See the Friday Night Lights Cast, Then and Now

It's been just shy of ten years since we saw our last Lions game. Here is what Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton and more stars are up to now.

By Kelsey Klemme Sep 04, 2020 7:05 AMTags
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"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose."

While it's been almost ten years since we've heard Coach Taylor, played by Kyle Chandler, give one of his inspiring speeches on the football field, it feels like just yesterday that we were enjoying the acclaimed series for the first time.

Since Friday Night Lights ended in 2011, the legacy continues thanks to a continued following of new fans discovering the show, as well as many of the cast members going off to continue to raise their profile.

Whether its seeing Chandler take on more series regular roles in shows like Bloodline or watching Connie Britton shine as the star of Nashville or Dirty John, there is no doubt that the show about a little Texas town and its football program set up plenty of its performers for superstardom.

In honor of E!'s Labor Day weekend marathon of the entire series, which starts today, Friday, Sept. 4 at 6 a.m., we're taking a look at what achievements the Friday Night Lights cast has had since we left them back in Dillon.

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Take a look at what the cast, including Minka Kelly and Michael B. Jordan, is up to now below while you enjoy E!'s FNL marathon all weekend long! You can also catch the series any time on NBCU's streaming service Peacock.

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Kyle Chandler

Coach Taylor can still be seen inspiring others in many other shows and movies, such as when he starred on the series Bloodline and in the short-lived Catch-22.

He also will reprise his character Dr. Mark Russell from Godzilla: King of Monsters when the sequel premieres in 2020.

Connie Britton

Connie Britton quickly found a home as the lead of Nashville, a drama series surrounding the country music scene in the iconic music city, as well as leading the first installments of American Horror Story and Dirty John.

Minka Kelly

After her run on Friday Night Lights, Minka Kelly had a recurring part in Parenthood, starred in the thriller The Roommate and starred in 16 episodes of Titans.

Scott Porter

Scott Porter went on to be a part of another small-town show, this time with the lighthearted series Hart of Dixie.

He also got married to the football show's casting director.

Jesse Plemons

After his breakthrough role on the football drama, Jesse Plemons had major roles in shows like Breaking Bad and Fargo, and also got engaged to Kirsten Dunst in 2017. The two also welcomed their first child together.

Taylor Kitsch

After his role on the show, Taylor Kitsch went on to star in other compelling dramas like True Detective and the mini-series Waco, as well as in a terrifying role in the crime-drama film 21 Bridges.

Zach Gilford

The Illinois native can be found on the new NBC series, Good Girls.

Adrianne Palicki

The actress has been on The Orville since 2017 but also has had roles in films like John Wick and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Michael B. Jordan

The actor, who played the up-and-coming quarterback on the final season of the show, broke out after the series ended with major movie roles including Just Mercy, Fruitvale Station and of course as Killmonger in Marvel's Black Panther.

Aimee Teegarden

Since her role as Julie Taylor, Aimee Teegarden has taken on recurring parts in series like Notorious, The Ranch and Star-Crossed. While many of the shows have wrapped, Teegarden is still actively in the press for promoting ocean conservation.

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(Originally published June 17, 2020 at 12:05 a.m. PT)

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