In the 1993 film scene, her character Lex looks terrified while holding a spoon of gelatin in her hand as a dinosaur trudges closer.
"Jurassic Park" actress Ariana Richards appeared as a child star in the 1993 Steven Spielberg movie at just the age of 13. Now at 43, Richards recreated the iconic green jello scene in honor of the blockbuster's 30th anniversary on TikTok. The video, posted on the classic film's original June 11 release date, was captioned, "A duet 30 years in the making."
Take it back to where it all started 30 years ago. Watch the original trailer for Jurassic Park (1993) pic.twitter.com/eiIhH7wne4— Jurassic World (@JurassicWorld) June 11, 2023
According to PEOPLE, the original scene features Richards' character Lex and her younger brother Tim played by Joseph Mazzello attempting to hide out on Isla Nublar during a dinosaur rampage. For a brief moment, they think they are safe but while enjoying the jiggly dessert she stops with a terrified expression after she realizes the dreaded velociraptors have approached.
ICYMI: Original #JurassicPark star Ariana Richards recreates the film's iconic Jell-O scene 30 years after the movie arrived in theaters worldwide. 💚 WATCH: https://t.co/sT73QV4dZu pic.twitter.com/Ct1agyoM5s— Screen Rant (@screenrant) June 13, 2023
The video sparked many comments from people with one person @britishchick79 saying, “That’s the most iconic scene in the 'Jurassic Park' films.” @kevin76erz added, “So cool to see her recreate that scene.” @chillmonger510 commented, "The new Jurassic worlds will never come close to Jurassic Park." The classic was directed by Steven Spielberg and aside from Richards, the film also starred Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L. Jackson, BD Wong, Wayne Knight and more.
‘JURASSIC PARK’ released on this date 30 years ago (June 11, 1993) pic.twitter.com/CkOgVKTvYS— Geek Vibes Nation (@GeekVibesNation) June 11, 2023
Richards recalled auditioning for the famous sci-fi film in a 2013 interview for Entertainment Weekly, allegedly beating out Christina Ricci. "I was called into a casting office, and they just wanted me to scream," Ariana recalled. "I heard later on that Steven had watched a few girls on tape that day, and I was the only one who ended up waking his sleeping wife off the couch and she came running through the hallway to see if the kids were all right."
After filming wrapped, Spielberg gave all of the cast a signed velociraptor model. And, apparently, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello have those models displayed in their homes to this day.— All The Right Movies (@ATRightMovies) June 11, 2023
Laura Dern also opened up about how she almost passed on her iconic role until she was given a bit of a nudge by actor Nicholas Cage who was working alongside the 'Big Little Lies' star at the time. "I said to him, 'Nic, they want to put me on the phone with Steven Spielberg, but they want to talk to me about a dinosaur movie,'" Laura told the outlet. "And he was like, 'You are doing a dinosaur movie! No one can ever say no to a dinosaur movie! Are you kidding? It's a dream of my life to do a movie with dinosaurs!' So he was such an influence on me."
The Academy Award-winner added, "Then I talked to Steven and he goes, 'I know that you’re doing your independent films, but I need you to be chased by dinosaurs, in awe of dinosaurs, and have the adventure of a lifetime. Will you do this with me?' And I was like, 'Sure.'"
Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park (1993) pic.twitter.com/KnTzKnP9yy— Christian Cortave (@CCortave24) June 12, 2023
As for Richards, she looked back on the legacy of 'Jurassic Park' back in 2011 for Interview magazine, saying, "It's a film that touched so many people when it came out." As for her own career path, she said at the time, "People ask me, 'So did you step away from acting or decide to leave the business?' I let them know it's not about making a choice. Acting is always going to be something that's in my blood. It's more that my interest has been really taken by visual art and doing oil paintings for people. If some really interesting role came along and found me, I'm sure I'd be thrilled to do it."