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Six Degrees of Separation: Laura Dern to Laura Dern

'Jurassic Park' to 'Big Little Lies'; you can, in fact, get there from here.

by Emma Specter
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Jul 19 2019, 1:40pm

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I don't think I need to tell you that it is extremely Laura Dern's moment. The actress's performance as scene-stealing Renata Klein on Big Little Lies has earned her consistent meme status, but the thing is, Dern's ascent isn't new; it arguably began in 1993, when she starred as Dr. Ellie Satler in Jurassic Park. How to get from her dinosaur days to her wine-soaked Monterey nights, though? Don't worry, we've connecteed the dots for you.

Laura Dern in Jurassic Park.

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Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993. (Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images)

Dern portrayed paleobotanist Ellie Satler in Steven Spielberg's 1993 film Jurassic Park.

Tyrannosaurus rex.

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The T-rex is one of the dinosaurs featured in Jurassic Park, and is one of the best-known theropods in history. (

David Schwimmer.

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David Schwimmer poses in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The actor got his big break on Friends playing Dr. Ross Geller, a paleontologist who—you guessed it—studied dinosaurs, even pushing a stuffed T-rex doll on his baby daughter.

Sir Ian McKellen.

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ir Ian McKellen during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)

In 1979, the young Schwimmer attended a Shakespeare workshop given by English actor Ian McKellen in Los Angeles and was "absolutely riveted."

Iain Armitage.

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The ten-year-old actor, who stars as Ziggy Chapman on the HBO series Big Little Lies, was named for Sir Ian McKellen.

Laura Dern in Big Little Lies.

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Dern stars as Big Little Lies' Renata Klein, owner of the best house—and best one-liners—in all of Monterey.

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