Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
The Little Rascals, Inhumanoid
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1994 - Present
February 27, 1989
The Little Rascals, Inhumanoid
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If you were raised in the 1990s, there’s a good chance that you remember the “Little Rascals” movie. Even though it was an adaptation of a show that came out many decades prior to the film, it became a classic for youngsters of the decade. Thanks to the “hi sign” and the signature characters’ styles, the “Little Rascals” movie is fondly remembered. One of the characters that’s remembered the most is Darla, who was played by Brittany Ashton Holmes. She didn’t stick around in acting for very long, but don’t worry, Holmes’s story isn’t one of tragedy after leaving the child acting scene.Advertisements:
Holmes was born in California on February 27, 1989 and still lives there to this day. Living in the southern part of the state, Holmes didn’t have to wait long until she started acting. She was appearing in commercials from an early age and then started to land film roles, including her first very memorable role.
In 1994, Holmes made her debut in the kid-centric film “The Little Rascals”, which was an adaptation of the famous show “Our Gang” from the early 20th century. Holmes played the role of Darla, the object of affection of characters like Alfalfa and Spanky. The film is still a big hit to this day for those that grew up in the mid 1990s, and it was a success at the box office, as well, pulling in nearly $70 million. When asked if she wanted to be an actress following “Little Rascals”, Holmes said that “I want to be a star cause...I wanna see myself on the movies and I want to be an artist.
The following year, Holmes made her television debut when she appeared on an episode of “Ellen” and also had a television movie with “Red Shoe Diaries”. Holmes remained busy the following year with a trio of TV movies with “Humanoids from the Deep”, “Circuit Breaker” and “Death Benefit”. Then, Holmes had walked away from acting. It would be nearly 20 years before she appeared on screen again, with her only role since 1996 coming in 2014’s TV movie “We Hate Paul Revere” where she played a townslady.
Holmes earned some recognition for her work during her brief career, as well. In 1995, she was with the rest of the cast for “The Little Rascals” to win the Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture. The following year, Holmes was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten by the same awards show for her performance on “Ellen”.
Acting wasn’t really something that Holmes ended up being interested in throughout the rest of her childhood. “I was (an) actress when I was little and did this movie called ‘Little Rascals,’” she once wrote. “It’s, like, really embarrassing to watch and I don’t want to act anymore.” She maintains a rather private life these days, having a Twitter account but hasn’t posted anything to her less than 2,000 followers.
In 2014, Holmes reunited with the rest of the “Little Rascals” cast for the 20th anniversary of the film’s release. “Everybody still has that core ‘Rascal’ inside of them,” Holmes said during their reunion. “The whole movie was a dream,” she added. Instead of acting for an extended period, Holmes ultimately decided to stay in Los Angeles and attend college, working on a degree in political science.
When it comes to child actors, almost everybody becomes well versed in everything about their lives. From who their parents are and their jobs to where they live, but that hasn’t been the case for Holmes. Instead, her family maintained a very private life and stayed away from the spotlight, which is really rare for someone that grew up in front of the camera. Now entering her 30s, Holmes still maintains that privacy, and you might not recognize her from her “Little Rascals” days. Now sporting blonde hair instead of brown hair, Holmes has distanced herself a bit from her acting career.
Holmes is now married, as well, but not to any of her “Little Rascals” co-stars much to the dismay of fans of the film. In fact, it’s not widely known who her husband even is, showing how serious she is about keeping things private. While she was in high school, Holmes had been working at a local Starbucks location in Los Angeles and was playing soccer, showing her ability to blend in after finding fame early on.
Nobody will forget that amazing adaptation of Darla in “The Little Rascals”, though. For those that are able to recognize her from when she was just five years old, it will always be something that Holmes is identified with. After all, the film is still quoted to this day and there are a lot of people that own the DVD (or maybe even VHS tape) or watch it on television. Remember, even President Donald Trump played a role in the movie, so the film will likely appear in the Library of Congress, meaning that Holmes’s role will be immortalized.
With her experience in political science, Holmes might follow down the same path as one of her co-stars. If she chose to run for office at some point, she would have a good chance to win thanks to the recognition of voters that remember her from commercials and, of course, her famous film role that’s remembered fondly by many.