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Wes Anderson's Child Actors: Where Are They Now?

Updated October 13, 2018 8.0k views24 items

You've heard it before: the life of a child actor can be difficult. It's a cliche, but also often true. Of the many kids to star in Wes Anderson movies, only a few have had success on the level of Rushmore's Jason Schwartzman, who went on to star in I Heart Huckabees, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, and may other films. Most of the children on this list found other careers, or moved to different parts of the entertainment industry. 

In addition to his hyper stylized aesthetic and quirky characters, Wes Anderson is famous for often casting child actors in their debut roles. If you're curious about what happened to these kids from Anderson's films, click through this slideshow. You'll learn what they've been up to since getting their start.
  • Max Fisher

    Max Fisher
    Photo: Columbia Pictures
    Prior to Rushmore, Jason Schwartzman had never appeared in a movie, despite being the nephew of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and cousin to Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Cage. On the last day of Rushmore casting in Los Angeles, Schwartzman auditioned wearing a Rushmore Academy blazer he designed himself. Apparently it worked.  
    • Since Rushmore, Schwartzman has been a frequent collaborator of Anderson's, appearing in many of his films, as well as movies such as Slackers, I Heart Huckabees, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. He also played in the bands Phantom Planet and Coconut Records.
      • Credits (Film): Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox
      • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
      • Age: 40

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    • Sam

      Photo: Columbia Pictures
      Jared Gilman made his acting debut at the age of 13, playing the lead role in 2012's Moonrise Kingdom. In 2013, he was nominated for Best Leading Young Actor In A Feature Film at the Young Artist Awards. 
      • Jared Gilman
        Photo: EBF Productions
        Since Moonrise Kingdom, Jared Gilman appeared in 2013's Elsa & Fred, 2014's Two-Bit Waltz, and 2016's Paterson. He also made an appearance in a Verizon commercial. He also writes, directs, and acts in short films
        • Credits (Film): Moonrise Kingdom
        • Birthplace: New Jersey, United States of America
        • Age: 21