Where Are They Now? Some Of Your Favorite Child Actors

Anna Chlumsky

Anna Chlumsky shot to fame in the 90’s playing Vada in My Girl and My Girl 2. After that Chlumsky appeared in many TV movies and series between 1994 and 2012, including Early Edition, 30 Rock, Law & Order, Covert Affairs, and White Collar. She also acted in Broadway through 2015. But it was landing the role of Amy Brookheimer in Veep alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus starting in 2012 that gave Chlumsky her second big break. Chlumsky’s performance garnered her six Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years, a hugely successful popular television show that ran from 1988 to 1993. It was set in the late 60’s and explored how the social changes affected the children growing up in that period. McKellar has continued to work steadily in the entertainment industry. Some of her more notable roles include Elsie Snuffin on The West Wing. She has also lent her voice to several projects, including the animated TV series DC Super Hero Girls, in which she voiced the character, Frost. And Transformers: Rescue Bots where she voiced the character, Hayley.

She’s now a mother to a son, Draco Verta, who she shares with her husband. For the mean time McKellar has found a home at Hallmark, featuring in festive films like Very, Very Valentine and Coming Home for Christmas.

Erin Murphy

Remember Tabitha Stephens from Bewitched? She was the daughter to Samantha, who arrived in the second season of the show. Tabitha’s first appearance in the episode “And Then There Were Three”, which led her to become a main character with her own plot-driven episodes, all the way to the last season in 1972. After the show ended and Murphy grew up she was able to take on a variety of jobs, from selling cosmetics at the Mission Viejo Mall to working as a makeup artist, and earning experience as a casting director, fashion stylist, acting teacher, Karaoke club hostess, and motivational speaker. She then went on to become a correspondent for Fox Reality Channel, in which she says; “I had worked with Fox Reality Channel and loved it,” she said. “With Fox, I could make lunches and take my kids to school, work for a few hours, and still be home before school let out.” 

Now days Murphy fills the void of her celebrity lifestyle as the owner of Slim Chillers, which makes low-calorie vodka popsicles. On the side though she does continue to dabble in a little bit of acting both on stage and the small screen. Her most recent was in 2017 when she starred in the television movie Life Interrupted.

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning has always been one of my favourite actresses, all her performances have been on point. Fanning’s most famous roles have been I Am Sam, Uptown Girls, Man On Fire and War of the Worlds. Fanning balanced making movies with attending a regular Los Angeles high school growing up. This helped keep her feet on the ground even as massive roles in the likes of the Twilight franchise thrust her further into the spotlight. The actor has remained ambitious throughout her career, telling Marie Claire in an interview, “I’ve never been the kind of person who has been like, ‘I want to do this, this and this, and then I’ll be happy.'” Recently she’s appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood and in the dark TV show The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, the movie Please Stand By and is currently in pre-production of The Nightingale, where she stars alongside her sister Elle Fanning.

Tom Felton

Tom Felton is most known for his role as the cunning and despicable Slytherin student Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter film franchise. The role earned Felton two MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain. Now days Felton has taken on a lot more smaller roles, in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and later on playing Julian Albert on the CW’s The Flash.

Jonathan Lipnicki

Lipnicki stole the show in the hit film Jerry Maguire. Jonathan Lipnicki also went on to score roles on Dawson’s Creek and The Jeff Foxworthy Show, but most of his work after the hit Tom Cruise film came as voice work. He went back into the spotlight in the films Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2 and also Like Mike. Lipnicki reflected upon his role in Jerry Maguire, and spoke on his current relationship with actor Tom Cruise saying; “I haven’t talked to him in quite a while now but whenever I have reached out in the past, he’s been nothing but extremely kind and has given me great advice in my career.”

In 2012, Lipnicki had a six-episode role on the series MotherLover followed by eight episodes in 2016 on Interns of F.I.E.L.D. He later scored several gigs in 2017, including the horror movies Beware the Lake and Circus Kane. Currently he is filming the comedy The Re-Education of Molly Singer with Jaime Pressly.

Hallie Eisenberg

Name doesn’t ring a bell but her face stands out to you doesn’t it? Well you probably remember Hallie Eisenberg as the Pepsi girl from the 1990’s commercials. The younger sister of actor Jesse Eisenberg, Hallie used her Pepsi success to nab roles in Bicentennial Man and How to Eat Fried Worms. But after a small role in 2010’s Holy Rollers, alongside her older brother, the child star seemingly retired from acting. These days Hallie is living a pretty normal life.

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment shot to fame as the little boy who sees dead people in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense, but before that did you know Haley made guest appearances on TV shows, including Walker, Texas Ranger and Murphy Brown. While The Sixth Sense won many awards and nominations, as did his 2001 role in AI: Artificial Intelligence, Osment spent the next several years after his 2003 role in Secondhand Lions primarily doing voice acting for TV shows and video games, including Kingdom Hearts. After years as a child actor Osment went on to make his debut on Boradway in 2011, before making his return to the small and big screen in in the series Alpha House, the movie Entourage, Silicon Valley, and Future Man.

Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin, whose early roles included Bo in Signs and that girl from Little Miss Sunshine, explained how she always enjoyed doing movies, but it wasn’t until she was 12 years old and appeared in My Sister’s Keeper that she understood it was acting she loved. Her most recent credits include the popular series Scream Queens, as well as movies Fear, Inc. and Final Girl. Breslin has previously spoken about growing up in the entertainment  industry in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and how her family ensured she stayed grounded; “My family has been really important in keeping me normal. [Growing up] when I wrapped on set and [would] go home it was always a set-free zone. We couldn’t talk about work, we just talked about real normal life things.”

Malcolm David Kelley

For fans of the hit TV show Lost you might remember our next child actor. Malcolm David Kelley’s most well-known childhood role was as Walter “Walt” Lloyd in the American drama series Lost.  Since the show wrapped, he has gone on to appear in multiple TV movies and series, including recurring roles as Finn Katins in Gigantic and Benjamin Cooley in Saving Grace. In 2017 Kelly appeared as the character Michael in Kathryn Bigelow’s historical drama Detroit.

Daveigh Chase

Daveigh Chase isn’t a recognizable face like the rest of our actors but you may remember her for her role as Samara Morgan in the 2002 horror film, The Ring. From their she starred in the 2001 film Donnie Darko, taking on the role of Samantha Darko. She also starred in the lesser known 2002 film Silence and also voiced the animated character Lilo Pelekai in Disney movie Lilo & Stitch.

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Written By: Neill Frazer

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