What Your Favorite Nickelodeon Stars Are Doing Today

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Remember when your only plan for a Saturday night was to sink into the sofa and lose yourself to the SNICK lineup? You still have a fondness for orange soda and Barth's Burgers, and will never not expect a shower of green slime to come raining down whenever someone says "I don't know." No lie: Double Dare is the only sporting event you've ever truly appreciated.
It's all thanks to Nickelodeon, which has tapped John Cena to host its 2017 Kids' Choice Awards this Saturday, March 11. In honor of the event, we've decided to check in on some of the Nick stars who made our childhoods, erm, "all that."
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First up: Larisa Oleynik, who played the titular teen with kinetic powers on The Secret World of Alex Mack from 1994 to 1998 before nabbing roles in other crucial '90s fare like The Baby-Sitters Club, Boy Meets World, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Speaking to Refinery29 in a phone interview while rehearsing for her next musical (more about that later), the former teen star reminisced about being slimed ("It was a really hot day, so I think at the time I was like, 'this is refreshing,'" she said of getting hit during a school takeover in Kentucky) and meeting peak-'90s celebs at the KCAs.
"I remember the first year being super-excited about Brandy, like, I was just the most excited about her," the actress recalled. "And we were both wearing — God love the '90s — denim vests over some sort of floral babydoll dress. I was like, 'it's meant to be, we're soulmates!'"
She also remembers the KCAs as a "reunion" of sorts for Nickelodeon stars like Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Amanda Bynes, and Michelle Trachtenberg.
"That was a great opportunity to see all the other kids from the different shows," Oleynik said. "We kind of had a little posse. It was a great time to catch up with those friends, too, because All That shot in Florida and we shot in California. So usually I would get to see them, and it would be like a reunion."
For a mini-reunion of your own, click through to see what Oleynik and other Nick favorites are up to now.
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Alex Mack, The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994-98)

Larisa Oleynik had told her mother she was ready to stop auditioning if she didn't get the part of Alex Mack, a baseball cap-wearing kid who develops telekinetic powers after being soaked in a mysterious chemical. As it happens, she landed the role, acting alongside future A-lister (and onscreen nemesis) Jessica Alba and becoming one of the network's most popular young stars. Fun fact: She and former Boy Meets World star Rider Strong shared an acting coach and agent.
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Photo: Courtesy of Larisa Oleynik.
Larisa Oleynik

Now 35 and based in New York City, Oleynik has continued to act, turning up on shows like Mad Men (she played Ken Cosgrove's wife, Cynthia), Pretty Little Liars, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Next up is the film Animal Among Us, which she describes as a "monster movie set at a camp," while rehearsals for Baghdaddy, "a musical comedy about the Iraq War, as you do," begin this week ahead of its April opening.

"I couldn't have asked for a better experience than the one Nickelodeon provided for me," Oleynik, who was able to keep a work schedule that allowed her to stay at "regular" school, told us. "I just feel so lucky."
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Zoey Brooks, Zoey 101 (2005-08)

Nickelodeon's popular boarding school drama ended on a controversial note when its 16-year-old star, Jamie Lynn Spears, announced her pregnancy. The show ended its 4-season run in May 2008, a month before Spears, the younger sister of pop star Britney, gave birth to daughter Maddie.
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Jamie Lynn Spears

Spears, pictured at the 2015 Country Music Awards, recently made headlines when 8-year-old daughter Maddie was hospitalized last month after an accident involving an ATV. The grade-schooler has since recovered. Spears, now 25, married husband Jamie Watson in 2014, and has swapped acting for a career as a country music singer and songwriter. She released the single "Sleepover" in 2016.
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Kel Kimble, Kenan & Kel (1996-2000)

Between All That (which featured his most famous role, Good Burger employee Ed) and Kenan & Kel, Kel Mitchell and future Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson had the teen market on lock. The duo turned their "Good Burger" sketch into a 1997 film, and made frequent cameos on everything from The Amanda Show to Cousin Skeeter.
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Kel Mitchell

Mitchell was reportedly passed over for an SNL gig in favor of former comedy partner Thompson, but the two reunited in 2015 for a "Good Burger" sketch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The 38-year-old actor remains a Nickelodeon star to this day, having played rap mogul Double G on Game Shakers since 2015. In February he and wife Asia Lee donned Good Burger caps to announce that they're expecting their first child.
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Melody Hanson, Hey Dude (1989-91)

Christine Taylor played bubbly Bar None Dude Ranch employee Melody on the short-lived teen comedy, which costarred future Blossom and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch heartthrob David Lascher.
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Christine Taylor

It's a little wild and a little strange when you realize that Taylor is married to Ben Stiller, whom she acted with in films like Zoolander and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Married since 2000, the couple have two children, Ella and Quinlin. Now 45, Taylor's acting credits include playing Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and its sequel; a mean girl in The Craft; Ross' gal pal Bonnie in Friends; and, more recently, Alia Shawkat's bored boss in Search Party.
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Hayley Steele, The Troop (2009-11)

Gage Golightly played Hayley, an overachieving student who joined pals Jake and Felix in taking on monsters who were terrorizing their town. Golightly also popped up on Nickelodeon shows True Jackson, VP and Big Time Rush.
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Gage Golightly

Mark your calendar for March 31, the date 23-year-old Golightly's new film, Step Sisters, is released. She'll play Libby, a sorority sister who get schooled on the art of step dance. Golightly had a recurring role on Teen Wolf from 2011 to 2013, and currently plays Karen on Amazon's '80s country club web series Red Oaks, which was recently renewed for a third and final season.
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Big Pete Wrigley & Little Pete Wrigley, The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1989-96)

Michael C. Maronna and Danny Tamberelli played redheaded brothers with the same name in this quirky show, which began as a series of minute-long shorts. Tamberelli (Little Pete) would go on to star in the sketch show All That as well as appear as a regular panelist on the game show Figure It Out, both on Nickelodeon.
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Michael C. Maronna & Danny Tamberelli

Pete and Pete are still together! Maronna, 39, and Tamberelli, 35, have a monthly podcast called "The Adventures of Danny & Mike" (seen here with comedian Akilah Hughes), which is sadly not available on WART Radio. You might also recognize Maronna, who reportedly now works as an electrician on film and TV sets, from his role as Macaulay Culkin's non-Buzz brother in the first two Home Alone films. According to his Twitter, he's a new dad who attended the Women's March in January. We approve. Tamberelli, meanwhile, has a band called Jounce and produces sketch comedy.
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Tori Vega, Victorious (2010-13)

Victoria Justice landed her own show after playing Lola Martinez on Zoey 101, starring in the 2009 musical Spectacular!, and guest-starring on Nick shows like iCarly, The Naked Brothers Band, The Troop, and True Jackson, VP. You probably know what happened to her Victorious costar Ariana Grande, who played Cat Valentine.
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Victoria Justice

The 24-year-old singer-actress landed the plum role of Janet Weiss in Fox's live broadcast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again last year, and stars in the upcoming teen comedy The Outskirts. The former Eye Candy star released new music in 2013, but rumors of an album have yet to pan out.
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Lulu, True Jackson, VP (2008-11)

Before Scream Queens came calling, Keke Palmer was the star of this Nickelodeon sitcom about a teenage fashion guru and certified girlboss. Ashley Argota played Lulu, True's eccentric but lovable best friend. In 2011, the singer-actress was cast in Nickelodeon's Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures, which was canceled in 2012.
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Ashley Argota

The onetime Nick fixture (seen here in 2014) is now Team Disney. The 24-year-old starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie How to Build a Better Boy in 2014, followed by roles on Lab Rats and Girl Meets World. Her next film, Cover Versions, will see her acting alongside Nick alums Drake Bell and Jerry Trainor, not to mention Austin Swift, Taylor's brother.
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The Loud Librarian (and other roles), All That (1994-98)

Lori Beth Denberg stole the show in the "Loud Librarian" and "Vital Information" sketches on All That. She also made regular appearances on Figure It Out and played Connie in the film version of Good Burger alongside All That costars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell.
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Lori Beth Denberg

Now 41, Denberg, whose acting credits include The Steve Harvey Show and Dodgeball, continues to act in smaller projects and made a cameo as herself in a 2012 episode of Workaholics. Last year she took part in cast reunions for All That and Double Dare. IMDB lists her as starring in the upcoming TV movie Goody Goody, about colonial women who explore celibacy.
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