Laura Dern and Sam Neill questioned their romance in Jurassic Park

“It never occurred to me until I opened a magazine and there was an article called ‘Old Geezers and Gals.’ People like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery performing with much younger people,” Neill continued. “And there I was, on the list. I thought, ‘Come on. It can not be true'”.

Dern was 23 years old when he started filming Jurassic Park and she also thought that the age difference with her leading man was “completely appropriate”.

“Well, it felt completely appropriate to fall in love with Sam Neill,” Dern said. “And it was only now, when we came back in a moment of cultural awareness about patriarchy, that I was like, ‘Wow! Aren’t we the same age?'”

Director of Jurassic Park, Steven Spielbergexpanded on the role of Dr. Sattler from the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichtonputting her in a relationship with Dr. Grant to add tension and because he felt she didn’t get enough attention in the book.

Now, 20 years since she last played the doctor, Dern is happy to be back in the land of the dinosaurs.

“I can say that it was amazing to get back together,” Dern told PEOPLE last year. “It was amazing to join the original cast members and walk down memory lane, from that experience at the beginning of a franchise through the entire course of these movies along with all the key cast members that have been working on these movies. , as well as [el director] Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg, who is like family to me.”