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Even Stevens: Whatever Happened To The Cast?

"Even Stevens" was a family sitcom on Disney Channel that centered around the misadventures of the Stevens family. At the center of the show was Louis and Ren, siblings whose drastically different personalities would lead to conflict nearly every episode. Other characters included Louis and Ren's older brother Donny, their parents Steve and Eileen, and Louis and Ren's respective friend groups.

A popular series with the Disney Channel audience in the early 2000s, "Even Stevens" ran for three seasons before concluding with "The Even Stevens Movie" in 2003. The series also made stars out of its lead Shia LaBeouf, as well as Christy Carlson Romano. In the nearly two decades after the conclusion of the series, both its main stars and the rest of its cast have been busy with projects both in front of and behind the camera. Here is a rundown of what happened to the cast of "Even Stevens" after the conclusion of the show.

Shia LaBeouf (Louis Stevens)

The main star of the series was Louis Stevens, a troublemaking preteen who can be seen as the black sheep of the Stevens family. Always scheming and looking for the easy way out, Louis' rivalry with his sister Ren was the center of most of the series' episodes. Louis was brought to life by Shia LaBeouf, and served as a springboard for an even bigger career in the future.

Since the series' end, LaBeouf jumped headfirst into film and landed several leading and supporting roles. His biggest role came in 2007 when he became the star of the first three films in Michael Bay's "Transformers" franchise. Some of LaBeouf's other big films include the serial killer movie "Disturbia," the financial drama "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" and the polarizing "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." His most recent works include the Amazon Studios film "Honey Boy" and the Oscar nominated "Pieces of a Woman."

Despite several successful films, LaBeouf's personal life has been marred by several controversy and erratic behavior. Some of these include problems with alcoholism, lawsuits against him for battery and abuse, and accusations of plagiarism.

Christy Carlson Romano (Ren Stevens)

Anybody who grew up watching Disney Channel in the early 2000s knew who Christy Carlson Romano was. Romano's role as Louis' overachieving sister made her a staple of the network. She followed that up with roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie "Cadet Kelly" and the very popular Disney Channel animated series "Kim Possible," where she voiced the title character.

After "Even Stevens," Romano continued voicing for "Kim Possible" while also briefly playing Belle on the Broadway version of "Beauty and the Beast." Since then, she has continued to work with small roles in both live action and animation. Some of her most notable voice acting credits include roles in "Kingdom Hearts," "Family Guy," and "Big Hero 6: The Series."

Outside of acting, Romano got a degree in Films Studies from Barnard College, where she met her now husband Brendan Rooney. The couple have two children together. Romano has also penned a novel and runs her own YouTube channel, where she creates content that includes reaction videos, cooking tutorials, and lifestyle tips.

Nick Spano (Donny Stevens)

Louis and Ren also had an older brother named Donny, an athletic but unintelligent high schooler who was usually the star of each episode's B-plot. Donny was portrayed by actor Nick Spano, who acted in prominent roles in the late '90s before "Even Stevens." These roles included turns on "Sister, Sister," "7th Heaven," "Melrose Place," and "The Young and the Restless."

Compared to the rest of the actors in the Stevens family, Spano's filmography post-"Stevens" is fairly light. He secured several guest spots on popular dramas like "Alias" and "Without A Trace," but there is a serious gap in his acting credits after 2011. That's because Spano has been focusing on other projects outside of Hollywood. He was briefly an acting coach and was the manager of the Hollywood Night Market in Los Angeles. 

With other business ventures in play for the future, it doesn't look like Spano will return to acting anytime soon. If not, his fans will always have Donny to fondly look back on.

Donna Pescow (Eileen Stevens)

Actress Donna Pescow was already a prominent presence in Hollywood before her role as mother and state senator Eileen Stevens on the Disney Channel sitcom. Many of her biggest roles came in the '70s and '80s, with appearances in hit movies such as "Saturday Night Fever," and starring roles in sitcoms like "Angie" and "Out of this World." Some of her other work prior to "Even Stevens" included appearances in dramas like "Murder, She Wrote" and "NYPD Blue," and soap operas like "One Life To Live" and "All My Children."

When her time as Eileen came to an end in 2003, Pescow took a brief break from the spotlight before returning to the screen in several guest spots for television. Some of her most prominent roles included Donna Parisi in "The Sopranos," Priscilla in "New Girl," and a recurring role as Dr. Sharon Finkel on The CW's "The Flash." According to her IMDb page, she will appear in the upcoming season of Apple TV+'s "Truth Be Told."

Tom Virtue (Steve Stevens)

Veteran actor Tom Virtue played Steve Stevens, Ren and Louis' father. Like many family sitcom dads, Steve was a goofy character who always tried his best to be hip with the kids while also guiding them through life. Similar to Donna Pescow, Virtue has been acting since the early '80s, with a filmography prior to "Even Stevens" including popular shows such as "Roseanne," "L.A. Law," and "Star Trek: Voyager."

Once "Even Stevens" ended, Virtue continued acting in small roles for various films and television shows. These include children-targeted sitcoms like "That's So Raven" and "Drake and Josh," crime dramas like "Cold Case" and "CSI," and high-profile films like "Green Book" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." Virtue's most recent credits include guest spots on shows like "Good Girls" and "This Is Us," and a brief role in "Resident Evil Village" as one of the villagers who gets killed in the early parts of the game.

A.J. Trauth (Alan Twitty)

Louis' best friend and partner in crime was Alan Twitty, played by A.J. Trauth. In contrast to Louis' dorky persona, Twitty was a much more athletic and musically talented individual, but still stuck by Louis throughout the whole series. While not the biggest star on the Disney Channel at the time, Trauth was still popular on the network thanks to "Even Stevens," the Disney Channel Original Movie "You Wish," his guest spot on "Kim Possible," and his band performing the theme song for the first season of the animated series "American Dragon: Jake Long."

After leaving the Disney Channel, Trauth continued acting in guest roles on various shows like "Numb3rs," "Bones," and "Rules of Engagement." He also lent his voice to animated shows and video games, such as Probst Wyatt III in the "Wolfenstein" series. Outside of acting, he married "The Originals" actress Leah Marie Pipes in 2014, but the two later divorced in 2019.

Margo Harshman (Tawny Dean)

Louis' other best friend was Tawny Dean, an introverted preteen who eventually became Louis' girlfriend. Margo Harshman played Tawny for over 40 episodes, as well as "The Even Stevens Movie." Her performance as Tawny even nabbed her two Young Artist Awards nominations. At the end of her run as Tawny, she landed a starring role in The WB sitcom "Run of the House," but that show was cancelled after its first season.

Since then, Harshman has had plenty of work over the years thanks to several small roles in sitcoms and dramas. Her filmography includes appearances in shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "Modern Family," Without A Trace," and "Boston Legal." She also has a handful of film credits that include "Fired Up!," "College Road Trip," and "Sorority Row." Her biggest roles of the 2010s include a starring role in all six episodes of the short-lived NBC comedy "Bent," a guest role as Sheldon Cooper's assistant Alex Jensen on "The Big Bang Theory," and a recurring role as Delilah Fielding on "NCIS."

Fred Meyers (Tom Gribalski)

The third and final member of Louis' friend group was Tom, a nerdy tech guy who Louis never fully appreciated despite still going along with several of Louis' schemes. Tom was played by Fred Meyers, an actor who only had a few bit parts before making a name for himself on the Disney Channel sitcom. Fred made appearances in 30 episodes of the show and made a brief appearance in the movie.

After "Even Stevens," Meyers appeared in films like "Raise Your Voice" and television shows like "Boston Legal," and even had a guest spot on Disney Channel's "That's So Raven." But his acting credits were minimal after that. His last acting role was in the 2007 direct-to-video horror film "Hallowed Ground." According to his IMDb bio, Meyers retired from acting and has since become an EMT technician and lives a private life with his stepdaughter in Midland, Texas.

Steven Anthony Lawrence (Bernard Beans Aranguren)

There's always that one annoying neighbor in a sitcom that just won't leave our main characters alone. On "Even Stevens," that neighbor was Beans. He spent more time with the Stevens than with his own family, but he eventually became Louis' right-hand man in several episodes. Steven Anthony Lawrence brought Beans to life. But before that, Lawrence already had several acting credits on shows like "The Amanda Show" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch."

The mid-2000s were particularly kind to Lawrence. In addition to "Even Stevens," Lawrence had guest spots on shows like "Frasier" and "That's So Raven," and movies like "The Cat in the Hat" and "Cheaper By The Dozen." However, Lawrence's presence on the screen faded in the 2010s. But that doesn't mean that Lawrence hasn't been busy. Recently, he spoke with VICE about what he's been up to since his days at Beans, which include taking care of his sick father.

You can find him on his own YouTube channel "The Rice and Beans Show," as well as a guest appearance on Christy Carlson Romano's channel.

Lauren Frost (Ruby Mendel)

Though Louis' friends are the ones who got all the screen time, Ren still had a close-knit group of friends as well. One of those friends was Ruby, a bubbly redhead played by Lauren Frost. Frost played Ruby for 26 episodes, and guest starred in a small number of films as well. Around the time Frost was playing Ruby, she gained recognition for performing in Barbra Streisand's Timeless concert tour as a young Streisand.

After "Even Stevens" ended, her filmography was very scarce until 2012, when she started making appearances in a handful of shorts and mini-series. Her most recent project was the faith-based film "One Nation Under God," and she currently has a new television show in post-production. She has also made appearances on Christy Carlson Romano's YouTube channel as part of one of Romano's many cooking videos that feature "Even Stevens" alumni and other famous actors.

Ty Hodges (Larry Beale)

Ren and Louis may not agree on much of anything, but they do share one thing in common: their dislike of Larry Beale. Portrayed by Ty Hodges, Larry was an annoying eight grader who constantly schemed to make Ren look because he was jealous of her success, even going after Louis to accomplish this. Hodges only appeared in 13 episodes as Larry, but his character proved to be a great foil for both Louis and Ren.

Hodges had already been on Disney Channel before "Even Stevens," appearing in one episode of "The Famous Jett Jackson" and in the Disney Channel Original Movie "Don't Look Under The Bed." As Hodges has aged, he has become more well-known as a film director, with several indie films on his resume. His first directorial effort was the 2006 film "Miles From Home," which co-starred Meagan Good. His latest film, "Venus As A Boy," premiered last June at the Tribeca Film Festival.