Checking back in with the young actors of The Haunting of Hill House cast

The Haunting of Hill House - Julian Hilliard - Courtesy Netflix
The Haunting of Hill House - Julian Hilliard - Courtesy Netflix /

The Haunting of Hill House is surging in popularity again, thanks to the recent addition of The Haunting of Bly Manor to Netflix, and 1428 Elm did a little digging to check in with the Hill House kids.

The young actors who portrayed the Crain children were definitely part of the draw of The Haunting of Hill House, not only because they were adorable, but also due to their serious acting chops. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that they have continued working steadily since they had to face the bent-neck lady.

Here’s the run-down on what they have been up to:

Julian Hilliard played young Luke Crain (social media adoringly dubbed him “Baby Luke”) when he was only six years old.  Two years later, he has not only stayed busy, he has continued working in the horror genre. Julian has appeared as Nicolas Cage’s son Jack in Color Out of Space, and as Tom Craft in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

Julian’s next big movie is the upcoming The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, which was originally slated to have been released in September, but due to COVID, the release was delayed until June 4 of next year. The Devil Made Me Do It is based on a real Ed and Lorraine Warren case, and Julian will be playing the pivotal role of David Glatzel. He is also currently working on a few yet to be announced projects, and we wish him the best of luck.

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Photo: The Haunting of Hill House. Courtesy Steve Dietl/Netflix /

Little Luke’s twin sister Nell was played by Violet McGraw, who was seven at the time of filming. Keeping with Mike Flanagan’s habit of casting actors he has already worked with, Violet had a small role in Doctor Sleep as one of the victims of Rose the Hat and the True Knot.

She currently has three films in post-production: short fantasy film Grummy, a supernatural movie called Separation and Marvel superhero film Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey, Jr.

McKenna Grace was 12 years old when she portrayed the younger version of Theo, who had a psychic ability related to touching things. McKenna has been acting since she was six, and has appeared in multiple horror roles, including Rhoda in the remake of The Bad Seed.

Since Hill House first aired, she has played the Warren’s daughter Judy in Annabelle Comes Home and a young Sabrina in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. She will also be appearing in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and in the next season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

14-year-old Lulu Wilson already has quite a following in the world of horror movies. In addition to playing the young Shirley in The Haunting of Hill House, she has appeared in Deliver Us from Evil, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Annabelle: Creation, (making both of the sequels far better than the original films they succeeded).

After Hill House, she appeared in an episode of 50 States of Fright and in the action thriller Becky, as the title character. Although reviews for Becky were mixed, Lulu received high marks for her performance opposite Kevin James.

The oldest Crain kid was Steven, played by Paxton Singleton. Surprisingly, he had very few screen credits before being cast in The Haunting of Hill House, but he has made up for it since then. He played a young Dean Winchester in Supernatural and has appeared in a few other television series.

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Paxton Singleton and Michiel Huisman attend the after party for the premiere of Netflix’s “The Haunting Of Hill House” (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

He will be seen in a movie called Alice Fades Away, which is currently in post-production, and it was recently announced that he will be appearing in the post-apocalyptic thriller Breed.

Olive Elise Abercrombie played young Luke’s not-so-imaginary friend Abigail, and her storyline was positively tragic. Like Violet, Olive was only seven years old when she was cast in The Haunting of Hill House, and had few screen credits (although she appeared in her first short film as an infant).

However, she is making up for that, because she was cast in a thriller starring Bruce Willis and Megan Fox, Midnight in the Switchgrass. Like so many other announced films, this one is currently in post-production.

Here’s hoping Mike Flanagan sees fit to re-cast every single one of these talented kids in another film soon, but in the meantime, now you know where you can see them next.

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Are you a fan of The Haunting of Hill House, and are you looking forward to seeing the youngest actors in more films? Let us know what you think in the comments section.