'My So-Called Life' Reunion: Everything's the Same … With One Big Exception!
It's been nearly 20 years since "My So-Called Life" first debuted on television, and it's been nearly that long since four of its stars were in a room with creator Winnie Holzman.
At the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, on Friday, we were among the first to join her, Devon Gummersall (Brian Krakow), Devon Odessa (Sharon Cherski), Wilson Cruz (Ricky Vasquez), and Bess Armstrong (Patty Chase) in that room, and we can confirm that while much has changed, even more has stayed the same.
The biggest change? Devon Gummersall. Gone are those poofy curls and high-waisted pants. He's not nerdy Brian Krakow anymore, ladies!
"He's gorgeous, right?" Wilson Cruz, who played the effervescent Ricky Vasquez on the show, gushed to us.
Even Gummersall understands people's fascination with his transformation.
"My hairstyle — let's just say I cut it shortly after that show went off the air, but here's the thing: Similar to the show in general, I'm happy with it, I loved it, I wouldn't mess with it, it was perfect at the time, but I probably wouldn't do it again," he told us. "People don't recognize me because I do look so different, but when they do, they're just completely baffled. They're like, 'What?!'"
But it wasn't just the hair that makes the actor, now 34, cringe when he watches reruns.
"At that age, having to tuck your shirt in, that just felt really wrong to me. I had to wear those leather braided belts and tuck my shirt in all the time," he confessed. "It took a good 10 years to opt to tuck my shirt in in real life because I was just like traumatized."[Related: 'Boy Meets World' Cast Meets for First-Ever Official Reunion at ATX Television Festival]
Other than looks, though, the cast agrees that little has changed since the show was on the air for its brief 19-episode run. They'd all have mobile phones, but the stories would remain the same.
"In our hearts and souls, one generation is not that different from another," Holzman said. "It's just the trappings that change."
"The writing was so good and the story, the challenges that the characters were dealing with were timeless things," Gummersall agreed. "It could be pretty much the same now, or it could've taken place at a time earlier."
Another thing that's stayed the same for nearly 20 years is the relationships between the stars. In fact, much of our conversation with the cast was spent discussing their more recent connections.
And, yes, everyone still loves Claire Danes.
"We all met up at the Chateau Marmont meeting Claire's baby," Armstrong shared, pointing to Odessa and Holzman.
"If I'm ever in New York, I see Claire. I mean, if she's in New York," Holzman added. "Nowadays, she's not always going to be in New York, she's going to be [filming 'Homeland'] in South Carolina."
"She continued to do Thanksgiving at my house until a couple years ago when she decided to start her own on the East Coast," Armstrong said. "She called me the night before going, 'How do I make the green beans?' … In her vegetarian phase, she used to stand and when I poured the caramelized onions over the green beans — that's part of the trick — she would stand there with her fingers and eat them out of the dish so that only about a quarter of them got to the table."