Where are they now? The cast of A Cinderella Story, 15 years later.

2004 was the year of incredible cinema genius.

There was Suddenly 30, Mean Girls, and Shrek 2.

But most notably, 2004 was the year we were gifted with A Cinderella Story.

It’s now been 15 years since Hilary Duff showed pre-teens around the world what a dignified break up looks like.


But where have the cast of A Cinderella Story been since 2004? Are the twins still evil? Is Chad Michael-Murray still a dream boat?

We did all the digging, so you don’t have to.

Hilary Duff – Sam.

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Since her role as the forgotten step-daughter Sam in A Cinderella Story, Hilary Duff's family has blossomed and her career has skyrocketed.

In the same year as A Cinderella Story, Hilary Duff left us all in tears when she starred in Raise Your Voice. She went on to release her self-titled album later in 2004, and has released three albums since.

The same year she also entered a two-year-relationship with Joel Madden, one that publicly ended in late 2006. Not long after, the Lizzie McGuire actress began dating professional hockey player Mike Comrie and the pair married in 2010.

Hilary Duff was typecast as the girl next door throughout the noughties, starring in The Perfect Man and the Cheaper by the Dozen films before stepping back from more prominent roles and focusing on writing and family as she entered the next decade.


Between 2010 and 2013, she co-authored three novels – Elixir, Devoted and True.

In 2012, Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie welcomed their son, but divorced three years later. After a brief relationship with Jason Walsh in 2015, Hilary Duff met her current fiance, Matthew Korma. The couple worked together while she produced her 2015 album, the same year Duff was thrust back into mainstream television for her role as Kelsey Peters in Younger.

Korma and Duff welcomed their daughter in late 2018. The couple became engaged this year.

Jennifer Coolidge – Fiona.

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Jennifer Coolidge is one the most iconic characters from A Cinderella Story. But for many millennials, the 57-year-old actress is remembered for one of her classiest roles on screen; Stifler's mum in the American Pie franchise – a role she revisited between 1991 and 2001.

Following her turn as Hilary Duff's evil stepmother with an obsession with green lawns and Norwegian salmon, she starred in the sitcom 2 Broke Girls as Sophie. In 2018 she was thrust back into the public eye when she revisited the character of Legally Blonde's Paulette in Ariana Grande's music video for Thank U, Next, which spoofed Legally Blonde as well as Suddenly 30 and Bring it On.


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Chad Michael Murray – Austin.

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Chad Michael Murray was full speed ahead after A Cinderella Story, returning to film One Tree Hill (which began in 2003) until 2012.

He dipped in and out of the acting pool after One Tree Hill finished up, and has appeared in TV shows like Chosen, Agent Carter and Scream Queens, as well as films like To Write Love on Her Arms.


Meanwhile, his relationship to Sophia Bush, who he became engaged to in 2004, was falling apart. One year after their 2005 marriage, they divorced.

Later that year, he became engaged to Kenzie Dalton, an extra on One Tree Hill. After a seven year engagement, they broke up in 2013.

Chad Michael Murray also dabbled in writing (but not secret emails to Hilary Duff in the middle school library). In 2011, he released a novel titled Everlast. In November 2016, Murray announced a second novel, American Drifter: An Exhilarating Tale of Love and Murder, which was released in 2017.

In 2014, Murray began dating his Chosen co-star Sarah Roemer. They married in January 2015, had their first child – a son – four months later and their second child – a daughter – was born in March 2017.

In 2018, the 37-year-old debuted on Riverdale as Edgar Evernever.

Dan Byrd – Carter.

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After starring as the flirtatious and outrageous Carter in A Cinderella Story, Dan Byrd appears to have his method acting down pat.

In 2004, he starred as Mike in the television series Clubhouse, and in 2006 he starred as Bobby in The Hills Have Eyes.

As the noughties came to a close, the 33-year-old scored a six year long role as Travis Cobb in Cougar Town, before landing a role eerily similar to Carter as Emma Stone's flamboyant best friend in Easy A in 2010.

The actor is currently filming Utopia.


Regina King – Rhonda.

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She was the mum Sam needed in A Cinderella Story, but since 2004 Regina King has been pushing boundaries in Hollywood.

The 48-year-old's achievements are so immense they are difficult to list.

From American Crime to The Leftovers, to Seven Seconds and The Big Bang Theory, she has won and been nominated for a range of awards.

In 2018, for her role of Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk, she won the award the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (motion picture) and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.

While her personal life is irrelevant given her achievements, between 2011 and 2013 she dated fellow actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

In 2019, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Julie Gonzalo – Shelby.

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She was pure evil in A Cinderella Story, but Julie Gonzalo has moved well and truly away from the evil highschool villain.

The 37-year-old has since starred in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004), Christmas with the Kranks (2004) and Must Love Dogs (2005).

After the intense two years, the actress was cast as Parker Lee on the television series Veronica Mars, which was followed by her role as Maggie Dekker in Eli Stone between 2008 and 2009, for which she won an ALMA award for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

She remains well known for her role in Dallas, and has starred in a range of Hallmark films.

Madeline Zima – Brianna.

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Now 33, Madeline Zima has come a long way since being an evil stepsister.

Between 2007 and 2011, she starred as Mia Lewis in the first two seasons of Californication, and from 2009 to 2010 she starred in Heroes as Gretchen.



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She has also since made appearances in the films Dimples (2008), Looking for Sunday (2006), and The Collector (2009), and is currently nominated for Talented New Filmmaker for the film she directed, Warm Human Magic.

Andrea Avery Ray – Gabriella.

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Andrea Avery Ray's acting career spanned two years.

After dropping out of high school to pursue stardom, the actress starred in four films and a TV series.

In 2003 she debuted in Soul to Take, and in early 2004 she was a student in the television series The Division.

Her career hit an all time high when she landed her role as Gabriella, one of the evil twin sisters in A Cinderella Story. This was followed by her role as Linda Patterson in First Daughter.

In 2005, she starred as herself the short film Muse.

It is unknown exactly what she's doing now.


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