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Catch Up With the Cast of ‘Mermaids’ and See Where the Stars Ended Up!

Find out which star of the film is no longer an actor...

Fans of 90s cult hit Mermaids were given the royal treatment with this particular cast. Released in 1990 and starring Cher, Winona Ryder and Michael Schoeffling, the Mermaids cast is star-studded and most definitely worth the watch.

When Mrs. Flax (Cher) and her daughters (Ryder and Ricci) move — yet again — to a new town, the girls hope that they’ll finally be able to settle down, but when Charlotte begins to fall for a younger guy (Schoeffling), it feels like the past is repeating itself. In the end, the family has to learn to accept each other for who they are.

Pulling in a few classic celebrities for this film created an exciting watch. Audiences and critics agreed, with film critic Roger Ebert writing, “I found this an interesting movie… sometimes we simply sit there in the dark, stupefied by the spectacle.”

Keep reading to catch up with the cast of Mermaids!

Cher: Cast of Mermaids


Character Played: Mrs. Flax

Born: May 20, 1946, in El Centro, California

Best Known For: Songs such as “If I Could Turn Back Time” (1989) and “Believe” (1998), films including Moonstruck (1987) and Burlesque (2010) and, in the 60s and 70s, she was a part of the duo Sonny & Cher with her ex-husband.

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Personal: Previously married to Sonny Bono (1964-1975) and Gregg Allman (1975-1979); is currently with Alexander Edwards; has two children, Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman

Thoughts On Mermaids: “I know from being a single mother myself … you try to do your best, but sometimes you’re not equipped,” she explained. “The line ‘You guys don’t come with instructions,’ that’s my line. Mermaids shows how people can love each other, miscommunicate and not understand how to show it.”

Winona Ryder

winona ryder; cast of mermaids

Character Played: Charlotte Flax

Born: October 29, 1971 in Winona, Minnesota

Best Known For: Jo March in Little Women (1994), Susanna in Girl, Interrupted (1999), Lydia in Beetlejuice (1988), Veronica Sawyer in Heathers (1988) and Joyce Byers in Stranger Things (2016)

Personal: Currently with Scott Mackinlay Hahn

Thoughts On Mermaids: What I related to about Charlotte is that she’s inconsistent. One day she’ll be obsessed with Catholicism, but the next day she’ll be obsessed with Joe the gardener,” she said. “I had really been going through stuff like that. I would think, I’m going crazy! I don’t know what I want!”

Christina Ricci: Cast of Mermaids

christina ricci

Character Played: Kate Flax

Born: February 12, 1980 in Santa Monica, California

Best Known For: Wednesday in The Addams Family (1991), Kat in Casper (1995), Layla in Buffalo ’66 (1998), Trixie in Speed Racer (2008) and the adult Misty Quigley in the Showtime series Yellowjacks (premiering in 2021 and still going).

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Personal: Currently married to Mark Hampton; previously married to James Heerdegen; 2 children

Thoughts On Mermaids: I spent my days hiding from my tutor in Cher’s and in Winona’s trailer – they were both so cool,” she said. “I learned so much on set, and Bob Hoskins was amazing. It was just a really incredibly fun experience.”

Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins

Character Played: Lou Landsky

Born: October 26, 1942, in Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

Died: April 29, 2014

Best Known For: Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Harold in The Long Good Friday (1980), Smee in Hook (1991), Mario Mario in Super Mario Bros. (1993)

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Personal: Married twice, 4 children

Michael Schoeffling: Cast of Mermaids

Michael Schoeffling ; cast of mermaids
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Character Played: Joe

Born: 1960 in Wilkes-Barred, Pennsylvania

Best Known For: Jake in Sixteen Candles (1984), Kuch in Vision Quest (1985), Al Carver in Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991), Michael in Longtime Companion (1989)

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Personal: Married to Valerie C. Robinson; 2 children

Interesting Fact: After a short-lived, successful film career, Schoeffling decided to leave acting behind entirely. Mermaids was his second to last film ever and the former actor now makes furniture.

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