Sweet Home Alabama Cast: What Are They Up To Today?

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama is a romantic comedy film released in 2002 by Touchstone Pictures. Many years have passed after it hit the box office and the actors have moved on to star in other films. However, one gets so inquisitive sometimes and tries to figure out whether the careers of the main actors of a film they like (or not) have taken a nosedive or climbed onto enviable heights. Here’s us doing the figuring out for you, here’s everything you need to know about the main characters of “Sweet Home Alabama”.

Sweet Home Alabama: Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon played the role of Melanie Carmichael s successful fashion designer who hid her poor background in order to marry Andrew Hennings the son of Kate Hennings who happened to be the Mayor of New York. Reese Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976, to John Witherspoon and Betty Witherspoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. His father Dr John Draper Witherspoon, was a student at Tulane University medical school. He also served as a lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. Reese’s mother Dr. Betty Witherspoon holds three degrees in total, including a PhD in education. She is a professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University.

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Reese Witherspoon was enrolled at the middle school at Harding Academy and graduated from the all-girls’ Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, during which time she was a cheerleader. She later attended Stanford University as an English literature major but left the school prior to completing her studies to pursue an acting career. The actress modeled for a florist’s television advertisements at the age of seven which spurred her to take acting lessons.

In 1991, Reese Witherspoon made her acting debut as Dani Trant in the film “The Man in the Moon”. She was just fourteen years of age and had just left high school still thinking about whether to join her parents in the medical field. However, a few more appearances in films was enough to convince her to pursue an acting career. In 1996, she won the Catalonian International Film Festival award for best actress in the film “Freeway”.

Reese has appeared in many lead roles in films since her debut. In 1999, she starred alongside Alessandro Nivola in the drama thriller “Best Laid Plans” where she played Lissa, a woman who schemes with her lover Nick to escape a small dead-end town. In 2001, she starred as Elle Woods, a fashion-merchandising major who decides to become a law student in order to follow her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School in the film “Legally Blonde”.

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Her career went into a decline 2007-2912 when her first marriage ended but the actress bounced back from that minor setback and producer credit on her acting CV. She owns a production company named “Type A Films”. She owns a couple of other businesses which makes her a serial entrepreneur and the actress also gives back to society.

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At her 21st birthday in March 1997, she met actor Ryan Phillippe and they connected emotionally. By December 1998 they were already engaged and on June 5, 1999, they wedded at Old Wide Awake Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. The marriage was blessed with two children, a daughter, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, born on September 9, 1999, and a son, Deacon Reese Phillippe, born in October 2003. The marriage ended in October 2006.

Reese married Jim Toth, a talent agent and co-head of motion picture talent at Creative Artists Agency. The wedded on March 26, 2011, in Ojai, California, at Libbey Ranch, and together they have a son named Tennessee who was born on September 26, 2012.

Reese Witherspoon is among the highest-paid actresses in the world, as of 2019. She has a staggering net worth of 150 million dollars.

Sweet Home Alabama: Josh Lucas

Josh Lucas played the role of Jake Perry, the husband of Melanie Smooter (Carmichael) in “Sweet Home Alabama”. They first appeared as adolescents in an Alabama beach discussing how they would be married someday.

Josh Lucas was born on June 20, 1971, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Michele (née LeFevre), a nurse-midwife, and Don Maurer, an ER physician. Due to his parent’s occupation, the family moved quite often from city to city. By the time Josh turned 13, he had lived in 30 different locations.

Josh attended Kopachuck Middle School and graduated from Gig Harbor High School in 1989, where he acted in high school plays. After high school, he pursued his acting career. Josh had admitted that realized that he wanted to become an actor in 1987 after Michael Douglas’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. Hence he moved to Hollywood after high school and landed minor roles in films.

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Josh has starred in a number of roles in his acting career including the one that demanded he put on 40 lb (18 kg) as basketball coach Don Haskins in “Glory Road”. He was married to freelance writer Jessica Ciencin Henriquez whom he met at a dog park in 2011. The wedded on March 17, 2012, and welcomed a son in June 2012. In January 2014, Ciencin Henriquez filed for a divorce that became final in October 2014. Josh Lucas has a net worth of 16 million dollars.

Patrick Dempsey as Andrew Hennings

Patrick Dempsey played the role of Andrew Hennings the son of Kate Hennings the mayor of New York in “Sweet Home Alabama”. His mother Kate was preparing him to run for the office of the US President and was not entirely happy with his involvement with Melanie Smooter.

Patrick Dempsey was born on January 13, 1966, in Lewiston Maine to an insurance salesman William and a school secretary mother Amanda. He was raised in the nearby towns of Turner and Buckfield. He has two older sisters and a half-brother, Shane. Diagnosed with dyslexia at age 12, he attended Buckfield High School and St. Dominic Regional High School, and after moving to Houston attended Willowridge High Schoo.

Patrick Dempsey started his acting career in 1983 and has moved to appear in top roles. Perhaps one of his biggest roles on TV remains his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd (McDreamy) in the drama “Grey’s Anatomy” next to Ellen Pompeo on ABC. The actor starred on this role for 11 seasons before moving on to other endeavors. Although it was difficult for him to exit the show stating that even though his time with the series was financially rewarding, he had decided to move on to motor racing and being closer to his children. He has competed in prestigious pro-am events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race, and Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race.

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He was married to his acting coach, Rochelle Rocky Parker on August 24, 1987, when he was 21 and she 48. They divorced on 26 April 1994 and Rocky has passed away. On July 31, 1999, Dempsey married hairstylist and makeup artist Jillian Fink. The couple has three children, daughter Talula who was born on February 20, 2002, and twin sons Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen born February 1, 2007.

His marriage almost ended in January 2015, when Fink filed for divorce but the couple reconciled later in the year. They called off their divorce on November 12, 2016. Patrick Dempsey has a net worth of 60 million dollars.

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