Where Are They Now? Our Favorite Faces From “House Party” And “Class Act”
So they weren’t classic films, but I don’t know anybody who doesn’t get excited and drop what they’re doing to watch House Party (the original) and Class Act. The dancing is amazing, the storylines are easy to follow and you can’t say you aren’t fully entertained. These two movies dropped more than 20 years ago and it’s been a while since we’ve seen all the stars that made them must-see films in black homes years ago. Some, well, you know what they’re up to because they’re still doing big things, while others have stayed under the radar. Shall we be nosey and find out their whereabouts? Be prepared to click!
Adrienne-Joi Johnson captured everybody’s attention with her yellow spandex jumpsuit and killer dance moves in House Party. Playing Sharane, the cool chick from the hood (no for real, her neighborhood was mad sketch), both Kid and Play battled for her affections for most of the movie, but her finger wave and curl-wearing behind played coy with both fellas cause she had it like that. So where is she nowadays? Out here flexing on folks as a fitness and wellness coach. Check the abs for proof of how that’s working out. After her role in Baby Boy, Johnson did a few TV roles here and there (including hosting the show Flab to Fab), but she’s been more about weight loss and overall health over the past few years, even being a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society.
Christopher “Kid” Reid
I know I wasn’t the only one who had a low-key crush on Kid…
Always playing the less suave but mad adorable character in both House Party and Class Act, Kid always got the girl. But in real life, he was just as much of a mack as his rapping partner and friend Play as they had everybody dancing as a duo. After showing up in numerous movies in the House Party franchise, Reid did some TV show cameos, was host of Showtime at the Apollo, did some reality TV, showed up in an LMFAO video, and has been touring as a comedian these days. He also does voice work for video games like Spec Ops: The Line.
“Paul Anthony” George, Lucien “Bowlegged Lou” George, Jr., Brian “B-Fine” George of Full Force
*sniffs* “I SMELL P-Well, you know the saying. As hardcore as Stab, Pee-Wee and Zilla were with their cut-off shirts and penchant for liking to kick a** in House Party, in real life, the three men, brothers by the way, were part of hitmaking R&B group Full Force, that loved to wear the most random of revealing clothes but keep you dancing (anything by Lisa Lisa was the jam back in the day). After doing House Party and House Party 2, they got back to focusing solely on making jams, working with everyone over the years including ‘N Sync, The Black Eyed Peas, the Backstreet Boys, Rihanna and more. They’re still working on music as we speak and released a greatest hits compilation in 2007.
She was the object of Kid’s affections when he played Duncan Pinderhughes in Class Act. A wild chick to his nerdy character, they were different, but cute. And after she did Class Act, the Boyz n the Hood actress did a short film and then kind of stepped out of the spotlight. However, Rogers can be seen on her Facebook page motivating kids by speaking in schools, repping her time as a cast member on Class Act, and just got back into the movies by doing the independent film, Beyond Merrit.
Christopher “Play” Martin
Those lips! Play used to be the coolest guy ever. After trying his hand at film roles, Play, which comes from playboy, later went on to marry and have a son with actress Shari Headley (the love interest for Eddie Murphy in Coming to America), he became a born-again Christian, and worked on Christian Hip-Hop solely. He’s currently the CEO of a small multimedia company. Of course, he teamed back up with Kid to appear at award shows over the years, and he got back into acting, including doing the films Welcome to Durham, USA and The Return. And he still looks good!
Tisha Campbell Martin
The well-off yet sweet and spicy Sidney, Campbell Martin proved that saddity girls can dance too. Plus, she was a pretty lucky chick, getting to play the love interest of Kid in three cycles of House Party movies. After House Party she got married to Duane Martin, had two kids, and she did everything from the show Martin to movies like Sprung, Boomerang, and had leading roles in TV shows like My Wife and Kids and The Protector. She currently has a restaurant with her husband called Xen (named after her first son) in Los Angeles and has been doing cameo appearances on shows and in music videos. She just had a role in the Lifetime movie, Pastor Brown.
Daryl “Chill” Mitchell
One half of Groove B. Chill, the Hip-Hop group, Mitchell had the chance to get his jig on and show off his early acting skills. After that, the jobs kept coming (outside of music), including House Party 2, Sgt. Bilko, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Black Knight, the TV series Queen, Veronica’s Closet, Ed, and the short-lived show Brothers with Michael Strahan. Of course, we know that the actor got into a car accident in 2001 and was paralyzed from the waist down. But he hasn’t let that stop him, as Mitchell started the Daryl Mitchell Foundation for more awareness of spinal cord injuries, and he works as a minority spokesperson for the Christopher Reeves Foundation.
Doesn’t she look exactly the same? After playing the love interest to Play’s Michael “Blade” Brown, the bad boy trying to pretend to be smart and good, we got to see a different side of Parsons. You know, outside of the ditzy but fabulous Hilary Banks. She went on to play Banks until ’96, acted in Major Payne, The Ladies Man and 13 Moons, and after focusing more on her family, business and producing animated films, Parsons teamed up with Madame Noire to host our video series, Mommy In Chief!
Doug E. Doug
A homeskillet of Kid’s in Class Act, it was one of Douglas Bourne’s earlier appearances on the big screen. But it would propel him big time, as he would go on to star in such lovable movies and shows as Cool Runnings, Operation Dumbo Drop, Shark Tale, Where I Live, Cosby, and recently he was in a few episodes of the FX hit show, Justified. Doug E. Doug also started a YouTube channel with skits and thoughts about his life experiences. And yes, the locs are gone…
You guys remember him! Johnson always played a fool in movies, and in Class Act, he played a trouble-starting hoodlum who worked for a local drug lord and tried to make Kid’s character of Duncan Pinderhughes miserable. After playing such a role, Johnson went on to do movies like The Great White Hype, Fear of a Black Hat, Waiting to Exhale and had the very interesting role of Ronnie, Maya’s flamboyant cousin and hair stylist on Girlfriends. When he’s not acting, he’s pushing for cancer awareness through places like the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Playing Bilal, the under-appreciated DJ and friend of Kid and Play in House Party, Lawrence of course blew up and went on to star in his own sitcom. On top of that, he became a big Hollywood star, doing films like Bad Boys, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Blue Streak, the Big Momma’s House franchise and has signed on to do Bad Boys 3, which will be released in 2015.