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10+ Actors That Still Have a Special Connection With Their Beloved Characters

From Mary Poppins, a magical nanny, to Elle Woods, a professional lawyer, these characters have given us hours of quality entertainment. Many years later, with a nostalgic eye, we revisit the movies that marked us as kids. Just like us, the actors that gave life to our favorite characters have a special place for these iconic roles in their hearts.

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Terminator

In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s words, “This is the character that changed my life.” The appreciation Schwarzenegger shows for this role shines through on his social media. The star is always sharing with his fans behind-the-scenes photos from the production.

In 2019, a new Terminator movie was announced and released, and we couldn’t be happier to see our favorite characters back on the big screen.

2. Tom Cruise and Maverick from Top Gun

Tom Cruise is one of the most recognizable movie stars in the world right now, and whenever we see one of his interviews, we can tell it’s because he is a very professional actor. Cruise’s commitment to his character, Maverick, and to his fans who were asking for a sequel was what led him to film the new Top Gun movie. And it was an outstanding success at the box office.

3. Bryan Cranston and Hal Wilkerson from Malcolm in the Middle

In 2020, the talented cast of Malcolm in the Middle got together in a video call to read the pilot of the beloved TV series. The reunion helped celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the series premiere, and Bryan Cranston wrote on his Instagram, “Thanks for embracing that crazy family of mine.”

4. Reese Witherspoon and Elle Woods from Legally Blonde

Last October, Reese Witherspoon teased the most loyal fans with a Halloween costume like the one Elle wore to a party in the movie. Witherspoon even made a touching post on her social media due to the movie’s twentieth anniversary. The actress wrote, “Playing Elle Woods was the role of a lifetime, and I’m so honored to have been a part of sharing her story with you all.”

5. Selena Gomez and Alex Russo from Wizards of Waverly Place

Sometimes playing a character for so long leads actors to find a family in their co-stars. This definitely happened to Selena Gomez and the cast of Wizards of Waverly Place. In 2017, Gomez uploaded some heartwarming pictures of David Henrie’s wedding with a caption that read, “Very much in my feelings about my big brother getting married. Even though we for sure knew it would be him first.”

6. Julie Andrews and Mary Poppins

© Mary Poppins / Walt Disney Productions, Priscilla Grant / Everett Collection / East News

The always-incredible Julie Andrews has played many important roles throughout her career. From a nanny with magic powers to the Queen of Genovia, Andrews never ceases to amaze audiences.

This year, the actress talked about the time when her grandson discovered she played the iconic Mary Poppins and how that was a cute bonding moment between them. “He gave me a knowing look. Like, I know what you do.”

7. Christa Allen and Jenna Rink from 13 Going on 30

“I want to be 30, flirty, and thriving,” were the magic words Jenna repeated in her head in the iconic movie. Now, the actress that played Jenna in her teens reflects on how it was for her to grow up.

“For those of us closer to 30. It got better, didn’t it? I am certainly kinder to myself now than I was back then. I wish I could give younger me about 700 hugs and tell her things would get easier,” she wrote in an Instagram post.

8. Michael J. Fox and Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy

The trilogy, Back to the Future, is a marvelous classic that audiences really love. The movie has been deemed as “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant,” and because of that, it has been preserved. The popularity of the films caused the cast to gain many die-hard fans.

Over the last few years, actor Michael J. Fox has delighted his followers with pictures of annual reunions with the talented cast.

9. Jesse Tyler and Mitchell Pritchett from Modern Family

Just like the cast of Wizards of Waverly Place, the cast of Modern Family has kept in touch through the years. Jesse Tyler, who played Mitchell, and Eric Stonestreet, who played Cam, remained good friends after appearing as a couple in the TV series. Recently, the lovely cast reunited for Sarah Hyland’s wedding ceremony and proved that their friendship is still very much alive.

10. Fran Drescher and Fran Fine from The Nanny

Last year, actress Fran Drescher uploaded a picture filled with nostalgia to show how The Nanny looked then vs today. Without a doubt, the incredible fashion sense that Fran had on the show remained intact, even after all these years.

11. Hilary Duff and Lizzie McGuire from The Lizzie McGuire Movie

It’s not news that Hilary Duff was planning to make a reboot of her most iconic and beloved role, Lizzy McGuire. Unfortunately, the project was canceled, and we never got a second chance to see Lizzy’s incredible outfits again. Instead, we were left with the cutest reunion pictures of the McGuire family.

12. Tom Felton and Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter franchise

If you scroll through Tom Felton’s social media, you’ll be able to see the love he still has for the Harry Potter movies and his character. As a celebration for the twentieth anniversary of the first movie premiere, Felton took the sorting hat quiz and sadly was sorted as a Gryffindor. The actor doesn’t waste any opportunity to show how much of a fan he really is.

Would you say these characters are iconic? What movie or TV show fills you up with nostalgia every time you see it on the screen?

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