“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a timeless classic and a must for any Christmas season. December 9th marks the day of ‘The Grinch Musical’, so let’s take a look back at the cast of 2000 then and now.
Dr. Seuss’ The popular children’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Was adapted several times, but our love for the Grinch was taken to a whole new level when the 2000 live-action film was released in November 2000. Jim Carrey has become synonymous with Grinch after 20 years, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role.
The Grinch Musical will air on December 9th on NBC. Matthew Morrison follow in the footsteps of the Grinch for the musical event. All that love for the Grinch, including the constant broadcast of How the Grinch Stole Christmas During the Holidays, 20 years later drove us to catch up with our beloved Grinch and Whos of Whoville from the holiday classic 2000.
Jim Carrey played the Grinch. (Everett Collection / MEGA)
Jim CarreyThe 58-year-old was the only Grinch in the 2000 film. Jim completely transformed into the iconic vacation character, spending 2 hours in the makeup chair at the start of the day and an hour after filming started. The Grinch remains one of Jim’s most popular roles.
In the years following How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jim starred in notable films such as Bruce Almighty, Eternal Sunshine of the Immaculate Mind, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and more. He was recently featured in the 2020 film Sonic the Hedgehog and is expected to play the role of Dr. Repeat Robotnik in the sequel.
Jim returned to television for the Showtime series Kidding, which ran for two seasons. Jim was nominated for Best Actor – TV Series Musical or Comedy in 2019.
Jim dated Jenny McCarthy from 2005 to 2010. He met Cathriona White In 2012, Cathriona died of suicide in 2015. Jim was a pallbearer at her funeral. He dated Ginger gonzaga for less than a year.
Taylor Momsen played Cindy Lou Who. (Everett Collection / MEGA)
Taylor MomsenThe 27-year-old was only 7 when she appeared as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She appeared in other films in the years after Cindy Lou, but her big break didn’t come until 2007 when she was cast as Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl.
Taylor left the series after the fourth season in 2011. That same year, Taylor announced that she was leaving acting to focus on her music career. She returned to the Gossip Girl series finale in 2012.
The former actress is currently the front woman for the rock band the pretty Reckless. The band has released 3 studio albums and their fourth set is slated for release in 2021.
Christine Baranski played Martha May Whovier. (Everett Collection / MEGA)
Christine Baranski, 68, played as Martha May Whovier in the classic vacation movie. After How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Christine appeared in such films as Chicago, A Bad Moms Christmas, and Mamma Mia! and its continuation.
Her most famous role was Diane Lockhart. She played the character on The Good Wife from 2009 to 2016. She received 6 Emmy nominations for her performance. She repeated the role of Diane in The Good Wife’s spin-off, The Good Fight, which was renewed for a fifth season.
Christine recently starred in the Netflix Christmas movie Dolly Partons Christmas on the Square. She will also appear on the upcoming HBO series The Gilded Age.
Christine’s husband, Matthew Cowles, died in 2014. They have two daughters together.
Jeffrey Tambor played Mayor Augustus MayWho. (Everett Collection / MEGA)
Jeffrey TamborThe 76-year-old played Mayor Augustus MayWho, the enemy of the Grinch. His other notable roles include Tom Manning in the Hellboy films and Sid Garner in the Hangover trilogy.
Jeffrey starred as Maura Pfefferman, a divorced transgender woman, on the Amazon Prime Video series Transparent. The actor won a Golden Globe and 2 Emmys for his performance. Jeffrey was fired from the show on allegations of sexual misconduct and did not return for season five.
The actor played as George Bluth Sr. on Arrested Development. The show originally ran from 2003 to 2006. Netflix recorded the show in 2013 for a fourth season. Jeffrey returned for the fifth season of Arrested Development in 2019, despite allegations against him.
Jeffrey married his wife Kasia Ostlun in 2001. They have 4 children together.
Molly Shannon played Betty Lou Who. (Everett Collection / MEGA)
Molly Shannon, 56, played Betty Lou Who, Cindy Lou Who is mom. Molly was already a famous comedian when she was cast in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The year after the vacation movie was released, Molly left Saturday Night Live.
Molly has starred in films like Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Personal Life and More. Molly has balanced both comedic and dramatic roles. She has also voiced the role of Wanda in the Hotel Transylvania film series. Molly starred in the HBO comedy series Divorce, which ran for three seasons.
The actress got married Fritz Chestnut They have two children together.
Bill Irwin played Lou Lou Who. (Everett Collection / MEGA)
Bill Irwin, 70, played as Lou Lou Who, Cindy’s father. Bill went on to review CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He is 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.