Checking In On the Cast of Easy A 10 Years Later

It's been more than 10 years since Easy A opened in theaters and a lot has happened since. Take a closer look at what Emma Stone, Penn Badgley and more stars have been up to.

By Alyssa Ray Nov 06, 2021 10:00 AMTags
Watch: Emma Stone Raves Over "Easy A" in 2010: E! News Rewind

You better knock, knock on wood.

Why? Well, because today we're looking back on the iconic the teen comedy Easy A. The hit film starred Emma Stone as Olive Penderghast, a 17-year-old girl that lets a lie spiral out of control in order to increase her notoriety at school. Partially inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter, Stone's Olive finds herself getting ostracized and decides to stitch a red A into provocative clothing.

Along the way, Olive becomes closer with her longtime crush, the school's mascot "Woodchuck" Todd (played by Penn Badgley). The cast also includes Amanda Bynes as Marianna Bryant, Dan Byrd as Brandon, Aly Michalka as Rhiannon Abernathy, Thomas Haden Church as Mr. Griffith and others.

Easy A was made on a budget of $8 million and made its world premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Six days later, it opened in theaters, making back double the budget by the end of the opening weekend.

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"I kind of pushed them to let me be the first person to audition for it," Stone told E! News back in the day. "Needless to say, they auditioned a lot of people for it. So, I was very lucky that they gave me a chance to do it."

While the film had a star-studded cast, Stone was the breakout star, earning a Golden Globe nomination for her work. But a lot has happened in the 10 years since its premiere. Now, in honor of her birthday November 6, take a closer look at the cast then and now.

Emma Stone

When Emma starred in Easy A as Olive Penderghast, we had only seen her in a few films like Zombieland and Superbad.

However, the actress totally took off after playing the good girl gone (but actually pretending) bad and continued to star in films like Crazy, Stupid Love and The Favourite. She also won her first Oscar for her performance in La La Land and slayed as Cruella de Vil in Disney's 2021 live-action film Cruella.

She quietly married Dave McCary in 2020 and the pair welcomed their first child together earlier this year.

Penn Badgley

The Gossip Girl actor played Woodchuck Todd in the film, capturing our hearts when he recreated John Hughes' greatest romcoms for Olive, such as holding up speakers outside her window. Now, you can catch the actor as the terrifying stalker Joe Goldberg in You.

In the fall of 2020, he and Domino Kirke welcomed a baby boy.

Amanda Bynes

When she joined the cast of Easy A, she was already pop culture royalty from projects like The Amanda Show and She's the Man. The role ended up being Amanda's last to date, with the actress retiring from acting. In a 2018 interview with Paper, she opened up about about how post-acting, she experimented with drugs and addressed her headline-grabbing tweets to co-stars like Drake Bell.

However, the former child star seems to be in a better place. Today, she is working on a new rap song and is engaged to Paul Michael.

Dan Byrd

The Cougar Town star played Brandon, a high schooler who faked having sex with Olive in order to stay in the closet. Now, the actor stars in Young Sheldon.

Thomas Haden Church

After playing our favorite English teacher, Mr. Griffith, on Easy A, he went on to play Robert in Divorce and portray Lobster Johnson in Hellboy.

Patricia Clarkson

We loved Patricia as Olive's sassy, honest mom.

Which maybe makes it all the more fun that her role as a mother was a total 180 when she played the creepy and demented Adora Crellin in Sharp Objects.

Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci was already a household name when he portrayed Dill Penderghast, Olive's open-minded and witty dad. Prior to this role, he had nabbed an Oscar nomination for his work in The Lovely Bones. He's probably best known for starring opposite Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia. When not teaching the world how to make the perfect Negroni cocktail, Stanley is voicing Bitsy Brandenham on Central Park

He's married to Emily Blunt's sister Felicity and is a father to five children, two of which he shares with Felicity.

Lisa Kudrow

Everyone knows this friend! Lisa Kudrow came into fame thanks to her role as Phoebe Buffay on the long-running sitcom, Friends. In the Easy A, she played guidance counselor Mrs. Griffith, who shockingly had an affair with (a legal age) student.

She's gone on to star in several projects since the Easy A, including Booksmart, The Boss Baby, The Girl on the Train and, of course, HBO Max's Friends reunion.

Malcolm McDowell

Veteran actor Malcolm McDowell, known for his work A Clockwork Orange and Time After Time, joined the Easy A cast as stern Principal Gibbons.

Since appearing in the Easy A, he has appeared in Bombshell, Mozart in the Jungle and more.

Cam Gigandet

After playing Easy A's God-loving repeat senior Micah, Cam went on to star in Burlesque, The Roommate, The Magnificent Seven and more.

Aly Michalka

From Disney Channel darling to Emma Stone's BFF in the Easy A, Aly Michalka is definitely a recognizable name.

After wrapping the Easy A, Michalka went on to land a leading role in iZombie and performs alongside sister AJ Michalka in their pop duo, Aly & AJ. In late 2020, they blessed fans with an explicit version of their iconic "Potential Breakup Song"

Fred Armisen

Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen had a small, but impactful role, in the Easy A. Armisen portrayed Amanda Bynes' character's father, a Christian pastor. In addition to SNL, which he departed in 2013, Armisen has starred Portlandia, The Smurfs, Big Mouth and more.

Armisen also writes, stars and produces in Los Espookys, the Spanish-language series he created.

This story was originally published on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at 2:26 p.m. PT.

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