Once upon a time, these rookie actresses secured star parts in big TV series…but what are they doing now?
Gillian Anderson spent ten years solving the mysterious and unknown as special agent Dana Scully. The science fiction series was one of the most successful shows of the 1990s, grabbing the attention of almost 20 million viewers on average at its peak.
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully solved their last case in 2002 after 9 seasons. Anderson moved to London after the show wrapped up to concentrate on returning to stage. A successful career in England followed as she starred in a number of award winning films and shows, receiving an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie” for her performance as Lady Dedlock in the 2005 BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. She returned to her investigative roots in 2013 as she took the lead role in the BBC 2 show The Fall and has a prominent part in NBC’s hit show Hannibal. It has recently been announced that she will be teaming up with Mulder once more for a 6-episode reboot of The X-Files.
Born in New York, her career began as a child actress and model. She got her first role at 14 as Alice Tyler in the kids show Whiz Kids. The role helped her boost her credentials as a teen idol, resulting in her winning the role of Lynn Tanner in ALF. This turned out to be the role of her life as she played ALF’s “sister” from 1986-1990.
ALF was surprisingly cancelled in 1990 after four successful seasons. Elson went on to play numerous minor roles in film and TV but gave up on her acting career in order to concentrate on her real passion - yoga. She is now giving yoga classes in California, where she lives with her family.
After calling it a day on the show, Zima invested her time and energy into ridding herself of the innocent and sweet image she had been typecast with. She finally succeeded in 2007 with her role as the Lolita, Mia Lewis, in Californication.
As Kevin Arnold’s first true love, Winnie Cooper was the real star of The Wonder Years. Portaying growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, mixing the problems of being a teenager with the social issues of the time. The show was a hit between 1988 and 1993 as teens and parents alike could relate to the issues being dealt with. The first kiss between Kevin and Winnie was also the first ever kiss for Fred Savage and Danica.
Much to the surprise of her fans, Danica called it quits on her acting career after the show to study maths at The University of California. She now writes maths books for girls. It’s like Winnie Cooper come to life in real life.
After minor appearances in shows like Full House, it was the role of Topanga in Boy Meets World which finally got the ball rolling for the 12 year old. As the stereotypical daughter of a hippie family (Topanga Valley is one of the most important hippie havens in California) she began the show as the freaky outsider, but soon developed into the pretty youth that Cory (Ben Savage) falls head over heals for.
Danielle continued her career after the show’s last episode in 2000, taking roles in various films and TV shows, without real success in comparison to Boy Meets World. In an attempt to get her career back on track she formed the “dream team” once again in the 2014 spin-off Girl Meets World. In the show Cory and Topanga are married and have teenage children of their own. Will it be as successful as Boy Meets World? The jury is still out.