The film is officially as old as a first grader
It’s a tale for the ages:
Things for 17-year-old Olive Penderghast’s (Emma Stone) begin to spin out of control when a little white lie of hers makes its round in her high school—picking up majorly exaggerated embellishments along the way.
Once an under-the-radar, squeaky-clean teen, Olive now has no choice but to navigate through high school life with a reputation she never had the intention of living up to. Her expectations? A plot likened to John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or perhaps The Breakfast Club. Instead her reality mirrors Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter,” a coincidental required reading in her English class.
The fictional novel from the 1850’s is given new life in this light-hearted take on the high school rumor mill, identity crises, repentance and the importance of dignity. Hopping through the generations, these life themes and lessons are still relevant today. Easy A, seven years later, is definitely worth revisiting.
We digress: it’s hard to believe that those who enjoyed this teen comedy are now well into their late 20’s and early 30’s (it feels like it was only yesterday Stone gave us that sashay and “Ooh, burn!” line.)
Keep scrolling to see what the cast of Easy A looks like now.
Emma Stone (Olive Penderghast)
via Marie Claire
Stone has since appeared in hits like Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man, Birdman and La La Land. Watch her portray Billie Jean King later this year opposite Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes.
Penn Badgley (Todd)
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In the movie, Olive’s best friend Rhiannon asks her if she’s in love with George (Olive’s imaginary one night stand.) Olive then says she’s not a Gossip Girl, a line improvised by Emma Stone and a nod to her love interest in the movie, Penn Badgley. He plays Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl.
Amanda Bynes (Marianne)
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Bynes has kept a low profile since filming Easy A, her last known film project. Following a rough four years battling an alleged substance abuse problem, Bynes now says she’s sober and ready to start acting again.
Dan Byrd (Brandon)
As Olive’s reality takes on “The Scarlet Letter,” Brandon’s plot twist mirrors another classic novel: Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
Aly Michalka (Rhiannon Abernathy)
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Memorable Line: “Just because you lost your virginity doesn't mean you can go around throwing your cat at everybody!”
Stanley Tucci (Dill Penderghast)
Photo: Justin Bishop. via Vanity Fair
Rosemary: Not to mention how you have been dressing these past few days. No judgment, but you kind of look like a stripper.
Dill: [to Olive] A high-end stripper, for governors or athletes.
Patricia Clarkson (Rosemary Penderghast)
Clarkson has since appeared on TV series Parks and Recreation, Broad City, Sharp Objects and House of Cards. You can watch her next year in Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
Thomas Haden Church (Mr. Griffith)
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“I don't know what your generation's fascination is with documenting your every thought... but I can assure you, they're not all diamonds. "Roman is having an OK day, and bought a Coke Zero at the gas station. Raise the roof." Who gives a rat's ass?”
Lisa Kudrow (Mrs. Griffith)
“I just don't want this *thing* you're going through to define your life. Olive, do what you got to do, let your freak flag fly. Just make sure you have an exit strategy.”
Cam Gigandet (Micah)
Cam was in his 20’s during the filming of Easy A, which garnered criticism from those who believed he was too old to play a high school student. Hence, the scene:
Olive: Don't you think it's a little strange that your boyfriend is 22 years old and still in high school?
Marianne: Not that it's any of your business, trollop, but he is here by choice.
Olive: So it's his choice that he's a fourth year senior who can't pass any test he takes?
Marianne: No, silly. [points to the sky] His. His, with a capital H. If God wanted him to graduate, then God would have given him the right answers.
Jake Sandvig (Anson)
via @jake.sandvig on Instagram
Sandvig, who played Ojai North High School heartthrob and douchebag, went on to appear in a series of TV movies: High Moon, Living the Dream, Hometown Hero and Bridal Boot Camp.
Sandvig is now married and a father of two.
Mahaley Patel (Nina)
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“Perhaps you should embroider a red A on your wardrobe, you abominable tramp.”
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