If you’ve seen the movie “The Little Rascals”, you’ve surely noticed Darla, a little blonde girl with a big smile and a playful personality, played by little Brittany Ashton Holmes. Where is Brittany now? Why didn’t she go back to acting after such a huge success?
Early life and education
Brittany Ashton Holmes was born on February 27, 1989 in California, USA. Despite being extremely popular even before she was in elementary school, she managed to hide most, if not all, information about her childhood and family.
Her parents’ names and occupations are not disclosed and it is unknown if she has any siblings. Her parents were very supportive of her acting career, but they never appeared on TV and were not a focus of Holmes’ brief fame. The latest information in 2019 states that she is still in her college and is focusing hard on graduating in the field of political science.
Holmes’ career began in 1994 when she was just five years old. She was chosen from a bunch of other kids to play Darla in “The Little Rascals”, a big movie based on Hal Roach’s book “Our Gang”.
She starred alongside names like Travis Tedford, Bug Hall, Blake McIver Ewing, and Kevin Jamal Woods in the movie, which was a huge success, grossing over $67 million at the box office. Holmes instantly rose to worldwide fame and became a household name. Her wide smile made millions fall in love with her. Holmes continued to act in various TV movie roles, which only increased her recognition. In 1995, she played Dana in “Red Shoe Diaries” and “Julie” in Ellen. She was spotted in 1996’s “Death Benefit” as Cynthia Coates, as well as Amy Carver in the same year’s sci-fi horror film, “Inhumanoid: Circuit Breaker”.
She also had a small role in the 1996 remake of the famous sci-fi movie “Humanoids from the Deep” where she appeared as a girl on a boat. After 1996, she took a long hiatus from her acting career and has gone “incognito” ever since. Some sources claiming that she worked at a Starbucks for a while so she could pay her tuition. In 2014, 18 years after her disappearance from the scene, she made a brief comeback when she appeared in the TV movie “We Hate Paul Revere” as Townslady Britt. The film was a comedy satire set in colonial Boston, starring Adrian Wenner and Ethan Sandler, and the plot focuses on two brothers trying to fit in as the city prepares for revolution.
Also starring were Ron Livingston as Paul Revere, as well as Olafur Darri Olafsson and Scott Adsit, but AMC decided to go ahead with this project after seeing the pilot.
Nominations and awards
Despite starting her acting career when she was just five, Holmes has earned a plethora of awards and nominations. She was nominated for the Young Artist Awards in 1996 for her performance as Julia in an episode of “Ellen”, in the Best Performance by an Actress under Ten – Television category.
However, at the same event, she was the joint winner of the Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture category for her reportedly amazing portrayal of Darla in “The Little Rascals” along with her young colleagues Kevin Jamal Woods, Travis Tedford, Bug Hall, Ross Bagley and Juliette Brewer.
Not much is known about Holmes after she retired and withdrew from the public eye.
However, she did appear for the 20’s reunion celebratione birthday of “The Little Rascals”. During the reunion, she revealed that she had married a few months earlier and that she had given up her childhood acting career to pursue her political science education. She also said that she has no plans to return to the acting world, and that now that she’s grown up, she finds her addiction to the entertainment industry “really embarrassing.” She lives with her husband in San Marcos, California.
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Despite not being active on popular social media platforms and not having a profile on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, her MySpace page is still active. She enjoys traveling and is working towards a career in political science. It is unknown if she and her husband have any children.
Since she left public life in 1996, nothing is known about real estate or cars she owns.
However, her short but prolific career had brought her enough profit to save for her older years. According to a number of sources, her net worth is estimated to be around $6.3 million as of the beginning of 2020!
Holmes was considered a rather cute kid, mainly because of her wide smile and golden locks, and her comeback in 2014 made everyone take notice of how she had become a beautiful woman. She is about 1.6 m tall and weighs about 50 kg. She has blond hair and her eyes are round and light brown.