There have been countless shows on television that have glowed bright for a mere season or two before being extinguished, never to be heard from again. One such show was a science fiction television series created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee called Dark Angel. Starring Jessica Alba in her breakout role, the series chronicled the life of Max Guevara, a genetically-enhanced super-soldier who escaped from a secret government facility as a child and tried to lead a normal life in a post-apocalyptic Seattle. In the process, she must fend off government agents intent on recapturing her and track down her genetically-enhanced brothers and sisters, who scattered to the four winds. The show, which premiered on Fox on October 3, 2000, garnered many positive reviews and accolades, but when it was moved to Friday nights in its second season, ratings dropped and it was inevitably cancelled.
Nevertheless, it has lived on—in books, video games and fanfiction. However, whatever became of the show’s stellar cast? Keep reading to find out where your favorite characters’ real-life counterparts are now!
Jessica Alba (Max Guevara)
Jessica Alba garnered a number of praises for her starring role as Max in this show, which ultimately served to give her a huge leg-up career-wise. Her accomplishments on film and television after Dark Angel ended are numerous, with some of her notable film credits being the movies Honey, Sin City, Fantastic Four, Into the Blue, Awake, The Eye, 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Love Guru, Valentine’s Day, Machete, Little Fockers, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Barely Lethal and Entourage. In addition, she has also guest-starred on the shows Rock Me Baby, Entourage, The Office, The Spoils of Babylon and Barely Famous. Recently, she made an appearance in Taylor Swift’s highly praised music video for her song “Bad Blood.” Fans can expect to see her in the upcoming films The Veil, Dear Eleanor and Mechanic: Resurrection.
Michael Weatherly (Logan Cale)
Most people know Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo on NCIS, a role that he has portrayed for almost thirteen years. However, before that notable role, Weatherly played the heartthrob Logan Cale on Dark Angel, which in many ways put him on the map acting-wise as it was his first major, series regular role. Prior to being cast as Logan Cale, Weatherly had guest roles on the shows Significant Others, Jesse and Charmed. Being on Dark Angel helped his career immensely. After that show ended, he immediately landed the role as Anthony DiNozzo, which he has played in a multitude of shows over the years, including NCIS, JAG, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.
Before landing the role of Alec/Ben on Dark Angel, Jensen Ackles was already making a name for himself in acting. His first major role was in the soap opera Days of Our Lives, in which he played Eric Brady, but before that, he had minor, guest-starring roles in the shows Wishbone, Sweet Valley High, Mr. Rhodes and Cybil, and starred as Eddie G. in the critically acclaimed miniseries Blonde about Marilyn Monroe. After Dark Angel ended, Ackles immediately got the role of C.J. on Dawson’s Creek, followed by Max Morgan in Still Life and Jason Teague in Smallville. In 2005, he scored the role that he is most well-known for and which he continues to play to this day: that of Dean Winchester on the hit show Supernatural, co-starring Jared Padalecki. That show is currently in its 11th season. While starring in Supernatural, Ackles also found time to work on other projects, including the movies Devour, Ten Inch Hero, My Bloody Valentine and Batman: Under the Hood. In 2007, Ackles made his stage acting debut as Lt. Daniel Kaffee in “A Few Good Men” at Casa Manana Theater in Fort Worth, Texas, working alongside Lou Diamond Phillips.
J.C. MacKenzie (Reagan “Normal” Ronald)
Before scoring the role of Reagan Ronald on Dark Angel, J.C. MacKenzie was already well on his way to becoming an accomplished actor. He made his acting debut in the television series Seeing Things, which was followed by roles in a multitude of other shows, such as In the Heat of the Night, Murder One, Touched by an Angel, The Practice and L.A. Doctors. In 2000, he joined Dark Angel for the entirety of its two seasons. Afterwards, he landed roles on the shows Monk, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, CSI, NCIS, 24, The Shield, Without a Trace, In Plain Sight, Medium, Dexter, Law and Order: SVU, Gigantic, Burn Notice, House of Cards and The Good Wife. His most recent role is that of Dr. Arnold Spivak in Hemlock Grove. Fans can expect to see him as Skip Fontaine in the upcoming series Vinyl.
Valarie Rae Miller (Cynthia “Original Cindy” McEachin)
Valarie Rae Miller’s role in Dark Angel was her first major acting credit; before that, she had minor roles on the TV shows Family Matters, Malcolm & Eddie and In the House. After Dark Angel ended, however, she ping-ponged between shows, first working on Smith and then the short-lived CW show Reaper before finally landing at Men of a Certain Age. Fans can expect to see her in the upcoming film Liza, Liza, Skies are Gray.
Richard Gunn (Calvin “Sketchy” Theadore)
Like so many of the other actors and actresses on this show, Dark Angel provided Richard Gunn with his first major acting role. After the show ended, Gunn guest-starred on several shows, including Dexter, CSI and The Mentalist. In 2013, he was cast as John Sanders on Granite Flats, a role with he played until 2015. In 2015, he landed his third major role: that of Aitor Quantic on Hemlock Grove. Fans can expect to see him in the upcoming films Sympathy, Said the Shark and Lower Bank.
Alimi Ballard (Herbal Thought)
Before joining Dark Angel as the character Herbal Thought, Alimi Ballard had already proven himself as an actor through his memorable roles on the shows Arsenio and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It was after Dark Angel ended, however, that his career really skyrocketed. In 2004, he was cast as Jamal on American Dreams, and in 2005, he scored one of his most notable roles: that of David Sinclair on Numb3rs, where he stayed for the entirety of that show’s five seasons. In 2011, he played Fusco in the movie Fast Five, which was quickly followed by a role on the TV show NCIS and a voice-acting role on The Super Hero Squad Show. Some of his other television credits include guest roles on the shows In Plain Sight, Rizzoli & Isles, Drop Dead Diva, Hollywood Heights, Bones, Melissa & Joey and Castle. He also had a recurring role on CSI from 2003-2015. Fans can anticipate seeing him in the new show The Catch in 2016.
Martin Cummins (Ames White)
One of the most memorable characters on Dark Angel was Ames White, who replaced Lydecker as Max’s primary nemesis in season 2. Ruthless, cunning and conniving, Ames White made a notable impression on fans and viewers. Part of the reason for this was that they cast the immensely talented Martin Cummins in the role. It was this talent which led Cummins to have a very successful career after Dark Angel ended. He went on to have multiple episode stints on the shows Black Sash, Smallville, Life As We Know It, The Mountain, Reunion, The 4400, Kyle XY, Shattered, V, Eureka, True Justice, Bates Motel, When Calls the Heart, UnREAL and The Whispers. Fans can anticipate seeing him in the upcoming movies Hell in a Handbag, Dying to Be Love, Blown Cover and Down Here.
Kevin Durand (Joshua)
Kevin Durand began his acting career in the late 90s, but didn’t score a major role until the early 2000s, when he was cast as Zipacna in Stargate SG-1 and then Joshua on Dark Angel. After Dark Angel ended, he joined several other television shows as well as landed several film roles. Some of his notable film credits include: The Butterfly Effect, Walking Tall, Wild Hogs, 3:10 to Yuma, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Legion, Robin Hood, I Am Number Four, Real Steel, Citizen Gangster, Resident Evil: Retribution, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Winter’s Tale, Noah and The Captive. In addition to movies, he has also had roles in the shows Touching Evil, The Collector, Threshold, Kyle XY, Lost, American Dad, Vikings and most recently The Strain, a role which he continues to play to this day. Fans can expect to see him in the upcoming film Mean Dreams.
Ashley Scott (Asha Barlow)
Last but not least, we have Ashley Scott, who played the character Asha Barlow on Dark Angel, which was her first major role. After the show ended, she immediately joined the cast of Birds of Prey as Helena Kyle/The Huntress. Then, she turned her attention to movies, with some of her film credits including Evil Remains, Lost, Into the Blue, Just Friends, The Kingdom and Strange Wilderness, In 2006, she was cast as Emily Sullivan on the show Jericho, which she remained on for the entirety of the show’s run. Then, in 2015, she scored the role of Mary Newhouse on the show UnREAL. Fans can anticipate seeing her in the upcoming movie Statute of Limitations.