Gaby Hoffmann, former ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ child star, resurfaces at Sundance Film Festival

The Juice
January 18, 2013

Remember the cute little girl who befriended Tom Hanks's son in 1992's "Sleepless in Seattle"? Well, 20 years later, she is all grown up and has turned her attention to Michael Cera.

Gaby Hoffmann, who as a child actor starred in several films, including "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Uncle Buck," showed up at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday to support her new film, "Crystal Fairy."

In the largely improvised comedy, Hoffman plays the eponymous fairy, a hippie who joins Cera's character on a trip to find the infamous San Pedro cactus, which produces mescaline.

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"Hoffmann’s Crystal is a distinctive creation, a seeker who might not be that bright either but whose dedication to the search cannot be questioned," the Hollywood Reporter says about the film. "It’s a self-effacing, pretty out-there performance."

On the red carpet, the 31-year-old New Yorker cut an elegant figure in a black blouse, jeans, and a tweed jacket as she posed for photos with her Canadian co-star.

Though she had her on-screen start in 1989 opposite Kevin Costner in "Field of Dreams," Hoffman reportedly began taking her career seriously only after receiving praise for her role three years later as the daughter of a stand-up comic in the dramedy "This Is My Life."

In 1994, she got her own short-lived sitcom, "Someone Like Me," which was loosely based on her own life as a resident of the Chelsea Hotel. (She is the daughter of actress Viva Hoffmann, who appeared in Andy Warhol's movies in the 1960s.) The series, however, was cancelled soon after it started.

As a teen star, Hoffmann went on to appear in other films, including "Now and Then" (1995), "All I Wanna Do" (1998), "200 Cigarettes" (1999), and "You Can Count on Me" (2000), but then took time off to complete a degree in literature at New York's Bard College, which she finished in 2003.

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After graduation, she pursued a career on the New York stage and began making her way back to the screen a few years later. In 2009, Hoffman appeared in Todd Solondz's indie comedy "Life During Wartime" and took small guest roles in big series like "Private Practice," "The Good Wife," "Homeland," and, most recently, an episode of "Louie" last year.

"I've only really just decided to wholeheartedly embrace acting," Hoffmann told Hollywood & Fine in August 2012, adding, "I’m taking the work I can get. I shot a couple of other independent films. We’ll see if they surface."

Looks like they have! Congratulations, Gaby -- it's nice to have you back.

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