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Where Are The American Girl Doll Actresses Now?

I got a really good suggestion to make a post about where all the American Girl actresses are now, and I just had to make it!

  • After AnnaSophia Robb starred as Samantha in Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, she starred in many movies like Because of Winn-Dixie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Bridge to Terabithia. She graduated from NYU in 2018 and got engaged to her boyfriend in 2021, and her latest movie, a Netflix movie called Rebel Ridge, is currently filming.

  • Kelsey Lewis, who played Nellie, was in a few more TV shows in guest roles until 2008, when she took a hiatus from acting. She acted in a short film in 2017 and hasn't done any acting since, although she choreographed a short film last year.

  • Shailene Woodley was the queen of book-to-film adaptations in 2014, nine years after she starred as Felicity. She starred in The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent trilogy. She was also set to play the role of Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 before her scenes were cut. Now, she is starring in more independent movies and is also an environmental activist.

  • After she portrayed Elizabeth, Katie Henney appeared on TV shows like The Naked Brothers Band on Nickelodeon and Law and Order. Her last acting role for a bit was in 2015, although she did play one more role in the indie horror movie Before Someone Gets Hurt in 2018. Katie also went to musical theater college in New York.

  • Maya Ritter, who portrayed Molly, hasn't acted since 2016, when she guest-starred on the Disney Junior show Goldie and Bear. She is now a talent agent for her own talent agency, Ritter Talent Agency.

  • Tory Green had two more acting roles in small projects in 2007 and 2008. It can be assumed that Tory is now living a normal life, as I can't find any information about Tory post-2008.

  • After Abigail Breslin played the role of Kit, she took on other roles in movies like Zombieland and its sequel, Rango and Ender's Game. She also played the role of Helen Keller in the play The Miracle Worker. Her most recent role was in the 2021 movie Stillwater, and she just got engaged to her boyfriend a few months ago.

  • Out of all of the historical Best Friend dolls, Ruthie's actress Madison Davenport is the only one still acting. She appeared in the 2014 film Noah, TV shows like Criminal Minds and Black Mirror and even voice acted in the Kingdom Hearts video game.

  • Sammi Hanratty, who played Chrissa, now goes by Samantha Hanratty and acts in TV shows, most notably the Showtime 2021 series Yellowjackets. She came out as bisexual and got engaged to her boyfriend this year.

  • Kaitlyn Dever, who played Gwen, had a major career breakthrough in 2019 when she played a leading role in the R-rated comedy Booksmart and the Netflix series Unbelievable. Since then, she was in the film adaptation of the play Dear Evan Hansen and has many more film roles coming.

  • Ariela Barer, who played Sonali, is now mostly known for playing a leading role in a Marvel Hulu series Runaways. She also guest starred on several Disney Channel shows. Their most recent role was in the 2021 reboot of Saved By The Bell. Ariela came out as a lesbian in 2016 and uses she/they pronouns.

  • Since Jade Pettyjohn played McKenna, she was cast in a variety of TV shows, including Nickelodeon's School of Rock and Hulu's Little Fires Everywhere.

  • Sidney Fullmer, who played Saige, played one more role in Disney's film adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Really Bad Day before finishing public school, dating a boy, and returning to a normal life.

  • Since playing Isabelle, Erin Pitt has started her own photography and short film production company, MovingPix Productions, and is currently dating a boyfriend.

  • You probably know what Olivia Rodrigo, who played Grace, is doing now. After acting in various Disney productions, she released her first single Driver's License at the beginning of last year, which rose to the top of the charts. Her first album Sour was released last May and she is the first former American Girl actress to win a Grammy... three Grammys, to be exact. She is actually currently on a concert tour!

  • Jolie Ledford, who played Julie in "And The Tiara Goes To...", is now acting in independent short films.

  • Harlie Galloway, who played Maryellen in "Maryellen and the Brightest Star", is now acting in plays. She was in her high school's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee last November.

  • Maggie Elizabeth Jones, who played Lea, is now a normal girl who has a boyfriend and runs track.

  • Marsai Martin, who played Melody in her Amazon special, is still acting in projects such as the recently-concluded series Black-ish and a voice role in the Paw Patrol movie, but what's more impressive about her career post-American Girl is that when she was still in middle school, she started her own production company Genius Productions. Her company's first movie Little was released in 2019, and she is currently producing an upcoming Disney Channel series. From one young filmmaker to another, congrats, Marsai!

  • Alyvia Alyn Lynd, who played Maryellen in her Amazon special, has been acting in TV shows like the 2019 Netflix show Daybreak since her AG role.

  • Nina Lu, who played Ivy in her Amazon special, actually is going to the USC film school for screenwriting. Pretty cool!

  • Hannah Nordberg, who played Julie in Ivy's Amazon special, has been voice acting in cartoons like Fancy Nancy and The Loud House. She still has been doing live-action acting, though!

  • Zoe Manarel, who played Z in her Amazon special, has been acting in several independent short films.

P.S: A lot of you said you'd like less Doll of the Week, so I'm just going to let Molly have the next week while I figure out what to do with it. I'm thinking about having a Doll of the Month where you guys get to pick which doll to feature, and one week will be a basic profile, while two weeks later will be a post about the doll's collection. Would you guys like that?

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May 09, 2022

Madison Davenport played in Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory! It just dawned on me. I will never see that game the same again. It's a part of American Girl now. ❤


Apr 28, 2022

Alyvia Alyn Lynd also just had a major role in the "Chucky" TV show! her career's taking off quite a bit.

Also wild that Sammi and Ariela are both wlw and Kaitlyn played a lesbian in "Booksmart." we should @ them and ask them to confirm Gwissali /j

May 09, 2022
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I like that the American Girl dolls aren't sexualized or encouraged to date too soon. Though I'm LGBTQ+ myself, I think too many young girls are being encouraged to date young, a heavy adult responsibility that no one prepares young people for. They've never been hetero, and I'm glad. They've also shouldn't come out as LGBTQ+ either. They should be worried about other things besides relationships.


Apr 27, 2022

The girl from Booksmart was Gwen!? Olivia Rodrigo and the girl who played Grace are the same person!? Mind blown.


McKenna Brooks
McKenna Brooks
Apr 26, 2022

Great idea for the readers picking doll of the month. I would totally do that!!

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