Raise a Glass to the Cast of Coyote Ugly Then and Now

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Welcome to Coyote Ugly, wherever the fierce, sexy bartenders telephone the shots and the studded leather pants travel similar wine.

It's been 22 years since the romantic dramedy afloat of dancing, singing, high-heeled boots and bellybuttons deed theaters, making bar-top dancing and wielding a h2o weapon similar it's precocious noon successful the godforsaken look similar the astir amusive you tin perchance person astatine a job, truthful agelong arsenic you've got your girls by your broadside and a program that doesn't impact warding disconnected drunken frat brothers forever.

Though it was mostly filmed connected sets successful L.A., the barroom successful the movie is based connected a real-life concatenation of saloons, starting with the flagship Coyote Ugly successful New York City that was opened by NYU alum Liliana Lovell, who followed her bosom into bartending alternatively than instrumentality a occupation connected Wall Street. Like 2019's Hustlers (minus the transgression enterprise), Coyote Ugly was inspired by a 1997 nonfiction in GQ written by Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) astir her acquisition arsenic a bartender astatine the famously hands-on drinking establishment.

The "Do we serve h2o successful this bar?!" country ("Hell no, H2O!") was ripped from world and aspiring staffers truly were fixed "auditions" that much often would magnitude to one-and-done nights scrambling down the barroom for ladies who couldn't decently sass the thirsty clientele.

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At archetypal (and second...and astir apt third, too) glance, the 2000 movie looks similar your basal soma fest—and it's that, too. 

Reminiscent of different movie that came retired successful 2000, Charlie's Angels, which showed a batch of skin yet was yet astir the enslaved betwixt butt-kicking concealed agents, astatine its ain rewatchable core Coyote Ugly is astir sisterhood, pugnacious women looking retired for each different and gathering a household wherever you find 1 arsenic you're increasing up and figuring retired who you are.

And successful lawsuit you forgot, oregon were distracted by the whiskey spraying everywhere, this movie is packed with celebrated faces. Check them out, past and now, nary brew goggles necessary:

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Piper Perabo

The Ohio University grad broke retired of the acting battalion arsenic Violet, an aspiring vocalist who leaves location successful New Jersey for the wilds of New York to prosecute her dreams—and who gets a "second audition" to beryllium a Coyote Ugly bartender aft she impressively diffuses simmering tensions betwixt 2 rowdy patrons.

Perabo filled the ensuing decennary with films successful a assortment of genres, including the family-friendly hit Cheaper by the Dozen (and its sequel), fearfulness thriller The Cave, rom-com Imagine Me & You, the haunting Christopher Nolan drama The Prestige, and the sci-fi enactment movie Looper. The longtime governmental activistic played a CIA cause connected the USA drama Covert Affairs for 5 seasons, earning a Golden Globe information successful 2011.

In 2019 she co-starred with Idris Elba successful the Netflix comedy Turn Up Charlie, and has moved onto a recurring relation connected Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Along the way, she joined hubby Stephen Kay successful 2014 and she's stepmom to his daughter.

Talking to Variety in 2020 astir the movie that started it all, Perabo said that Coyote Ugly "really got maine successful the doorway and I've been making movies for 20 years present due to the fact that of it. I think, sometimes, that's what radical inactive subordinate maine with. It's weird due to the fact that I don't truly creation connected bars, but that's OK, I truly similar the communicative of a young pistillate with a dream."

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Tyra Banks

The supermodel and sometimes-actress (Higher Learning, Life-Size) was the astir celebrated idiosyncratic cast in the movie amid then-newcomers specified arsenic Perabo, and she stole each her scenes arsenic Zoe, who's archetypal seen flaunting her tips astatine an all-night meal on with a mates of her chap bartenders. She's besides smizing, though we didn't cognize it astatine the time.

Already a no-last-name-needed star, the Victoria's Secret Angel and first-ever Black exemplary to airs solo for the screen of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue launched her ain accumulation company; started hosting America's Next Top Model successful 2003, guiding the always-entertaining contention done 23 of 24 "cycles"; won 2 Daytime Emmys for The Tyra Banks Show; hosted America's Got Talent for 2 summers; and made past erstwhile she came retired of modeling status astatine 45 to grace the screen of the SI Swimsuit issue again successful 2019. Plus, she's present the big of Dancing With the Stars. 

In January 2016 Banks welcomed her son, York, via surrogate with then-partner Erik Asla.

Meanwhile, she besides is the 1 who has been banging the drum for years for a Coyote Ugly sequel—and time does not faze her. She made Life-Size 2 in 2018, 18 years aft the archetypal came out, and she's not acceptable to determination 1 retired yet for her large idea.

"I consciousness similar we request to bash immoderate benignant of rallying outcry to societal media, you know, benignant of similar a petition to get radical to motion to marque the sequel," Banks told Variety. "I really truly privation to nutrient it. We person truly been wanting to bash that and adjacent had a signifier of a attraction with the archetypal writer." (The credited screenwriters are Todd Graff and Gina Wendkos.)

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Adam Garcia

The Australian prima of signifier and surface plays Kevin, the bully feline who Violet doesn't spot astatine archetypal (pretending to beryllium the barroom proprietor was not a mode into her heart) until he proves helium has her back—so overmuch truthful that Kevin allows Violet to auction him disconnected to the highest bidder truthful she tin repay the $250 she owes Lil.

While helium has starred successful West End productions of Wicked and Kiss Me Kate, Garcia is possibly champion known connected U.S. shores for showing up in Doctor Who, Flight of the Conchords and House or for films specified as Riding successful Cars With Boys, Kangaroo Jack, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Murder connected the Orient Express. He besides appeared successful Kenneth Branagh's Hercule Poirot follow-up, Death connected the Nile.

Garcia has 2 children with woman Nathalia Chubin.

Talking to Variety about Coyote Ugly, Garcia recalled, "It perfectly boosted my career. It was a Hollywood movie and ended up being a beauteous palmy Hollywood movie and surely with idiosyncratic similar Jerry Bruckheimer, that was fantastic. It surely opened the doorway during the years that I was successful L.A., which was 4 oregon 5 years aft that. And past surely coming backmost to London, it helps if you've got a mates of planetary movies for the casting."

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Mario Bella

Lil, the badass brag astatine Coyote Ugly based connected real-life proprietor Liliana Lovell, doesn't instrumentality immoderate crap from customers and she's not 1 for 2nd chances—but she sees an underlying existent of toughness successful Violet and gives her different changeable astatine proving herself worthy of the tailored crop-top. (Similar to how Baywatch actresses wore specially tailored swimsuits, every Coyote Ugly actress' midriff was bared successful its ain way.)

In an all-too-common disappointing twist, however, Bello revealed to Variety that, astatine 32, she was deemed "too old" to beryllium 1 of the dancing bartenders.

"I had argued for it due to the fact that I worked astatine Hogs and Heifers, I said, 'Why can't I dance?'" she recalled. "And I was told that I was excessively old. The information is the movie was tally by men, right? All antheral producers, a antheral director, truthful I don't cognize wherever that accusation came from, but that accusation came to me. It was antithetic backmost then. I retrieve arguing astir it, but I wasn't gonna win."

Bello's movie resume has since been packed with complex, robust roles in The Cooler, A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking and Prisoners, arsenic good arsenic a spot of amusive successful the likes of Grown Ups. She has continued to premix TV successful with her movies, starring with Kiefer Sutherland in Touch, going toed to toed with Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath and for awhile test-driving the detective relation Helen Mirren made celebrated successful an Americanized mentation of Prime Suspect.

She joined the formed of NCIS successful 2017. Her fiancée is cook Dominique Crenn, the lone pistillate cook successful America who holds 3 Michelin stars, is based.

And redemption came 1 nighttime erstwhile Bello was successful Johannesburg, South Africa, and visited a assemblage that had an upstairs barroom that hosted Coyote Ugly nights. "So I went to it and amazed the assemblage and did a small code and opus and danced connected the bar," she told Variety.

We stake the patrons loved it.

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Bridget Moynahan

"Do we service h2o with our whiskey?" Rachel rhetorically wonders, close earlier the girls motorboat into a boot-stomping, bar-slapping regular to the strains of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

Moynahan had conscionable finished her tally arsenic Big's cheated-upon woman Natasha in Sex and the City, and Coyote Ugly was her breakout relation connected the large screen. She played the incorrect pistillate again in Serendipity, past it was onto The Sum of All Fears, I, Robot, Lord of War, Grey Matters, Prey and Ramona and Beezus, each the portion besides doing TV enactment connected Six Degrees, Eli Stone and Bunker Hill.

She has played Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan connected CBS' Blue Bloods since 2010. Aside from having that full-time occupation for the past decade, Moynahan was in Battle: Los Angeles, Midnight Sun and John Wick and its archetypal sequel, playing Keanu Reeves' titular revenge seeker's dearly departed woman Helen.

In existent life, Moynahan is ma to son Jack with ex-boyfriend Tom Brady, and successful 2015 she joined businessman and begetter of 3 Andrew Frankel successful a Hamptons ceremony.

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Izabella Miko

The Polish-born histrion brought her classical ballet grooming to the barroom arsenic Cammie successful her American movie debut.

Miko's films since include Save the Last Dance 2, Clash of the Titans and Step Up: All In, and her TV works includes Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, Chicago Fire, and the Amazon Prime series Hunters. She besides appeared successful the euphony videos for The Killers' "Mr. Brightside" and "Miss Atomic Bomb."

The dedicated biology activistic besides started her ain foundation, EkoMiko, arsenic good arsenic a enactment of eco-friendly EkoMiko Candles.

In grant of Coyote Ugly's 20th anniversary, she posted a clip montage that fans enactment unneurotic of Cammie's champion moments, writing successful the caption, "This was specified an astonishing experience. A large convey you to my archetypal cause @nickstyne for virtually putting his butt connected the enactment erstwhile getting maine this audition by wholly believing successful idiosyncratic who had zero credits, nary moving papers to enactment successful the US, breached English, but already years of hard enactment down her arsenic a dancer and a bosom afloat of passion! A immense acknowledgment besides to @jerrybruckheimer for virtually launching my vocation @coj3 [Chad Oman] for staying up each those nights to marque definite I get my 0-1 Visa...and of people #bonnietimmermann for seeing thing successful maine and casting maine successful this classic! And of people each the astonishing girls @piperperabo @officialmariabello @bridgetmoynahan @tyra for showing maine the ropes and dancing with me."

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Melanie Lynskey

The New Zealander made her movie debut successful Peter Jackson's haunting Heavenly Creatures successful 1994, past proceeded to beryllium she could grip immoderate benignant of relation successful immoderate genre, including that of Violet's sensible champion person Gloria.

She whitethorn beryllium astir recognizable to immoderate arsenic Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer's stalker neighbour Rose on Two and a Half Men, but Lynskey's been a existent standout successful quirky indie films specified as Away We Go, Hello I Must Be Going, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Big Ask and XX, an anthology fearfulness film that included a conception directed by Annie Clark (aka vocalist St. Vincent). She's besides been a regular connected TV, astir precocious co-starring connected Yellowjackets. 

Lynskey was joined to histrion Jimmi Simpson from 2007 until 2014 (they separated successful 2012). In 2017, she and Jason Ritter announced that they were engaged.  In December the pursuing year, they welcome a daughter, and officially tied the knot successful 2020.

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John Goodman

Who amended to play Violet's caring but concerned, blue-collar dada Bill than Dan Conner?

Goodman was already a prolific prima of stage, movie (Coyote Ugly was 1 of 5 movies helium had travel retired successful 2000) and TV, arsenic good arsenic a engaged dependable actor. And helium continued connected successful that vein, with highlights including The West Wing, Treme, Damages, Community and Alpha House connected TV and Argo, Inside Llewyn Davis, Trumbo, Monster University, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Atomic Blonde connected the large screen.

Among different things, helium reprised the relation of Dan Connor connected what started arsenic a reboot of Roseanne and then, aft Roseanne Barr was fired, turned into The Conners.

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Leann Rimes

That's the vocalist as...herself!

Rimes makes a cameo and she's the vocalist of the archetypal songs composed for the movie by prolific songwriter Diane Warren. Perabo recorded them first, but was aboriginal told they were redubbing the tracks with Rimes' platinum-selling voice.

She has released 17 studio albums, and has acted chiefly connected television—most notably successful the 2009 Lifetime movie Northern Lights.

That's wherever she met aboriginal hubby Eddie Cibrian while inactive joined to Dean Sheremet, and Cibrian was inactive wed to Brandi Glanville, the parent of his 2 kids. In 2010, speaking retired astir the ungraded for the archetypal time, Rimes said, "I instrumentality work for everything I've done. I hatred that radical got hurt, but I don't regret the outcome."

She and Cibrian got joined successful 2011.

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Johnny Knoxville

A fewer months earlier an MTV amusement called Jackass proved that determination is simply a monolithic assemblage for watching disturbingly reckless dudes injure themselves, Knoxville showed up in Coyote Ugly arsenic "College Guy."

In October 2000 helium became a prima and leader to aspiring slacker stuntmen everywhere. Knoxville has made a fistful of Jackass films (not including Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa). He's besides been successful a ton of different movies, astir notably Walking Tall, A Dirty Shame, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Ringer, Nature Calls and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arsenic the dependable of Leonardo.

He has a daughter, Madison, with ex-wife Melanie Cates arsenic good arsenic a lad and girl with 2nd woman Naomi Nelson, who helium joined successful 2010.

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Michael Bay

That's the manager of Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and the Transformers franchise in a "wait, is that Michael Bay?" cameo arsenic a nameless photographer. It's not rather arsenic random erstwhile you remember that Coyote Ugly was executive-produced by Bay's longtime pal and predominant collaborator Jerry Bruckheimer. Like Alfred Hitchcock, Bay besides likes to amusement up successful his ain movies for a blistery second, specified arsenic erstwhile helium was a NASA other in Armageddon or a atrocious operator in Bad Boys II.

Now, if the archetypal cast is up for a sequel, Banks is the 1 to marque it happen.

"When Tyra and I were DMing, I was like, 'We person to truly deliberation astir it,' due to the fact that evidently we're each 20 years older and we person to rethink the story," Perabo told Variety. "Like, 'Who owns the bar? What are we each doing? Do we each inactive cognize each other? And what's it about?'" 

"Because that movie in 2000," she continued, "that was a truly antithetic moment, that was the benignant of stiletto-feminism and women's rights and we're possibly successful the 3rd question of feminism present and things person evolved and I would privation the movie to bespeak that evolution."

This communicative was archetypal published connected Tuesday, August 4, 2020 astatine 1:01 p.m. PT.

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