“The Baby-Sitters Club” Casting Netflix vs Old Show, Movie Cast
It’s hard to be cynical in the face of the onslaught of nostalgic reimagining when Netflix The babysitters club, which is now in its second season, is so good. Seriously, I’m not even sorry that every aspect of my childhood was undermined and restarted! The show offers a contemporary take on Ann M. Martin’s best-selling book series and is in particular a reboot of the 1990 HBO series (which garnered a significant following during its syndication on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel). The new cast has incredible BFF chemistry and will give you everything warm and fuzzy with their hilarious and heartfelt adventures. But don’t worry, 90s kid purists, they still use a landline.
Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the original series or new to the Babysitters Club universe, you might be curious to see how the new cast stacks up against the original. Or if you were more of a 1995 movie fan, we’ve got you covered, too. All the characters you remember from the books and various adaptations appear in the new series, even “Little Sister” herself, Karen Brewer. Read on for a look at the new stars and their ’90s predecessors.
Sophie Grace as Kristy Thomas
Like everything Babysitters Club fans know, Kristy is the creator and president of the club and the protagonist of the series. She is played by Sophie Grace in the Netflix reboot – and 2020 Kristy is accompanied by a canine friend, as Sophie said Seventeen!
“Honestly, it could have been the highlight of the whole season,” she said. “This dog was the cutest dog I have ever met, and I was able to carry little treats in my pocket so he could follow me.”
Avriel Hillman as Kristy Thomas
In the original 1990 HBO show, Kristy was played by Avriel Hillman.
Schuyler Fisk as Kristy Thomas
In the 1995 film, she was played by Schuyler Fisk.
Momona Tamada as Claudia Kishi
Jeni F. Winslow as Claudia Kishi
In the 1990 series, Claudia was played by Jeni F. Winslow…
Tricia Joe as Claudia Kishi
… And in the movie, she was played by Tricia Joe.
Malia Baker as Mary-Anne Spier
Diligent and organized, Mary-Anne is the secretary of the Baby-Sitters Club and is played by Malia Baker in the 2020/2021 show.
Meghan Lahey as Mary-Anne Spier
In the 1990 series, Mary-Anne was played by Meghan Lahey …
Rachael Leigh Cook as Mary-Anne Spier
… While in the 1995 film, she was played by Rachael Leigh Cook.
Xochitl Gomez as Dawn Schafer
Dawn, the “acting officer” of the Baby-Sitters Club, is played by Xochitl Gomez in the remake. Previous incarnations of the character were white, so Dawn’s recast as a Woman of Color is a particularly exciting move for this version.
“I think it is important that this be shown because there are not a lot of Latinas girls. [on TV]”said Xochitl Seventeen. “So I feel like having him as a character is really great and can really open doors. It’s wonderful that they included a Hispanic family in the story.
Kyndra Sanchez as Dawn Schafer
You may notice that Season 2 of the Netflix series has a new Dawn. Xochitl Gomez had to jump into the Marvel Cinematic Universe – she plays the teenage intergalactic superheroine Ms. America Chavez in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, NBD.
So, a new actor has stepped into Dawn’s place, environmentally conscious (I guess Birkenstocks) for season 2. Lucky for us, Kyndra Sanchez doesn’t skip a beat!
Melissa Chasse as Dawn Schafer
Melissa Chasse (photo center) played Dawn in the 1990 series…
Larisa Oleynik as Dawn Schafer
… While Larisa Oleynik — who later became widely known as Bianca Stratford in 10 things I hate about you– played her in the movie.
Shay Rudolph as Stacey McGill
Stacey is the Treasurer of the Baby-Sitters Club and is played by Shay Rudolph. The actor said Seventeen that in the new series, Stacey just moved from New York to Stoneybrook, describing her as “a really shrewd girl”.
Jessica Prunell as Stacey McGill
Jessica Prunell played Stacey in the 1990 series…
Bre Blair as Stacey McGill
… While Bre Blair played her in the movie.
Anais Lee as Jessi Ramsey
At the end of Season 1, two junior officers were inducted into the titular Babysitter’s Club. Jessi was the only canonically black character in the original book series but (obviously now) joins a more diverse set in the Netflix adaptation.
In both books and the Netflix adaptation, Jessi is a dancer. She goes to another school to concentrate on ballet.
Nicole Leach as Jessi Ramsey
Actress and stage performer Nicole Leach, also known as Nicolle Rochelle, played Jessi in the HBO series…
Zelda Harris as Jessi Ramsey
… While Zelda Harris, who also starred in He has a game, played Jessi in the 1995 film.
Vivian Watson as Mallory Pike
Jessi’s best friend and fellow junior officer is Mallory, the oldest of the eight Pike children. Mallory idolizes the older BSC girls (as well as Jessi). She’s just happy to be here, guys.
Meghan Andrews as Mallory Pike
Meghan Andrews played Mallory Pike in the HBO series…
Stacy Linn Ramsower as Mallory Pike
… While Stacy Linn Ramsower played Mallory as an absolute ’90s fashion icon in the film.
Alicia Silverstone as Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer
This casting track is a real ’90s double nostalgia. Alicia Silverstone — yes, it is. DistraughtDear Horowitz to you, has joined the cast of the reboot as Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, Kristy’s mother.
“It was really nice watching the little girl (Sophie Grace) playing my daughter,” said Alicia. Marie Claire of his experience working on the show. “She works a lot harder than me. I watched her grow up as an actress, and it was really fun to watch. I really saw her change. In the end, I was so proud of her.
In the original show, Elizabeth was played by Ann Dowd, who is now widely known and feared by television fans as the The Handmaid’s Taleis Aunt Lydia. In the film, she was played by Brooke Adams.
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