The Little Girl From 'Jurassic Park' Is All Grown Up and Pregnant!

by Raphael Chestang 5:58 PM PDT, June 12, 2015
Playing The Little Girl From 'Jurassic Park' Is All Grown Up and Pregnant!

Jurassic World is projected to rake in more than $100 million at the box office this weekend, so we caught up with one of the stars of the 1993 original movie Jurassic Park -- Ariana Richards.

Ariana played John Hammond's (Richard Attenborough) granddaughter, Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park -- a role that made her an international star. While the Jurassic World premiere earlier this week was star-studded, the actress -- now 35 years old -- was missing from the festivities, but with good reason.

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"My husband and I are expecting our first child," Ariana told ET via Skype. "I'm in South America right now on my art tour, so flying, at this point, is out of the question, but I am really excited to see Jurassic World."

Ariana still looks back fondly on her time shooting the iconic movie.

"When I think about it, I feel like it happened yesterday," she said.

Director Steven Spielberg knew he had to cast Ariana when he saw an audition tape of her screaming.

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"He brought the video to watch at home at night and his wife was asleep on the couch right next to the television and he had the sound turned down low," a young Ariana told ET back in 1993. "It comes to me and I start screaming and his wife absolutely leaps off the couch and she runs in her kid's room to see if they were okay. She was mad at him because she thought her kids were screaming."

Today, Ariana is a successful artist and painter. Check out the video to see the painting she did of the Jurassic Park jello scene in which she's attacked by velociraptors in a kitchen.

Jurassic World is out now.