When we see celebrities dressed to the nines at some award show, or stepping outside with every single hair in place, it can be easy to forget that they’re really just like us. Or they used to be, at least. And it’s never more obvious than when looking at stars during their awkward teenage years.
That’s why at Hype Galore, we’ve collected the best highschool yearbook photos of your favorite stars. But we must warn you -you’re in for a shock with some of these. But then again, we wouldn’t be who we are today if it wasn’t for those cringey growing years!
Brad Pitt and His Uncompromising Jawline
Where do we begin talking about Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt. Famous for his numerous lead acting roles in too many films to count, he’s also constantly a source of interest for the press and the public alike. Although, usually people are most interested in what’s going on with his love life.
But he didn’t always have the rugged charm he has today. Take a look at baby-faced Brad on the left, wide-eyed and full of energy! Funnily enough, several decades and many hairstyles later and he’s landed on the long hair style he used to sport. And it’s amazing to see just how prominent his jawline used to be in his younger days. It looks sharp enough to cut something.
Ashley Greene the Beauty Queen
Actress and model Ashley Greene is best known for her role in the Twilight film saga. She played the adopted vampire daughter Alice Cullen, and starred opposite actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. You also might have seen her in Step Up: High Water, but either way she’s not a face you’d quickly forget.
She wasn’t just a beauty in her adult years, as we can see from her yearbook photo on the left. And she doesn’t look a day older despite being in her thirties. It’s no wonder she went in to showbusiness with such natural good looks. Infact, she actually started out by modelling as a teenager, before recognizing her love for acting instead.
Lindsay Lohan Has Changed a Lot
Former child star Lindsay Lohan was famous from a very young age, having starred in the hit Walt Disney film The Parent Trap in 1998. It led her on to several other films throughout her teen years, until her role as Cady in 2004’s Mean Girls catapulted her to a teen idol status. It definitely wasn’t a normal childhood.
But you wouldn’t have guessed she was a burgeoning star in her yearbook photo. She looks just like every other teenage girl, except for the fact that she isnt in the throes of an awkward teenage phase. But its quite surprising to see how different she looks today – is it just us or does she look like a completely different person?
Matthew McConaughey Was a Total Jock
Actor and producer Matthew McConaughey rose to prominence in the ’90s, when he appeared in teen comedy Dazed and Confused. It was his break out role, and was only the start of a long and illustrious Hollywood career. And on top of that, he’s considered quite a hunk by most people’s standards.
And looking at his highschool yearbook photo, it’s clear he’s always been a pretty boy. In fact, he was so good looking as a teenager that he actually got too much attention. But it paid off eventually, as now he’s a multi-million dollar Hollywood actor.
Pamela Anderson’s Farrah Fawcett Phase
Actress, model, and general television personality Pamela Anderson is best known for modelling in Playboy Magazine and for the period when she starred in Baywatch during the ’90s. And ever since she rose to prominence in her twenties, she’s been a Hollywood heavyweight ever since.
But take a look at the glamorous blonde before she matured into the style we know her for. On the left Pamela is posing for an innocent school photo, and doesn’t even have her iconic blonde hair! She’s actually a natural dark brunette, and was clearly influenced by the Farrah Fawcett-style hair of the seventies.
Megan Fox Was Bullied at School
Actress Megan Fox got her big break when she starred as girl-next-door Mikaela Banes in the 2007 blockbuster movie, Transformers. She is usually depicted as a romantic interest of a lead character, but in 2014 landed another career-defining role in the 2014 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
But it wasn’t always so easy for the actress. In fact, she’s admitted to having had a pretty touch childhood: “Everyone hated me, and I was a total outcast, my friends were always guys, I have a very aggressive personality, and girls didn’t like me for that.” According to Megan, she endured bullying during her younger years due to the close friendships she struck up with other boys.
Tom Cruise Started From the Bottom
Actor and producer Tom Cruise is one of the highest-paid actors in the world, and one of the highest-grossing box office stars to have ever lived. He had his breakthrough in the ’80s and has continued to be a busy lead actor for the last 40 years. That’s quite an achievement.
But his upbringing was far different from the mega-rich lifestyle he lives today. He was brought up in near-poverty but in a religious atmosphere, and didn’t get along with his dad. In fact, he claims his dad was a major bully, coward, and “a merchant of chaos.” Luckily, he’s been able to recognize his difficult childhood and the effects it’s had on him.
Jennifer Lawrence Wasn’t as Happy as She Seemed
Actress Jennifer Lawrence is only 30 years old, but she’s already achieved so much. Between 2015 and 2016 she was the world’s highest paid actress, grossing over $6 billion worldwide. But she’s also known for being a total goof ball who frequently pokes fun at her own expense. From the inside to the out, it’s hard not to love her.
She was actually spotted by a talent scount at age 14, around the time the yearbook photo on the left was taken. But don’t let her big bright-eyed smile fool you – she actually hated her time growing up. Apparently she suffered from hyperactivity and social anxiety, and found it very hard to make friends.
Courtney Cox Always Had Star-Quality
Actress, producer, and director Courtney Cox is known by everyone as Monica Geller from ’90s cult sitcom Friends, and she’s probably never going to run away from it. But when she started out on the show she was actually the most experienced actress out of all of them, having starred as Lauren Miller in NBC’s Family Ties during the ’80s.
Pictured on the left, Courtney was just a schoolgirl with a very promising showbusiness career ahead of her. But would you believe, she actually wanted to become an architect at this age. But seeing her adorable high school smile, it makes sense that she eventually pursued modelling and acting. She was beaming with star-quality even then.
Zac Efron Wasn’t as Cool as Troy
Actor and singer Zac Efron became an overnight success after starring as lead character Troy Bolton in the High School Musical film trilogy during the 2000s. It also catapulted him to teen idol status, and he became a major Hollywood heartthrob for a whole generation of teenagers.
But judging from his yearbook photo, he wasn’t quite the stud that everyone believed him to be. He looks more like a goofy skater-boy type, which is pretty much in line with how he describes himself at that age. According to Zac, he was a class clown, but at the same time, he took school work very seriously. He would “flip out” if he was graded “B” instead of “A.”
Sophie Turner’s Golden (Haired) Years
Actress Sophie Turner is hot news at the moment having only recently just given birth to her first child with popstar Joe Jonas. But she became mega famous after portraying Sansa Stark in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, for which she achieved a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Not bad for someone in their early twenties.
You might already be aware of the fact that she’s actually not a natural red-head like her character Sansa. She’s actually a natural blonde. But you probably didn’t realize just how adorable she was as a child in England. Just look at her cute dimples and little hair plaits in her elementary school portrait!
Jessica Chastain Is 43 Going on 23
Actress Jessica Chastain is a Golden Globe Awarding winning starlet whose career really took off in the 2010s. She’s now founded her very own production company that aims to promote greater diversity. But she’s been receiving huge success as a female lead actress in the science fiction movie genre.
Somehow, Jessica looks like she hasn’t even aged a day since her highschool years. Even as a teenager, she had that killer smile and gorgeous red hair. But she hasn’t always been in such a privelidged position. She was raised by a single mom who struggled to put food on the table.
Bruno Mars and His Magnificent Mane
Singer Bruno Mars is so much more than just a man with a microphone. He’s also a songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer who is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. And he’s been honing his craft from a very young age.
Bruno grew up in Hawaii, surrounded by a musical family. “Growing up performing – that was normal for me. Everyone in my family sings, plays instruments. It’s what we do,” he once revealed. And he managed to learn the piano, drums, and guitar all the while rocking the most magnificent afro.
Emily Ratajkowski’s Always Wanted To Be an Actor
Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski first hit an international audience when she appeared in singer Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines.” It was a major hit in several countries, giving her great exposure. And her career has only gone form strength to strength since then, as she branched out into acting in Hollywood movies.
You probably didn’t realize that she actually got her start in childhood when she appeared in Nickelodeon’s sitcom iCarly. Pictured on the left in high school, she already knew she’d be pursuing acting at some point. It was a stroke of luck that she had encouraging parents who supported her in whatever she did, even if it meant appearing totally nude in a music video!
Leonardo DiCaprio Loved an Audience
Actor and producer Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the highest paid actors in the world, consistently raking in the highest ratings for movies. The Wolf of Wall Street, The Revenant, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are just some of his major commercial successes, and at 45 years he shows no signs of slowing down.
Just look at little Leo in his elementary school photo. Even at that young age he had a moviestar smile. His younger years were spent moving from neighborhood to neighborhood in Los Angeles with his single mom. But performing was something he remember’s feeling drawn to from a very young age. He recalls hearing cheers from an audience when he danced on stage at only two years old!
Carrie Underwood’s as Country as It Gets
Singer and songwriter Carrie Underwood came to fame after winning American Idol in its fourth season back in 2005. But her music career was only just starting, and she’s now one of the most loved country music singer in America. With three Grammy Awards and a net worth of over $200 million, she’s come a long way since her American Idol days.
Carrie looks like an extremely girly student if her yearbook photo is anything to go by. She has blonde heat-curled hair, a heart necklace, and a bright pink top on, making us think she must have been the highschool Barbie. Really, she was just a country girl at heart who grew up on her parents’ farm in rural Oklahoma.
Justin Bieber Got His Ambition From His Mom
Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber is one of the most famous people on the planet today. Especially among the teenage demographic, who have grown up adoring his pop hits and electro dance music. After being discovered at age 13 through a Youtube video, his life changed almost overnight.
But who was Justin before being taken in by singer Usher, dating actress Selena Gomez and marrying model Hailey Baldwin? He was the smiley, straight-A student you see on the left, with a burgeoning interest in music. But his mom was the major driving force in getting him to take it seriously. In fact, we think she could give momager Kris Jenner a run for her money.
Angelina Jolie’s Mom Wanted Her To Be a Model
Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie entered into mainstream cinema in 2001 following her starring role as Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. But before she became one of the most famous faces on the planet, she had actually been acting in smaller roles ever since her childhood.
Baby Angelina was clearly meant for the stars judging by her yearbook photo. She actually pursued modelling for a while in her teenage years due to her mom’s encouragement, but surprisingly it didn’t take off. In fact, she claims to have been bullied in school for her appearance. That sounds hard to believe!
Nicki Minaj Was a Bare-Faced Beauty
Rapper, singer, and songwriter Nicki Minaj is the Trinidadian-American popstar who was brought up in Queens in New York City. She’s been at the top of her game since she released her first studio album Pink Friday, which released back in 2010. And ten years later, she’s one of the most influential music artists in the industry.
She’s only just given birth to her first child, but take a look at Nicki back when she had a baby face. Pictured in high school, we can see how different her style was compared to today. She’s makeup-free and fresh-faced – a stark contrast to how we’re used to seeing her. But we can see some of her bold style emerging even then. Check out the long manicured nails and big, gold earrings.
George Clooney Had a Mop-Top
Actor, director, producer, and screenwriter George Clooney has pretty much conquered Hollywood at this point. Having first appeared on television back in 1978, he initially rose to prominence as Dr. Doug Ross on the NBC show ER during the ‘90s. But a lot has changed since then and he’s now a regular leading man. But before he was the resident silver fox of the silver screen he was kind of a dorky-looking kid.
Check out his mop-top hair, glasses, and turtle-neck sweater in his yearbook photo on the left. He suffered from a medical condition that paralyzed half of his face in his younger years, which made high school difficult. But he sees the positives of it: “It’s probably a great thing that it happened to me because it forced me to engage in a series of making fun of myself.”
Amanda Seyfried Was Every ’90s Teenage Girl
Actress and singer Amanda Seyfried was introduced to many us as Karen Smith in 2004’s teen movie Mean Girls. It was her first film role, and was so successful she eventually quit pursuing a university degree because of it. Now at 34 years old, she’s regularly cast as the leading lady. Starring opposite actress Meryl Streep, Amanda starred as Sophie Sheridan in the 2008 movie Mamma Mia!
She strikes us as a total ‘90s kid in her highschool yearbook photo. She has the grunge dress sense, straight hair, and choker-style necklace that was all the rage back then. Not to mention she’s plucked her eyebrows to within an inch of its life – a beauty routine that was practiced by all ‘90s teens!
Zoe Saldana and Her Precious Wonky Teeth
Actress Zoe Saldana has taken over science-fiction movie roles, first as Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek movie series, then as Neytiri in the Avatar film, and now as Gamora in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Her huge success saw to her becoming the second highest-grossing film actress since 2019.
But we have to admit, we had no idea she was this adorable as a kid. Born in 1978, she was right in the middle of the ‘80s in her yearbook photo. And she was still waiting for all of her adult teeth to come in from the look of her wonky smile. Of course these days, you’d hardly see her with a hair out of place.
Taylor Swift… Had Cornrows
Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is now 30 years old, but she’s been one of the most popular music artists throughout her twenties. She puts out hit synth-pop tunes that younger audiences love, but she actually has her origins in country music. Either way, she’s sold over 200 million records worldwide making her one of the best selling music artists in history.
But Taylor wasn’t always as put together as she looks. Before she had the means to hire the worlds best stylists, hairdressers, and makeup artists, she was an awkward kid still trying to find herself like the rest of us. And we think she definitely looks more confident in her own skin today – leaving behind her cornrow days was a good idea.
Matt Damon Had a Harvard Career
Actor, producer, and screenwriter Matt Damon is recognized in the film industry as one of the most bankable movie stars. And to think, it all started when he and future-actor Ben Affleck would team up to write the script for Good Will Hunting. It was released in 1997 to huge critical acclaim, and Matt has been living the good life ever since.
How instantly recognizable is teenage Matt Damon? Now 50, he still manages to look pretty similar to how he looked decades before. The yearbook photo was taken before Matt embarked upon an academic career at Harvard University. He was incredibly smart, and studied English before dropping out to chase his Hollywood dreams.
Julia Roberts Could Have Been Dr. Roberts
Actress and producer Julia Roberts has been a major Hollywood actress since 1990, when she starred as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman. She went on to be an incredible prolific and successful movie actress in films such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, Erin Brockovich, and Ocean’s Eleven.
Even as a school child, Julia had that trademark smile that would one day become her most famous feature. At this young age, Julia didn’t have any intentions of stepping into the limelight. She actually wanted to be a veterinarian. Only when she was halfway through college at Georgia State University did she decide to move to New York and try to make it as a movie star.
Jennifer Lopez the Gymnast?
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, AKA J.Lo, is actually so much more than a performer. She’s also a fashion designer, producer, and businesswoman who actually started out as a professional dancer back in 1991. Yep, Jenny from the block is one of the most versatile and hardworking people in Hollywood.
Take a look at J.Lo back when she was just a school kid in New York City. She was educated exclusively in Catholic schools where she competed in gymnastics on a national level. We’re not used to seeing Jennifer with short hair but, like most things, she’s totally rocking the look.
Pete Davidson Started Out Young
Comdeian, actor, producer, and writer Pete Davidson has accomplished a lot in the 26 years he’s been alive. Known for appearing on Saturday Night Live as a regular cast member, he’s also performed stand-up comedy on various shows and even guest-starred in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Nowadyas, he’s known to be quite the ladies man amoung young female celebs like singer Ariane Grande and actress Kate Beckinsale. Despite how happy he seems in his yearbook photo however, he actually struggled a lot in his youth. Things changed after friends encouraged him to perform stand up one day when he was just 16 years old.
Chrissy Teigen Skipped the Awkward Teen Years
Model and television personality Chrissy Teigen is constantly in the news today, but she started out as an aspiring model for a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue back in 2010. Fast forward to today, and she’s co-hosting shows, serving as a judge on Bring the Funny, and releasing cookbooks.
It’s no wonder Chrissy turned to modelling as she had a million-dollar smile. She was scouted at age 15 when she worked in a surf shop, which completely changed her lifestyle. She would live half of the time in California with her dad, and half of the time in Miami for her modelling career.
January Jones Rocked an ’80s Mullet
Actress and model January Jones is most famous for her role in Mad Men as Betty Draper. She was such a hit in the period drama that she was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award. But she’s also had major roles in films such as American Wedding, We Are Marshall, and X-Men: First Class.
The gorgeous blonde looks totally different today to how she looked at school. Her short hairstyle and garish colorblock shirt reveals that January was clearly right in the middle of the ’80s. In fact, she looks so different in her yearbook photo that we barely would have recognized her as the same person!
Snoop Dogg Was a Stand-Up Student
Rapper Snoop Dogg came to prominence in 1992 after getting discovered by the iconic rapper Dr. Dre. His career then took off, with Snoop becoming one of the most important musical artists of the decade. He’s now released a total of 17 solo records and sold several million albums.
Look how handsome and sharp a young Snoop Dogg looks in his yearbook photo! It may surprise you to know that this rebellious teen wasn’t all that rebellious at all in his teen years. He was a top student, church-goer, who worked a side job to help support his family’s low income. What an angel!
Cameron Diaz Was a 16-Year-Old Model
Actress and producer Cameron Diaz became a major Hollywood starlet in the ’90s after appearing in romantic comedies My Best Friend’s Wedding and There’s Something About Mary. But she actually made her movie screen debut at the age of 21, when she starred opposite comedian Jim Carrey in The Mask.
It’s no surprise after looking at her yearbook photo to know that she actually started modelling as a teenager. She was just 16 years old when she was scouted and booked for major designers like Calvin Klein and Levi’s. But it still wasn’t an easy childhood for her: “We weren’t privileged – very much the opposite. My family would collect [soda] cans to turn in for extra money… But we were very happy.”
Tom Hanks Remembers Being Painfully Shy
Actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks is such a successful actor, he’s considered an American cultural icon. He’s one of the highest grossing actors of all time, having starred in several films as the lead character. Having broken into Hollywood in the ’80s, he’s taken on both comedic and more serious, dramatic roles.
Before acquiring huge career success, Tom was your avergae dorky teenager. “I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy. At the same time, I was the guy who’d yell out funny captions during filmstrips,” he admitted about highschool days. “But I didn’t get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible.”
Jennifer Garner Went to Bible Camp
Actress and producer Jennifer Garner is best known for her roles in films like Catch Me If You Can and 13 Going on 30. But who could forget her iconic role in superhero film Daredevil opposite her future-husband to-be Ben Affleck? Now at 48 years old, she dedicates a lot of her time to activism and her new organic baby food company.
Jennifer used to be a regular southern girl with a strong religious family, attending bible camp, and church service on Sundays. In fact, her parents were so strict, she and her sister weren’t allowed to wear makeup or paint their nails. In hindsight, she describes her upbringing as “practically Amish.” But she pulled away from the lifestyle as she grew up.
James McAvoy Wanted to Join the Clergy
Scottish actor James McAvoy is best known for playing Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men: First Class film series. But before his career as a big screen superhero, he had supporting roles in films like The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Last King of Scotland.
You can definitely tell he was a class clown back in school. But his life actually could have gone in a totally different direction. Surprisingly, he considered becoming a priest in his youth as he saw it as a means of travelling around the world, through missionary work. But at the age he appears in his yearbook, he was only working at a bakery.
Beyonce’s ’90s Hair Experiments
Superstar Beyonce Knowles-Carter is royalty at this point. Her huge success as a music artist has established her as one of the most important and influential people in pop culture history. As many of us know, she first rose to prominance as one third of the Destiny’s Child in the ’90s.
Beyonce looks like a rare beauty even in her high school days. As we can see from her yearbook photo, she liked to play around and have fun with her hairstyle even then. And she’s gone for the classic “Rachel from Friends” long bob/side fringe that comes from having gone through puberty in the ’90s.
Dita Von Teese Is a Natural Blonde
Burlesque dancer, model, and businesswoman Dita Von Teese is a modern-day 1940s pin-up girl come true. Credited as one of the people who helped repopularize Ameircan Burlesque, her glamorous image and impecable style are known to many around the world.
But did you know that the “Queen of Burlesque” isn’t actually the dark brunette we’re used to seeing? She’s a natural blonde! And a gorgeous one at that. While at high school, however, she hadn’t fully explored her style yet and still dressed like every other fashion-conscious teenager.
Ryan Seacrest Was a Brace Face
Television show host and radio personality Ryan Seacrest is best known for hosting the singing competition series American Idol. You can catch him daily on the Live with Kelly and Ryan show or on the morning radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. And who couldn’t say no to that gorgeous smile!
Ryan’s yearbook photo reveals how he wasn’t actually born with such a perfect smile. He had braces as a teenager, plus a little extra puppy fat, and looks a whole lot different to what we imagined. He actually grew up in the ’80s, if you hadn’t already guessed it from his poofy hair.
Meryl Streep Was an Introvert
Actress Meryl Streep is now 71 years old, but you wouldn’t think it to look at her. She’s had a long and successful career and achieved several awards for her acting skills. She’s even been the recipient of a record 32 Golden Globe nominations, having actually won eight of them!
Take a look at how stunning Meryl was in her younger years. It might surprise you to know that the actress was actually quite insecure and intorverted at this age. Only through the encouragement of her mom did she find the confidence to pursue her big screen dreams. And she still remembers her mom’s words of encouragement: “She was a mentor because she said to me, ‘Meryl, you’re capable. You’re so great.'”
Amy Adams Isn’t a Natural Read Head
Actress Amy Adams has worked her way to the top of the Hollywood career ladder. As one of the highest paid actresses in the world, she has 36 various awards to her name and another 134 award nominations. Since starring as a princess in Enchanted in 2007, she has taken on a different level of fame.
And young Amy was clearly destined to be in front of the camera. Not only does the camera love her, but she seems totally in her element. And we’re also surprised to see that she’s not a natural redhead! She’s actually more of a strawberry blonde, but believes that the red hair makes her get more auditions.
Victoria Beckham Was Embarressed About Her Upbringing
Singer and fashion designer Victoria Beckham got her big break in the ’90s when she fronted a musical girl group called the Spice Girls. She was one of five young women who created fun pop tunes, and she had her own moniker: Posh Spice. But now she’s made it big in a whole other career, becoming one of the best known luxury designers in the world.
But before she traveled around the world with the Spice Girls, she was just a typical upper-middle-class teenager. She earned her nickname Posh Spice due to having grown with more money than her school friends. Victoria even remembers begging her dad not to drop her off for school by the front gate, so people didn’t see her getting out of a Rolls Royce!
Blake Lively Was a Typical Cheerleader
Actress Blake Lively is an accomplished actress who acquired fame after playing the part of Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. It really kickstarted her career, and since then she has gone on to appear in films such as Green Lantern, The Age of Adaline and A Simple Favor.
It’s probably not surprising anyone that she was as beautiful at school as she is today. Pictured in her yearbook with her signature long golden-brown hair, she was a class president, a school cheerleader and a member of the championship choir. Yep, everything’s always gone her way.
Sandra Bullock’s German Background
Actress and producer Sandra Bullock is the award-winning performer he rose to fame in the ’90s. After starting out in small supporting roles in the ’80s, she grew into being one of the highest-earning women in the business. And at 56 she’s still growing as an actress, having starred as an astronaut for the first time in 2013’s Gravity.
It may surprise you to find out that Sandra lived in Nuremberg, Germany for 12 years of her young life. She grew up speaking German and going to a German school, where she excelled in the children’s choir. But thank goodness she moved to the U.S. and pursued theatre – she’s one of the funniest out there.
Ben Affleck Wanted to be a Star
Actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter Ben Affleck earned his big break when he co-wrote and starred in the movie Good Will Hunting with childhood friend Matt Damon. It was released in 1997, and he’s been at the top of his career ever since. These days, you’ll find him crime-fighting in DC’s Batman movies as the title character.
Check out young Ben Affleck while he was still at school. He actually knew Matt Damon at this point, having been friends with the award-winning actor since he was eight years old. According to them, they had “identical interests” and both knew they wanted to be big time actors. In his yearbook photo, he’s only a few months shy moving over to Los Angeles to try and make it in Hollywood.
Molly Ringwald’s Unfortunate Hair
Actress Molly Ringwald is best known for roles in the films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink – which all came out in the mid-80s. Her roles were so iconic that she was rated as number one on VH1’s 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
Pictured in her yearbook photo, Molly had been a child actor since the age of five. But even more surprising than that is the fact that she’s not a natural red head! She’s actuall a mousey-brunette, which probably suited her a lot more once her bowl-cut grew out.
Eva Longoria Was Miss Corpus Christi USA
Actress, director, and producer Eva Longoria has had several important roles in various television shows. She is probably most associated with her role on Desperate Housewives where she plays Gabrielle Solis, for which she got nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Eva was actually born to Mexican-American parents and was raised strictly Roman Catholic. She grew up with a strong work ethic, and even loved her job in a fast food chain as a teenager. And after seeing her gorgeous yearbook photo, we’re not surprised she also won the title of Miss Corpus Christi USA in 1998.
Dianna Agron Was Bullied For Her Looks
Actress, ainger, and dancer Dianna Agron is best known for portraying Quinn Fabray, a high school cheerleader in Fox Network’s hit series Glee. It was her breakthrough role, and she only got cast the day before filming for the pilot episode. Her performance earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award.
It’s easy to see how she fell into acting work. But despite her good looks, childhood was a very difficult experience for her. She has been open about how she was mercilessly bullied as a kid due to her family’s religion and even her voice. According to Dianna, her voice dropped at age 13 and schoolkids accused her of being a man. But her negative experiences only propelled her to become even more successful.
Mariah Carey Was an Absent Pupil
Singer, songwriter and actress Mariah Carey is the iconic musical artist with an incredible voice. She shot to fame in 1990 after coming out with a studio album, and proceeded to come out with chart-topping US number one singles for ever year. Withotu a doubt, she’s one of the best-selling singer of all time.
How was Mariah as a schhol student? She was actually very hard working and found particular success in the creative subjects, but even then was serious about training her voice. She has spoken about frequently skipping school in order to work as a demo singer, for which her classmates nicknamed her “Mirage.”
Anne Hathaway Is a Vampire
Actress Anne Hathaway was the lucky enough to become the highest-paid actress in the entire world back in 2015. So it’s safe to say she’s doing pretty well for herself. Having had her big break in 2001 as Mia in The Princess Diaries, she has taken on more dramatic roles over the years.
Is it just us, or has Anne not aged a single day since her yearbook photo? We’re shocked to see just how similar the actress looks to her younger teenage self. At 37 years old, she’s surely got some secret up her sleeve for her eternally youthful appearance.
Lea Michele Worked in a Deli
Actress and singer Lea Michele started out as an actress on Broadway at a very early age. She appeared in hit shows like Les Misérables, Ragtime, and Fiddler on the Roof in the ’90s, before starring in Glee as Rachel Berry in 2009. She played the lead character and singer, which turned her into a star overnight.
Looking radiant in her yearbook photo, it’s clear that the camera loved Lea when she was a teenager. But her teen years are actually when she took a break from acting and instead worked part-time in a dress shop and delicatessans. It wasn’t until she was finished with her education that she picked up performing again.