At Seven years old she began by performing in a school play. A movie critic noticed her and encouraged her parents to get her an agent, and they soon did. As it turns out, it's a good thing that agent found her. She says that if she hadn't gone into acting, she would have been a runaway on Hollywood Boulevard. Or maybe even dead. One year later, Christina was signed on to perform in "Mermaids" with Cher and Winona Ryder. The role of Wednesday in The Addams Family would follow, and finally Casper, the film that established her as a child star. The film was downplayed by critics, but alas, embraced by audiences.
Christina stepped up and made a name for herself completely separate of her kid roles. The Ice Storm, Ang Lee's powerful 70s drama, was the film that saw Christina grow up. She displayed her amazing ability in the critically acclaimed role of Wendy. But, before critics could write her out, Christina popped out three huge indie successes that dropped her on the list of 'A-List Hollywood Actresses': Pecker, The Opposite of Sex, and Buffalo '66. The Opposite of Sex received the most praise, as it was also Lisa Kudrow's (Friends) turn to step out and prove herself.
The most incredible part of her carreer are the roles she never got to play. She was been turned down for roles in Jurassic Park, Little Women, Titanic (as Rose), Lolita (as Lolita), Batman & Robin, and Romeo + Juliet (as Juliet).
If she had gotten even one of these major roles, she might be an even bigger star today.