Nothing gets me more in the holiday spirit than watching a few of my favorite Christmas movies in the background while decorating our tree and wrapping gifts. It should come as no surprise that Love Actually is on that list of favorites. While watching the modern holiday classic for the umpteenth time, it dawned on me that the adorable kids who played Sam (Thomas Sangster) and Joanna (Olivia Olson) were probably young adults now. So naturally, I had to Google them to see what they were up to these days.
Sangster is now 22-years-old and Olson is 20. Both are still working in the entertainment industry and funny enough, the two worked together again since Love Actually. They reunited for Disney Channel’s animated series Phineas and Ferb where they both voiced characters. Before you see what other projects they’ve done, refresh your memory and watch a clip from the holiday movie below.
Sam’s school boy crush on Joanna was arguably the heart of the movie. They two of them were both too cute for words. Though they only appeared for a few moments together on screen, their airport scene is probably one of the film’s most unforgettable ones.
Since working on Love Actually, Thomas has worked consistently in both film and television. A few of his notable credits include Tristand and Isolde, Nanny McPhee and The Last Legion. As mentioned earlier, Sanster reunited with Olivia Olson on Phineas and Ferb. She’s not the only Love Actually cast member, he’s worked with again. He’s appeared onscreen with Emma Thompson twice and Colin Firth three times on other projects.
Thomas will next be seen in the upcoming season Game of Thrones playing Jojen Reed. Here’s a little fun fact of Sangster. He’s related to one of his Love Actually co-stars. Hugh Grant is his second cousin. I wonder if Grant had any say in his casting for the movie.
Olivia was adopted an early age and lives in Los Angeles. Her adopted father Martin Olson is a comedy writer. Though she wowed audiences with her adorable rendition of Mariah Carey’s modern-day Christmas classic, it actually could’ve been better. Her cover was so pitch-perfect, director Richard Curtis feared no one would believe a ten-year-old could sing this well. He sent Olivia to a vocal coach to train her to sing more believably. In other words, to turn it down a few notches.
She’s currently involved in two animated series, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Disney’s Phineas and Ferb. If you want to hear what the 20-year-old sounds like these days, Olivia has an official YouTube channel.
It’s good to see that these two young actors haven’t become Hollywood former child star clichés (yet). When was the last time you watched Love Actually? What was your favorite scene? Share your favorite moments below.