Where Are They Now? The “Teen” Actors From “Sister Act 2”
In 1992, we were introduced to Whoopi Goldberg’s character of Deloris van Cartier, a failing lounge singer who witnessed a murder and had to take refuge in a convent until she could testify against her ex-boyfriend who committed the murder. The movie was a success and with all successful movies, they wanted to try to capitalize on the magic by making a sequel, and that’s where Sister Act 2 came in.
Deloris donned the habit and reclaimed her place as Sister Mary Clarence to teach a music class to keep the school from closing. Within this music class we came across a bounty of characters. let’s see what they’ve been up to since singing: “If you wanna be somebody, if you wanna go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention.”
Lauryn Hill/Rita Watson
If we’re gonna start this, we’re gonna start strong, with the wonderfully talented Lauryn Hill. Revealing her beautiful voice and acting chops, Lauryn portrayed the stubborn but hopeful student Rita Watson who was against Sister Mary Clarence’s desire to change their “bird” class into one that they actually learned. But she was eventually persuaded to give it a shot and had all types of solos.
I mean, seriously, we all pretty much know her music history, but did you know that she continued acting? In fact, she was an actress in “As The World Turns” before she did Sister Act 2. She had a few bit pieces here and there, but turned down big parts like in the last two Matrix movies. After Sister Act 2, Lauryn’s group the Fugees made multiple albums, winning awards and accolades. She then went on to make her first solo album that won her Grammys on top of Grammys. The following year she won a Grammy for co-producing Carlos Santana’s album “Supernatural. ” She took a small music hiatus, but released the MTV Unplugged album (which was AMAZING, I don’t care what ANYONE says). She was involved with Wyclef and Rohan Marley, having multiple children with the latter. She also released multiple mixtapes and continues to tour and perform.
In 2012 she plead guilty to tax evasion charges and will be sentenced in November. (Sad face)
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Ahmal was the intelligent, fact checker (“it’s eclectic, not electric, stupid!”) who surprised even Sister Mary Clarence while performing his solo in “Oh Happy Day!”
In real life, Ryan was in the Grammy nominated group City High who shot to fame with the song “What Would You Do?” The group broke up in 2003, and he released a solo album called: “Soul of a Songwriter.” He continued to sing, produce, and write songs and he’s worked on multiple soundtracks. He got married to former City High group member Claudette Ortiz and the two had a son. But in 2007 they got divorced. He appeared in the movie “Prison Song” with Mary J. Blidge. In 2011, he was featured on Young Buck’s song “Ain’t Slept in Days.”
Y’all remember her. She was the one who didn’t know the lyrics to “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” but could sing the theme song to “The Love Boat.”
Alana kept a steady acting schedule by doing a large number of movies, some notable ones were: The Brady Bunch Movie (where she played Marcia’s lesbian friend), Legally Blonde 1 & 2, Meet the Fockers, and Bad Teacher. She also did voice acting in multiple animated shows and movies and appeared in multiple series and sitcoms. As of now she is starring in the Nick at Nite show “See Dad Run” with Scott Baio.
Sketch was the hard working student who worked the night shift and had problems staying awake in class. He had a talent in drawing and rapping and showcased it in the students rendition of “Joyful Joyful.”
After doing Sister Act 2 Ron was a accused of two accounts of raping two female extras (one extra was from Sister Act 2, and the other was from a previous Oliver Stone movie called Zebrahead,) but was later acquitted of all charges. He’s a father and has kept a relatively low profile and tries to mentor children to keep them from taking the troubled path he initially followed before pursuing acting.
The smart mouthed student who always had a radio on his desk. Frankie was a good portion of the comedic relief when it came to the class.
After Sister Act 2, he appeared in a few series, like “My So-Called Life,” “Brimstone,” and “Stratus 4.” He also stared in the movie Impact Point.
The girl with the booming voice. She showcased her talent at the beginning of the movie with “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and then did the duet with Lauryn Hill “His Eye is On the Sparrow” (which seemed to become almost every black church’s national anthem after the movie).
After the movie, Tanya continued to showcase her voice, was once signed with Bad Boy, and released 3 albums that had multiple singles from them (one which appeared on the “Family That Preys” movie and soundtrack.) She also wrote a book “Through the Rain: 40 Principles to Survive Life’s Challenges” and released a duet Christian album in 2011 with her brother named “Worth it All” with their group “Blount 2 Blount” and is set to release a new album in 2012 entitled “The Return of the Sparrow.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Before she was known in Party of Five, yes, Ms. Hewitt had a bit part in Sister Act 2 as a girl who was constantly putting on makeup. But, she put the compact down (after Sister Mary Clarence made her) and sang her heart out to help the choir win the competition.
You all know that she’s a big name in the acting department, but did you know that she was a singer as well? She released four albums and had five singles.
She also had writing credits in “Chicken Soup for the Soul 2,” wrote “The Day I Shot Cupid” and released a comic book series. You can find her still acting in “Hot in Cleveland” and “The Client List.”
The nerdy guy who goes along with the pranks, but almost foils them as well.
After the movie, he went into a career as a circus performer, by joining Cirque du Soleil, which if you haven’t seen it, is AMAZING!! He also is a stand up comedian, documentary filmmaker, and has written a memoir that follows his life of entertainment that was scheduled to be released in 2011.
In Sister Act 2, I think that Sister Mary Clarence only referred to her as “Miss Thing” after treating her for wearing sunglasses in the classroom. But Monica Calhoun had a small part that contributed to her wide array of acting jobs.
After, she went on to be Diamond’s troubled cousin in The Players Club, and was Morris Chestnut’s love interest in The Best Man. After that she continued to work in movies and television roles. She was the protagonist of Robert Townsend’s series “Diary of a Single Mom,” and did series with HBO and PBS.