This may come as a shock, but Matthew Underwood is turning 31 years old on Friday, April 23! The actor was only 14 when he starred in the show Zoey 101, which means it has been more than 16 years since the iconic Nickelodeon series premiered! Yep, it aired its first episode on January 9, 2005, and we cannot believe how fast time has flown by.
For those who forgot, the show also starred Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher, Christopher Massey, Erin Sanders, Sean Flynn, Victoria Justice and more. It was about a girl named Zoey who attended a boarding school called Pacific Coast Academy. It went on for four epic seasons before it came to an end on May 2, 2008, and when it concluded, it was seriously the end of an era! The series was definitely a huge part of a lot of our childhoods, so the fact that it’s almost been two decades since it came out is seriously making us feel old.
But wait, what are the stars of the show up to these days, you ask?! In honor of Underwood’s birthday, we decided to check in on them all, and boy, have they changed a lot over the years! Here’s what the cast of Zoey 101 is doing now…
What Is Jamie Lynn Spears Doing Now?
Just days after it was announced that Zoey 101 was going off the air in 2008, news hit the web that Spears was pregnant, and fans were pretty shook about it. The Nickelodeon star gave birth to a little girl, named Maddie Briann Aldridge, on June 19, 2008. She then took a break from acting, and moved to Nashville to raise her daughter and to focus on her music career.
Spears released her first single, called “How Could I Want More,” in November 2013, and it was a total bop. Then, her debut EP, The Journey, dropped on May 27, 2014. Over the years, the blonde beauty released two more singles, and in 2020, she returned to our TV screens when she landed a role in Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias. As for her love life, she got married to a businessman named Jamie Watson in 2013. And on April 11, 2018, Spears welcomed her second daughter, whom she named Ivey Joan Watson.
What Is Paul Butcher Doing Now?
Butcher did not slow down after Zoey 101 ended! He went on to star in King of the Hill, MyMusic, A Lesson in Romance, Destiny 7 and more. Plus, he released his debut single, “Don’t Go,” in July 2010, and he dropped another song called “Stop Calling” in January 2015. He also took some time off to focus on his education! He graduated from Oaks Christian School in June 2012, and he later went on to graduate from the University of California.
What Is Christopher Massey Doing Now?
Massey appeared in a few movies and TV shows after Zoey 101, including Mary and Max, I Got the Hook Up 2, Switched At Birth, Accountable and more. Oh, and get this — he also became a parent! He and his fiancé, Bria Miller, welcomed two children together over the years — a daughter named Bella Rose and a son named Carter Christopher. Unfortunately, he had a run-in with the law in In April 2016, when he was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence after he allegedly shoved his girlfriend at the time, Cassalei Jackson.
What Is Erin Sanders Doing Now?
Zoey 101 was just the beginning for Sanders. After it ended, she most famously went on to play Camille Roberts in Big Time Rush. She also landed roles in The Young and the Restless, Model Minority, Melissa & Joey, Limelight, Six Degrees of Separation, The Call and others! Now, she’s gearing up to star in a new movie called Along the Way. She’s been dating music producer Adam Johan for more than two years now, and they couldn’t be cuter together.
What Is Matthew Underwood Doing Now?
After Zoey 101, Underwood actually took a nine-year break from acting. But in 2017, he returned to the scene when he starred in the movies The Magic Studio and The Golden Stars. Based on his Instagram account, he also got into photography! In April 2012, he was arrested for possession of drugs. Later that year he was charged again for violating his probation. But luckily, the former Nickelodeon star didn’t face any jail time and his charges were eventually dismissed.
What Is Sean Flynn Doing Now?
Fans can now catch Flynn in Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood, Return of the Killer Shrews, The Last of Robin Hood, Devious Maids, The Wrong Boyfriend, The Magic Studio, The Golden Stars and more. The last time he acted was in 2017, and he also works as a producer for the company Donatello Arm. Plus, in December 2020, he announced that he was engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Lyndsey Monconduit. Congrats!
What Is Victoria Justice Doing Now?
Justice may always be Lola Martinez in fans’ hearts, but that didn’t stop her from accomplishing a lot after Zoey 101 ended. She most famously went on to star in the hit show Victorious. And when that ended, she acted in Fun Size, Eye Candy, The Outcasts, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again, Summer Night and more. She’s currently gearing up to star in two new movies called Push and Afterlife of the Party.
But that’s not all. The Nickelodeon star released her debut single, called “Gold,” in 2013. She dropped one more song after that, called “Caught Up In You,” but then, she took a hiatus from making music — until last year, that is. Yep, she returned to the music industry and released a new song called “Treat Myself” on December 11, 2020, and it was a total bop. As for her love life, she dated fellow actor Reeve Carney for almost three years, but split in 2019. Before that, she was linked to Pierson Fode, Ryan Rottman, Josh Hutcherson and Cole Sprouse.