Here's What Mia Sara Looks Like Today

Before landing the role of Sloane Peterson in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in 1986, Mia Sarapochiello was a "shy girl with stage freight," according to The Famous People. However, it seems that she conquered these anxieties to pursue a career in acting. By shortening her last name and going by Mia Sara, she started to land roles while she was still in high school.

Sara debuted on the small screen in 1983 when she was just 16 years old, starring in an episode of the 35th season of "All My Children" as Francesca (via IMDb). While it was a small role, it certainly got Sara's name out there and she was soon starring alongside Tom Cruise in Ridley Scott's fantasy film "Legend" as Princess Lili.

But it wasn't until a year later that the actress found her breakthrough role, which was as Sloane in the John Hughes' classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." From her iconic outfits to her blasé attitude, Sara's Sloane defined a generation of young women. But what does Mia Sara look like today?

Mia Sara left the acting profession to become a writer

Soon after "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" premiered, Mia Sara became extremely busy with acting work. Over the course of the late '80s and early '90s, she appeared in the likes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Any Man's Death," "A Stranger Among Us," "Timecop," and "Chicago Hope" (via IMDb). Her work as an actress continued into the 21st century but mysteriously came to an abrupt halt following her role in the 2007 TV short "Tinseltown."

She had a few more roles following that, but by 2013 she seemed to have quit acting altogether. "Mia Sara used to be an actress, but recovered her senses and now writes," the bio on her official site reads. Since pulling the plug on performing, Sara's work has been published in various magazines and websites. She's also written a poetry book titled "Mid-Life with Gorilla," released in 2014 (via University of North Florida). She now lives between New York City and Los Angeles, according to her site, with her husband Brian Henson and their children. Sara is also active on social media, and regularly shares posts of her family — and writing — on Instagram under the handle @miasarawrites