While many child stars continue to flourish in show business following their first forays into acting, some young performers simply drift out of the limelight, or choose to pursue other paths in life, whether it be further education or a long-standing passion.
In particular, minor child characters who often play the kids of main leads, or brothers and sisters, are commonly known to leave the profession after the final credits roll. That's why it is always so fascinating to revisit those familiar young faces to see where they ended up many years later.
When we think of the most-quotable chick flick of all time Mean Girls, images of the A-list girl clique led by its infamous Queen Bee Regina George immediately pop up. We also fondly remember Aaron Samuels' lop-sided smile in Algebra class, Janis's bird's nest hairstyle and Damian's epic rendition of Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful.' Even Amy Poehler's boob-job hug has become one the most memorable moments in teen movie history.
But do you remember Kylie George?
Regina's little sister only appears in the movie for approximately 10 seconds, wiggling around like a hula dancer to Kelis's 'Milkshake,' before the TV disturbingly flashes back to Girls Gone Wild.
Here is the scene in full:
Eleven years on since her big moment on the legendary rom-com, actress Nicole Crimi is 18 years-old and is barely recognizable since her preteen twerking days. Here she is looking ultra-glamorous in a recent photograph:
Since hanging up her dancing shoes and moving on from her Beyonce-inspired booty-shaking dance moves, Nicole has taken a break from acting to pursue other ventures, choosing to become a normal student with some rather extraordinary achievements:
- She is working towards a degree in Life Sciences from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada
- She is also a fully fledged artist, "creating abstract and realistic paintings for peoples' homes!"
What? I would have never expected this of Kylie George!
Eager to show examples of her art on Twitter and other social networking websites, the aspiring artist and teacher also often works on commission for friends and family, creating gems such as this:
This portrait of three children is incredible. It has been entirely done with prisma-color pencil crayons.
Crimi loves to layer on those heavy brushstrokes. This original oil painting was inspired by her trip to Australia last year.
This just proves that while many young stars dream of achieving stratospheric levels of stardom, others prefer to engage in something a little less in the spotlight. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Even if we don't ever see her on the big screen again in the future, I sure hope to see Nicole complete her degree and pursue her passion for art.
Yet, which other actors abandoned the acting profession after growing a few inches and hitting puberty?
Here are three more child actors that decided to take a slightly different path in life:
1. Toby Froud - Labyrinth
As the baby from cult-classic fantasy Labyrinth, Toby Froud is known for donning that infamous striped onesie. Yet, since appearing alongside the goblin king, played spectacularly by David Bowie, he has pursued a slightly different path in life. At 30, he now works as a puppeteer, fabricating enchanted creatures and building magical worlds for 'Laika.' Following in the footsteps of his parents, who introduced him to the puppetry profession, Froud has now committed himself to the theater and to behind-the-scenes prop production. Speaking about his new-found talent, he says:
I always had a wonderful passion for puppetry. I went to Wimbledon school of London, a tech university, and did a special effects and arts degree. But I always came back to the fantasy that my family had created. At that point, we started working together on small projects, video pieces and commercial pieces, and it was great fun.
Check out his work in Lessons Learned:
Bradley Pierce - Jumanji
Since his role as Peter Shepherd alongside Kristen Dunst and the legendary Robin Williams in Jumanji, Bradley Pierce has continued to work in movies. Although you can catch him in features such as The Borrowers and Down to You, instead of appearing in front of the camera, he prefers to lend his vocal chords to series, movies and video games. In particular, he can be heard as Shango in The Wild Thornberrys and Nibs in Disney's Return to Never Land. However, to this day, his voice-over of Chip in Beauty & The Beast is definitely my top pick off of the list!
Avid gamers will also recognize his gravelly tones in American Wasteland, Kingdom Hearts II and The LEGO Movie Videogame.
Peter Ostrum - Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Peter Ostrum's only film role was as blonde-haired Golden Ticket winner Charlie Bucket in the 1971 adaptation of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. When he returned from filming the choc-tastic classic, he became very interested in horses after his family acquired one. The animal's vet left a very lasting impression on him and despite momentarily considering returning to Hollywood, Ostrum decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine instead.
Today, he continues to work with animals and lives in New York with his wife and his two children.