Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Jake Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Stanton Daily. Posted by Jake Frost
June 21, 1973
1991 - Present
Currently Known For:
A Million Little Pieces
Cape Fear, Natural Born Killers, What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Certain celebrities seem to be much younger than you think as they’ve been around seemingly forever. These celebs tend to get their start in fame at a young age, which includes the likes of Juliette Lewis. Dating back to her teenage years in the 1980s, Lewis has regularly been acting and even involved in music as a rock singer. For more than 30 years now, Lewis has been a popular name in Hollywood.
Lewis was born on June 21, 1973 in Los Angeles, and came from a somewhat notable family. Her father, Geoffrey Lewis, had been an actor that appeared in films such as “Double Impact” and “Maverick”. Growing up, Lewis would be released in a large household where she had eight total brothers and sisters, including actor Lightfield. Like her father and brother, Lewis would get involved in acting, taking up the profession at a very young age.
Lewis’s career got started up in 1987 when she was in her early teenage years, landing a starring role as Katie Ferrell on the sitcom “I Married Dora”. The series would last for just 13 episodes, though, being cancelled in 1988. The same year she started acting, Lewis would appear in the TV film “Home Fires”, and then had a brief recurring role on the popular series “The Facts of Life”. She was also on film in the 1980s, wrapping up with the decade with several roles that included playing Chevy Chase’s daughter Audrey in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.
Having already appeared on television and showing some acting chops, Lewis would land a brief role on the popular coming of age series, “The Wonder Years”. She’d make her first appearance in the 1989 episode “Summer Song” as Delores. It was a role that lasted for four episodes, with her final appearance coming in the 1990 episode “She, My Friend and I”. It was sort of a “blink and you’ll miss it” type of role, and added Lewis to the list of eventual successful actors that had appearances on “The Wonder Years” during their youth.
Following her role on “The Wonder Years”, Lewis would get her big break at just 18 years old. In 1991, she played the role of Danielle Bowden in the Martin Scorsese film “Cape Fear” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, as well as an Oscar nomination. Though she didn’t win either one, it was clear that she had the talent to become a star. Throughout the rest of the 1990s, Lewis would leave behind TV for the big screen, and had memorable appearances in movies such as “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, “Natural Born Killers” and “The Basketball Diaries”.
Lewis would finish the decade with an unfortunate Golden Raspberry nomination for 1999’s “The Other Sister”, but that hasn’t seemed to affect her career negatively. She’d appear in movies during the early 2000s such as “Old School” and “Starsky & Hutch”, while returning to TV for films that earned her Emmy nominations in “My Louisiana Sky” and “Hysterical Blindness”. Around this time, Lewis would also start her own rock band, known as Juliette and the Licks. After five years together, Lewis would go solo, and has released five total albums with the most recent coming with 2016’s “Future Deep”.
Lewis has continued to be busy both on the big screen and on television, having had several roles over the past few years. In 2013, Lewis and the rest of the cast for “August: Osage County” would be nominated for Best Ensemble by the Screen Actors Guild, and she’s starred in several films since then. Among them has been “Jem and the Holograms”, as well as “Kelly & Cal” and “Nerve”. Coming up, Lewis will also be starring in “Back Roads” and has a role in the film adaptation of “A Million Little Pieces”.
Meanwhile, on television, Lewis would star in the 2012 series “The Firm” that aired on NBC, but was cancelled after the first season. Since then, Lewis has had a starring role on the series “Secrets and Lies” that aired on ABC, while having guest appearances on “Wayward Pines” and “Graves”. Coming up, Lewis has a role on the series “Camping” that will air on HBO, starring Jennifer Garner and David Tennant.
Lewis has also kept up with her music career and when she’s not acting, is often touring or writing new music. “Music is kind of my everything,” she said. “I can write a song in the back of the bus, where I am right now, or in my living room, and I can perform it that night and have an instant reciprocal exchange – an emotional impactful exchange – and it’s a less technical medium,” she said. “It’s a pure expression from my soul to other souls. With movies and TV, storytelling, it’s a different medium. I really love it, but I’m one part of many, many pieces of that puzzle and a lot of it is out of my control.”