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Center Stage's Cooper Neilson, Ethan Stiefel, Looks Nothing Like You Remember Him

When the Center Stage cast reunited to reminisce about the film, fans definitely noticed just how different Ethan Stiefel looked from his days as Cooper Neilson.

The now 47-year-old ballet dancer wasn’t clean shaven or rocking a mop of hair, instead, he was sporting shoulder length hair and a mustache!

“Good god, Ethan Stiefel, that look is a choice,” one fan wrote after watching the reunion which also featured Zoe Saldana, Sascha Radetsky, and Amanda Schull.

Another added, “Oh my goodness. Ethan Stiefel looks… verrrrrrry different.”

“And Ethan Stiefel’s look is . . . a lot,” one more commented.

After getting used to Ethan‘s new look, fans got the chance to watch the quartet of stars open up about the impact of the movie, the lack of diversity in the sport and more.

“All of us who are men in the dance world have stories of harassment, just stupid stuff growing up because there’s some stereotypes associated with male dancers,” Sascha, who played Charlie, said. “Unfortunately they seem to endure. But, Center Stage has been really affective at dispelling some of the stereotypes and opening people’s eyes up to the beauty and power and athleticism and other ineffable virtues of dance, and male dance in particular.”

Ethan agreed, saying, “As we’ve all discussed because of the people that we were working with on the film, on every level, as someone who, since the age of 8 or 9, was pursuing a ballet career took a great sense of pride in the fact that I was given the chance to present dance on the highest level. And all you can do is present your art form in the best light possible. That’s a huge responsibility and one that I didn’t take lightly, but at the same time if we’re still talking about this film right now 20 years later and some of the topics that we are discussing, it seems it did resonate.”

As the subject turned to the lack of color on the stage, Zoe shared that she believes “that it is a conversation that is starting to be had in circles that are more inclusive. I think for so long the matters of inclusively and racial disparity were topics that only people of color or minority communities were having. The more anglo Americans invite themselves and take partnership in the conversation that’s what’s going to bring change.”

“Those of us in the arts can do so much better and we have to do so much better,” Sascha chimed in. “We’re in the middle of an urgent and important moment of reflection and conversation about where we failed in the past and where we’re failing now and how we can improve things going forward.”

Watch the full reunion below:

If you missed it, there’s reportedly a Center Stage series in the works…

'Center Stage' Inspired Television Series In Works at Sony

Center Stage is celebrating its 20th Anniversary today and what better way to celebrate than with the news of an actual television series!

Deadline is reporting that the iconic movie – which followed a group of aspiring ballet dancers as they were accepted into New York City’s prestigious American Ballet Academy – has inspired a television series in development at Sony Pictures Television.

The series would be a continuation of the movie, set in the “highly competitive world of dance. It follows a new, inclusive class of dancers as they work to stay at the academy and clash against the traditional students and style the ABA is known for.”

The logline reads that Cooper Nielson (played by Ethan Stiefel) is “now at the helm of the ABA and the ABC”.

Center Stage first premiered on May 12, 2000 and helped launch the careers of Zoe Saldana and Amanda Schull.

Ethan, Sascha Radetsky, and Peter Gallagher all returned for Lifetime’s Center Stage series, Center Stage: On Pointe, which aired in 2016.

Milo Ventimiglia Premieres 'Devil's Gate' at Tribeca Film Festival 2017

Milo Ventimiglia is premiering his latest film Devil’s Gate!

The 39-year-old actor stepped out at the event as part of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on Monday (April 24) at Cinepolis New York City.

Milo was joined by his cast mates Shawn Ashmore, Amanda Schull and Bridget Regan as well as director Clay Staub.

The film takes place in Devil’s Gate, North Dakota and follows the disappearance of a local woman and her young son.

An FBI agent steps in to help the local sheriff and deputy who track down the woman’s husband to find that nothing is as it seems.

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Watch Matt McGorry's Bennett Dance Shirtless to 'Hollaback Girl' on 'Orange is the New Black' (Video)

Matt McGorry is handsome in gray while arriving at the 2015 Monte Carlo TV Festival on Tuesday (June 16) in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

The 29-year-old actor was joined by his How to Get Away With Murder co-star Alfred Enoch, as well as Aquarius stars Grey Damon and Gethin Antony, Agent Carter‘s Hayley Atwell, NCIS actor Brian Dietzen, Sons of Anarchy alum Ron Perlman, and 12 Monkeys stars Amanda Schull and Aaron Stanford.

Matt also stars on Orange is the New Black and in the third season, which just hit Netflix, he – SPOILER ALERT! – dances shirtless to Gwen Stefani‘s “Hollaback Girl.”

Watch the scene below!


Bennett Dances to “Hollaback Girl” on OITNB

FYI: Grey is wearing a Scott Langton black shirt.

15+ pictures inside of Matt McGorry, Hayley Atwell, and more at the festival…More Here! »

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Zachary Levi Attends NBCUniversal Upfront With 'Suits' Cast

Zachary Levi suits up for the 2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts held at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Thursday (May 14) in New York City.

The 34-year-old Heroes Reborn actor was joined by Suits stars Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Amanda Schull, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty, and Patrick J. Adams.

Also in attendance were Mr. Robot‘s Christian Slater, Community‘s Joel McHale, Colony‘s Josh Holloway, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, and Top Chef‘s Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi, and Tom Colicchio.

45+ pictures inside of Zachary Levi, Gabriel Macht, and more in NYC…More Here! »

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'Suits' Returns Tonight! Stars Sarah Rafferty & Rick Hoffman Dish on the Louis/Donna Dynamic (JJ Interview)

Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman, and Amanda Schull show off their Columbia pride while backstage during the Suits College Tour event held at the school on Monday (March 3) in New York City.

The actors are gearing up for the show’s big return and sat down with JJ for a quick chat about what we can expect!

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Suits

In tonight’s mid-season premiere, titled “Buried Secrets,” things get complicated when Harvey (Gabriel Macht) mixes business with pleasure and gets caught between Jessica (Gina Torres) and Scottie (Abigail Spencer).

Painful memories plague Mike (Patrick J. Adams) as he uses a case to exorcise demons against an old foe, while Louis’ (Hoffman) suspicions threaten to expose Mike.

Suits returns TONIGHT, March 6 @ 9/8c on USA!

Click inside to read our unedited conversation with the trio…More Here! »

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