Playing Then And Now With The Cast Of 'Now And Then'

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Playing Then And Now With The Cast Of 'Now And Then'

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | January 24, 2014 | Comments ()


When it came out nearly 20 years ago (yeah, I know), Now and Then was a veritable who’s who of young 90s actresses. That kid from Addams Family! That girl from Hocus Pocus! The little midge from Uncle Buck. They were just one Anna Chlumsky short of a complete set. How are those girls faring now? What about their adult counterparts? And what, oh what, is going on with the boy next door?

Christina Ricci — Young Roberta
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Of the four young actresses to come out of Now and Then, Ricci has had the most successful career. The switch might be about to flip, however, because Ricci is doing a Skype-based movie and a Lifetime film in 2014. Her co-star has some brighter prospects. That face though.

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Gaby Hoffmann — Young Samantha
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Hoffmann popped up just this last week on HBO’s Girls as Adam Driver’s deeply troubled sister. And she was weird and incredible. I love everything that is happening with Hoffmann these days. Particularly her eyebrow choices. She was also spectacularly off-putting on Louie last season and will be seen in four film in 2014 including the Veronica Mars movie.


Thora Birch — Young Teeny

What’s she up to today? Oh well read all about it.


Ashleigh Aston Moore — Young Chrissy
This is actually quite sad. Moore passed away in 2007 at the age of 26. IMDB has one cause of death listed. Other sites tell a different story.

Demi Moore and Rita Wilson — Samantha and Chrissy

Like Hoffman, Wilson has also snagged herself a role on Girls as Marnie’s overbearing mother. She also shows up frequently as a delightful villain on The Good Wife. Speaking of wives, we don’t like to rate the success of an older actress based on their love life, but we can’t help envy Wilson her choice in mates.


I said we don’t like to rate the success of an older actress based on their love life, didn’t I? So we’ll ignore the second coming of Kutcher. (Despite secretly crowing “get it, Moore.”) Demi doesn’t have a lot on the horizon other than an upcoming Western about a father and son starring Sutherland the elder and Sutherland the younger. Presumably she plays the love interest for Sutherland the Younger. I hope she gets to sling some guns herself and I’m not talking about those Pilates arms.


Melanie Griffith — Teeny

Griffith has two upcoming films one a Spanish-language thriller opposite her husband Antonio Banderas and one directed and written by her husband Antonio Banderas. Seriously, talking about ladies outside the context of their partners is proving harder than I thought. Griffith’s lovely daughter is, of course, starring in the upcoming 50 Shades Of Grey adaptation. Ugh, it really is like Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson all over again.


Rosie O’Donnell — Roberta

Listen, I’m not in the habit of posting unflattering photos of people. We all have bad days. But I sort of love these hideous selfies O’Donnell took this week to excuse a cancellation of her show. Not content to merely claim “abscessed tooth” she went and documented her swollen jaw. This is what your Mercury poisoning story lacked, Piven. Documentation.


Devon Sawa — Scott Wormer

Along with Shane West, Sawa had a happy home for a time on the CW’s Nikita aka the CW’s Home For Lost Crushes Of The 1990s. What’s next for Sawa? The SLC Punk! sequel nobody was clamoring for. Le sigh.


I’ll play you out today with a little Tony Orland and inappropriate, underage shimmying. Enjoy!

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  • baxlala

    I recently watched this for the first time in, I don't know, 10 years? And I couldn't believe how much better it would have been if they'd just cut out the adult parts entirely. I guess it would have just been called THEN, though.

  • I can't get past how high Demi's belly button is, that can't be natural.

  • I always found it unlikely that Christina Ricci would grow up into Rose O'Donnell. I always figured she'd be more likely to grow up into Demi Moore. Ashleigh Moore looks more like she'd grow up into Rose O'Donnell.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Awww man, I didn't know about Ashleigh Aston Moore. She was on this weird Canadian show that I was obsessed with around age 12 or so. Poor Alpha.

  • Wigamer

    Tom + Rita 4EVA!

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Melanie Griffith's looking great! She was constantly on bad plastic surgery lists but she looks like herself again.

    Is that Demi Moore's current beau? Yikes.

  • Ugh, I didn't know Chrissy died. Now I'm sad and will be all day. Someone tell me happy tales about ladies' gardens and men's garden hoses.

    "I'm beginning to think she's misinformed..."

    PS - Between Girls and Crystal Fairy, adult Gaby Hoffman is revelation. Of talent. No pube jokes, people.

  • Wigamer

    She's a dead ringer for Sean Young in the pic above. Let us hope she avoids such a fate.

  • maja

    gaby hoffmann is beyond gorgeous, very talented and has phenomenal eyebrows, agreed. she kinda reminds me, with her quirkiness, untamable hair and in your face attitude of tania raymonde, especially in their younger years.

  • PerpetualIntern

    I clicked on this post exclusively for Devon Sawa. Exclusively.

  • maja

    i wasn't, surprisingly, aware of sawa in "now & then", but very much in "casper". and extremely so later in "slackers".

  • PerpetualIntern

    I'm pretty sure I saw Now and Then BECAUSE of Casper.

    EDIT: That is the dorkiest sentence I've ever written on Pajiba.

  • Ruthie O

    My friend and I used to try and pause Now and Then at the moment when Devon Sawa was bending down in only a towel to grab his clothes. It was a VHS, but we were young, naive, and easily excitable, so we totally thought the beige blur was his penis. Devon Sawa was a greek god to our middle school minds.

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  • PerpetualIntern

    My friends and I definitely did the same thing. That and admiring the scene where he ran down the road naked.

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