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Who played THE GRINCH? - What does little Cindy Lou look like now?

The Grinch has been a festive season classic for almost 20 years now!

Children’s book Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas was remade into a cult classic live-action movie back in 2000, with a star-studded cast to go with it.

But who actually plays the repulsive green Grinch? And what does little Cindy Lou look like now?

Who Played The Grinch?

The man behind the fabulously creepy Grinch is Jim Carrey.

Jim was 38 years old at the time and fit the bill perfectly due to his gangly limbs and overly-expressive facial features.

However, both Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were considered for the role – we think they made the right choice!

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It’s All Makeup!

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Jim Carrey revealed how it took eight and a half hours to complete his makeup as The Grinch.

Jim also explained how a former CIA Operative gave him hints and tips to surviving torture, which helped ease the pain of nearly 100 eight-hour makeup sessions over the course of filming.

Cindy Lou Who Now!

The actress who played Cindy Lou Who is called Taylor Momsen, and she was just seven years old at the time.

Following The Grinch, she continued her acting career with a following eight IMDB credits and also joined American rock band The Pretty Reckless as the lead vocalist when she was 16.

Her most recognisable actress role came in Gossip Girl as Jenny Humphrey, where she held the position for five years from 2007-2012.

Now 25, this is what she looks like…

The Grinch Could Have Been Horrifying!

If directors went about sticking to the original Grinch character then Jim Carrey would not have been green at all.

In fact, he would have been black and white with red eyes! Now that just sounds like something from a horror movie!



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Liam is our head of Entertainment and Gaming, managing teams globally. His journalism experience has covered everything from sport to health and fitness with companies such as Men's Health and HITC. Before moving into management, writing about the ridiculous antics of the Made in Chelsea crew was by far his most enjoyable topic.