The popular teen comedy Can’t Hardly Wait was one of the most definitive of its genre to come out in the late 1990s. Widely parodied in Not Another Teen Movie, the film was a comedy in its own right, as clichéd as it was at times. The film marked one of the first for Jennifer Love Hewitt and Seth Green; however, there were several other recognizable faces throughout the film.
The appearance by actor Eric Balfour was brief in the film although if you are familiar with him his face definitely stood out. Balfour plays a hippie at the party. Later in his career he went on to appear in several films in mostly smaller roles with the exception of 2010’s Skyline which he starred. Balfour’s bigger success came on television with recurring roles on shows 24, Six Feet Under, The O.C., and Haven.
Only a year after playing a nameless girl the character Mike Dexter hits on, Selma Blair starred in another popular teen movie where she shared a kiss with Sara Michelle Gellar, Cruel Intentions. She later played the main villain in Legally Blonde and by that point had become a well-known actress. Nobody could have guessed such an unimportant character could have become Hellboy’s love interest.
Actress Clea Duvall turns down the Seth Green character’s advances in the film and is then suddenly not in it anymore. No relation to Robert or Shelly, Duvall is consistently appearing in films like The Faculty, 21 Grams, and Zodiac. On television she was a main character on the short-lived HBO show Carnivale and recently had a role in the second season of American Horror Story.
The drummer of Love Burger with the cowboy hat that broke up the band was played by Donald Faison. By the time he appeared in Can’t Hardly Wait he had already made his presence known in the teen comedy realm with his role in Clueless. Following Can’t Hardly Wait though, Faison continued to build up his acting resume. He is probably most recognized as Christopher Turk from Scrubs, a comedy he spent a decade on.
Like Faison, Breckin Meyer had previously appeared in several movies including Clueless. In Can’t Hardly Wait he played the lead singer for Love Burger. Meyer became a busy comedic actor in the early 2000s with roles in Road Trip, Rat Race, and Garfield: The Movie. Meyer’s biggest success came later on when he became the co-star of his own sitcom, Franklin & Bash alongside Saved by the Bell alumni Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
“The Shermanator” is all anyone needs to say to know who Chris Owen is. In Can’t Hardly Wait he didn’t have a single line, instead appearing in random scenes stealing objects without a word. An already somewhat successful actor prior to Can’t Hardly Wait, Owen’s biggest role is of course as Chuck Sherman in the American Pie Series, the self-proclaimed Shermanator.
An odd casting only based on what her next big role was, Jaime Pressly played one of the popular girls who was friends with Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character. Only two years later she played Priscilla in Not Another Teen Movie which poked fun in many ways at Can’t Hardly Wait. Pressly’s biggest role came as Joy Turner on the critically acclaimed sitcom My Name Is Earl.
A role so small for Jason Segel he is only credited as “Watermelon Guy,” his appearance in this film shows how far anyone can come. Only a year after Can’t Hardly Wait Segel became a regular on Freaks and Geeks where he met Judd Apatow. Ever since, Segel has appeared in multiple comedies with and without Apatow’s help. And of course when he wasn’t making movies Segel was a series regular on the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother. All of this came after asking Jennifer Love Hewitt if she wanted some watermelon.