With the recent premiere of Chris Pratt’s latest movie, Jurassic World, one might be curious to know about the actors from the previous installments of the franchise.
So, ever wondered what happened to Ariana Richards, yes, the very own Lex Murphy from the first installment of the Jurassic Park series? Apparently, the Jurassic Park actress who rose to overnight fame back than has now actually been focusing on painting career over acting.
And, not to forget, she was also awarded first prize in the National Professional Oil Painting Competition in 2005. Reportedly, her paintings are constantly sold for over $5000. Moreover, who is currently on an art tour in South America, has some big news, she is expecting her first child with her hub Mark Bolton.
Richards currently resides in Salem, Oregon with her husband, Mark Bolton whom she married on January, 2013. Her sister, Bethany is also an actress. According to the IMDB bio, her full name Ariana Clarice Richards. Ariana is quite active on twitter but doesn’t seem to have an account on Instagram. The actress who stands 5 feet 4 inches tall graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in fine arts and drama. She also attended Art Center College of design and Western Oregon University.
In her recent interview, 36 year old Richards said “My husband and I are thrilled, this is really a wonderful moment for us. It’s super exciting.” She also said that while she would’ve liked an invitation to attend the world premiere of Jurassic World, her doctor has recommended for her to stay in South America and focus on her pregnancy.
The actress-turned-painter did movies in her time but the height of her career was probably her role as Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park. After doing a few roles here and there, she delved into the art world.
Richards also reminisced the old days, saying her experience working on Jurassic Park was groundbreaking. Talking about her present life, Ariana said, “My life story these days, I still experience the red carpet as an artist but on a day-to-day basis I live kind of a country life.”
Apart from her career in art, Richards has her tried her hand in music as well. She released an album titled “First Love” in Japan. She was placed #98 in VH1s 100 greatest child stars in 2014.
Talking about her art, she said, “For me, it’s really about telling a story and I’ve certainly learned from the best.” She also said, “I love to work with people in the art and express their story on canvas and my impression of them and what they want to express and use oils, brushes, canvass to create something that will last the generation.”
While Richards is happy with her successful career in art, the fans surely would love to see Richards back on screen soon.