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What happened to the ‘don’t chop the dinosaur daddy’ girl? Child star is all grown up!

Everyone remembers the 2005 advert for the Natural Confectionery Company in which a little blonde girl tells her father, ‘Don’t chop the dinosaur, daddy!’

But the young actress who appeared in the famous lolly ad has stepped away from the spotlight and now follows a more spiritual path.

Joanna Hunt-Prokhovnik, 24, has turned her back on fame and is now studying integral energetics, a form of stress-reduction therapy. 

Remember her? Joanna Hunt-Prokhovnik, the child star who appeared in the famous Natural Confectionery Company advert from 2005, has stepped away from the spotlight and now follows a more spiritual path

Remember her? Joanna Hunt-Prokhovnik, the child star who appeared in the famous Natural Confectionery Company advert from 2005, has stepped away from the spotlight and now follows a more spiritual path

Pictured: Joanna's LinkedIn profile profile

Pictured: Joanna's LinkedIn profile profile

Remember her? Joanna Hunt-Prokhovnik, the child star who appeared in the famous Natural Confectionery Company advert from 2005 (left), has stepped away from the spotlight and now follows a more spiritual path. Pictured right: Joanna’s LinkedIn profile profile

In the advertisement, Joanna tells her on-screen father not to cut up a dinosaur lolly, saying: ‘Don’t chop the dinosaur, daddy!’

But she soon has a change of mind and tells him: ‘Chop it!’

Joanna was just 10 years old when she starred in the advert, according to her IMDb profile, and went on to appear in several films including 2005’s Three Dollars. 

All grown up! In the advertisement, Joanna famously tells her on-screen father not to cut up a dinosaur lolly, saying: 'Don't chop the dinosaur, daddy!'

All grown up! In the advertisement, Joanna famously tells her on-screen father not to cut up a dinosaur lolly, saying: 'Don't chop the dinosaur, daddy!'

All grown up! In the advertisement, Joanna famously tells her on-screen father not to cut up a dinosaur lolly, saying: ‘Don’t chop the dinosaur, daddy!’

New path: Joanna, 24, is now a student of integral energetics at Melbourne's Tree of Life Integral Centre, which offers therapeutic services and education. Pictured third from right

New path: Joanna, 24, is now a student of integral energetics at Melbourne's Tree of Life Integral Centre, which offers therapeutic services and education. Pictured third from right

New path: Joanna, 24, is now a student of integral energetics at Melbourne’s Tree of Life Integral Centre, which offers therapeutic services and education. Pictured third from right

Despite being nominated for an AFI Award for Best Young Actor at the time, it seems that Joanna has since given up acting. 

Despite starring in a follow-up advert for the confectionery company in 2008, she now works in a completely different field. 

According to her LinkedIn profile, Joanna is a student of integral energetics at Melbourne’s Tree of Life Integral Centre, which offers therapeutic services and education.

She also has a certificate in property services for real estate, has volunteered at Life Saving Victoria, and does administrative assignments for a recruitment company in Melbourne.

Remember her? Mia Agraviador, the little girl who became famous for saying 'porque no los dos?' in the Old El Paso adverts, is now 20 years old and working as a barista in Sydney

Remember her? Mia Agraviador, the little girl who became famous for saying 'porque no los dos?' in the Old El Paso adverts, is now 20 years old and working as a barista in Sydney

Pictured: Mia in a recent advert for Koala mattresses

Pictured: Mia in a recent advert for Koala mattresses

Remember her? Mia Agraviador, the little girl who became famous for saying ‘porque no los dos?’ in the Old El Paso adverts (left), is now 20 years old and working as a barista in Sydney. Pictured right: Mia in a recent advert for Koala mattresses

On Thursday, Daily Mail Australia revealed the story of another child star from a famous TV commercial.

The little girl who became famous for saying ‘porque no los dos?’ in Old El Paso’s adverts is now 20 and working as a barista in Sydney.

Mia Agraviador was just six years old when the nation fell in love with her catchphrase – which is Spanish for ‘why not both?’ – and she’s still proud to call herself ‘that taco girl’.

Iconic! Mia Agraviador was just six years old when the nation fell in love with her catchphrase - which is Spanish for 'why not both?' - and she's still proud to call herself 'that taco girl'

Iconic! Mia Agraviador was just six years old when the nation fell in love with her catchphrase - which is Spanish for 'why not both?' - and she's still proud to call herself 'that taco girl'

Iconic! Mia Agraviador was just six years old when the nation fell in love with her catchphrase – which is Spanish for ‘why not both?’ – and she’s still proud to call herself ‘that taco girl’

‘Yes, I’m the “Porque No Los Dos?” taco girl,’ Mia’s Instagram bio states.

The former child actor appears to have a passion for dance, and regularly uploads videos of herself performing hip hop and urban routines.

Mia is also quite the fashionista, and likes to wear edgy outfits and stylish swimwear in photos shared to social media. 

Transformed: Mia has grown out her short bob and fringe and works as a barista in Sydney

Transformed: Mia has grown out her short bob and fringe and works as a barista in Sydney

Transformed: Mia has grown out her short bob and fringe and works as a barista in Sydney

Showing off: She is also quite the fashionista, and likes to wear edgy outfits and stylish swimwear in photos shared to social media

Showing off: She is also quite the fashionista, and likes to wear edgy outfits and stylish swimwear in photos shared to social media

Showing off: She is also quite the fashionista, and likes to wear edgy outfits and stylish swimwear in photos shared to social media 

Mia’s one-liner in the Old El Paso commercial is now a popular meme, and has become a common saying people use when they can’t decide between two things.

‘Porque no los dos?’ is Spanish for ‘why not both?’ and the advert was about a taco kit that included both soft and hard shell tacos.

In recent years, she has had minor roles in other commercials in which she revisits her signature catchphrase.

In March, she made an appearance in an advert for Australian furniture brand Koala.

Move it: The former child star appears to have a passion for dance, and regularly uploads videos of herself performing hip hop and urban routines

Move it: The former child star appears to have a passion for dance, and regularly uploads videos of herself performing hip hop and urban routines

Move it: The former child star appears to have a passion for dance, and regularly uploads videos of herself performing hip hop and urban routines

Last month, Pedestrian did a YouTube episode with Mia for their ’15 Minutes’ series. 

She revealed that fame had come at a price, and she often felt uncomfortable with the attention she received from the commercial.

As a result, she attended three separate high schools.

These days, Mia is a successful artist and one of her pieces from 2015 was a finalist for the Young Archibald Prize.

Impressive: These days, Mia is a successful artist and one of her pieces from 2015 was a finalist for the Young Archibald Prize. Pictured in a recent advert for Koala mattresses

Impressive: These days, Mia is a successful artist and one of her pieces from 2015 was a finalist for the Young Archibald Prize. Pictured in a recent advert for Koala mattresses

Impressive: These days, Mia is a successful artist and one of her pieces from 2015 was a finalist for the Young Archibald Prize. Pictured in a recent advert for Koala mattresses

Source: Daily Mail Australia | News Colony

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