In 2005, kids were introduced to a new pair of superheroes in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. It was a literal journey through a child’s imagination as a young boy named Max invented the pair of titular superheroes that came to life. Sharkboy (a half-shark, half-human child) and Lavagirl (a girl with flame powers) took Max to the Planet Drool to try to stop an evil force overwhelming it, and Max had to travel through the world he had dreamed up. In the process, the movie changed the way comic book stories could be told.
While not a hit with critics, the movie has become a beloved classic to a generation since it came out almost 12 years ago, and CBR thought it was time to look back on the movie and see what happened to the cast and crew. Some of them grew up to become huge stars while others focused on other aspects of their personal and professional lives. A select few were more popular before they made Sharkboy and Lavagirl than after while others stayed on an upward arc in their careers. Read on to see what happened to the people who made the movie over a decade ago.
15. TAYLOR LAUTNER (SHARKBOY)
Sharkboy was one of the two title characters in the movie, a fictional superhero who started out as a young boy raised by sharks who gained underwater powers. Sharkboy was played by Taylor Lautner, and it was his big break after years playing small roles in TV programs like The Bernie Mac Show.
Only three years later, Lautner hit the big time with his role as the hunky werewolf Jacob Black in 2008’s tween vampire movie, Twilight. He reprised the role in the sequels, Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009 and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2 in 2011 and 2012. Since Twilight, Lautner’s taken smaller roles in 2015’s The Ridiculous Six and the 2016 indie thriller Run the Tide. In 2016, Lautner also appeared as the troubled Dr. Cassidy Cascade in the second season of horror/comedy Scream Queens.
14. TAYLOR DOOLEY (LAVAGIRL)
The other Taylor behind the scenes in the movie was Lavagirl, played by Taylor Dooley. As the female superhero, she had the power to create and control lava along with a mysterious past that she tried to unravel. Before Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Dooley had been in a few commercials, but the 2005 movie was her big break.
She moved on to 2006’s horror/comedy Monster Night, and a role on an episode of House in 2008, but her career took a turn away from acting after that to finish high school and go on to college. In 2016, she returned to acting in another horror movie, Hell Mountain. She also got married and had her first child, which has been keeping her busy in life and on social media.
13. CAYDEN BOYD (MAX)
The young boy Max was the main character and hero of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, whose dreams brought Planet Drool and the other magical elements to life. In real life, Max was played by Cayden Boyd. It was his first starring role, and launched a career that’s been pretty steady.
In 2006, he played the young Warren Worthington III (better known as Angel) in X-Men: The Last Stand, and also starred in 2007’s Have Dreams, Will Travel. He’s had more success on TV with appearances on Crossing Jordan, Cold Case, Close to Home and Scrubs. In 2008, he had a role alongside Julia Roberts and Willem Dafoe in Fireflies in the Garden. Most recently, Boyd had a recurring role on the TV show Awkward as Jenna’s Marine boyfriend in 2015.
12. SASHA PIETERSE (MARISSA)
In Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Mr. Electricidad’s eternally cold daughter Marissa also became the mysterious Ice Princess in Max’s dream world. Both characters were played by Sasha Pieterse. Pieterse didn’t have a big role in the movie, but she ended up having a bright career ahead of her.
After Sharkboy and Lavagirl, she had a role in 2007’s Good Luck Chuck as a goth girl who curses the character, and appeared in two movies in 2007: The Air I Breathe and Claire. Her career took off when she became the “queen bee” Alison DiLaurentis in 2009’s Pretty Little Liars. She also became a country singer whose first single was released in 2013. Most recently, she had a starring role in 2017’s Netflix’s Coin Heist, and will compete on Dancing with the Stars.
11. GEORGE LOPEZ (MR. ELECTRICIDAD)
In the movie, one of the evilest characters in Sharkboy and Lavagirl was played by the same actor. George Lopez. Lopez played Mr. Electricidad, Max’s teacher, and also the evil henchman Mr. Electric. Before Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Lopez had a thriving career in stand-up comedy and his TV show, George Lopez.
After Sharkboy and Lavagirl, George Lopez was canceled in 2007, but in 2009 he received a new talk show called Lopez Tonight. After its cancellation, he had two more shows like 2014’s Saint George and 2016’s Lopez. He also appeared in movies like 2010’s The Spy Next Door, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, and voiced a toucan in both Rio and Rio 2. His most recent movie was a voice in 2017’s Gnome Alone.
10. KRISTIN DAVIS (MAX’S MOM)
Kristin Davis played Max’s mother in Sharkboy and Lavagirl, who came to discover her son’s imagination really had come to life. Before this movie, Davis was already popular from her roles as Brooke Armstrong on 1995’s Melrose Place and in a regular role on HBO’s Sex and the City starting in 1998, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination.
After Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Davis came back to her role as Charlotte on the big-screen version of Sex and the City in 2008 and Sex and the City 2 in 2010. Davis went on to perform on Broadway in the 2012 revival of The Best Man, and as a recurring character on 2014’s sitcom Bad Teacher. She was last seen in the TV movie A Heavenly Christmas in 2016.
9. DAVID ARQUETTE (MAX’S DAD)
Max’s father in Sharkboy and Lavagirl was an unemployed writer who tried to support his son’s dreaming. The father was played by David Arquette, who had a successful career before this movie, including films such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Airheads (1994), and Never Been Kissed (1999). On television, he had roles on Blossom (1992), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1992), and 1996’s Friends. His biggest breakthrough came in 1996’s Scream.
After Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Arquette was the star of 2007’s short-lived comedy, In Case of Emergency. He later appeared in 2008’s Hamlet 2, returned to his role in Scream 4 and made an appearance on 2011’s Medium. He also directed for the first time with 2007’s The Tripper, and appeared on 2011’s Dancing with the Stars. His last movie was 2015’s Bone Tomahawk.
8. JACOB DAVICH (LINUS)
The major villain in Sharkboy and Lavagirl was, in the real world and the dream world, the dastardly Linus, a bully who vandalized Max’s dream journal and brought nightmares as the evil Minus. Both roles were played by Jacob Davich whose first major role before Sharkboy was as the young Howard Hughes in 2004’s The Aviator.
After Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Davich didn’t have too many other acting roles. He had small parts in 2007’s Mr. Woodcock and 2010’s The Virginity Hit, and some TV roles in Without a Trace and The Unit, but no major roles. His last acting job was on 2012’s Shameless. These days, he’s more focused on his music career than acting with a single “My Father’s Gun” available on iTunes.
7. RICO TORRES (SHARKBOY’S DAD)
In a flashback, we learned the origin of Sharkboy, the son of a marine biologist who was lost at sea. The marine biologist was played by Rico Torres, who doesn’t have much in the way of acting credits on his resume, but has been huge behind the scenes. That’s because Torres is actually a professional photographer who’s credited with some of the most popular and eye-catching movie posters in the business.
Since his appearance in Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Torres continued to produce posters for other Robert Rodriguez movies like Grindhouse in 2007 and 2014’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but he’s also done photography for others like The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), Most recently, he’s done photoshoots for the TV show Emerald City in 2017.
6. REBEL RODRIGUEZ (YOUNG SHARKBOY)
In the flashback sequences, we saw a young Sharkboy living with his father and feeding sharks before the waterspout destroyed his home. That boy was played by Rebel Rodriguez, one of the director’s sons. Behind the scenes, Rebel also gave ideas for the movie to his father, making him a co-creator!
Since Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Rebel hasn’t acted much. He was in one segment of Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror in 2007, and another role in 2009’s Shorts. In 2013, he returned in a small role in Angels Sing. Other than that, Rebel hasn’t done much since the movie Sharkboy and Lavagirl, but considering he’s only 18, that’s not too surprising. Maybe he’ll go on to become a director and writer like his father or maybe he’ll leave Hollywood behind. We’ll have to wait and see!
5. RACER RODRIGUEZ (YOUNG SHARKBOY)
In the flashbacks, we saw Sharkboy as an older boy, having developed a fin, gills and sharp teeth. That version of Sharkboy was played by Racer Rodriguez, son of Robert Rodriguez. He was only in the movie briefly but set the tone. Not only did he act in the movie, he’s also credited as the writer because he and his brother Rebel came up with the story and characters for Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
Racer has a short resume, having only acted in Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 2005 and 2009’s Shorts. As far as the future, he might become an actor again or maybe pick up on his writing to take on screenplays. For now, at 20, he’s dropped out of the spotlight, so we can only guess at what he’s up to.
4. SHANE GRAHAM (CLASSROOM KID #2)
Max and Linus weren’t the only school kids in Sharkboy and Lavagirl. In the classroom, there were a few kids in the background, one of whom was cast as Classroom Kid #2. It was a small cameo, but played by Shane Graham, who started working in 2000 with Cicadas and is still working today.
Shane continued to act as an adult while also riding and competing in equestrian events, and also studying martial arts. Shane returned to acting with a series of short films beginning in 2011, and had a role in the 2013 movie Boyhood. Fans might also recognize him as Charles McCullough in AMC’s The Son. His latest role was in the 2017 movie I Do…Until You Don’t and the indie short Cinematastrophe.
3. TIGER DARROW (CLASSROOM KID #3)
One of the background characters in Sharkboy and Lavagirl was credited only as Classroom Kid #3, played by Tiger Darrow. She was a veteran at that point, having acted in an uncredited role in Robert Rodriguez’s earlier Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) and Spy Kids 3D: Game Over (2003). After Sharkboy and Lavagirl, she did several short films and indie movies like 2006’s Pathogen.
Tiger continued to be tied to Rodriguez as she worked for his Troublemaker Studios in 2010, and he used three of her original songs for the score of 2010’s Machete and worked on Spy Kids 4 as an on-set assistant to the director and an uncredited role as an OSS agent. She’s also an accomplished musician who plays classical, acoustic and electric guitar, cello and mandolin with two albums released in 2011.
2. ALEX TOADER (VISUAL EFFECTS)
One of the unsung heroes of Sharkboy and Lavagirl was Alex Toader, the visual effects supervisor who designed the eye-popping visuals for the film. His vision brought a half-shark boy and a lava-shooting girl to life, along with moments like a rainstorm of brains and a cookie-based wonderland.
Toader had worked for Rodriguez since Spy Kids, and kept working with him during the entire Spy Kids series. He also worked with Rodriguez on Sin City (2005), where his visual effects made the green-screen driven movie come alive. He went on to work with Rodriguez after Sharkboy and Lavagirl on other movies like Predators (2010), Machete (2010) and Machete Kills in 2013. He moved over to TV with 2014’s From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series and his last movie was 2014’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. He’s currently working for the production company Rooster Teeth.
1. ROBERT RODRIGUEZ (DIRECTOR)
The director, writer and producer of Sharkboy and Lavagirl was acclaimed filmmaker Robert Rodriguez who made the movie based on stories from his children and his own imagination. The movie was just one of a series of children’s movies he had made, starting with Spy Kids in 2001.
After Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Rodriguez worked with Quentin Tarantino on the movie Grindhouse with his own film Planet Terror in 2007. He also created a new series with Machete in 2010 with a sequel Machete Kills in 2013. Meanwhile, he made a sequel to Spy Kids with Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in 2014. He’s also branched out in TV with series like From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series in 2014.
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