If you've been paying attention to the world of TV and film production, you'll notice that one trend is ruling the day: nostalgia. The appeal to return to a simpler time is just too good to miss, resulting in reboots and long awaited sequels from previously completed properties. Now everyday is #ThrowbackThursday, but that hasn't stopped folks from soaking up every nostalgic feel they can. And good news for 90's kids, because actress Gabrielle Union just shared a throwback photo from on the set of teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, and it just might make your day. Check it out.
I mean, come on. How can you not feel all warm and fuzzy when looking at the fresh faces of the 10 Things cast, including the late, great Heath Ledger. I mean, just look at his hair.
10 Things I Hate About You was released back in 1999, and has gone on to become one of the most iconic teen films of the decade. A modern (and very loose) adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things helped to catapult the careers of actors like Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Julia Stiles. The film has achieved iconography for its unique dialogue, fantastic cast, and awesome soundtrack.
While 10 Things arrived in the late 90s, the film would only gain more adoration as the years went on. It was played almost continuously on syndication during the early 2000s (although you'll end up missing some of the dirtier jokes), making the movie utterly quotable by millennials and the like. Particularly, Julia Stiles' teary monologue in the film's final scene has gone on to the hall of fame for rom-com emotional breakdowns. Take that, Renee Zellweger.
10 Things I Hate About You was Gabrielle Union's first film job, playing the supporting role of Chastity. The best friend of popular girl Bianca (Alex Mack actress Larisa Oleynik), Union was able to steal a variety of scenes by playing the ditzy valley girl who actually had a feisty and vindictive side. This is just one of Union's many teen movie credits from the 90s and 2000s, which is no doubt the reason why so many 20 and 30 somethings adore her. Other similarly iconic movies include She's All That, Bring It On, and Love & Basketball.
In addition to being Gabrielle Union's first film job, 10 Things I Hate About You also featured the debut of Australian actor Heath Ledger. He landed the lead role of Patrick on a whim, and instantly made audiences fall in love with his charm, bad boy attitude, and that head of hair. Check out one of Heath's finest moments: singing to woo Julia Stiles' Kat.
10 Things I Hate About You was later made into a TV show a decade later on ABC Family. And while character actor Larry Miller reprised his role as Kat and Bianca's father, the rest of the cast was obviously too old to return. The show only ran for one season.
What's your favorite teen movie? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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