It’s been more than 10 years since the remake of Cheaper By the Dozen hit movie theaters and it is making us feel really old. We were kids when the movie came out in 2003 and therefore all of the Baker kids seemed just like us, which got us thinking about the fact that they must all be pretty grown up now, which is totally bizarre.
We all know that Steve Martin, who played Tom Baker, and Bonnie Hunt, who played his wife Kate, are still mega stars, but what are their movie kids doing? Well, a lot of them are still in the acting world, some are in college and few have stayed out of the spotlight entirely. See what your favorite character – or rather the actor who played them – is currently doing below.
Piper Perabo (Nora Baker)
While Nora was a pretty hot and cold character in the first film, bailing on the family for her grown-up life, Piper Perabo is anything but annoying. In fact, she’s a pretty big star. Since playing the oldest Baker, Perabo has continued to act in films including Because I Said So and Looper. Her biggest roles, however, have been in the television realm. In 2010 she began her five season stint as Annie Walker on Covert Affairs and after a year-long break from TV, she returned in 2016 to play Julia George in ABC’s Notorious.
Tom Welling (Charlie Baker)
The 39-year-old actor played angsty football player Charlie Baker, the oldest boy in the Baker crew. While Welling did star in both Cheaper By the Dozen films, the majority of his acting career has been on television. In fact, he landed the role of Clark Kent on Smallville back in 2001, which was before he played Charlie. The New York native played the superhero character for 10 seasons, from 2001 to 2011, which is really impressive. After the CW series wrapped he went back to film acting in a few movies, including 2016’s The Choice.
Hilary Duff (Lorraine Baker)
Let’s be honest, Hilary Duff is definitely one of most famous among the former Baker kids. In the comedy, she played Lorraine, who was third in line, hated hand-me-downs and was obsessed with fashion. Right after the first movie, Duff starred in A Cinderella Story, wrapped the final season of Lizzie McGuire and starred in The Perfect Man. She also had more movie success with films like Material Girls, before landing a recurring role on Gossip Girl in 2009. Her biggest acting revival came after she became a mom in 2012, and decided to go back to TV, as Kelsey Peters on Younger, which began in 2015. Duff has also had a successful music career producing four studio albums, the latest being Breath In. Breathe Out in 2015.
Kevin G. Schmidt (Henry Baker)
Henry Baker was the son that played in a band and looked up to his big brother Charlie throughout the movie. Kevin G. Schmidt played the musical guy on screen, but off screen he is an actor through and through. In 2004 he was in The Butterfly Effect and later appeared in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, before focusing on his TV career. The 28-year-old actor was on Unnatural History and Poor Paul, but is best known for playing Noah Newman from 2008 to 2012 on The Young and the Restless. The Kansas native is back to movies now, appearing in a few shorts and recently starring in American Wrestler: The Wizard. Schmidt does create music in his spare time, usually with his brother, former Big Time Rush star, Kendall Schmidt!
Alyson Stoner (Sarah Baker)
What can’t Alyson Stoner do? Stoner’s Cheaper character, Sarah, was mischievous and a total tomboy, which is why we loved her so much. The Ohio native is also pretty take charge and isn’t afraid to do anything. Acting wise she quickly became a Disney darling, guest starring on shows like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and playing Caitlyn Geller in Camp Rock. She then went on to voice Isabella on Phineas and Ferb and its spinoff Take Two With Phineas and Ferb, as well as a lot of other TV projects. Plus, Stoner has killer dance moves, which helped her land roles in Step Up and Step Up 3D! Oh, she she sings, too… talk about a triple threat.
Jacob Smith (Jake Baker)
Jacob Smith played Jake, the skater kid of the family and Sarah’s partner in crime. Smith started acting in 1997, but shortly after Cheaper By the Dozen 2 he walked away from it. He did however star in Troy and appeared on a few episodes of Miracles before stepping out of the spotlight for good in 2006. According to his Twitter account, which is private, the 26-year-old former child star has lived a pretty normal life after stardom, most recently attending college at Charis Bible College in Colorado.
Liliana Mumy (Jessica Baker)
Who can forget the first set of twins from the Baker 12? Liliana Mumy played Jessica, the redheaded twin, and she was too cute for words. After Cheaper By the Dozen, you might remember her reprising her role as Lucy Miller in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Claus (she was also in The Santa Clause 2). Mumy has been in a lot of things since her Cheaper days including recurring roles on Lilo & Stitch: The Series and Catscratch. She’s voiced numerous characters, including Chick in Barnyard and Twinkle on Higglytown Heroes. Most recently she’s been voicing Leni on The Loud House, which began in 2016 on Nickelodeon.
Morgan York (Kim Baker)
Morgan York played Kim Baker, Jessica’s twin in the two movies, but unlike her fellow on-screen sister, York has stepped away from Hollywood. York did have a recurring role on Hannah Montana from 2006 to 2010 before walking away from acting all together. The 23-year-old former child star instead went to college and graduated from the University of Redlands and is now hoping to be a YA author. According to her Instagram, York is a YA fantasy writer, loves Instagramming books and currently works for Paper Lanter Lit.
Forrest Landis (Mark Baker)
Who could forget the sweetest of the Baker kids, Mark, who was played by Forrest Landis? Mark was the odd man out in his family, because of his red hair and glasses, but he was easily a fan favorite. The 22-year-old actor went on to have a few guest star roles on shows like ER, LAX and Weeds, a few years after his Cheaper By the Dozen fame and was last seen in Spy School in 2008.
Blake Woodruff (Mike Baker)
Blake Woodruff played the third youngest Baker child, Mike, who was seen hanging upside from the house in one scene. After his Mike Baker days, Woodruff had a few guest starring episodes on The Young and the Restless and appeared in the movie Whisper in 2007 and then he pretty much disappeared from Hollywood. He’s probably the most elusive of all the kids from the movie, because he doesn’t have an obvious Twitter account.
Brent Kinsman (Nigel Baker)
Brent Kinsman played Nigel Baker, one of the twins and the youngest of the Baker clan. Kinsman went on to star on one episode of ER before landing a long-term role on Desperate Housewives in 2004, as Preston Scavo, his real-life twin, Shane, played his twin on the ABC series as well until 2010. After walking away from acting, Kinsman focused on being a kid and now attends college – yes, the adorable twins from the early ’00s movie are already in college!
Shane Kinsman (Kyle Baker)
Shane Kinsman was the other half of the youngest twin siblings in Cheaper By the Dozen. He played Kyle Baker and like his real-life twin, Brent, Kinsman went on to star on one episode of ER and then played Porto Scavo (twin to Preston), Lynette Scavo’s son on Desperate Housewives for six seasons. Now that he’s no longer acting, Kinsman is enjoying life as a normal college student, attending university alongside his brother.
Which of the Baker kids was your favorite in Cheaper By the Dozen?
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