‘Arrested Development’: Where Was The Cast Before Season 4?
A lot has changed since Arrested Development went off the air in 2006.
No one — not even showrunner Mitchell Hurwitz — ever thought the Bluths would reunite, sending the actors out into the world to find new projects after a three-season run on FOX.
Well, the gang is back come May 26 — and they’re bigger than ever.
Jason Bateman and Will Arnett both found success at the box office — and not to mention, took their bromance offscreen — while Michael Cera turned into an awkward indie icon after hanging up his banana stand apron.
So, what has the cast been up to during this so-called hiatus?
Read on to find out.
Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth
Since Arrested Development went off the air, Bateman enjoyed success at the box office with roles in such films as Hancock, Juno, Horrible Bosses, Couple’s Retreat, The Switch and The Change-Up.
In 2010, Batman started a digital content production company called DumbDumb Productions with Arrested co-star Will Arnett.
He welcomed his second daughter, Maple, with wife Amanda Anka in 2012.
Michael Cera as George Michael Bluth
In 2007, Cera broke out with Superbad and Juno, which he starred in alongside fellow Arrested Development co-star, Jason Bateman. After gaining notoriety as the go-to guy for “awkward” roles, Cera tried to stay out of the spotlight by taking more indie roles in films such as The End of Love and Magic Magic.
Will Arnett as Gob Bluth
After wrapping Season 3, Arnett continued to receive work in both TV and movie. On the boob tube, the Canadian actor guest-starred on shows such as Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock before becoming a regular on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Running Wilde and Up All Night — all of which have ended as series.
In film, Arnett starred in comedies like Hot Rod, Blades of Glory (alongside Arrested guest star and then-wife Amy Poehler) and Semi-Pro.
during the downtime, Arnett also welcomed to sons, Archibald and Abel, with Poehler. The couple announced their separation in September 2012.
Portia de Rossi as Lindsay Fünke
In 2008, de Rossi became engaged when talk show host Ellen DeGeneres proposed with a 3-carat pink diamond ring. The couple wed on August 16, 2008 (during the brief window wherein same-sex marriage was legal in California) at their home in front of 21 guests. She was granted a U.S. citizenship in 2011.
Aside from appearing in TV series such as Nip/Tuck and Better Off Ted, the Australian actress also wrote a book, titled Unbearable Lightness, that documented her struggles with anorexia nervosa and bulimia during her time on Ally McBeal.
David Cross as Tobias Fünke
Cross saw plenty of work after Arrested Development, lending his voice to animated films such as Kung Fu Panada and Megamind. The actor also appeared in live action movies like I’m Not There and Year One, which also starred his Arrested co-star Michael Cera.
In his personal life, Cross started dating actress Amber Tamblyn in 2009 before proposing in 2011. The couple married on October 6, 2012.
Alia Shawkat as Maeby Fünke
After Arrested Development’s third season had ended, Shawkat appeared as supporting characters in indie movie such as Whip It and The Runaways.
In October 2009, it was announced that Shawkat, singer Har Mar Superstar and fellow Whip It co-star Ellen Page would produce and write a show for HBO called Stitch N’ Bitch — which has not been picked up to this day.
Acting and producing aside, Shawkat also dabbled in her musical side, singing guest vocals with her onscreen arch nemesis from Arrested, Mae Whitman, on Fake Problems’ album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape in 2010.
Shawkat dated fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff from 2007 to 2010.
Tony Hale as Buster Bluth
Since 2006, Hale appeared in many TV series as a guest star, including Community, United States of Tara and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Hale also had a recurring on Numb3rs and Chuck.
He is currently a series regular on HBO’s Veep.
Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth
After Season 3, Walter found fame in playing yet another self-centered alcoholic matriarch in FX animated series, Archer. Her husband, Ron Leibman, lends the voice of her character Malory Archer’s husband.
Walter also dabbled in Broadway, starring in the revival of Anything Goes that officially opened in April 2011.
Jeffrey Tambor as George Bluth
Since the season’s end in 2006, Tambor appeared in the highly-successful The Hangover trilogy and the sequel to 2004’s Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The Hollywood veteran also did voice work for animated features like Monsters vs. Aliens and Tangled.
In 2009, Tambor and his second wife, Kasia Ostlun, welcomed twin boys named Hugo and Eli.