The cast of Centre Stage gathered this week via Zoom for a reunion, and fans were completely shocked at how different actor Ethan Stiefel looked from his younger days.
Stiefel, 47, played the professional ballet dancer Cooper Nielsen in the 2000 cult classic.
Gone were the days of his clean shaven face and floppy blonde locks, instead, fans were met with shoulder length hair and an intimidating moustache.
“Good god, Ethan Stiefel, that look is a choice,” one fan wrote after watching the reunion.
“And Ethan Stiefel’s look is… a lot,” commented another fan.
Stars of the movie including Zoe Saldana, Sascha Radetsky and Amanda Schull all joined the call to reminisce.
Once fans moved past Stiefel’s appearance, they were treated to a discussion from the cast members about the impact of the movie, the lack of diversity in ballet and much, much more.
“All of us who are men in the dance world have stories of harassment, just stupid stuff growing up because there’s some stereotypes associated with male dancers,” Radestsky, who played Charlie, expressed.
“Unfortunately they seem to endure. But, Centre Stage has been really affective at dispelling some of the stereotypes and opening people’s eyes up to the beauty and power and athleticism and other ineffable virtues of dance, and male dance in particular.”
Stiefel agreed with him, adding, “As we’ve all discussed because of the people that we were working with on the film, on every level, as someone who, since the age of eight or nine, was pursuing a ballet career took a great sense of pride in the fact that I was given the chance to present dance on the highest level.
“And all you can do is present your art form in the best light possible. That’s a huge responsibility and one that I didn’t take lightly, but at the same time if we’re still talking about this film right now 20 years later and some of the topics that we are discussing, it seems it did resonate.”
Zoe Saldana touched on the lack of diversity in the industry. “It is a conversation that is starting to be had in circles that are more inclusive.
“I think for so long the matters of inclusively and racial disparity were topics that only people of colour or minority communities were having. The more Anglo-Americans invite themselves and take partnership in the conversation, that’s what’s going to bring change.”