Where Are They Now? The “Teen” Actors From “Sister Act 2”

October 23, 2012  |  

 

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)

Ryan Toby/Ahmal

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.”

Alana Uback/Maria

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.

 

Ron Johnson/Sketch

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.

 

Devin Kamin/Frankie

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.

Tanya Blount/Tanya

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.”

Christian Fitzharris/Tyler

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.

Monica Calhoun

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.

 

 

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  • mainstreamisoverrated

    Rita diva with a tude

  • JTerry

    I absolutely LOVED this movie! I used to fast forward to the performance parts! lol

  • YesImHere

    LOOOOOOOOOVE THEM ALL!! Now I’m ’bout to watch the movie!!!!

    “If you wanna be somebody. If you wanna go somewhere. You better wake up and paaaaaaay attention!”

    but let me stop because I can quote this movie nonstop!

    Thanks for posting this! 🙂

  • blacklatina

    What about the handsome guy with long hair who played the piano? He never talked on the movie but he was hot !!

    • YesImHere

      “Oh… you play that so nice.”

    • Movielover

      I’ve looked up the credits and tried to find out who he is and no luck! I thought he was a cutie pie!

    • Daq

      His name is mehran Marcos sedghi

  • OH, and may I add that Caramel by City High was my JAM!!!!!! “5’5″ with brown eyes! Smile like the sunrise!” Man… and the remix with Eve!! YES!!

    LOL… okay, back to regularly scheduled posting!

    • totally forgot about that song! i loved it because i was (and 15 yrs later still am…didn’t grow another inch!) 5’5″ with brown eyes.

  • Loved how they sang “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” & at the end, when everybody sings “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”!! I wore this movie out as a child! Still love it! Not to mention, you can’t really ever go wrong with Ms. Hill!!

  • ijs

    love love love this movie even tho ‘eye is on the sparrow’ caused me to have weird nightmares as a kid lmao but whoopi is one of my favorite actresses and Lauryn is the best vocalist hands down

  • TRUTH IS

    I absolutely love(d) this movie. Lauryn Hill was no joke in this role. Also that gurl could sing (one who sang that Sparrow song with Lauryn). This is movie is a classic!! Def should go down in the classical movie collection!

    • Sarah Says

      You mean Tanya Blount. She had a album out shortly after the film which has one of my fav songs “through the rain”
      I don’t know what happened to her after that.

      • I’m just glad she seems to be a functional and visible post Diddy….Because most people who deal with him seem to just straight up disappear, change their religion, or get a little cray.

  • Mari_D

    I may be outta base, but Ryan Toby looks like a black Ryan Gosling!
    …I like:)

    • ijs

      lmao i didnt even notice until you said that but he really does lol

    • YesImHere

      Nooooooooooooo! I believe Ryan Gosling is winning lol

    • he sure does! btw,my sister loves her some ryan gosling.

  • SunshineBlossom

    “If you wanna be somebody!!” That was my jam!! Me and my girls in class would sing that right before the teacher would yell at us in High School.