Like many others, the movie Now and Then was a huge part of my adolescence. My older sister owned a VHS copy of the movie, and I would borrow it (with or without permission) as often as possible during my formative years. I loved the friendship the movie showed, and I loved the back-and-forth storylines of the main characters as girls and as women. The enduring friendships and the numerous life lessons encompassed in that movie seriously stuck with me, and I often find myself wondering what some of the cast members went on to after the movie wrapped. While the actresses who played the adult versions of the characters are well known, I never heard much about the actresses who played their younger selves. Keep reading to find out where they are now!
Christina Ricci is arguably the most prevailing of the young actresses in mainstream media. After starring in Now and Then, she went on to have roles in a number of movies and TV shows. She’s had storylines in Ally McBeal and Grey’s Anatomy, starred as Penelope the cursed pig-girl in the movie of that same name (one of my favorites and definitely worth watching if you haven’t already), and currently stars in the Lifetime original series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles as the titular character. Ricci married James Heerdegen (who she met on-set while working on Pan-Am) in 2013 and gave birth to a son in August 2014. She is also the spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
In contrast to Ricci’s well-followed career, Thora Birch has continuously worked in film, but her work is less well-known. After her role as the bubbly and outgoing Teeny, Birch had a number of small parts in other films and TV shows, most famously as Enid in the cult classic Ghost World and Jane Burnham in American Beauty. Most recently, she narrated the short film World Gone Water. In 2003, she won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her work in Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story and joined the cast of USA’s Colony in 2015.
Fans of the HBO series Girls who also love Now and Then were probably just as excited as I was when Gaby Hoffmann showed up as a reoccurring character in the third season. Hoffmann plays Adam’s (Adam Driver) slightly out-of-control sister. She has also had roles in the Amazon original series Transparent and the 2014 Oscar-nominated film Wild. She gave birth to a daughter, Rosemary, in 2014 with longtime boyfriend, cinematographer Chris Dapkins. In 2015, she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards – one for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in Girls, and one for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in Transparent.
Ashleigh Aston Moore (Chrissy)
Ashleigh Aston Moore’s life was tragically cut short at the age of 26 when she died of pneumonia and bronchitis. After Now and Then, she had a few small roles in other movies and TV shows before deciding to quit acting in 1997.
Now and Then will always be what I think of when I see these actresses in their current roles. It’s amazing to see how much they have grown and changed in the 20 years since that pivotal film was released!