Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is a Former Child Star, and now respected actress in her own right. Ricci acted in such movies as Mermaids (alongside Cher and Winona Ryder), The Addams Family motion pictures, Casper, and as an adult in The Opposite of Sex, Buffalo '66, Sleepy Hollow, Monster, the remake of That Darn Cat!, Speed Racer, New York, I Love You, and After.Life. She also starred as Sexy Stewardess Maggie on Pan Am.
She is married to James Heerdegen, a dolly grip whom she met on the set of Pan Am, and they have one son named Freddie born in 2014.
Her acting roles provide examples of:
- Creepy Child: As Wednesday Addams.
- Deadpan Snarker: In films, she's played such characters, especially Wednesday Addams. In real life, she's notorious for saying scathing and taboo things to screw with annoying, invasive journalists during her young adult years.
- Deliberately Cute Child: In her child actress days.
- Disappeared Dad: She hasn't spoken to her father since she was a teenager, after he separated from her mother.
- Femme Fatale: In The Opposite of Sex and Black Snake Moan.
- Fille Fatale: Most notably she lobbied really hard to play Lolita and was turned down four times.
- Goth: She has this reputation since playing Wednesday Addams, but insists that it does not apply to her out of character.
- I Am Not Pretty: She claims that for years she covered the mirrors in her house, hating her appearance.
- Intergenerational Friendship: She is good friends with Samuel L. Jackson, having hit it off while filming Black Snake Moan
- Little Dead Riding Hood: She played the title role in a very dark take on the tale in the black-and-white short early in her career.
- Ms. Fanservice: For someone who claimed I Am Not Pretty, this wasn't the worst thing to happen to her nowadays.
- The Muse: To artist Mark Ryden, and has appeared in many of his paintings.
- Mysterious Waif: As Katrina Van Tassel.
- Older Than They Look: Now in her late thirties, she still looks at least a decade younger.
- The Rival:
- In her child acting days she was both this and a Distaff Counterpart to Macaulay Culkin. As she got older, Christina on several occasions found herself being offered roles that Natalie Portman had for one reason or another (usually her schooling) turned down; rather than be insulted, Ricci chose to view it as a plus that if Portman was unavailable, she was the second choice.
- Another rival of her younger years was Kirsten Dunst, the blonde beauty to whom she lost coveted roles as Claudia from Interview with the Vampire and Amy March from Little Women. She was also turned down four times for the role of Lolita in favor of the then-unknown Dominique Swain, and was deemed too old to play Enid in Ghost World.
- She Is All Grown Up: For those who were originally familiar with her from The Addams Family or Casper.
- Starmaking Role: The Addams Family movies are what truly put her on the map.
- Teens Are Short: This combined with her child-like facial features had her acting in teen roles well after she was an adult. But it could often lead to...
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Despite playing teens several years after she wasn't one anymore, Ricci was attracted to darker, often provocative roles in films like Buffalo '66 and The Opposite of Sex, where her Fille Fatale aspects were turned Up to Eleven.