Staying off-the-grid is something that intrigues – and scares – many of us. Thankfully, it’s a chance to get back in touch with nature like never before. There are many hidden gems around the world that offer the best backdrops to take a break from modern life with ease.
Big Sur, California
This has been a favorite off-the-grid destination for many over the years. Big Sur is surrounded by miles of uninterrupted landscape that’s filled with forests and rugged mountains. The views here are unlike many in the world, let alone the U.S.
Yoho National Park, Canada
A trip to Yoho National Park sure is one way to take your mind away from the rest of the world for a while. You won’t need tech when you have rowing, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, and hiking all at your fingertips. After all, you won’t have time to check your phone with so much to do.
Believe it or not, but the internet wasn’t even legal here until the turn of the century. There are still so many places scattered throughout Bhutan that have stuck to their roots. There are so many outdoor activities to enjoy, including meditation at a Buddhist monastery and hiking through Himalayan peaks.
Little Palm Island, Florida Keys
The only way to get to this resort is by boat. However, there are no TVS to distract you. No, there are only hammocks, personal huts, and enough underwater life will make most of us want to dive in. While Little Palm Island is off-the-grid, it does have a brilliant spa on offer.
Sometimes, we all need to get off-the-grid for a while and detox from technology. Most of us spend our days surrounded by the thing. However, heading around the world could be all we need to give our minds and bodies a rest.
The Cast of Coyote Ugly: Where Are They Now?
Maria Bello as Lil
The beautiful Maria Bello blessed the character of Lil Lovell, the founder of Coyote Ugly Saloon. Her role was of a bold empowered woman who opened her first bar in NYC all by herself. She recruited young ladies and taught them wild tricks to engage the customers. Violet reached out to Lil for a job and persuaded her to include her in the crazy Coyote crew. The character of Lil has made a significant impact on the film, and Maria was undoubtedly the perfect fit for the role.
Maria Bello – Now
Post Coyote Ugly, Maria Bello received major praise from critics for her parts in A History of Violence, The Jane Austen Book Club, The Cooler, and ended up bagging two Golden Globe nominations. With a short-lived U.S. remake of Prime Suspect and a regular appearance on the Amazon thriller Goliath, Maria has also showcased her talents on television. As of now, she’s been playing the role of the forensic psychologist, Jack Sloane, in the wildly famous and successful show NCIS since 2003.
Adam Garcia as Kevin O’Donnell
The handsome Australian hunk Adam Garcia set out his Hollywood journey as Violet’s romantic interest, who helped her to knock off her stage fears. There’s an interesting story behind signing him up for this role. The casting director first caught up with him in the set of musical show Saturday Night Fever and was utterly impressed by him. So, when it came to choosing an actor for the character Kevin, he directly called Garcia to fly to Los Angeles for the audition, and the result was his outstanding performance in the film.
Adam Garcia – Now
The smooth portrayal of the character Kevin turned Garcia’s acting luck totally upside down. Since Coyote Ugly’s premiere in 2000, he went on to star in oodles of movies and TV series in both the U.S. and West End shows. A few of his masterpieces include Doctor Who, Kiss Me Kate, Riding in Cars With Boys, Flight of the Conchords, and House Kangaroo Jack. Recently, he was seen in the movie Murder on the Orient Express, and now he’s working on his upcoming film Death on the Nile.
Melanie Lynskey as Gloria
The very gorgeous Melanie Lynskey played the role of the true best friend of Violet, Gloria. She was originally from New Zealand and broke into Hollywood to prove her talent. Before being featured in Coyote Ugly, she had her debut in 1994 with the horror film Heavenly Creatures. Her performance in the film brought her a number of film offerings, including Violet’s friend Gloria along with many other versatile roles in the coming years.
Melanie Lynskey – Now
After starring in Coyote Ugly, Melanie Lynskey has only seen her career go higher. This Kiwi actress perfectly pulled off characters in more than fifty movies and TV shows. We still can’t get over her mind-blowing performances in Two and a Half Men and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She also starred in two Netflix Original TV series including I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore and Girlboss. She currently has a starring role in Castle Rock, a TV series based on the books of Stephen King.
Johnny Knoxville as College Guy
Multitalented Johnny Knoxville is simultaneously an actor, stunt artist, comedian, and filmmaker. There’s no way you haven’t heard of MTV’s reality stunt show Jackass, which aired from 2000 to 2002 and drove viewers almost crazy during that time. Johnny was one of the leading star stunt performers of the show. The Coyote Ugly casting team offered him a guest appearance as a brat college guy to bring a special touch to the film.
Johnny Knoxville – Now
Since the film, Johnny has kept busy with various acting projects. His acting in A Dirty Shame, Walking Tall, The Ringer, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Nature Calls thrilled viewers across the board. Still, we can’t forget Johnny’s true passion. As of today, he bestowed us with five utterly outrageous Jackass films, and rumors are flying that claim he is now working on another Jackass film project. Get ready, people!
Tyra Banks as Zoe
Tyra Banks was a regular Victoria’s Secret model since 1997 and by the early 2000s, she already wrote her name in the list of world’s top-paid models. Despite having so much fame and popularity, Banks still accepted the offer of playing the role of Zoe, which was given to her by the casting team in order to bring a special appearance to the film. Zoe was seen in the frame only twice, but this short screen time was the cherry on the top for the film.
Tyra Banks – Now
Tyra Banks was already on top of her modeling game when she was cast in the movie. After Coyote Ugly, she dipped her toes into television when she landed a role on the ’90s hit sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Banks later earned her media mogul tag with her hit shows America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. Today, she is dominating the industry as a producer, writer, and leading beauty mogul.
Izabella Miko as Cammie
Just like Melanie Lynskey, Izabella Miko was also a non-native American actress yet to show her sparks in Hollywood. During her dance schooling in Poland, she received a scholarship to study ballet in NYC. So, initially, she started her career as a dancer and then got her first film opportunity with Coyote Ugly’s fashion junkie role of Cammie. She absolutely graced her role and received enormous applause from the critics.
Izabella Miko – Now
Since appearing in the film, Miko continued to do more films including the sequel of Save the Last Dance. Later on, she had the chance to channel her inner dancer in Step Up: All In and the three-dimensional movie Make Your Move. She kept capitalizing on her career as a dancer and also starred in multiple music videos. As of now, Miko is most recognizable for her show Deadwood and Chicago Fire.
Melody Perkins as New Coyote
The beautiful American actress, Melody Perkins, also starred in the film Coyote Ugly. There’s a possibility that you may have missed her appearance since she did not have a speaking part in her role. She was on the screen for a couple of moments in which she stumbled around, evidently a newcomer on the job. Even with her very short screen time, she added another dimension to the film, making it clear to the world how hard it is to actually be a barmaid.
Melody Perkins – Now
Melody started her career off as a model and later won people’s hearts as Karone in the Power Ranger franchise. She played the role of the lead villain of Power Rangers in Space and later reformed the role of Karone in Lost Galaxy. In 2004, Melody abruptly retired from her acting career after she made a guest appearance in CSI: Miami. She recently made a comeback and took up her role as Karone and is now making regular appearances in sci-fi/comic series.
LeAnn Rimes as Herself
The singer and songwriter LeAnn Rimes has made a guest appearance in the film’s finishing frame. In one scene, we see Violet stand up in the front stage to sing her own written song. She nervously started humming the song “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” and soon her fear disappeared as she started singing out loud. The original singer is, however, LeAnn Rimes. In the concluding scene, we get to see her singing the song as a coyote of Coyote Ugly Saloon.
LeAnn Rimes – Now
Only at the age of thirteen, LeAnn Rimes owned the star status after releasing her cover of the song “Blue.” She became one of the youngest country singers in the history of the USA. Rimes went on to pursue her career as a singer-songwriter and later got involved in acting. From then on, she has been simultaneously thriving as an actor, singer, and songwriter. Rimes has won multiple AMAs and Academy Country Music awards for her outstanding contribution to country music.
Piper Perabo as Violet Sanford
Piper Perabo played the role of Violet Sanford, the film’s lead character. The role was first offered to renowned pop singer Jessica Simpson. However, as soon as the producer met Piper Perabo, he couldn’t think of anyone else for the role but her. A wannabe big-time songwriter, Violet left home for New York to pursue her dreams. She ended up becoming a part of the Coyote Ugly Saloon. Perabo did great justice to her role and was honored with an MTV Movie Award for the best musical moment.
Piper Perabo – Now
Scoring a major breakthrough in Coyote Ugly, Piper Perabo later starred in a number of films including the rom-com Imagine Me & You, the horror thriller The Cave, the sci-fi film Looper, and the haunting drama The Prestige — to name a few. She nailed all of her roles. She was even nominated for a Golden Globe award for her role in the drama series Covert Affairs. Currently, you can see her playing the role of Linda Craft in the 2020’s American dark fantasy series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
Michael Weston as Danny
Michael entered Hollywood after completing his studies in Theater and Arts. He was destined to be a killer actor since he was holding a degree in this field. He proved it right in his role as Danny, and soon after the release of Coyote Ugly, he signed three other films in the same year. Fun fact — Michael Weston’s actual name is Michael Rubinstein. He changed his surname so as not to be confused with another actor of the same name.
Michael Weston – Now
After doing this film, Weston finally got his big break with his role Simon Marsden in Law & Order. Later, he starred in more than 20 fantastic movies including The Last Kiss, Love Wedding Marriage, and Liberal Arts. It is his sadistic role in the HBO show Six Feet Under that took him to the height of his success. Weston was last seen as Frank Briggs Jr. in the TV series Home Before Dark.
Kaitlin Olson as Bidding Auction Woman
Calling all our It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans! We don’t know about you guys but we totally flipped as soon as realized that Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds — a.k.a. Kaitlin Olson — made an appearance in Coyote Ugly. Although she only played a minor role of an auction bidding woman, she did not underserve. We absolutely loved every second of her little cameo. An American actress, comedian, and producer, Olson began her career in the Groundlings, an improvisational group in LA.
Kaitlin Olson – Now
Since her Coyote Ugly days, there’s no doubt that Kaitlin Olson’s career has only been on the rise. She had minor roles on several TV series’ before landing the role of Deandra on the long-running FX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Aside from acting alongside a star-studded cast including Danny DeVito, Olson starred as Mackenzie “Mickey” Molng on The Mick from 2017 to 2018 and as Cricket Melfi in the 2020 comedy series Flipped. The Oregon native has also appeared in films including Leap Year, The Heat, Vacation, Finding Dory, and Arizona.
Del Pentecost as Lou
A Texas native, Del Pentecost was born in November of 1963. Pentecost is an actor predominantly known for O Brother, Where Art Thou? as well as In the Loop. And although it might have been easy to miss him, we can’t forget that the actor also played a minor character named Lou in Coyote Ugly. After filming wrapped for the movie, Pentecost went on to land other acting gigs on both television and in film. Some of his appearances include the thirteen-episode series Kingdom Hospital, the sitcom Starved, the John Adams mini-series, and the 2010 drama My Own Love Song.
Del Pentecost – Now
Although Del Pentecost has kept himself busy throughout the years, we have to admit that it’s been a while since we’ve seen this guy in the Hollywood spotlight. Well, it turns out that he also spends his time as an off-Broadway performer. In fact, he was a cast member of Almost an Evening — Ethan Coen’s trio of one-act plays. As of 2020, we’re not entirely sure what Pentecost has been up to but we’re sure that it’s something good!
Michael Bay as Photographer
Michael Bay — the name probably rings a bell as he’s best known for making big-budget, high-concept action films. Well, it turns out that he too has a little cameo in Coyote Ugly. He plays the minor role of the photographer. Although we’re not entirely sure why he was chosen for the gig, as he wasn’t even part of the film production team, we do love the fact that this now-bigtime director and producer had a chance to show his face in front of the camera.
Michael Bay – Now
Now 55 years old, Michael Bay has no intention of slowing down. Some of his top films — characterized by fast cutting, stylistic cinematography and visuals, and extensive use of special effects — include Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the Transformers franchise. It turns out that these films have grossed over $7.8 billion worldwide, making Bay one of the most commercially successful directors in history. As of today, there’s another film in the making called Roboapocalypse that Bay is said to be directing and producing.
Chris Wylde as College Guy
Hailing from New Jersey, Chris Wylde is an actor who began a career in television on the Comedy Central show Strip Mall with fellow comedians Julie Brown and Victoria Jackson. He then hosted his own late-night talk show — The Chris Wylde Show starring Chris Wylde. It wasn’t long, though, until Wylde decided to try his hand out at film. When he made the transition, Wylde landed minor roles in films including Space Cowboys and Coyote Ugly as ‘College Guy.’
Chris Wylde – Now
While Chris Wylde may have only had a minor part in Coyote Ugly, he later went on to star in the horror film The Revenant as well as The DUFF. As of today, Wylde has a recurring role on Young Sheldon as Glenn, the owner of the comic book store. He also created, writes, produces, and stars in the web series Dadholes — a comedy about parenthood. When he’s not busy entertaining, Wylde enjoys spending time with his wife and kid.
Susan Yeagley as Bidding Auction Woman
Here is yet another actress hired for the role of auction bidding woman — Susan Yeagley. Born and raised in Tennessee, this little acting job was one of the first that Yeagley landed. Yeagley plays a random woman who is participating in an auction that the lead character, Violet Sanford (played by Piper Perabo), set up in order to earn some extra cash. Although Yeagley can only be seen for a moment’s time, it was definitely fun spotting the Nashville native.
Susan Yeagley – Now
Now 49 years old, Susan Yeagley definitely keeps busy with different acting projects. In fact, you’ve probably spotted her face on television more than you think. Not only did she portray Jessica Wicks in nine episodes of the comedy television series Parks and Recreation, but she has also landed guest roles on television series including ER, Friends, Reno 911!, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Miracles, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The Sarah Silverman Program. Aside from acting, though, Yeagley also enjoys spending time with her family — actor-husband Kevin Nealon and their son.
Ken Hudson Campbell as Biker
An Illinois native, Ken Hudson Campbell first started his career in film school at Columbia College in Chicago before continuing on to the legendary improv-comedy theater, The Second City. Here, Campbell worked alongside stand-outs including Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Bob Odenkirk, and Chris Farley — and this is basically what led to Campbell’s cinematic debut in Home Alone in which he played Santa Claus. It wasn’t long after that Campbell was then cast in Coyote Ugly as ‘Biker,’ a minor role.
Ken Hudson Campbell – Now
After his time on the Coyote Ugly set, Ken Hudson Campbell has kept pretty busy. Not only has he gone on to appear in several films, but he has also voiced a wide variety of advertisements, television shows, and television cartoons. In fact, you may have even heard him as Boomer the Bear in Paramount’s animated feature — Wonder Park — which was released in 2019. Now, in 2020, Campbell is also known as the voice of Boomer in the Adventures in Wonder Park animated series.
Alex Borstein as Bidding Auction Woman (Uncredited)
What?! Alex Borstein had an uncredited cameo role in Coyote Ugly?! Trained in improvisational comedy at the ACME Comedy Theater, Borstein joined the cast of MADtv in 1997 after being scouted by talent agents — don’t you guys remember Mrs. Swan? In any case, it seems like the filmmakers of Coyote Ugly needed a few extras and decided to choose Borstein after seeing a few of her sketches. Although she isn’t in the movie for very long, we have to admit that we truly got a kick out of seeing her face briefly show up on the screen.
Alex Borstein – Now
Now 49 years old, Alex Borstein has certainly made a name for herself over the years, earning awards along the way. Although we all became a fan of hers on MADtv, Borstein is now perhaps best known for voicing Lois Griffin on the animated comedy series Family Guy, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award. She also stars as Susie Myerson in the comedy-drama series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in which she earned two Primetime Emmy Awards. Aside from those roles, Borstein has appeared in different films including — yes — The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Dinner for Schmucks among several others.
Bridget Moynahan as Rachel
Bridget Moynahan initially wanted to build a career in modeling, and she ended up doing really well in that world. It was her popularity as a model that brought her the first movie offer for the role of dashing outfitted taverner, Rachel. Rachel’s act in the film was quite convincing as a third girl in Coyote Ugly’s bartenders’ trio. This film eventually paved the way for Moynahan to become a well-known Hollywood celebrity soon.
Bridget Moynahan – Now
Bridget Moynahan got her big break after starring as Rachel in Coyote Ugly. Soon, she started to appear as Mr. Big’s wife in Sex and the City. Since then, she has continued to star in iconic movies like Serendipity, I Robot, John Wicks, and many more. She has also been a regular on the small screen with her CBS cop show Blue Bloods and earned praise for her role as Erin Reagan.
John Goodman as Bill Sanford
Before starring in Coyote Ugly, John Goodman was already a popular veteran in both the small and big screen. In Coyote Ugly, he was featured as Violet’s caring but overprotective dad who was upset with his daughter’s lifestyle, yet gave her the wings to see her dreams come true. Seeing him, every father can relate to the feeling of worrying for his children, and we can bet that no one can do better than Goodman in this role.
John Goodman – Now
As of 2020, John Goodman has starred in over 95 films since his debut in 1982. His masterpieces include Treme, The West Wing, Damages, Trumbo, Inside Llewyn Davis, and a lot more. Goodman has another interesting side of him that may not be familiar to everyone. That is, he’s also a voice artist, having voiced popular cartoon characters like Hound, Pacha, and Sullivan. This 68-year-old charmer is still reigning the film industry, and his upcoming film is Spring Break ’83.