Tina Majorino Who Played Little Enola in 'Waterworld' Is Now 34 and She Looks Different

"Waterworld" might not have been the greatest box-office hit of its time, but Tina Majorino, who played little Enola, was a very talented young woman, and now she is all grown-up. 

The adorable child actress, who rose to stardom with her role as the daughter of Meg Ryan's character in 1994's "When a Man Loves a Woman," is now 34 years of age.

In the mid-90s', Majorino was a very well-received actress and was even nominated as the most promising actress at the CFCA Awards. However, she seemingly disappeared from Hollywood not long after. 

Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tina Majorino look to the horizon in a scene from the film 'Waterworld', 1995. | Source: Getty Images

Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tina Majorino look to the horizon in a scene from the film 'Waterworld', 1995. | Source: Getty Images


The "Corrina, Corrina" star put off the limelight for the better part of half a decade before coming back with a bang with her iconic character, Deb, in the 2004 movie "Napoleon Dynamite."

Majorino had a pretty successful track record to her name, but, in an interview with "The Daily Emerald," she revealed that she decided to take a five-year break to discover herself. 

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❤️ my papa. #tbt

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The young star was a confident child and was comfortable with her choice of letting go of Hollywood for a while, even if it meant she might not make it back on-board. 


Putting her stardom aside at the age of thirteen, Majorino recognized the right time to hone and develop her own skillset rather than get on the Hollywood party bus. 

In the time of the party-hard starlets like Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie, Majorino confessed to "Netscape" that she was a firm believer that a life of fame could be depicted with better examples. 

"There are a lot of young actresses not setting very good examples and there should be some that show us that that's not really how it's done."

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"Napoleon Dynamite" was the comedy cult classic that put the beautiful actress back on the map. Soon after, the beautiful actress shifted her attention to TV shows. 

In 2006, Majorino starred as the bubbly best friend to Kristen Bell's character in the teen detective series Veronica Mars.

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For a long time, it’s felt like it’s been just you and me. We found each other, guided perfectly into each other’s arms where we always belonged - me, a lost and frightened 20 year old girl, you, a tiny little baby Lone Ranger who was told from day 1 there was no hope. But we gave it back to each other, didn’t we? That hope, that love, we both needed so badly. Emma Gene you brought me back to myself. You breathed new life into my broken heart & showed me how to put the pieces back together. You showed me how to be strong & how to be soft with people who earned the right to see it. You taught me how to be resilient & what it means to be a woman with grace. You taught me that true beauty is in the soul & the heart & that nothing could ever take that away. You showed me the importance of patience, & opened me up to Trust - in you, in the universe, & the people who through your example, you urged me to love even when it was scary. To go for it, no matter what anyone said. To believe in the power of my dreams again. Through your eyes I could see that nothing is ever too wonderful to be true. For these reasons & thousands more, I am forever in your debt my sweet girl. People always tell me that I was the one who gave you a new lease on life, but it’s quite the opposite. It was you who changed it all. You saved me for all the good things before I knew they’d ever happen, and stayed long enough to know I was okay. I want to thank you for the last 13 1/2 years, for being the best daughter/friend/companion/love I’d ever experienced, for showing me the way and showing me the light in all the moments I needed it most. I don’t know how to do this without you, and I never will. But I do know this: not another day will go by where you’re not on my mind and in my heart, the one I know you’ll always whisper to. Not a day will go by where I won’t try to be more like you. To love like you, accept like you, play like you, face this world like you. I am who I am because you chose me in my darkest hour, and showed me I was safe in a scary world. I will always try to make you proud, the way you made me proud every day of your beautiful life. I love you endlessly. Now go, baby. Fly.❤

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Majorino did work in a few shows and movies since, but her next iconic role was as Dr. Heather Brooks in the ABC mega-hit medical drama "Grey's Anatomy."

Her character in the ABC drama was not long-lived because of which Majorino did not get an elaborate character arc to her name. However, not very long after she moved on to her next project

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