The little girl from 'Jurassic Park' is all grown up and still getting chased by dinosaurs

Ariana Richards can finally enjoy her green Jell-O in peace.

The actress who played Lex in Jurassic Park (1993) showed that she’s no longer afraid of dinosaurs — at least not robotic ones — when she visited Universal Studios Hollywood on June 9. The park has released footage of Richards, now 38, surprising fans of the blockbuster franchise at their “Raptor Encounter.”

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Ariana Richards (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Ariana Richards (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Ariana Richards (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Ariana Richards (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant and Ariana Richards as Lex try to avoid the attentions of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993. (Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Ariana Richards (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sam Neill shows a bone to Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
Actor Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, with Ariana Richards (left) and Joseph Mazzello (right) as Lex and Tim, in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993. (Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images)
Ariana Richards during 1994 Kid's Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
UNIVERSAL CITY,CA - APRIL 24: Actress Ariana Richards attends the 31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 24, 1996 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
STUDIO CITY,CA - FEBRUARY 5: Actress Ariana Richards attends the 15th Annual Youth in Film Awards on February 5, 1994 at Sportmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 15: Actress Ariana Richards attends the 13th Annual Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on April 15, 2000 at Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY,CA - JUNE 15: Actress Ariana Richards attends the Grand Opening Celebration of the New Universal Studios Theme Park Attraction - Jurassic Park: The Ride on June 15, 1996 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
Wilmer Valderrama and Ariana Richards at the Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Ariana Richards arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Ariana Richards attends the premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Actress Ariana Richards arrives for the Premiere Of Universal Pictures And Amblin Entertainment's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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During her day at Universal Studios, Richards also took her last ride on the Jurassic Park attraction that opened in 1996. The ride is closing on Sept. 3 to make way for a more modern and exciting one tied to Jurassic World next year.

While Richards is best known for her role in Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur hit, she also had parts on shows such as Boy Meets World and movies like Tremors 3. As an adult, she’s focused more on her art than on acting. She graduated from Skidmore College and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. According to her professional website, Richards “paints works for occasional exhibitions,” but mainly paints pieces by request.

We’re guessing she could create an amazing dinosaur painting.

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