The sweetest star on board the #Titanic film will always be Cora Cartmell. She was the beautiful enthusiastic young girl who brought some light into the heartbreaking movie — and made us so envious for being the one who got to dance with forever heartthrob #LeonardoDiCaprio.
But while the internet is busy exploding after Leo got his meat salted by Salt Bae, what has Cora been up to? Is she still plotting revenge against Rose, who took her away from her charming dance partner? Not to make you feel old, but the adorable little girl is all grown up now. Thankfully she didn't forget one bit of what it was like to work on the set of #JamesCameron's epic drama, and she's got plenty to say about Leo!
Remember Cora's Story?
"Daddy it's a ship."
No sooner was she on board then she got to meet Jack at a bangin' party in third class. She even got to twirl around the room with him!
But then Rose just had to kill their magical moment.
Amazingly, Cora took this pretty well.
What Does Cora Look Like Now?
At the time filming began in 1996, Alexandrea Owens was barely 8. Now she looks like this:
Yep, 1997 was a while ago. As crazy as it may seem, people still recognize her on the street.
"I've had a couple people recognize me in the past few years. I went to a bar with some friends, recently, for example; our server came by, took our drink orders, and when she came back with them, she said, 'I have a really weird question for you.' Yes, she asked me if I was in Titanic, and she full-on said to me, 'I was going to walk up to you and just say, 'You're still my best girl, Cora,' but I didn't want to be wrong and then feel like an idiot.' But I really wish she had, because that would have made my entire life."
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Owens tells Buzzfeed that Leo was a charm to work with.
"Leonardo DiCaprio was an absolute doll. He was so fun and charming. He loved to put a smile on everyone's face. [I'd often] be on his lap with a PB&J in between takes."
Don't worry about being a grown ass person fantasizing about sitting on another grown ass person's lap, eating PB&J. It happens to the best of us.
"My very first scene that we filmed was one where I'm sitting with Leonardo DiCaprio, and we were drawing in his sketchbook. And he sees Rose and then [the actor] playing my dad comes up and says, "Alright, say good-bye to Uncle Jack," so he could go off with her. It got cut — it's in the deleted scenes — but it was three hours [of takes] and, in between, just hanging out and drawing pictures with Leo. If I remember correctly, we were drawing the world, and we were drawing the rain, which was God crying. I have this really weird memory of that."
I'm sorry, where are those three hours of takes? It was probably for the best, though, that she was too young to notice Leo's "Total Babe" status, because that would've made it hard to focus on set.
"I didn't ever really notice that; I wasn't really paying attention, because I was thinking, This is my new best friend Leo, and he's so cool. In between scenes, we would hang out, and Kate would come up and talk to us too. But it was funny because that year, especially after filming, that's when he was all over the J-14 magazines. People at school would bring the magazines in and I would be like, 'Oh, I know him.' You know, like a total little snob. They'd all say, 'We know you know him! Shut up!' At one point, I actually invited him to come trick-or-treating with me."
And yes, Alexandrea is still waiting for him to take her up on the invite. Who knows?
How It All Began
If you wonder how she got the part, Owens has a great story about that too. She explains it was her very first acting gig. Her mom knew how much she wanted to appear in a movie, so she drove her and her sister to the auditions.
"At that time, my sister was 3 or 4, a little teeny, tiny thing. We're [at the auditions], and my mom was talking about the Titanic, explaining the sinking, and my sister started crying! Just bawling. She was so sad that so many people had died. And at that exact moment, Mali Finn, who was the casting director for the film, walked by. Now, there's a character in the film called Crying Girl, which is a little girl that Billy Zane picks up to get into a lifeboat with [during the sinking scenes]. Right away, Mali said, 'Get that kid in a costume and get her on a boat right now!' So my mom took her, and they went and got her in costume to try out for the part."
Though it didn't work out for her sister, Owens nailed the audition.
"It didn't work out for my sister, she had cried too much, but a couple of weeks later, my mom had a message on the machine saying I had gotten the part. I remember crying, screaming, running around the house, like a little maniac."
As if things couldn't get any more adorable, the actress shared a letter she wrote shortly after filming Titanic.
"I've always wanted to be an actress... I could never forget the day I heard my mother say, 'This is your chance of being in a movie.' That hot day in third grade that I heard those words was the best day of my life.
All of a sudden I heard my mom scream, 'They put you in the movie.' I was so excited I felt like flying. It was a miracle. I was so happy.
On the Oscars there was a clip for Titanic and I, Alexandrea Kathryn Owens-Sarno, was in the clip. I was so proud of myself. I couldn't believe it. That was the start of my career."
Today, she's still pursuing her little girl dream of becoming an actress. As she tells Buzzfeed:
"I've been writing sketch comedy that I'll start producing very soon, and I'm also in the process of writing a novel."
But whatever she chooses to do, she can rest assured that she'll always be Jack's best girl!
What's your favorite scene in Titanic?