D.E.B.S. was actually made twice. First as a short starring Tammy Lynn Michaels, and later as a feature length film with a larger budget and distribution. The latter version came out in 2004 and was just as gay — if not gayer — than the original.
So what happened to the ladies of the feature film D.E.B.S.?
Sara Foster as good girl Amy
D.E.B.S. was Sara’s first feature film, and she was its star. Since then, she’s had a few minor roles on TV shows and movies (PSYCH:9, Demoted) but most recently she’s appeared in the recurring role of Jen Clark on 90210. She is often photographed watching the matches of her boyfriend, professional German tennis player Tommy Haas.
Jordana Brewster as bad girl Lucy
Jordana went on to star in Anapolis and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning before getting the role of Mia Torreto in Fast & The Furious, which turned into the sequel Fast Five and another forthcoming Fast film in 2012 (Fast and the Furious 6). Jordanna also carved out some time to appear on the NBC series Chuck and is in the reboot of Dallas.
Meagan Good as the leader, Max
Since starring in D.E.B.S., Meagan went on to act in ensemble films like You Got Served, Stomp the Yard and this year’s Jumping the Broom. She’s currently working on four new films coming out in the next year or two, including the comedy Think Like a Man with Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson.
Devon Aoki as the French Dominique
Devon went on to have a small role in Sin City and a handful of other movies but has mostly concentrated on modeling for fashion houses like Chanel, magazines like i-D and fragrance campaigns. She had a son this past June with fiance James Bailey.
Jill Ritchie as the eager-to-please Janet
The actress had a role Angela Robinson’s 2005 film Herbie Fully Loaded, playing Lindsay Lohan‘s best friend. In 2007, she landed the lead in the VH1 series I Hate My 30s. Although she hasn’t been seen in TV or film since, she appeared in the viral music video for Kelly’s “Let Me Borrow that Top” and is also Kid Rock‘s sister.
Angela Robinson, writer/director
Post-D.E.B.S., Angela went on to write, produce and direct episodes of The L Word and then joined the writing staffs for HBO shows Hung and True Blood. She directed an episode of Charlie’s Angels before it was canned, but is working on the lesbian-tinged film Girltrash: All Night Long as well as developing a female-focused cyborg movie called Jenbot.
Lucy and Amy’s Romeo/Juliet story of falling in love with the wrong person was delivered in a very different setting. The D.E.B.S. are young women who are secret agents in training. They lie, cheat, steal and kill — and their target is Lucy Diamond. But when Amy falls for Lucy (and vice versa), everyone is trying to figure out what is most important to them. Friendship? Love? Their mission as secret agents? (Note that sexuality doesn’t matter much to these women, as they have much more pressing issues on their plates.)
Stories about falling for the one person you shouldn’t always resonate with viewers, and D.E.B.S. is no different. But it was so successful because not only was it funny, it was unconventional. Most stories about young women falling for one another have this scenario, but the reason they can’t be together is that they are women. In D.E.B.S., Lucy and Amy aren’t supposed to be together because they’re supposed to be wiping each other out. This offers much more of an interesting plot and is devoid of the depression factor that so many other lesbian films can fall prey to.
D.E.B.S. is, simply put, fun. It’s got imagination, girls with guns and is well-written. You want the girl to get the girl in the end and you want both girls to stay alive. It’s a simple idea but explored in a new way, which is why so many people love Angela Robinson’s lesbian-themed spy flick.
Did you love D.E.B.S.?