Whatever Happened To Miss Honey From Matilda?

Cue 'Send Me On My Way'

It has been 23 (!!) years since Matilda, the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel was released, which is enough time to a) look back on how messed up the premise of the film actually was and b) wonder whatever happened to the film’s beloved teacher, Miss Honey.

In case you didn’t see the film (shame on you because it’s iconic), it follows the story of Matilda Wormwood, a gifted girl who is brought up in an abusive family. To make matters worse, Matilda is sent to a shocker of a school run by part-time principal, full-time bully Miss Trunchball. Spoiler alert: Matilda realises she has the power of telekinesis and can not only defend her friends from the wrath of Trunchball, but can also defend herself against her crappy parents. 

Still terrified of Miss Trunchbull, tbh.

Miss Honey, played by actress Embeth Davidtz, is Matilda’s sweet-as-pie teacher who not only takes an immediate liking to her pupil, but tries to get Matilda moved up a grade and even visits her parents to ask them to pay more attention to her. Second MAJOR spoiler alert: Miss Honey reveals that Miss Trunchball is actually her mum’s abusive step sister she was forced to live with after her father ‘mysteriously’ died. Later, she adopts Matilda and they live happily ever after.

It’s a cracker of a film, but it begs the question, what is Miss Honey AKA Embeth Davidtz up to now? Before Matilda, Davidtz appeared  in a string of 90s films including Schindler’s List, Murder in the First and Feast of July.

After Matilda, the actress starred opposite Hollywood heavyweights like Denzel Washington, Anthony Hopkins and Kenneth Branagh in a bunch of different movies. However, it was Davidtz’s role opposite the late Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man that is sure to stir those nostalgic feels within. 

Another 90s classic. Credit: The Movie Scene

Apparently, Davidtz also starred in recurring roles on Ray Donovan, Mad Men, Californication and Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Derek Shepherd’s sister. She even played parts in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Amazing Spider-Man as Peter Parker’s mother, which really shows how little I’m paying attention during movies. 

Embeth Davidtz was in Grey’s Anatomy!?
Credit: The Cheat Sheet

Judging by her Instagram, Davidtz’s life is pretty great. She’s still acting, she’s a wife, mum, and an advocate for breast cancer awareness, having been diagnosed with the disease in 2013. Oh, and 23 years on from Matilda she still looks like the teacher we all wish we had growing up.

Baz Luhrmann Has Found His Elvis Presley For An Upcoming Biopic, And Sorry, It's Not Harry Styles

Or Miles Teller.

If there are any Harry Stylers out there, you might want to look away. We’re so sorry to break it to you, but your flared pant-loving, former One Direction heartthrob will not be playing Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic.

Austin Butler has been confirmed the play the role of Elvis in the film which will chronicle the star’s rise to fame from poor kid to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. 

Smouldering eyes, check. Credit: Getty

It’s a mammoth gig for Austin, who has appeared in a handful of Nickelodeon and Disney shows and is also known by his hoards of thirsty Twitter fans as the arm candy of High School Musical actress, Vanessa Hudgens. 

And speaking of thirsty fans, the social media love (and hate) Austin is receiving for the role is palpable. Austin beat both Harry Styles and Miles Teller who were rumoured choices for the role, sending their combined social media fandoms into an a bit of a tizz.

Harry seemed like an obvious choice for the role, considering his recent foray into film with 2017’s box office hit Dunkirk. Oh, and there’s also the fact that he’s already a musician, which would make those on-screen guitar solos seem a little more natural.

Who, me?

But what’s wrong with Austin? Sure, he’s the new guy on the block but according to Baz in a statement to Variety, he could “embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.” Also, there is no denying that the resemblance to Elvis is uncanny. 

If you’re still miffed that Austin is going to play Elvis instead of Harry, or Miles, just remember that our beloved Tom Hanks has also been cast in the film as manager Col. Tom Parker. There’s always a silver lining if you look hard enough.

Blessed Hanks.

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