Your favorite child stars from years back are now all grown up. Some, in particular, have fulfilled the promises of their vibrant youth and have become adults with a major “it” factor. And when it comes to killin’ it in showbiz or in their many other ventures, these stars obviously still got it.
We take a look at some of the child stars that grew into the fulfillment of their youthful cuteness. They impressed us when they were kids, and they’re still doing it as adults. Who are they? What did they look like? What are they up to? And last but not least, what do they look like now? All your curiosity will be allayed here.
Daniel Radcliffe Has Always Been Rad
If you’re like the rest of the people on this planet, you probably know Daniel Radcliffe as ‘the’ face of the Harry Potter franchise. At 11, he was offered a seven-figure salary to play the lead role, Harry Potter himself. He and his parents were reluctant at first, but they warmed up to the idea. The adorable little wand-waving boy would grow up to be a Hollywood sensation, and not to mention, a hot sensation.
As Radcliffe shed his boyish cuteness and grew into his adult good looks, he continued acting as Harry Potter for the rest of the films in the franchise. All of them were huge successes. After his wizarding days, he kept going with other projects, such as Imperium and Kill Your Darlings. He’s now 30, and with a Grammy and Teen Choice award under his belt, Radcliffe is going steady. His latest project is Escape from Pretoria, a mystery/thriller.
Tyler Posey Goes From Sweet Kid to Charming Grown-Up
Tyler Posey is probably best known for his role in Teen Wolf. When he was really young, he was playing in all sorts of productions. In 2002, at 11 years old, he appeared both in Collateral Damage with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maid In Manhattan with Jennifer Lopez. As a teen, he auditioned for the Jacob Black role in Twilight but ultimately didn’t get the part.
Uh-oh! Someone, not mentioning any names, grew up to be a heartthrob. Ok, fine, it’s Tyler Posey. Now Tyler is 28, and he’s still on fire. He has played in over a dozen films and even more series. One of his most recent non-acting side projects includes playing in a band called Disappearing Jamie. Tragically, when he was still very young, his mother passed away from breast cancer. Much of Posey’s work has been a tribute to her.
Alexa PenaVega Grew Up to Have a Major “It” Factor
If you’re part of the millennial club, you might recall seeing Alexa PenaVega in Spy Kids. Wow, remember that? Feel old yet? The smash-hit first installment turned Spy Kids into a franchise. PenaVega was there for the whole ride. This got her major showbiz attention from Hollywood’s big cats. In the subsequent years, when PenaVega was in the midst of teenagehood, magazines started taking note of her, including Vanity Fair.
Fast forward a few years and Alexa PenaVega is now all grown-up and glown-up. Just as good looking is her acting career. She has played in literally dozens of movies and shows. Her track record is quite extensive. She’s also a musician and has done work for several soundtracks. Now, she’s 31 and is still knee-deep in job offers. One of her latest roles was playing Carlota Casagrande in the show The Casagrandes.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster Is the Perfect Medieval Cutie
Before Thomas Brodie-Sangster’s role as Jojen Reed on Game of Thrones, he played in a few different shows, with names like Love Actually and Nanny McPhee. In fact, his pre-Game of Thrones career was actually pretty thriving. He even earned himself a Golden Satellite Award and a Young Artist Award.
Now the 29-year-old British actor has outgrown his young medieval boy cuteness, and, well, grown into his medieval-ish handsomeness. And he’s just a busy as ever. He seems to have a knack for getting contracts with big names such as HBO and BBC. A few years ago he played in the thrilling miniseries Wolf Hall, where he reprised his role as the ward of Thomas Cromwell.
Nicholas Hoult Has Revealed Some Mad Skills Since 1989
The adorable British child actor Nicholas Hoult, made his debut in the theater. His brother was doing some work for a role in a play when the director took notice of Nicholas and offered him a role. His fruitful career was thus born. He went on to act in the hit teen drama series Skins. And who can forget when he took the big screen alongside Hugh Grant in About a Boy? After that, his career both in theater and in film took off.
The smiling little guy grew up to be a handsome, ultra-skilled actor. We recommend “checking him out” in the extremely dark comedy called Kill Your Friends, which was released in 2015. His biggest roles, however, were probably as Beast in the X-Men franchise and as Nux in the Mad Max remake. Now Hoult is 30 years old. He splits his career focus between theater productions, independent films, and philanthropy.
Scarlett Pomers and MJ Go Way Back
Scarlett Pomers’s first brush with fame came when she was just a little girl, in 1992, when she was asked to participate in Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” video. After that, she started doing commercials. Her first major role was in Star Trek: Voyager. After that, when she was 13, she took on the role of Reba’s daughter, Kyra Hart in the show, Reba.
As far as acting goes, as she continued to grow up and become a beautiful woman, Pomers opted to slow down and focus more on music. She had always been a rock and roll fan and guitar lover. She recorded a couple of awesome tributes, including one to ACDC’s It’s a Long Way to the Top. She’s also a yoga buff: she even has certificate in teaching the practice.
Matthew Lewis Grew Into a Walking “It” Factor
Everyone knows Matthew Lewis from his role as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter Franchise. We guess it wouldn’t be fair to say that little kid Lewis is ugly, but according to some people’s opinions, he’s not the cutest kid out there. In the Harry Potter books, Neville is actually described as being clumsy and not so physically appealing. So the casting was spot on.
Yikes! As he grew up, Lewis certainly experienced an attractiveness renaissance. His role in Harry Potter propelled him on to the show business scene. Since days of doing magic and fighting the dark arts, he has gotten into all sorts of independent films. He’s now 30 years old. Besides his acting work, Lewis is also now the vice president of the Leeds Rugby Foundation charity.
Mae Whitman Is Full of Charm and Talent
Mae Whitman started gaining traction after landing supporting roles in One Fine Day and Independence Day when she was a little girl. This was enough for her to get her foot in the Hollywood door. She gained major mainstream attention for her role in the hilarious knee-slapper series Arrested Development. This sealed her position as a full-fledged star. Now, Whitman is all grown up and looks absolutely gorgeous at 31 years old.
Her career is going just as strong as ever. She has won several accolades, including Best Performance by an Ensemble. Her project focuses are diverse; she plays in hit movies and shows, she does voicing acting, she narrates audiobooks, and she’s an accomplished musician. Her latest roles include an upcoming adult animated superhero drama called Invincible and starring alongside Christina Hendricks and Ruby Hill in Good Girls.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas: Some Things Just Get Better and Better
Jonathan Taylor Thomas, as you see, was an adorable little kid. He started his career with three big bangs: he voiced the role of Simba in The Lion King; he starred in The Adventures of Pinnochio in 1996; he also played Randy Taylor on Home Improvement. So yeah, he was the quintessential 90s kid. After emerging from a colorful childhood acting career, he enrolled in university, where he studied philosophy.
His childhood adorableness followed him through his teenage years and then morphed into a youthful, kind of nerdy handsomeness as he became an adult. His career kept going strong and steady. His last movie was in 2005 but he has since acted in a bunch of TV series. He has made appearances (and voice appearances) in some really famous one, including Smallville and The Simpsons. He’s now 38 years young.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Are Not So Little Anymore
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are classic child actors. We remember them fondly from their time on Full House. We also have nice memories of them going to Paris as teenagers and being delighted when their prospective boyfriends could actually tell who is who. Mary-Kate and Ashley have gone down in Hollywood history as the essence of cute twins.
As of today, they are not little girls anymore, they are 33 years old. Their last role was back in 2004, when they played lead parts in New York Minute. Since then, it seems that their acting careers have taken back seats and have passed the torch over to energetic fashion endeavors. In 2013, they launched a fashion line in Oslo, Norway. And as of today, business is booming!
Zac Efron, Enough Said
Best known for starring in the High School Musical movies, Zac Efron has grown up before our very eyes. In the days prior to his big breakthrough, this cutie could be spotted in guest roles on ER and The Guardian. In addition to the success of the High School Musical series, Zac was featured in gossip tabloids for his relationship with his cast-mate, Vanessa Hudgens. Sadly, the cuter-than-most couple was not to be, and they broke up in 2010.
Evolving from cute to heartthrob, Zac, at 32, continues to turn heads. But he is more than the sum of his looks: he’s a great actor. He featured in movies such as Neighbors alongside Seth Rogan, and Baywatch (or should we say Bae-watch?). He has even been featured in Golden Globe-nominated movies such as The Disaster Artist and The Greatest Showman, displaying that in addition to his good looks, the boy can act.
Miranda Cosgrove Has Been Rocking It Since School of Rock
Miranda Cosgrove comes from fairly modest origins: she started when she was seven years old, acting in a few small-time commercials. Her debut film was School of Rock, starring master funny-man Jack Black. Her performance there was awesome, and soon after, she was enlisted in the ranks of Nickelodeon’ Drake and Josh. And then, before we (or she) knew it, she’s listed in Guinness as the world’s highest-paid child actor!
In 2008, she shifted her focus to music. That was the year she released her debut album track, “A Christmas Wrapping” which was released to promote Drake and Josh. A year later, she put out a solo album with five songs and it did really well. Cosgrove is now all grown up. At 26, she’s making music, turning heads, and still making waves. She’s also an active supporter of several charities.
Jonathan Lipnicki, Just Wow!
Jonathan Lipnicki started his career by being the son of Renée Zellweger’s character in Jerry Maguire. Not too shabby! He then went on to give great performances in the Stuart Little movies. As a little kid, he had the classic sort of geeky, but also sort of cool look. We guess it has something to do with the hair and how it meshes perfectly with the glasses.
Today Lipnicki is 29 and he has certainly rid himself of any unintentional geeky looks. As you can see, exhibit H on the right-hand side, he’s got a lot of the “it” factor. For the past couple of decades, Lipnicki has starred mostly in less-known short films with titles like The Delivery and Someone I Know. He is also very active with his philanthropy. He’s even the speaker for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Michelle Trachtenberg Is Still Slayin’ It
Like a few other child stars, Michelle Trachtenberg’s first appearance on television was for a commercial (Whisk detergent in her case). After getting acclimated to the camera, she had a breakthrough at the age of 11 when she has cast the leading role in the hit film Harriet The Spy. She then went on to play a supporting role in the hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
By the time Trachtenberg was a teenager, she had already risen to fame. And it didn’t stop there. She went on to play in Eurotrip, the silly but classic comedy, and then she also got a job with Gossip Girls. She has also made several appearances as herself on TV shows, such a Chopped Junior. Today, Trachtenberg is 34. Her most recent appearance was a few years ago when she came on John Olliver’s late-night show as a guest.
Jerry O’Connell Is a World Famous Hunk
Jerry O’Connell, by this point, is an American classic. You probably know him for his super successful childhood role in Stand by Me. Or maybe you know him from Jerry Maguire. Heck, maybe you even know him from Scream. Whatever the case, he has become a household name. He was on the scene for a while when he was young.
Now the kid with the friendliest smile is fully grown, and we have to say, adulthood has sure rewarded him in the looks department. At 46 years old, O’Connell has still got that dashing smile. And he still excels at what he does best: showbiz. In 2019 his show, Jerry O’ made its debut, and as of today, it’s doing well. Over the years, O’ Connell has played in tons of productions, almost too many to count.
Mackenzie Rosman Boasts One of Hollywood’s Sweetest Smiles
Mackenzie Rosman is most widely recognized for her role as Ruthie Camden on 7th Heaven. Legend has it that what secured her the role in 1996 in the long-running series is that upon entering the audition, she went up to everyone in the room and warmly shook the hand of each one. This is a lesson for all of you aspiring child actors out there!
7th Heaven concluded in 2007, but not before launching Rosman to stardom. In parallel with acting on that show, she was also involved in all sorts of side projects. Her latest role, however, was way back in 2015. Today at 30 years old, Rosman has stayed out of the limelight but she still has one of the cutest Hollywood smiles.
Lacey Chabert All Grown Up Is Just as Cute as She Was on Party of Five
One of Lacey Chabert’s first roles was in All of My Children, the soap opera that ran for a whole 41 years! But Chabert’s real rise to fame came from her part as Claudia Salinger in Party of Five. Interestingly, she also did the voice for Meg Griffin in the first season of Family Guy. But, as you know, Mila Kunis soon took on the part.
As an adult, we probably know Lacey Chabert best for her role in the unforgettable Mean Girls movie, where she played the lovable but kind of ditsy Gretchen. Now she’s 37, and her resume is very, very long. It includes dozens of roles in movies, video games, and TV shows, including three installments of Crossword Mysteries which are still in production.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is Our Favorite Alien-Turned-Accomplished-Actor
We all know and admire this actor from the movie The Dark Knight Rises. However, prior to this, for us 80s and 90s kids, we grew up watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the show 3rd Rock from the Sun, about aliens sent to earth posing as a human family. Joseph, or Tommy as he is called in the show, had his iconic long hair which was often the butt of many jokes. Already then, we cannot deny that the boy had a lot of charm.
Growing up (and cutting his hair) has done Joseph wonders. He is equally adorable as he is handsome in the movie 500 Days of Summer. His acting accolades include working with famous directors Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg, so we can only expect big things from him in the future. At the current ripe old age of 39 and married father of two sons, we can clearly say that maturity suits him.
Georgie Henley Piercing Eyes Are More Powerful Than Whatever Is In Pandora’s Box
If you’re a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia franchise, then you’ll for sure recognize Georgie Henley. In those movies, she played Lucy, the youngest of the Pevensie children. And she was downright perfect. Since her entrance into the world of fame and fortune as a kid, she kept appearing in different roles, such as in Babes in the Wood, which was put on by a theater group.
After graduating from childhood, and then from teenagehood. Henley enrolled at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and while attending, she didn’t stop acting. She performed in a stage version of Play It Again, Sam, written by Woody Allen. She’s now 24 years old, and she has certainly made the transition from cute kid to a pretty woman. If we’re lucky, we might see her in the still-unreleased Game of Thrones prequel.
Freddie Highmore, Give Us More!
We suppose that photogenicity is something you just don’t outgrow. That’s the case with Freddie Highmore, clearly. He made his debut in the film/TV industry when he played in the comedy Women Talking Dirty which also featured the megastar Helena Bonham Carter. Then, a few years later, he found huge success in two back-to-back roles one year after the other: first in Finding Neverland, and then in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Recently, you probably remember seeing Highmore’s inviting face on the ABC thriller-drama series entitled Bates Motel, where he played the iconic role of a young Normal Bates. The show is a little cultural gem, as it comprises the prequel events to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Highmore is now 28 years old and with all the hard work he has put into his career, he has amassed a collection of awards, including Favorite TV Antihero.
Kyla Pratt’s Smile Is Just as Infectious as Ever
Kyla Pratt’s acting career began when she was eight years old. She played Eddie Murphy’s daughter in the hit Dr. Doolittle movies. But she’s probably best known for being the voice of Penny in Disney Channel’s The Proud Family. Equipped with a lovable smile and strong career start, she soon became the lead actress in the Dr. Doolittle remakes.
Pratt is no child actress anymore. She’s now 33, and by this point she has worked on dozens of TV and film productions. Some of her more notable projects as an adult include Black Ink Crew: Compton and Recovery Road. Besides her acting, she is also busy being a mom to two young daughters. And along with all this hustle and bustle, she somehow has time to work on her singing career.
Dylan and Cole Sprouse Went From Childhood Cuties to Glown-Up Heartthrobs
Dylan and Cole Sprouse, or as they’re often referred to, the Sprouse Bros, have come a long way since being two shy looking sweet kids. Now, they’re not-so-shy looking young adults. Their cuteness has continued to blossom. Their first role was as co-stars alongside Adam Sandler in Big Daddy. And they are most famous for starring in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. If your eyes are sharp, you might have also seen Cole on Friends as Ross’s son.
After college, the Sprouse Bros decided to keep acting. They often cited Adam Sandler as a big source of comedy knowledge and inspiration. Today, the 27-year-old twins have sizable acting resumes and are going nowhere but up! In fact, Cole, in particular, is thriving, having just landed the iconic role of Jughead on Riverdale in 2018.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell Is Our Sitcom Cutie All Grown Up
When she was about eight years old, Jurnee Smollett-Bell started acting in sitcoms. She caught the eyes and ears of some showbiz brass and was soon offered a role in the dram film Eve’s Bayou. Her outstanding performance there earned her a much-deserved Critics Choice Award. Not bad kid, not bad at all. With an already-amazing portfolio, she dived head-first into her career during her teenage years.
Before she knew it, Smollett-Bell was being offered serious roles left, right, and center, one of them, for instance, was on one of our favorite risqué vampire dramas, True Blood. Recent work of hers was on Birds of Prey, where the 33-year-old starred alongside a bestiary of other major “it” factor actresses, including Margot Robbie. Also, she will appear in the promising Lovecraft County, set to be released in August this year.
Blake McIver Ewing Said Bye to the Spectacles and Hello to the “It” Factor
If you’re a 90s kid, you probably know the sharp-looking guy to the left as Waldo from The Little Rascals. If not then maybe you know him better as Michelle’s friend, Derek, on Full House. But he’s got more up his sleeve than that: he’s also an accomplished singer and songwriter. Maybe it’s the dimples, maybe it’s the glasses – as a child he’s absolutely adorable.
As Blake (and his charm) continued to grow up, so too did his musical talent and thirst for accomplishment. In 2014 he released his album, The Time Manipulator, which he was able to complete by earning money as a dancer. His most recent TV work, as an actor on The People’s Couch was also that year. Now, the star is 35, and other than a role in the 2017 film A Very Sordid Wedding, his acting career seems to be on hold.
Kiernan Shipka Is Making Men Go Mad
You most likely know Kiernan Shipka best for her role as Betty Draper’s oldest child, Sally, on Mad Men. That’s one heck of a high-profile starting gig. But actually her debut happened when she was literally a baby, playing a part on the hit series ER. So you see, her innate talent started coming through very early.
Now Shipka is 20 years old. Her acting career is still in bloom, and so is her pretty smile. Her recent television roles alternate between voicing and acting, having appeared on Family Guy and American Dad as well as having played a lead role in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Her career is diverse these days; she also does some video game work and music video stuff. But her true career diamond is still Mad Men, for which she earned six awards.
Chandler Riggs Went From Breaking Zombie Heads to Melting Our Hearts
If you are anything like the rest of the people on planet earth, then you know Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes from The Walking Dead. He started his career at four years old playing as Munchkin on a stage production of The Wizard of Oz. In those early formative years, he also played in a number of indie films, including in a horror movie called Jesus H. Zombie, foreshadowing his breakthrough to come.
The Walking Dead was a gargantuan success that lobbed Riggs right to stellar acclaim. He won five awards for his performance on the show. We have to admit, he struck a perfect balance between being a frightened kid and a brave young hero, perfectly believable for a zombie apocalypse. Now, the 20-year-old has the world as his oyster. Most recently, you can catch him on the series A Million Little Things and as Cooper in the film Inherit the Viper.
Hayden Panettiere Proves Some Smiles Never Fade
Hayden Panettiere is known for playing Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light, which is the longest-running soap opera in American history, with a total of 57 years! But her first job was when she appeared in a commercial as an 11-month-old baby. At age ten, she was nominated for a Young Actors Award for her work on the TV movie If You Believe. She’s also a singer: she even was nominated for a Grammy for her work on A Bug’s Life.
Now Panettiere is all grown up and just as sparkling as ever. Her most recent gigs include acting in NBC’s Heroes and AMC/CMT’s Nashville. Her experience and top-notch skill shine through in these performances. She is now 30 and also the mother of a young daughter. Besides singing, acting, and mothering, she also does some modeling work. Busy woman!
Alyson Stoner’s Hair Is Shorter Than the List of Comparable Cuties
Alyson Stoner is best known for her role in the Cheaper by the Dozen films, where she played a prominent role alongside the legendary Steve Martin. Or you might know her from her time dancing alongside Missy Elliot. She also played in the Camp Rock films. These films, in addition to roles in That’s So Raven, Drake and Josh, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody garnered major acclaim and transformed young Stoner into a childhood superstar.
As she grew up and continued to hone her acting skills, she also played music. She released a record that did well, and then in 2011, she started working hard with singing coaches to help her transition from kiddie pop to a more edgy tone. These days, Stoner is 26 and is currently continuing with acting and singing. She also has other ventures, which include publishing in and editing KEWL Magazine.
Amber Scott Learned a Thing or Two From Spielberg
Amber Scott starred in Steven Spielberg’s movie classic Hook at just age six. She played the part of Maggie, one of the two children that belong to Peter and Moira. Aside from shooting to fame in 1991, she is also known for starring in the ’80s film American Experience.
It seems Amber has found something more suited to her than acting these days. In her roll in the 2019 film Cannonball, she wasn’t in front of the camera, but behind it! She was one of two producers of the indie film, which obviously benefited from her involvement. It went on to receive a great number of accolades from indie film festivals. Being on Spielberg’s set obviously rubbed off on her.
Anna Chlumsky Took a Hiatus
Anna Chlumsky became a famous face through her career as a child actress. The 1991 coming-of-age movie My Girl had her starring in the leading role as Vada Sultenfuss; a role she assumed once again for the follow-up movie My Girl 2. But Anna put her acting career on hold to focus on college and didn’t appear on-screen for a while.
After graduating from the University of Chicago in international studies, she dove back into a life of auditions. She brushed up on her acting skills in Manhattan, before landing parts in a number in indie films such as Blood Car and In the Loop. However, you might recall seeing her in Law & Order or 30 Rock, still rocking those huge blue eyes.
Bonnie Wright Prefers Being Behind the Camera
Bonnie Wright shot to fame as the red-headed sister of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series. Ginny Weasley was her first proper acting job in which she initially played a supporting role that grew into one of the most important characters. Her character became Harry Potter’s romantic interest and future wife.
Her experiences on set influenced her greatly, so much so that she went to university to study film and television production management. She wanted to get involved with more behind the scenes film work, dabbling in acting here and there. She even founded her own production company, Bon Bon Lumiere, and has since directed the short film Know Thyself. But we still can’t get over just how similar she looks to her Potter days.
Bug Hall Is Totally Unrecognizable
Bug Hall aka Brandon’s most famous acting work came from his roles in the nineties as a child actor. He was Alfalfa in The Little Rascals and Buster Stupid in The Stupids. But he also had a successful Disney career for a while, appearing in Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves and starring opposite Lindsey Lohan in Disney’s original film Get a Clue.
Even today in his mid-thirties, he continues to act in much smaller productions. You’d hardly recognise that little kid with slick-down black hair, as he’s a tall, broad fair-haired guy nowadays! Still, he has had appearances in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, and 90210.
Christina Ricci Retains Her Dark Edge
Christina Ricci first caught our attention as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. Her convincing portrayal as the scary little girl did more than send chills down our spine; it influenced her future major film and TV roles. She continued to be cast as an unconventional character in roles that often had a sinister undertone.
Christina has come a long way since her days as Wednesday. She was Maggie Ryan in ABC’s Pan Am and Liza Bump in Ally McBeal, even receiving high praise for her roles in Sleepy Hollow and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And while she sported a variety of different hairstyles throughout the year she’s still cute-as-a-button.
Daryl Sabara Has Graduated From Spy School
Daryl Sabara is a familiar face to the nineties kids, especially during his child acting days. He was one of the lead actors in the Spy Kids franchise, playing the comical Juni Cortez. He continued to act throughout his childhood and teen years in sitcoms such as Generator Rex and Wizards of Waverly Place, among others. Daryl remained prolific in his acting work, appearing in a great number of film and television roles.
Today, at 27, he’s moved into portraying darker, more complex characters, proving he’s more than just a funny man. Perhaps you’ll remember his work in World’s Greatest Dad, or as one of the judge’s in America’s Most Talented Kids. And we’re happy to see his red curls are still present now that he’s all grown up. Other than acting, Sabara can also be caught in the limelight standing alongside his new wife, singer Meghan Trainor.
Jodie Sweetin Is Still as Sweet as Ever
Jodie Sweetin is the actress who grew up on the set of ABC’s comedy TV show Full House, in which she played Stephanie Tanner. It’s her most famous role to date, but she stayed relevant by popping up in commercials throughout her childhood, as well as guest-starring in Valerie as Pamela.
Jodie’s still as sweet as ever, re-assuming her character as Stephanie Tanner in the Netflix spin-off show Fuller House. Acting in all five seasons of the spin-off, fans have been incredibly happy to see her reprise the role. Now at 38 years of age, Dany and Pam’s sarcastic middle child is all grown up.
Maureen McCormick’s Still an Icon
Maureen McCormick’s role as Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch is truly iconic. She had looks, friends, and maturity, while still showing the common trials and tribulations of growing up. She is the eldest Brady daughter whose catchphrase when a ball hit’s her face we’ll never forget: “Oh, my nose!”
As well as reprising her role as Marcia for the many Brady Bunch spin-offs, Maureen found herself drawn to theatre work and country music. But lately, she’s known for popping up in reality TV shows like Celebrity Fit Club and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! After struggling with addiction in her personal life post-Brady Bunch, her career never went as far as it could have.
Fred Savage Became a Successful Director
Fred Savage was the actor behind Kevin Arnold in ABC’s The Wonder Years, which ran from the late ’80s to the early ’90s. He was celebrated in the role, earning several nominations and awards including the People’s Choice Awards and Young Artist Awards. He also grew in prominence for starring in the ’80s film The Princess Bride.
Now in his forties, Fred found interested in directing over his acting career in the late nineties. He has directed prime-time network sitcoms like Modern Family and 2 Broke Girls and finally landed his first film directorial debut in 2007 with Daddy Day Camp. And to top it off, he still has that adorable smile.
Tyler James Williams Turned Into a Stud
Tyler James Williams was the actor who played the lead character in Everybody Hates Chris, for which he won a Young Artist Award. We watched him age up through his teens as he portrayed an adolescent Chris Rock, seeing him grow from a lovable preteen to a dorky young man.
Tyler had a serious glow up. When Everybody Hates Chris finished he hit the gym and today, looks as though he could be modeling men’s underwear. He’s still acting, too, appearing as Lionel Higgins in Dear White People and Noah in The Walking Dead. Most recently, you may have seen him as Russ “Monty” Montgomery in the Criminal Minds spin-off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
Danica McKellar Is Still Breaking Hearts
Danica Mae McKellar starred opposite Fred Savage in ABC’s The Wonder Years throughout the late ’80s to the early ’90s. She played Gwendolyn “Winnie” Cooper, the main love interest to Fred’s character. She ends up playing a part in every important life event that happens to the main character, Arnold.
Despite her success as a child actress, she has admitted that it wasn’t an easy transition for her into an adult acting career. Nonetheless, she’s had a prolific career in film and TV, most notably as a voice artist for animations. But her secret vocation as a highschoolers maths book author is probably the most surprising thing about her. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, proving she’s beauty and brains.
Malcolm David Kelley’s Glow up Got in the Way
Malcolm David Kelley started off acting in the television shows Malcolm in the Middle and Judging Amy. He then landed his first major acting role in Antwone Fisher, Denzel Washington’s feature film directorial debut, which really helped him land an important future role.
You might remember Malcolm for his role as Walt Lloyd in ABC’s hit sitcom Lost. At 12 years old he was a regular cast member of the show throughout the first season, but a sudden and dramatic growth spurt forced the filmmakers to cut down on his screen time. It’s no problem, however, as he spends more time working on his music these days as one half of the pop duo MKTO.
Madeline Zima Broke out of Her Squeaky Clean Image
Madeline Zima was one of the main cast members in The Nanny, the CB sitcom that ran throughout the nineties. She played the youngest member of the Sheffield family and a smart young girl who used big words. But she went down a completely different route after she finished filming all six seasons of the show.
Madeline was in Californication in 2007 and 2008 as Mia Lewis, a promiscuous and outgoing 16-year-old. Wanting to depart from being typecast as a goody-two-shoes, she managed to get roles that expanded her horizons. Remember Gretchen Berg, Claire Bennet’s romantic interest in Heroes? Yep, that’s Madeline.
Rupert Grint Is Still Our Favorite Red Head
Rupert Grint was a fan of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series long before he auditioned for the role of Ron Weasley, Harry’s best friend. He earned himself the coveted role despite his minimal acting experience, and his life has never been the same since. We saw him aging up in front of our very eyes throughout the eight films in the series. And he was just the funniest.
One thing’s for sure; Rupert doesn’t need the money. But he’s still acting here and there when the role is right. Aside from a couple of film roles, his adult life hasn’t found him on the big screen as much. Instead, he’s made a move towards Shakespearean stage work and TV show producing. Today Grint is 31 years old and a new dad. You can find him starring in shows like Sick Note, Snatch, The ABC Murders, and Servant.
Frankie Muniz Is a Jack of All Trades
Frankie Muniz aka Francisco fell on his feet when he landed the role of the title character in Malcolm in the Middle. He was so successful at such a young age, he even earned himself an Emmy Award nomination and a couple of Golden Globe Award nominations. Quite the accomplishment for a child actor!
It’s no surprise then that his acting headstart has led to several film and TV roles, a large majority of which have been aimed at kids. But he unexpectedly took a hiatus from acting in 2008 to pursue a career in motorsports! That’s right – he’s competed professionally in open-wheel racing. But even more recently, he’s been the drummer in the rock band Kingsfoil. He truly is a jack of all trades.
Tia and Tamera Mowry Don’t Lead Identical Lives
Tia and Tamera Mowry will be familiar to any nineties babies. The actress-twins starred in their own sitcom Sister, Sister, which took us through their teenage years. The premise was that they were separated at birth but had accidentally reconnected at 14. And Tia and Tamera were the perfect duo to pull it off. Being identical twin sisters, they’ve pretty much aged as a pair! Today they are 41 years old and still remain inseparable.
They even starred in a reality show together from 2011-2013 called Tia & Tamara. They continued to work on film and TV projects but Tia was the one who pursued more solo acting work. Her last gig was starring in the series Family Reunion and she also spent six years starring in The Game. Tamera still pops up here and there, in shows and TV movies like last year’s A Christmas Miracle, but she’s more interested in focusing on her family.
Mara Wilson Still Has Bangs
Mara Wilson came on the radar ever since she played Natalie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993. She was only small, but she impressed filmmakers so much they went ahead and cast her as Susan Walker in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street the following year. Who could forget that adorable fringe she had!
Mara appeared in few other productions as she got older, eventually renouncing acting altogether at the turn of the century. She wanted to focus on her writing, and published her own book, Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. But it wasn’t long before she missed being in front of the camera, returning to film and TV work in 2012. But we’re happy to see that throughout all her life changes she kept her trademark bangs.
Calli and Noelle Sheldon Have Completely Transformed
Calli and Noelle Sheldon were the identical twins who took it in turns to portray Emma, Ross and Rachel’s baby girl in Friends. Their iconic strawberry-blonde hair and bright blue eyes will be forever ingrained in our minds – they were some of the cutest babies on TV back in the early noughties!
Not only is it weird to imagine the twins as grown women these days, but it’s even more shocking to see that they played the twins Lindsey and Becca in Jordan Peele’s horror/thriller, Us. Their nightmarish fate in the movie is definitely not where we saw baby Emma ending up! But either way, their big blue eyes and long blonde hair will probably secure them future movie roles.
Thora Birch Was Destined for Success
Thora Birch was first and foremost a child star who earned a Young Artist Award for “Best Young Actress Under Nine Years of Age” in 1988. You might remember seeing her star as Dani in the hit Halloween film, Hocus Pocus. But she really came into prominence for her role as Jane Burnham in American Beauty. She ended up receiving a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as an angsty teenager.
Would you believe that Thora is now almost 40? She doesn’t look it! Since American Beauty, she continued to act in various films and even picked up an Emmy Award nomination for playing the lead character in Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story. Still, she needed to take a break from the big screen in 2012 and returned in 2016 to star in more independent films as well as in the hit TV series, The Walking Dead.
Michael Fisherman Hasn’t Changed All That Much
Michael Aaron Fishman rose to fame when he was a child actor portraying D.J. Conner on ABC’s Roseanne. He was one of the main characters, acting alongside George Clooney back when he had thick black curly locks. He started out on the show when he was six and continued until he was 15.
In 2018, a spinoff show came out called The Conners and Michael was back to his best as D.J. Conner. We don’t know about you, but we think he looks pretty similar to how he did as a kid! Even at 38 years old he’s still managed to keep a hold of all of his thick hair. Now that’s impressive.
Hallie Eisenberg Will Always Be Our Pepsi Girl
Hallie Kate Eisenberg is best known for being “The Pepsi Girl” in numerous Pepsi commercials back in the late nineties to the early noughties. She also happens to be the younger sister of actor Jesse Eisenberg, and as named after the character played by Thora Birch in All I Want for Christmas, Hallie O’Fallon. After her commercial success, she got the role of Marie Alweather in Paulie.
She had a few TV appearances as she aged up but ultimately decided to give the acting a break in order to attend college. Now at 27 years of age, it’s not known whether she will go back to her film career; all we know is that her last acting role was in 2010. But even though she’s aged up into a beautiful young woman, she still has her charming cheek dimples! Also, fun fact, Hallie is the younger sister to actor Jesse Eisenberg.
Daniel Curtis Lee Had Interests Elsewhere
Daniel Curtis Lee will be a familiar face to anyone who watched the Nickelodeon channel back in the day. He was Simon “Cookie” Nelson-Cook on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide in the early 2000s, but also played Kornelius “Kojo” Jonesworth in Zeke & Luther a few years later.
He’s not the geeky kid he used to be. Daniel took to pursuing his main passion in life, rap music, frequently posting sneak peeks of his talent on his social media account. Aside from that, Daniel is a member of the Hollywood Knights, a celebrity basketball team. And he’s definitely grown out of his awkward teenage phase.
Isabelle Fuhrmann Is a Very Ambitious 23 Year Old
Isabelle Fuhrman was the actress who played Esther in the 2009 psychological horror movie Orphan. She was only 12 years old, but that didn’t stop her. She went on to play the part of Clove in 2012’s The Hunger Games, an expert knife thrower. She definitely takes on younger roles for a more mature audience.
Now at 23 years old, Isabelle is focusing all her attention on movies, even managing to land the lead character in the 2018 film Hellbent. She still has snow-white skin and jet black hair but has totally grown out of her girlish looks. We can expect to see more of her in the future, as she writes on Instagram, “I’m always coming to a screen near you.”
Emma Roberts Looks More and More Like Her Aunt
Emma Roberts is the actress who everybody knows is the niece of American actress Julia Roberts. It was from her experiences of being with her aunt on sets that inspired her to pursue an acting career. She made her film debut in 2001’s Blow and went on to star in a variety of shows and movies as well as to pursue a professional singing career and releasing an album.
That didn’t last long, as Emma was back to acting the following year. She’s moved on to bigger productions and more central roles, appearing in We’re the Millers and Palo Alto among others. And even though she has her own unique look, we still think there’s so much resemblance between her and Julia. Today at 29 years old, you can catch her in shows like Scream Queens and American Horror Story.
Raquel Castro’s Carrer Switch-Up
Raquel Castro played the character Gertie Trinke in the 2004 film Jersey Girl, acting alongside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, her on-screen parents. She was only a small child at the time, but she went on to win the Young Artist Award for the Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actress Age Ten or Younger.
Despite her head start in the world of acting, she’s been pursuing a singing career more seriously. She has appeared as a contestant on The Voice and received coaching from Christina Aguilera before her elimination. We’ve seen her go from a sweet little girl to an assertive, confident solo singer.
Madeline Carroll Stands by Her Beliefs
Madeline Carroll had an early start to the showbusiness life – her parents started modeling her when she was only three years old. And like many child actresses, she started acting in commercials at first. She landed her first major role when she was 12 for the film Swing Vote, in which she acted opposite Kevin Costner.
Fast forward to today, and Madeline is still acting. But she almost threw in the towel when she kept being offered acting jobs that required nudity at only 15 years old. Being cast in the Christian movie God Bless the Broken Road in 2018 saved her from quitting showbusiness as it aligned with her faith. One thing’s for sure; she grew into a beautiful young woman.
Nicola Peltz Made a Smooth Recovery
Nicola Peltz thought she got her big break when she acted as Katara in the 2010 fantasy adventure movie The Last Airbender. Unfortunately, the film received a large amount of criticism, with Nicola specifically being nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress.
It hasn’t stopped Nicola from trying to achieve her dreams. She’s older now, blonder, and found herself in the coveted role in Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014. She played romantic interest and lead character Tessa Yeager, and it’s only helped her career. Somehow, she managed to recover from her professionally unpopular younger years and is still booking roles today.
Danielle Harris Is Still the Scream Queen
Danielle Harris aka the “scream queen” had relatively prominent roles as a child in the films Marked for Death, The Last Boy Scout, and Free Willy. She also acted in horror films as kid, earning a position in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers when she was only 10 years old.
Now, she’s appeared in four entries of the Halloween movie franchise, among many other horror films. It’s what’s given her the nickname of “scream queen” which has got to be pretty impressive by anyone’s standards. And she looks a far cry from the innocent little girl she used to be as a child actor.
Ashley Johnson Outgrew Her Curls
Ashley Johnson had a prolific career as a child actress, appearing as a cast member in eight different TV sitcoms by the time she was 12 years old. Some of her notable roles are as Chrissy Seaver in Growing Pains, Annie Warbucks in Annie: A Royal Adventure!, and Gretchen Grundler in Disney’s Recess,
At 36 years old today, the star looks completely different today as an adult than she did as a child. Her once reddish/auburn ringlets have been transformed into sleek blonde hair, and it’s completely transformed her! Still, she’s just as prolific as she was then, consistently appearing in films, sitcoms, and even video games. Most recently you can catch her in shows like Critical Role and Blind Spot.
Victoria Justice Is Serving Us Looks
Victoria Justice was a child actress who got her big break on Nickelodeon. She played Lola Martinez on Zoey 101 from 2005 to 2008, as well as Tori Vega on Victorious from 2010 to 2013. She also made an appearance on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, where she played Rebecca the pageant contestant.
Now we can see that Victoria is all grown up. She’s become a fitness enthusiast who is often spotted walking around in her athleisure. She’s also spent more time focus on her music, releasing a single and combining both her passions by performing in musicals.
Jena Malone Is Just as Talented Today
Jane Malone enjoyed a good start in acting, getting nominated for Best Debut Performance, and for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in Bastard Out of Carolina. It was her first film and she was only 12 years of age.
It turns out that she was destined for the big screen. She went from strength to strength, appearing in more films throughout the years. Today, she is probably best known for her roles in the cult movie Donnie Darko, Pride & Prejudice, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She also rocks a pretty edgy hair cut.
Dakota Fanning Takes Center Stage With a Next-Level Knack for Showbiz
Huge roles for such a little girl: Dakota Fanning was one of the most famous and talented child stars to grace us on the silver screen. Maybe you remember her from Man on Fire, where she starred alongside Denzel Washington. Or perhaps her mad acting skills made an impression on you when you saw Charlotte’s Web. Whatever the case, Fanning was a diverse young actress, with a particular talent for taking on mature roles.
Her blonde hair, sparkling blue eyes, and rich acting expertise followed her into adulthood. Now the superstar is 26, and her career is burning red (in a very good way). Most recently, she played in the smash hit Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Who were her co-stars you ask? None other than Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. Yeah, this has gone, and continues to go places!
Jaleel White’s Talent Echoes Through the Generations
Jaleel White acted his way to fame and fortune with his outstanding performance on Family Matters where he played the role of the iconic Steve Urkel. His skills and charm sent him straight to the limelight as they sculpted one of the best child actors of our generation. The way-too-high pants and the huge spectacles will forever reverberate through Hollywood’s history.
What’s Jaleel up to these days? The answer: a lot. After graduated in 2001 from UCLA with a degree in film, he jumped head-first into a host of other exciting projects. These included, among others, a lead role in Who Made the Potato Salad? And these days, the handsome 43-year-old shows zero signs of slowing down. This year he reprised his role on Netflix’s The Big Show Show.
Alexandrea Owens-Sarno Went Down In History as “the Titanic Girl”
Alexandrea Owens-Sarno is known for her role in the timeless epic Titanic. There is a scene where Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) is at an Irish party somewhere below deck. He offers a dance to a little girl, which was played by Owens-Sarno. After the release of the 1997 film, she became known to her schoolmates as “the Titanic girl.” When asked about the experience, Owens-Sarno recounted that DiCaprio was charming, a real gentleman.
As she grew up, Owens-Sarno decided to keep cultivating her apparent talent for acting. She says that she was even recognized multiple times on the street and was asked for autographs. After a while, however, she reports that she got tired of it, and decided to take a break. Some time later, she returned to acting and took some classes. Now, at 31 years old, she does improv and sketch comedy.
Joshua Jackson Shows No Signs of Decelerating
Joshua Jackson is a Canadian-born superstar. We admit that it’s stereotypical, but it’s all in good humor: Jackson is most famous for his big role in The Mighty Ducks films, which told the story of a lovable hockey team. As the film series concluded, he was offered more roles, in Cruel Intentions for instance, and there he continued to put an edge on his acting skills and charisma.
Jackson collected some really prestigious awards for his work on The Mighty Ducks and Dawson’s Creek. For a little while, he dated Katie Holmes. In an interview, she said Jackson was her first love. Currently, he splits his time between playing in series, movies, stage productions, and documentaries. He’s a busy dude, no doubt. Jackson is now 41, and throughout the last ten years, the award nominations have kept piling in.
Erin Murphy Has Been a Star for Half a Century
Erin Murphy is probably most recognized for her role in the classic series Bewitched, where she played in a total of 103 episodes! So she was one hard working child. As she got a little older, she continued her acting career, starring in over 100 commercials and made guest appearances on several shows.
The young child grew into a charming teenager and then into a beautiful woman. She hasn’t since appeared in any blockbusters, but she has done work on multiple shows, including Identity and I Know My Kid’s a Star. That’s not all though. Murphy, now 55, continues to maintain a steady presence, having appeared on Rupaul’s Drag U a few years ago.
Kevin Schmidt Is the Definition of Glow-Up
Kevin Schmidt is one of those childhood faces that came of Hollywood-age with the success of Cheaper by the Dozen, where he worked with Steve Martin. His accomplishments there helped him land other awesome gigs, such as on The Young and the Restless. And if you have an exquisitely sharp eye and more-than-normal passion for film and TV, you might have also spotted Schmidt as a 13-year-old Lenny in The Butterfly Effect.
As you can easily surmise, cute boyish chubby cheeks gave way to sharp model-like features for Schmidt, who is now 31. But it’s not just his looks that took on new fresh dimensions. His acting career continued to be successful as he grew up. In 2010 he took the lead role in the cult web-series entitled Unnatural History. Some years later, he played a big role in Bones. As of today, he continues to act, and he also does major philanthropy.
Jeff Cohen Never Strayed Far From Hollywood
Jeff Cohen’s fame originates from his role as Chunk on Steven Spielberg’s The Goonies. The endearing little guy made quite a name for himself and managed to gain everlasting attention. But something about the essence of the Chunk role bothered him; he didn’t like being overweight and the jokes that surrounded it, so he decided to take football to tone up.
Cohen is one of the rarer cases in this article of a child star not pursuing an acting career in adulthood. He chose instead to earn a degree in business. And then, shortly after, he decided to try his luck in law. And lucky (and talented) he was! After completing his studies, he started working as showbiz lawyer and eventually opened his own firm. Now, at 45, he practices law and periodically writes about business and politics.
Lindsey Lohan Makes a Comeback?
Lindsay Lohan made her breakthrough as a young child when she played in the Disney classic The Parent Trap. After getting famous and becoming ‘the’ talk of the childhood star town, she continued on her gilded path and would soon become a teen star sensation. All hats went off to her when Freaky Friday was released, where she starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis. The film became an instant hit.
Lohan, with a ton of momentum at her back, knocked it out of the park again with the release of Mean Girls. Honestly, if you haven’t seen it, add it to your list! As a grown-up, Lindsay got wrapped up in some legal problems as she battled substance abuse. Citing an overly-turbulent childhood, the 33-year-old Lohan acknowledges her troubles but states that she now has some projects in the works. Most recently you can see her acting alongside Rupert Grint in Sick Note.
Keke Palmer Found an Outlet for Her Amazing Voice
Keke Palmer aka Lauren Keyana was only little when she played the part of Queen Latifah’s niece in Barbershop 2: Back in Business. It was her first film role, and she was eleven years old. But it was her performance two years later as a lead in Akeelah and the Bee that saw her gain recognition, in which she played a smart school girl with an aptitude for spelling.
Keke has grown up into a stunning young woman with a solid career in animated films. At only 26 years old she has starred in several CGI productions, including Ice Age: Continental Drift. But her beautiful singing voice has also landed her roles in musical movies. You can find her cohosting her the talk show Strahan, Sara and Keke today.
Devon Sawa Is One of Those Shining 90s Gems
As far 90s child stars go, Devon Sawa is an archetype. His famous roles include playing leads in Casper, in Night of the Twisters, and in Idle Hands, among many others. Before his big break, he was a child spokesman for an action figure company. Wow, the dream job for a young guy! After working hard during his childhood and racking up a list of nice items for his CV, Sawa was all set for a promising career as an adult.
Sawa’s boyish good looks loyally followed him into adulthood – but as you see, they’re no longer boyish, just manly and piercing. As a young adult, one of his roles was in the first installment of the freaky Final Destination films. But that was not his final destination. After winning a Saturn Award for his performance there, he continued on a rewarding career path and went on to play in dozens more films and series. He is now 41 and still killin’ it.
Zac Hanson Has Been a Rockstar His Whole Life
Zac Hanson is a real rockstar. He’s the youngest brother of the members of the band Hanson. We wonder where they got their band name from. Anyway, they rose to fame with the release of their hit song “MMMBop” in 1997 and have since enjoyed a fruitful ride. Zac started playing music when he was only six, and he currently holds the honor of being the youngest musician to have been awarded a Grammy, which he received at 12!
Now Zac is all grown up and at 34, he’s still up to his neck in music. Hanson have released a dozen albums and music videos and have been on tons of tours all over the world. In 2006, Zac married his now-wife Kate Tucker, and they have four children together. We don’t quite know what’s next on the horizon for Zac, but we seriously doubt that his music career is anywhere near winding down.
Aileen Quinn Is the Quintessential Sweet Red Haired Child
Aileen Quinn is a perennial classic. As a freckled red-haired child she made a huge name for herself with her role as Annie Bennett Warbucks in Annie. For her performance there, she bagged herself a Golden Raspberry Award as well as a Young Artist Award. And she was nominated for others. Throughout the 80s, she appeared in a number of additional productions, furthering cementing her status as a rising child superstar.
Fast forward to 2007 and Quinn is all grown up and gracing our screens with her role as Maggie in 30. Now 48, she has accumulated quite an impressive resume. Not only does she have a great track record in television, but she also has a vibrant career as a musician. Since her claim to fame, she has released three full-length records and a number of singles.
Henry Thomas’s Acting Skills Have Been Rocking Our Socks for Over 40 Years
As a dreamy eyed kiddo, Henry Thomas permanently inscribed himself into the book of celebs when he played in Spielberg’s classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. As you know, the film became an enduring classic – it’s been almost 40 years since its release and it’s still regarded as one of the best films ever made. Needless to say, Thomas’s role in the hit film was enough to hurl him to fame.
In addition to developing into a strikingly handsome adult, Thomas has proven that he is certainly a Hollywood workhorse. His resume reveals that he has played in 100 different projects. The 48-year-old’s most recent work was in The Haunting of Hill House, based on the terrifying story by Shirley Jackson. In fact, Thomas won himself a Saturn Award for his formidable performance there.
Emily Browning Turned Down a Huge Opportunity
Emily Browning is the Australian-born actress who started out young in the world of acting. She was taking on roles in the late nineties and early noughties, making her American movie debut in 2003’s Ned Kelly where she starred opposite Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom. And her innocent-looking features stayed with her into adulthood.
She got her big break in Zack Snyder’s fantasy/action film Sucker Punch, in which she plays a woman who has been committed to a mental institution. But she could have been a huge star in the film series Twilight, as she was requested to audition for the main role of Bella Swan by the series author herself. She turned it down though, claiming to be too exhausted to take it on. But at 31 years old, she still has plenty of time to find the right roles for her.
Kel Mitchell Was on Dancing With the Stars
Kel Mitchell played the unforgettable character of Kel in the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel. He was lovable, goofy, and memorable part of any nineties kids childhood. He was in his teens when he started acting alongside funnyman Kenan Thompson, and together they made up a classic comedy duo.
Would you believe that Kel is now 41? We think he looks amazing for his age. He’s still on TV, having recently competed in and coming in second place on Dancing with the Stars. He even hosts his own show on CBS, Tails of Valor, in which he looks at the role of service animals in transforming people’s lives.
Tina Majorino Is Back on Track
Tina Marie Majorino was a child actor at first, acting in films such as Andre, When a Man Loves a Woman, and Waterworld. She was highly successful at such a young age, but her hectic schedule became too much for her. She ended up leaving the acting career for a while, citing burnout as the reason.
She came back into the public eye in 2004’s Napoleon Dynamite as Deb and continued with her acting career from then on. You might have since seen her on True Blood or Grey’s Anatomy, or as Maggie Harris on the TNT show Legends. Now at 35 years old, she’s managing her time better than before.
Zendaya’s Right on Track
Zendaya Coleman is an A-list actress today, but she actually started out young as a child model and dancer. She secured a place for her in the Disney sitcom Shake It Up, before appearing on Dancing with the Stars in 2013. She was the babyfaced girl with a smile that stretched from ear to ear.
Now she’s a big star who had a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home. But her role as the lead character Rue Bennett in HBO’s recent hit Euphoria has secured her among the A-list crowd. And being only 23 years old, who knows what else we’ll see from her in the future.
Jamie Lynn Spears Will Be on Our Screens Again Soon
Jamie Lynn Spears became a big child star for playing the role of Zoey Brooks on Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101. It was a hugely coveted role as the actress will have been guaranteed fame and fortune. Perhaps being the younger sister of Britney Spears helped her get the part or at least prepare her for showbusiness.
You might not have heard much about Jamie in the last few years, but she hasn’t left acting behind. In 2019, Netflix released a statement that said she would be joining the list of castmates for their upcoming romantic sitcom Sweet Magnolias. At 29 years old today, we look forward to seeing how she’s changed!
Jennette McCurdy Is Making Use of the Internet
Jennette McCurdy started out as Sam Puckett in Nickelodeon’s sitcom iCarly, but also popped in the other Nickelodeon shows like Victorious, Zoey 101, and True Jackson VP. She had been acting since she was only eight years old, and spent much of her youth performing.
She looks totally different today now that she’s 27 years old. And she’s making more use of the internet for her career, having written, produced and starred in What’s Next for Sarah? – a web series available online. She’s also become a YouTuber where she can post more of her short films.
Hilary Duff Has Her Fingers in a Lot of Pies
Hilary Duff was the Disney channel’s star child when she portrayed the title character in Lizzie McGuire. The show revolved around the trials and tribulations of the teenage girl’s life and ran from 2001 to 2004. She appeared in a number of kids films after, like The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Agent Cody Banks, and Cheaper by the Dozen.
She’s not a teenager anymore; Hilary is now 32 years old and married with two kids. And she’s been busy in her adult life, creating music and releasing albums, co-authoring novels, creating fashion lines, and of course, acting. And to us at least, she still looks like Lizzie McGuire.
Asa Butterfield Has a Bright Future Ahead of Him
Asa Butterfield is the British actor who got his big break as a child when he was cast as the main character Bruno in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. At only 11 years old, he was nominated for the British Independent Film Award and the London Film Critics Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year.
He followed that up by portraying the title character again in Hugo, for which he received a lot of critical acclaim. Now he is Otis Milburn in Netflix’s new sitcom Sex Education, and clearly he’s been doing a lot of growing up. But he’s still only 23 years old, so they’ll be plenty more to see of him and his green hair.
Ariana Richards Dropped Acting for Fine Art
Ariana Richards played the part of Lex Murphy in the blockbuster film Jurassic Park back in 1993. It was the first Jurassic Park film and led to a very successful franchise. She was only a kid when it happened and people expected that her career in acting would only grow from there.
Despite winning many Young Artist Awards, she didn’t want to focus her attention on acting when she became an adult. Instead, she pursued an artistic career and has since become quite successful. She won first place in the National Professional Oil Painting Competition in 2005. And at 40 years of age, she’s still commands attention.
Olivia Olson Has Forged a Career for Herself
Olivia Olson is most recognizable as having played the little girl Joanna Anderson in 2003’s Love Actually. She was the romantic interest of one of the main characters with the voice of an angel. Director Richard Curtis even thought her voice might be too good for the role, saying that her pitch was so perfect the audience wouldn’t believe she was 10.
Now at 27 years of age, she has a successful career as a voice actress. She is Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in the musical animation Phineas and Ferb, and Marceline the Vampire Queen in Adventure Time. But we think she could be a model with how beautiful she has become.
Keshia Knit Pulliam Looks Like a Different Person
Keshia Knit Pulliam is best known as Rudy Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show that ran from the eighties to the early nineties. She played the youngest daughter of Cliff and Clair, portraying her from age five to 13. Impressively, she was one of the youngest actresses to be nominated for an Emmy Award.
Now at 41 years of age, she’s still appearing on-screen. She has taken part in various reality TV programs and played Miranda Lucas-Payne on TBS’s comedy Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. Whatever she’s doing, we think she looks like a completely different person from what she used to.
Jodie Foster Became a Mega Star
Jodie Foster found fame quickly after her role in Bugsy Malone in 1976. But she’d actually started out at the young age of three years old. She elevated her career status when she played a 14-year-old in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. She’s an actress who has spent her whole life in the public eye.
Of course, we know the 57-year-old today for much more than her early films. She has been the recipient of Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Some of her most noticeable work includes The Silence of the Lambs, Panic Room, and Flightplan, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.
Thanks to Josh Hutcherson, We Are All Team Peeta
Josh Hutcherson landed his first major acting role at just 10 years old when he was cast as Nicky Harper in the show House Blend. Following that he received numerous roles both in film and television. His breakthrough came about when he was 15 years old and was cast as Jesse Aarons in Bridge to Terabithia. After that, the roles just kept coming, as well as the awards.
These days Hutcherson is known to many as Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games series. In which he starred opposite Jennifer Lawrence from 2012 until 2015. The role earned him numerous awards including an MTV Award for “Best Male Performance.”Not only that, but his portrayal of Peeta also scored him a spot as one of Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs. Today he is 27 years old and still going strong.
Danielle Fishel Is Still Everyone’s School Kid Crush
Everyone knows this face as Topanga Lawrence from the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World. She was the girl that every kid growing up had a crush on and every tween tried to emulate as they grew up alongside her. Teaching us all that brains and beauty are not mutually exclusive, Topanga was always both unapologetically intelligent and unafraid to be herself.
These days Danielle Fishel managed to keep Topanga’s character alive in the spin-off series Girl Meets World. The series, which aired from 2014-2017 showed Topanga married to her long term love interest Cory Matthews with two children. Much like Topanga, Fishel at 39 years old is now married and has a son who will turn One in June.
Soleil Moon Frye Is Bringing Back Punky
At the age of seven, actress Soleil Moon Frye graced our screens as the spunky and adorable Penelope “Punky” Brewster. This role, which began in 1984, set off Frye’s career as a child star. After Punky, the actress took on several guest roles in hit 90s shows like The Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell and Friends. She also landed a starring role as Roxie King in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Back at age seven and still today at 43, it remains clear that Soleil has the star quality needed to make it big in the business. Following her success as a young star, she went on to dip her toes in directing as well as voice acting. Knowing we probably haven’t had enough of Punky, Frye is currently in the post-production phase of a Punky Brewster reboot series.
Anna Sophia Robb Has Become a Fashionista Queen
Anna Sophia Robb first won our hearts over at the age of 12 when she made her feature film debut in Because of Winn- Dixie. Shortly after she nailed it as the spoiled Violet Beauregarde in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Tim Burton’s remake was a huge success and put Robb on the map for years following.
Today, at 26, and the young star’s career is still going strong, both as a model and an actress. Following in Sarah Jessica Parker’s designer stiletto footsteps, she is well known for playing Carrie Bradshaw in the CW series, The Carrie Diaries, which aired until 2014. Her most recent roles include playing Lacey in the Hulu series The Act and as Alice Green in Mercy Street.
Ivana Baquero Is Taking Over The World
At the age of 11, Spanish actress Ivana Baquero captivated audiences with her portrayal of Ofelia in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. She made her American film debut three years later when she starred alongside Kevin Costner in The New Daughter.
Baquero’s award-winning performance in Pan’s Labyrinth brought her talents overseas and set off her career. Since then, in her adult years, she was cast in The Shannara Chronicles as well as the Spanish Netflix series, Alta Mar, which is still running today.
Mayim Bialik Has Blossomed Into a Sitcom Queen
Mayim Bialik was introduced to the masses when she was 16 years old playing the lead in the NBC sitcom Blossom, which she took on for four years. Prior to this, throughout the ’80s, Bialik made guest appearances in shows like The Facts of Life and Webster. Her career throughout the 90s took no rest, bringing her to the success that she still knows today.
Fans of The Big Bang Theory will recognize Bialik as Amy Fowler, or Sheldon’s “friend that’s a girl, but not a girlfriend.” She joined the show in its third season and became a part of the main cast the following season. Today, at 44 years old, Bialik is also a scientist, author, film writer, and director so we’d say she’s keeping busy.
Melissa Joan Hart Is As Spellbinding as Ever
Any 90s kid will get nostalgic when seeing this star. She had not one but two shows that basically defined the decade when it came to good quality television. From 1991-1994, when Hart was 15 years old, she starred in Clarissa Explains It All. Then, after turning 17 she took on the role of Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
Although today she is still known as a 90s star, that does not mean that she has been out of the scene this past decade. Hart has continued her acting pursuits, landing roles both in TV and film. She has also been taking on gigs as a director and she participated in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars.
Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit Are Still the Cutest in the House
Taking on the role of the youngest and arguably the most adorable additions to the Full House family were Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit. The real-life twins played Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky’s kids, Nicky and Alex throughout their toddler years. Fans of the show loved seeing the pair grow up in front of the screen. However, we have not heard much about the actors since. Today, Blake and Dylan are both 29 years old.
Blake, who played Nicky has strayed away from the limelight since his time as a child star. He is now a firefighter however he did return to the screen alongside his brother in order to reprise his role in The Full House reboot, Fuller House. Dylan, who. played Alex, is a foley artist (a person who creates sound for movies). He has worked on some impressive productions such as Furious 7 and Game of Thrones, which won him an Emmy nomination.
Candace Cameron Bure Always Has Something In the Works
Known to most as D.J Tanner from Full House, Candace Cameron Bure is sort of a celebrity polymath. Of course, she’s an actress. But she’s also a producer, talk show panelist, and author. Her claim to fame came from her work on Full House (where she was just a little girl) and its sequel, Fuller House. She also did a lot of work for the Hallmark Channel, including in a bunch of their holiday films.
As she continued to grow into her promising career and, not to mention, sparkling looks, Bure expanded her ventures. After her climax with Hallmark, she decided to try her luck at writing books. She authored one entitled Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness, which became a New York Times bestseller. Today, with an extensive resume and an NHL husband at her back, the 44-year-old is always up to something.
Tatyana Ali Is the Little Sister We All Love
Tatyana Ali is our very own little Ashley Banks. Her character on the hit sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith, is all grown up. She started playing the role at age 11 and was an immediate star, really one of the show’s favorites, especially during her interactions with Will Smith. As we followed her journey from the cute baby sister who turned into a beautiful young woman on the show, this was also mirrored in real life.
Today the 41-year-old has not been seen too much or too recently in the spotlight. However, we all remember her musical career with hits like “Boy You Knock Me Out”, featuring (you guessed it) Will Smith. She also kept acting, starring in the series The Young and the Restless and the movie entitled Second Generation Wayans, alongside the Wayans brothers
Tom Holland Went from the West End to Peter Parker
Tom Holland started his career in the depths of the West End theater district in London as a youth. There he gained recognition from some showbiz headhunters and was soon offered a starring role in the Spanish film The Impossible. Roger, prepare for takeoff. Upon the films’s release and reception, it became clear that Holland had what it takes; he earned himself a London Critics Film Circle Award for Young British Actor of the Year.
Holland got more than just recognition as he matured, as you can see here, he also got some serious “it” factor. After a promising acting start, by 2015 he was playing in renowned hits, like Wolf Hall. His celeb status solidified further when he was cast as Spider-Man in the latest iterations of the Marvel franchise. The film grossed $1.1 billion! Now, the 23-year-old Holland is a superstar, and he has tons of projects on the horizon.
Daveigh Chase Turns Cuteness Into “It” Factor
Contrary to others on this list, you might not actually recognize Daveigh Chase from her child star days. That is because she looks much different in the role that put her on the map. In 2005, when Chase was 15 she took on the terrifyingly creepy role of Samara Morgan in The Ring and The Ring Two. Prior to Samra, in 2001 she also starred in Donnie Darko as Donnie’s younger sister.
Today Chase is 29 years old. She continues to act both in television and film. And it looks she has not left the horror category behind her. Two of her latest projects include the films Jack Goes Home and American Romance, both of which are of the horror or thriller genre.
Erik Per Sullivan Is One Per a Million
Chances are you know Erik Per Sullivan from his role in the memorable Malcolm In the Middle, where he played Dewey. He acted in a grand slammin’ total of 151 episodes! Alongside his Malcolm In the Middle days, he also made several appearances, some small, others bigger, in famous films. He played in roles ranging from “boy with rocket ship” in Armageddon to a young Arthur on King of Queens.
As a little kid, he had an archetypal sitcom face. Cute kid, kind of prominent ears, kind of geeky looking, but incredibly endearing. Today, he is 28, and he has left the geekiness behind. Well, most of it. He hasn’t played in anything for about ten years; his last role was in Twelve, where he played alongside 50 Cent. These days he stays out of the limelight. It’s unclear what career he pursued but rumor has it he has a black belt in Taekwondo.
Abigail Breslin’s Acting Career Has Been In Bloom Since She Was Three
Abigail Breslin got an early start to a flourishing career. Her first gig was when she was only three years old when she starred in a Toys ‘R Us commercial. Things really took off for the adorable little aspiring actress when she got a role in Mel Gibson’s creepy alien film Signs. It was a hit and it grossed over $400 million worldwide and led to her casting as Olive in Little Miss Sunshine. Yep, she was on the fast track to superstar status.
Now Breslin is all grown up. At 24 years old, she’s definitely still cute, but she has also developed a certain je ne sais quoi. As her good looks blossomed, her career also continued to do so. She played in some thrillers which also did really well. Her latest role was in Zombieland: Double Tap, where she starred along with Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Jesse Eisenberg.
Ariel Winter Went from Geek to Goddess
Ariel Winter has become a classic by now. She played Alex Dunphy, the geeky but likable perfectionist younger daughter in Modern Family. She was just amazing there. On the one hand, you wanted to just tell her to shut up and stop being so obnoxious. But on the other, you couldn’t help but appreciate her diligence. That is some mighty fine acting!
Today Winter is 22 years old and her looks are oceans away from anything someone might classify as obnoxious and geeky. She has become a gorgeous and talented woman. What’s she up to? Well, after over a decade of giving us amazing television, Modern Family finally wrapped things up a couple of months ago. Within the last couple years, Winter has done some great voice work, including on the over-the-top Robot Chicken!