Never Been Kissed Cast: Where Are They Right Now?
Josie Grossie was not who she was! From the moment she appeared on the big screen in Never Been Kissed, Drew Barrymore won fans’ hearts.
Josie Geller was portrayed by the actress in the 1999 romantic comedy. In order to research teen culture, the aspiring writer pretended to be a high school student. However, things became problematic when the twenty-something (thus the title) who had never been kissed fell in love with her instructor Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan).
David Arquette played Rob Geller in the movie, Molly Shannon played Anita, John C. Reilly played Augustus “Gus” Strauss, Leelee Sobieski played Aldys, and Garry Marshall played Rigfort. Prior to becoming well-known actors, James Franco, Octavia Spencer, and Jessica Alba all had supporting roles.
In September 2021, the cast came back together to discuss the film’s standout scenes. “There’s a story about the famous scene that very few people know about,” Vartan gave an explanation at the time on The Drew Barrymore Show.
“I get up to the mound, we embrace and we start kissing, and you really kissed me. I mean, you really kissed me. I was not ready for it in the least and I am a man. I was a very young man back then, and I had feelings.”
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The Alias alum added: “The feelings were — they just happened — and I very quickly realized I was in a very bad spot because I was wearing very loose, like, slacks, and I thought, ‘This is going to be a disaster when they cut, I must preemptively end this.’”
Barrymore acknowledged that she worked harder on the kiss. “You weren’t married at the time, so yeah, I went for it because you were single and I felt like I wasn’t going to offend anybody,” she noted.
Vartan identified a significant problem with Josie and Sam’s relationship, even if the public adored them.
“I don’t know if someone who had a darker disposition at the time, maybe the creep factor would have intensified it a bit,” he told Page Six in April 2019 about getting the part. But it’s entirely wrong if I’m a 30-year-old male and I believe this girl is 17 years old.
The performer made an effort to view his persona favorably, nevertheless. “I don’t think he lusted for her,” he stated.
“It certainly wasn’t a physical thing. I mean, obviously she’s beautiful, but I think … he just sort of fell for her as a human being. He’s just really taken by her spirit and her soul and, you know, maybe deep down inside he felt like there’s no way this girl is 17, but on the surface, a teacher hitting on a student of any gender, for that matter, who is underage is completely inappropriate.”
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Drew Barrymore (Josie Geller)
With parts in Charlie’s Angels, 50 First Dates, He’s Just Not That Into You, Grey Gardens, and Santa Clarita Diet, the erstwhile child star proceeded to solidify her place as a leading lady.
In 2020, she launched The Drew Barrymore program, a talk program of her own. She produced several of her own projects as well as other people’s movies and TV shows after earning her first producer credit on Never Been Kissed.
Barrymore and her ex-husband Will Kopelman, whom she was wed to from June 2012 to August 2016, share daughters Olive and Frankie, who were born in September 2012 and April 2014, respectively. She was previously married to Tom Green from 2001 to 2002 and Jeremy Thomas from 1994 to 1995.
Michael Vartan (Sam Coulson)
Vartan claims that Never Been Kissed was the album that started his career. After that, he appeared in Bates Motel, The Arrangement, Monster-in-Law, Hawthorne, Alias, and Monster.
Lauren Skaar and the actor were married in April 2011, but she requested a divorce in July 2014.
David Arquette (Rob Geller)
Arquette obtained roles in See Spot Run, Eight Legged Freaks, In Case of Emergency, and Pushing Daisies in addition to continuing to feature in the Scream movie series. He also held jobs as a professional wrestler, director, and producer.
Courteney Cox and the actor were wed from June 1999 to May 2013. In June 2004, the couple’s daughter Coco was born. Charlie and Gus, their boys, were born in April 2014 and March 2017, respectively, after Arquette later married Christina McLarty in April 2015.
Leelee Sobieski (Aldys)
The actress went on to appear in the films NYC 22, Joan of Arc, Eyes Wide Shut, The Glass House, Uprising, and The Good Wife. She subsequently gave up acting to concentrate on her art career.
If you are interested to know more about this article, then see this tweeter post that The Drew Barrymore Show shares:
ICYMI: Michael Vartan sits down with the cast of Never Been Kissed to share a story Drew’s never heard before about why he had to be excused after filming their kiss scene!
— The Drew Barrymore Show (@DrewBarrymoreTV) May 11, 2022
Adam Kimmel and Sobieski were wed in August 2010. Louisiana was born in December 2009, and Martin was born in August 2014.
Jeremy Jordan (Guy Perkins)
Jordan first gained fame as a singer, so after performing in Never Been Kissed, he went back to music. The Absent, released in 2011, was his last acting role.
Molly Shannon (Anita)
With roles in films including Superstar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Wet Hot American Summer, Sex and the City, Kath & Kim, Enlightened, Divorce, Other People, and The Other Two, the former cast member of Saturday Night Live has maintained a hectic schedule.
In May 2004, Shannon and Fritz Chesnut got married. Stella, a daughter, and Nolan, a son, were born to the couple in September 2003 and March 2005, respectively.
John C. Reilly (Augustus ‘Gus’ Strauss)
We Need to Talk About Kevin, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Wreck-It Ralph, The Lobster, and Licorice Pizza are just a few of the films that Reilly has appeared in. He performs with the group John Reilly & Friends.
In 1992, the actor wed Alison Dickey. Leo and Arlo are their shared sons.
Garry Marshall (Rigfort)
Although Marshall occasionally continued to perform in productions like Race to Witch Mountain, Life After Beth, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, his reputation as a director, writer, and producer was far greater. After having a stroke, he passed away in July 2016 from complications with pneumonia. He was 81.
Barbara Sue Wells, his wife whom he married in March 1963, and their three children, Lori, Kathleen, and Scott, survive Marshall.