"I am a princess. All girls are."
When I look back on the movies I used to watch as a child, the magical story of a free-spirited little 'princess' called Sara Crew immediately pops up in my head.
Indeed, when A Little Princess came out back in 1995, it was immediately deemed a masterpiece, sparking my inner-most imagination, making me wish I also lived in a world of magical realism, of wild stories and little princesses. It was really the type of movie that I lived in for hours after it finished! Relive the trailer here:
I'm sure you'll agree that it never gets old! However, have you ever wondered what happened ever to those little actresses and actors in the 1995 drama film? Did they go on to work on other projects? Let's find out!
1. Liesel Pritzker Simmons
Role: Sara Crew
Where are they now? Acting under the stage name Liesel Matthews, the little girl went on to star in Harrison Ford's Air Force One. Her one other role was in the 2000 movie Blast.
She is also the heir to Hyatt Hotels' family fortune and, with her bother, sued her family over her trust funds following her father's death. For that, she received a whopping $500 million, before leaving the US to go to India. Since then, she has undertaken many charity projects focusing on education and clean water initiatives in the developing world.
2. Rahi Azizi
Where are they now? After A Little Princess, Azizi starred in a number of '90s shows and appeared in Deep Impact. Today, he is an attorney in LA.
3. Vanessa Lee Chester
Where are they now? Since her breakout role, Vanessa went on to star in minor roles in many projects, including The Lost World: Jurassic Park, She's All That, Once and Again, Welcome to Sandition,
It's safe to say she's come a long way from icing her blisters in the role of little Becky, but the actress still gushes about the impact of the role:
"It's just such a special story with so much heart and so many beautiful themes and elements in it. [...] As a kid, I knew the film was special, but it wasn't until I started getting messages on Instagram and Twitter that I really started to understand the impact it had on little girls. I love it when fans tell me they used to pretend I was their best friend as a child. I had no idea my character was that loved!"
4. Heather DeLoach
Where are they now? Heather starred in The Beautician and the Beast following A Little Princess, but her calling card really came in the form of a music video for rock-band Blind Melon:
5. Kelsey Mulrooney
Where are they now? The role of ultimate diva brat Lottie was Kelsey's only role as a child actress. According to sources, she now works as a bartender.
6. Camilla Belle
Where are they now? Jane was Belle's first role and since, she's become the most famous of the little girls, starring in movies such as When a Stranger Calls, Rip Girls, From Prada to Nada and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
She also famously dated Joe Jonas after he split from Taylor Swift back in 2008. Tsk, tsk.
7. Taylor Fry
Where are they now? Unfortunately, Taylor ended up giving acting up following a couple of piecemeal roles, such as that of Bruce Willis's daughter in the first Die Hard movie (she was later replaced by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the following installments). Unfortunately, no recent images of the actress could be found for this article.
8. Eleanor Bron
Role: Miss Minchin
Where are they now? It seems that Eleanor hasn't aged one bit, despite going on to star in a myriad of different TV projects, as well as movies such as Iris, The Heart of Me, Love's Brother and Wimbledon.
9. Jonás Cuarón
Role: The Chimney Sweep
Where are they now? Yep, you guessed it! Jonas is the son of the movie's director Alfonso Cuarón. Taking a leaf out of his dad's book, he now prefers to work behind the cameras, most recently writing the screenplay for his father's 2013 blockbuster, Gravity.
10. Liam Cunningham
Role: Captain Crewe
Where are they now? Since A Little Princess, Liam starred in a huge number of projects. And most notably, you will probably recognize him as Davos Seaworth from Game of Thrones!