Rare Photos From The 2000s No One Talks About

By Sophia Maddox | December 6, 2023

Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore before the premiere of 'Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle' in New York June 2003

The aughts were a decade where everything happened at once. A clash of styles occurred as civilization moved into the new millennium, while many people looked forward to a new era, others drew inspiration from the past.

These rarely-seen snapshots from the 2000s show the enthusiasm and excitement that came with greeting a new decade, even if everyone was unsure of what exactly was going to happen. The excitement and sensuality of the decade spills over from each photo, so make sure you have plenty of time to spend on each shot.

If you’re ready to have your concept of the 2000s challenged, then start scrolling through these fascinating photos from the first decade of the new millennium.

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There’s no franchise from the 2000s that’s quite like the duology of Charlie’s Angels. Initially thought of as a lark, the series starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu, wasn’t just capitalizing on the girl power of the ‘90s, but it showed that action movies didn’t just have to be about gruff guys with chips on their shoulders.

The films were produced by Drew Barrymore, who after decades of ups and downs in the film industry was finally showing that she was a talent not to be ignored. She told W:

It’s not often that a girl gets the chance to produce an amazing high octane franchise. That’s a lot of pressure, because there’s a lot of money, but you also get to make stories where girls get to kick butt yet support each other, and love each other, and want to laugh with each other, and want to go on dates at night and then talk about the dates while they’re in the middle of everything else. They’re just girls with a great capacity for fun and a wicked sense of humor. And to live in that world for five years straight was really a blessed thing for me.

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet on the set of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, 2003

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There’s no movie that took hold of the 2000s quite like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the film about a man who decides to erase his ex girlfriend from his brain. With a heartbreaking story and amazing direction by Michel Gondrey, this is one of the few films from the tween era of the 2000s that still holds up.

Winslet believes that Eternal Sunshine is the reason that she was offered serious roles after her turn as a teen star in films like Titanic:

I think creatively it opened people’s eyes to other sides of myself as a performer. I think that perhaps if it hadn’t been for that, maybe I wouldn’t necessarily have been considered for something like The Reader. I was able to show my versatility in Eternal Sunshine, and versatility obviously expands in all kinds of different directions.