'Josie and the Pussycats': See the cast in 2001 and today

It's been more than 15 years since "Josie in the Pussycats" hit theaters in 2001 -- and, at the time, it didn't make much of an impact. But over the years, it's become something of a cult classic, gaining new fans year after year not only for the movie, but also for its grrrrl-power soundtrack.

Leading ladies Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson reunited Tuesday in Los Angeles along with the film's co-writers and directors, who opened up to Billboard about some secrets behind the fan favorite flick. Like this incredible nugget:

"The list of people who auditioned to be in this movie ... the fact that Beyonce, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Aaliyah came in to audition was crazy," said co-director Harry Elfont. "Beyonce was really quiet and shy. Who knew?"

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Tara Reid, Rachael Leigh Cook and Rosario Dawson in movie art for the film 'Josie And The Pussycats', 2001.
Rosario Dawson, on left, and Tara Reid of the new film Josie and the Pussycats with Snoop Dogg backstage during MTV's Spring Break 2001 in Cancun, Mexico.
Tara Reid, Rachael Leigh Cook and Rosario Dawson in publicity portrait for the film 'Josie And The Pussycats', 2001.
Rosario Dawson, Rachael Leigh Cook and Tara Reid are pictured in this undated publicity photo from the film "Josie and the Pussycats."
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Tara Reid, one of the stars of the new film "Josie and The Pussycats" poses as she arrives at the film's premiere April 9, 2001 in Hollywood.
Tara Reid attends Context Summits Pre-Emmy Charity Mixer Benefiting The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) at The Edison on September 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Tara Reid attends Art with a Cause on July 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Rosario Dawson and British actor Alan Cumming, two of the stars of the new film "Josie and The Pussycats" pose as they arrive at the film's premiere April 9, 2001 in Hollywood. 
Cast member Rosario Dawson poses at the premiere of the movie "The LEGO Batman Movie" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 4, 2017. 
Rosario Dawson attends the Ann Sui fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 11, 2017.
Actress Rachael Leigh Cook, one of the stars of the new film "Josie and The Pussycats" poses as she arrives at the film's premiere April 9, 2001 in Hollywood.
Rachael Leigh Cook arrives at the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' 'Passengers' at Regency Village Theatre on December 14, 2016.
Rachael Leigh Cook attends 'Rachel Leigh Cook and Billy Zane Visit Hollywood Today Live' at W Hollywood on August 19, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
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As for Aaliyah, she "was more serious and thoughtful," Elfont explained. "We wanted someone who could really play the comedy."

The perfect trio was found in Cook, Reid and Dawson, who were thrilled to have the chance to catch up at the reunion.

"The band is back together," Reid declared in a celebratory Instagram.

Josie and the Pussycats was originally created in the '60s as Archie Comics characters. They've found a reincarnation in the CW's new series "Riverdale."

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Jonathan Lipnicki talks on a phone in a scene from the film 'Jerry Maguire', 1996. (Photo by TriStar/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, and Jonathan Lipnicki (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Jonathan Lipnicki attends The Creative Coalition's First Party in Washington, DC, January 20, 2001. Lipnicki gained fame in the movie "Jerry McGuire" with Tom Cruise. The Creative Coalition is the premier non-profit, non-partisan social and political advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. JS/ME
Young actor Jonathan Lipnicki and Geena Davis, stars of the new family film " Stuart Little", pose together at the party following the film's premiere December 5 in Los Angeles. The film, based on the classic children's book " Stuart Little", tells the story of a mouse who is raised by a human family. The film opens December 10 in the United States. FSP/SV
Supermodel Kathy Ireland poses with actor Jonathan Lipnicki as they celebrate the 45th anniversary of "Tony The Tiger," the breakfast cereal character, April 24 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Lipnicki starred in the film, "Jerry Maguire." "Tony The Tiger" is celebrating his 45th anniversary as the character on the Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal box. TONY
Young actor Jonathan Lipnicki, star of the new family film "Stuart Little", poses with a stuffed Stuart Little toy as he arrives for the film's premiere December 5 in Los Angeles. The film, based on the classic children's book " Stuart Little", tells the story of a mouse who is raised by a human family. The film also stars Geena Davis and opens December 10 in the United States. FSP/SV
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Jonathan Lipnicki during The Princess Diaries Premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki during 8th Annual Dream Halloween to Benefit Children Affected by Aids Foundation at Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki during 'Men in Black II' Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 30: Actor Jonathan Lipnicki attends the 'Tomorrow Is Now' product preview event featuring the next generation of computer items from technology company Hewlett-Packard on January 30, 2003 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Jonathan Lipnicki during 'The Haunted Mansion' World Premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki during 'The Haunted Mansion' World Premiere - Red Carpet at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage for Hollywood Reporter)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 28: Actor Jonathan Lipnicki arrives at the premiere of 'The Prince and Me' at the Chinese Theater on March 28, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jonathan Lipnicki and Tom Cruise during 'War of the Worlds' Los Angeles Fan Screening - Red Carpet at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki during 'War of the Worlds' Los Angeles Fan Screening - Arrivals in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Jonathan Lipnicki during 4th Annual Tribeca Film Festival - 'LA Riot' Premiere - Arrivals at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 22: Jonathan Lipnicki attends American Eagle Outfitters And Declare Yourself Vote T-Shirt Unveiling at Palihouse on May 22, 2008 in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: Jonathan Lipnicki attends UNSTOPPABLE World Premiere at Regency Village Theatre on October 26, 2010 in Westwood, California. (Photo by DAVID CROTTY/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Actor Jonathan Lipnicki visits 'Sway in the Morning' on Eminem's Shade 45 channel in the SiriusXM Studio on June 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 05: Actor Jonathan Lipnick visits Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on January 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Jonathan Lipnicki attends opening night for 'The Wizard of Oz' at the Pantages Theatre on September 18, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jennifer Lourie/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Jonathan Lipnicki at the 9th Annual Burbank International Film Festival - 'Limelight' at AMC Burbank 16 on September 7, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
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