The year was 1999 and the world was finally introduced to a budding young star from Australia, William Shakespeare’s modern muse, the most adorkable romantic lead, and an ageless beauty. With the debut of 10 Things I Hate About You, Hollywood welcomed a new crop of stars. Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gabrielle Union were among the notable names to get started in the big screen, modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Fifteen years later, members of the cast, including David Krumhotlz and Allison Janney revisit memories from the set.
In 1999, Touchstone Pictures released a modern re-telling of Taming With The Shrew starring two relative unknowns, Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. In 10 Things I Hate About You, Ledger played Patrick Verona, a brooding rebel with an Australian accent and romantic interest to Stiles’s Katarina “Kat” Stratford. Stiles’s character was also a rebel, who found in Riot Grrl music and Sylvia Plath novels, at least until she met Patrick. The two characters played unsuspecting romantic pawns in Kat’s younger sister’s ploy to date and find love, until it was Patrick and Kat that found each other. By the end of the romantic comedy, after all the romance and love loss, Kat was tasked with rewriting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 141. Having finally understood heartbreak, Kat lashed out through rhyme. While the movie may have suggested there were ten things she hated about Ledger’s character, Patrick there were, in fact, 14 items. But honestly, none of them were really true.
On the 15th anniversary of the film’s theatrical release, we wanted to remember that pivotal and heartbreaking scene, while enjoying the first time we all fell in love with Heath Ledger.
Shia LaBeouf might not get an Oscar for taking LSD for his role in the upcoming film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, but he might get us to consider buying a ticket. “I’d never done acid before. I remember sending Evan tapes. I remember trying to conjure this and sending tapes. And Evan being like ‘That’s good, but that’s not but, that is,'” LaBeouf told MTV about dropping acid to prepare for his character’s drug trip. “You reach out to friends and gauge where you’re at. I was sending tapes around and I’d get 50 percents from people and that just starts creeping me out. I was getting really nervous toward the end. Not cause I wanted to be on drugs — I’m not trying to mess with the set or anything like that. It’s really just fear that propels people.” Maybe it was fear, but we’re betting Oscar gold played at least a tiny part in the other extreme things actors have done for roles…
We were reminded of Heath Ledger‘s passing in 2011 when former partner and mother to his child Michelle Williams gave a series of raw interviews about the late Dark Knight actor. Williams later said the whole experience, specifically a particularly personal Dateline interview, left her “devastated.” Honestly, we remember feeling more than a little weird at the time about learning so much about their relationship. Now Heath’s parents are opening up about their son as the fifth anniversary of his death approaches, and their new interview, while extremely revealing, at least confirms what we long suspected: Michelle Williams is a genuinely decent, kind-hearted person.
It’s not like we ever suspected the Blue Valentine star was anything but a sweetheart, but you never know with celebs. In what is allegedly their first interview about their son’s death, Sally and Kim Ledger discuss his passing, their granddaughter Matilda and their relationship with Williams. “It has been an extremely difficult five years, as not a day goes by when we don’t feel the immense loss of Heath,” Heath’s mother Sally told Australia’s New Idea magazine. As painful as their loss is, according to Health’s father Kim, “Our family has the most wonderful relationship with both Matilda and Michelle; we talk frequently and visit as often as we can.” Aaaaaaaaaaaaand we are tearing up. As if we didn’t know Michelle was a class act already.
Though Robert Pattinson has made his share of independent movies in his career, this week’s Cosmopolis is widely thought of has his big move to make a post-Twilight career for himself. And he certainly wouldn’t be the first hot young actor to make a case for himself as a serious actor by taking a giant step into the world of dark and twisty films. Many a heartthrob has gone from the pages of Tiger Beat to the local arthouse theater quite soon after they made it big, from Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix’s turns as gay hustlers in My Own Private Idaho to Daniel Radcliffe’s recent venture into spooky suspense with The Woman in Black. Sometimes it’s because they really love the art of filmmaking, like Rob seems to, and other times, it seems like a calculated move to make themselves Oscar contenders instead of Teen Choice surfboard winners.
Sometimes, they find their comfort zone in dark and twisty, sometimes, like in the case of Marlon Wayans, who surprised critics with his performance in Requiem for a Dream, it turns out to be a one-time-only deal. Still, we love them all for trying! Here are our 10 favorite arty and deep roles taken on by mainstream hotties:
It’s gotta be nice to be a teenage celebrity. If your parents tell you to turn your music down, just go out and buy your own house! Yes, while the rest of us were worrying about cleaning our rooms, these fresh faced actors and actresses are splurging on pads of their very own. Hunger Games hero Josh Hutcherson just shelled out some serious bucks to own the Hollywood Hills “tree house” once owned by the late great Heath Ledger. The 1,861 mansion set him back $2.995 million and boasts 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an outdoor theater nestled in the sycamore trees!
Of course, the 19-year-old isn’t the only teenage multimillionaire that’s got a crib of his own. Justin Bieber just recently spent over $6 million on a massive estate on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Country-pop princess Taylor Swift also has a swanky Beverly Hills home to her name, as do former Disney stars Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. Head down to the gallery below to see more incredible homes of teenage stars. As if you needed another reason to be jealous of these guys…
We were thrown into a fit of nostalgia today when we learned that Gil Junger, who wrote 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You, is going to be writing and directing a sequel, starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwood and called 10 Things I Hate About Life. Apparently, we are not alone in still loving this movie. Junger told Variety that he made more money from the flick last year than he did when he directed it. While we wait to see how on earth you do a sequel to a movie based on a Shakespeare play (The Taming of the Shrew, if you’ve forgotten), and whether it will be any good, we decided to look back at all the ways we love it.
1. The most obvious: It made a star of Heath Ledger, playing tough guy Patrick Verona who is paid to take the formidable Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) on a date so her strict dad would let her younger sister go to prom.
2. Heath singing and dancing to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” No one was ever so romantically embarrassed. Also, perfect use of a marching band.
Michelle Williams can pull off a pixie cut better than Tinkerbell herself (plus, she looks better in green!), but it turns out the My Week With Marilyn actress keeps her locks cropped for a reason other than her insane cheekbones. “I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it,” Williams tells Elle, explaining that ex Heath Ledger always preferred her with a short cut. No, we aren’t crying; we just got something in our eye! Like a short, fabulous bang!
“What Matilda would love is for her mom to grow out the cropped hair, though that’s unlikely to happen any time soon,” Michelle laughed. “Of course, the only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends. Straight men across the board are not into this hair!” Far be it from us to disagree with a 6-year-old and 90 percent of men on the planet (allegedly), but we think Michelle’s cropped hair looks gorgeous on her. So amazing, in fact, that we decided to rep for all the other ladies, from Rihanna to Tilda Swinton, Emma Watson to Robyn, who have looked amazingly hot with short hair. Because Monroe herself rarely went longer than a bob, and that’s real.
In the words of music legends The Kinks, celluloid heroes never really die. Too many of the best actors and actress have been taken from us far too soon, but thankfully these stars live on in their films. And strangely, some of them continue to produce work even after they’ve gone to the big expensive trailer in the sky. Earlier this week it was announced that River Phoenix’s unfinished last film Dark Blood is finally getting a release eighteen years after his passing. Head to the gallery below for more departed thespians who’ve had films released after their death.
While some first-time nominees like Christian Bale have never attended the Oscars, plenty of this year’s crop have been red carpet regulars.Nicole Kidman‘s first time at the Academy Awards was just over twenty years ago, back when she was Tom Cruise‘s arm candy. “I just was like absolutely stunned,” she said recently. “It was like the biggest thing I had ever seen. I couldn’t believe how loud the photographers were.” Do you remember which Best Actor hopeful brought his mom the first time he was up for the trophy ten years? Or which two ladies up for a trophy in 2011 previously competed against each other in 2006? Find out all this and more—like who went with Ed Begley Jr. right before hooking up with her future husband—by checking out the gallery below.