Lex From The Original 'Jurassic Park' Is Now An Award-Winning Artist

If we hadn't told you who this is in the headline, we reckon you'd struggle to place this woman.

But yep, sure enough, this is the actor who played Lex in the original two Jurassic Park films - except now she's all grown up.

It's been 25 years since Steven Spielberg's blockbuster hit cinemas, and the franchise is still ticking along nicely, now with Chris Pratt in the lead role.

In the films, Lex was a young teenager, all about her purple baseball cap and her bright green jelly. She was also in possession of the loudest, shriekiest scream in the history of cinema.

One of her most memorable scenes saw her trapped inside a jeep with a T-Rex staring straight through the window at her.

Ariana meets the special effects team behind the Jurassic Park franchise. Credit: Twitter
Ariana meets the special effects team behind the Jurassic Park franchise. Credit: Twitter

Shortly after this, a man is ripped apart while sat on the loo.

Honestly, they just don't make films like this any more.

Ariana Richards, who was just 12 years old when she played Lex, is now a successful artist and has left the big screen behind her.

Her work is usually impressionist oil paintings of landscapes and figures and has won awards.

She also starred in sci-fi horror movie Tremors way back in 1990.

She's not the only child actor to branch out into other art forms - Macaulay Culkin from Home Alone is now a podcaster and musician, Mara Wilson from Matilda is a budding author, and Aileen Quinn from Annie is now a full-time musician.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Slightly more recognisable is her on-screen brother, played by Joseph Mazzello, who has gone on to appear in The Social Network, Raising Helen, and Person of Interest.

He's soon to pop up in Bohemian Rhapsody, a biographical film about the band Queen, as bassist John Deacon.

The adult actors from the dinosaur film franchise also went on to have massive success - Jeff Goldblum is an acting legend who still appears in the newer films, Laura Dern has popped up in the new Star Wars films as well as the TV series Big Little Lies, and Samuel L. Jackson is... well, he's Samuel L. Jackson.

Ariana's Twitter feed is mostly her reminiscing over her time with the dinosaur blockbuster, as well as sharing her impressive artwork.

Featured Image Credit: Universal Pictures / Jurassic Park

Daisy Jackson

Daisy Jackson is a freelance writer, who has previously worked at Shortlist Media and Trinity Mirror. She has written about the Manchester terror attacks and appeared on BBC Five live to discuss the aftermath, as well as interviewing an orthopaedic surgeon in Syria.

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