Ariana Richards, 42, the child from Jurassic Park is all grown up


All grown up! Ariana Richards, 42, who was 13 when she starred in 1993’s Jurassic Park, is glamorous at Jurassic World: Dominion premiere… after quitting Hollywood in 2013 to become a painter

She played the curious and computer savvy child Lex in the 1993 movie Jurassic Park, which was the first flick from the famed film franchise.

And on Monday evening Ariana Richards proved she is all grown up as she appeared on the carpet at the Jurassic World: Dominion premiere at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood that also saw Laura Dern, Chris Pratt and Jeff Goldblum attend.

The 42-year-old blonde beauty cut a sophisticated figure in a black suit with high heels.

It has been nine years since she quit Hollywood to pursue a career as a painter. 

There she is! She was in the 1993 movie Jurassic Park. And on Monday evening Ariana Richards proved she is all grown up as she appeared on the carpet at the Jurassic World: Dominion premiere at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood

There she is! She was in the 1993 movie Jurassic Park. And on Monday evening Ariana Richards proved she is all grown up as she appeared on the carpet at the Jurassic World: Dominion premiere at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood

These days: The star is now 42-years-old

Back then: When Jurassic Park came out she was only 13

Now and then: She is now 42, left, but when Jurassic Park came out she was only 13

The premiere also saw Jurassic fans fans Heidi Klum, Christina Milian and Lindsey Vonn attend.

Ariana played Lex Murphy in the 1993 hit film from director Steven Spielberg.

The film was about a rich old man named Hammond who opens a theme park with real dinosaurs he secretly bred in South America.

Having a blast: The star, who works as a painter now after giving up acting in 2013, had fun at the splashy premiere

Having a blast: The star, who works as a painter now after giving up acting in 2013, had fun at the splashy premiere

A good time: The former actress pretended to be scared while opening her mouth wide

A good time: The former actress pretended to be scared while opening her mouth wide

But when a team comes to see the park first hand all hell breaks loose as the dinos break free of their cages and try to gobble up humans.

Lex was the grandchild of Hammond who is so savvy with a computer that she knows how to run the park’s controls, thus helping the group survive.

Before Jurassic Park she had starred on several TV shows like My Sister Sam, Island Son, Walter & Emily and Capitol Critters.

The big film: In Jurassic Park with Laura Dern and Sam Neill as well as Joseph Mazzello who played her brother Tim

The big film: In Jurassic Park with Laura Dern and Sam Neill as well as Joseph Mazzello who played her brother Tim

All fear in this film: She wanted to scream but Neill held a hand over her mouth

All fear in this film: She wanted to scream but Neill held a hand over her mouth

A quiet moment: Here she is seen with Neill and Mazzello checking out dinos

A quiet moment: Here she is seen with Neill and Mazzello checking out dinos

After Jurassic Park she was briefly in the film’s sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997.

After that she was seen in the TV movie The Princess Stallion (1997) and Broken Silence (1998).

In 2013 she starred in her last project, the TV movie Battledogs with Dennis Haysbert.

Along the way she educated herself. In 2001 she graduated from Skidmore College where she picked up a degree in Fine Art and Drama. She then took classes at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

The star now works as a painter. 

She wed Mark Aaron Bolton in Oregon in January 2013. The couple have a daughter who was born in 2015. 

A thrill a minute: Here a dino tries to find Lex and her brother as they hide in a kitchen

A thrill a minute: Here a dino tries to find Lex and her brother as they hide in a kitchen

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