Ever wondered what the adorable little child stars from our favourite Christmas movies are up to now? We’re talking the Kevin McCallisters and Cindy Lou Whos of the world.
After shooting to fame following their stellar roles in some of the most timelessly celebrated Christmas movies, the child stars of the 80s and 90s have all grown up to become fully functioning, real-life adults and some of them are so unrecognisable that you’ll be second guessing yourself.
From forming rebellious rock bands to starting up their own production companies, here’s what the kids of Christmas movies are up to now.
Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone
Then: As one of the biggest child stars in the world, Macaulay Culkin is no stranger to any of us. Culkin played the iconic role of eight-year-old Kevin McCallister in the Home Alone movies when he was just 10 years old, and quite frankly, he will forever remain a Christmas legend for that reason alone.
Now: Now 38, Culkin has spent the majority of his adult life outside of Hollywood, with only a few cameos in TV shows and movies over the years. in 2013, he started a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band called ‘Pizza Underground’, touring both the US and UK, though it was short lived. Though his personal life has made a fair few headlines in the past decade, Culkin seems to be enjoying life, regularly updating fans on Instagram.
Thomas Brodie Sangster and Olivia Olson, Love Actually
Then: We watched Thomas Brodie Sangster and Olivia Olson’s pre-teen romance as Joanna and Sam in Love Actually and it was adorable. Sam’s airport chase is possibly one of the cutest moments in Christmas movie history and Joanna’s performance of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ has gone down in history.
Now: Thomas Brodie Sangster’s career has been going from strength to strength since he stared in Love Actually at the age of 13. Now 28, the actor has starred in everything from TV shows like Game of Thrones to huge Hollywood productions such as Nanny McPhee and The Maze Runner.
Olivia Olsen, who was just 11 when she played Joanna, recently did the voiceover of vampire queen Marceline in the US TV series Adventure Time. She also recently released an album titled ‘Nowhere Land.’ Oh, and she looks SO GROWN UP. Check out her Instagram…
Miffy Englefield, The Holiday
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🎬 L'Amore Non Va in Vacanza (2006) Titolo originale: The Holiday Regia: Nancy Meyers Cast: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell In questa piacevole commedia romantica natalizia, si incrociano amori attraverso l'oceano. A Londra, la scrittrice di annunci matrimoniali Iris scopre che l'uomo per cui lavora e che ama da anni si è fidanzato ufficialmente. A Los Angeles, la ricca produttrice di trailer Amanda scopre che il suo ragazzo la tradisce. Entrambe insofferenti della loro vita radicata nelle città e nelle persone con cui vivono, le due donne si incontrano su un sito di scambio case e impulsivamente decidono che per le vacanze di Natale andranno l'una nell'abitazione dell'altra. Ovviamente nuove persone entreranno nelle loro vite, cambiandole inaspettatamente. Amanda incontra l'affascinante Graham, fratello di Iris, con un carattere sensibile opposto a quello di Amanda che non versa lacrime da anni. Iris conosce Arthur, un anziano sceneggiatore che le farà ritrovare la bussola assieme al simpatico Miles, compositore per film. Nancy Meyers realizza sempre commedie romantiche indimenticabili, che si rivedono con piacere. Qui contribuisce anche un cast di attori inglesi e americani che, nonostante la diversità, si amalgama per bene. E poi, diciamocelo: cosa c'è di più bello di Jude Law che bussa all'improvviso alla porta di casa? Scena memorabile: Amanda visita Graham e conosce due persone inaspettate. Lezione che si impara: spesso e volentieri bisogna avere coraggio di prendere la propria vita e farle cambiare rotta per ritrovare la giusta via. #theholiday #camerondiaz #katewinslet #judelaw #jackblack #romcom
Then: Miffy Englefield played the adorable Sophie (of of Jude Law’s character Graham’s two daughters) in hit Christmas movie, The Holiday.
Now: Today, a 19-year-old Miffy is far from recognisable. The child star is embracing an edgy new look as a self-confessed ‘punk rocker’ based in Hampshire.
Johnny Galecki, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Then: Johnny Galecki was just 13 when he played Russ Griswold in Christmas classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation back in 1989.
Now: Almost 30 years later, the now 42-year-old actor has built up an impressive Hollywood CV having starred in hit ABC sitcom Roseanne as David for over ten years before making it even more big time with his role as Leonard in beloved CBS show The Big Bang Theory.
Taylor Momsen, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Then: A seven-year-old Taylor Momsen’s breakout role as the adorable Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas is yet another memorable moment in Christmas classics history.
Now: The now 25-year-old star is best known for her role as Jenny Humphrey in hit teen drama Gossip Girl. She also fronts American rock band The Pretty Reckless which was formed in 2009. The band has released two successful albums and tour the world with their music.
Eric Lloyd, The Santa Clause
Then: Back in 1994, Eric Lloyd starred as Charlie Calvin in hit Christmas movie The Santa Clause – the son of on-screen father Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) who is forced to take on the role of Father Christmas after accidentally killing the real one.
Now: Eric went onto star in a few other movies, but nothing as big as the Christmas classic he has become known for. Now 31, the former child star is based in California where he owns his own movie and music production studio titled LP Studios, and sings in a band called RadioMason.
Mara Wilson, Miracle on 34th Street
Then: Mara Wilson was one of the biggest (if not the biggest) child actresses in the 90s. Not only did she land a role in Ms Doubtfire at the tender age of just four-years-old but in 1994, she was given the lead role in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street where she played six-year-old Susan Walker – a little girl who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.
Now: After a brief stint as an actress – taking small roles in TV shows and low budget movies – Wilson abandoned the world of acting and instead went to study Art at New York University before becoming a playwright.