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The Lost World: Jurassic Park’s Kelly Explains How She Landed The Role 20 Years Ago

As fans gear up for another Jurassic World film—which is still more than a year away from hitting theatres—diehards are celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the sequel to Jurassic Park.

The 1997 movie introduced Vince Vaughn and Julianne Moore into the dino universe, as well as Vanessa Lee Chester’s Kelly, the daughter of Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum).

After it was announced last month that Goldblum had been cast in the follow-up to Chris Pratt’s 2015 instalment of the Jurassic series, fans couldn’t help but wonder if Chester would also be reprising her role.

22 years ago I had the mind- blowing experience of meeting Steven Spielberg at “The Little Princess” premiere. As I was signing an autograph for him (go figure!), he told me one day he’d put me in a film. One year later, I got a call from Amblin Entertainment saying Spielberg wanted to meet with me- he was thinking of casting me in the #JurassicPark sequel. 😵 20 years later, as I sit reminiscing over the wonderful experiences I had filming #TheLostWorld; my heart is swollen with gratitude! Thank you to the entire crew for creating some of the most special memories of my childhood. Steven, Janusz, Vince, Julianne, Peter Stomare, Richard Schiff, Stan Winston/ Pete Postlethwaithe (RIP), and Jeff ❤️. There isn’t enough room to thank you for all the love, protection, and every bit of advice you gave me on set. Last but not least, every single Jurassic Park fan! You guys are like family to me and I thank you for the overwhelming amount of support and positivity you’ve shown me through the years. It’s beyond humbling and I love you all! Here’s to another twenty years of #JP movies! 🥂 #SomethingHasSurvived #WeReallyNeedADinoEmoji #20 #years

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Though it doesn’t appear Chester’s filmed anything for the second Jurassic World (yet), she did share some fun dino-related content on Tuesday (May 23) to celebrate The Lost World‘s anniversary, explaining how she landed the role of badass Kelly two decades ago.

While attending the premiere of her film, A Little Princess, in 1995, Chester met Steven Spielberg, who was impressed with her talent. “As I was signing an autograph for him,” she reminisced, “he told me one day he’d put me in a film.” A year later, she met with him about The Lost World—which Spielberg directed—and the rest is history.

Chester posted three heartfelt notes Spielberg, Moore, and Vaughn had written her after filming the movie. Click through Chester’s Instagram album above to read their sweet messages.