‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ is a timeless classic and a must-watch every holiday season. Dec. 9 marks the 20th anniversary, so we’re taking a look back at the cast then and now.
Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, has been adapted a number of times, but our love for the Grinch was taken to a whole new level when the 2000 live-action film was released. Jim Carrey has become synonymous with the Grinch after 20 years, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role.
The Grinch Musical is set to air Dec. 9, the 20th anniversary of the 2000 film, on NBC. Matthew Morrison is stepping into the Grinch’s shoes for the musical event. All this love for the Grinch, including the constant airings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas around the holidays, has us wanting to catch up with our beloved Grinch and the Whos of Whoville from the 2000 holiday classic.
Jim Carrey, 58, starred as the one and only Grinch in the 2000 film. Jim completely transformed into the iconic holiday character, spending 2 hours in the makeup chair at the start of the day, and one hour after filming was over. The Grinch remains one of Jim’s most beloved roles.
In the years after How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jim starred in notable films like Bruce Almighty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and more. He recently starred in the hit film Sonic the Hedgehog in 2020 and is expected to reprise the role of Dr. Robotnik in the sequel.
Jim returned to television for the Showtime series Kidding, which ran for 2 seasons. Jim was nominated for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2019.
Jim dated Jenny McCarthy from 2005 to 2010. He met Cathriona White in 2012. Cathriona died by suicide in 2015. Jim was a pallbearer at her funeral. He dated Ginger Gonzaga for less than a year.
Taylor Momsen, 27, was just 7 years old when she starred as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She went on to appear in other films in the years after playing Cindy Lou, but her big break wouldn’t come until 2007 when she was cast as Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl.
Taylor ended up leaving the series after season 4 in 2011. That same year, Taylor announced she was quitting acting to focus on her music career. She did return for the Gossip Girl series finale in 2012.
The former actress is currently the frontwoman for the rock band The Pretty Reckless. The band has released 3 studio albums, with their fourth set to be released in 2021.
Christine Baranski, 68, starred as Martha May Whovier in the classic holiday film. Following How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Christine appeared in films like Chicago, A Bad Moms Christmas, as well as Mamma Mia! and its sequel.
Her most high-profile role has been playing Diane Lockhart. She played the character on The Good Wife from 2009 to 2016. She earned 6 Emmy nominations for her performance. She reprised the role of Diane in The Good Wife spinoff, The Good Fight, which has been renewed for a fifth season.
Christine recently starred in the Netflix holiday film Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. She will also star in the upcoming HBO series The Gilded Age.
Christine’s husband, Matthew Cowles, died in 2014. They have two daughters together.
Jeffrey Tambor, 76, played Mayor Augustus MayWho, the Grinch’s nemesis. His other notable roles include Tom Manning in the Hellboy movies and Sid Garner in The Hangover trilogy.
Jeffrey starred in the Amazon Prime Video series Transparent as Maura Pfefferman, a divorced transgender woman. The actor won a Golden Globe and 2 Emmys for his performance. Following allegations of sexual misconduct, Jeffrey was fired from the show and did not return for its fifth season.
The actor starred as George Bluth Sr. in the series Arrested Development. The show originally ran from 2003 to 2006. Netflix picked up the show for a fourth season in 2013. Jeffrey returned for the fifth season of Arrested Development in 2019 despite the allegations against him.
Jeffrey married his wife Kasia Ostlun in 2001. They have 4 children together.
Molly Shannon, 56, played Betty Lou Who, Cindy Lou Who’s mom. Molly was already a famous comedian when she was cast in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In the year after the holiday film was release, Molly left Saturday Night Live.
Molly has starred in movies like Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Private Life, and more. Molly has balanced both comedic and dramatic roles. She’s also voiced the role of Wanda in the Hotel Transylvania film series. Molly starred in the HBO comedy series Divorce, which ran for 3 seasons.
The actress married Fritz Chestnut in 2004. They have two children together.
Bill Irwin, 70, starred as Lou Lou Who, Cindy’s father. Bill went on to recur on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He’s best known as Mr. Noodle, who appears in the “Elmo’s World” segments on Sesame Street.
His notable film roles include Interstellar, Across the Universe, and Rachel Getting Married. Bill also starred in the FX series Legion, which ran from 2017 to 2019.