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What The Cast Of Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Is Doing Today

Before creepypasta, before Five Nights at Freddy's, and before the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books had been made into a big-budget movie, '90s kids with a taste for the macabre satisfied their hunger with Are You Afraid of the Dark? An anthology series that ran from 1990 to 1996, followed by a second run from 1999 to 2000, each episode of the spooky show features a self-contained tale of horror and mystery. 

Who are our guides into this underworld of monsters and mayhem? A group of teens calling themselves the Midnight Society, who meet in the woods to share their creepy stories by the flickering light of a campfire. But what have the members of the Midnight Society been up to since the show's end? Some have continued acting and gone on to great careers. Others seem to have dropped off the map entirely. From bookish Gary to spunky Kiki, this is what's become of the teen storytellers of Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Ross Hull

Ross Hull played Gary, the bespectacled leader of the Midnight Society. He appears in more episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? than any other actor: Not only does he show up in every episode of the original 1990 series, he also appears in the three-part "Tale of the Silver Sight" arc of the 1999 revival. If any one actor serves as the face of the series, it's Ross Hull.

Hull went on to a couple more roles in TV shows including Mutant X and Stargate: Atlantis. He hasn't done much acting since, but he still regularly appears in front of the camera — just not as you might imagine. Hull began a career as a meteorologist and weather personality in 2004, and has since worked for CBC News Network, CTV Kitchener, and a variety of other networks and organizations. Currently, he is a multi-market meteorologist for Global News. He made a brief return to acting in 2016, playing a news anchor on dystopic sci-fi drama Dark Matter. Hull, who is openly gay, also supports several LGBTQ charities.

JoAnna Garcia

JoAnna Garcia appears in 37 episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? as shy, romance-minded Sam. Since her time on the show came to an end, she's been consistently busy — especially when it comes to television. Garcia has had main roles in shows like Reba, The Astronaut Wives Club, and Freaks and Geeks. Most recently, she's been busy playing Maddie Townsend, a recently divorced woman trying to get back on her feet on Netflix's Sweet Magnolias. 

Garcia began dating baseball player Nick Swisher in 2009, and the two married in 2011. Ever since, she's been credited as JoAnna Garcia Swisher. The pair have two daughters together. In her free time, she is dedicated to raising awareness for cervical cancer. Garcia also runs her own nonprofit organization, We Reach, which is committed to giving young girls around the United States the resources they need to put together charity events in their own towns. 

Jodie Resther

Jodie Resther played the role of brave, tomboyish Kiki throughout the entire original run of Are You Afraid of the Dark? While you may not have seen her face in front of the camera in recent years, she's still been working hard as an actress: Resther has devoted herself to voice acting over the last couple of decades, in everything from all-ages fantasy series like Winx Club to gritty cyberpunk video games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Most notably, she's provided the voice for Francine Frensky on Arthur since 1996 — that's over 150 episodes of voicing Francine! Most recently, she made an appearance in the 2019 Netflix original film Good Sam, where she is credited as Jodie Lynn Resther. 

Resther has put her wonderful voice towards more than acting, however. In 2000, she came out with an R&B album called Real. She also put out a French-language album entitled Ma Dualité, which came out in 2006. 

Daniel DeSanto

For a generation of teens, Daniel DeSanto will forever be remembered as Jason in Mean GirlsIf the name doesn't ring a bell, you might remember him as Grethen Wieners' sort-of boyfriend, or the guy who asks Cady if she'd like someone to "butter her muffin." But before he was a high school sleazeball, he was Tucker in 65 episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, where he tells horrifying stories as part of the Midnight Society. It proved to be just the start of an incredibly successful career in film and television. 

1990s kids will remember him from The Magic School Bus, where he played Carlos Ramon. He later went on to have prominent roles in Beyblade, Totally Spies, and PAW Patrol. Fans had the chance to see him play a very different character in 2009 as the assassin Ottilio Panza in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. Moreover, DeSanto understands film making inside and out, having gotten his degree in Film Studies from Ryerson University

Raine Pare-Coull

From 1990 to 1996, Raine Pare-Coull played Betty Ann, who comes through with some of the scariest stories in the show's history. While she had a prominent role in that series, Pare-Coull has been fairly low-key in the years since. She appeared on one episode of the television series Flash Foward in 1997 and one episode of the Canadian sketch comedy show The Morgan Waters Show in 2006. Those two roles comprise the sum total of her live-action acting career since Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Beyond live-action work, however, she has some interesting credits to her name. Pare-Coull provided additional voices for the American release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. She was also part of the loop group for the acclaimed HBO miniseries Chernobyl. A loop group is a collection of voice actors who create dialogue for scenes that require looping, such as scenes that take place in restaurants or clubs. She hasn't been seen in a whole lot else, and her online presence is minimal. Wherever Pare-Coull is today, fans' best wishes go with her.

Rachel Blanchard

Rachel Blanchard got her big break playing the role of theatrical Kristen on Are You Afraid of the Dark? She only starred in 26 episodes from 1990 to 1993, her sudden departure explained away as a family move. But this wouldn't be the last time you saw Blanchard on your television screen. Once her time on the Nickelodeon show was over, she landed the part of Cher Horowitz on the TV adaptation of the hit film Clueless. Once Clueless ended, she went on to star as Roxanne Richardson in 7th Heaven as well as Nancy on Peep Show

Though Blanchard has had parts in films like Road Trip and Snakes on a Plane, television has remained her home turf. Recently, she starred as Kitty Nygard in Fargo, and appeared as the delightfully named Endive Savoy in Another Period. Her most recent performance was as Emma Trakarsky in the TV series You Me Her, which tells the story of a couple exploring the world of polyamorous relationships.

Jason Alisharan

Jason Alisharan's first acting role was as Frank, the Midnight Society's most in-your-face member. He starred in 52 episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? from 1990 to 1995. One year after he left the show, he appeared in the TV movie The Halfback of Notre Dame. Two years later, he appeared in 1998's Breaker High, his last role on record. But that doesn't mean he's stepped away from the industry entirely. In a 2010 interview, Alisharan made it clear that he's very much present within the entertainment world –  he's just taken on more work behind the camera.

For three years, Alisharan worked as part of DreamWorks' live-action division. His credits from that era include She's the ManWin a Date with Tad Hamilton, Collateral, and Transformers. Beyond DreamWorks, Alisharan co-produced A Single Man, a 2009 film starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Today, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Drea Silva.

Elisha Cuthbert

Elisha Cuthbert technically got her start on Are You Afraid of the Dark? in 1996, but only for playing a character credited as "Young Girl." She would return when the show was revived in 1999 as a full-fledged member of the Midnight Society. As Megan, she played a rich girl who spruces up the campfire with some couches. This would prove to be the beginning of a highly lucrative career. 

After the show ended, Cuthbert appeared in comedies like Old School and The Girl Next Door. She even made a return to the horror genre in 2005's House of Wax. Most notably, she snagged the role of Kim Bauer, Jack's daughter, on 24. More recently, she starred as Abby in the Netflix original series The Ranch. In 2013, Maxim named her the most beautiful woman on television thanks in large part to her recurring role as Alex on Happy Endings. In 2012, she announced her engagement to professional hockey player Dion Phaneuf. The pair welcomed a daughter in 2017. 

Jacob Tierney

Jacob Tierney had the shortest tenure of any member of the original Midnight Society: His character, Eric, only lasts for one season, and is the only character to leave without an explanation. But Eric sure makes his brief time on the show count with a plethora of spooky stories rooted in Irish folklore.

Tierney has enjoyed a wide variety of acting work over the past few decades. He's made appearances in TV shows like Hey Joel and Slings and Arrows, and films including Josh and S.A.M. and The Neon Bible. His most impressive accomplishment, however, came in 2016 when he co-created the hit Canadian TV series LetterkennyThe show's distribution via Hulu has seen it become even more successful. In addition to serving as co-creator, Tierney directs and writes various episodes and also portrays Pastor Glen. He's won various accolades for his work on the show alongside co-creator, co-writer, and lead actor Jared Keeso. 

Vanessa Lengies

Vanessa Lengies played Vange, one of the newer members of the Midnight Society in the show's 1999 revival. That incarnation of the series may have only lasted until 2000, but it was enough to launch Lengies into a fantastic career across television and film. On the TV side, she's had prominent roles in For Better or for Worse, American Dreams, and Arthur. Her career rose to new heights when she was cast as Sugar Motta on Glee. She wasn't on the show for very long, as this particular role didn't give her much of "an opportunity to act." Still, fans won't soon forget her perfectly zany portrayal of the New Directions' resident princess.

Lengies made her feature-length film debut in the 2005 comedy Waiting..., starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. She's also held a variety of minor roles within the Star Wars universe, having provided additional voices for Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryStar Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi, and Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker

Nathaniel Moreau

Nathaniel Moreau played the role of David on 26 episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? from 1990 to 1993. While it was his most prominent role at the time, he was no stranger to being on camera: Moreau had already acted in several high-profile television shows, including Friday the 13th: The SeriesThe Ray Bradbury Theater, and Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop. Immediately following his departure from the Nickelodeon show, he stayed within the  genre by appearing in Tales from the Cryptkeeper and A Haunting Harmony.

Moreau's last role was Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, in which he played Young Peter Caine from 1993 to 1996. That marks the end of his appearances in front of the camera, meaning it's been more than two decades since Moreau last worked as a live-action actor. He has, however, remained part of the industry, most notably working as part of the loop groups for Holes and Chernobyl.

Codie Lucas Wilbee

Codie Lucas Wilbee joined the series late in its run. He first appears as Stig, the Midnight Society's resident loner, in 1995, and only sticks around for one season before the show's end. He's a bit of an outsider within the group, and the stories he tells reflect that status. He's perhaps best known for telling "The Tale of Dead Man's Float," a chilling story of poolside terror.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? remains Wilbee's most recent acting credit — he has apparently appeared in nothing since. Interestingly, he had a fairly successful career before joining the Nickelodeon series: Wilbee appeared in many popular TV series in the '80s and '90s, including MacGyver21 Jump Street, and The Outer Limits. After his role as Stig, however, he was never seen again within the industry, and doesn't appear to have any kind of presence on social media. Wilbee has disappeared as completely as a character from one of his stories — though it's probably just because he has a life far beyond Hollywood, and not because a monster dragged him into a lake.