The Cast of Set It Off: Where Are They Now?

The bank-heist thriller, released 20 years ago, turned Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise and Queen Latifah into stars.

Queen Latifah, Kimberly Elise, Viviva A. Fox and Jada Pinkett Smith in Set It Off IMDb

Set It Off, the bank-heist thriller starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Queen Latifah and Kimberly Elise, debuted 20 years ago on Nov. 6. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, grossed more than $41 million at the box office and received positive reviews; some critics compared it to Thelma & Louise. Take a look at the cast and see what they’ve been up to for the past two decades.

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  • F. Gary Gray Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards

    F. Gary Gray, Then

    One year before, F. Gary Gray directed the cult classic Friday. In the ’90s he directed several R&B and hip-hop music videos, including Dr. Dre’s “Keep Their Heads Ringin’,” Barry White’s “Come On” and TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

  • F. Gary Gray Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards

    F. Gary Gray, Now

    Most recently, Gray directed the critically acclaimed N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. He’s currently working on the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.

  • Jada Pinkett Smith in Set It Off IMDb

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Then

    Stoney was initially hesitant to join the robbery plan but signed on after her brother was gunned down by police in a case of mistaken identity. She’s the only one who survives after the others die in shootouts with the police. 1996 was a big year for Jada Pinkett Smith—she also starred opposite Eddie Murphy in the blockbuster hit The Nutty Professor.

  • Jada Pinkett Smith CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Now

    Smith is a co-star on the hit Fox series Gotham as Fish Mooney, who was resurrected this season. In January, Smith caused a stir when she told African Americans not to expect recognition from others after the all-white Oscar nominations were announced. In the last few years, she has taken an active role in the fight to end human trafficking.

  • Vivica A. Fox in Set It Off IMDb

    Vivica A. Fox, Then

    Frankie’s firing at a local bank is what sparked the girls’ operation in the first place. She witnessed a robbery and believed that she and her friends could get away with it, too. 1996 was also good to Vivica A. Fox: She starred opposite Will Smith in Independence Day.

  • Vivica A. Fox Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Foundation for Letters

    Vivica A. Fox, Now

    Fox has a recurring role on the Fox hit drama Empire as Cookie Lyon’s bougie sister, Candace. In June 2015, she reprised her role as Jasmine Hiller in the sequel to Independence Day. Although Fox has several films in the works, much of her press over the last few years has revolved around her feud with former flame 50 Cent.

  • Queen Latifah in Set It Off IMDb

    Queen Latifah, Then

    Cleo became the leader of the crew, suggesting that they rob banks to get out of the projects. Her penchant for good music while on a heist is what led to the crew’s downfall. Set It Off was Queen Latifah’s first major big-screen role after she had appeared for years on Fox’s Living Single.

  • Queen Latifah Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Princess Grace Foundation

    Queen Latifah, Now

    Latifah is currently filming Girl Trip with fellow Set It Off cast member Jada Pinkett Smith. This year she was recognized as a “queen” of hip-hop on VH1’s Hip Hop Honors awards show. In 2015 she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and won her first-ever Emmy as an executive producer for HBO’s critically acclaimed biopic Bessie, in which she also starred as the legendary blues singer. She also starred as the Wiz in the live TV musical. Next up for the Queen? She’s working on a TV show with producer Lee Daniels called Star.

  • Kimberly Elise in Set It Off IMDb

    Kimberly Elise, Then

    T.T. was the struggling single mother who would do anything to provide for her son. She reluctantly joined the plan to rob banks but signed on after child-protective services took her child. This was Kimberly Elise’s theatrical debut.

  • Kimberly Elise Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

    Kimberly Elise, Now

    Elise is currently starring as Sloane Hayes in VH1’s Hit the Floor, and she is slated to appear in the upcoming holiday comedy Almost Christmas. She also runs a natural-living website where she writes about health and wellness.

  • Blair Underwood in Set It Off IMDb

    Blair Underwood, Then

    Keith was a high-powered executive at a local bank who fell for Stoney, putting her in a bind when her crew later decided to rob the bank. That same year, Blair Underwood starred as Jackie Robinson in the TV movie Soul of the Game.

  • Blair Underwood Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Coffee Bluff Pictures

    Blair Underwood, Now

    Underwood is set to star in an upcoming ABC show, Broken, as a hot, ruthless lawyer (just like his L.A. Law days!). He recently had a recurring role on ABC’s Quantico.

  • Charles Robinson in Set It Off IMDb

    Charles Robinson, Then

    Nate Andrews was a skeevy “friend” of Stoney’s who lent her money in exchange for sex, to give to her brother for college. In the mid-’90s, Andrews appeared in several TV shows, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The John Larroquette Show and In the House.

  • Charles Robinson IMDb

    Charles Robinson, Now

    Robinson hasn’t appeared in movies or TV much in the last few years, appearing in one episode of 30 Rock, as himself. He has appeared in several commercials over the years. In the late ’90s he had a recurring role on ABC’s Home Improvement.

  • John C. McGinley in Set It Off IMDB

    John C. McGinley, Then

    Detective Strode was determined to bring down the crew. He was linked to so many of the problems the girls faced, including Stoney’s brother’s death and Frankie’s firing. But in the end, he spotted Stoney on the bus and let her evade arrest. John C. McGinley appeared as an officer in two previous films in the mid-’90s: Seven and Car 54, Where Are You? He also had a memorable role in the 1986 Vietnam film Platoon.  

  • John C. McGinley Theo Wargo/Getty Images

    John C. McGinley, Now

    You probably last remember McGinley for his role in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Since his appearance in Set It Off, he’s appeared in several TV series, including Scrubs and Office Space.

  • Queen Latifah and Chaz Lamar Shepherd in Set It Off IMDb

    Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Then

    Stevie was Stoney’s younger brother, who was graduating from high school and hoping to go off to college. But Stevie was caught in police crossfire and died while officers were seeking suspects in a robbery. Although he didn’t spend much time on-screen, this role was one of Chaz Lamar Shepherd’s first major big-screen roles.

  • Chaz Lamar Shepherd IMDb

    Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Now

    Shepherd has a recurring role in Haters Back Off, which was released on Netflix in October. Fans of The Game may remember him as Trey Wiggs. Shepherd has taken up a new passion in the last several years: singing. He is currently on tour in Love Jones the Musical.

  • Thomas Jefferson Byrd in Set It Off Screenshot

    Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Then

    Luther ran the janitorial-service company that the crew cleaned buildings for. He treated the girls very poorly and ultimately stole their heist money just before they were going to end their run. Thomas Jefferson Byrd appeared in several Spike Lee films in the ’90s, including Clockers, Girl 6 and He Got Game.

  • Thomas Jefferson Byrd in 2014 Mireya Acierto/Getty Images

    Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Now

    Most recently, Byrd appeared in Spike Lee’s Chi-raq, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus and Red Hook Summer.

  • Ella Joyce in Set It Off IMDb

    Ella Joyce, Then

    Detective Waller was one of the officers who helped bring down Cleo and her crew. Ella Joyce was previously known for her role as Eleanor on the Fox sitcom Roc.

  • Ella Joyce in 2013 Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards

    Ella Joyce, Now

    This year, Joyce co-starred in Nina with Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo. In late 2015 she appeared in an episode of Being Mary Jane. Joyce runs Ms. Thing Productions, and when she’s not on TV, she’s directing dance classes! Watch as she leads this fitness class.

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