The Stars of 'Election': Where Are They Now?

7:21 PM 5/7/2019

by Katherine Schaffstall

The Reese Witherspoon- and Matthew Broderick-led film hit theaters 20 years ago.

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It's been 20 years since Tracy Flick ran for student body president.

Election, which opened in select theaters on April 23, 1999 before going wide on May 7, 1999, follows beloved high school teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) as he tries to stop overachieving junior Tracy (Reese Witherspoon) from winning the school's presidential election. The two have bad blood following Tracy's affair with Jim's friend and former colleague, which led to the other teacher's expulsion.

While Election wasn't a box office success, it was nominated for best adapted screenplay at the Academy Awards. Witherspoon earned a best actress nomination at the Golden Globes, while the Alexander Payne-written and -directed movie won best feature, best director and best screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.

The film also starred Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan and Nicholas D'Agosto.

Read on to see what the cast has been up to since the high school campaign.

  • Reese Witherspoon (Tracy Flick)

    Witherspoon portrayed high school junior Tracy Flick. Following her affair with a former teacher, Tracy leaves the scandal unscathed. The overachieving student runs for student body president in the film, though Mr. McAllister makes sure that the election is anything but easy. The actress has kept busy since starring in Election. She went on to portray Elle Woods in the 2001 film Legally Blonde and its 2003 sequel Legally Blonde: Red, White & Blonde. Her other film credits include American Psycho, Sweet Home Alabama, Vanity Fair, Just Like Heaven, Penelope, Four Christmases, How Do You Know, Water For Elephants, Mud, Wild, Hot Pursuit, Home Again and A Wrinkle In Time. She won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe for her performance as June Carter in 2005's Walk the Line. Witherspoon has also produced a number of films, including Penelope, Gone Girl, Wild, Hot Pursuit and the upcoming drama Pale Blue Dot. On television, Witherspoon has made guest appearances on King of the Hill, Friends, The Simpsons and The Mindy Project. The actress currently serves as an executive producer and star on the HBO series Big Little Lies, which has earned her Emmy and Golden Globe awards. In addition to the highly anticipated second season of the drama, Witherspoon will next be seen alongside Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell in Apple's upcoming TV series about broadcast morning shows and in the third Legally Blonde film.

  • Matthew Broderick (Jim McAllister)

    Broderick portrayed Jim McAllister. While the character is introduced as a beloved teacher, his rivalry with Tracy ultimately gets the best of him and he ends the film divorced and emotionally unfulfilled. Since his role as Jim, Broderick has gone on to appear in the films Inspector Gadget, You Can Count on Me, The Producers, Deck the Halls, Finding Amanda, Wonderful World, Manchester by the Sea, Rules Don't Apply and Wonder Park. The actor has made of number of guest appearances on TV shows including 30 Rock, Modern Family, BoJack Horseman, The Conners and At Home with Amy Sedaris. In addition to his work in television and films, Broderick has appeared in many Broadway shows, winning Tony Awards for best featured actor in a play in 1983 for Brighton Beach Memoirs and for best actor in a musical in 1995 for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Some of his more recent stage credits include The Producers, The Odd Couple, Nice Work If You Can Get It, It's Only a Play, Sylvia and Shining City. He makes his West End stage debut this month, starring opposite Elizabeth McGovern in Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger, in which he reprises a role he played in New York in 2009. Broderick will next star in the upcoming Netflix apocalypse drama series Daybreak.

  • Chris Klein (Paul Metzler)

    Klein played high school jock Paul. Jim recruits the popular student to run against Tracy in the election. While the students initially feel more comfortable with Paul as the candidate, Tracy ultimately wins the election by a single vote. Shortly after his film debut in Election, Klein went on to appear as Chris "Oz" Osctreicher in American Pie. He later reprised the role in 2001's American Pie 2 and 2012's American Reunion. Klein's other film credits include Here on Earth, Say It Isn't So, The United States of Leland, Just Friends, The Long Weekend, Day Zero, New York City Serenade, Authors Anonymous, Game of Aces, The Competition and Benchwarmers 2: Breaking Balls. On the TV side, Klein has made guest appearances on the shows Franklin & Bash, Raising Hope and The Grinder. He played the recurring role of Drew on the FX and FXX series Wilfred from 2011 to 2014, while he most recently starred on the fifth season of The CW's The Flash as Orlin Dwyer.

  • Jessica Campbell (Tammy Metzler)

    Campbell portrayed Paul's younger sister. After Tammy is dumped by Lisa (Frankie Ingrassia), her former love interest becomes Paul's girlfriend and campaign manager. In an effort to get back at Paul and Lisa, Tammy also runs for president. Campbell earned a best debut performance nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards for the role. Following Election, Campbell appeared in two episodes of Judd Apatow's Freaks and Geeks in 2000. She then starred as Julie Gold in the 2001 film The Safety of Objects. Her final acting credit was her role as Doris in the 2002 film Junk. Campbell has since left acting.

  • Molly Hagan (Diane McAllister)

    Hagan portrayed Jim's wife Diane. She eventually leaves her husband after she learns about his affair with Linda (Delaney Driscoll). Following her role in Election, Hagan went on to have supporting roles in the films Playing Mona Lisa, The Lucky Ones, Ask Me Anything, Not Safe for Work, We Are Your Friends, Sully and The Keeping Hours. She starred as Sue Singer in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous opposite Emma Roberts from 2004 to 2007. Hagan has had recurring roles on the shows Becker, Instant Mom, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Big Little Lies, Law & Order True Crime, The Orville and No Good Nick. The actress has also made guest appearances on a number of TV shows including Monk, ER, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, Masters of Sex, This Is Us, Better Call Saul and Legion.

  • Nicholas D'Agosto (Larry Fouch)

    D'Agosto played the supporting role of Larry Fouch, a high school student and ethical committee chairman. Election was his first feature film. D'Agosto went on to act in the films Rocket Science, Drive-Thru, Extreme Movie, Fired Up!, From Prada to Nada, Final Destination 5 and Mardi Gras: Spring Break. His television credits include guest appearances on ER, Boston Public, Six Feet Under, House, Supernatural, Without a Trace, The Office and Grace and Frankie. The actor has had recurring roles on Heroes and Gotham, while he also played Dr. Ethan Haas on Showtime's Masters of Sex for two seasons. D'Agosto most recently starred as Josh Segal in the NBC series Trial & Error.