Even though The Truman Show came out 25 years ago, it has become increasingly more relevant with technology and media constantly evolving.
The mind-bending film centers on Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) whose life plays out on screen with cameras filming him at all times and producers controlling his every move.
But Truman is completely unaware that his life is being filmed for the world to watch.
One of the power-hungry producers masterminding Truman’s life is Cristof (Ed Harris).
A movie about a TV show: The mind-bending film features Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) whose life plays out on screen with cameras filming him at all times and producers controlling his every move
The executive producer not only brainwashes Truman but even interferes with his love life – recasting his girlfriend from Lauren (Natascha McElhone) to Meryl (Laura Linney).
But, beyond the blockbuster, plenty has happened to the actors themselves since the credits rolled – from career highs to love-life lows.
Here is what the cast of The Truman Show have been up to for the past 25 years.
Jim Carrey’s endured a turbulent love life before stepping away from the limelight
The Truman Show was released in the wake of Jim Carrey’s big career boom in 1994 when his biggest movies hit theaters.
Ace Venture: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber allowed him to showcase his over-the-top character acting skills.
However, The Truman Show was a different genre which allowed him to display a wider range of his acting abilities.
Jim Carrey played Truman in the show (left) but in the 25 years since has announced his retirement from acting (right)
After The Truman Show, he still continued to work on comedies like Bruce Almighty (2003) but also explored more dramatic films like the sci-fi romance Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).
In 1999, filming wrapped on satirical slapstick comedy Me, Myself & Irene. Carrey starred in the blockbuster alongside Renee Zellweger and the two began a whirlwind romance.
They got engaged that year and made a red carpet appearance together at the 2000 Golden Globes – but the romance was short-lived.
Even though their relationship only lasted for around a year, Carrey declared that she was ‘the love of his life’ in his autobiography Memoirs and Misinformation.
When questioned about the declaration by Howard Stern on Sirius XM, he doubled down, telling the talk show host: ‘That’s true and she was special to me, very special. I think she’s lovely.’
Prior to his brief romance with Zellweger, the star had been married twice.
He married his first wife actress Melissa Wormer in 1987 and the pair divorced in 1995 after eight years together.
Something new: The Truman Show was a different genre for Carrey which allowed him to display a wider range of his acting abilities
He married his first wife actress Melissa Wormer in 1987 and the pair divorced in 1995 after eight years together. The actor then married his Dumb and Dumber co-star, Lauren Holly in 1996 but they went their separate ways after less than a year together.
After The Truman Show, he still continued to work on comedies like Bruce Almighty in 2003 (pictured)
The actor then married his Dumb and Dumber co-star, Lauren Holly in 1996 but they went their separate ways after less than a year together.
His next long term relationship began after he met Jenny McCarthy in 2005. The two dated for five years, splitting in 2010.
During that time, he filmed hits like Yes Man (2008) and I Love You Phillip Morris (2009).
One of the issues that came with their breakup was the bond he formed with her son, Evan. He had helped her raise Evan, who was diagnosed with Autism, from around the ages three to eight years old.
Two years after their split, McCarthy accused Carrey of ignoring her attempts to get him and Evan together for visits. Carrey refuted those claims.
‘I will always do what I believe is in the best interest of Evan’s well being,’ the Yes Man star responded in a statement released to E! News.
‘It’s unfortunate that Evan’s privacy is not being considered. I love Evan very much and will miss him always.’
As Carrey’s comedy career continued to thrive in the 2010s, his love life was marred with yet more conflict.
He started dating Ireland native Cathriona White on and off from 2012 up until her death in September 2015 at 30 years old.
The cause of death was ruled as suicide by prescription overdose. White’s ex-husband and mother both issued wrongful death lawsuits against Carrey, accusing him of supplying her the drugs that caused her death and gave her STDs.
The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed in 2018 but it was around this time that he first contemplated retiring from acting.
In September 2018, he addressed his five-year career hiatus and admitted he was struggling with depression.
‘Depression is caused by your body and your psyche becoming exhausted with who you are trying to portray in the world,’ he told The Herald Sun.
Carrey has had a number of famous flings including a brief engagement with Renee Zellweger (left) and a five-year relationship with Jenny McCarthy (right)
Carrey also brought his comedic chops to the film Yes Day in 2008 (right)
Carey briefly came out of his unofficial retirement to star in the TV series Kidding
‘It occurred to me one day, “you’ve been out of the business for five years. You left. The only thing keeping you here is this physical avatar that does this for a living, but you’re not here, this is not who you are.”‘
He described his unofficially retired life as ‘isolated’ to Radio Times but admitted that he likes ‘being by myself, so it’s ok.’
Ultimately, he chose to return to work after the hiatus with the TV series Kidding.
‘There is such incredible work being done on television right now.
‘The greatest writers in the business are cutting their teeth on television shows, which is why I decided to work on Kidding. I wanted to jump in while the water was warm’.
Since filming Kidding, the only other projects he has worked on was Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) and its sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022).
When speaking with Access Hollywood, he heavily implied that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 would be his last film.
The outlet had asked him about a potential future project, to which he said he was ‘retiring.’ When asked if he genuinely meant, he responded ‘yeah, probably’ and that he was ‘being fairly serious.’
He explained: ‘It depends, if the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink that says to me that it’s gonna be really important for people to see, I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break.’
He added, ‘I feel like – and I feel like this is something you might never hear another celebrity say as long as time exists – I have enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough.’
So far, he has stayed true to his word and hasn’t filmed anything since.
Laura Linney lapped up a steady stream of roles before becoming a mom late in life
Laura Linneyplayed Truman’s replacement girlfriend, Meryl, and has become a big name again after starring in Ozark
The Truman Show (1998) proved to be the breakout role for Laura Linney.
Just two years after playing Truman’s replacement girlfriend Meryl, she landed a role as Sammy in You Can Count on Me (2000).
It was around this time that her marriage with David Adkins fell apart. The two had tied the knot in 1995, as she was started to book more roles, and got divorced five years later in 2000.
As she continued to book work in films like Love Actually (2003) and Kinsey (2004), she met the man who would become her second husband, real estate broker and drug and alcohol counsellor Marc Schauer.
Their romance started at the 2004 Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, which Laura happened to be attending with mother Ann.
‘I had been painfully single for a long time. We got off the plane and up came this very good-looking man,’ she told Dailymail.com.
He ended being her guide and after developing an attraction for him, the two started dating and tied the knot in 2009.
The Truman Show (1998) lead to the breakout of her career
The Truman Show (1998) lead to the breakout of her career
Her next big career hit was Love Actually (2003)
She continued to book gigs like The Savages (2007) and The Big C (2010-2013)
As she continued to book gigs like The Savages (2007) and The Big C (2010-2013), she has been thankful for the support of her husband.
‘It’s not easy to be married to someone in “the business” because your hours are crazy and you have to travel all the time,’ she shared.
‘You need someone who feels secure and Marc is terrific that way.’
Soon after wrapping The Big C, at 49 years old she privately gave birth to her son Bennett Armistead on January 8, 2014 – and said she had no shame in raising a child so late in life.
‘I’m a much older parent; I didn’t know if motherhood was going to happen for me,’ she explained. ‘For me, there’s no anxiety that I’m missing out, that I didn’t get to do this or that… I did all that.’
However, she has since admitted that her age is the reason why she kept her pregnancy so under wraps.
‘Well, I was an older mother-to-be, and it had taken me a very long time to have a child,’ Linney told Live! host Kelly Ripa in 2016.
In 2004, she met the man who would become her second husband, real estate broker and drug and alcohol counsellor Marc Schauer
In 2016, she starred in Sully and then a year later, she had a resurgence after landing the role of Wendy in Ozark.
‘I wanted to make sure that my child actually arrived, and was safe and healthy.’
That year, she starred in Sully and then in 2017, she had a resurgence after landing the role of Wendy in Ozark.
The show ran for five seasons on Netflix, ultimately wrapping in 2022.
‘It’s kind of bittersweet. We’re all so proud, and we’ve all had such a good time together, and I think we’re all very aware of what a rare situation it was,’ she told Vanity Fair.
She continued: ‘The reality that this group will probably never be reunited again is always really hard. When you’re in it, you never think it will end. And then, when it’s over, it feels very far away.’
That year, she also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
‘This is even more overwhelming than I thought it would be,’ Laura said as she began her acceptance speech, per the Belfast Telegraph.
She continued, ‘I would simply have deemed it absolute crazy talk, it would have been ludicrous and as puzzling and indecipherable.
‘Even after 30 years I can tell you that on a daily basis I am quietly stunned and not so quietly exhilarated to be embraced, not only by Los Angeles itself, but by the industries, the businesses and the people that call it home.
Ed Harris has enjoyed success both on and off the screen
Ed Harris played the all-controlling executive producer of the fictional Truman Show, Cristof, and has gone on to find success in West World
Ed Harris played the all-controlling executive producer of the fictional Truman Show, Cristof.
The now 72-year-old first started acting in the 80s. However, it wasn’t until after The Truman Show that he started to land his biggest roles.
Pollock, his directorial debut, came out two years later in 2000.
‘I spent almost a whole decade working on that movie,’ he told EW.
‘I built an art studio so I could paint on a big surface and create some things that felt Pollock-y. I don’t know if I ever did anything very good.
‘It was a tough shoot, and I ended up spending a ton of my own money on that movie, but I didn’t care.’
Thankfully, it ended up being one of his biggest films.
Two years later, he got to work with Meryl Streep in The Hours (2002). He played a character with AIDS, which he described as ‘different’ from any other character he had ever played and felt the weight of doing it justice.
‘A different kind of character for me. I lost a lot of weight and had a chance to work with Meryl [Streep], which was fun,’ he shared.
‘I had some good friends who died from AIDS and I felt kind of obligated to do them justice in some way — the suffering and feelings of despair that some of them were living with at the time…It was important to me.’
The 72-year-old first started acting in the 80s. However, it wasn’t until after The Truman Show that he started to land his biggest roles
Throughout the course of his entire career, he has been happily married to his wife Amy Madigan. He and Madigan are also proud parents to their daughter Lily Doris Harris, 30
After The Truman show, he got to work with Meryl Streep in The Hours (2002). His success eventually lead him to Westworld (2022)
In 2006, he starred arguably his most notorious film, Appaloosa. Harris calls the film the best time he’s had on set and would like to make a sequel.
‘I read Parker’s book while I was on a horse-riding trip and fell in love with these two characters. I wanted it to be made in a certain classic way,’ he explained.
‘I was proud of it. I’m not a big gun guy but, in terms of playing cowboys…I grew up doing that.
‘There’s something kind of whimsical or romantic about the Old West — the things people had to face during that time and [valuing] loyalty and being a man of your word.’
Even though his biggest hits may have been in the 2000s, he continued to book consistently over the years. Some of those films include The Way Back (2010), Snowpiercer (2013) and The Adderall Diaries (2015).
Most recently, he appeared in the hit film Top Gun: Maverick (2022) and starred in the successful TV series Westworld (2016-2022).
Throughout the course of his entire career, he has been happily married to his wife Amy Madigan. The two have now been married for 30 years, after tying the knot in 1983.
The couple have even worked together in films like Once Fallen (2010) and the filmed stage production of Buried Child (2016).
When speaking of the challenges that could come up with working with your spouse, he has told Men’s Journal that the most important things are ‘communication and telling the truth—you get into it once in a while, but we don’t take working together for granted.’
He and Madigan are also proud parents to their daughter Lily Doris Harris, 30.
Having a child taught him a lesson in selflessness, explaining, ‘You wake up in the morning and no longer think of yourself—you’re thinking about somebody else.’
Even with his family life, he has managed to have a successful career.
His advice on that? ‘Stay away from it and do your work. I don’t hobnob around with the A-team or whatever it’s f**ing called. I just live my life.’
He is also clearly very passionate about his career, explaining to Vanity Fair, ‘First of all, acting is a lifelong situation. It’s a relentless focus and it’s a never-ending journey, ’til you drop dead.’
Natascha McElhone overcame personal tragedy when her husband died and left her as a single mom-of-three
Natascha McElhone starred as star as Truman’s first girlfriend Lauren in The Truman Show and now she’s making appearances on The Crown
For British actress Natascha McElhone, The Truman show was her big break in the United States.
And 1998 was a big year for McElhone. Not only did she star as Truman’s first girlfriend Lauren but she also tied the knot with her real-life love interest, Martin Hirigoyen Kelly.
Two years later, they welcomed their eldest son Theodore Kelly and in 2003 came son Otis Kelly.
She also continued to have a successful acting career starring in films like Solaris (2002) and Big Nothing (2006).
It was in 2007 that she landed her big role in Californication. However, things would take a turn for the worse in her personal life just one year later.
Her husband died suddenly of a heart attack at 43 in 2008 when she was pregnant with their third child, Rex.
At the time, McElhone was filming on the set of TV series Californication in Los Angeles, and learnt her husband had died through his friend, Neil Randhawa.
‘I walked across the road towards my trailer and it must have suddenly hit me on some level,’ she told The Sunday Times of the moment she got the heartbreaking news.
‘I did that thing I thought people only did in movies – I dropped the phone and my knees sort of buckled under me.’
Shortly after his death, she revealed how she managed to live through the tragedy.
She also continued to have a successful acting career starring in films like Solaris (2002)
1998 was a big year for McElhone. Not only did she star as Truman’s first girlfriend Lauren but she also tied the knot with her real-life love interest, Martin Hirigoyen Kelly
She found out her husband Martin Hirigoyen Kelly died on the set of Californication (2007)
‘Everyone’s been saying “I don’t know how you can manage on your own, with the baby” but it’s because of that, in a funny way, it’s been manageable,’ she shared.
‘You can’t hole up and not get out of bed.’
She has also revealed his sweet last words to her before he died.
She said: ‘He left me this message, full of the joys… he couldn’t wait to come out the next week, he was so excited about the scan, so excited about the baby.’
The year after Kelly’s sudden death, Natascha revealed how she was managing her grief while raising the couple’s sons, Theo, then eight, Otis, then five, and baby Rex.
She told Dailymail.com at the time: ‘I didn’t have a choice. I now have twice the responsibility I had before, and I have to work for financial reasons.
‘But it’s good having responsibilities, whether it is paying the bills or feeding a baby at five in the morning. The mundanity of life becomes very important. Not coping just isn’t an option.’
The actress felt the pressure of being a single mother-of-three so she continued to hustle and book rules. She didn’t land anything major, however, until she booked a lead role in the TV series Designated Survivor (2016-2017).
Most recently, she has appeared in the successful Royals series The Crown (2022).
She also seems to be ready to date again. She was spotted out with Sule Rimi last October.
Noah Emmerich has thrived in the spotlight and continues to appear on screen
Noah Emmerich starred as Marlon in the Truman show and went on to star in The Good Nurse
Like his co-star McElhone, 1998 was a year of both career and romantic success for Noah Emmerich.
He starred as Marlon in the Truman show and also married actress Melissa Fitzgerald.
The two stayed together for five years before ultimately separating in 2003.
And, after the demise of his first marriage, he shifted his focus back on acting.
He starred in films like Miracle (2004) and Pride & Glory (2008). He then landed his longest gig on The Americans (2013-2018).
He opened up to GQ about his role on The Americans was unlike any role he had ever played before.
‘First and foremost the continuity of it, just doing it for so long. I never had a relationship with an audience. I’ve never gone back to a job,’ he shared of his career history.
‘I’ve only done jobs that ended. I’ve only done guest spots on television or films. And the films, I’ve never made a sequel. I’ve never returned.
‘So creating this family, creating this group of people that we came to rely on and would come back to working together year after year was the biggest most dramatic change for me. It was really beautiful and wonderful.’
He also thrived among the cast and crew around him which included Keri Rusell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor, Keirich Sellati and Annet Mahendru.
‘I’ve gotten spoiled. We have a great crew and a great cast and a great group of writers. It really has become my artistic family,’ he said.
‘And the pleasure of that: I always thought I wanted to change characters and change locations and change casts because there’s excitement in that.
The Truman Show brought plenty of success for Emmerich
In 1998, also married actress Melissa Fitzgerald. The two stayed together fo five years before ultimately separating in 2003. Just at the start of The Americans in 2013, he married film producer Mary Regency Boies
After The Truman Show, landed his longest gig on The Americans (2013-2018)
‘It’s like going to a new camp or a new school. A new job is exciting but the depth of pleasure that comes from returning to the same job with the same people is something I didn’t anticipate.’
Plus, just at the start of The Americans in 2013, he married film producer Mary Regency Boies.
In fact, the two even worked on a project together. Emmerich starred in Jane Got a Gun while Bois served as producer.
Once it wrapped in 2018, he had a hard time processing that the show was done for good. He described it as ‘sort of bizarre and surreal.’
‘It was just another day but it was the last one. I don’t know if the full impact of it will really happen until next fall when we don’t come back,’ he lamented.
‘I’m sure the body remembers: “Oh, it’s October, time to go back to work,” and in fact the job is no longer there.
‘We have our premiere, we have press. We’ll still be seeing each other a bunch for the next month or two. But it will be bizarre not to go back to it.
‘It’s hard to say goodbye to this family that’s grown together over the last six years.’
When asked about what he wanted to do next, he told the outlet that he definitely needed time to ‘recover’ and ‘digest’ by spending time with family.
He then expressed an interest in acting in another series or directing.
First and foremost, he emphasized: ‘One thing I do know off the top of my head: I really would love to do some lighter material. I would love to do some comedy. I definitely don’t want to be in the darkness of Stan again for a while.’
And he did just that. The star took a break drama and appeared in the Steve Carell comedy series Space Force.
Most recently, he returned back to drama with a role in the Netflix movie The Good Nurse (2022).
Holland Taylor has had a successful acting career – but made the biggest splash by dating Sarah Paulson
Holland Taylor played Truman’s mom on The Truman show but has made waves for dating Sarah Paulson
Holland Taylor was no stranger to Hollywood when she landed the role of Truman’s mom in The Truman Show.
In fact, she transitioned from starring on one TV show – The Naked Truth (1995-1998) – to another – The Practice (1998-2003) – during the year The Truman Show hit theaters.
Then after that, she went right to starring on Two and a Half Men from 2003 to 2015.
Holland has always had a stable career but it was her love life that caught headlines once she started dating American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson – 32 years her junior.
On Watch What Happens Live, Paulson shared that they met had at a party in 2005, but Paulson was with Cherry Jones at the time so they didn’t start dating for another ten years.
‘It’s a long story. We met a very, very long time ago. I was with someone else,’ she shared.
‘We were doing a thing at [actress] Martha Plimpton’s house. It was for an organization that she was working with and we were both doing a little PSA for it.
‘We sort of breezed by each other and started following each other on Twitter.’
Her American Horror Story co-star Billy Eichner then asked Paulson: ‘Holland Taylor slid into your DMs?’
Laughing, she replied: ‘She actually did!’
Her longest-running gig was Two and Half Men which she was on for 12 years
Sarah Paulson and Taylor shocked fans with their 32-year age gap
Funnily enough, Taylor revealed to People that she had found Paulson ‘annoying’ at first.
‘I already knew a lot about her because I’d seen her in a bunch of things,’ Taylor said. ‘She was one of those up-and-coming stars who was a real head-turner.’
Adding: ‘Her talent was just very striking, and she was so fabulous-looking. Then I was seated next to her.’
‘I remember thinking, “Here is this irritating girl, this irritating cooly-cool girl. A young star who’s such a big deal, who’s just going to start spouting off everything she knows about everything, like all young people do,”‘ she said.
While their 33 year age difference hasn’t stopped their romance, back in 2005, Taylor saw it as a roadblock even to conversation.
‘I’m just this old person and we’ll have nothing to say to each other,’ she said and remembered even asking Paulson, who was then 31, “You’re how old?”‘
Taylor added: ‘Because it was, like, she was so much younger than I was. I thought we’d have nothing in common.’
‘Of course, the fact is you don’t have to have anything in common with a person to fall in love with them,’ Taylor now says. ‘Those are not the things that matter.’
‘It’s just something that happens, even when people who are very opposite and even though they don’t agree with each other on a lot of things, can still love each other,’ she added. ‘What makes love happen between people is completely ineffable. You can never predict it, but it can’t be denied.’