One of the greatest movies of the early noughties is School of Rock. Released in 2003, much to the delight of my then 10-year-old self, it stars Jack Black as a failed musician who gets in over his head when he poses as a substitute music teacher at a prestigious prep school.
Desperate for cash, he forms what can only be described as the world’s greatest school band in an attempt to win a Battle of the Bands competition to pay off his rent. This happens after he realizes that his class is filled with talented musicians – and what ensues is nothing short of brilliant.
Check out the clip below to remind yourself of this noughties classic:
Don’t just take my word for how brilliant School of Rock is, though. Until 2015, it was the highest grossing musical comedy of all time. What’s more is that it spawned some brilliant one-liners which have made their way into popular use like the classic “You’re tacky and I hate you” insult.
Despite loving the movie on its release, and occasionally rewatching clips of it as an adult, I never kept tabs on what happened to its child stars. So you can only imagine how amazed I was to discover that one of Mr. Schneebly’s band members, Freddie, grew up to be an actual rock god.
In case your memory needs refreshing, Freddy was one of Mr. Schneebly’s most rebellious students who had all the trappings of a rock star in the making, including a general dislike for authority and spiked hair that really helped him look the part.
Even though School of Rock was a massive success, it was the first and last movie which Kevin Alexander Clark, who played Freddy, starred in.
Instead of continuing to pursue what could have been an incredibly successful career as an actor, in the style of his one-time character on the big screen, he left the world of acting to pursue drumming full time, and now, at the age of 29, it’s safe to say he’s made it big.
Here’s what he looks like now:
Obviously, time has transformed Clark quite considerably from the baby-faced 14-year-old he was when filming School of Rock. However, even though his rebellious wanna be rockstar look is gone, he’s retained his infectious smile.
Discussing his decision to actually become a rock star, he said, “Most of the kids left acting for other jobs,” before adding, “no one expected me to still be playing, living in Highwood, and striving to be a rock star.”
Freddie, I mean, Clark is now the drummer of Chicago-based band Robbie Gold, pictured above.
A passion for drumming, however, is not the only thing which Clark retained from his brief acting career, he revealed that he’s still good friends with one of School of Rock‘s child actors, Rebecca Brown – otherwise known Katie, the movie’s cellist/bass guitarist, who also performs as a comedian/musician.
But amazingly, Clark is not the only member of Mr. Schneebly’s who went on to become an actual musician!
Arguably the most talented musician in Mr. Schneebly’s band was lead guitarist Zack, played by a then 11-year-old Joey Gaydos Jr., who despite his young age at the time of filming the movie, had already been playing the guitar for eight years. Yes, he started when he was three!
A year after the movie’s release, he went on to release his own self-titled album Joey Gaydos Jr., so it was clear he was destined for greatness.
Unlike Freddy, in the movie Zach really didn’t appear to have the makings of a future rock star, playing a kid who was comparatively quiet and shy. The only indication of what was to come for the now 26-year-old was his insane guitar playing skills.
So what exactly is Zach doing musically now? Well, he’s the guitarist in a band called Stereo Jane.
One thing’s for sure – he’s certainly got the rock star look nailed now.
Sometimes actors are drawn to roles that reflect who they are as people. Whoever decided to cast Freddie and Zach in School of Rock clearly new that they were onto a winner, and I’m sure they’ll be even more happy with their decision now that they’ve grown into actual rock stars.
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