The Cast of 'The Parent Trap' Remake, Then and Now

8:30 AM 7/20/2018

by Deirdre Durkan

The '90s iteration of the Hayley Mills classic celebrates its 22nd anniversary.


Twenty-two years ago, Lindsay Lohan made her film debut in the remake of The Parent Trap, playing identical twins Annie and Hallie.

The twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp. The pair elaborately and successfully scheme to reunite their parents and rekindle their romance after they secretly switch places.

A remake of the 1961 original Disney film starring Hayley Mills, which was an adaptation of an adaptation of Erich Kastner's novel Lottie and Lisa, the film was a box-office success and earned positive reviews, especially for its young star Lohan.

More than two decades later, fans still reminisce over the film that made Oreos dipped in peanut butter a childhood staple. 

To celebrate the film's 22nd anniversary, Katie Couric reunited the stars, along with writer-director Nancy Meyers and writer-producer Charles Shyer, on her Instagram channel, where they talked about favorite scenes, lines and memories from making the movie. Below, read on to see what the cast has been up to in the years since the movie hit theaters July 20, 1998.

  • Lindsay Lohan

    Hallie Parker/Annie James

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    Before Lindsay Lohan was Cady Heron in Mean Girls, her role in the 1998 classic playing the adorable redheaded twins, Annie and Hallie, brought her critical acclaim and commercial success. The film premiered when Lohan was just 12 years old.

    "I was so young, and it was just so fresh for me. It was my first movie audition. It was my first screen test, my first time in front of people like Nancy and Charles and on a sound stage," Lohan told Couric.

    After The Parent Trap, Lohan went on to star in a number of films, including Herbie Fully Loaded, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Freaky FridayMore recently, she's kept a lower profile, career-wise, notably starring in a docu-series for Oprah Winfrey and the OWN network in 2014; guest-starring on shows like Eastbound & Down and 2 Broke Girls; and starring in the short-lived MTV reality series Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club.

  • Dennis Quaid

    Nick Parker

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    Quaid plays the divorced father of Annie James and Hallie Parker, the latter of whom resides with him in Napa, Calif., where he owns a vineyard. When Annie meets him masquerading as Hallie, she learns he is engaged to gold digger Meredith Blake.

    "When it comes down to it, this movie just had some sort of stardust that was sprinkled on it," Quaid told Couric of the movie's enduring appeal.

    Quaid went on to star in several films, including Frequency, Far From Heaven and A Dog's Purpose. Next up, he has several films on tap, including portraying former President Ronald Reagan in Reagan.

  • Natasha Richardson

    Elizabeth James

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    Before The Parent Trap, Richardson won a Tony Award for best performance in a musical, a Drama Desk Award for outstanding actress in a musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret. In The Parent Trap, Richardson plays Annie and Hallie's mother, who resided in London and worked as a famous wedding dress designer. She went on to star in films including Waking Up in Reno and Maid in Manhattan.

    On March 16, 2009, at age 45, Richardson died from a head injury while skiing.

    "Natasha had such an elegance and grace and she was so maternal to me," Lohan told Couric of her onscreen mom. 

  • Elaine Hendrix

    Meredith Blake

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    Hendrix plays Meredith Blake, a publicist from San Francisco whom Nick hired before they later became engaged. She earns the nickname "Cruella" from the twins, who desperately want to get their parents back together.

    "Let's talk about this because, at the time, yes, she was a nightmare," Hendrix told Couric. "But Meredith has really come around now. There's the whole generation who thinks Meredith is #goals. There was this online campaign and hashtag #JusticeforMeredithBlake. And I'm like, right on, yes! Meredith is getting her dues."

    Hendrix started her career as a professional dancer, before an injury led her to pursue acting. She was a hip-hop dancer rap videos for M.C. Hammer, Whodini, Keith Sweat and Cameo. She also starred in Get Smart, Good Intentions and Inspector Gadget 2. She recently played the role of Alexis Carrington in the CW's reboot of Dynasty.