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THEN AND NOW: The cast of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ 7 years later
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” was released in September 2012. The movie starred Logan Lerman as Charlie, Ezra Miller as Patrick, and Emma Watson as Sam. Lerman will star alongside Al Pacino on Amazon’s upcoming series “The Hunt,” Miller currently plays Credence Barebone in the “Fantastic Beasts” movies, and Watson will appear in a film adaptation of “Little Women.” Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. In September 2012, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” was released in theaters. The coming-of-age film, based on a novel written by Stephen Chbosky that was published in 1999, centered on an introvert named Charlie (played by Logan Lerman), who began his freshman year at Mill Grove High School hoping to make friends following a rocky past. He ended up forming friendships with seniors Patrick and Sam (Ezra Miller and Emma Watson, respectively), befriending his English teacher (Paul Rudd), and even participating in a production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Here’s what the stars of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” have been up to in the seven years since the movie came out. Logan Lerman starred as Charlie, a quiet person who was observant of others.Foto: Logan Lerman in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”sourceSummit Entertainment Charlie began his freshman year trying to cope with the death of his best friend Michael, who committed suicide. Lerman will star alongside Al Pacino on Amazon’s upcoming series “The Hunt.”Foto: Logan Lerman in February 2018.sourceChris Pizzello/Invision/AP The show, which will be executive produced by Jordan Peele, takes place in 1977 and centers on Nazi Hunters living in New York City. You may have also seen Lerman as the titular character in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” based on Rick Riordan’s books. In addition, he starred alongside Brad Pitt in the 2014 war film “Fury” and voiced a character in the 2018 animated movie “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero.”Ezra Miller played an outgoing senior named Patrick.Foto: Ezra Miller in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”sourceSummit Entertainment Patrick and Charlie met in a woodshop class. The two became friends after they both attended a football game and sat near each other in the bleachers. Miller currently stars in the “Fantastic Beasts” films, which are prequels to the “harry Potter” movies.Foto: Ezra Miller in August 2019.sourceHan Myung-Gu/WireImage He played Credence Barebone in 2017’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and his role became much more significant in 2018’s “The Crimes of Grindelwald.” He’ll return for a third “Fantastic Beasts” film. Miller also appeared in the 2015 movie “The Stanford Prison Experiment” (based on a real-life psychological experiment) and the comedy “Trainwreck,” which starred Amy Schumer. He made his first appearance as Barry Allen/The Flash in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and has since reprised the role in “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League.” Miller will also star in a standalone Flash movie, which the actor said is “absolutely confirmed” despite a series of reports regarding creative differences and filmmakers leaving the project. Outside of acting, Miller often makes headlines for his bold red carpet looks. He’s also in a “genre queer” band called Sons of an Illustrious Father.Read more: 6 things to know about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ star Ezra MillerEmma Watson starred as Sam, Patrick’s stepsister who loved bands like The Smiths.Foto: Emma Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”sourceSummit Entertainment She enjoyed standing in the back of Patrick’s pickup truck with her arms wide open as the vehicle passed through tunnels. Charlie also fell in love with Sam and tutored her so she could achieve a higher score on the SATs and get into Penn State. Watson will portray Meg March in the highly-anticipated movie “Little Women,” based on a novel written by Louisa May Alcott.Foto: Emma Watson in February 2019.sourceMarc Piasecki/Getty Images She’ll star alongside Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, and Timothée Chalamet in the movie, which hits theaters December 25. You can watch the trailer for “Little Women” here. After “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Watson starred in 2013’s “The Bling Ring,” which was based on a real-life story about a group of teenagers who attempted to rob the homes of celebrities in California. She also reunited with Lerman for the 2014 biblical film “Noah” and played the iconic Disney character Belle in “Beauty and the Beast.” In 2017, the British actress starred alongside Tom Hanks in a drama called “The Circle.” Watson is also a UN Women Goodwill ambassador and launched her own “intersectional feminist bi-monthly book club” called Our Shared Shelf. Paul Rudd portrayed Mr. Anderson, Charlie’s English teacher.Foto: Paul Rudd in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”sourceSummit Entertainment Mr. Anderson said the famous line: “We accept the love we think we deserve.”Paul Rudd reprised his Marvel role as Ant-Man/Scott Lang in the blockbuster 2019 movie “Avengers: Endgame.”Foto: Paul Rudd in April 2019.sourceJesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney Rudd has starred on plenty of shows and movies since 2012. He played Brian Fantana, Ron Burgundy’s coworker, in the 2013 “Anchorman” sequel and appeared as himself in the comedy “This Is the End.” Rudd also played Bobby Newport on “Parks and Recreation” and Andy on “Wet Hot American Summer.” The actor made his debut as Ant-Man in a 2015 standalone film. Rudd went on to play the role in “Captain America: Civil War,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and “Endgame.” In October, he’ll play s dual role on the Netflix show “Living With Yourself,” which centers a man who goes to a spa and becomes replaced by a better version of himself. Read more: THEN AND NOW: The ‘Avengers’ stars before they were famous, aNina Dobrev played Charlie’s older sister, Candace.Foto: Nina Dobrev in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”sourceSummit Entertainment When Charlie called Candace amid a breakdown and revealed that he felt guilty over the death of his aunt, she made sure the police got to his house before he could harm himself. Dobrev most recently starred on the CBS sitcom “Fam.”Foto: Nina Dobrev in June 2019.sourceJordan Strauss/Invision/AP The show got canceled after one season. After “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Dobrev continued starring as Elena Gilbert on “The Vampire Diaries.” She left the popular show after season six, but returned for the series finale in 2017. The actress went on to appear in “Let’s Be Cops” and “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” She also starred in the 2017 remake of “Flatliners” with Ellen Page. Dobrev also played Izzy in “Then Came You,” a romantic comedy that starred Maisie Williams and Asa Butterfield. Read more: THEN AND NOW: The cast of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ 10 years laterDylan McDermott and Kate Walsh portrayed Charlie’s parents.Foto: Dylan McDermott and Kate Walsh in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”sourceSummit Entertainment Charlie’s dad gave him $50 to buy Christmas gifts for his friends. McDermott stars on Netflix’s new comedy series “The Politician.”Foto: Dylan McDermott in December 2018.sourceWilly Sanjuan/Invision/AP The series was created by Ryan Murphy, who also developed “Glee” and “American Horror Story.” You may have also seen McDermott on “American Horror Story,” “Dark Blue,” and “Hostages.” His film credits include roles in the 2014 horror movie “Mercy” and the action film “Olympus Has Fallen.”Walsh recently reprised her role as Olivia Baker on season three of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.”Foto: Kate Walsh in August 2019.sourceEvan Agostini/Invision/AP Walsh also appeared on the Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy” and guest-starred on one episode of “Fam.” In addition, the former “Grey’s Anatomy” actress starred on “Private Practice,” “Fargo,” and “Bad Judge.” Walsh was diagnosed with a benign meningioma brain tumor in 2015, which was later moved. During an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show three years later, the actress revealed that the diagnosis caused her to reevaluate her lifestyle and protein shakes became “a huge part of my diet” after having brain surgery.”Read more: Here’s where all of your favorite characters end up on ’13 Reasons Why’Johnny Simmons played Brad, a football player who secretly dated Patrick.Foto: Johnny Simmons in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”sourceSummit Entertainment Brad didn’t want his dad or his peers to find out about his sexuality.Simmons’ most recent role was on the 2017 Netflix show “Girlboss.”Foto: Johnny Simmons in April 2017.sourceJordan Strauss/Invision/AP He starred as Jack London on the 2014 Discovery Channel miniseries “Klondike” and appeared in the 2015 comedy “Frank and Cindy.” Like Miller, Simmons also starred in “The Stanford Prison Experiment.” You may have seen the actor in Drake’s music video for “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” too. Melanie Lynskey played Charlie’s late aunt Helen.Foto: Melanie Lynskey in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”sourceSummit Entertainment Charlie felt guilt after she got killed in a car crash while going to get his birthday present. She also sexually abused him as a child. Lynskey starred as Molly Strand on Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” based on Stephen King’s writing.Foto: Melanie Lynskey in June 2019.sourceDavid Poller Photography/Getty Images for Conservation International Since “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” was released, Lynskey has appeared on several shows, including “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later,” “Girlboss,” “Togetherness,” and “Two and a Half Men.” She also starred in movies like “They Came Together” and “The Intervention.” Lynskey is also engaged to actor Jason Ritter and the couple revealed the birth of their first child together in January 2019. Mae Whitman played Mary Elizabeth, who was described as both punk and a Buddhist.Foto: Mae Whitman in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”sourceSummit Entertainment She and Charlie briefly dated, but they split after he kissed Sam instead of her during a game of truth or dare. Whitman stars as Annie Marks on NBC’s “Good Girls.”Foto: Mae Whitman visits 92Y to discuss “Good Girls” at the 92nd Street Y on January 24, 2019 in New York City.sourceNoam Galai/Getty Images She previously starred on several other shows, including “Arrested Development” and “Parenthood.” In addition, Whitman guest-starred on”Masters of Sex,” Suburgatory,” “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” and “Drunk History.” The actress also starred in 2015’s “The DUFF” (based on a novel of the same name) and voiced characters on “Big Mouth,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “American Dad!” and “Family Guy.” Whitman has also voiced characters in video games and narrated the audiobook for Cassandra Clare’s “City of Bones” (which inspired a movie and a TV series). Most recently, the actress narrated the audiobook for “The Testaments,” the sequel to Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”Nicholas Braun played Candace’s boyfriend, known as Ponytail Derek.Foto: Nicholas Braun in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”sourceSummit Entertainment He frequently gifted Candace mixtapes, which she ended up giving to Charlie. In the film, Charlie also saw Derek slap his sister during an argument and agreed not to tell their parents. Braun currently stars as Greg Hirsch on HBO’s critically acclaimed show “Succession.”Foto: Nicholas Braun in April 2019.sourceAndy Kropa/Invision/AP He has also appeared in movies like “The Year of Spectacular Men” and “Poltergeist.” Braun starred alongside Dakota Johnson in the 2016 romantic comedy “How to Be Single” and appeared alongside Miller and Simmons in “The Stanford Prison Experiment.”The post THEN AND NOW: The cast of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ 7 years later appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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