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Kristin Lai

The movie, based on Roald Dahl's book of the same title, Matilda was released on August 2, 1996. That's 18 years ago. That means that if the movie Matilda were a person, it would be able to vote, buy cigarettes, enlist in the military, and finally buy things from infomercials. But no drinking. Shame on you, Matilda!

On a side note, I'm sorry that some of these pictures from the movie are so blurry. Just keep in mind this was made in the 90s and therefore looks like it was filmed with a potato.

Matilda - Mara Wilson

When I was a little girl I would sit in my room and try to will things to fly around. Whether this was Matilda's influence or me trying to use The Force, I'm not completely sure, but this movie greatly influenced my childhood.

After Matilda, the very cute Mara Wilson went on to star in a few more late 90s movie, but quit film acting shortly after. She then had brief roles such as playing Bitty in the web series Missed Conenction and most recently as herself in Nostalgia Chick. In May of last year, Mara wrote an article on Cracked about the life of a former child star. She is currently trying to work in the young adult novel scene.

Mr. Wormwood - Danny DeVito

Other than getting essentially the highest form of praise on the planet:

"Danny DeVito, I love your work!" -Mean Girls

Danny DeVito has done tons of stuff. Between being an actor, director, and producer, Danny has been able to keep very busy with really great work. Most recently, he has been featured in The Lorax and as Frank Reynolds in [It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia](series:722502).

Mrs. Wormwood - Rhea Perlman

This TV dinner loving mother was clearly not pleasant to grow up with. But when it came down to it, she was able to feel a shred of emotion as her only daughter willingly chose to get adopted by her teacher. That's basically saying that you'd rather be at school all the time than live with her. Ouch.

Like her husband Danny DeVito, Rhea has maintained a relatively constant stream of work. Her most recent role that I can speak on is from [The Mindy Project](series:722142), in which she plays Chris Messina's mother. Trust me, she's hilarious and most definitely worth a watch.

Miss Honey - Embeth Davidtz

Miss Honey was the teacher that everyone wanted. And not just because she encourages stealing candy from the principal's office. She was nice, accepting, and definitely had the best decorated classroom.

In a very different movie, she played Kalina Oretzia in Thir13en Ghosts. In 2008 she took on the television role of Amy in In Treatment, then as Felicia Koons Californication and finally as Rebecca Pryce from [Mad Men](series:200778). Film wise, Embeth has done a ton of great work. But most recently you might recognize her as Mary Parker from [The Amazing Spider-Man](movie:45497) and [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593).

Miss Agatha Trunchbull - Pam Ferris

Just thinking about being locked up in the Chokey still gives me the heebie jeebies. The Trunchbull was the most nefarious and cruel educator. Before there was Dolores Umbridge, there was Miss Trunchbull.

Funnily enough, the Harry Potter similarities don't end there as she also played Harry's equally unpleasant Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Pam Ferris' career has spanned both stage and screen over the years. While her resume is a hefty one, other than her role in Harry Potter I think she is probably most recognized for playing Miriam in Children of Men, and Sister Evangelina in the current TV series Call the Midwife.

Bruce Bogtrotter - Jimmy Katz

You know Bruce. Also known as my spirit animal. This boy who allegedly ate The Trunchbull's special cake and then was sentenced the least punishment-y punishment ever. He had to eat a huge cake.

Honestly Bruce, just hang out with me for an afternoon and I'll show you all the tricks of the cake eating trade.

It looks like Jimmy has retired from acting after a small role in E.R. and The Wedding Singer where he played "Studliest Kid at Bar Mitzvah" brilliantly. He has since gone on to graduate from St. John's University and is a (as far as we know) chemistry, science, and physics tutor. It is not known whether or not he can still eat an entire chocolate cake.

Other than those who chose to stay out of the spotlight, this still a pretty active cast! I'm not surprised they're getting work though. If Matilda is any indication, they all deserve it!


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