A young girl walks into a diner with her grandpa. They sit down and greet the host, and the child orders a Pepsi. “Nah, we’ve only got Coke,” comes the reply. Appalled, she recites a moving speech about freedom of choice, before leading the customers out of the restaurant in protest. But viewers of the iconic ’90s commercials would not have known that it was not to be this girl, but her big brother who would grow up to become a megastar.
The child’s name is Hallie, and she was born in August 1992. After the success of the initial Pepsi commercial, she went on to star in several more in the late ’90s and early 2000s. In 1998 aged six she landed a role in kid’s film Paulie, playing a girl who owned a parrot. Her cute dimples and un-brattish attitude charmed audiences and more movies followed, including Bicentennial Man with Robin Williams in 1999.