christmas film stars

This is what Joanna from Love Actually looks like now

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  • From the little boy in Love Actually to the then unknown Zooey Deschanel in Elf, here’s what your favourite Christmas film stars look like now…

    Watching the best Christmas movies is a well known holiday tradition, with families re-watching the same age-old classics year after year. Whether it was Home Alone or Love Actually, we grew up with the characters, idolising them in our youth and now watching them back with nostalgia – maybe that’s why it’s so difficult to differentiate the Christmas film characters from the actors who play them.

    To us, David Krumholtz will always be an elf and Macaulay Culkin will forever be a young boy terrorising burglars –  making their adult transformations a lot more surprising. (Especially in the case of Macaulay Culkin, who has since made a twisted Home Alone parody which will pretty much ruin the holiday season.)

    But what’s the difference between our favourite Christmas film actors then and now?

    Remember sweet little Cindy Lou from Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas? With her adorable outfits, rosy cheeks and that fabulous plaited updo? What if we told you she went from Grinch to grunge, now the front-woman of the rock and roll band, The Pretty Reckless?

    Or what about our favourite Love Actually couple, primary school classmates Sam and Joanna? We all remember them giving us unrealistic young love goals as he ran through an airport to catch her before her flight – no school relationship could ever compete. What if we told you Joanna (Olivia Olson), now 24, is a YouTuber starring as Marceline in Adventure Time and that Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), now 26, has racked up credits in Game of Thrones and Wolf Hall?

    And spoiler alert – Mara Wilson, little Susan Walker from Miracle on 34th Street, is no longer seven years old and 3ft tall – I know, we were shocked too. She’s now almost 30, devoting her time to writing, recently coming out as bisexual after the Orlando Shootings earlier this year, in support of the LGBT community.

    Yes, like we said, Christmas film star transformations are the most surprising. However that said, we’ve also been surprised by a few famous faces in our child actors then and now gallery (Viktor Krum? Is that really you?).

    Scroll through below to find out what your other favourite Christmas film actors are up to nowadays…

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