• Thu, Aug 16 2012

This Photo Of Heath Ledger And Joseph Gordon-Levitt On The Set Of 10 Things Is The ’90s Equivalent Of A Twitpic

10 Things I Hate About You set photo Heath Ledger Joseph Gordon-Levitt Julia Stiles Larisa Oleynik 90s twitpic Instagram

I kinda misled you with that title—this photo of course features all four stars of 10 Things I Hate About You. We’re looking at Larisa Oleynik, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Julia Stiles, all amazingly young and carefree while shooting what would become the definitive “Shakespeare in high school” movie to which all other entries in the genre were compared. Sure, the photo is all over Tumblr, but this is my first time seeing it, courtesy of Reddit.

What struck me is how much it reminds me of a twitpic or Instagram shot, yet it was taken in the early days of cell phones and nearly a decade before social media really existed. I can’t tell if this were taken on a phone or one of those old-fashioned cameras, but it’s appropriately awkward. You’ve got the girls smiling while the guys are trying to act all cool, but really they’re just a bunch of teenagers chilling in-between takes.

Is it weird that Larisa and Julia seem to have peaked in the ’90s/early ’00s while the guys became much more famous? Obviously Heath’s legacy is tied up in his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight and his subsequent death, but Joseph is just powering along with his impassioned role in The Dark Knight Rises, his new thriller Premium Rush where he plays a bike messenger, and all those great interviews he does in sharp suits. (Side note that someone mentioned on another subreddit: The Joker and Robin went to high school together, hehe.) But 10 Things was really supposed to be Julia’s breakout role, and while she’s had plenty of work since, lately she’s been out of the spotlight.

But we’ll always remember this pic. Now when you think “twitpics,” it’s more often some attention-grabbing MySpace-angles shot from Kim Kardashian or Miley Cyrus. I wish we could see more of these fun, low-key behind-the-scenes photos!

Photo: Reddit

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  • Nancy

    I don’t know, Julia was in all the Bourne movies and that season of Dexter..

  • koolchicken

    Larisa Oleynik was on Hawaii 5-0 for a while. And she’s been on a bunch of other TV shows and filmed a bunch of movies this year. She’s easy to miss though cause she doesn’t look like a blonde teenager anymore. Go figure…

  • Justin

    I miss days like this, I also miss movies like this. Look at how they are dressed.. So appropriately whereas these days the girls would be fighting over whos tits get in the shot. Can I go back to 1999 please? I wish the girls careers would pick up.