As a connoisseur of early 2000s science-fiction television and, I must admit, a huge fan of aliens, I loved Roswell. In addition to all the sci-fi stuff, the show also had a healthy dose of very complicated romance, which is kind of expected on a teen show. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since the show premiered on the WB – back when there still was a WB! – but those kids who graduated from high school in the series finale have grown up.
The actors who played them are no longer kids either, and in fact, most of them have kids of their own. Before you start feeling too old, check out what the former alien family and their human friends and girlfriends are up to now!
Liz Parker a.k.a. Shiri Appleby
Just recently – and to the joy of Roswell fans like myself – Shiri Appleby scored a hit with her much-buzzed Lifetime series UnREAL, the second season of which will air next year. But she’s done a ton of stuff between that show and Roswell, including a main role on the short-lived show Life Unexpected and guest roles on shows like ER, Chicago Fire and Girls.
Shiri is in a relationship with a chef, and they had their first daughter in 2013. In August of this year, she announced via Twitter that she was expecting a second child.
Max Evans a.k.a. Jason Behr
Post-Roswell, Jason Behr did a lot of horror movies, including The Grudge and Skinwalkers. Maybe he got tired of largely filming horror movies because his last acting credit was in 2012 as killer and fugitive Damien Fontleroy on A&E’s Breakout Kings. Of course, he may also be busy playing family with his almost 2-year-old son Atticus and wife-slash-fellow actor KaDee Strickland.
Michael Guerin a.k.a. Brendan Fehr
Brendan Fehr has been consistently working since Roswell ended, and has landed parts, albeit small ones, in such films as X-Men: First Class and Guardians of the Galaxy. If you don’t want to squint in the background to see him, check out his work as lab tech Dan Cooper on CSI: Miami or Seeley Booth’s brother, Jared, on Bones. But if more Fehr is what you want, you’re in luck because his latest show, NBC’s The Night Shift, will return for a third season in 2016.
On a personal note, Fehr was married in 2006, and he and his wife have three daughters together, the oldest of whom is 7 while the youngest is 2.
Isabel Evans a.k.a. Katherine Heigl
Probably the best known of the Roswell gang, Katherine Heigl played Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy for six seasons. That role kicked her career into high gear, and she’s starred in no shortage of movie since including Knocked Up and 27 Dresses. Though she recently tried to transition back to television with State of Affairs, the show lasted a mere 13 episodes before it was canceled. Presently, she’s filming both a new movie and a new TV pilot.
Heigl got married to singer Josh Kelley in 2007, and the pair have adopted two daughters, Naleigh and Adalaide. She is also very active in supporting animal welfare and cancer awareness. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
Maria DeLuca a.k.a. Majandra Delfino
Majandra Delfino has done a fair amount of acting since Roswell ended but the more recognizable roles start in 2010, including movies and shows like Life as We Know It, Men of a Certain Age and even a guest role on The Office. She had a main role on Raven-Symoné’s show State of Georgia, which was unfortunately swiftly canceled due to low ratings. Delfino’s most recent TV show, the CBS comedy Friends with Better Lives, was also quickly canceled. Hopefully her luck will turn around soon!
Meanwhile, Delfino has also put out an album of indie music named Tarte. She is married and has two children, a 3-year-old girl and an almost 2-year-old boy. You can follow her on Twitter.
Alex Whitman a.k.a. Colin Hanks
Colin Hanks has a ton of credits post-Roswell including roles in movies like King Kong and The House Bunny and parts on TV shows like Mad Men and Numbers. Perhaps his most significant roles were Travis Marshall on Dexter and Officer Gus Grimly on Fargo, the latter of which earned him several award nominations. This summer, Colin appeared in Vacation, and you can currently catch him in the new CBS sitcom Life in Pieces.
Colin got married in 2010, and he and his wife have two daughters, ages 4 and 2. And for those of you who didn’t know, Tom Hanks – yes, that Tom Hanks – is his dad. You can follow Colin on Twitter.
Kyle Valenti a.k.a. Nick Wechsler
For several years following Roswell, Nick Wechsler could mostly be found in guest star roles on TV shows like Tru Calling, Without a Trace and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Then, in 2011, he started work as series regular Jack Porter on ABC’s Revenge, a job he held until the show ended this past May. He’s scheduled to appear in several episodes of the new NBC show The Player, as long as it manages to stay on the air. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
Tess Harding a.k.a. Emilie de Ravin
Even though Roswell was her first American TV show, Emilie de Ravin has done well for herself in the years since. She’s had roles in major movies like The Hills Have Eyes, Public Enemies and Remember Me. But if you’ve seen her in anything post-Roswell, it’s more likely her TV work. She played Claire Littleton on Lost for five seasons, and she can currently be seen in Once Upon a Time as Belle French. You can follow her on Twitter.
Luckily, all the actors from Roswell seem to be doing well for themselves. And we can hope that their characters are all doing the same! In this era of revivals and reboots and movie sequels, maybe we’ll soon get to find out. If not, the series finale still did a pretty good job of tying up the loose ends, and we can always watch that again to revisit Roswell.