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published : 2023-10-28

Practical Magic Celebrates 25 Years: Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman Then and Now

A Look at the Stars of the Cult Classic Film

Sandra Bullock posing with a broomstick, embracing her role as Sally Owens in 'Practical Magic'. Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since the release of the beloved film 'Practical Magic.' Starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sisters Sally and Gillian Owens, the movie tells the story of two witches living with a centuries-old curse.

Despite initially receiving poor reviews, 'Practical Magic' has become a cult classic and a Halloween must-watch. The film's stars have gone on to achieve great success in their careers, both on and off-screen. Let's take a look at where they are today.

Sandra Bullock, who portrayed Sally Owens, was already a well-established actress before her role in 'Practical Magic.' She had appeared in hit films like 'Speed,' 'While You Were Sleeping,' and 'A Time To Kill.' Since then, Bullock has continued to impress audiences with her versatile performances.

She won an Academy Award for her role in 'The Blind Side' and received another nomination for her work in 'Gravity.' Bullock has showcased her talent in both comedic and dramatic roles in films like 'Miss Congeniality,' 'Crash,' 'The Proposal,' and 'Gravity.' She has also ventured into voice acting and recently starred in the all-female 'Ocean's Eight' and 'Bird Box.'

In her personal life, Bullock adopted two children, son Louis in 2010 and daughter Laila in 2015. She was previously married to Jesse James and had a long-term relationship with photographer Bryan Randall, who unfortunately passed away in 2023.

Nicole Kidman casting a spell in her portrayal of Gillian Owens in 'Practical Magic'. Taken with a Nikon D850.

Nicole Kidman, who played Gillian Owens, had already made a name for herself in Hollywood before 'Practical Magic.' She starred in films like 'Far and Away,' 'To Die For,' and 'Batman Forever.' Kidman's talent and dedication have earned her numerous awards and nominations.

She won an Academy Award for her role in 'The Hours' and has received five Academy Award nominations in total. Kidman has also achieved success on the small screen, starring in shows like 'Big Little Lies' and 'The Undoing.' She continues to deliver powerful performances, captivating audiences with her presence.

Kidman was previously married to Tom Cruise, with whom she adopted two children. She is now happily married to Keith Urban, and the couple has two daughters together.

The supporting cast of 'Practical Magic' also deserves recognition. Stockard Channing, known for her roles in 'Grease' and 'Six Degrees of Separation,' played Aunt Frances in the film. Dianne Wiest, a two-time Academy Award-winner, portrayed Aunt Jet. Both actresses have had successful careers beyond 'Practical Magic'.

Evan Rachel Wood, who played Sandra Bullock's daughter Kylie, has had a diverse acting career since the film's release. She starred in the TV series 'Once and Again' and earned critical acclaim for her role in 'Thirteen.' Wood's talent has led her to appear in various films and shows, including 'Westworld,' which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Sandra Bullock with her adopted children, Louis and Laila, showcasing her love for family. Taken with a Sony A7 III.

Goran Visnjic, who portrayed Jimmy Angelov, has also had a successful acting career. He has appeared in projects like 'ER,' 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' and 'This Is Us.' Aidan Quinn, who played Gary Hallet, went on to star in the TV series 'Elementary' and continues to impress viewers with his performances.

As we celebrate 25 years of 'Practical Magic,' it's clear that the film's stars have left an indelible mark on the industry. Their talent and dedication have shaped their careers, and we can't wait to see what they'll do next.

So, grab some popcorn, light a candle, and immerse yourself in the magical world of 'Practical Magic' once again. It's a film that continues to enchant audiences and reminds us of the power of love and family.