The early 2000s were a different time, weren’t they? It was the new millennium, the recession hadn’t happened yet, and frosted tips were still a thing people did to look cool.
The heartthrobs then were different too. Here are the ten most notable ones from the 2000s, then and now.
10. Ed Westwick
Remember when Gossip Girl came out? Everyone was always talking about Dan and Serena, but it was Ed Westwick as the villainous Chuck Bass that stole our hearts.
How times have changed for Westwick. In 2017, he was accused by three different women of sexual coercion and rape, and his film and tv projects are currently on hold as he works his way through the legal system.
9. Morris Chestnut
In 2001, the romantic comedy Two Can Play That Game burst on the screen, and it showcased popular actor Morris Chestnut in all his buff, lip-licking glory. Ever since, Chestnut has had a notable effect on the female population.
Fast-forward to the 2010s, and Chestnut is still at the top of his game, starring in as the titular Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. in the television series Rosewood, as well as football player Lance Sullivan in The Best Man Holiday.
8. Josh Hartnett
Once upon a time, Josh Hartnett ruled the world – and by once upon a time, we mean during the 2000s, when he was the leading man in films such as Black Hawk Down, 40 Days and 40 Nights, and 30 Days of Night.
Hartnett has long since moved to the silver screen, his most recent project being the atmospheric Victorian horror, Penny Dreadful, which he starred in as the supernaturally complicated Ethan Chandler.
7. Olivier Martinez
In 2002 the movie Unfaithful came out, introducing us to the wickedly handsome and sinfully seductive Olivier Martinez, who smouldered as the extramarital love interest of Diane Lane, the titular unfaithful wife.
In the years since, Martinez has had a steady stream of film and tv projects including The Physician, Revenge, and Texas Rising.
6. Orlando Bloom
In the early 2000’s Orlando Bloom was in every high fantasy movie ever. There he was as the good-natured Legolas in Lord of the Rings, and after that was of course Pirates of the Caribbean.
Over a decade later, Bloom is still raking in those Lord of the Rings and POTC bucks, but he also took the time to marry and then divorce a supermodel, and have a very adorable baby.
What can we say about Usher Raymond, the smooth-voiced singer that stole our hearts and the charts with songs like “U Got It Bad,” and “Let It Burn.” In the early aughts, Usher was THE certified panty-dropper.
Time hasn’t slowed the crown prince of R&B down, and he’s still topping the charts and performing, only now, he’s added owning a music label – Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG) – and stints as a coach on The Voice to his repertoire.
4. Tom Welling
If you were a teenager in the early 2000s, then you were watching Smallville, and if you were watching Smallville, you were watching it for one simple reason – Tom Welling as Clark Kent, the buff and good-natured hero that would become Superman.
These days, Welling is still in the superhero game, playing a role of the mysterious Marcus Pierce on the FOX drama Lucifer. And he looks just as beautiful as ever.
3. Shane West
Shane West was in practically everything during the 2000s. He was virtually the face of the decade, starring in such films as A Walk to Remember, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and What We Do In Secret.
West has made the move to the silver screen, and starred in the CW series Nikita, as well as the WGN America witch-drama, Salem.
2. Chad Michael Murray
Where wasn’t Chad Michael Murray in the early 2000s? That is the question. Starring in everything from Freaky Friday, A Cinderella Story and House of Wax, the One Tree Hill actor was a bona fide hottie.
These days, you can find Michael Murray on a multitude of silver screen projects including Scream Queens, Agent Carter, and his latest venture, Sun Records.
1. Robert Pattison
In 2008, there were only two teams teenaged girls cared about – Team Edward or Team Jacob, after the two male protagonists of the YA fantasy franchise Twilight. As Edward Cullen, the brooding, virginal vampire, Pattison was THE heartthrob for many women of the decade.
These days, Pattison is still on the big screen, having recently starred in the movie The Lost City of Z, not that he needs to. Twilight made a ton of money, and a lot of people are still team Edward a decade later.