Every week, we send someone stumbling into the dark Maxim archives to see what we were up to way back when. This week we're going back to March of 2001 when Monica Potter was the hottest babe of the '90s, Charlie Sheen had nothing on Robert Downey Jr., and The Sopranos didn't leave us in the dark.
Cover Girl: Monica Potter
Where You've Seen Her: If we weren't forced to sit through Patch Adams in the late '90s, we would have missed out on one of the hottest actresses of the era: Monica Potter. With her blonde bombshell exterior and innocent demeanor we couldn't even think about ripping our eyes away from the movie screen, especially when she played Secret Service Agent Jezzie Flannigan in Along Came a Spider. We never could resist a woman in uniform.
Where She Is Now: Still a total babe even as she nears her mid-40's, Monica's taken to the small screen as Kristina Braverman on NBC's Parenthood, officially becoming this generation's hottest mom since...our own? No, that's not right. That's definitely not right.
Draw Robert Downey Jr.
Before Charlie Sheen's doped up hooker antics there was Robert Downey Jr., a heroine-loving, parole-defying actor whose roles often mimicked his awesomely troubled life. But despite his endless string of drug busts, we still loved him, especially when he slipped on that Iron Man armor. Once you become a superhero, all is forgiven, naturally.
The Sopranos' Greatest Hits
From the time The Sopranos premiered on HBO in 1999 we were hooked, and not only out of fear that Tony would shoot us up if we said otherwise. With the perfect mafia family, continuous hours of deathly ass-kicking, and our first introduction to Jamie-Lynn Sigler, we had nothing but high hopes for the series. So we were left with a bittersweet feeling after the series' cliff-hanger ending, which saw the family chowing down at a diner before fading to black, with so many questions left unanswered. While we're still wondering what the fuck happened, we can't deny that we wouldn't want to be eating a pile of onion rings while listening to Journey with anyone other than the late, great James Gandolfini.
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