‘Jurassic Park’ star Ariana Richards is grown up

In 1993 Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” took the world by storm and Ariana Richards was just along for the ride.

At only 14, the young girl starred as the park creator’s granddaughter and now, speaking with Yahoo UK, updates fans on what’s going on now, but had to explain how she even got the role.

“That’s actually an interesting story. I had been acting since I was six-years-old so Steven Spielberg had seen me in some other films. He liked my work and wanted me to come in. It was a very unusual audition. It was just a video tape of me screaming… They said just show us how completely freaked out you can be when a T-Rex is coming to kill you.”

“Steven told me later (after I got the job) that he was on the couch looking at the tapes with Kate (Capshaw, his wife). Kate fell asleep. Steven looked through girl after girl and he came to me and I started screaming and Kate leapt off the couch apparently and ran into the hallway to see if the kids were OK. Apparently that was a big help.”

Later she explains that she went to college and put actor on the back burner.

“”I went to college! I had to put a hold on acting and auditioning and everything and went to college to get my degree in drama and fine art which was a really neat experience for me. Then right after I was graduating from college the whole art thing kicked off (she won the US National Professional Oil Painting Competition in 2005). It was amazing! Some people don’t know that as well as acting I also love art and I am a painter.”

Check out the entire interview here

More on her acting career over at her site here, and artwork here

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