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The Cast Of “Now & Then” Decades Later: How Have They Changed?

If you can believe it, ‘Now and Then’ is 27 years old today. Even after more than two decades, this film remains a fan favorite. See Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, and other cast members before and after.

Now and Then is one of those timeless coming-of-age stories. The film, created by I. Marlene King, the author of Pretty Little Liars, was released on October 20, 1995. Even after 25 years, the female-led cast remains tremendously popular.

The majority of the cast went on to have amazing roles and opportunities. Unfortunately, Ashleigh Aston Moore, who played Chrissy when she was younger, died in 2007 at the age of 26. Discover the rest of the cast’s makeovers and where they are now.

#1 Ashleigh Aston Moore

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Young Chrissy Dewitt was played by Ashleigh Aston Moore. Following the release of Now and Then, she appeared in the films The Grave and A Friend’s Betrayal. Her last appearance was in 1997. It was a cameo appearance on Touched by an Angel. Ashleigh died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2007. She was 26 years old at the time.

#2 Christina Ricci

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Christina Ricci, 40, featured in Casper the same year she played young Roberta. She later co-starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp. She was praised for her portrayal in the 2003 drama Monster. Christina made a memorable appearance on Grey’s Anatomy in a two-part episode in 2006. She has also appeared in productions such as Pan Am and Z: The Beginning of Everything. Percy, her most recent film, will be released in October 2020. Christina married James Heerdegen in 2013, and the couple had a son. Christina requested a divorce in July 2020.

#3 Thora Birch

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Thora Birch, 38, played Teeny, Melanie’s character’s younger sister. She rose to prominence as Jane Burnham in the 1999 film American Beauty. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 2001 film Ghost World. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her performance in Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story. Thora stepped away from acting in the mid-2000s. She has now returned to acting, most recently as Gamma/Mary on The Walking Dead.

#4 Gaby Hoffmann

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Gaby Hoffmann, 38, played Samantha Albertson’s adolescent counterpart. Gaby had a handful of cinematic roles in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She appeared in several Broadway productions, including 24 Hours Plays and Surburbia. Gaby appeared in a number of episodes of Girls from 2014 to 2017. From 2014 until 2019, she portrayed Ali Pfefferman in the Amazon series Transparent. Gaby and her longterm lover Chris Dapkins have a daughter.

#5 Rita Wilson

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Rita Wilson, 63, played the endearing but domineering Chrissy Dewitt. Rita has been in films such as Jingle All the Way, Runaway Bride, It’s Complicated, and Larry Crowne since Now and Then. She has appeared in episodes of The Good Wife and Girls. She is best known for producing the 2002 smash song My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Rita has published several albums, the most recent of which, Halfway to Home, was released in 2019. In 2006, she made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the revival of Chicago.

Rita and Tom Hanks have been married since 1988. Chet and Truman are their two children. Tom reported in March 2020 that he and Rita had contracted COVID-19 while in Australia. They recovered and returned to the United States later that month.

#6 Rosie O’Donnell

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Rosie O’Donnell, 58, played the tough older version of Roberta Martin. From 1996 to 2002, Rosie hosted her own talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, following Now and Then. She won several Emmys during the show’s existence. From 2006 to 2007, she was a co-host on The View. In 2014, she returned for 5 months. From 2017 through 2019, Rosie appeared in the Showtime sitcom SMILF. She has appeared in a number of TV and film roles over the years. Rosie recently co-starred in the HBO limited series I Know This Much Is True alongside Mark Ruffalo.

#7 Melanie Griffith

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Melanie Griffith, 63, played Tina “Teeny” Tercell’s gorgeous adult counterpart. Melanie won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for her role in Buffalo Girls, which aired the same year as Now and Then. She has appeared in films such as Lolita, Crazy in Alabama, and others over the years. In 2003, she made her Broadway debut in the production of Chicago. She left the industry in the early 2000s but returned in the 2010s. In 2014, she co-starred in the film Autómata with her now-ex Antonio Banderas, and in 2019, she played an acting instructor in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. Melanie most recently appeared in the 2020 film The High Note alongside her daughter, Dakota.

#8 Demi Moore

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Demi Moore, 57, played Samantha Albertson’s elder self in Now and Then, which she also produced. Demi appeared in The Scarlet Letter in the same month as Now and Then, in October 1995. Demi became the highest-paid actress in film history when she received $12.5 million for her role in Striptease in 1996. She has also appeared in films such as G.I. Jane, Bobby, Margin Call, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and others. She played Esmerelda in the Hunchback of Notre Dame films. Demi has appeared in Empire and Brave New World on multiple occasions. She is going to star in Dirty Diana, an Amazon series based on the popular podcast.

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