20 years ago Love & Basketball was released in theaters across the US. The cast of Love & Basketball consisted of Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert, Regina Hall, and more. It was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Spike Lee.
And the film’s storyline was felt generationally. It centered on two childhood friends who both aspire to be professional basketball players. Quincy (Epps) is a natural talent and a born leader. Monica (Lathan) is ferociously competitive but sometimes becomes overly emotional on the court. Over the years, the two begin to fall for each other, but their separate paths to basketball stardom threaten to pull them apart.
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Love & Basketball would gross over $27 million at the box office, win four NAACP Image Awards, two Independent Spirit Awards and two BET Awards.
But that reign was 20 years ago. And while we can still revere it as a great love story today, the question is whatever happened to the cast of Love & Basketball. Some of those stars went on to be huge stars, while others remained humble to their beginnings.
20 years later, check out where the cast of Love & Basketball is now.
After playing the co-lead, Monica Wright, in Love & Basketball, Lathan went on to star in many great films such as Brown Sugar, The Family That Preys, Now You See Me 2, and Nappily Ever After. She also led a great TV career as the voice of Donna Tubbs in The Cleveland Show and Family Guy as well as the lead in the series Shots Fired and The Affair. Currently, you can hear her voice in the DC Universe animated series Harley Quinn as Catwoman.
Since starring as a young Monica, Pratt went on to continue to star in the Dr. Dolittle franchise and eventually led the film franchise direct-to-DVDs. She also went to voice the lead in Disney’s The Proud Family as well as One on One. Staying rather active busy throughout her 20+ career you can catch her on the revival of The Proud Family as well as the lead in the 2020 series Call Me Kat.
Epps was the other co-lead in the film as Quincy McCall. He had a very busy career in the 90s, after this his career maintained its moment. He went on to star in many films, most recently Traffik and 3022. Epps was also regular on shows like House and most recently Shooter and This is Us.
After starring as a Young Quincy in the film, Chatman worked a few roles on TV and starred in a few films such as The Luck of the Irish, No Regrets, and most recently he appeared in the TV series For The People.
Before and after Love & Basketball, Woodard has maintained a very busy acting career. It’s way too much to list, just know she has worked every year since starring as Mrs. Wright in the film. She’s currently starring in the Apple+ series See and in 2019 she starred in the films, Clemency, Juanita, and The Lion King. Up next you can see her in film Fatherhood.
Harry J. Lennix
Lennix’s role as Monica’s dad may not have been the biggest role in the film, but his career since then has featured him in some big roles. After the film, he starred in major box office hits like Ray, The Matrix franchise, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. When it comes to TV, Lennix has starred, recurred, and landed regular roles. He’s starred in series like Commander in Chief, 24, and Dollhouse. As of lately you can see him in The Blacklist and Billions.
Hall’s career began in the late 90s so Love & Basketball was actually the second film she starred in. After that she landed a few TV roles in Ally McBeal, Law & Order: Los Angeles. However, Hall has remained busy starring in films like Law Abiding Citizen, About Last Night, Think Like a Man, When the Bough Breaks, Support the Girls, and Little. Currently you can see her on the Showtime series Black Monday and she has two films in the works: Breaking News in Yuba County and Master.
Haysbert has had a very successful career following his role in Love & Basketball. He’s either starred in movies or had regular to recurring TV roles. And in-between all of that you can catch him as the All-State Guy. A role he’s held since 2004. Most recently he’s starred in the 2019 films Breakthrough, Secret Obsession, and Playing in Fire. Right now you can catch him on the Netflix series Lucifer.
Morgan starred as Nona McCall, Quincy’s mother in the film. She then went on to star in a few more films like Coach Carter and the TV film Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart. However in TV she’s starred in far more. Since the 70s and well past her role in the film, Morgan has starred in recurring and series regular roles in shows such as Charmed, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless. Her most recent recurring role was as Estelle in the newly ended Power series and in the Netflix film, Sextuplets.
Did you know being apart of the cast of Love & Basketball was his first film role and second overall role. The heartthrob, who had a very minor part in the film went to star in films such as the Resident Evil franchise, Baggage Claim, and Addicted. He also was a series regular in Soul Food, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and Code Black. As of lately you can catch him in Station 19.
Around this part of her career Union had landed minor roles in TV and film. But after the film, her roles expanded expeditiously. She starred in many shows, some of which she was the lead in like Being Mary Jane and L.A. Finest. She also remained busy on the big screen landing lead and co-lead roles in films like Deliver Us from Eva, Daddy’s Little Girls, and Breaking In. And that’s just her TV career. Up next for the multifaceted starlit is Bad Girls, in which she will reprise her role as Sydney Burnett from the Bad Boys franchise.
Working since the 80s, Calhoun already sustained a vast acting career and following her film role she starred in a few more films and TV shows up until 2017. Her latest films included the box office success: The Best Man Holiday and she starred as the lead in the series Diary of a Single Mom and in BET’s hit mini series The New Edition Story.
After starring as Coach Davis, Dunford has remained busy. Landing roles almost every year since being the cast of Love & Basketball in 2000 she’s done many voice over roles for video games and starred in episodes of various TV shows. Her most recent work is in the TV series The Purge and Star Wars Resistance. Up next you can see her in the film Bad Impulse.
A model first and foremost, this was Banks’ fourth film but not her last. She went on to star in many roles on TV and film as herself as well as many centered around her hit series Next Top Model. Roles she didn’t star in as her self included Coyote Ugly, her Disney classic Life-Size and a few roles on Black-ish and Shake It Up.
Foster landed a few roles after starring in Love & Basketball. He’s appeared in a few shows and his most recent show was on Bosch on Amazon Prime.
Harris’ first role was as a Young Lena (Regina Hall). And that was one of three roles she’s done as an actress. After the film she starred in the TV movie, Unauthorized: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story and on The Hughleys.