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?


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.