Cole and Dylan Sprouse's Lives after Nationwide Fame Following 'Suite Life' Franchise

They were two of the most famous Hollywood twins during the better part of the 2000s and while they are very close and love working together, they are still in the journey to be their own separate selves. Let’s check on them.

Even though they played memorable roles on their own, like Cole in “Friends” (2000-2002) and Dylan in “Big Daddy” (1999), the 27-year-old Sprouse brothers will be forever remembered for playing TV twins Zack and Cody.

Cole and Dylan were committed to the characters for six years, starring in two series and one TV movie (2011), before moving on to pursue other interests and later reinvent themselves as actors and more. This is what they have been doing.

5-YEAR HIATUS FROM ACTING

Following the ending of the spinoff series “The Suite Life on Deck” in 2011, Cole and Dylan took a break from acting to pursue higher education. But by 2017, the two had managed to land important roles to stage their coordinated return.

Dylan made a move to distance himself from his comedic, childish past, and starred in a dark independent thriller titled “Dismissed,” playing obsessive A-student Lucas Ward.

Dylan and Cole Sprouse as children. I Image: Getty Images.

Dylan and Cole Sprouse as children. I Image: Getty Images.

Cole landed an even more mainstream role, although with a dark twist, as Jughead in the hit series “Riverdale,” based on the “Archie” comic books. He made headlines for dating co-star Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty in the series. 

DYLAN’S PHOTO LEAK SCANDAL

During their 5-year hiatus from acting, the brothers didn’t always stay out of the spotlight, and in 2013, Dylan was the subject of a controversy, when nude photos of the then-21-year-old actor leaked online.

Dylan Sprouse. I Image: Getty Images.

Dylan Sprouse. I Image: Getty Images.

According to Hollywood Life, Dylan’s nude selfies were shared online by one of his exes. Fortunately, Dylan responded to the incident with humor, admitting that he just thought he “looked hot” and decided to take the pictures.

Cole used the opportunity to publicly tease his identical brother on Twitter, apart from joking about how “now they've basically seen me naked which is weird I guess.”

THEY ATTENDED NYU

In 2015, Dylan and Cole achieved yet another milestone together, this time by graduating with honors from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, as E! reported at the time.

Dylan majored in video game design, getting a job as an assistant game designer while still a student in 2013, satisfied about being able to turn a “hobby into a passion.”

Even when the brothers chose NYU in part for its art programs, Cole graduated in Archeology. “It’s really an interdisciplinary profession. I fell in love with. It was quite challenging and competitive,” he told Philstar in 2018.

THEY SWAPPED PLACES AT GRADUATION

On the day of their university graduation, Dylan and Cole couldn’t resist from pulling a classic “Zack & Cody” move when they switched places, with Cole taking Dylan’s diploma and vice versa, as they admitted to Teen Vogue.

Cole Sprouse. I Image: Getty Images.

Cole Sprouse. I Image: Getty Images.

“In fact, if you look up my graduating photo you'll see. We just decided, you know, there's no reason not to. No one's going to notice,” an amused Dylan shared at the time.

After all, they know that as adults they will have fewer chances to act together, so it made a good closure.

“We have to come to terms with the fact that we're going to be put in competition with one another, which is both a healthy thing and an unhealthy thing for two twins who were always in competition,” Cole reflected. 

Dylan and Cole Sprouse. I Image: Getty Images.

Dylan and Cole Sprouse. I Image: Getty Images.

DYLAN BECAME A MEAD MAKER

Dylan has developed an interest in artisanal brewery, and has grown to become a mead maker himself, to the point of co-founding his own business named All-Wise Meadery.

As the business’ website informs, Dylan had previous experience with the drink while working at Kings Country Distillery in Brooklyn, eventually moving on to create this initiative.

Mead is an ancient, fermented alcoholic beverage made mainly from honey, and in recent years it has experienced a resurgence in the US, with Dylan being an important part of the movement

DYLAN WAS ACCUSED OF CHEATING

In 2017, Dylan’s private life was put under scrutiny over allegations of infidelity made against him by his former girlfriend, model Dayna Frazer, who reportedly called him out for cheating in public in a since-deleted Instagram post.

Frazer claimed to have found out about Dylan seeing someone else, marking the end of their three-year relationship and erasing all of his photos from her social media feed.

“I will say this and only this: by adhering to an assumption based on limited information, you neglect the complicated nature of this issue,” Dylan eloquently defended himself from the criticism he received, in a tweet.

COLE IS A TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER

Aside from professional actor and archaeologist, Cole has mastered the art of photography, and he has shared a huge amount of his personal works in this field in his Instagram account.

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👁 @damon_baker 👁

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He seems to be particularly interested in portraits and fashion, but he has several landscapes, both urban and rural, that are really pleasing to the eye, and they do communicate the emotions he puts into them.

"This account is not funny at all and is, in fact, very sad (…) It's my hope that these pictures will bring the same emotional responses as my other accounts,” Cole wrote in one post, referring also to his other rather humorous Instagram profiles. 

SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITY

Both Dylan and Cole have a peculiar relationship with social media, maybe from having to deal with stardom and public exposure since their early years.

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This escort is taking FOREVER

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Apart from the above mentioned Instagram account for Cole’s photography, he has an additional account featuring random people that attempts to photograph him, appropriately named @camera_duels.

Dylan, on the other hand, is more monothematic in his social media efforts, and he keeps an Instagram account for his Bulldog Magnus, with more than 100.000 followers.

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