“Family Matters’” star Jaleel White who co-starred on the big screen with Amanda speaks out on her public downward spiral. Then, she was the original Matilda, now Mara Wilson says she knows why some former child stars are out of control. Plus, from “Full House” to “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” the former child stars who survived and thrived growing up in Hollywood. And, he stole our hearts in ”Jerry Maguire,” but what’s Jonathan Lipnicki like now that he’s all grown up.
Is there anything cuter than a precocious child delivering one-liners on the big or small screen? Do you ever wonder where those kids from childhood shows and movies have ended up? Wonder no more, because Katie is talking to some of your favorite child stars, beginning with Jaleel White, the guy who made it chic to be a geek as Steve Urkel on Family Matters.
“She has no clue the train is not on the tracks right now.” –Jaleel White
@katiecouric I’m loving Jaleel White! He’s still so very handsome! So proud of his career! :D Thank you for having him on Katie!
— KiLovely1 #MH #IMx(@KiLovely1) June 3, 2013
Everyone remembers the Oscar-winning film Jerry Maguire for its all-star cast including Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr. But the film’s tiniest star, 6-year-old Jonathan Lipnicki, stole our hearts as Renee’s adorable son Ray. Now, Jonathan is all grown up and combining his acting chops with jiu-jitsu chops.
“I’m a normal person.” –Jonatha Lipnicki
— Samantha Messner (@Sam61_RYP) June 3, 2013
In the 1990s, Candace Cameron starred on Full House. It was appointment viewing on Friday nights and a top-ten hit that redefined family as a dad and two uncles raised three young girls. Candace was the big sister, D.J. Tanner, who played out all her awkward teenage years on national TV.
“It wasn’t about securing the next job or making more money or becoming famous.” –Candace Cameron
— Amanda Luongo (@ALuo91) June 3, 2013
Everyone fell in love with Mara Wilson in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, the remake of Miracle on 34th Street, and, of course, in Matilda. With a huge career already under her belt, at 13 she gave it all up. And although many of us will always think of her as the adorable little girl with the lisp, Mara Wilson is now all grown up and looking at life from a different angle.
“Attention is like a drug to them.” –Mara Wilson
— Haylie (@halcyonranger) June 3, 2013
Karyn Parsons may have traded in Bel Air for Brooklyn, but for many she will always be Will Smith’s spoiled cousin, Hilary Banks, on the hit show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
“We had good chemistry, we liked each other.” –Karyn Parsons
— bleugrass (@bleugrass) June 3, 2013
Since Katie is sitting down with TV’s hottest stars from the 80s and 90s, she thought she would have a little fun and test their sitcom knowledge with a game called TV’s Throwback Showdown.
Watching @katieshow ! All these childhood stars I grew up watching, so amazing seeingthem now!
— laurie (@laurieofchicago) June 3, 2013