Jonathan Taylor Thomas, known for his role in Home Improvement and as the voice of young Simba in The Lion King, has made a rare public appearance in Southern California. The 42-year-old was seen enjoying a walk while carrying what appeared to be a coffee thermos. He was dressed in a brown Lacoste sweater, a green T-shirt, jeans, and New Balance sneakers.
This is the first time Thomas has been seen in public in over two years, with his last public appearance being in July 2021. On that day, he was spotted in Los Angeles wearing a blue New York Mets hat, sunglasses, a dark hoodie, and New Balance sneakers. Prior to that, he had not been seen in nearly eight years, making this a super rare celebrity sighting.
Thomas was last seen on television when he reunited with his Home Improvement dad, Tim Allen, on Last Man Standing. He appeared in four episodes of the series between 2013 and 2015, and also directed three episodes. Before that, he made a 2005 appearance in Veronica Mars. Thomas, a heartthrob in the 90s and early 2000s, went on to graduate from high school and study at Harvard University before graduating in 2010 from Columbia University.
In a 1996 interview with Premiere magazine, Thomas expressed his feelings about fame, saying, “You can’t be trapped in this bubble called the acting industry. The industry is neurotic and weird, and so when I go home and I play basketball with my friends, I’m not Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I’m just Jonathan. I don’t like hanging out with other actors and actresses.”
In December 20202, Thomas’ Wild America co-star Devon Sawa revealed that he last spoke to JTT on the phone “a couple of years ago.” He also shared that Taylor was trying to do a mockumentary with Macaulay Culkin. “They were going to see if I would be involved in it,” Sawa said at the time. “It was going to be like a mockumentary TV show of where we are now, but like not really us. Almost like a Curb Your Enthusiasm of us.”