Where the cast of Zoey 101 are now – Teenage pregnancy, Elvis biopic and an arrest

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What ever happened to the cast of Zoey 101?

Believe it or not, it premiered 16 years ago today on Nickelodeon.

The hit show was created by Dan Schneider and starred Britney Spears' little sister Jamie Lynn as Zoey Brooks, following her life as she attended a private boarding school that had allowed girls to enrol for the first time in history.

It ran for four seasons and 61 episodes, with Jamie winning the Kids' Choice Award for Favourite TV Actress in 2006.

The stars seem to have remained firm friends over the years and regularly comment on each other's social media posts.

They've also been appearing in a live Instagram series 'All things Zoey 101' together to chat about their time on the show.

Victoria Justice and Jamie Lynn Spears are the biggest stars to come out of the show
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But what happened to the cast when the show ended in 2008?

Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey Brooks)

Jamie made a very brief acting debut in film Crossroads, where she played a younger version of her big sister Britney's character before landing a regular role on Nickelodeon's comedy sketch series All That.

But is was in Zoey 101 where she really became a household name.

During her stint on the show, Jamie announced she was pregnant with her first child at the age of 16.

Jamie Lynn and daughter Maddie
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She announced she was expecting a child with then-boyfriend Casey Aldridge, who she had been dating for two years, welcoming daughter Maddie.

And it was rumoured that her teenage pregnancy was the reason the show was cancelled.

But she set the record straight in 2019 when she tweeted: "Are you ready? 14 years later…still a jam. #itdidNOTendbecauseofpregnancy #contractwasfinished."

Jamie played Zoe
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A fan asked: "Oh wow you didn’t quit because you were pregnant, you waited this long to tell us?"

She replied: "Nope…I went home to finish high school and was going to pursue movies."

Jamie, 29, is now married to businessman Jamie Watson and they welcomed a daughter together in 2018, named Ivey Joan Watson.

Jamie Lynn with big sister Britney
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The young family was almost struck by tragedy in 2017 when Maddie was involved in a horrifying ATV accident.

She was eight at the time when she was airlifted to hospital after the off-road vehicle she was riding flipped over and left her unconscious and under water for several minutes.

Thankfully, she made a full recovery and Jamie said she would never stop thanking her fans for the support they showed her at the difficult time.

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Sharing a picture of Maddie and her cousin a month on from the accident, she wrote: "A month ago, at this time, I was living a mothers/anyones worst nightmare happening right infront of my eyes, helplessly….Fastforward- Today, we were able to celebrate the baptism of our sweet Kylie Blair.

"I'm not one to preach, but we were shown God's grace, and we still feel undeserving of His mercy. I'll never stop thanking each of you for your prayers, because we recognize the miracle it created.

Maddie with little sister Ivey
(Image: Jamie Lynn Spears/Instagram)

"We are beyond blessed, and we will NEVER forget y'all, and God's unbelievable mercy #Godisgood"

Most recently, Jamie appeared in Netflix drama Sweet Magnolias.

She regularly shares snaps of her sweet family life on Instagram.

Victoria Justice (Lola Martinez)

Victoria is the other big name to come out of the show.

After it ended, she went on to front her own musical Nickelodeon show Victorious, in which she starred alongside Ariana Grande.

Now 27, she's still acting today, most recently appearing in TV shows 50 States of Fright and The Real Bros of Simi Valley and movie Summer Night.

Victoria Justice
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She proved she was all grown up when she starred as Janet in a TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and has also released a string of Victorious soundtrack singles and albums.

She was rumoured to have been locked in a feud with her former co-star Ariana, but that was put to bed in 2020 when they made it clear there was no bad blood between them.

After they virtually reunited with the cast to celebrate the show's anniversary, they posted about each other on social media.

Ariana shared a screenshot of Victoria's new single Treat Myself, writing: "congratulations my friend @victoriajustice. this is so so beautiful," and Victoria responded: "Ari, ily. Thank you."

Victoria as Lola
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Victoria also posted about Ariana's Netflix release for her Sweetener world tour, writing: "This is epic can't wait to watch!"

She released Treat Myself in December, telling her fans: "I made a promise to you guys and to myself that I was going to release music in 2020"

Earlier this week, she spoke of her joy at finally making music again, writing: "It feels so good to be making music again."

Sean Flynn (Chase Matthews)

Sean, who played Chase Matthews, recently announced his engagement to partner Lyndsey Monconduit.

He shared the news with a sweet snap that saw them cuddling up on the beach as she flashed her new engagement ring and kissed his cheek.

Sean is engaged
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He wrote: "We did it!! I found the love of my life six years ago, and haven’t looked back ever since. Can’t wait to spend the rest of my with you @lmonconduit"

Victoria and Jamie both sent messages of congratulations to their former co-star.

Sean as Chase
(Image: Nicelodeon/ Dan Warp Productions)

Sean also shows lots of love to his pals, recently plugging Victoria's single, telling his followers: "SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Everyone stop what you’re doing and go check out Victoria’s new track ‘Treat Myself’!! She’s so talented, and it’s totally worth the listen. Amazing job Vic, I can’t wait to hear what you what you create next!!"

A mini reunion
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After Zoey 101, Sean went on to appear in a handful of TV shows and movies, including The Last of Robin Hood, Devious Maids and The Wrong Boyfriend.

Austin Butler (James Garrett)

Austin has been involved in some big projects since his time as James.

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He's also currently filming biopic Elvis in which he stars as the late iconic Elvis Presley.

The movie is being made by Baz Luhrmann, famous for his hit Moulin Rouge.

Speaking about casting Austin, he said: "I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.

Austin as James
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"Throughout the casting process, it was an honour for me to encounter such a vast array of talent.

"I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures."

The 29-year-old appeared in a string of hit kids' shows too, including iCarly, Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverley Place.

Paul Butcher (Dustin Brooks)

Paul, 26, who played Zoey's younger brother Dustin took on numerous roles after the show.

Paul Butcher
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He appeared in shows King of the Hill, The King of Queens, Without A Trace and Criminal Minds, to name but a few.

He also provided the voice for Stanley Pukowski in animated movie Meet The Robinsons.

Paul as Dustin
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Paul also turned his hand to singing, releasing some covers before putting out his own songs.

Alexa Nikolas (Nicole Bristow)

A Zoey 101 reunion held a couple of years back made headlines due to Alexa's absence.

Alexa Nikolas
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She later went live on Instagram to allege that the workplace had been a toxic one and that she was bullied on the set.

"It was a really amazing experience getting to know [my character] Nicole, but the experience on set ended up being drastically different than how I felt about Nicole," she said.

She continued acting on the show, appearing in a string of shows and movies including Ghost Whisperer, CSI: Miami, Heroes and Zoolander, but she hasn't been seen on screen since she was in Mad Men in 2013.

Alexa, left, as Nicole
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The 28-year-old married Canadian musician Mike Milosh in 2012 but they later divorced in 2016.

Then in May 2020, she announced on Instagram that she was expecting her first child with partner Michael Gray, welcoming the little one, a daughter named Nova, in November.

She regularly shares glimpses of her family life on Instagram, and recently posted a nude snap of herself cradling her daughter in her arms.

Alexa with daughter Nova
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The snap was liked by Jamie Lynn, showing that any animosity on the set has since been put to bed.

Christopher Massey (Michael Barrett)

Christopher, the big brother of fellow actor Kyle Massey who starred in That's So Raven, began his acting career at a young age appearing in a string of commercials for Cap'n Crunch and Pop Tarts.

Christopher poses with his family
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After the show, the 30-year-old starred in Everybody Hates Chris, City Girls and Switched At Birth, most recently appearing in US sketch show All That.

In 2016, he was arrested in Las Vegas for alleged domestic violence against his then-girlfriend Cassalei Jackson.

But the charges were dropped when the Clark County DA rejected the case against him, citing insufficient evidence.

Christopher as Michael
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In July last year, he announced he was engaged to partner Bria Miller. They share two kids, Bella, two, and Carter, one.

He's also released his own album, Centralia Love.

Erin Sanders (Quinn Pensky)

After Zoey 101, Erin went on to star in soap opera The Young and the Restless and Melissa and Joey alongside Melissa Joan Hart.

Erin Sanders
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She also starred in 2020 movie The Call and a string of other shows, such as Mad Men, Big Time Rush and The Mentalist.

Along with many of her Zoey 101 cast mates, she's also appeared in comedy sketch show All That.

Erin as Quinn
(Image: Nicelodeon/ Dan Warp Productions)

Matthew Underwood (Logan Reese)

After Zoey 101 came to an end, Matthew appeared in movie Reality Horror Night and TV movies The Magic Studio and The Golden Stars.

Matthew Underwood
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He's also appeared in shorts Time Hoppers, The Alien and The Unicorn Sisters.

He was also director for a number of the projects.

Victoria and Matthew in their Zoey 101 days
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He described himself as a filmmaker on Instagram, showing he's more interested in being behind the camera than in front of it these days.

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