In 1998 (almost 20 years ago!) Practical Magic premiered, flush with, well, magical fierceness and fabulosity. Stockard Channing, need I say more?! The movie also starred Dianne Weist, Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock as a family of quintessentially kooky witches who've been cursed - by their own ancestor nonetheless, #typical - so that any man they fall in love with literally dies. There's that very ominous beetle, remember?!
The movie also featured four young child stars - two playing Nicole and Sandra's characters Gillian and Sally as kids:
and two as grown-up Sandra's kids - yes, her on-screen husband died to the curse, so sad:
Fun fact: two of those child stars are still super famous! The other two... didn't stay in Hollywood. But that's OK, everyone needs to follow their own bliss. Here's where they're all at today.
Belle, now 30, starred in the film as a young Sally Owens. Her most iconic scene is when she dreams up the perfect man that can’t possibly exist (he is kind, can flip pancakes in the air and has one blue eye and one green eye) and then casts a spell on herself so that she can only fall in love with him. Even as a youngster she had high standards, which I completely respect.
Since her spell-bound days, she's appeared in an episode of western series Walker, Texas Ranger, lent her voice to The Wild Thornberrys and starred in horror flick When a Stranger Calls. She also played Baby in a strange Funny or Die video short, Dirty Dancing 3: Capoeira Nights, alongside Jesse Williams as Johnny.
Also, because it's always worth remembering this: between 2008 and 2009, Belle dated Joe Jonas (which was right after Jonas and Taylor Swift ended their four-month long tryst). Rumor has it that Swift’s “Better Than Revenge” is actually about Belle and, following the song's release, the pair also had some Twitter beef. Belle later weighed in on the Katy Perry vs. Taylor Twitter drama following the 2015 VMAs.
Lora Anne Criswell
Criswell, who played a young Gillian, has according to IMDB, only acted once more after her turn in Practical Magic. In 2001, she appeared in Mockingbird Don’t Sing, a biography that depicted the harrowing 1970 case of Katie Standon, a girl whose parents locked her in her room for 10 years without any human contact.
Instead, Lora Ann, 31, has become a musician. She was previously a member of One Monster After Another, and is now in alternative folk band Rail Yard Ghosts. She appears to sing and play the violin for the band:
They’re signed to All We’ve Got Records and describe their sound as “death grass.” You can listen to them on Spotify, and here they are covering TI’s “Whatever You Like,” making it significantly better.
Evan Rachel Wood
Wood played Kylie, Sally’s oldest daughter. Now 29, has a long list of acting credits to her name. Most notably, she starred in Across the Universe, played the recurring role of Sophie-Anne Leclerq in True Blood and currently acts as Dolores Abernathy, one of the main characters in HBO’s sci-fi drama Westworld.
Artrip, now 28, ended her acting career shortly after appearing as Antonia, Sally’s younger daughter, in Practical Magic. In fact, the bewitching film is the last credit she received as an actress. However, before her role as Antonia, she was in an episode of TV series Touched by an Angel as well as, like Belle, an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger.
These days, Alexandra - who goes by Lexi - works with clients at City Paper Company and lives in Oklahoma City. According to her Instagram, she’s really good at calligraphy and loves posting pics of her poodle (who has his own Insta also, because obviously).
Also, a bonus fun fact: Nicole Kidman was still married to Tom Cruise back when she made the movie. Here's them the year that Practical Magic premiered. Oh, how times have changed!
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