The original Scream film was released in 1996. What are the main cast – including Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette – doing now?
In December 1996, the now classic slasher film Scream was released in the United States. It was directed by Wes Craven and written by future prolific TV writer Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek, The Vampire Diaries).
The film’s success spawned three sequels, released in 1997, 2000 and 2011, respectively. Scream starred an all-star young cast; Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan and Jamie Kennedy, with supporting performances by Henry Winkler and Drew Barrymore.
With the recent announcement of Scream 5, what became of the original cast that started it all? Read on to find out.
Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott)
Canadian-born Neve Campbell, who played troubled protagonist Sidney Prescott, has maintained a successful acting career with other roles.
After the release of the first film, Campbell continued with her prior television role as Julia Salinger on Party Of Five until the show’s cancellation in 2000.
Aside from reprising her role as Sidney in the three sequels – and maybe returning for a fifth film, Campbell guest starred in Grey’s Anatomy as Liz Shepherd, sister of Derek Shepherd, played by Scream 3 star Patrick Dempsety. She also starred opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in the film Skyscraper (2017) and appeared in House of Cards as LeAnn Harvey.
On the personal side, Campbell has gone through two divorces since the first Scream film – her first marriage was to Jeff Colt from 1995-1998 and her second to John Light between 2007-2011.
Campbell’s current partner is English-American actor JJ Feild, with whom she has two children.
David Arquette (Dwight ‘Dewey’ Riley)
David Arquette has played Dewey Riley in all four released Scream films and will reprise the role in the upcoming fifth film. Arquette’s other films include Never Been Kissed (1999), See Spot Run (2000) and Eight Legged Freaks (2002).
While working on the first film, Arquette met and later married actress Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers). The two had a daughter together; Coco (born 2004), before divorcing in 2012.
In 2000, Arquette also had a memorable stint in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) where he controversially won the company’s heavyweight championship.
Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers)
At the time that Scream was released, Cox had been playing Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends for two years. The show would continue until 2004, four years after the release of Scream 3.
Between 2009-2015, Cox starred in the lead role of Jules Cobb on the ABC (later TBS) sitcom Cougar Town, co-created by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs).
Some of Cox’s films since Scream include; The Runner (1999), November (2004), Zoom (2006) and Mothers and Daughters (2016).
Cox has been in a relationship with Northern Irish musician and Snow Patrol member John ‘Johnny’ McDaid since 2013.
Matthew Lillard (Stu Macher)
Matthew Lillard had already appeared in several films during the five years prior to Scream and has gone on to appear in many more.
Most notably, he played the lead role of Stevo in SLC Punk (1998), played Shaggy Rogers in two live-action Scooby-Doo movies (2002, 2004) and co-starred opposite George Clooney in The Descendants (2011), which won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, among others.
Lillard has also starred or guest-starred in numerous television shows, including continuing the role of Shaggy Rogers in animation. Examples of his other work are; The Bridge (2013-2014), Good Girls (2018 – present), Twin Peaks (2017) and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2009).
Additionally, Lillard has been married to Heather Helm since 2000 and has three children.
Rose McGowan (Tatum Riley)
While Scream was not Rose McGowan’s debut film, the role of Tatum Riley was her Hollywood breakthrough. As any fan of the franchise would know, McGowan does not appear in the sequels, owing to Tatum’s death in the first movie.
McGowan has appeared in other films including Conan the Barbarian (2011), Dead Awake (2011) and The Black Dahlia (2006).
On the television side, McGowan went on to play Paige Matthews on Charmed between 2001 and 2006 and guest starred as a younger Cora Mills (Barbara Hershey) on ABC’s Once Upon A Time between 2012-2014.
McGowan was married to Davey Detail between 2013-2016. Her other past relationships include Marilyn Manson and director Robert Rodriguez.
Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis)
After playing Billy Loomis in Scream, Skeet Ulrich went on to star in other films such as As Good As It Gets (1997), Nobody’s Baby (2001), 50 to 1 (2014) and Bios (2020), the latter starring Tom Hanks.
Ulrich has been married and divorced twice: first to Georgina Cates between 1997-2005, this marriage produced twins Jakob and Naiia (born 2001). His second marriage was to Amelia Jackson-Gray from 2012-2015.
While they never married, Ulrich was also engaged to Rose Costa from 2016-2017.
Ulrich has also worked extensively in television, with lead roles as Jake Green on Jericho (2006-2008) and Detective Rex Winters on Law and Order: LA (2010-2011).
To a certain generation, Ulrich may now be best known for his role as Forsythe Pendleton “FP” Jones, father to Cole Sprouse’s Jughead, on the CW drama Riverdale since 2017.
Jamie Kennedy (Randy Meeks)
Jamie Kennedy played nerdy film buff Randy Meeks in the first two Scream films, until the character was killed off in the second instalment.
Since Scream, Kennedy reunited with Skeet Ulrich in As Good It Gets while also starring in films such as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Max Keeble’s Big Move (2001), Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) and, more recently, Crabs In A Bucket (2020).
Kennedy has also starred or guest-starred in television shows including Lucifer, Heartbeat, Star vs. The Forces Of Evil, Eureka, Criminal Minds and Ghost Whisperer.
Furthermore, Kennedy was in a relationship with Ghost Whisperer co-star Jennifer Love Hewitt, who starred in another Kevin Williamson slasher, I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), between March 2009-March 2010.