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See the Cast of ‘Mystic Pizza’ Then and Now!

You won't believe how they've changed since 1988!


Who can forget a young Julia Roberts working behind the counter of a Connecticut pizza joint as she led the Mystic Pizza cast? The classic movie, which came out in 1988, was released before Roberts secured her more pivotal roles in revered films like Steel Magnolias (1989) and Pretty Woman (1990), but remains iconic in its own right.

Adam Storke with Julia Roberts, ‘Mystic Pizza’ 1988MoviestillsDB

The story follows Julia Roberts as Daisy, Annabeth Gish as her sister Kat and Lili Taylor as Jojo, three young women and longtime friends employed at Mystic Pizza, a fixture in their coastal hometown. Each one of the girls is on a different path: Kat is focused on her education, working multiple jobs to support her upcoming first semester in Yale’s astronomy program. Jojo is engaged to Bill, her longtime fisherman boyfriend, but is questioning her decision to marry him. Daisy, on the other hand, is content with life as it is, garnering male attention from those in her town and enjoying life as best she can.

Annabeth Gish, ,Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor in ‘Mystic Pizza’ 1988MoviestillsDB

As the three girls prepare to take on what the future holds for them, they face obstacles in life, love and beyond in this coming-of-age-classic. Here, see what the Mystic Pizza cast has been up to in the years since its release.

Mystic Pizza cast, then and now

Julia Roberts as Daisy

Julia Roberts in 1989 and 2024
1989 / 2024S. Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images ; Arnold Jerocki/WireImage/Getty Images

After Roberts’ 1988 role of Daisy in Mystic Pizza, her career only soared, cornering the market on leading lady roles in romances and romantic comedies for the decades to come. Her pivotal role was in the 1990 film Pretty Woman, where she starred opposite Richard Gere as a prostitute he enlists the help and charm of as he embarks on a series of business events.

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In 1997, we saw her star in My Best Friend’s Wedding, followed by films like Notting Hill (1999), Runaway Bride (1999) and Erin Brockovich (2000), which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Into the 2010s, she could be seen in Eat, Pray, Love (2010), August: Osage County (2013) and Wonder (2017).

Her most recent roles were in the 2023 apocalyptic film Leave the World Behind alongside Ethan Hawke and in the 2022 romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise alongside George Clooney.

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Lili Taylor as Jojo in the Mystic Pizza cast

Lili Taylor in 1988 and 2022
1988 / 2022Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images ; LISA O’CONNOR/AFP via Getty Images

After playing a part in the Mystic Pizza cast, Lili Taylor continued to have a successful acting career both in film and television. Notable films in the wake of Mystic Pizza include Say Anything (1989), Dogfight (1991) and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996).

Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, she appeared in television shows such as Deadline, Six Feet Under, State of Mind, The Good Wife, Almost Human, Hemlock Grove, Gotham, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and more. Her most recent acting credits have been in the series Outer Range, and films like Yield (2022) and There There (2022).

Annabeth Gish as Kat

Annabeth Gish in 1988 and 2023
1988 / 2023Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images ; Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Annabeth Gish played the role of Kat, Daisy’s focused and driven younger sister who ends up falling for a married, older man. After her role in the Mystic Pizza cast, Annabeth Gish went on to star in movies like Wyatt Earp (1994), Nixon (1995) and Beautiful Girls (1996).

However, into the 2000s, she’s made a name for herself acting in a wide range of television series. She had guest roles in popular series such as The West Wing, Brotherhood, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Once Upon a Time, Parks and Recreation, The Bridge, Sons of Anarchy and more.

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Her most recent television roles include series like The Fall of the House of Usher, Succession, Mayfair Witches, Barry, Midnight Mass, #Freerayshawn and The Haunting of Hill House.

Conchata Ferrell as Leona in the Mystic Pizza cast

Conchata Ferrell in 2000 and 2019
2000 / 2019 Barry King/Liaison/Getty Images ; Walter McBride/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Conchata Ferrell played the role of Leona in the Mystic Pizza cast, the owner of the shop whose secret recipe still remains a mystery. Ferrell had success on the screen both before and after her iconic role in the film. After Mystic Pizza, one of her most notable roles was in L.A. Law, for which she earned a Primetime Emmy nomination.

Throughout the 2000s, she made various television appearances on shows like E.R. and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but it was her role as Berta on Two and a Half Men that is perhaps most celebrated. She later made appearances on shows like Grace and Frankie and The Ranch before she sadly passed away in 2020.

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Vincent D’Onofrio as Bill

Vincent D'Onofrio in 1988 and 2024 mystic pizza cast
1988 / 2024Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images ; Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Vincent D’Onofrio played the role of Bill, Jojo’s fiancée. After his role in the Mystic Pizza cast, he went on to enjoy a successful career. Movies like Men in Black (1997) and The Cell (2000) preceded his more notable roles, for example, that of Detective Robert “Bobby” Goren in Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Some of his most recent TV work has been in series such as Emerald City, Ghost Wars, Daredevil, Ratched, Godfather of Harlem and Echo.

William R. Moses as Tim

William R. Moses in 1988 and 2020 mystic pizza cast
1988 / 2020Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images ; Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Prior to Mystic Pizza, William R. Moses was known for his role on the popular soap opera, Falcon Crest. After Mystic Pizza, William R. Moses starred in numerous Perry Mason television movies as attorney Ken Malansky.

He once again entered the world of soap operas with a role in Melrose Place. He acted consistently throughout the 90s and 2000s, making television appearances in shows like JAG, Touched by an Angel, 7th Heaven, CSI: Miami, Ghost Whisperer, Bones and more. In more recent years, he reprised his soap opera persona with a role in General Hospital, and acted in series like How to Get Away With Murder, NCIS and The Good Doctor.

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Adam Storke as Charlie

Adam Storke in 2000 and 2012 mystic pizza cast
2000 / 2012Getty Images ; Paul Marotta/WireImage/Getty Images

After Mystic Pizza, Adam Storke made appearances in Miami Vice, L.A. Law, and later, The Stand. Other guest roles he played were in shows such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, New Amsterdam, and most recently, Westworld.

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