Coyote Ugly may have been released early in the new millennium, but doesn’t it feel like the movie came out just yesterday? Even though its rating on Rotten Tomatoes is only 23%, Coyote Ugly has become a classic which features plenty of stars like LeAnn Rimes and, of course, Piper Perabo. There were some celebrities hidden in minor roles as well. Do you remember Kaitlin Olson and model Tyra Banks in the film? Keep reading to see what the Coyote Ugly cast has been busy with for the past decades.
Did you know that the lead character Violet of Coyote Ugly was almost played by Jessica Simpson? However, Piper Perabo changed the minds of the producers. Her portrayal of ‘new girl on the block’ was so convincing she won best musical moment at the MTV movie awards. Perhaps one of the reasons she nailed the role is because, at the time she got the part, she was actually an aspiring actress who was waitressing in New York! It was truly Perabo’s breakthrough role, just like Violet.
Piper Perabo Now
Ever since she debuted in Coyote Ugly, Piper Perabo’s career has stayed strong. She appeared in numerous films, such as Cheaper by the Dozen, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Because I Said So, Imagine Me & You, and Looper. She also became a popular television actress, starring on the series Covert Affairs and receiving a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. More recently, the actress starred in the film Black Butterfly, alongside Antonio Banderas, and was part of the movie Angel Has Fallen’s all-star cast.
Coyote Ugly may not always portray men in the best light, but a knight in shining armor clearly stood out – male love interest Kevin O’Donnell, who sweet-faced Adam Garcia played. Did you know that the casting director spotted Adam on stage, playing John Travolta’s role in Saturday Night Fever? The actor spent two years portraying the role before asking to audition for his role in Coyote Ugly. However, he was truly destined for greater things as the job helped launch his film career. Coyote Ugly was just Adam Garcia’s second major motion picture.
Adam Garcia Now
Over the years, Adam Garcia’s film and stage career has continued to grow. Not long after Coyote Ugly, he starred in Riding in Cars with Boys, alongside Drew Barrymore, and appeared in the film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, portraying rockstar Stu. He also voiced the lead role in Kangaroo Jack and played Alex on Doctor Who. More recently, Adam Garcia starred in the film Murder on the Orient Express and the stage version of The Exorcist and Singin’ in the Rain. He was in a tap-dancing show too!
Most of the story happens in the bar called Coyote Ugly, which is why it is also the film’s title. The owner of the bar was the tough-as-nails Lil Lovell. The character was played by Maria Bello, who managed to strike a balance between being strong and genuine. Being the boss of an establishment full of rowdy men, she needed to have thick skin. Lovell was an empowered character who knew how to stand her ground and keep everybody in check.
Maria Bello Now
Shortly after Coyote Ugly, Maria Bello was cast in the long-running TV show NCIS. She plays forensic psychologist Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane, another empowered woman unafraid of holding her own among men. You may have spotted her in Prime Suspect and Goliath as well, but she’s better known for her role in the 2005 film A History of Violence. Aside from that, she starred in The Jane Austen Book Club, alongside Emily Blunt, and The Cooler, alongside William H. Macy.
When Melanie Lynskey was cast in Coyote Ugly, she was still a newcomer in Hollywood. However, she’d already proven her talent overseas. At 17 years old, the New Zealander landed the lead role in Heavenly Creatures and won a Best Actress award for her performance. For Coyote Ugly, she needed to take on a New Jersey accent since she played Gloria, Violet’s friend. Two years before that, she had to adopt an old English accent when she starred in Ever After, alongside Drew Barrymore.
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Melanie Lynskey often plays supporting roles, so you may not realize that you’ve spotted her in many films. After Coyote Ugly, she appeared in Sweet Home Alabama, The Informant!, Up In The Air, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, among many other movies. She also starred on the HBO series Togetherness and played the recurring character Rose on Two and a Half Men. Even though the actress is not always front and center, she can definitely portray various roles, as proven by her track record. If you ask us, that is what acting is all about!
One of the key components of Coyote Ugly is the tabletop dancers! All of them had to be gorgeous, and hiring one of the top-paid models in the world is definitely a smart move. Tyra Banks was cast as Zoe, and many of the film’s promotional ads featured the famous model. Tyra didn’t really appear that often in the film, but her character is memorable since she’s Tyra Banks! Before this, the model had appeared on the show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, showing everyone that she could act.
Tyra Banks Now
Since Coyote Ugly was released, Tyra has truly blossomed. She was a guest-star in the film, but she is now a full-blown TV personality. At the start of the Millenium, she appeared on The Price is Right and MADtv. She even starred in Life-Size, the Disney-made-for-TV film. When The Tyra Banks Show and America’s Next Top Model became successful, her fame also took off. Her modeling competition TV show has gone international, and she has appeared in many other series. She also hosted America’s Got Talent and has landed a new hosting gig via Dancing with the Stars.
John Goodman played a lovable dad on Roseanne for years, so it’s not really a surprise to see him play the role of a concerned dad in Coyote Ugly. Violet’s father supported her by moving to New York to pursue her dreams, but he was also overprotective. When Officer Bill Sanford, John’s character, finds out his daughter works at Coyote Ugly, it didn’t sit with him well. Violet may be an adult who can make her own choices, but many parents could relate to being concerned about their children.
John Goodman Now
Even before Coyote Ugly, John Goodman had already starred in dozens of movies. After the film, he starred in dozens more. Aside from performing on-screen, the actor has done voiceover work as well. The same year that he portrayed officer Bill Sanford, he voiced the character Pacha in the Disney animated film The Emperor’s New Groove. Monsters, Inc. was released the next year, and he made audiences fall in love with monsters by voicing Sulley. Other noteworthy voiceover roles are Baloo from The Jungle Book 2, The Princess and the Frog’s Big Daddy La Bouff, and Hound in the Transformers films.
In the film Coyote Ugly, some trained dancers, and Izabella Miko were one of them. The Polish actress came to the States because she studied ballet in New York on a scholarship. The actress played her role perfectly, and audiences couldn’t help but love her character Cammie, an innocent yet spicy bartender who has a flair for fashion. The movie would have been quite different without Cammie, the bright spot.
Izabella Miko Now
The two things that Izabella Miko loves most are acting and dancing, and she is still doing both. After filming Coyote Ugly, she went on to star in the music video for “Mr. Brightside” and took over the lead role in Save the Last Dance 2, replacing Julia Stiles. Proving that she didn’t just land acting roles due to her dancing, she starred in Flakes alongside Zooey Deschanel and portrayed Athena in the 2010 film Clash of the Titans. The actress also appeared in Step Up: All In, Chicago Fire, and Desert Dancer.
Before she got picked to play Rachel in Coyote Ugly, Bridget Moynahan was already known for being a model. In the film, her character was more even-keeled than the other bartenders, but her job was equally wild. It seems she did well enough, seeing as she went on to have a successful acting career. Moynahan’s portrayal of Rachel proved she was not just another pretty face who could not act. She has held her own in Hollywood.
Bridget Moynahan Now
Bridget Moynahan’s long and steady career in acting started with Coyote Ugly. The model-turned-actress was cast to play a supporting role in the 2001 romantic comedy Serendipity and the 2002 thriller The Sum of All Fears. She was also in The Recruit, Lord of War, I, Robot, Prey, Grey Matters, and Noise. In 2010, Moynahan was cast in the show Blue Bloods. Most people know her from the series, where she played an assistant district attorney.
An odd aspect of Coyote Ugly is that Violet spends a lot of time working on a track that the audience has actually already heard. The character’s song is “Can’t Fight The Moonlight,” the real-life song written by Diane Warren and performed by LeAnn Rimes. To clear up any confusion, LeAnn swings in at the movie’s finale to perform the hit that is said to have been written by Violet. The track is also the “theme song” of the film.
LeAnn Rimes Now
LeAnn Rimes was only 13 years old when she hit the big time. She was among the youngest country stars ever, but her career is definitely not over. After Coyote Ugly, she released many hit albums and won a lot of awards. Her song “Can’t Fight the Moonlight!” even earned her the Best Selling International Female Single Award at the Meteor Music Awards. She’s also been nominated for Top Female Vocalist and Favorite Country Female Artist at the AMAs and was presented with the Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Country Music.
There is a part in the film where Violet has a love interest, Kevin join an auction at Coyote Ugly. One of the movie’s iconic scenes starts with Kevin dancing around on the counter, similar to what the ladies normally do. Violet then begins to auction him off to pretty eager ladies, one of whom is none other than the star Kaitlin Olson! She hilariously eggs Kevin on while shouting out her bids against the other women. Her role was brief, but it did show off her comedic skills, which helped land her the lead roles she plays on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
Kaitlin Olson Now
Kaitlin Olson’s comedic talent was already showcased during her time with the improv group The Groundlings. She then made appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Punk’d, Family Guy, and in Coyote Ugly. However, she rose to fame in 2004. When she started playing a lead role on the popular sitcom, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. The series is really successful and has the distinction of being “the longest-running live-action comedy series.” She has been expanding her horizons by starring in the TV series The Mick. She has also been nominated for an Emmy for her performance on Flipped. She has also appeared in films, including Leap Year, The Heat, and Finding Dory.
Hidden in the crowd in Coyote Ugly is another famous face – Alex Borstein. Like Kaitlin Olson, the star played one of the women who are bidding on Kevin when Violet is auctioning him off. She is known for the character she voices on Family Guy, so you think that the comedian would stand out like a sore thumb. However, the scene is really brief, so it is quite possible that people would miss her in the crowd. Around the time, Alex Borstein gained attention for playing hilarious characters on MADtv, specifically Mrs. Swan.
Alex Borstein Now
Alex Borstein’s acting breakthrough came in the late ’90s. She became a member of the MADtv cast. There, she met Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the hit series Family Guy. He gave her a lead role and made her a producer and writer of the show, which earned her her first Emmy. The star appeared in several films, including Kicking and Screaming, which stars Will Ferrell, and The Lizzie McGuire Movie, starring Hilary Duff. More recently, Alex Borstein won two Emmys for her performance on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
The producers decided to get a handful of women who would compete against one another so that the Kevin bidding scene would become extra interesting. It looks like they didn’t choose no-name extras since another famous woman is in this scene – Susan Yeagley. While this was the Tennessee native’s first acting job, it wasn’t her last. She is only in Coyote Ugly for a brief moment, though. Susan Yeagley went on to appear in several top-rated shows on television.
Susan Yeagley Now
Susan Yeagley kept her acting bug alive and well after filming Coyote Ugly. You may have trouble placing where you have seen her, but you can spot her on shows, such as Friends, ER, Reno 911, and Parks and Recreation! She’s also appeared on Everybody Loves Raymond, The Sarah Silverman Project, Miracles, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She has been around many A-listers, so it’s no wonder that she ended up getting hitched to former Saturday Night Live cast member Kevin Nealon!
Those who paused as the camera panned over and showed the Coyote Ugly audience was probably surprised to see many familiar faces there. New Jersey native and Comedy Central star Chris Wylde are one of the audience members. Before he filmed the scene in Coyote Ugly, he had starred on Comedy Central’s Strip Mall and hosted The Chris Wylde Show, the first-ever late-night talk show on the network. This still image shows that even in small roles, Chris Wylde was quite the entertainer.
Chris Wylde Now
The same year Coyote Ugly came out, Chris Wylde appeared in Space Cowboys, the Clint Eastwood film. Almost a decade later, Wylde starred in the horror film The Revenant and later appeared in the 2015 movie The DUFF, based on a novel with the same name. More recently, he was in the horror-comedy The Babysitter and its sequel released in 2020. Wylde also plays a comic book store owner on the series Young Sheldon. What’s more, he stars in, writes, and produces the web series Dadholes.
You probably did a double-take when you spotted director Michael Bay Coyote Ugly. The famous action film director appeared in a cameo in the movie as a photographer. He wasn’t really a part of the film crew, so we don’t really know why he played such a minor role. We guess he probably owed someone a favor, but it is also possible that he was used to having more big names attached to the film.
Michael Bay Now
Two of his most acclaimed films were released just before and right after Coyote Ugly. One was the sci-fi film Armageddon, which came out in 1998 and starred major players Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Steve Buscemi, Liv Tyler, and other A-listers. The other one is the 2001 feature film Pearl Harbor, starring Ben Affleck and many more top celebrities. Also, Michael Bay directed the Transformers movies, the Bad Boys films, The Island, 6 Underground, and many other hits, which have made him one of the directors with the most commercial success in history.
Even though Melody Perkins didn’t have any lines in Coyote Ugly, her character was important. The role basically consisted of the actress looking overwhelmed as she begins the job, which proved that the job isn’t as easy as it seems. The moment served to show that the job wasn’t really as fun as what the other characters in the story made it seem. Also, it makes Violet look quite skillful when she manages to adapt – something that Perkins’ Coyote Ugly newcomer character was unable to do.
Melody Perkins Now
During Coyote Ugly’s time, Melody Perkins became a recognizable face for playing Astronema on the television series Power Rangers in Space and then Karone on Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. Perkins was originally a model and ballet dancer, and her longest-running acting job was in the Power Rangers franchise. She also appeared on various shows like Charmed, Malcolm in the Middle, and CSI: Miami before retiring for a decade. When she returned to acting, she reprised her role on Power Rangers and appeared in The Garageland Chronicles and Girl Trip.
Around the time Coyote Ugly was released, most people knew Johnny Knoxville from MTV. The multi-talented comedian, actor, stuntman, and filmmaker took part in ridiculous stunts together with his best friends and became popular as an overall prankster that doesn’t say “no.” Therefore, when the casting team of Coyote Ugly offered Knoxville the role of a bratty college co-ed, Knoxville didn’t say “no.” He is credited as “College Guy” in the movie, just something extra for the teens.
Johnny Knoxville Now
After his short scene in Coyote Ugly, Johnny Knoxville continued to pursue acting. In 2002, he appeared in the hit movie Men in Black II, starring big stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. Most recently, Knoxville played the character C.J. on the popular Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In addition to appearing onscreen, Knoxville has taken to producing films as well. He is one of the producers of the wildly popular film Bad Grandpa in 2013. The movie’s success led to a long-standing relationship between Knoxville and Paramount Pictures.
Michael Weston graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in theatre and arts, so his making a splash in Hollywood is not a big surprise. He played Danny in Coyote Ugly, his first film, and while the role was small, it opened up more opportunities for the actor. He signed on to three more movies that same year. Weston appeared in the 2000 films Lucky Numbers, Sally, and Cherry Falls. The young actor didn’t stop there, either. He continued to build his acting career.
Michael Weston Now
After filming Coyote Ugly, Michael Weston went on to appear in several big-name television series. He is best known for playing the character Pvt. Dancer on the hit show Scrubs, the sadistic kidnapper Jake on HBO’s Six Feet Under, and the private detective Lucas Douglas on the critically acclaimed drama House. Most recently, Weston played the role of Ross in the 2020 drama Adam, starring Aaron Paul. He also portrayed Frank Briggs Jr. in season one of Home Before Dark, an Apple TV+ series.
The film credits of actor Del Pentecost start in 2000, with the films O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Coyote Ugly, where he played Lou. Pentecost might have played a minor character, someone who is easy to miss if you don’t look for him, but the aspiring actor did not take it as the end of the road. After Coyote Ugly wrapped up, Pentecost appeared in other films.
Del Pentecost Now
One of the actors who keep out of the spotlight, actor Del Pentecost takes on small roles. His last acting credit on IMDb is his stint on the television series Gravity. He played the character, Matt, in two episodes of the show in 2010. Aside from on-screen acting, Pentecost spends his time doing performances off-Broadway. His most recent gig was in one of the one-act plays by Ethan Coen titled Almost an Evening.
Ken Hudson Campbell
Throughout the 90s, Ken Hudson Campbell played various roles in different projects, such as the guy wearing a Santa Claus suit in the comedy Home Alone, oil driller Max Lennert in the sci-fi film Armageddon, and a biker in the 2000 movie Coyote Ugly. His character may be the “blink, and you’ll miss it” kind, but his IMDb still says that he was part of the Coyote Ugly cast. The minor role also did not stop him from pursuing other acting jobs.
Ken Hudson Campbell Now
After his stint in Coyote Ugly, Ken Hudson Campbell went on to do a variety of jobs. He lent his voice to Baby Bob, the talking infant on the CBS series Baby Bob, which ran from 2002 to 2003. Then, in 2005, he appeared in Quiznos sub sandwiches commercials. Most recently, Campbell voiced Boomer in the 2019 animated film Wonder Park, which is about a bear living in a magical amusement park. He stars alongside some of the industry’s big names, including Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, and more.
The Iconic Bar Needed Redesigning
There are a lot of scenes in Coyote Ugly that was shot in the iconic bar. However, the bar actually had to be redesigned. Before she started to pursue a career in acting, Bridget Moynahan, one of the film’s lead actresses, was a model. When she got cast to play the bartender Rachel set, designers realized Moynahan was too tall to go up on the bar and dance! “[W]hen we had the first rehearsal, they didn’t make the ceiling high enough for Tyra [Banks] and me to be able to stand on the bar. We had to sit that one out,” Moynahan told The Ringer in an interview.
After Coyote Ugly was released in 2000, it gained a cult following. Izabella Miko, one of the film’s main actresses who played the character, Cammie, was also in another cult movie. Interestingly, it is another 2000 dance film – Center Stage. Before pursuing an acting career, Miko did ballet at Warsaw’s National Ballet School and the American School of Ballet, which was the inspiration for the American Ballet Academy in the movie Center Stage.