Where Are Your Favorite Holiday Movie Actresses Now?
11:30 am, December 10th | by
It’s easy to obsess over Christmas movies. They take us back to simpler times, give us many laughs, and never get old. Historically, they’ve also invited many career opportunities for actresses. Zooey Deschanel, Jessica Biel, Anna Faris, Taylor Momsen, and many other female celebrities landed excellent acting gigs after partaking in holiday flicks. Of course,
not all of these women got a happy ending, but they did get a special moment in the spotlight upon doing Christmas projects. Here’s how some of your favorite Christmas movie actresses turned out.
What is the
How the Grinch Stole Christmas cast member up to these days? Well... it ain't pretty.
The brunette actress played a strong-willed college girl in 1998 film
I'll Be Home for Christmas. Fourteen years later, she's still going strong as a performer. You can catch her in Hitchcock and Playing for Keeps this year...and the tabloids. The 7th Heaven alum just tied the knot with Justin Timberlake...Even though the whole world knows her as Jessica Biel, she has chosen to take husband Justin's last name. Super.
Deschanel was anything but jovial in 2004 movie
Elf, in which she portrayed a moody sad sack department store elf named Jovie, but she's quite the smiley, bubbly lady nowadays. Mademoiselle Deschanel stars on The New Girl and co-founded happy happy joy joy site, HelloGiggles.com last year. Since Christmas flick Elf, Deschanel has tackled more chipper and optimistic characters. She was peachy as ever in Yes Man and a heartbreaker in 500 Days of Summer. She's taken a lot of flak for her perky shtick, but the energetic onscreen persona has served her well career-wise. She's more famous now than she was in '04.
Anna Faris was a neurotic, psychotic, phony, selfish, no-talent diva in
Just Friends, but is quite the opposite in real life. She just had a baby with spouse Chris Pratt and leads a relatively low-key, non-dramatic existence. Don't expect to read about her stumbling out of clubs or punching random psychics on the streets of New York.
She was a somewhat likable mean girl in the 2005 disappointment,
The Family Stone and has since participated in more serious projects. She recently had a supporting role in award-winning drama Midnight in Paris, which brought her to current beau Michael Sheen. She also worked alongside Channing Tatum in The Vow, which wasn't all that impressive. Even so, doing a film with Mr. Magic Mike/ The Sexiest Man Alive is an accolade in itself.
Millenials know Catherine O'Hara as the "hyper" mom in both
Home Alone installments -- and as the lady who shrieks, "KEVIN!" during an otherwise quiet plane ride to Paris. After doing her time for the holiday franchise, she starred in A Mighty Wind, Orange County, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Where the Wild Things Are, among other flicks. Her latest appearance was in Frankenweenie. I'd say she's had a pretty good run!
Former child star Mara Wilson quit acting a couple of years after performing in
Miracle on 34th Street. Why? Well, this annoying picture was enough of an explanation for me, but let's not be nasty! Now she's a writer in NYC and has written a lot about why she left the entertainment business. She sure showed promise in Matilda, but it seems like she's content with the writer's life, which is all that matters.