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‘The Parent Trap’ Remake — See The Cast 26 Years Later!

Learn what Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Lisa Ann Walter and the rest of the cast has been up to 


There is nothing quite like the 1998 hit movie The Parent Trap, which was a remake of the popular 1961 movie of the same name. It follows a pair of twins who meet each other for the first time and decide to swap places to try and get to know the parent that hasn’t been a part of their lives, eventually swapping back in the hopes of reuniting their parents.

All told, it has heart, humor, family and, of course, The Parent Trap cast, who have had some amazing journeys since the movie hit theaters 26 years ago. 

Want to rewatch the film? It is available for streaming on Disney+

The Parent Trap 1998—where are they now?

Lindsay Lohan as Hallie Parker and Annie James 

Lindsay Lohan as Hallie Parker and Annie James 
1998/2024; Steve Granitz / Contributor/Getty

Child star Lindsay Lohan played both Hallie Parker and Annie James in The Parent Trap (1996). It was her first major role, which was followed by starring parts in Get a Clue (2002), Freaky Friday (2003), Mean Girls (2004), Herbie Fully Loaded (2005), The Canyons (2013), Falling For Christmas (2022), Mean Girls (2024) and Irish Wish (2024). 

Lohan lives with her husband, Bader Shammas, in Los Angeles, California. They married in 2022 and have one child, Luai Shammas. She is also working on a film entitled Our Little Secret, which is set to be released later this year, and Freaky Friday 2, which is in pre-production. 

Did you know? She has two studio albums, Speak (2004) and A Little More Personal (Raw), which came out in 2005. 

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Natasha Richardson as Elizabeth James: The Parent Trap Cast

Natasha Richardson as Elizabeth James: The Parent Trap cast
1998/; Michael Loccisano / Staff/Getty

British actress and Tony winner Natasha Richardson started acting in 1968 with a very small role in The Charge of the Light Brigade. Her career continued to grow after that as she worked on projects like Every Picture Tells a Story (1984), Patty Hearst (1988), Past Midnight (1991) and Nell (1994). 

After The Parent Trap, Richardson appeared in Blow Dry (2001), Waking Up in Reno (2002), Maid in Manhattan (2002) and Wild Child (2008). She also did some voiceover work in the 2010 film The Wildest Dreams prior to her tragically dying in a 2009 skiing accident. The film was released after her death. 

Did you know? She was married to Liam Neeson from 1994 to her death in 2009. They had two children together. 

Dennis Quaid as Nick Parker 

Dennis Quaid as Nick Parker 
1998/; Mindy Small / Stringer/Getty

Born on April 9, 1954 in Houston, Texas, Dennis Quaid is no stranger to the silver screen. He has 113 credits and counting to his name, the first one being Crazy Mama in 1975. His other notable titles before The Parent Trap include The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981), Jaws 3-D (1983), Wilder Napalm (1993), Wyatt Earp (1994) and Everything That Rises (1998). 

Then, after playing everyone’s favorite father, Nick Parker, Quaid was in Traffic (2000), Flight of the Phoenix (2004), Horsemen (2009), The Special Relationship (2010), Footloose (2011), What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012), A Dog’s Purpose (2017), I Can Only Imagine (2018) and The Hill (2023). He also released his first album in 2023 called Fallen: A Gospel Record for Sinners

Did you know? Quaid is a private pilot with single and multi-engine instrument ratings. He regularly flies to his property in Montana.

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Elaine Hendrix as Meredith Blake: The Parent Trap Cast

Elaine Hendrix as Meredith Blake: The Parent Trap Cast
1998/;Araya Doheny / Contributor/Getty

The gold-digging Meredith Blake couldn’t have been played by anyone other than Elaine Hendrix. She only had a few acting credits to her name before The Parent Trap; some notable ones being seven episodes of Get Smart (1995), The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas (1996) and two Episodes of Married…With Children (1995-1997). 

After The Parent Trap, Hendrix was in one episode each of Friends (2002),  Charmed (2004) and Criminal Minds (2008), four episodes of 90210 from 2010-2011, 20 episodes of Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll from 2010-2011, and 57 episodes of Dynasty from 2019-2022.  

Did you know? She is a very avid spokesman for In Defense of Animals

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Lisa Ann Walter as Chessy 

Lisa Ann Walter as Chessy 
2002/2024 Frederick M. Brown / Stringer/Getty; Paul Archuleta / Contributor/Getty

Lisa Ann Walter took on the role of the beloved housekeeper of the Parker household in The Parent Trap. It was only the fifth project she had worked on, but it was certainly not her last. She was in Bruce Almighty (2003), Shall We Dance? (2004), Wreckage (2010), Dependant’s Day (2016) and two episodes of Grey’s Anatomy (2019). 

Most recently, however, she’s caught the audience’s attention with her work as Melissa Schemmenti on the Emmy-winning comedy Abbott Elementary. She started working on the show — currently in its fourth season — in 2021. 

Did you know? She was on season two of Celebrity Jeopardy! and won the whole competition. 

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Simon Kunz as Martin: The Parent Trap Cast

Simon Kunz as Martin: The Parent Trap Cast
1998/2014;Daniel Zuchnik/ Contributor/Getty

The British butler Martin was played by none other than Simon Kunz. Before The Parent Trap, he starred in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994),  The Young Poisoner’s Handbook (1995) and two episodes of Brass Eye (1997).  

After The Parent Trap, Kunz worked on Twice Upon a Time (2006), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Son of God (2014) and The Cursed (2021). His most recent movie was the 2023 epic Rose’s War, where he played a BBC News Reader. 

Did you know? He and Lisa Ann Walter remain very close friends to this day. 

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Ronnie Stevens as Grandfather James 

Ronnie Stevens as Grandfather James

Born on September 2, 1925 in Peckham, London, he started acting in 1952, starring in classic films like The Narrowing Circle (1956), Bachelor of Hearts (1958) and Dentist in the Chair (1960). After that, Stevens was in Morons from Outer Space (1985), Secret Weapon (1990) and Brassed Off (1996). The Parent Trap was the last film he starred in before he died in 2006. He was 81. 

Did you know? Stevens served with the Royal Engineers as a radio operator and the RAF as ground support staff in WWII. 

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