Published On: Mar 15 2012 11:02:11 AM CDTUpdated On: Mar 23 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT
In honor of Keri Russell's 40th birthday on Wednesday, catch up with her and the other stars of "Felicity," the 1998-2002 TV drama that first made her famous.
Keri Russell played Felicity Porter, the main character of the show, who attends the University of New York to find herself and grow as a woman.
Russell has since moved on to roles in films such as the action blockbuster "Mission: Impossible III" and the Adam Sandler comedy "Bedtime Stories." She briefly returned to TV opposite Will Arnett in the short-lived sitcom "Running Wilde" in 2010 before finding more success in the critically acclaimed FX television series "The Americans," which premiered in January 2013 and is now entering its fourth season.
Scott Speedman played Ben Covington, who had a difficult home life and a complicated relationship with Felicity.
Speedman has since moved on to roles in the "Underworld" series of vampire action films and horror movies such as "Dead Silence" and "The Strangers." Among his most recent credits were roles in "The Vow," along with Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, the short-lived military drama series "Last Resort," and a variety of independent and straight-to-video movies in 2014, including "Barefoot," "October Gale" and "The Captive." He'll next be seen in the TNT drama "Animal Kingdom," set to premiere in the summer of 2016.
Scott Foley played Noel Crane, who developed a romantic interest in Felicity and complicated the relationship between her and Ben.
Foley has kept an active television career with appearances in shows such as "Cougar Town," "Grey's Anatomy" and "True Blood" and starring roles on the dramas "The Unit" and "Scandal."
Amy Jo Johnson played Julie Emrick for the first two seasons of the show. Emrick was a guitarist and songwriter and became Felicity's first real friend in New York.
Johnson has kept active in television with recurring roles on "Wildfire," "The Division" and "Covert Affairs." Johnson, who is also known for playing the Pink Ranger on "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers," also starred on the Canadian police drama "Flashpoint" between 2008 and 2012. She recently directed her first film, the indie comedy "The Space Between," which she also starred in. According to her Facebook page, the movie is complete and awaiting a festival premiere date.
Tangi Miller played Elena Tyler, a student who masked her insecurities with a highly competitive nature.
Miller has since moved on to appearances on TV shows such as "Cold Case" and starring in the film "Madea's Family Reunion." Her most recent credits have come in independent and straight-to-video movies.
Amanda Foreman played Meghan Rotundi, Felicity's first roommate. The two developed a close friendship despite their opposite personalities.
Foreman continues to appear in television on shows such as "Grey's Anatomy, "House M.D.," "Private Practice," "Parenthood" and "Selfie." She also had movie roles in "Super 8," "Star Trek" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" (pictured), all directed by "Felicity" creator J.J. Abrams.
Greg Grunberg played the older Sean Blumberg, who provided a place to stay for the other characters and developed a romance with Meghan Rotundi.
Grunberg maintains an active acting career in film, television, and video games. He had a starring role in the sci-fi TV series "Heroes," which he reprised in the 2015-16 reboot "Heroes Reborn." From 2001 to 2006 he also starred on the TV series "Alias," which, like "Felicity," was created and produced by childhood friend J. J. Abrams. He also landed a role in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" thanks to his connection to Abrams, who directed the seventh film in the "Star Wars" saga, and will next be co-hosting an AMC late-night talk show titled "Geeking Out" with filmmaker Kevin Smith.
Amy Smart had a recurring role as Ruby for 16 episodes during the second season of "Felicity," dating Scott Foley's character Noel.
Smart has continued acting with a movie career since "Felicity," including roles in "The Butterfly Effect," "Crank," "Just Friends" and "Crank: High Voltage." She also had recurring roles on the Showtime drama "Shameless" and the FX drama "Justified."
Ian Gomez had a recurring role as coffee shop manager Javier Clemente Quintata beginning in the first season but became a regular by the show's end. From 2009 to 2015, he was a regular on the sitcom "Cougar Town." He's now reprising his 2002 "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" role in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," opposite the movie's star, his wife Nia Vardalos.
Donald Faison, who had a recurring role as Tracy, went on to star in "Scrubs" for nine seasons. He also recently had roles in the movies "Skyline," "Pitch Perfect: and "Kick-Ass 2," and was a regular on the TV Land sitcom "The Exes" between 2011 and 2015.
Janeane Garofalo appeared, in voice only, as Felicity's mentor Sally Reardon. The comedienne has continued a TV and movie career since the show, including roles on "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," "24," "Delocated," "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" and "Broad City." One of her most recent roles saw her reprise her original character from the 2001 movie "Wet Hot American Summer" on the Netflix miniseries based off the movie.
Since appearing in two episodes of "Felicity," Taraji P. Henson has launched a movie career, including roles in "Hustle & Flow," "The Karate Kid" remake and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," for which she received an Oscar nomination. She also starred in the CBS drama "Person of Interest" and is perhaps best known these days for her Emmy-nominated starring role in the Fox drama "Empire."
Jennifer Garner was a relative unknown when she made three appearances as Hannah Bibb, another of Noel's girlfriends. After "Felicity," she catapulted to fame in J.J. Abrams' "Alias" and is now a major movie star.
Kenan Thompson served as comic relief in three episodes during the fourth season of "Felicity" as DeForrest Ingram. He has been a "Saturday Night Live" regular since 2003.
Tyra Banks appeared in three episodes of the show's third season as Jane Scott, a college student Noel falls for. The supermodel has since had her own talk show and currently hosts "America's Next Top Model."
J.J. Abrams wrote and produced feature films, including "Taking Care of Business," "Regarding Henry" and "Forever Young," before co-creating "Felicity." He also composed the show's opening theme music. He went on to create the TV series "Alias" and co-create "Lost" and "Fringe" and has directed movies such as "Star Trek" (2009), "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Mission: Impossible III" and "Super 8." He most recently directed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" while also staying busy serving as a producer on movies such as "Star Trek Beyond," "10 Cloverfield Lane" and "Mission: Impossible 6" and the TV series "Person of Interest," "11.22.63" and "Westworld."