If you’re like us, you’ve watched the same holiday movies for most of your life, year after year. After all, nothing quite gets you in the holiday spirit like spending some quality time with the Griswolds or fantasizing about your own Red Ryder BB gun. We decided to pay a visit to the real holiday classics, and find out just what ever happened to little Ralphie and Kevin McCallister. Here’s a look at our favorite holiday movie kids, all grown up.
Home Alone / Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister: At the height of his fame, Macaulay Culkin was regarded as the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple. He was also known for his strange friendship with the late Michael Jackson and for dating Mila Kunis from 2004-2001. In 2004, he was arrested on drug charges, and though has appeared in other roles, has not since seen the success that the Home Alone franchise brought him as a child actor. Today, Culkin is 32 years old, and according to sources (the internet), is lonely and depressed, and has appeared frail and pale. In September 2012, he appeared in a YouTube video explaining how he turned his apartment into a painting studio.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas / Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who: As a child, Taylor Momsen appeared in other children’s movies, but her breakout role was Cindy Lou Who. You may know her as Gossip Girl‘s Jenny Humphrey. Today, Taylor Momsen is something of a rock star, fronting the band The Pretty Reckless, wearing too much eyeliner and often not wearing pants.
Miracle on 34th Street / Mara Wilson as Susan Walker: Mara Wilson is known for her roles as a child in many family-friendly blockbusters like Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, and Miracle on 34th Street. She has since abandoned film acting but continues to appear in theatre. Although she appears to have grown up, she still looks exactly the same.
The Santa Clause / Eric Lloyd as Charlie Calvin: Eric also played young Fred Savage on The Wonder Years as a toddler, but is best known for The Santa Clause trilogy, alongside Tim Allen, and for his role in Dunston Checks In, alongside a monkey. We hear he’s the cousin of actress Alyssa Milano, but haven’t heard much else from him lately. Today, he’s 26 years old and probably still hanging with Dunston.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation / Juliette Lewis as Audrey Griswold: Juliette Lewis has had, and still has, a long career in television, movies, and music. She’s known for notable performance is films such as Cape Fear, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Starsky and Hutch, to name a few, for fronting the band Juliette and the Licks, and for dating Brad Pitt in the early 1990’s, who is ten years her senior. Though she has aged astonishingly well, today Juliette Lewis is pushing 40 and is a member of the Church of Scientology.
A Christmas Story / Peter Billingsley as Ralphie: Peter Billingsley began his acting career as an infant, starring in over 100 commercials. He is best known for his portrayal of Ralphie in A Christmas Story, a movie that took years to build its popularity, but is now broadcast for 24 hours on TBS over Christmas Eve and Christmas. He has since had a long and successful career, but will always be Ralphie to most of us. In fact, he is still regularly approached on the street with a simple “you’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”
Though they’re all grown up, they’ll always be Kevin, Ralphie, and Cindy Lou Who to us. They can pile on the eyeliner and the Scientology, but the innocent child actors will live on in our hearts and in our favorite holiday movies.