Romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You adapted William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew into the tale of a bad boy wooing a Hollywood version of a riot grrrl—and, thanks to its Seattle setting and actual Seattle-area filming locations, introduced the world to the Fremont Troll. Speaking of the troll: Fremont (spelled “Freemont” in the film credits, whoops) was featured especially prominently. So was Tacoma, with many of the core scenes, including the Stratford house and Padua High School (aka Stadium High School), filmed there.
The film had breakout roles for Heath Ledger (R.I.P.) and Julia Stiles, and featured a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an early non-Third Rock from the Sun role.
The film was released on March 31, 1999, just about 20 years ago now. That means if it were a person, it’d already be a couple of years out of high school. It would be older than some of the film’s stars. But, despite a changing Seattle, a lot of the locations are still here literally decades later.Read More