The Haunting of Hill House, a modern take on the eponymous Shirley Jackson novel, has officially become a classic. The 2018 Netflix original series has garnered praise from critics and audiences alike. Featuring hidden ghosts lurking in the corners of frames, superb acting talent, and skillful direction by Mike Flanagan, the series tells the story of the Crains, a family that flips houses for a living. When the Crains make their way to Hill House, they come to learn that some things cannot be fixed.
The show bounces between two different time periods in the Crains' lives: 1992 and present day. In the 1992 timeline, Olivia and Hugh Crain (Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas) take their five children to live in Hill House as they begin their renovation. While the Crains are at the house, strange incidents and outright tragedies befall the family, informing the lives of the children as adults and their relationship with their father.
Most people who have watched the show may recognize some of the cast members from their previous work, but perhaps other actors flew under the radar.
Role in The Haunting of Hill House: Young Shirley Crain
Lulu Wilson plays the younger version of Shirley Crain, a level-headed girl terrorized by the mysterious thuds that echo throughout her room at night.
Wilson is no stranger to the horror genre - or her fellow Hill House co-stars. Prior to her role in the Netflix series, Wilson played Doris Zander, the daughter of Elizabeth Reaser's character in Mike Flanagan's Ouija: Origin of Evil. The actor who plays her Hill House father, Henry Thomas, portrayed Father Tom in Ouija, Doris's school principal intent on saving her from possession by demons summoned by the Ouija board.
In 2017, Wilson starred in Annabelle: Creation as Linda, a girl who realizes the possessed doll's terrible power. And in 2018, Wilson took on the role of Marian Crellin in Sharp Objects, an HBO series based on a best-selling book by Gillian Flynn.
Role in The Haunting of Hill House: Adult Theo Crain
Played by Kate Siegel, Theodora "Theo" Crain is perhaps the most intriguing of the siblings in Hill House. She discovers her special capabilities while in the house and internalizes her traumatic childhood events. As an adult, she makes the decision to heal others - but not herself.
In 2013, she landed a role in Mike Flanagan's Oculus, and in 2016, the pair got married. Since their union, Siegel has appeared in her husband's other projects, including Hush (2016), which she co-wrote; Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016); and Gerald's Game (2017).
Role in The Haunting of Hill House: Young Theo Crain
As a child, Theo Crain realizes she can pick up certain energies through touch. It's a gift that appears to pique Hill House's interest.
She might be young, but Mckenna Grace already has dozens of acting credits to her name. From 2013-2015, she appeared on the soap opera, The Young and the Restless, as Faith Newman before she moved on to ABC's Once Upon a Time, where she portrayed a young Emma from 2015-2017. She also starred alongside Chris Evans in 2017's Gifted.
Grace's most recognizable role may be as a young Tonya Harding in 2017's acclaimed biopic, I, Tonya. She hits the big screen again in 2019 as a young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel.
Role in The Haunting of Hill House: Adult Steven Crain
Perhaps best-known to audiences as Daario Naharis in HBO's Game of Thrones, Michiel Huisman plays Steven Crain, the oldest and most skeptical of the Crain children.
Before he was Daario, Huisman appeared in several international and domestic TV series and movies. Fans of the show Treme may recall his role as Sonny, whereas other TV buffs may recognize him as Liam McGuinnis in Nashville. He also starred opposite Blake Lively in 2015's The Age of Adaline, and had a lengthy run on Orphan Black as Cal Morrison from 2014-2015.