See ‘Save the Last Dance’ star Sean Patrick Thomas now at 51

It didn’t take long for the actor Sean PatrickThomas make a name for themselves. After an episode of the soap opera A life to live in 1995, he made his film debut in Courage under fire with Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan. Fans who were young in the 1990s and 2000s will remember him best from the string of hit teen movies he appeared in, including the 1998 graduation party comedy I can not wait and the 1999 Dangerous relationships adaptation cruel intentions. Thomas’ first romantic role was in 2001 save the last dancewith opposite Julia Stiles as Derek, a smart teenager growing up in Chicago’s South End. And although the young actor was a major presence during this era of cinema, his career didn’t stop there. Read on to find out what Thomas has been up to since reigning supreme as a teen idol of the 90s and 2000s.

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After helping Stiles’ Sara achieve her dance dreams in save the last dance, Thomas moved on to bigger film roles, including in some successful franchises. In 2002, he appeared in both Halloween: Resurrection and the first Hair salon. Other roles during this decade include Barber Shop 2: Back to Business, Fountainand the TV movie version of A raisin in the sun featuring Sean Combs. In the 2010s, he appeared in the third film of the Hair salon trilogy and a handful of TV movies, among other projects. Thomas’ most recent film credits include the 2021 Oscar nominee Macbeth’s Tragedy.

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Sean Patrick Thomas in 2002
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Thomas also has an extensive TV CV, which includes starring cast roles in The neighborhood (2000-2004) and Vixen (2015-2016), as well as guest spots and recurring roles on some long-running and influential shows. Among them are New York undercover, combine, military wives, Bones, Criminal minds, lady secretary, The good fightand Insecure.

Thomas recently confirmed on Instagram a report that he has been cast in the next spin-off of the hit Amazon Prime series. The boys.

Aonika Laurent and Sean Patrick Thomas in 2022
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Thomas was married to another actor Aonika Laurentwho appeared in The Fantastic Four and Olympus has fallensince 2006. The couple’s first meeting was nearly a disaster, as they shared during an interview for OWN’s black love documentary series, as Thomas was on the phone trying to give directions to a friend when he was introduced to Laurent at a party. “I think she felt overwhelmed, but I was really focused on something else at the moment,” he explained. Fortunately, she gave him a chance, and since they got married, the couple welcomed two children: Lola Jolieborn in 2008, and Luc Laurentborn in 2010.

Last month, Laurent shared a photo of Thomas with their two children to pay tribute to him on Father’s Day. “Happy Father’s Day @seanpthomas,” the caption read. “You are the best of the best! I am forever grateful for how you are a father and love our children. Thank you for taking us on this magical ride with you! We love you!”

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Sean Patrick Thomas in 2022
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In 2021, Stiles and Thomas celebrated the 20th anniversary of save the last dance by having a virtual reunion to reminisce about the film. As fun as they were to make it, none of the stars predicted they would be discussing their teen dance drama two decades after its release.

“I never expected people to talk about it 20 years later,” Thomas said. entertainment tonight. He also noted that fans of the film told him that it normalized interracial relations for them. Stiles said she remains very proud of save the last dance to fight prejudice and other racial issues and that it helped her to “open up [her] eyes” to her own privilege as a white woman.

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