In 2002, Gore Verbinski’s supernatural horror film The Ring, based on the novel Ring by Koji Suzuki, made its grand debut in theaters all over the world, ultimately becoming one of the highest-grossing horror films of all time. Starring Naomi Watts, The Ring focuses on a Seattle journalist named Rachel Keller, who is recruited by her sister to investigate the mysterious death of her niece Katie. This leads her to discover a strange videotape which reportedly, if watched, causes the viewer’s death. Loaded with suspense as well as impressive special effects, this film garnered mostly positive reviews and paved the way for a succession of remakes of Japanese horror classics, including The Grudge, Dark Water, Pulse and One Missed Call.
To this day, The Ring remains one of the most iconic and terrifying horror films ever created, spawning what will soon be two sequels: The Ring Two (2005) and Rings, which is slated to premiere on October 28, 2016. You can check out the film’s official trailer here:
Before the latest installment is released, however, let’s take a look at where the memorable cast of the first film is now.
Naomi Watts (Rachel Keller)
As an accomplished actress, Naomi Watts has been involved in a plethora of projects. After starring in The Ring, Watts scored roles in the films Undertaking Betty, Ned Kelly, 21 Grams, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, The Ring Two, Stay, King Kong, Eastern Promises, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, J. Edgar, The Impossible, St. Vincent, Insurgent and Allegiant. Fans can expect to see her in the upcoming movies The Bleeder, Shut In and The Glass Castle as well as the television show Gypsy.
Martin Henderson (Noah Clay)
Like his co-star Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson has also collected an impressive array of acting credits in the years since starring in The Ring. In addition to starring in the films Torque, Flyboys, Smokin’ Aces, Devil’s Knot and Miracles from Heaven, he also landed roles in the television shows Off the Map, Rake, Secrets & Lies, The Red Road and Grey’s Anatomy. Fans can expect to see him in the upcoming films Juveniles and Hellbent.
David Dorfman (Aidan Keller)
After playing Rachel’s son, Aidan, in The Ring, David Dorfman made an appearance in another iconic horror film: the 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. His other acting credits include the films A Wrinkle in Time, The Ring Two and Drillbit Taylor and the television shows Joan of Arcadia, Ghost Whisperer and Zombie Roadkill. He has no new projects on the horizon.
Daveigh Chase (Samara)
As Samara, Daveigh Chase effectively scared the pants off of viewers in The Ring, so it’s no surprise that she has had a successful acting career in the years since. She did voice-acting for the shows Fillmore! and Lilo and Stitch: The Series. She also scored roles in the series Oliver Beene, Cold Case, Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures and Big Love, and the films S. Darko, Yellow, Little Red Wagon, Wild in Blue and Jack Goes Home. Fans can expect to see her in the upcoming film American Romance.
Amber Tamblyn (Katie Embry)
After playing Katie in The Ring, Amber Tamblyn landed one of her most memorable roles: that of Joan in the critically-acclaimed but short-lived television show Joan of Arcadia. She followed that up with parts in the films The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Grudge 2, Spiral, Blackout, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, 127 Hours and Growing Up and Other Lies. Additionally, she starred in the series The Unusuals, House, Two and a Half Men, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and Inside Amy Schumer. Fans can expect to see her in the upcoming films Girlfriend’s Day, The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards and Cleveland.
Rachael Bella (Becca Kotler)
In the years since playing Becca, Rachael Bella has collected some very impressive acting credits on both the big and small screen, including roles in the films American Gun, Jimmy and Judy, High Hopes and Drive Thru and the television shows Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Tru Calling and Boston Public. She has no projects currently on the horizon.
Shannon Cochran (Anna Morgan)
While she is best known for playing Anna Morgan in The Ring, Shannon Cochran has been involved in a multitude of other projects. In addition to returning for The Ring Two, she has guest-starred on the shows Frasier, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Without a Trace, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, The Bold and the Beautiful, Close to Home, The Unit, Numb3rs, Fringe, Off the Map, Desperate Housewives, Scandal, NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles. Her last listed acting credits were in the short films The Tale of Fenton Black (2014) and Be Good for Rachel (2015).
Pauley Perrette (Beth)
Last but not least, we have Pauley Perrette, who portrayed the character Beth in The Ring. Her acting credits in the years afterwards include the television shows Haunted, CSI, JAG, NCIS: Los Angeles, FCU: Fact Checkers Unit, NCIS: New Orleans and Fantasy Hospital, on which she still currently plays the character Nickleby. She has scored roles in the films Ash Tuesday, Brother Bear, Potheads: The Movie, Satan Hates You and I Am Bad.