‘Friday Night Lights’ cast has ideas about where their characters are today

Say it loud and say it proud: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- Pictured: (l-r) Gaius Charles as Brian "Smash" Williams, Connie Britton as Tami Taylor, Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke, Adrianne Palicki as Tyra Collette, Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor, Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor, Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen, Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity, Scott Porter as Jason Street, Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins -- NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth ORG XMIT: Season:2 1002tvcolumn
NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth

If that mantra doesn’t immediately make you nostalgic for those days Explosions in the Sky’s “Your Hand in Mine” came on the screen and “Friday Night Lights” began, then you need head straight for Netflix and do some serious binge-watching.

Photos: ATX Television Festival ‘Friday Night Lights’ Reunion

It’s been 10 years since the premiere of “Friday Night Lights,” which was filmed right here in Austin. In honor of the show’s anniversary, the cast reunited at Del Valle high school during the ATX Festival in June.

Watch: Canada vs. Texas according to Taylor Kitsch

Entertainment Weekly released footage this week from the cast’s reunion on the field in which they theorize on where they think their characters are today. Tyra Collette is likely back in Dillon, married to Tim Riggins. Jason Street built himself a great life and Luke is probably still pining for Becky. Watch below:

Another ‘Friday Night Lights’ reunion is coming this summer

It’s been 10 years since our favorite high school football players first introduced us to Dillon, Texas. But the cast is reuniting in June, once in Chicago and again in Austin.

In addition to their 10-year reunion at ATX Television Festival on June 10, the cast will also get together in Chicago for the Spartan Race on June 11, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Friday Night Lights
Gaius Charles, Connie Britton, Jesse Plemons, Adrianne Palicki, Kyle Chandler, Aimee Teegarden, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly, Scott Porter, Taylor Kitsch. (NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth)

“FNL” stars Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins), Minka Kelly (Lyla Garrity), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen) and Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor) will compete on the Marriott Rewards team for the event.

No word yet on if Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (Coach Eric Taylor and wife Tami, respectively) will be cheering them on from the sidelines.

The 8-10 mile race includes obstacles like mud, water, hills, mountains, fire and barbed wire. But those should be easy for the former Dillon Panthers, right?


“I’m really looking forward to running on the Marriott Rewards team at the Spartan Race in Chicago and catching up with my former cast mates from the show,” Kelly told “ET.”

Fans can also sign up to run the race with the cast members.

Texas Forever, y’all.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the length of time since the “Friday Night Lights” TV show ended. The show ended in 2011; it has been 10 years since the show debuted in 2006.

Remember: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ star Amber Heard is one of Austin’s own

Though Zooey Deschanel is the new girl in town, don’t forget that another buzzworthy actress called the capital of Texas home long before: “Magic Mike XXL” actress Amber Heard. The 29-year-old was born in Austin and can currently be seen receiving Channing Tatum’s athletic overtures in the male stripper blockbuster.

Amber Heard poses for photos on the red carpet at the Texas Film Awards at Austin Studios on Thursday, March 6, 2014.   (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Amber Heard poses for photos on the red carpet at the Texas Film Awards at Austin Studios on Thursday, March 6, 2014. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Here are five things to know about Heard:

1) Heard, married to actor Johnny Depp since earlier this year, made headlines Wednesday after she was summoned to appear in Australian court over allegations she smuggled her pet dogs into the country. The couple did not declare their Yorkshire terriers, Boo and Pistol, when entering the country in April, according to Australia’s agriculture department. Addressing the Australian government’s response to the incident, Heard told NBC “I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there.”

2) As is befitting an actress with Texas ties, Heard made her film debut in 2004’s “Friday Night Lights.”

3) She was honored by the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2014, receiving the Rising Star award.

4) According to Tatler, Heard loves guns, muscle cars and line dancing.

5) Heard reportedly shaped much of her “Magic Mike XXL” character’s appearance and personality, including an affinity for red velvet cake, as she explains in the video below: