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Two decades on from its release, School of Rock is still a much-loved comedy, with a popular stage spin off, thanks largely to its talented young cast.

The hit comedy, which debuted on October 3, 2003, delighted audiences, and set many of its young child stars on the path to major Hollywood success, while others chose to retreat from the spotlight. 

Fans of the popular movie are set to get another glimpse of the beloved cast, with leading man Jack Black recently revealing his plans to reunite the entire group for a ‘jam’ session in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary.  

‘We’re gonna get together and have a 20-year anniversary. We like to jam,’ Black told ET. ‘I’m looking forward to seeing all of the grownups from School of Rock.

School of Rock premiered 20 years ago on October 3 – and much has changed for the young stars of the hit comedy movie  

‘All those kids — dig this — they were 10 years old when we made that movie and now they’re all, like, 30,’ he said.

School of Rock follows Black’s Dewey Finn, a failed rocker who becomes the substitute teacher at an elite private school, where he tries to transform his musically-inclined students into a rock band.

The film earned $81.2 million domestically and took $131.2 million worldwide, from a $35 million budget. It was later adapted into a Broadway musical and a Nickelodeon TV series, which ran for three seasons between 2016 and 2018.

While the movie’s adult stars, like Black, Sarah Silverman and Joan Cusack have remained firmly on our screens, many of the film’s child stars have opted for careers outside of Hollywood.

From pursuing varied jobs, including LGBTQ+ life coach, attorney, and pathologist, to brushes with the law, and battles with drugs and alcohol, FEMAIL reveals where the rest of the young cast is now.

‘Blondie’ played by Caitlin Hale and ‘Tough Guy’ played by Angelo Massagli became a real-life couple after starring in the movie 

Caitlin Hale (left) and Angelo Massagli (right), who played Blondie and Tough Guy, have become a real-life couple 

The couple, pictured, began dating in 2016. Speaking of his relationship with Caitlin, Angelo said: ‘This is locked down. Yes. This is it’

It might be a comedy about school kids rocking out – but a romance was also blossoming between Caitlin Hale, 32, and Angelo Massagli, 31, who played classmates Marta and Frankie.

The couple went viral on TikTok when user @marfymae shared a video suggesting that the two had become an official item after they posted a loved-up snap together in Miami back in March. 

Speaking to Inside Edition, the duo confirmed they have been romantically involved since 2016.

Massagli, who played ‘Tough Guy’ and was made a member of the band’s security, said the pair reconnected when Caitlin moved to Florida where he was living at the time. 

He found out about the move in ‘a group chat where all the School of Rock kids, we just hit each other up whenever someone moves somewhere new or is doing something different’.

Speaking of his relationship with Hale, he told the publication: ‘The rest is history. This is locked down. Yes. This is it.’

Massagli also recalled the moment he first set eyes on his co-star during his audition for the movie.

‘I get in there and the little blonde girl next to me, she gets called in first and she starts singing show tunes and just blows the roof off the place,’ he said. ‘It was excellent.’  

Rumors of the pair dating first circulated when a photo was shared on social media of the couple together in Miami in 2021 (pictured)

Back in March 2021, Caitlin shared a post thanking her boyfriend for helping her during her recovery from endometriosis surgery

In March 2021, Caitlin shared a post thanking her boyfriend for helping her during her recovery from endometriosis surgery. 

She wrote: ‘Happy Endometriosis Awareness month! It’s been 4 weeks since my second laparoscopic endometriosis excision surgery. 

‘I can’t thank Dr. Seckin, Dr. Goldstein, and the @seckinmd team enough for their attentive care and thoughtfulness throughout the entire process. 

‘And, of course, couldn’t have done it without @angelo_massagli waiting on me hand and foot during my two weeks of bed rest! Swipe for evidence.’  

Massagli went on to achieve huge success playing the role of Bobby Jr. in The Sopranos until 2007, but later turned his back on acting. 

He studied English with a minor in Business & Law at Northeastern University, before returning to New York to become an attorney. 

Hale also retired from the industry, instead completing a degree in journalism before settling on a medical career in New York.

In 2019, seven of the now-adult child stars from School of Rock reunited over New Year’s Eve weekend in New York City. From left to right: James Hosey (Marco), Brian Falduto (Billy), Becca Brown (Katie), Zachary Infante (Gordon), Aleisha Lanae Allen (Alicia), Caitlin (Marta) and Angelo Masagli (Frankie)

School of Rock kids: Jack Black is joined by the School of Rock cast at the 2003 premiere. From left to right: Aleisha Allen, Maryam Hassan, Angelo Massagli, Kevin Clark, Becca Brown (second row) Cole Hawkins, Zachary Infante, Veronica Afflerbach, Jordan Claire-Green, Robert Tsai (third row) Joey Gaydos Jr., Caitlin Hale and Brian Falduto

On Instagram in 2020, she wrote: ‘My desire to help treat reproductive disorders developed through my experiences managing endometriosis.

‘Today I am an OB/GYN certified Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. I perform gynecologic and obstetric ultrasounds at an OB/GYN office in NYC.’

In 2019, more than 15 years after first starring together, the couple joined a handful of their former costars for a reunion in New York City.

Hale posted the group shot on her Instagram with the caption: ‘Seven School of Rockstars walk into a bar…’ 

Seven of the actors, James Hosey (Marco), Brian Falduto (Billy), Becca Brown (Katie), Zachary Infante (Gordon), Aleisha Lanae Allen (Alicia), Caitlin (Marta) and her partner Angelo reunited at Wilfie & Nell in New York’s West Village.

Summer ‘Tinkerbell’ Hathaway played by Miranda Cosgrove – who went on to become a teen sensation starring in iCarly

Miranda Cosgrove, who played Summer ‘Tinkerbell’ Hathaway, may best be remembered for her pitchy rendition of the song Memory

Miranda went on to become a major star on Nickelodeon, pictured here at the channel’s 2023 Kids’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California

Miranda Cosgrove may best be remembered for her character’s pitchy rendition of Memory – but she’s come a long way since that deliberately dodgy vocal. 

For years, the now 30-year-old became known to the younger generation as web savvy tween Carly Shay in Nickelodeon’s iCarly. 

Miranda, who landed a role playing Megan Parker on Drake & Josh from 2004 to 2007, also released her own album, two EPs, and two soundtracks to accompany the hit show – and it seems her hard work paid off. 

In 2012, the teen starlet was listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest paid child actress, having earned a reported $180,000 per episode in 2010. 

The home-schooled star went on to enroll at the University of Southern California where she studied for a degree in theatre and writing.

For years, Miranda played the web savvy tween Carly Shay in Nickelodeon’s iCarly (pictured)

‘I’m looking forward to being back in a school environment after doing home schooling for so long,’ Cosgrove, who started filming iCarly at 13, told People. ‘I’m just excited to meet people and learn.’

In 2013, aged 19, she invested some of her fortune into buying a $2.65m home in the Hollywood Hills, according to Trulia Luxe Living. 

The posh property was the perfect place for the star to stay while pursuing her degree because it was located conveniently near to the lecture halls and classrooms.

The actress went on to lend her voice to Margo in the animated kid’s film, Despicable Me 2, which was released the following July. 

The sequel, featuring more adventures with Gru and the girls, also starred Al Pacino, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, and Steve Coogan. 

Now, she’s working on the iCarly reboot which first aired in 2021.

Speaking about returning to the role, Miranda admitted that she never expected to revisit the iconic character and felt pressure not to ‘mess up’ the reboot after the original Nickelodeon series.

‘Honestly, at first it was very scary because we didn’t want to mess up anyone’s childhood, but it’s been so much fun getting to come back,’ she said on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast.

‘I think it’s almost been 10 years since it originally aired and just getting to hang out with Nathan and Jerry again every day and getting to play the character again. I never thought I’d get to, you know, revisit Carly as an adult.

‘It was a little scary at first, but now I feel like it’s just fun because we’ve all kind of fallen back into it. Because I grew up playing the characters, so I’ve always felt really connected to the character.

Freddy Jones played by Kevin Clark: Music lover continued to ‘rock on’ by forming his own band until his tragic death

Kevin Clark is seen posing in a promotional picture as Black plays the guitar 

The drummer had just formed a band, Jess Bess and the Intentions, not long before his death 

Kevin Clark played Freddy Jones – the drummer in the school band – with the musician later admitting that his drum skills were the only reason he got the role.

After School of Rock, he formed his own rock band, Robbie Gold, as well as playing in a number of other groups, including Jess Bess and the Intentions. 

‘Most of the kids left acting for other jobs,’ he said previously about his move into music.

‘No one expected me to still be playing, living in Highwood, and striving to be a rock star.’

Tragically, it was announced in 2021 that he had died, aged 32, after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Chicago.

Black paid tribute, writing: ‘Devastating news. Kevin is gone. Way too soon. Beautiful soul. So many great memories. Heartbroken. Sending love to his family and the whole School of Rock community.’ 

Fellow costar Cosgrove wrote: ‘Stunned and saddened by this news today. The world lost an amazing soul.

‘I’ll always remember your spirit and how kind you were to me. I’ll never forget all the memories. You’ll always be missed Kevin.’

Billy ‘Fancy Pants’ played by Brian Falduto 

Brian Falduto, who played Billy ‘Fancy Pants’ (pictured), had one of the most memorable lines in the movie with his sassy one-liner: ‘You’re tacky and I hate you’

Brian Falduto attends School Of Rock Broadway Opening Night at Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 6, 2015 

‘You’re tacky and I hate you’ may be the most memorable line from the Jack Black movie, but where is the baby-faced actor who uttered the sassy one-liner?

According to his website, after studying Theatre and Arts at Wagner College, Brian went on to collect various Off-Broadway & Regional theatre credits while working in radio, where he focused on bringing country music back to NYC with NASH FM 94.7.

Brian went on to become a singer-songwriter, with hits including 2017 EP Love One Another and a 2018 debut studio album, Stage Two. 

His single God Loves Me Too became a final nominee at the 2020 International Independent Music Video Awards and winner of the Fan Favorite category. 

In 2018, Brian was named one of the ’20 most influential, outspoken, & optimistic individuals on the planet’ in Pride Life Magazine’s 20th Anniversary issue. 

Brian, who also works as a life coach primarily focusing on LGBTQ+ clientele, launched The Gay Life Coach Podcast, The Gay Men’s Self-Help Book Club, & The Gay Men’s Mindfulness Collective in 2020.

They are ‘part of his continual efforts to create mindful conversation & content surrounding the effects of internalized & externalized homophobia & how one might heal from those experiences through expanded awareness & a deeper connection to oneself’. 

He released his first country album, Gay Country, back in March and wrote a heartfelt post about what it means to be gay in the country genre.

‘There are country artists who have literally lost their careers for coming out so while I’m grateful that I live in a time where sharing myself in this way can be a validating experience, it is not lost on me that it’s also a vulnerable experience,’ he penned on Instagram.

Zack ‘Zack-Attack’ Mooneyham played by Joey Gaydos Jr.

Joey’s character was the lead guitarist in the school rock band. Pictured, playing Zack ‘Zack-Attack’ Mooneyham

While Joey became famous for shredding guitars in School Of Rock, he allegedly started stealing them in real life. Pictured are Gaydos and Jack Black in a still from the film

Perhaps somewhat inspired by the plot, Gaydos – who played guitarist Zack ‘Zack – decided to swerve a Hollywood career in favor of music.

He founded the Joey Gaydos Group when he was 14-years-old in his hometown of Belleville, Michigan, and later played guitar for Detroit band Stereo Jane.

By the time he hit 25, Gaydos was teaching guitar to children at the Ann Arbor Music Center.  

But while he became famous for shredding guitars in School Of Rock, he allegedly started stealing them to fund a drug habit in real life.

Gaydos, now 32, was arrested four times in five weeks in 2019 for allegedly stealing guitars from Florida music stores. He was charged with larceny and grand theft.

 Joey was catapulted to fame after the film, which opened at the top of the US box office and earned $131million worldwide. Joey pictured center with Jack Black

Despite School of Rock’s massive success, Joey decided to focus on music instead of a career in Hollywood

Authorities told TMZ that Gaydos had been walking into music stores, asking to test guitars, and then stealing them from the shops before allegedly selling them to pawn shops.

Among the stolen goods was a $1,900 gold Gibson Les Paul, an $800 blue Les Paul Epiphone Prophecy, and a $699 black Fender Stratocaster. An amplifier was also said to be among his stolen haul.

Police said that Gaydos confessed to the thefts and said he had a drug problem. He pleaded not guilty to stealing the guitars in court. 

This isn’t the first time Gaydos has got into legal trouble.

He was arrested for a DUI in March 2009. The former child star, who was just 17 at the time, was taken into custody after trying to drive away from a Taco Bell.

Katie ‘Posh Spice’ played by Rivkah Reyes 

Rivkah Reyes played bassist Katie at the age of 10 in the 2003 hit

Rivkah said their early fame from the movie led to a problematic adolescence filled with bullying and later, addiction

Rivkah Reyes, who played Katie, had to adapt from being a cellist to a bass player to join Dewey’s band in the comedy film.

Despite continuing to pursue a career in music, Reyes, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them, has since said their early fame from the movie at 10 led to a problematic adolescence and an early adulthood filled with bullying and later, addiction.

Reyes, now 31, wrote a tell-all experience in 2021, and recalled how she felt embarrassed when fellow students would scream quotes from the film.

She said she would be branded a ‘bragging snob’ if she reacted positively, yet labelled ‘a cold ignorant b***ch’ if she ignored them. 

‘From the age of 14, I used drugs, alcohol, sex, food, and self-harm to numb all of this pain. I’ve survived dozens of toxic relationships and three suicide attempts,’ Reyes wrote for Mama Mia

However, now living in LA and still releasing music, one of Reyes’ biggest achievements is  recovering from alcoholism.

‘No credit or feat is as cool as the fact that I have been in recovery from alcoholism and addiction for two years and frankly, it’s f*****g hard to maintain sobriety, but sometimes the idea of a TMZ headline reading “That one girl from School of Rock dead from overdose at 27” is all it takes to keep me from a relapse, sadly,’ they penned. 

Rivkah said that their experience doing the movie itself was positive, and called Black ‘a great guy’

In a Medium post last year, Rivkah opened up about the abuse they endured 

In a Medium post from 2020, Reyes opened up about the abuse they endured: ‘Because kids are a******s, I was bullied even more when I came back to school. I’ll never forget one girl who came up to me and asked me to sign her lunch card, then tore it up and threw it in the trash in front of me.’

Reyes told the Post they felt like they were under pressure to get another role so their classmates would stop bullying them and calling them by their name in the movie.

Reyes said they were also concerned they would forever be defined by the role in the film: ‘I spent over a decade terrified that I’d peaked at 10 years old.’

Reyes said they also ‘felt unsafe existing’ amid fans who sexualized them at a young age, leaving online messages about how they looked forward to when ‘she’s 18’ when they were still only 10.

But they said that their experience doing the movie was positive, and called Black ‘a great guy.’

‘It was nothing but love and support,’ Reyes said. ‘I have never lost gratitude for that, or wish that I wasn’t part of it.’

Reyes is currently developing a podcast about child stars called Where Are We Now.

‘To quote Britney, I’m stronger than yesterday,’ they said.

Fortunately, it’s been a happier time for the actor as they announced that they got engaged to their partner Kristen Laffey earlier this year. 

‘My heart is so full,’ they wrote alongside a picture with their partner on Instagram. ‘Thank you to everyone who came to our engagement party and HOWL this weekend! this dump has everything: cowgirl booty, sound healing, evanescence, spot on divination, twin surprises, and muay thai core fashionistas.’ 

They’ve also continued acting in projects like Gianna (2023) and Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls (2023).

‘Brace Face’ played by Aleisha Allen 

Aleisha Allen played backing singer Alicia in the movie, but she’d already made a name for herself in children’s TV long before. Pictured, playing ‘Brace Face’ 

Aleisha at the School Of Rock Broadway Opening Night at Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 6, 2015 

Aleisha Allen played backing singer Alicia in the movie – but she’d already made a name for herself in children’s TV long before.

The 32-year-old had appeared in kids TV show Blues Clues between 1996 and 2004 and featured in 2005’s Are We There Yet? in which she played Ice Cube’s daughter.

She also appeared in Young Adult alongside Hollywood star Charlize Theron.  

A woman of many talents, Aleisha now has a Masters of Science in Communication Science & Disorder and is currently working as a speech-language pathologist in New York.

Taking to Instagram earlier this year, she penned: ‘I’m still alive and safe, and fulfilling my medical duties. And I hope you all are starting to feel lighter and more optimistic.’  

Tomika ‘Songbird’ played by Maryam Hassan 

Maryam Hassan, who played a shy Tamika ‘Songbird’, impressed everyone at Horace Green prep school with her powerful voice as she led the backing singers in the school-orchestrated rock group

The former child star often posts clips of herself belting out songs on social media

Hassan, who played a shy Tamika, impressed everyone at Horace Green prep school with her powerful voice as she led the backing singers in the school-orchestrated rock group. 

In a memorable, heartwarming scene she was overcome with stage fright and reassured by Dewey who urged her not to be self-conscious about her weight, telling her: ‘You’ve got talent, girl.’  

And just like her onscreen alter ego who initially shied away from the spotlight, Hassan also opted for a life away from the limelight.

She showed her face at a 10-year reunion to celebrate the worldwide success of the movie, but has since kept a relatively low profile. 

The former child star often posts clips of herself belting out songs on social media, and is also known for sharing stunning snaps of herself online.

In June 2022, she shared some shots and a video of her performing live in New York City.

‘I hadn’t been on stage in YEAARSSSSSS before this performance and as nerve wrecking as it was to think about doing it, it felt SO GOOD to be back on stage and performing my music live for the very first time since releasing (in my hometown AT THAT),’ she wrote on Instagram. 

‘I want to thank ALL of my family and friends that really showed up and showed the [expletive] out. The love was so apparent and I’m so grateful for you all.’

Gordon played by Z Infante

Z Infante played Gordon ‘Roadrunner,’ who had a role behind the scenes in the movie’s band. Pictured, in the film

Z attends the opening night performance after party for the MCC Theater’s Alice By Heart at Kenneth Cole’s ‘The Garage’ on February 26, 2019 in New York City

Zachary, or Z, Infante only had a role behind the scenes in the movie’s band, but their character Gordon still managed to save the day when Dewey decided to change songs at the last minute in the Battle of the Bands.

Despite already programming the lights in accordance to the other song, Gordon worked his magic and pulled off an impressive light display – and they’ve managed to have the same success in real life, too.

Now a director and producer, Infante has gone on to earn himself a degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.   

They went on to star in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and enjoyed roles in other TV series including 2015’s Gotham. 

Infante, who has worked with several charities in New York, is also hoping to run for their hometown Board of Education in Roselle Park, New Jersey.

On their website, he penned: ‘We’re facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community, and I’m committed to the mental and physical health of our students first and foremost.’ 

Aged 15, they survived stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma – a type of blood cancer. 

Currently, they’re doing voiceover work on Transformers: Earthspark.  

Michelle played by Jordan-Claire Green 

Jordan-Claire Green played the role of Michelle (pictured) in the comedy, and had the very important role of naming the band

Actors Jordan Claire (L) and Robert Tsai attend the School Of Rock 10-Year Reunion screening at Paramount Theatre on August 29, 2013 in Austin, Texas

Director Richard Linklater, actress Jordan-Claire, and Black attend the School Of Rock 10-Year cast reception at Omni Downtown on August 29, 2013 in Texas

Jordan-Claire Green, now 31, played the role of Michelle in the Jack Black comedy, and had the very important role of naming the band.

After graduating from the School of Rock, she had a few small roles in film and television – most notably in Wizards of Waverly Place, Arrested Development and Alias.

While she hasn’t given up her acting career altogether, she has since become a registered nurse. 

Lawrence ‘Mr. Cool’ played by Robert Tsai 

Robert Tsai, who played Lawrence, started out as a loner in the film, but soon found his groove on the keyboard (pictured in the film)

Pictured, actors Robert (L) and Angelo attend the School Of Rock 10-Year Reunion screening at Paramount Theatre on August 29, 2013 in Austin, Texas on August 29

He may have started out as a loner who thought he wasn’t ‘cool enough,’ but it wasn’t long before Robert Tsai, who played Lawrence, found his groove on the keyboard in School of Rock.

However, his film debut in the comedy hit also marked the beginning of the end for his acting career, with Tsai only going on to appear in front of the camera as a part of the dance group Instant Noodle Crew. 

Now living in New Jersey, Tsai has since graduated from Dartmouth and continues to show off his musical talent – instead swapping the keyboard for the classical piano.  

Eleni played by Veronica Afflerbach 

Veronica’s character Eleni (pictured) helped to come up with the band name

Veronica (pictured) went on to appear as ‘Jump Roper 1’ in Nickelodeon film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie

Pictured, the late Kevin , Veronica, and Jordan-Claire attend the School Of Rock 10-Year Reunion screening at Paramount Theatre on August 29, 2013 in Austin, Texas on August 29

After graduating from the School of Rock, Veronica whose character also helped to come up with the band name, went on to appear as ‘Jump Roper 1’ in a Nickelodeon film called The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie.

Since then, she has left acting behind and appears to live in Miami, where she still manages to express her creativity by working as a hair and makeup artist.

Her social media accounts also suggest Veronica, now 30, has a keen interest in jewelry and has launched her own business, which she sells online.    

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