10 Things I Hate About You is a romantic comedy film from the year 1999, based on William Shakespeare's late-16th-century play The Taming of the Shrew. The film, however, was directed by Gil Junger.
Heath Ledger played "Patrick" who is told to take "Kat", played by Julia Stiles, on a date. Even though he is paid to take "Kat" out, "Patrick" starts to fall for her. However, when "Kat" discovers that "Patrick" has received money for taking her out, she storms out leaving him alone at their prom. After her dramatic exit, she reads out a poem in class declaring her feelings for "Patrick". In the end, "Kat" and "Patrick" put their argument behind them and he buys her a guitar with the money he was paid for their dates.
Julia Stiles began her career at the age of eleven as a theatre actress. Being just 15 years old, she landed her first guest appearances in various films. 10 Things I Hate About You was her big breakthrough. Since then she has starred in numerous major productions, including Mona Lisa's Smile, The Omen and Save the Last Dance. She has also appeared in three of the Bourne films. Stiles was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2011 for her performance as "Lumen Pierce" in the TV series Dexter. A more recent appearance was on the small screen in the British TV drama Riviera.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt played the role of "Cameron" who is new at the school and falls for "Bianca" (Larisa Oleynik). As "Bianca" is only allowed to go out to prom with a date if her older sister "Kat" (Julia Stiles) goes too, "Cameron" and his friend "Michael" (David Krumholtz) convince "Joey" (Heath Ledger) to go to prom with "Kat", by paying him. At first, the plan is useless for "Cameron" as "Bianca" keeps being interested in "Joey". In the end, however, "Cameron" and "Bianca" find each other.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt started his career at the age of just six years old, appearing in several TV films and series. In 1992 he appeared in the film Beethoven. Since then he has starred in many more productions. From 1996 to 2001, he had a recurring role in the TV series 3rd Rock from the Sun. He also appeared in the 1990 films The Juror and Halloween H20. In 2009, he played a main role in the successful independent film (500) Days of Summer and was even nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance. He has also appeared in the box office hits Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Lincoln. In 2013 he directed and starred in the comedy Don Jon.
David Krumholtz started acting by chance after going to an audition for a play on Broadway as a joke, only to, unexpectedly, be offered a part. He has starred in countless films other than 10 Things I Hate About You including Santa Claus and This is the End. He has also appeared in a number of TV series such as E.R., Law & Order and The Newsroom. Krumholtz was also a main member of the Numb3rs cast from 2005 to 2010. Since 2010 the actor is married to actress Vanessa Bitting.
Andrew Keegan played "Joey", who pays "Patrick" to go out with "Kat". "Bianca", played by Larissa Oleynik, accompanies "Cameron" to the prom, though she is more interested in handsome "Joey" at first. Once at the prom, she realizes that "Joey" is only interested in trying to get her into bed. Gabrielle Union plays "Bianca's" best friend "Chastity".
Gabrielle Union first started studying law, but then changed universities enabling her to pursue her passion for football. There she graduated with a degree in sociology. While studying, she started modeling, only to move on to the world of television later. Her first TV appearance was in 7th Heaven. She had roles in Bad Boys 2, Almost Christmas and Think Like a Man. Since 2013 she has played the leading role in the series Being Mary Jane.
Larisa Oleynik celebrated early success with the series The Secret World of Alex Mack. In the last couple of years, the actress starred in numerous more series and films. Mad Man, Pretty Little Liars or Hawaii Five-O would be just a few examples.
Andrew Keegan started acting when he was twelve years old. Initially, he played small roles in various television series and in 1994 he appeared in his first film Camp Nowhere. Keegan is, by now, best known for his roles in The Broken Hearts Club and 10 Things I Hate About You. He has also starred in films and TV series such as O and Party of Five.