Just Here Losing It Over These Rarely Seen Photos From 2000s Movie Premieres

Just Here Losing It Over These Rarely Seen Photos From 2000s Movie Premieres
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Things to expect at a movie premiere in 2023: a pristine red carpet, celebrities in couture gowns, a custom backsplash and/or flower wall (if production is feeling fancy), and a mob of photographers and journalists ready to take a million photos and ask a gazillion questions.

But premieres in the early-to-mid aughts? They just hit different. By which I mean: actual carpets were optional (a lot of these things just took place...on the sidewalk?), it was socially acceptable to roll in wearing jeans and a bucket hat—and sometimes, the only thing to pose in front of was a random curtain. Also, I'm using the term "pose" loosely here, since celebs hadn't quite perfected red carpet glamour and were instead just out here cheesin'...or in the case of Nicole Kidman circa Mission Impossible 2, looking like a she was at a Twilight audition.

On that note, check out 50 rarely seen photos from aughts premieres that we're officially obsessed with—including, but not limited to, Fiona Apple and Thandiwe Newton bonding at the Mission: Impossible 2 party and Cameron Diaz opting not to wear shoes to the Charlie's Angels 2 premiere. Also, there may or may not be a few WAIT, THEY DATED? moments in here. Have fun!

Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Kate Winslet at 'The Holiday' Premiere (2006)

Amanda Woods, is that you??

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Shane West and Mandy Moore at the 'A Walk To Remember' Premiere (2002)

When will society be brave enough to circle back to low-slung, purposeless leather belts over dresses?

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan at the 'Freaky Friday' Premiere (2003)

Also the way I look at Jamie Lee Curtis.

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Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift at 'The Hannah Montana Movie' Premiere (2009)

Before Tay was supporting Beyoncé's movie (as Bey did hers!), she was showing up for Miley. More of this, please.

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Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu at the 'Charlie's Angels 2' Premiere (2003)

Not sure where to begin, but I guess let's start with Cameron's bare feet.

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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at the 'Full Frontal' Premiere (2002)


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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint at the 'Harry Potter' Premiere (2001)

My bbs 🥹

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Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman at the 'MI2' Premiere (2000)

Between you and me, I've never been more scared of an image.

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Britney Spears and Colin Farrell at 'The Recruit' Premiere (2003)

Thanks to Britney's memoir, we know they were definitely hooking up at the time.

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Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Keira Knightley at the 'Love Actually' Premiere (2003)

A lot happening here. A lot to think about.

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Heather Graham and Heath Ledger at 'A Knight's Tale' Premiere (2001)

Fully forgot these two dated.

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Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey at the 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' Premiere (2003)

This dress is almost as perfect as THE yellow dress from the movie.

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Nicole Kidman and Jude Law at the 'Cold Mountain' Premiere (2003)

What a time to be alive.

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck at the 'Maid in Manhattan' Premiere (2002)

People say Gigli broke them up, but I think it was this goatee.

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Halle Berry and Ian McKellen at the 'X-Men' Premiere (2000)

The only sartorial energy that'll be allowed at premieres once I'm president.

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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at the 'Twilight' Premiere (2008)

Renesme's parents.

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Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom at the 'LOTR' Premiere (2001)


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Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens at the 'High School Musical' Premiere (2007)

*immediately breaks into Troy's angry dance*

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes at the 'War of the Worlds' Premiere (2005)

Shocking that this relationship didn't work out!

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Fiona Apple and Thandie Newton at the 'MI2' Premiere Party (2000)

The perfect photo doesn't exi—

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Gabrielle Union at the 'Bring It On' Premiere (2000)

🎶 Brr... it's cold in here! There must be some Clovers in the at-mos-phere! 🎶

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Keira Knightley at the 'Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl' Premiere (2003)

Best day of Mickey's life.

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Beyoncé at the 'Austin Powers in Goldmember' Premiere (2002)

Should have won an Oscar, but okay.

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Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman at 'The Hours' Premiere (2002)

Get them on an HBO show together, stat.

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Eva Mendes at the 'High Crimes' Premiere (2002)

I, for one, appreciate that Eva Mendes came dressed as the Quirky Best Friend from any given Meg Ryan movie.

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Christina Milian and Nick Cannon at 'The Matrix Reloaded' Premiere (2003)

When you find yourself invited to a Matrix premiere, DO: wear a leather trench coat.

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Michelle Williams and Gaby Hoffmann at 'The Man Who Cried' Premiere (2001)

No recollection of this movie existing, but obsessed with this photo.

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Kerry Washington at the 'Save the Last Dance' Premiere (2001)

I'll take one of whatever she's having.

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Lisa Rinna at the 'Under The Tuscan Sun' Premiere (2003)

Can only assume Lisa was referring to these bootcut jeans in her RHOBH tagline" "I don't have to buy it, 'cause I already own it."

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Angelina Jolie and Billy-Bob Thornton at the 'Gone in 60 Seconds' Premiere (2000)

Me scared.

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Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt at the 'Erin Brockovich' Premiere (2000)

Quick antidote.

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Rebecca Romijn and Halle Berry at the 'X-Men' Premiere (2000)

Rebecca channeling Mystique, I can't!

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Drew Barrymore and Tom Green at the 'Loser' Premiere (2000)

Sorry, but I love them.

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Taylor Swift at the 'A Cinderella Story' Premiere (2008)

When you could show up to red carpets just, like, holding a single rose.

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Zoe Saldana at the 'Center Stage' Premiere (2000)

Center Stage is THE best movie of all time, FIGHT ME.

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Monica at the 'Boys and Girls' Premiere (2000)

Will have "The Boy Is Mine" stuck in my head for remainder of this article.

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Khloe Kardashian at 'The House Bunny' Premiere (2008)

Say what you will about the Kardashians, but they COMMIT.

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The Rock at the 'Ocean's Eleven' Premiere (2001)

Give him the Oscar for best eyebrow!

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Evan Rachel Woods at the 'Thirteen' Premiere (2003)

Waiting patiently for these shoes to come back so I can fish them out of my parents' basement.

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Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz at the 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' Premiere (2001)

Penelope's face = how we all felt about the whole Cruise + Cruz PR stunt.

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Emma Watson at the 'Wedding Crashers' Premiere (2005)

Immediate yes to this outfit, no notes.

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Halle Berry and Eric Benet at 'The Brothers' Premiere (2001)

Bring! Back! Wearing! Scarves! On! Red! Carpets!

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Mick Jagger and Kate Winslet at the 'Enigma' Premiere (2002)

Exactly what I'd do if I was taking a photo with Mick Jagger.

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Aaliyah at the 'Planet of the Apes' Premiere (2001)

<3 <3 <3 perfection.

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Miley Cyrus at the 'Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix' Premiere (2007)

Some of us have grown out of posing for photos like this. Some of us (me) have not.

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Nicole Kidman at the 'Happy Feet' Premiere (2006)

We come to this place for magic.

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Christina Aguilera at the 'Shark Tale' Premiere (2004)

Genuinely appreciate that she low-key dressed as a shark.

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Halle Berry at the 'Gothika' Premiere (2003)

Halle Berry should be invited to every premiere.

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth at 'The Hunger Games' Premiere (2012)

Okay, this wasn't technically in the 2000s, but we're doing an honorable mention, considering The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes just came out. (Turns out she can buy herself flowers, next.)

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Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner at the 'The Hunger Games' Premiere (2012)

Back when Kris Jenner made these two show up at random premieres for no reason. But we love a sister night nonetheless!

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