The cast of “White Chicks”: Where are they now?

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Catch up with Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Busy Philipps, and the rest of the actors after they threw their last BF.

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection</p> Busy Philipps, Shawn Wayans, Jennifer Carpenter, Marlon Wayans, and Jessica Cauffiel in

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Busy Philipps, Shawn Wayans, Jennifer Carpenter, Marlon Wayans, and Jessica Cauffiel in 'White Chicks'

After botching a drug bust, FBI agents Marcus (Marlon Wayans) and Kevin Copeland (Shawn Wayans) are tasked with babysitting the wealthy Wilson sisters during a weekend in the Hamptons. When the socialites, who are the target of a high-profile kidnapping ring, refuse to go through with the trip, the brothers disguise themselves as the pair to flush out the crooks. But to crack the case, the two Black men will have to convince everyone they are a pair of White Chicks.

The wild comedy was initially conceived by Shawn during one sleepless night. "I was in my robe, walking around my house one night, and the idea hit me," he told EW in the White Chicks oral history. "I read an article about Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton. They were on the cover of FHM. They were getting in fights and stuff and acting real rowdy and raunchy. And I just thought it would be funny for me and Marlon to play two white girls like this."

Despite the initial reservations of Marlon and their brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, who would go on to direct the movie, the trio soon found themselves on set in Vancouver. Its five Razzie nominations aside, the drag farce has gone on to become a beloved classic since its 2004 debut thanks to its over-the-top gags, ridiculous prosthetics, and infamous Vanessa Carlton musical number.

Read on to find out where the White Chicks cast ended up after leaving the Hamptons behind.

Marlon Wayans (Marcus Anthony Copeland II/Tiffany Wilson)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; John Parra/Getty Images</p> Marlon Wayans in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; John Parra/Getty Images

Marlon Wayans in 'White Chicks'

The youngest Wayans entered the family business working alongside his older siblings in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), Mo'Money (1992), and the sketch comedy series In Living Color. The actor and his brother Shawn eventually headlined their own sitcom, The Wayans Brothers, on the WB for five seasons. In 2000, in addition to comedic hits like Scary Movie, the actor also dipped his toe into more serious fare with Darren Aronofsky's addiction drama Requiem for a Dream.

Post-White Chicks, Marlon still performs stand-up around the country and has co-written and starred in several more comedies like Little Man (2006), Fifty Shades of Black (2016), Naked (2017), and the self-titled sitcom Marlon. In 2018, he released his first stand-up special, Woke-ish, for Netflix. He has continued to show his acting range in films like Sofia Coppola's On the Rocks (2020), the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect (2021), and the Ben Affleck-directed sneaker drama Air (2023).

While talking to EW in 2020, he shared why he thinks White Chicks has left an impact. "You know who loves White Chicks the most? White chicks. That's how you know it's a good movie," Wayans said. "For us, I think a good joke in comedy is when the people you make fun of laugh the loudest. And what's beautiful is that we're equal-opportunity offenders... And I think that's what makes it a cult classic to this day."

Marlon dated Angela Zackery for 21 years between 1992 and 2013. The former couple has two children together.

Shawn Wayans (Kevin Copeland/Brittany Wilson)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic</p> Shawn Wayans in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Shawn Wayans in 'White Chicks'

Frequently costarring with his younger brother, Shawn launched his career alongside Marlon in the bit role of "Pedestrian" in Keenan's comedy hit I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988). He then joined the rest of the family on In Living Color, first as in-house DJ SW-1, and later as a fellow sketch performer. The brothers went on to star on their eponymous WB sitcom and have co-written six features together, including Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996), and of course, White Chicks.

Shawn told EW the heavy prosthetics required for the shoot took a toll on both brothers. "It felt like the old Coke bottle caps were glued to our eyelids. It ruined your mood... when it was time to put those contacts in, it just killed our personality."

After the difficult shoot, he reteamed with Marlon for the comedies Little Man (2006) and Dance Flick (2009). He also lent his voice to and directed the animated projects Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness and Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street. In 2019, he took Thugaboo on the road with the family-friendly live Boo Crew tour and reunited with some of his In Living Color costars at the Tribeca Film Festival. Shawn has continued to perform as both a stand-up comedian and DJ around the country.

The multihyphenate has three children — Laila, Ilia, and Marlon — from his relationship with Ursula Alberto.

Busy Philipps (Karen Googlestein)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty Images</p> Busy Philipps in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty Images

Busy Philipps in 'White Chicks'

Busy Philipps is lovelorn booty call Karen in White Chicks. The actress first drew attention for her work on the critically acclaimed dramedy Freaks and Geeks in 1999. Following the show's premature cancellation, she joined Dawson's Creek for its final two seasons, where she met her future best friend, five-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams.

After White Chicks, she returned to television for a two-season recurring stint on ER before starring on the ensemble comedy Cougar Town with Courteney Cox. EW readers in 2010 voted to bestow Philipps with an EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the sitcom. In 2018, she released a memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, and launched her own late-night talk show for E! titled Busy Tonight. Despite a Critic's Choice nomination, the show was canceled after one season. However, she and two of the show's writers reunited for the podcast Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best in 2020.

She has used her voice off-air to support the fight for reproductive rights, and in 2022 was arrested outside the Supreme Court building while protesting the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. She has collaborated with Tina Fey in two musical comedies: the pop star parody series Girls5eva and the 2024 film adaptation of the Mean Girls Broadway musical.

Despite her long and varied résumé, Philipps told her fellow chicks during a mini-reunion on Busy Tonight, "I have to say, of all the things I've done, I get White Chicks at least once or twice a week."

Philipps married writer-director Marc Silverstein in 2007, and the couple separated in 2021. They have two children, Birdie Leigh and Cricket Pearl.

Jennifer Carpenter (Lisa Anderson)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images</p> Jennifer Carpenter in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Jennifer Carpenter in 'White Chicks'

Lisa, who has the epic fitting room meltdown, is played by Jennifer Carpenter. White Chicks was Carpenter's fourth onscreen role following bit parts in movies like the camp action comedy D.E.B.S. (2004) with future costar Jessica Cauffiel. Despite making her Broadway debut opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney in The Crucible in 2002, the Julliard-trained actress struggled to find work after heading to Hollywood. Her fortunes soon changed after a fateful run-in with the Wayans brothers at her day job.

"I actually waited on the Wayans brothers the day before I auditioned for White Chicks, and they didn't remember me at my audition but they gave me my first job out there," Carpenter told "They taught me a lot about working in front of a camera. They're very patient and very ridiculous. And very good tippers."

After the film, she starred in the horror hit The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) before landing her breakthrough role as Debra Morgan on the Showtime serial killer drama Dexter. She costarred with Michael C. Hall for eight seasons, and returned for the 10-episode revival series, Dexter: New Blood, in 2021. She has starred on the series Limitless and The Enemy Within and voiced several animated characters.

She and Hall began dating on the set of the original run of Dexter, and the pair eloped in 2008. However, they filed for divorce two years into the marriage. Carpenter then married Seth Avett, lead singer of the Avett Brothers, in 2016. The couple has a son, Isaac.

Jessica Cauffiel (Tori Wilson)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Jordin Althaus/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images</p> Jessica Cauffiel in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Jordin Althaus/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Jessica Cauffiel in 'White Chicks'

Jessica Cauffiel plays Tori, the friend with her finger on the pulse of the Hamptons. She made her film debut in the 1998 Goldie HawnSteve Martin comedy The Out-of-Towners, then went on to appear on The Drew Carey Show, and in movies like Valentine and D.E.B.S.

Cauffiel is probably best known to audiences for her role as ditzy Delta Nu sorority girl Margot in the Legally Blonde franchise. In fact, the actress caused a bit of a stir in 2021 when she seemingly misremembered an alternate ending for the original film.

After leaving the Hamptons, she has only appeared in seven more onscreen roles, including the Ashton Kutcher comedy Guess Who (2005) and The World's Fastest Indian (2005) with Anthony Hopkins. Her last credited role was in the 2009 Hallmark Channel ice skating drama Ice Dreams. She reunited with her fellow White Chicks stars on Busy Tonight in 2019, and they recreated the movie's dance-off. Although she has been absent from screens for more than a decade, the actress is set to appear in the long-gestating Legally Blonde 3.

Terry Crews (Latrell Spencer)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images</p> Terry Crews in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Terry Crews in 'White Chicks'

Former NFL linebacker Terry Crews is Latrell Spencer, a.k.a. "Buffy the White Girl Slayer" in White Chicks. Upon retiring from pro football in 1997, Crews headed to Hollywood to fulfill his dream of working as an actor, and appeared in films like Friday After Next (2002) and Malibu's Most Wanted (2003). He told EW he auditioned for another Wayans project the morning of his White Chicks audition.

"I actually had auditioned for My Wife and Kids earlier in the day. So Damon and his sister Kim and the family was all over that first audition...I really wanted it — and I bombed," he said. "I got in my car and drove across town for my White Chicks audition, and I didn't care anymore….So I just let it all loose, there was no inhibition and no pressure, because I've got nothing to lose. And everything just clicked."

After the comedy, Crews did eventually land a one-episode turn on My Wife and Kids the following year. He has since starred in action films like The Expendables franchise and Deadpool 2 (2018), and on the sitcoms Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He's also added host to his résumé with Who Wants to be a Millionaire and America's Got Talent.

Crews starred as himself, along with his wife Rebecca and their five children, on a two-season reality show, The Family Crews, on BET. His memoir, Manhood: How to Be a Better Man or Just Live with One, was released in 2014. He got fans' hopes up in 2019 by announcing White Chicks 2 was in the works, but Marlon quickly shot it down saying there is currently no deal in place.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement in 2017, Crews spoke publicly of his own experience with sexual assault and was honored as a "Silence Breaker" by TIME magazine later that year.

Jaime King (Heather Vandergeld)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images</p> Jaime King in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Jaime King in 'White Chicks'

Jaime King plays the Wilsons' archrival Heather Vandergeld. She began modeling at the age of 14, and served as one of the rotating hosts of MTV's fashion industry series House of Style before transitioning to acting. After bit parts in Blow (2001) and Pearl Harbor (2001), she landed her first lead role opposite Sean William Scott and Chow Yun-Fat in the martial arts action film Bulletproof Monk (2003).

In 2004, she went from unleashing martial arts moves to busting moves on the dance floor during White Chicks' dance-off sequence. In an interview with Access Hollywood, the actress said, "We rehearsed that for so long and then Keenan was like 'Oh my god, you guys are too good, what are the whitest moves you can do...we had to change the routine last minute."

Following White Chicks, she has built a lengthy résumé starring in movies like Sin City (2005), and voiced several characters on both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Robot Chicken. She spent four seasons as Lemon Breeland on the CW drama Hart of Dixie, and two seasons kicking zombie ass on the Netflix horror show Black Summer. In 2023, she starred in the true crime Lifetime movie Hoax: The Kidnapping of Sherri Papini.

King married Fanboys director Kyle Newman in 2007; but after 13 years of marriage, the actress filed for divorce. Their contentious separation finally reached a resolution in September of 2023. The couple has two sons together, with Jessica Alba and Taylor Swift serving as the boys' godmothers.

Brittany Daniel (Megan Vandergeld)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Todd Williamson/NBC/NBC via Getty Images</p> Brittany Daniel in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Todd Williamson/NBC/NBC via Getty Images

Brittany Daniel in 'White Chicks'

Brittany Daniel is mean girl Megan Vandergeld in White Chicks. Before the movie, Daniel and her twin sister, Cynthia, starred on the Sweet Valley High TV series and in the Leonardo DiCaprio addiction drama The Basketball Diaries (1995). Daniel went solo as bad girl Eve in season 3 of Dawson's Creek, and then played the love interest in the David Spade comedy Joe Dirt in 2001.

After White Chicks, Daniel reunited with the Wayans brothers for Little Man, then starred as Kelly Pitt on the Girlfriends spinoff The Game from 2006 to 2015. The actress took a three-year hiatus from the series in 2011 to undergo treatment for stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma and was declared cancer-free in 2014. In response to years of fan questions regarding their health and beauty routines, she and her sister launched the lifestyle website Sweet Collection XO in 2017.

Daniel was in a seven-year relationship with White Chicks director Keenan Ivory Wayans from 2007 to 2014. She married real estate agent Adam Touni in 2017, and the couple welcomed a daughter, Hope Rose, via surrogacy in 2021 with the help of an egg donation from Cynthia.

Ahead of her wedding, Daniel told PEOPLE that she planned to pay homage to the film by replacing the traditional first dance with a dance-off. "It was kind of inspired by the scene in White Chicks...Our dance-off is West Side Story meets White Chicks."

Frankie Faison (Chief Elliot Gordon)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Michael Kovac/Getty Images</p> Frankie Faison in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Frankie Faison in 'White Chicks'

Frankie Faison plays alleged Denzel Washington lookalike Chief Elliot Gordon. Faison had a long career as a character actor before the Wayans brothers comedy and received a Tony nomination for his work in the original Broadway cast of August Wilson's Fences. He is the actor to appear in the most big-screen iterations of the Hannibal Lecter saga, popping up in Manhunter (1986), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001), and Red Dragon (2002). Aside from White Chicks, he is recognized for playing the landlord in Coming to America (1988) and for his portrayal of Commissioner Ervin Burrell on the HBO crime drama The Wire.

"White Chicks...That was the best. That's another one of those films that sits up there one notch below, if not on the same page, as Coming to America," Faison told The A.V. Club. "I always wanted to be connected to all ages as long as I'm here on this planet, because I think we can all learn from each other. So that was something special for me about White Chicks, without a doubt."

In the time since the movie, he continued to play Burrell on The Wire through its fifth and final season in 2008. He has played supporting roles in many projects, including films like Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008) and on TV shows like The Good Wife. He was a series regular on the soap One Life to Live and the Cinemax action series Banshee, and received a Gotham award for Outstanding Lead Performance for his starring role in the film The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (2021). In 2022, he played John Carthan — the grandfather of Emmett Till — in the critically acclaimed historical drama Till.

Faison has been married twice and has three children.

Lochlyn Munro (Agent Jake Harper)

<p>Columbia Pictures; Emma McIntyre/Getty Images</p> Lochlyn Munro in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures; Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Lochlyn Munro in 'White Chicks'

Lochlyn Munro is rival FBI Agent Jake Harper in White Chicks. The veteran actor began his career in 1989 following a sports injury that sidelined his dream of playing in the NHL. During the 15 years before White Chicks, Munro worked in a variety of projects like the Clint Eastwood Western Unforgiven (1992) and the horror crossover Freddy vs. Jason (2003). White Chicks marked the second time he worked with the Wayans brothers after his turn as jock Greg in Scary Movie.

Munro later reteamed with the brothers for Little Man, Dance Flick, and Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street. He went on to play Betty's (Lily Reinhart) diabolical father Hal Cooper on Riverdale, then joined the DC universe in 2022 as Det. Larry Fitzgibbon on Peacemaker. He also costars with fellow Archieverse alum Kiernan Shipka in the time-travel horror comedy Totally Killer (2023).

Munro and his wife, Sharon, have been married since 1997, and they have two children.

Eddie Velez (Agent Vincent Gomez)

<p>Columbia Pictures; Vince Bucci/Getty Images</p> Eddie Velez in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures; Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Eddie Velez in 'White Chicks'

Eddie Velez is Vincent Gomez, the agent obsessed with the game "Who would you do...?" The Manhattan-born actor made his film debut in the 1984 cult classic Repo Man. He played supporting roles throughout the '80s and '90s, and became a series regular in the final season of The A-Team in 1987. Prior to White Chicks, he starred on the soap operas Port Charles and Days of Our Lives.

Following the movie, Velez has guest starred on Charmed, Numb3rs, and Walker: Independence. He has also written and directed a handful of short films as well as the feature-length film Target Jeremy.

Velez has been married to Catherine Grace since 1989. He has one daughter, Eliza, from a previous marriage, and two grandsons.

John Heard (Warren Vandergeld)

<p>Columbia Pictures; Michael Boardman/Getty Images</p> John Heard in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures; Michael Boardman/Getty Images

John Heard in 'White Chicks'

John Heard was the actor behind scheming embezzler Warren Vandergeld. He had more than four decades of work under his belt before White Chicks, and first gained critical notice in the 1981 noir Cutter's Way, then went on to work with Martin Scorsese in the dark comedy After Hours (1985), Tom Hanks in Big (1988), and Bette Midler in Beaches (1988). In 1990, he played Peter McCallister, the father of Macaulay Culkin's Kevin, in the Christmas blockbuster Home Alone. The actor received an Emmy nomination in 1999 for his work as corrupt cop Det. Vin Makazian on The Sopranos.

After Vandergeld's arrest, Heard was a go-to character actor who appeared on numerous TV shows like Prison Break and NCIS: Los Angeles. On film, he played Sheriff Dozier in Denzel Washington's sophomore directorial effort The Great Debaters (2007) and was among the cast of the Syfy camp disaster movie Sharknado.

Heard was married three times. He had a son with actress Melissa Leo, and two children with his second wife, Sharon. Heard died in 2017 from cardiac arrest at the age of 71.

In a memorial post on Instagram, Marlon Wayans wrote, "I had the pleasure of working with John Heard in #whitechicks…He was a great guy. Shared a lot of laughs. Sad to see such a good spirit and actor taken."

Maitland Ward (Brittany Wilson)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Ethan Miller/Getty Images</p> Maitland Ward in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Maitland Ward in 'White Chicks'

Maitland Ward plays the BF — a.k.a. "bitch fit" — throwing heiress Brittany Wilson. She made her professional debut on the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful in 1994, and later joined the cast of the sitcom Boy Meets World for its final two seasons. She also appeared on the shows Home Improvement and Boston Public.

After White Chicks, Ward made two more TV appearances before retiring from mainstream acting in 2007. She proceeded to build a large following online, and, in 2019, she transitioned to the world of adult entertainment. Ward released a memoir in 2022 titled Rated X: How Porn Liberated Me from Hollywood.

The performer has been married to real estate agent Terry Baxter since 2006.

Anne Dudek (Tiffany Wilson)

<p>Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Jerod Harris/Getty Images</p> Anne Dudek in 'White Chicks'

Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Anne Dudek in 'White Chicks'

Anne Dudek is White Chicks' "scarred" cruise line heiress Tiffany Wilson. Before the Wayans brothers comedy, the actress had small roles on shows like ER and Friends, before traveling across the pond to star on the U.K. sitcom The Book Group. She made her big-screen debut in the 2003 drama The Human Stain, before booking her part in White Chicks.

"That movie has stood the test of time in a way I never could have predicted. I'll walk into a Starbucks, and someone's like, 'White Chicks! I love White Chicks!' And I just love that," she told Beverly Hills Magazine. "I never would have thought that movie would have made the lasting impact it's made...I do love being recognized for that."

Since Tiffany's rescue, Dudek has become a regular fixture on TV, taking recurring roles on shows like Covert Affairs, The Flash, and the Watergate drama Gaslit. She was also a series regular on Comedy Central's Corporate. Outside of White Chicks, she is most recognizable to fans for her work as Betty's neighbor Francine on Mad Men, and as the ill-fated Amber Volakis on House. She plays Ellen Stanton in the 2023 historical thriller miniseries Manhunt for Apple TV+.

Dudek and artist Matthew Heller were married in 2008 and the couple divorced in 2016. They have two children.

Related content:

Read the original article on Entertainment Weekly.