell’, Colin also appeared in the teen comedy ‘Whatever It Takes’ and Steven Spielberg’s TV epic ‘Band of Brothers’.
On the big-screen he’s had parts in ‘Orange County’, ‘King Kong’, and ‘The House Bunny’ – on TV he played a priest in ‘Mad Men’, and was an art historian on ‘Dexter’.
Colin has a daughter with his wife Samantha Bryant, a former New York publicist.
Emilie de Ravin – Tess Harding
Emile is a former ballet dancer from Australia who went on to play Claire Littlejohn on ‘Lost’.
She starred opposte Joseph Gordon Levitt in ‘Brick’, was a bank teller in ‘Public Enemies’ and had a lead role in ‘The Hills Have Eyes’.
More recently she landed a regular role on ‘Once Upon a Time’ and a starred in Finnish film called ‘Love and Other Troubles’.
She is married to actor Josh Janovicz – the pair have separated twice but seem to be back on.
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