Then: Distancing herself from her “American Idol” win, Clarkson released Breakaway in late 2004, topping the charts in 2005 with “Since U Been Gone”, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Because of You”.
Now: Clarkson is one of the newest faces on daytime TV, launching “The Kelly Clarkson Show”. The singer kicks off every show with an audience-requested cover of a popular song in a “Kelly-oke” segment. While Dwayne Johnson and Steve Carell served as her very first guests, her “American Idol” judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson have also visited the show, as has her “Idol” runner-up (and let's not forget "From Justin to Kelly" co-star) Justin Guarini.
Then: Former teen idol Patrick Dempsey made a career comeback as Dr. Derek Shepherd — better known as McDreamy — on “Grey’s Anatomy”. Dempsey stuck around from the series’ 2005 debut through 2015, when he exited under somewhat murky circumstances.
Now: An avid auto racer, Dempsey has been busy on and off the track. In addition to racing in several prestigious races, including 24 Hours of Le Mans, he’s turned his attention to producing a number of TV series and movies, including “The Art of Racing in the Rain”.
Then: Ending her run as Padme Amidala in the biggest box office hit of the year, “Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith”, and nabbing her first Oscar nom for “Closer”.
Now: While Portman didn’t win an Oscar for “Closer” in 2005, she would take home the coveted award in 2011 for “Black Swan”. The actress also met her future-husband, dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, on the film’s set. In addition to returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Thor: Love And Thunder” in 2020, Portman has continued to be an outspoken activist, championing causes including Time’s Up and animal rights.
Then: On the top of the charts with “We Belong Together” off of her Emancipation Of Mimi album.
Now: Add Mariah to the list of superstars staking out a spot on the Vegas strip. Carey is currently holding down a residency at Caesar’s Palace, while earlier this year she received the Icon Award at the Billboard Awards.
Then: 2005 was a big year for Felicity Huffman, who took home an Emmy for her role on ABC hit “Desperate Housewives” while also earning an Oscar nomination for her acclaimed performance as a transgender woman in “Transamerica”.
Now: 2019 has not been a good year for Huffman, who was caught up in the college admissions scandal and entered a guilty plea, ultimately sentenced to serve 14 days in jail.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Then: Starring together in “Mr. And Mrs. Smith” onscreen, and becoming the couple known as Brangelina offscreen.
Now: After a 12-year relationship, worldwide media attention and several children, Brangelina broke up. While the couple continues to negotiate their contentious divorce, Jolie has become a humanitarian, championing causes including conservation, human rights, refugees, education and women’s rights, as well as appearing in movies like “Maleficent” and stepping behind the camera to direct.
Pitt is just as in-demand as ever, recently starring in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Ad Astra”. He’s also used his producing power to make films like “12 Years A Slave”, “Moonlight” and “Beautiful Boy”, as well as the Netflix series “The OA”, among others.
Then: Kanye West debuted his Late Registration album at number one on the Billboard 200, eventually selling 3.1 million copies and winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
Now: The “Gold Digger” rapper has courted controversy over the years, gaining attention for his marriage to reality star Kim Kardashian and his public support of Donald Trump. West has been open about suffering with bipolar disorder, mental illness, and opioid addiction in the past, and recently embraced religion.
Then: Picking up her second Best Actress Oscar for her role in the Clint Eastwood-directed “Million Dollar Baby”.
Now: After taking time out of the spotlight to care for her father following his lung transplant, Swank returned to acting full-time with a role on the FX series “Trust” ,and has several more acting roles lined up.
Then: The rapper took us to the “Candy Shop” with 2005’s The Massacre, selling 1.14 million copies in four days and holding at number one on the Billboard 200 for six weeks.
Now: What doesn’t Fiddy do? He’s involved in artist and talent management, record, television and film production, footwear, apparel, fragrances, liquor, video games, mobile apps, book publishing, headphones, boxing promotion, and health drinks and dietary supplements. He’s also become an actor, most-notably appearing on “Power” for five years while also acting as the series’ executive producer.
Then: The No Doubt frontwoman’s “Hollaback Girl” off her November 2004 solo debut Love. Angel. Music. Baby. hit the airwaves in March 2005. Besides being a catchy ear-worm, the track became Stefani’s first and only U.S. number one single and became the first song to real over 1 million digital downloads.
Now: She’ll always be “Just A Girl” to us, but Stefani turned the big 5-0 in 2019. The singer is currently in the middle of a Las Vegas residency and recently announced her fourth season as a coach on “The Voice” alongside beau Blake Shelton will also be her last.