Nearly 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 young cast.
Tragically, it was announced yesterday that actor Kevin Clark, 32, who played Freddy Jones in the 2003 movie, died after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Chicago on Wednesday morning.
He was one of the child start of the comedy following Jack 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 domestic and $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 Jack 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 a LGBTQ+ life coach, attorney and a pathologist, to run ins with the law and battles with drugs and alcohol, where is the rest of the cast now?
Caitlin Hale ‘Blondie’ and Angelo Massagli ‘Tough Guy’
Caitlin Hale and Angelo Massagli, who played classmates Marta and Frankie, have become a real life couple since the classic 2003 Jack Black comedy movie was released. Pictured, Caitlin Hale playing Marta ‘Blondie’
Caitlin and Angelo have since confirmed they have been romantically linked since 2016. Pictured, Angelo Massagli playing Frankie ‘Tough Guy’ in the School of Rock
Speaking of his relationship with Caitlin, Angelo said: ‘This is locked down. Yes. This is it.’ Pictured, the couple shared a loved-up snap on Instagram
Rumours of the pair dating first circulated when a photo was shared on social media of the couple together in Miami from March (pictured)
While School of Rock is best known as a comedy, thanks to Caitlin Hale, 30, and Angelo Massagli, 29, who played classmates Marta and Frankie, it’s also proved to be quite the love story.
The couple went viral on TikTok when social media user @marfymae shared a video noting the two appeared to be an official item after they posed a loved-up snap together in Miami back in March.
Speaking to Inside Edition, the duo confirmed they had been romantically linked since 2016.
Massagli, who played ‘Tough Guy’ and was made a member of the band’s security, explained how he found out his co-star was moving to Florida, where he was living at the time, 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.’
More recently, Caitlin shared a post thanking her boyfriend for helping her during her recovery from endometriosis surgery.
More recently, Caitlin shared a post thanking her boyfriend for helping her during her recovery from endometriosis surgery (pictured)
She penned: ‘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.’
Since starring in School of Rock, Massagli has gone on to achieve huge success playing the role of Bobby Jr. in The Sopranos until 2007.
He went on to attend Northeastern University where he studied English with a minor in Business & Law, where he then returned to New York to become an attorney.
Meanwhile, Hale completed a degree in journalism before deciding that a medical career in New York was the best career path for her.
Reunited: 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 last year, 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 starring together alongside Jack Black in School Of Rock, seven of the young stars reunited in New York City.
Caitlin Hale posted the group shot of the former child stars 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 Angelo Masagli (Frankie) reunited at Wilfie & Nell in New York’s West Village.
Miranda Cosgrove – Summer ‘Tinkerbell’ Hathaway
Miranda Cosgrove may best be remembered for her pitchy rendition of the song ‘Memory’ in the hit film, but she’s come a long way since that deliberately dodgy vocal. Pictured, Miranda Cosgrove as Summer ‘Tinkerbell’ Hathaway
Miranda Cosgrove attends Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on March 13, 2021 in Santa Monica, California
Miranda Cosgrove may best be remembered for that pitchy rendition of the song ‘Memory’ in the hit film, but she’s come a long way since that deliberately dodgy vocal.
For years, the now 28-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 $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.
‘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.’
School’s out forever: For years, Miranda Cosgrove, now 28, went on to become best known to fans as web savvy tween Carly Shay in Nickelodeon’s iCarly (pictured)
In 2013, aged 19, she invested some of her fortune to buy 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 School of Rock actress went on to lend her voice as Margo to 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.
Brian Falduto – Billy ‘Fancy Pants’
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 in New York City
‘You’re tacky and I hate you’ may just be the most memorable line from the Jack Black movie, but where is the baby-faced actor now?
Since those fabulously sassy one-liners left his mouth at just the tender age of 11, the 26-year-old looks almost unrecognisable today.
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 a 2017 acoustic EP titled ‘Love One Another’ and a 2018 debut studio album titled ‘Stage Two.’
His most recent single, ‘God Loves Me Too,’ became a final nominee at the 2020 International Independent Music Video Awards and winner of the Fan Favourite category.
In 2018, Brian was named one of the ’20 most influential, outspoken, & optimistic individuals on the planet’ in PrideLife Magazine’s 20th Anniversary #20intheir20s issue.
Brian, who also works as a life coach which primarily focuses 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.
His website states it comes ‘as part of his continual efforts to create mindful conversation & content surrounding the effects of internalised & externalized homophobia & how one might heal from those experiences through expanded awareness & a deeper connection to oneself.’
Joey Gaydos Jr. – Zack ‘Zack-Attack’ Mooneyham
Gaydos’ character was the lead guitarist in the school rock band. Pictured, playing Zack ‘Zack-Attack’ Mooneyham
While Joey Gaydos Jr became famous for shredding guitars in School Of Rock, he allegedly started stealing them. Pictured are Gaydos and Jack Black in a still from the film
Despite School of Rock’s massive success, Gaydos – who played Zack ‘Zack-Attack’ Mooneyham in the 2003 film – decided to focus on music instead of a career in Hollywood.
He started 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 Joey Gaydos Jr became famous for shredding guitars in School Of Rock, he allegedly started stealing them to fund a drug habit.
The former child star, now 27, was arrested four times in five weeks for allegedly stealing guitars from Florida music stores. He was charged with larceny and grand theft.
School of Rock catapulted Gaydos to fame after the film, which starred Jack Black, opened at the top of the US box office and earned $131million worldwide. Gaydos is pictured center with Jack Black
Despite School of Rock’s massive success, Gaydos 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.
Gaydos then allegedly sold the guitars to pawn shops.
Among the stolen goods were a $1,900 gold Gibson Les Paul, an $800 blue Les Paul Epiphone Prophecy, and a $699 black Fender Stratocaster.
Gaydos also allegedly stole an amplifier as well during one of the music store visits.
He was first arrested on February 11 and booked into Manatee County Jail.
He was arrested three days later in Charlotte County and then again on February 25 in Sarasota County.
Police said that Gaydos confessed to the thefts and said he had a drug problem. Gaydos 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. Gaydos, who was just 17 at the time, was taken into custody after trying to drive away from a Taco BellIt remains unclear when Gaydos moved to Florida. His current listed address is in Punta Gorda.
Rivkah Reyes – Katie ‘Posh Spice’
Reyes played Katie at the age of 10 in the 2003 hit that starred Jack Black (pictured)
The latest: School of Rock actor Rivkah Reyes said their early fame from the movie at 10 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 early adulthood filled with bullying and later, addiction.
Last year Reyes, 28, wrote a tell-all experience about how being thrown into the spotlight at such a young age lead down a path of drugs and alcohol.
Reyes recalled being left feeling embarrassed when fellow students would scream quotes from the film.
The 28-year-old would be branded a ‘bragging snob’ if the comments weren’t acknowledged, yet labelled ‘a cold ignorant b***ch’ if they were 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*cking 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,’ Reyes penned.
In March, Reyes opened up to the New York Post about their life after playing Katie at the age of 10 in the 2003 hit that starred Jack Black.
Reyes said that their experience doing the movie itself was positive, and called its main star Jack Black ‘a great guy.’
Candid: In a Medium post last year, Reyes opened up about the abuse they endured
Reyes said that their experience is ‘kind of parallel with’ the one Britney Spears has had, in the wake of the Framing Britney Spears documentary.
‘After production wrapped, when I first came back to school, people were really nice or really mean,’ Reyes said. ‘There was no middle ground. I was literally followed around the school with people chanting School of Rock.’
In a Medium post last year, 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 the age of 10.
Reyes told the outlet they became a ‘raging addict’ from the ages to 14 to 24 toward unhealthy amounts of drugs, alcohol, sex and food, eventually tuning to self-harm.
Reyes said that their experience doing the movie itself was positive, and called its main star 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.
Aleisha Allen – ‘Brace Face’
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 Allen attends ‘School Of Rock’ Broadway Opening Night at Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 6, 2015 in New York City
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 27-year-old had appeared in kids TV show Blues Clues between 1996 and 2004 and featured in 2005’s Are We There Yet? where she played Ice Cube’s daughter.
She also appeared in Young Adult, which starred Hollywood actress, 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.’
Maryam Hassan – Tomika ‘Songbird’
Maryam, 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. Pictured, Maryam Hassan – Tomika ‘Songbird’
The former child star is often posting clips of herself belting out songs on social media, and is also known for sharing stunning snaps of herself online showing off her grown-up transformation (pictured)
Maryam, 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 and reassured by Dewey who urged her not to self-conscious about her weight, adding: ‘You’ve got talent, girl.’
But just like Tomika in the movie where she initially shied away from the spotlight, Maryam has opted for a life away from the limelight.
While she showed her face at a 10-year reunion to celebrate the worldwide success of the movie, she has kept a fairly low profile ever since.
In January last year, the 27-year-old did make an appearance when Mike Thornwell took to Twitter to share a snap of her in the hit film along with a caption which read: ‘Thinking about her today.’
In response, Maryam simply penned: ”Thanks for thinking of me.’
The former child star is often posting clips of herself belting out songs on social media, and is also known for sharing stunning snaps of herself online showing off her grown-up transformation.
Zach Infante (Gordon)
Infante played Gordon ‘Roadrunner,’ who had a role behind the scenes in the movie’s band. Pictured, in the film
Zachary Infante 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
Infante only had a role behind the scenes in the movie’s band, but he still managed to save the day when Jack Black 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 he’s managed to have the same success in real life, too.
Now a director and products, Infant has gone on to earn himself a degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
He went on to star in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and has had roles in other TV series including 2015’s Gotham.
Infante, who has worked with several charities in New York, is also hoping to be elected for his hometown Board of Education in Roselle Park, New Jersey.
On his 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, Zach survived stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma – a type of blood cancer.
Jordan-Claire Green – Michelle
Jordan-Claire Green played the role of Michelle (pictured) in the Jack Black 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 Green, and Jack Black attend the School Of Rock 10-Year cast reception at Omni Downtown on August 29, 2013 in Texas
Jordan-Claire Green, now 29, 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.
Robert Tsai – Lawrence ‘Mr. Cool’
Robert Tsai, who played Lawrence, started out as a loner in the film, but soon found his groove on the keyboard (pictured)
Pictured, actors Robert Tsai (L) and Angelo Massagli 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 enough but Robert Tsai, who played Lawrence, found his groove on the keyboard in School of Rock.
However, his debut appearing in the film marked the beginning of the end for his acting career, 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.
Veronica Afflerbach – Eleni
In the 2003 Black Jack comedy, Veronica’s character Eleni (pictured) helped to come up with the band name
Veronica (pictured) went on to appear as ‘Jump Roper 1’ in a Nickelodeon film called: ‘The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie’
Pictured, actors Kevin Clark, Veronica Afflerbach, and Jordan-Claire Green 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 28, has a keen interest in jewellery and has launched her own business, which she sells online.