Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

Laura Dern, 55, and Sam Neill, 74, reflect on their 19-year age gap as Jurassic Park love interests

On Sunday, Laura Dern and Sam Neill did some serious reflection on their 19-year age gap while portraying love interests in the original Jurassic Park.

The 55-year-old Oscar winner was 25 and the 74-year-old Emmy nominee was 44 when production began in August 1992 on their respective roles as botanist Dr. Ellie Sattler and paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant.

‘Well, it feels completely appropriate to fall in love with Sam Neill,’ Laura admitted to The Sunday Times.

Looking back: On Sunday, Laura Dern and Sam Neill did some serious reflection on their 19-year age gap while portraying love interests in the original Jurassic Park (pictured March 7)

Looking back: On Sunday, Laura Dern and Sam Neill did some serious reflection on their 19-year age gap while portraying love interests in the original Jurassic Park (pictured March 7)

‘And it was only now, when we returned in a moment of cultural awareness about the patriarchy, that I was, like, “Wow! We’re not the same age?”‘

Sam (born Nigel) agreed that, at the time, 19 years ‘was a completely appropriate age difference for a leading man and lady.’

‘It never occurred to me until I opened a magazine and there was an article called “Old Geezers and Gals” – people like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery acting with much younger people. And there I was, on the list, ‘Neill recalled.

‘I thought, “Come on. It can not be true.”‘

The 55-year-old Oscar winner (L) was 25 and the 74-year-old Emmy nominee (R) was 44 when production began in August 1992 on their respective roles as botanist Dr.  Ellie Sattler and paleontologist Dr.  Alan Grant

The 55-year-old Oscar winner (L) was 25 and the 74-year-old Emmy nominee (R) was 44 when production began in August 1992 on their respective roles as botanist Dr. Ellie Sattler and paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant

Laura admitted to The Sunday Times: 'Well, it feels completely appropriate to fall in love with Sam Neill.  And it was only now, when we returned in a moment of cultural awareness about the patriarchy, that I was, like, "Wow!  We're not the same age?"'

Laura admitted to The Sunday Times: ‘Well, it feels completely appropriate to fall in love with Sam Neill. And it was only now, when we returned in a moment of cultural awareness about the patriarchy, that I was, like, “Wow! We’re not the same age?” ‘

'There was an article called "Old Geezers and Gals." And there I was, on the list! '  Sam (born Nigel) agreed that, at the time, 19 years 'was a completely appropriate age difference for a leading man and lady' (pictured in 2021)

‘There was an article called “Old Geezers and Gals.” And there I was, on the list! ‘ Sam (born Nigel) agreed that, at the time, 19 years ‘was a completely appropriate age difference for a leading man and lady’ (pictured in 2021)

Parents: The Los Angeles blonde and the Northern Irish-born Kiwi first reprised their characters, along with a baby, in Joe Johnston's forgettable three-quel Jurassic Park III in 2001

Parents: The Los Angeles blonde and the Northern Irish-born Kiwi first reprised their characters, along with a baby, in Joe Johnston’s forgettable three-quel Jurassic Park III in 2001

The Los Angeles blonde and the Northern Irish-born Kiwi first reprised their characters, along with a baby, in Joe Johnston’s forgettable three-quel Jurassic Park III back in 2001.

But Laura and Sam decided to return yet again, along with her former fiancé Jeff Goldblum as chaotician Dr. Ian Malcolm, in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World Dominion hitting US / UK theaters on June 10.

Universal Pictures’ sixth installment of the dino-franchise also features Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Omar Sy, and Campbell Scott.

But all the sequels pale in comparison to Steven Spielberg’s critically-lauded 1993 movie – which amassed an eye-popping $ 5B (including video games, toys, novels, animated LEGO series and theme park attractions).

Hitting US / UK theaters on June 10!  But Laura and Sam decided to return yet again, along with her former fiancé Jeff Goldblum (L) as chaotician Dr.  Ian Malcolm, in Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World Dominion

Hitting US / UK theaters on June 10! But Laura and Sam decided to return yet again, along with her former fiancé Jeff Goldblum (L) as chaotician Dr. Ian Malcolm, in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World Dominion

Still the best of the bunch!  But all the sequels pale in comparison to Steven Spielberg's critically-lauded 1993 movie - which amassed an eye-popping $ 5B (including video games, toys, novels, animated LEGO series and theme park attractions)

Still the best of the bunch! But all the sequels pale in comparison to Steven Spielberg’s critically-lauded 1993 movie – which amassed an eye-popping $ 5B (including video games, toys, novels, animated LEGO series and theme park attractions)

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