Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now?
Two decades later, we still "Can't Fight the Moonlight!" See what the stars of the cult classic are up to 20 years after Coyote Ugly hit theaters
The Cast of Coyote Ugly
Twenty years ago, Tyra Banks, Maria Bello, Bridget Moynahan, Piper Perabo and Izabella Miko came dancing onto screens as the drink-slinging, fast-moving ladies of Coyote Ugly. Two decades — and more than $110 million at the box office — later, see what Violet Sanford & co. are up to now.
Piper Perabo/Violet Sanford
Perabo burst onto the scene as the film's star, wannabe singer Violet Sanford, who moves from New Jersey to N.Y.C. to pursue her dreams — and ends up joining the Coyote Ugly crew. After the movie hit theaters, Perabo found steady film work before scoring her role on Covert Affairs, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In 2014, she wed director-producer Stephen Kay; she most recently appeared on the series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
Already a major mover in the modeling world when Coyote Ugly came out, Banks made her mark in the film as bartender Zoe. In a 2018 interview with PEOPLE, she shared she's "dying" to do a sequel. “I want to produce it — I just need to get the rights from Mr. Jerry Bruckheimer or work with him.” Most recently, Banks — mom to son York, 4 — was announced as the new co-producer and host of Dancing with the Stars.
John Goodman/Bill Sanford
A big name on both the big and small screen by 2000, Goodman starred as Violet's loving but over-protective pop, who discouraged her new career path after seeing a racy photo of her in the newspaper (though later changed his tune). Goodman hasn't slowed down since, with roles in myriad TV shows and movies, most recently the ABC Roseanne reboot The Conners. He's been married to Annabeth Hartzog since 1989; together, they have one daughter.
As the bar's tough but fair owner, Bello's Lil gave Violet her chance, then took it away, then kind of helped her get it back again. Best known then for her work on ER, Bello has since gone on to films like A History of Violence and series including Goliath and NCIS. The actress is engaged to chef Dominique Crenn, and shares a son with her screenwriter ex-boyfriend, Dan McDermott.
Coyote Ugly was the Polish actress' first Hollywood role, opening doors to parts in music videos, films like Save the Last Dance 2 and Step Up All In. She most recently appeared on the TV series Hunters.
Coyote Ugly was also model Moynahan's first major film role, hitting theaters right around the time she joined the cast of Sex and the City as Mr. Big's wife, Natasha. She's since starred in series including Six Degrees and Blue Bloods, and shares son Jack with ex Tom Brady. In 2015, she wed New York-based businessman Andrew Frankel.
Adam Garcia/Kevin O'Donnell
The film's casting director actually asked Garcia to fly to Los Angeles for an audition after catching him in the Saturday Night Fever musical on London's West End. Playing Violet's boyfriend Kevin opened lots of doors for the Aussie actor, who got his own dance moment on the Coyote Ugly bar and has since appeared on series like Camp and The Code. He's been married to Nathalia Chubin since 2015 and has two children.
Lynskey had a handful of roles under her belt before Coyote Ugly, in which she played Violet's New Jersey-based BFF, Gloria. The New Zealand native has appeared in everything from The Perks of Being a Wallflower to Two and a Half Men and the new mini-series, Mrs. America. She's currently engaged to Jason Ritter, with whom she shares one daughter.