Child actors: nice to see Whale Rider’s Keisha Castle-Hughes getting work in The Almighty Johnsons

Do you ever have those “Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?” moments when watching an actor in a movie, where eventually you realise that you’ve seen them when they were a child?

Evan Rachel-Wood in Practical Magic.

Evan Rachel Wood in Practical Magic

Who’s now been in True Blood, amongst other things.

Evan Rachel-Wood

Or Lukas Haas, that nice little Amish boy in Witness.

Lukas Haas in Witness

He was the crap gang member in Inception.

Lukas Haas in Inception

Then there’s Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel, who have been in everything and were in fact in everything when they were kids, too.

Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel

Then there’s Kirsten Dunst in Interview with a Vampire:

Kirsten Dunst in Interview with a Vampire

Who was in all three Spider-man movies and in Melancholia:

Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia

And of course Claire Danes was Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and is now doing very nicely for herself in Homeland:

Claire Danes in Romeo and Juliet

Claire Danes in Homeland

Anyway, I’ve been having one of those moments while watching New Zealand show The Almighty Johnsons and finally, I’ve worked out where I’ve seen Keisha Castle-Hughes (aka Gaia) before:

Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia in The Almighty Johnsons

She was, of course, the youngest person ever to receive a Best Actress nomination at the Oscars for Whale Rider all of 10 years ago now:

Keisha Castle-Hughes

My how time flies, doesn’t it? (Of course, Cliff Curtis from Whale Rider has been finding work in the US with Trauma and now Missing.)

Here’s the trailer for it and after the jump, you can watch the whole movie – aren’t I good to you?




  • Keisha C-H played Mary in a film about the Nativity. It didn't do very well, because when she was started doing publicity for it she was – gasp! – pregnant by someone she – no! yes! – wasn't married to.

    Christians. Funny lot, some of them.

  • Electric Dragon

    The title of that Almighty Johnsons Youtube is a bit spoilery for those of us watching on SkifFy UK pace. <spoiler>Even if we all knew it was bound to happen sooner or later.</spoiler>

  • Toby O'Brien

    I had that same experience while watching the latest episode of 'Mad Men'.� The girl Don met backstage at the Stones concert was very familiar to me, but I just couldn't place her.� I'm hoping it was because she was “out of context” – not only different show, but different time period.� Because otherwise, my memory's really going.�

    It was Hayley McFarland, who played Tim Roth's daughter in 'Lie To Me', and that was only a year ago….

  • Toby O'Brien

    I had that same experience while watching the latest episode of 'Mad Men'.� The girl Don met backstage at the Stones concert was very familiar to me, but I just couldn't place her.� I'm hoping it was because she was “out of context” – not only different show, but different time period.� Because otherwise, my memory's really going.�

    It was Hayley McFarland, who played Tim Roth's daughter in 'Lie To Me', and that was only a year ago….

  • Toby O'Brien

    I had that same experience while watching the latest episode of 'Mad Men'.� The girl Don met backstage at the Stones concert was very familiar to me, but I just couldn't place her.� I'm hoping it was because she was “out of context” – not only different show, but different time period.� Because otherwise, my memory's really going.�

    It was Hayley McFarland, who played Tim Roth's daughter in 'Lie To Me', and that was only a year ago….

  • Sorry, that was literally the only TAJ video I could find on YouTube with her in it that wasn't even more spoilery.

    PS�We're using s tags rather than spoiler tags for spoilers now. Disqus is picky

  • Stuart Nathan

    Keisha C-H played Mary in a film about the Nativity. It didn’t do very well, because when she was started doing publicity for it she was – gasp! – pregnant by someone she – no! yes! – wasn’t married to.

    Christians. Funny lot, some of them.

  • Electric Dragon

    The title of that Almighty Johnsons Youtube is a bit spoilery for those of us watching on SkifFy UK pace. Even if we all knew it was bound to happen sooner or later.

    • Sorry, that was literally the only TAJ video I could find on YouTube with her in it that wasn’t even more spoilery.

      PS We’re using s tags rather than spoiler tags for spoilers now. Disqus is picky

  • tobyob

    I had that same experience while watching the latest episode of ‘Mad Men’.  The girl Don met backstage at the Stones concert was very familiar to me, but I just couldn’t place her.  I’m hoping it was because she was “out of context” – not only different show, but different time period.  Because otherwise, my memory’s really going. 

    It was Hayley McFarland, who played Tim Roth’s daughter in ‘Lie To Me’, and that was only a year ago….

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