As we await the new Jurassic Park film, check out how Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards - aka Tim and Lex - have changed
Can you believe its been 22 years since Jurassic Park was released and we all went a bit dinosaur crazy?
Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, the epic film featured huge Hollywood stars such as Sam Neill, Samuel L Jackson and Jeff Goldblum. But we’ve been wondering – what happened to the two kids?
Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards played young siblings Tim and Lex Murphy in the movie and we’ve tracked them down to find out what they’re up to these days. It turns out that their careers have gone in pretty different directions…
Let’s start with Joseph. The youngster was only nine years old when he appeared in the film but had actually made his debut as an actor back in 1990 in a TV movie called Unspeakable Acts.
After starring with the late Richard Attenborough in Jurassic Park (who played his granddad and owner of the actual park), Joe reunited with him later in the year in the Oscar-nominated movie Shadowlands directed by Richard.
He reprised his role as Tim Murphy in the 1997 Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World and has continued to act over the years before taking a break from it at the age of 14.
Now he’s all grown up, having turned 31 last year, and we can’t help but notice that he’s become a bit of a hottie too!
Joe returned to acting a few years ago and had his biggest success since his dinosaur days in 2010 when he starred in The Social Network as one of the co-founders of Facebook. He’s since branched out into directing and writing.
Meanwhile Joe’s on-screen sister has carved out quite a different career for herself. Ariana had already fared well as a child actress before Jurassic Park, having appeared in various TV series and movies such as Tremors.
She was 14 when she starred in the dino-tastic flick and went on to do further acting in the 1990s. Like Joe she briefly appeared again in The Lost World too but neither of them returned for Jurassic Park III in 2001.
Nowadays Ariana, 35, leads a much quieter life. The former child actress has become an accomplished artist and has even won awards for her paintings.
She also recently revealed that she and her husband are expecting their first child together. Awww!
In a recent TV interview about her art, Ariana admitted that she’s excited to see the upcoming Jurassic World movie, which is due for release this summer.
The film returns to the scene of the first movie but features an almost entirely new cast, including Chris Pratt and New Girl star Jake Johnson.
We look forward to seeing it too but for now we’re still reeling from the fact that Tim and Lex are all grown up!