Larisa Oleynik joins 'Hawaii Five-0': Other child stars who deserve major TV gigs?

Larisa Oleynik, best known as Julia Stiles’ younger sister Bianca in 10 Things I Hate About You, has landed a recurring role on Hawaii Five-0. The network confirms that she’ll play Jessica Kaye, a Harvard graduate and ex-CIA analyst who arrives from Langley to help Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett pursue his nemesis, Wo Fat. Wo Fat murdered her fiancé, a CIA field agent, and it would seem, she’d like payback. TVLine first reported the news that Oleynik could become a regular in season 2.

In recent years, Oleynik has guested on Mad Men, Psych, and Without a Trace, but a permanent gig on TV’s No. 1 new drama would be huge. It’ll take me a beat to get my head around Bianca hanging with O’Loughlin, but I’m happy for Oleynik, who, according to IMDB, turns 30 this June. How do you not like the girl who chose Joseph Gordon-Levitt over Andrew Keegan? Funny how that goodwill lasts more than a decade. She can play nice, without coming off as a pushover. She has that sweet exterior, but underneath, there’s some bite. I’m excited to see what she brings to McGarrett’s team.

Now that we got Oleynik, star of The Secret World of Alex Mack, back on the tube, what other child stars deserve a comeback? Go!

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  • tracy bluth

    This is a bad picture of her… she looked gorgeous on “Mad Men”.
    Also, I really hope Ray Wise has a bigger role than “Ken’s father in law” next season. It would be a shame to waste an actor as awesome as he is on such a small role.

    • Flyer

      But as Ray Wise demonstrated on this week’s HIMYM, he can certainly pack a lot of punch into even just a few lines!

    • Lisa

      What season of mad men is she on? I just finished season 2.

    • Terrance

      Although I prefer her with longer hair, she looks great here. I LOVE those eyes!!!

  • Katja

    I will always love her for being part of one of my favorite movie exchanges ever. “There’s a difference between like and love…”

    • kimmy

      “I love my Prada backpack….”


    • Lindsay

      “I know you can be overwhelmed, and I know you can be underwhelmed…but can you just be whelmed?”

      • Kris

        “I think you can in Europe”

  • steph

    oh man I used to LOVE Alex Mack! This makes me beyond happy.

    • PS


    • ST

      Agree-I really knew her from The Secret World of Alex Mack. Great Show! Hey, if Christine Taylor from Hey Dude! can be in movies and marry Ben Stiller, why can’t Larisa be on a TV Show? :-) She seems pretty talented. Normally I would have said Melissa Joan Hart should be back on TV but since she already is (and I enjoy her show), I’m kind of at a loss for other child stars to make a come back.

      • Allison

        I <3 you for mentioning "Hey Dude!" Christine Taylor will always be Mel to me, not Marcia!

    • pinky

      She may be best known for 10 Things but she will always be Alex Mack to me!

      • Sue1

        Me too.

      • Ditto

        Ditto. I love that the writer didn’t mention our secret Alex Mack cult. Someone was sleeping while we were Snicking. LOSER!

      • mscisluv

        She must be better known for Alex Mack than 10 Things, right?

  • Ty

    Best known for 10 things…what about the secret world of alex mack….one of my fav nickelodeon shows back in the day. If I recall correctly Jessica Alba was her bitchy nemesis.

  • Veronica

    i like my sketchers, but i love my prada backpack… lol oh i missed her

    • Madd

      Ugh, you beat me to it!

  • Kay

    Dawn from the Babysitters Club! Possibly the lamest of all her past gigs, but it makes me love her more.

    I don’t watch 5-0, but I may tune in just to see how she does. Hope it turns into a full-time gig for her!

    • maj

      that movie is one of my guilty pleasures!

      • Kristina

        Mine too. I used to hate the girl who played Kristy because she didn’t seem like a Kristy to me.

      • Amy

        Kristina, I TOTALLY agree with you about Kristy! Kristy wasn’t my favorite anyway, but the movie version of Kristy is HORRIBLE! She isn’t like book Kristy at all.

        And yes, when I saw this story’s headline I immediately thought of BSC, too. Ha!

  • Cait

    Best known as ALEX MACK! Duh.

    • Sara


    • Kiki

      My first thought, too!

      • nunya

        I agree! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to turn into a puddle and sneak out to lunch.

    • Stef

      My best friend Ray thinks it’s cool. And my sister Annie thinks I’m a science project!

      • PS

        this comment made me smile :)

      • Erik

        Yes! Loved that show! I can still here the theme song in my head.

      • AshleyBrooke

        Omfg! I loved Alex Mack! I had the books and all of the episodes on tape! Now I got one damn dvd set, did they ever release the rest?!

    • Kris

      She’s best know for 10 Things I Hate About You. Almost every teenager knows that movie, not many people know that show.

    • LL

      That first sentence is just so wrong. She is best known for Alex Mack, and also known for 10 Things. Get it straight, EW.

      • Big Walt

        I’ve never heard of Alex Mack. I’ve seen 10 Things and remember her from it. Man she did not age well.

      • Ana170

        I’ve never heard of Alex Mack either.

  • megan

    Hey it’s Alex Mack! I loved that show…she looks great!

  • Sarah

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas, please. I always thought he was super talented and not too bad to look at either. I think it would lovely seeing him on the silver screen again, maybe doing something dark. Or not. :)

  • mickey

    Bring back Heidi Lucas from Salute Your Shorts.

  • Cygnus

    There needs to be more Corky from Life Goes On.

  • Elizabeth

    Boy Meets World – anyone.

    • court

      The first person I thought of was Ben Savage!!

  • Jacob

    She is a class act. Worked with her on a show years ago. Couldn’t be happier for her.

  • S

    I loved her on Alex Mack!! That show was the best! So glad she’ll be back on tv.

    Other child starts who should make a comeback: Maureen Flannigan – Evie from Out of This World!

  • Jenny

    Best remembered for 10 Things? Sorry but no. She will always be Alex Mack to me.

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