On this day in 2010, the steamy CW soap “Melrose Place” aired its series finale. The remake of the FOX hit, which ran for seven seasons in the ’90s, didn’t quite live up to the hype, and lasted only one season.
What happened to the people picked to play the second group of young professionals living in a posh apartment complex in Los Angeles? Zap2it did some investigating. Here’s what the “Melrose Placers” are doing five years after the show ended.
Katie Cassidy, ‘Ella Simms’
Since playing “Melrose Place’s” resident bad girl Ella Simms, Cassidy has been a CW network staple. The actress has had notable roles on shows like “Gossip Girl,” but these days she is best known as attorney-turned-vigilante Laurel Lance, aka the Black Canary, on “Arrow” and “The Flash.”
Michael Rady, ‘Jonah Miller’
Since playing the cute aspiring filmmaker Jonah Miller, Rady has also stayed on the network. While Miller was all-American nice guy, these days he can be seen causing trouble — often shirtless — as the Rafael’s “Whipping Boy” Lachlan on “Jane The Virgin.”
Stephanie Jacobsen, ‘Lauren Yung’
As medical student Lauren Yung, Jacobsen served as a Hollywood cautionary tale when she had to turn to prostitution to afford school. The Hong Kong born actress, who is Australian, educated was last seen playing FBI Agent Leia Pendergast on “NCIS” in 2014.
Colin Egglesfield, ‘Auggie Kirkpatrick’
The drama always seemed to find Colin Egglesfield’s recovering alcoholic Auggie Kirkpatrick. Since his “Melrose Place” days, the hot actor has been playing a string of nice guys and lovable screw-ups in series like Jennifer Love Hewitt’s now-canceled Lifetime show “The Client List” and “Rizzoli and Isles.” Egglesfield also romanced both Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin in the 2011 romantic comedy “Something Borrowed.”
Jessica Lucas, ‘Riley Richmond’
Despite getting engaged to Jonah when the series started, Lucas’ Riley Richmond quickly became the resident bed-hopper. The same went for her career path, jumping from teaching to modeling. Lucas switched in up though to play a hard-hitting journalist investigating a child’s death opposite Anna Gunn and David Tennant in the 2014 mini-series “Gracepoint.”
Shaun Sipos, ‘David Breck’
As bad boy David Breck on “Melrose Place,” Sipos was many things; a thief and murder suspect most notably. However, in 2014 he got to redeem himself befriending Elena Gilbert on “The Vampire Diaries.”
Ashlee Simpson, ‘Violet Foster’
“Melrose Place” will forever be known as one of the first places Ashlee Simpson stepped out from her sister Jessica’s shadow to branch out on her own. The actress’ personal life has changed a lot since playing small town girl Violet Foster on the CW soap. Simpson who was married to Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz during her “Melrose Place” days is now married to Evan Ross.