Over 20 years after the film was made, the summery nostalgia of The Parent Trap is still potent in the air. We all remember the precocious red-headed Lindsay Lohan, who played the dual role of twins Annie and Hallie in the film.
But another star took their first steps into the world of Hollywood alongside Lindsay Lohan, and that was Kat Graham.
Kat Graham has seen a hugely successful career come to life throughout her years in Hollywood, and her time on The Parent Trap had a defining impact on her career. It was released in the United States on July 29, 1998.
The Parent Trap, starring Lindsay Lohan, was Kat Graham’s first-ever movie appearance (Credit: SeeClips / YouTube / Mega / WENN)
The 1998 remake of The Parent Trap starred Lindsay Lohan in the dual role of identical twins Hallie and Annie, separated shortly after birth by their divorced parents and raised apart.
They meet for the first time at summer camp, Camp Walden, where they hatch a scheme to get their parents back together.
The film also starred famous names like Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, and several other famous Hollywood names.
Kat Graham’s First Movie Role
The Parent Trap was Kat Graham’s first film credit, and she remembers the entire experience of being on set and filming the movie very vividly.
Kat Graham played the role of Jackie, Annie’s accomplice, in The Parent Trap (Credit: SeeClips / YouTube)
Kat Graham reports that she remembers being on set, interacting with the other actors, and learning the meaning of acting in a movie. Her role as Jackie, Annie’s accomplice in her rivalry with Hallie, was minor, and her single line was cut out.
Her character is a part of the scheme to enact revenge on Hallie. They put all of the furniture in Hallie’s cabin on the roof during this rivalry.
Kat Graham still has the Camp Walden t-shirt she wore during the filming (Credit: People / YouTube)
She learned a lot from the film and kept a souvenir: an original Camp Walden T-shirt. The kids on set did a camp activity where they each beaded a Camp Walden T-shirt and wore them during the filming. Twenty years later, Graham still has her special keepsake of the film.
How Old Was Kat Graham When She Did The Parent Trap?
She was nine years old at the time of filming, and she continued to have minor filming roles.
She reports that at the age she was when filming, she was very impressionable and learned so much about what it means to be on set, a part of the filming experience, and the etiquette that goes with acting and interacting with the other cast members during filming.
Kat Graham was only nine years old when she filmed for the 1998 family movie (Credit: SeeClips / YouTube)
Kat has admitted that she can be considered a workaholic, and this is because she loves her job so much. She loves acting, music, fashion, and every aspect of being a creative who contributes to art in the world.
Her time on The Parent Trap set can be said to have given her a first glimpse into what it means to be creative in the movie industry.
Kat Graham learned to be creative in the movie industry, thanks to The Parent Trap (Credit: SeeClips / YouTube)
The most notable role in her career is as Bonnie Bennet in The Vampire Diaries and other blockbuster movies. She has created music, has a passion for fashion, and continues to act today. Kat also appeared in the musical comedy series Hannah Montana.
On the set of The Parent Trap, her young self took the first step into the creative world, and she has continued to make her mark.
Who Else Appeared on The Parent Trap?
The Parent Trap was a major box office success and helped enhance the careers of many of the actors in the film.
Lindsay Lohan was launched into stardom with her leading role in the film. This was her first role as an actress, and she was applauded for her ability to portray the dual role of the twins, Hallie and Annie.
Lindsay Lohan’s career took off following her starring role in The Parent Trap (Credit: WENN)
She was a part of films like Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, and Herbie Fully: Loaded. The Parent Trap launched her career as an actress and made her one of the most recognized actresses during her teens and 20s.
Her career has also included creating music, launching nightclubs as a notable businesswoman, and a reality TV show.
Maggie Wheeler played camp counsel Marva Kulp Jr in the movie (Credit: Tony Oudot / WENN)
The Parent Trap also had Maggie Wheeler playing camp counsel Marva Kulp Jr. She went on to have appearances in Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Hallie Meyers-Shyer and her director mom Nancy Meyers at the Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai’s Diamond Jubilee Luncheon in 2018 (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)
Another cast member who went on to have a film career is Hallie Meyers-Shyer. She is the daughter of Nancy Meyers, the director and co-writer of The Parent Trap. The final credits of the film state: “For Hallie,” which is a dedication to Hallie-Meyers Shyer.
She follows in her mother’s footsteps in becoming a writer and director after acting in What Women Want and The Affair of the Necklace.
The Parent Trap Launched Kat Graham’s Career
The Parent Trap was the starting point of several acting careers for cast members.
It was Kat Graham’s first taste of the creative industry that is Hollywood, where she gained an understanding of what it means to be an actress and to become a part of a team that was creating something beautiful.
From her time as Jackie in The Parent Trap, her career has grown in influence and magnetism, having been impressed by her time as a cast member on The Parent Trap.