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Does Seeing What Your '90s Crush Looks Like Now Make You Question Your Teenage Self's Taste In Men?
There was no better decades for heartthrobs then the '90s. From the odd fashion to tribal tattoos and some hair styles that make us question our sanity now, it was a magical time for teen boys.
Who was on your crush list in the '90s? From movie stars, to boy band members and TV series regulars, we had our pick of the litter for who to pin up in our locker.
Have you wondered what these boys looks like now? While they may no longer fit on the cover of Tiger Beat some of these celebrity crushes may surprise you.
Then: Back in the '90s we all remember J.T.'s ramen noodle hair, but that didn't seem us from stopping to crush on this *NSync front-man. With a smile that could make you swoon, and more bleach in his hair than anyone should deem healthy, he was clearly one of the biggest boy crushes of our teenage years.
Now: Almost two decades later, Timberlake said goodbye to the bleach blonde and finally learned how to do his hair. He still looks good, and has continued to be insanely successful in music and movies, and is married to the lovely Jessica Biel.
Then: Which Leo did you love more in the '90s: Romeo, Jack or Arnie? It's hard to choose just one swoon-worthy Leo moment. So for the sake of argument, we all know why he is on this list. But what about now? Do we regret our choices?
Now: Leo can definitely still be hot when he wants to be, but there have definitely been some moments where we can question his crush-worthiness.
Then: Well you may have had the pin-up of everyone's favorite "angel" in your locker and on your bedroom wall, was it the right choice? David Boreanaz was definitely one of the most crush-worthy boyfriends of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, followed closely behind "Spike", James Marsters and "Riley", Marc Blucas.
Now: So what about now? From Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Angel, David has had a successful acting careers with a decade-long run on Bones and now SEAL Team. Maybe he really is a vampire, because two decades later, he still looks great!
James Van Der Beek
Then: Did you dream about meeting a sensitive boy like Dawson Leery? If so, James Van Der Beek was problem glued to the inside of your notebook in more than one place. Whether you were an aspiring film writer or you just wanted to meet this man of your dreams, we can understand this crush, to some degree.
Now: He became an internet meme sensation in recent years because of his famous crying scene in Dawson's Creek.
If that doesn't make you question this crush, then maybe this mustache will.
Then: Whether it was his ocean wave hair, or his soft-spoken ghostly ways, Devon Sawa was definitely a '90s boy crush most girls remember. From Casper to Now and Then, he was definitely crush-worthy on the big screen.
Now: Trying to escape his childhood fame and be taken seriously as an actor was a bit of a challenge for our '90s crush. Instead of giving sweet smiles, he is mostly playing detectives and guys that scowl.
Then: You remember hurrying home from school to watch Boy Meets World and of course to see Rider Strong play Shawn Hunter on the show. Not only was Rider good-looking, but his floppy-hair was everything our '90s bad boy dreams were made of.
Some times the actor doesn't fall far from the tree. When Girl Meets World started airing in 2014 Rider walked the family path with his role of Shawn Hunter. It may be decades later, but he has aged well!
Freddie Prize, Jr.
Then: As a jock with a heart of gold, we all hoped that we could meet this sweet prince in real life. From She's All That to I Know What You Did Last Summer Freddie definitely earned his place on our wall in the '90s.
Now: After the '90s, Prinze more or less disappeared from being in front of the camera, and transition to doing voice-over work and raising a family with Sarah Michelle Gellar. How perfect is that?!
Then: In the '90s Joseph Gordon-Levitt was absolutely perfect with his floppy hair and super adorable grin. The fact that he also spent most of 10 Things I Hate About You pining for Alex Mack, just made him even better.
Now: Decades later JGL still maintains his spot on the crush-worthy list. From Inception, to Looper he has had some great roles to his name and lots of work to speak of. This boy crush definitely turned out alright!
Then: For everyone that loved 98 Degrees in the '90s, you know you had this guy pinned up in your locker. He had a body that made him look like a statue and his love ballad made you think he was the romantic man of all time. With tribal tattoos and sporting fashion of the '90s, you couldn't get much more heartthrob than his guy.
Now: Well decades later it appears his body remains unscathed by time, but it seems like he is keeping his shirt on more, these days. Since divorcing Jessica Simpson, he married Vanessa Minnillo and has settled down with a family. Now he fits the role of mom-crush for all of us.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Then: As probably one of the most pinned-up '90s crushes, J.T.T. made the cover of all our favorite magazines month after, month, which meant new pictures to collage and hang! While Home Improvement wasn't on everyone's favorite list, there isn't a pre-teen girl who didn't put up with Tim Allen for the love of Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
Now: While he may not be acting anymore, he still looks great! He went to Harvard and he still has amazing hair. Need we say more?
Which '90s crush do you regret having? Share your secrets with us!