These Child Actors Look Extremely Different Today, Take a Look!
Getting into acting can be hard for anyone. Many families get their children into the profession at a young age, and many kids have to confront different hardships than what actors go through when they're older.
These child actors had the time of their lives soaking in knowledge from the biggest names in the game. But what happened to these once-familiar faces? They're still out there, doing what they love today — even if you might no longer recognize them.
In Taliesin Jaffe's acting debut, he portrayed Kenny Butler in the hit 1983 film Mr. Mom. Four years later, he landed on the cast of She's the Sheriff, which was Suzanne Somers' first show since Three's Company. After the show's cancellation following season two, Jaffe focused more on school.
Today, Jaffe is one of the more recognizable voice actors in the world. His roles include The Flash in Injustice 2 and Blanka in the Street Fighter series. To the D&D community, he's mostly known for his work on the highly successful show Critical Role.
Soleil Moon Frye
Soleil Moon Frye competed against 3,000 young girls to land the title role of Punky Brewster. The show's popularity helped the actress land movie roles in The St. Tammany Miracle and You Ruined My Life. In 1986, Frye won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series.
As of late, Frye has been busy taking care of her four children. Even with a full house, the actress still finds time for gigs. In 2013, she hosted TLC's Home Made Simple. She’s reprising her Punky Brewster role for a forthcoming reboot series on NBC's Peacock streaming service.
At the age of five, Abigail Breslin starred in her first film, Signs. Five years later, she earned an Oscar nomination for her work in Little Miss Sunshine. With the nomination, she became the fourth-youngest actress to get nominated in the category.
Breslin has kept the movie roles coming with Ender's Game, Final Girl, and Zombieland: Double Tap. In 2015, she made her return to TV after nearly a decade with Scream Queens. In the same year, she unveiled her debut album The World Now from Digital Launch Records.
Fans of all things 1980s will always remember Raven-Symoné as Olivia Kendall on the hit The Cosby Show. After the show's conclusion, the actress earned another sitcom stint on Hangin' With Mr. Cooper. Following two big series, Raven-Symoné landed her own sitcom — That's So Raven.
In recent years, Raven-Symoné made the transition to TV host with her stint on The View. In 2017, she reprised her Raven Baxter character for Raven's Home, which finds Raven as a divorced mother. She also landed the voice role of Valkyrie in the animated Guardians of the Galaxy series.
Before the global success of Twilight, Kristen Stewart gained buzz with her Young Artist Award-nominated work in 2002's Panic Room. After the movie, the Los Angeles native landed noticeable roles in Zathura: A Space Adventure, In the Land of Women, and Speak.
Since the end of the Twilight saga, Stewart still has an ever-growing portfolio. The actress has been in the films Lizzie, Personal Shopper, and the 2019 Charlie's Angels reboot. Stewart has also directed music videos for acts such as Sage + the Saints and Chvrches and is working on the romantic comedy Happiest Season.
At 10 years old, Daniel Radcliffe made his acting debut playing a young David Copperfield in BBC One's David Copperfield. The following year, he landed the role of Harry Potter for 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The film's success turned the London native into an overnight celebrity.
Although his run as Harry Potter is done, Radcliffe has been dealing with mature roles as of late. The actor has continued gracing theater screens with roles in Kill Your Darlings, Now You See Me 2, and Imperium. Radcliffe also appears in the anthology series Miracle Workers.
Haley Joel Osment
In 1994, Haley Joel Osment grabbed audiences' attention in Forrest Gump as the title character's son. Five years later, things went from cute to chilling with his performance in The Sixth Sense. His work landed him Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
Osment's time on the screen was shortened by the actor attending New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. As an adult, Osment has had recurring roles on Silicon Valley and The Boys. Osment has also been reprising the role of Sora in several Kingdom Hearts video games, including 2019's Kingdom Hearts 3.
Jonathan Lipnicki couldn't have had a bigger film debut than 1996's Jerry Maguire. Following the movie, the actor gained recurring roles on The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Dawson's Creek. Lipnicki continued having film success with 1999's Stuart Little and its 2002 sequel.
Lipnicki has turned his attention toward being an MMA fighter. The actor hasn't been in a major film since Stuart Little 2. Instead, he's been focusing on doing independent films such as Boone: The Bounty Hunter and A Second Chance. Lipnicki has also been on the reality show circuit with Celebs Go Dating and Worst Cooks in America.
At the age of four, Macaulay Culkin began acting in commercials and films. Following 1989's Uncle Buck, Culkin became a hero to kids around the world in Home Alone and then dominated the box office with performances in My Girl, The Pagemaster, and Richie Rich.
As an adult, Culkin hopped on the mic as vocalist for the comedy rock band The Pizza Underground. The actor is also the CEO of satirical website Bunny Ears and in 2018 reprised his role as Kevin McCallister for a Google Assistant advertisement. Culkin has even found minor acting gigs in Adam Green's Aladdin and Changeland.
In 1960, Ron Howard got his foot in the door with his portrayal of Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. Years after the show, he struck sitcom gold as a lead in Happy Days which, in 1978, earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy.
Despite Happy Days' popularity, Howard is known today for his directing abilities. Since 1977's Grand Theft Auto, Howard has directed beloved films such as Apollo 13 and The Da Vinci Code. Howard also has a slew of other movies on his resume, including Hillbilly Elegy.
Frankie Muniz delivered huge ratings for Fox with Malcolm in the Middle. The New Jersey native gained two Golden Globe nominations for his performance as the title character. Muniz's talent also earned him box office dollars with Agent Cody Banks and its 2004 sequel.
At the age of 11, Anna Chlumsky's entire world changed with My Girl. The film's success led to the Chicago native starring in My Girl 2, Trading Mom, and Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain. In 1999, she put her acting career on the side to attend the University of Chicago.
Chlumsky returned to acting in 2006 with minor roles in 30 Rock and Law & Order. In 2012, she landed the role of Amy Brookheimer on Veep. Chlumsky's time on the series earned her six Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Tiffani Thiessen's modeling career helped land her the role of Kelly Kapowski on teen comedy Saved by the Bell. Since being on one teen series wasn't enough, the actress made her way to Beverly Hills, 90210 as Valerie Malone. Thiessen easily became one of the biggest teen idols of the decade.
Today, Thiessen still finds her way to various roles. For six seasons, she portrayed event planner Elizabeth Burke on USA's White Collar. Since 2018, she's been part of Netflix's sitcom Alexa & Katie, which is the first multi-camera sitcom for the service.
Anna Paquin had little acting experience before starring in The Piano. Her portrayal of Flora McGrath earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. As the second-youngest Oscar winner ever, Paquin landed roles in Amistad and Hurlyburly before becoming Rogue in the X-Men film series.
Paquin made the jump to the small screen with True Blood, which lasted seven seasons on HBO. The Canadian actress followed this up with roles in The Affair and Alias Grace. Recently, Paquin was featured in Netflix's The Irishman, which was directed by Martin Scorsese.
Coming from a family of actors, Drew Barrymore had her career path written out for her. With 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Barrymore became one of the most profitable child actors of all time. The '80s also found the actress starring in Babes in Toyland and Firestarter.
Recently, Barrymore has been taking fewer roles to focus more on producing content. Over the years, Barrymore has produced the films Animal and Whip It. Some of her recent roles include Sheila Hammond in Netflix's horror-comedy Santa Clarita Diet and Lauren Reynolds in the romantic comedy Blended.
Danica McKellar had to face off against her sister Crystal for the role of Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years. When the show ended, McKellar gained minor roles on Babylon 5 and Walker, Texas Ranger.
McKellar continues to act today, but she's mainly known for being a mathematics wizard. Over the years, she wrote several books about math, including 2012's Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. As a voice actor, McKellar also provides the voices of Judy Jetson and Miss Martian.
Over the years, Savage has found himself back in the spotlight with notable roles. In 2015, he starred in Fox's The Grinder, which earned him a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2018, he reprised his role from The Princess Bride for Once Upon a Deadpool.
Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart was a trailblazer for the popular cable network Nickelodeon. Her work on the show Clarissa Explains It All paved the way for other popular series like The Amanda Show and The Secret World of Alex Mack. Before landing the role, Hart also auditioned for the role of Six on Blossom.
Hart continued to find success with the sitcoms Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Melissa & Joey. Aside from acting, she's directed episodes of Melissa & Joey and The Goldbergs. Hart kicked off her directing career on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and starred in the Netflix series No Good Nick.
Andrea Barber will probably always be known as Kimmy Gibbler from Full House, but she got her start in the early '80s. From 1982 to 1986, she portrayed Carrie Brady on the hit soap opera Days of Our Lives. Her time on the show earned her two Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Youth Actress in a Daytime Soap Opera.
Following Full House's 1995 finale, Barber temporarily retired from acting. She returned for Netflix's Fuller House, which helped introduce Barber to a new generation of viewers. In 2016, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Chemistry.
Jennette McCurdy had minor roles on Malcolm in the Middle and Judging Amy before appearing on Nickelodeon's iCarly. As Sam Puckett, McCurdy earned two Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite TV Sidekick. She reprised the role for the 2013 spinoff Sam & Cat.
Recently, McCurdy has been directing short films such as Strong Independent Women and The Grave. In 2015, she took a darker role as pregnant teenager Wiley Day in Netflix's Between. Her portrayal of Day continued with the web series Adam and Wiley's Lost Weekend. The actress also starred in the psychological thriller Pet and the animated movie Bling.
Mara Wilson impressed everyone with her film debut in Mrs. Doubtfire. After 1994's Miracle on 34th Street, Wilson was given her biggest role as the title character in 1996's Matilda. While the film didn't make tons of money at the box office, it garnered a cult following.
Wilson has devoted most of her time as an adult to writing. One recent book is 2016's Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. In 2018, she landed a recurring role as the voice of Liv Amara in Big Hero 6: The Series.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt cut his teeth on TV shows such as The Powers That Be and Dark Shadows before 3rd Rock From the Sun. The popular NBC series earned Gordon-Levitt his fourth Young Artist Awards nomination. During the last season, Gordon-Levitt appeared in only a few episodes because of college.
Gordon-Levitt has become one of the more heralded actors in recent years. Since 2004, he's been working with his collaborative media platform HitRecord, which allows creators worldwide to work together. 2014's HitRecord on TV earned an Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media.
Alisan Porter is best known by many as the title character of 1991's Curly Sue. Starring alongside Jim Belushi, Porter was loved by many on set. Before landing Curly Sue, Porter starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Chicken Soup in 1989.
Porter turned heads when she competed on The Voice in 2016. With the support of fans, she won the competition. The show helped spawn her Hot 100 single "Down That Road," and in 2019, she released her third studio album Pink Cloud. Her last acting role was in 2008's Meet Dave.
At eight years old, Dakota Fanning became the youngest SAG Award nominee ever with her work in I Am Sam. Her work in film continued with roles in Man on Fire and the Twilight series. While her work schedule was growing, school was just as important. In 2011, she graduated from Campbell Hall School.
Fanning has been busier than ever with roles in Ocean's 8 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Fourteen years after her last TV appearance, Fanning returned to the small screen in 2018's The Alienist. She's also working on the show The Angel of Darkness.
In 2001, actress/singer Hilary Duff became an instant teen idol with Disney's Lizzie McGuire. Branded Lizzie McGuire merchandise accumulated over $100 million during the show’s run. Duff was able to bring the character to the big screen with 2003's The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
Duff has grown into a successful businesswoman with her fashion lines Stuff by Duff and Femme for DKNY. In 2015, she began another successful TV series with TV Land's Younger. Duff is also working on the Lizzie McGuire revival for Disney+. Her last studio album was 2015's Breathe In. Breathe Out.
Spanish actress Ivana Baquero made waves in the international scene after landing the role of Ofelia in Guillermo Del Toro’s modern classic Pan’s Labyrinth. Despite being years older than the main character, the child star got the gig for her impressive audition, even winning the Goya Award for Best New Actress.
Baquero has remained in the international spotlight, starring in MTV's sci-fi series The Shannara Chronicles alongside Austin Butler in 2013 and the Netflix's mystery series High Seas.
From 1993 to 1999, Madeline Zima portrayed the role of Grace Sheffield in the TV sitcom The Nanny. She then ventured into other regular roles on Californication and Heroes. That was while working on a slew of films in the decade.
Zima seemed to have learned a thing or two from Fran since she continues to enjoy her career in recent years. She was part of the TV shows The Vampire Diaries and Twin Peaks. In 2019, she appeared in the high-profile drama Bombshell.
Even before starring alongside his twin brother Dylan on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Cole Sprouse has secured notable roles as a child. He appeared in the comedy Big Daddy and the TV comedy Friends.
After getting a bachelor's degree from New York University, Sprouse stepped back into the limelight as an actor and a fashion photographer. He stars in the hit teen drama Riverdale as Jughead Jones. On the silver screen, the Disney alum starred in the 2019 romantic drama Five Feet Apart.
Hana Hatae broke out with her role as Molly O'Brien in the sci-fi series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Her credits also include a guest appearance in the comedy series Family Matters.
Nothing much has gone on with Hatae's acting career in the 2000s although she made a comeback on the small screen in 2010 via Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Hatae's family restaurant needed a hand from the master chef. She also participated as an interviewee in the 2018 documentary What We Left Behind.
Michael Ray Bower
With a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Cable Series, Michael Ray Bower hit his peak at a young age. Also known as Donkeylips because of his role, he was part of the Nickelodeon comedy Salute Your Shorts.
Bower made a name for himself mostly for his guest roles in shows like California Dreams, Dark Angel, and Friends. He has also lent his voice in video games such as Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption.
After landing the role of Cynthia Sanders in the hit sitcom Malcolm in the Middle in 2001, Tania Raymonde established herself as a bankable child actress. In her teenage years, she remained on television as Alex Rousseau in the drama Lost.
Sanders continues to shine bright and land starring roles. In 2013, she played the title role in the TV movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret and in 2020, she was cast in the Amazon Video series Goliath.
Hey dude, do you remember David Lascher? He starred on the Nickelodeon show Hey Dude, but also landed roles in other series like Blossom, Clueless, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. The former child actor broke into the entertainment business after appearing on a Burger King commercial.
Lascher has devoted most of the 2000s to his personal life, but come the 2010s, he has begun accepting projects again. He is active on social media for those who would like to know more.
A promising young comedian, Kel Mitchell jumpstarted his fruitful career by teaming up with Kenan Thompson in the sitcom Kenan & Kel. He also graced other Nickelodeon classics such as All That and Game Shakers.
Upon losing a Saturday Night Live spot to Thompson, Mitchell started a career in rapping. He even appeared in music videos of Kanye and Khalid. In recent years though, Mitchell came back on the small screen as himself via Dancing with the Stars and The Substitute.
Lori Beth Denberg
Here's some vital information about Lori Beth Denberg— the former child actress was one of the original cast members of the Nickelodeon show All That. Not only that, she was the host of the Vital Information segment. Upon graduating from the show, Denberg moved on to the sitcom The Steve Harvey Show.
In the 2000s, Denberg stepped away from acting to focus on her personal life. It seemed like she caught the Hollywood bug again the following decade, reuniting with her All Cast family and appearing on several TV series as herself.
When he was 13 years old, Josh Peck made the right move to transplant himself in Los Angeles and pursue an entertainment career. Younger viewers grew up watching this former child actor in the hit Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh.
By the end of Drake & Josh, Peck has already begun his transformation. With his new look, fans were excited to see him once again on the small screen. He has starred opposite John Stamos and Paget Brewster in the Fox comedy Grandfathered.
Best known for playing Brighton Sheffield in the hit sitcom The Nanny, Benjamin Salisbury proved he was truly bright after graduating from the American University. He took up Broadcast Journalism. Aside from acting and studying though, Salisbury had amazing dance moves too.
Until the early 2000s, Salisbury appeared in several projects on television. In recent years, however, Salisbury preferred being behind the camera. He has been spending time with his family and working as the Director of Operations at the Universal Studios Hollywood.
In his signature bright-colored suspenders, Jaleel White brought laughter to American households as Steve Urkel in the 1989 sitcom Family Matters. White has become well-known for saying his catchphrase, "Did I do that?" for almost a decade.
White seemed to have followed the path of his alter-ego Stefan Urquelle, looking slicker than ever. He has had numerous guest appearances in many television series and has joined the cast of the Netflix series The Big Show Show in 2020.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen got their start as infants on the hit comedy Full House. The twin sisters learned a lot about the business from their seasoned co-stars. After the show ended, they embarked on a million-dollar franchise with their video series and fan club.
Over time, Mary-Kate and Ashley turned those millions into billions. Their career as fashion designers only made things better for their bank accounts. The sisters’ final acting role as a duo was in 2004's New York Minute. Mary-Kate continued acting until the release of 2011's fantasy drama Beastly.
Josh Server began serving looks and talent in the '90s. He was the only original cast member of TV sketch comedy All That who had stayed until the last season. He has treated Nickelodeon as his second home, acting in other shows like Alex Mack, Figure It Out, and Drake & Josh.
From time to time, Server still appears on the small screen. Formerly known as Earboy, he has also been game in joining all types of reunion for All That.
As T.J. Henderson on the '90s hit comedy Smart Guy, Tahj Mowry showed he's got the looks and the smarts. The younger brother of identical twins Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry has had a stable acting career in Hollywood.
Mowry was all grown-up when he starred as Tucker Dobbs in the ABC sitcom Baby Daddy from 2012 until 2017. In 2015, he finally gave in to the fans' request which is to release his debut single entitled Flirt.
Miko Hughes was merely 2 years old when he dipped his toes into acting through a public service announcement. As a child, he starred in horror flicks such as Pet Sematary and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. His '90s career included appearances in TV shows such as Baywatch and Beverly Hills, 90210.
After pursuing a career as a musician as "DJ Cubed," Chase went back to acting. He had a starring role in the 2019 indie film The Untold Story and directed a segment in the horror anthology film Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear.
Sean O'Neal got his big break as Sam Anders in the Nickelodeon show Clarissa Explains It All in 1991. His role earned him two Young Artist Award nominations. O'Neal was slated to be a member of a boy band but turned down the offer and took a break from television.
It seems like O'Neal is trying to find his footing again in the show business beginning in 2013 when he accepted a small role in the TV series Development Hell.
At three years old, Scarlett Pomers already showed signs of being a successful young star by debuting in Michael Jackson's music video, "Heal the World." From acting as a young Naomi Wildman on Star Trek: Voyager, Pomers skyrocketed to fame as Kyra Hart on Reba.
Like many child stars, Pomers struggled with the success and attention she received. She has since then recovered and become an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association. Founding the band SCARLETT, Pomers kickstarted a music career as well.
Jeremy Miller appeared in several TV advertisements before he landed the coveted role of Ben Seaver in the sitcom Growing Pains. Due to his popular character, Miller was offered more projects such as an episode in Shalom Sesame and a McDonald's commercial.
Unfortunately for his fans, Miller had to take a break from acting for a while after having an old male stalker and being acquainted with controversial names. He returned to the silver screen in the late 2000s through films like Milk and Fashion and Never Have I Ever.
Josh Saviano seemed to have taken his cue from his character as Paul Pfeiffer in the comedy-drama Wonder Years. After portraying a Harvard student, Saviano himself attended an Ivy League school. He got his bachelor's degree at Yale University.
There were rumors that Saviano was actually hiding as famous musician Marilyn Manson. Although in reality, Saviano was not living the rockstar life and was actually busy studying the law. Saviano now works as a partner for the law firm Morrison Cohen.
Actor Shaun Weiss, best known for his role as Greg Goldberg in The Mighty Ducks films, saw quite a bit of fame in the '80s and '90s. His other credits include appearances in shows like The King of Queens, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Boy Meets World and The Tony Danza Show.
Unfortunately, Weiss' fame has diminished over the years. As what happens with many child actors, he turned to substances to try and cope with life post-Hollywood. We hope things get better for Shaun!
Lindsay Lohan doubled the fun on the big screen when she played the long-lost twins in the classic rom-com The Parent Trap. She was on a roll for the next few years, starring in Life-Size, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls. The young actress was basically a teen queen in the early 2000s.
Unfortunately for Lohan and her fans, her luck began to run out as she dealt with personal problems involving her family and her health. Though Lohan is rarely seen on the screen nowadays, she continues to be a favorite in gossip columns.
Erik Per Sullivan
Erik Per Sullivan had a busy youth not from playing outside with his friends but from juggling acting projects after another. The angelic actor was playing Malcolm's younger brother on the Fox series Malcolm in the Middle while working on various films like Joe Dirt, Unfaithful, and Finding Nemo.
From receiving recognitions like a James Joyce Award, Sullivan is now gunning for academic achievement as he attends the University of Southern California. That is nothing surprising coming from Malcolm's young genius.
Emma Watson introduced the brilliant Hermione Granger to Harry Potter fans at a very young age. As one of the lead characters of the film franchise, she skyrocketed to fame as she grew up in front of the big screen. Her hair transformation was just the tip of the iceberg as the child actress became a young woman.
Even after the movie series ended, the English actress continued to win hearts all over the world. Watson has turned her sights to being an activist and doing charitable activities, but she remains a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.
After impressing Roseanne Barr with a joke during an early audition for her show, Roseanne, Michael Fishman was on track to becoming the next child star. The veteran actress personally vouched for him and he certainly delivered as D.J. Conner.
Fishman portrayed the role for nearly a decade then returned to high school after its run. When the acting bug began itching again, he reunited with his Roseanne castmates and produced The Roseanne Show. Nowadays, he spends more time with his family than in the industry.
Another Saved by the Bell alum on this list, Lark Voorhies played resident rich kid Lisa Turtle in the popular series. As soon as she graduated from the teen sitcom, she tried her hand in soap operas such as Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Voorhies stepped away from the limelight in the late 1990s. Unfortunately, she suffered a PR setback in 2012 after a video showing her wearing bizarre makeup sparked questions on her well-being.
Nate Richert played opposite Melissa Joan Hart on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He was considered as the ultimate TV boyfriend, making hearts swoon as the title character's high school boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle. When his time on the show had ended, however, he was only able to take on a few more roles.
As a '90s heartthrob, Richert drew attention for his looks luxurious locks. These days though, he might be having problems in the hair department. Good thing the fun-loving actor has a sense of humor about it.
While Monica Keena played the sweetest and most innocent child star in her first-ever film While You Were Sleeping, she was able to find fame for being the opposite on Dawson's Creek. She portrayed the much-hated Abby Morgan, which meant that she gave the character justice.
Kenna moved on to other projects like Undeclared and Entourage. She continued to be the talk of the town after a controversial relationship with fellow former child star Edward Furlong.
Before landing a significant role as Eddie on That's So Raven, Orlando Brown started his career in recurring roles on sitcoms, including Family Matters, Two of a Kind, and The Jamie Foxx Show. He rose to fame as a Disney Channel star and showcased other talents such as voice acting on The Proud Family.
Brown's adult years were nothing short of controversial. He faced major legal troubles as well as changes in his physical appearance. Dr. Phil tried to help straighten his ways on his show but Brown seemed unaffected by his efforts.
It has been a while since Amanda Bynes has appeared on our screens but her impressive career as a child was enough for her to make a lasting mark. She became a part of many kids' childhoods for starring on Nickelodeon shows such as All That and The Amanda Show. She also took part in beloved romcoms like She's The Man and What a Girl Wants.
Throughout the years, Bynes has undergone a lot of changes. Some of these transformations were partly related to her mental health struggles. She recently sparked a discussion after posting a photo of a heart-shaped face tattoo.
Anthony Michael Hall
Anthony Michael Hall was at the height of his career during the mid-80s. He was a young actor who portrayed lovable characters in National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club. Hall rightfully achieved teen idol status.
Unlike many other former child stars, Hall has managed to maintain an acting career in the industry. He obviously has grown up and looked nothing like the charming yet troubled Brian Johnson. He recently appeared alongside Brad Pitt in Netflix’s feature-length satire War Machine.
The Harry Potter movies also gave fans a chance to see a young Tom Felton transform into a fine gentleman. Though his character Draco Malfoy was a complicated one, his performance was outright spectacular to make a lasting impression. What some fans might not know is that this wasn't his first role.
After his wonderful days at Hogwarts, Felton moved on to other projects including the World War II film The Forgotten Battle. With his now-mature look, he has definitely graduated from being the bleach-blond child wizard.
Another child actress who grew up in front of TV viewers is Mackenzie Rosman. For 11 seasons, she portrayed the adorable Ruthie Camden on 7th Heaven. By the time the hit drama series went off the air, Rosman was already a teenager.
Rosman still works in Hollywood today though she turns her focus on indie movies and short films. She also had a recurring role in the young adult show Secret Life of the American Teenager. The former child star reminded everyone she was already a grownup when she did a daring photoshoot with Maxim a couple of years back.
Malcolm David Kelley
Malcolm David Kelley already had acting experiences when he was cast to play Walt in the TV show Lost. Though strange things have happened on the Island, growth spurts were not among those. Kelley decided to move on to other projects.
The young star team up with his former Gigantic co-star Tony Oller and formed the pop duo MKTO. They were signed to Columbia Records and released their debut self-titled album in 2014. Perhaps they could collaborate with Walt's dad Michael.
At a very young age, Freddie Highmore was already exposed to the world of acting. His golden ticket to fame was landing the lead role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He played the same brave characters in Arthur and the Invisibles and The Spiderwick Chronicles.
As Highmore grew up, he began to take up more serious roles. He put The Good Doctor in the spotlight, portraying the role of a brilliant doctor with savant syndrome. Critics and fans are keeping their eye on him.
Jason David Frank
Though it took Jason David Frank a second try to finally get a nod from the executives of Power Rangers, it certainly proved to be worth it. He became a fan-favorite in the superhero children's TV series and played every color Ranger. As a result, he was elected to the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.
Unsurprisingly, Frank started a career as a competitive mixed martial artist. He also lent his voice in recent shows like Transformers: Titans Return and We Bare Bears.
Jenna von Oy
Playing Six LeMeure in the '90s sitcom Blossom wasn't Jenna von Oy's first rodeo as a young actress. At the time, she had already appeared in a few television movies and shows. After playing her most famous role for half a decade, von Oy stepped back to study at the University of Southern California.
Von Oy's academic plan didn't pan out and she found herself back in the entertainment industry, this time, as an aspiring country music singer. She released her first album but she never attained the same success in music. The former child star now enjoys her family life.
Edward Furlong scored his very first role in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. His epic performance as a young John Connor led to having more projects during the decade such as Pet Sematary II and American History X.
The rising star was on his way to furthering his career when he, unfortunately, derailed it with his own actions. For so many times, Furlong was arrested and put in jail. He was only able to return to the limelight in 2019 via the Terminator: Dark Fate.
There was a time when Taylor Momsen was not yet the frontwoman of the rock band The Pretty Reckless. She was this little girl portraying Cindy Lou Who opposite Jim Carey in the live-action adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
As she continued a career in show business, Momsen embraced a much darker style. Needless to say, it was far from the innocent-looking child star that she once was. The Pretty Reckless has enjoyed commercial success most especially from their second studio album Going to Hell.
As the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, Aaron did not have a hard time coming into the entertainment scene. His career dates back to the late '90s when he appeared in the Nickelodeon show Figure It Out and released plenty of pop hits.
Carter's relationship with his brother was not enough to keep his own success. He got into alcohol and illicit substances, which resulted in a massive weight loss. The young actor and rapper made the right decision to enter rehab soon after.
Steven Anthony Lawrence
Before playing the annoying but lovable neighbor on Even Stevens, Steven Anthony Lawrence had minor roles in The Amanda Show and Frasier. As he embarked on a career as a Disney star, he landed roles in movies including Cheaper By The Dozen and Kicking and Screaming.
The adorable Beans grew up in real life and lost the majority of his hair on top. Lawrence's chin continued to be hidden from the world but this time he chose to so by growing a chin-shaping beard.
Jeremy Jackson had little experience when he joined the cast of Baywatch as Hobie Buchannon. Still, that did not stop him from having his own shining moments on the lifeguard-centric series. In real life though, he could have used a lifesaver of his own.
In his youth, Jackson struggled with illegal substances. This went on and escalated with other controversies in his life. His latest projects include a short-lived appearance on Celebrity Big Brother UK and a minor role on DTLA.
Like her Charlie and the Chocolate Factory co-star Freddie Highmore, AnnaSophia Robb had a childhood far from normal. She arrived at the scene at a young age and went on to star in other major films like Bridge to Terabithia and Race to Witch Mountain.
Compared to some of her earlier roles, Robb definitely looks quite different at present. She has grown into this young lady, and it is hard not to notice on the screen. Most recently, the former child star played a young Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries.
Austin St. John
Austin St. John's career in show business began in the early 1990s when he was cast as the original Red Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. His tenure on the show did not last long after a contract dispute but since then, he had occasionally returned to the franchise.
St. John may have left Hollywood soon after but he never gave up his signature color red. The warm color still suits him well— now that he works as an EMT and firefighter in Washington, D.C.
Alexa PenaVega came to prominence as the fearless Carmen Cortez from the Spy Kids franchise. A decade before that though, she was already adding experiences to her resume through comedy films like Little Giants and Nine Months.
Nowadays, it might already be hard to recognize PenaVega on the screen. For one, the former child star is now portraying older roles. She recently appeared in the horror flick Machete Kills and the music drama Nashville. In the eyes of her original fans though, she will always be Carmen.
Danny Tamberelli's shot to fame was through his role in Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete and Pete. From there, he easily made his into other projects like All That and The Mighty Ducks. His voice also helped him further his career as he lent it to Arnold in The Magic School Bus.
Eventually, Little Pete grew up and became almost unrecognizable. Despite the changes in his life and career, he never lost touch with some of his co-stars. In fact, he and his Pete and Pete co-star, Michael C. Maronna, have a fun podcast called The Adventures of Mike and Danny.
At merely 10 years old, Ross Hull got himself a part stateside in the thriller Nowhere to Hide. He then appeared in a few television shows before snagged the role of Chris Sheppard in Student Bodies. Even though the roles kept coming, Hull realized that his heart was in a different place in the industry.
As if discovering that his future was much sunnier in his native Canada, Hull decided to start a career as a weatherman. He may now be working as a weather anchor but at least fans can still him on their screens.
Matthew Lewis was only 11 years old when he made his debut on the silver screen as Neville Longbottom. The comical and chubby character was one of the most beloved in the Harry Potter film series. Fans got to see him transform from an awkward teenager to a confident young man.
Lewis's physical appearance became noticeable after filming. He started to exercise regularly and straightened his teeth. The Harry Potter alum recently appeared in the Emilia Clarke-led film Me Before You.
Daveigh Chase sent chills down the spine of many moviegoers when she portrayed her iconic role as the sinister young girl in The Ring in 2002. Her performance was as epic as her previous role in Donnie Darko. Since then, the former child star has become hardly recognizable.
Now in her 30s, Chase shares little resemblance with her past horror roles. She continues to shine behind the camera as a talented voice actress. In case you did not know, she is the voice of Lilo in Disney's Lilo & Stitch and Chihiro in the English-language version of Spirited Away.
Angus T. Jones
As a child, Angus T. Jones gained popularity for his role as Jake Harper on the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. He was a familiar face to many because of appearing in other famous shows as well. He was once on Hannah Montana, CSI, as well as ER.
Jones won two Young Artist Awards and a TV Land Award during his 10-year tenure as the "half-man." Despite his success on-screen, he still fell off the map and focused on a life outside the limelight.
Best known for portraying lab assistant Phoebe in the children's series Beakman's World, Senta Moses has actually been in show business since she was six months old! The veteran actress started her career in a diaper commercial. It was just the first of a hundred more national commercials.
Moses made a splash on Beakman's World but she was also remarkable on Sister, Sister, General Hospital, and Greek. Her most recent credit was an episode of the crime drama TV series Rizzoli & Isles.
If you think you’re familiar with that curly hair and sweet smile, that’s because Daryl Sabara played the role of Juni Cortez in the Spy Kids film franchise.
After his stint in Spy Kids, the young actor went on to appear in other films and television series such as Generator Rex, Wizards of Waverly Place, Father of the Pride, and The Polar Express, to name a few. As he grew older, this actor stuck with his signature look that we all love and adore.
Of course, we're all still familiar, and basically in love with Zac Efron. Ever since we first saw him in the Disney original film High School Musical, we just couldn't get enough of him. Although he was already adorable, to begin with, he only became hotter and more attractive as he succeeded in his acting career.
Although we often associate Elle Fanning with her older sister, Dakota Fanning, you’ve got to admit that this young actress managed to achieve groundbreaking success from pure talent alone. We first witnessed her skill in acting in the J.J. Abrams film Super 8.
As she grew into a young lady, the younger Fanning was given her big break when she was cast as Princess Aurora in the Disney film, Maleficent. It’s safe to say that more good things will be coming this young star’s way.
It’s obvious that Scarlett Johansson is one of the most famous and sought-after actresses in Hollywood. With stunning performances in films such as The Avengers, The Other Boleyn Girl, and Lost in Translation, it’s hard to recall that this star, like many others, had humble beginnings.
As a little girl, she was given supporting roles in films such as North and The Horse Whisperer. As she grew older, she was recognized as one of the most talented and most beautiful actresses in the whole world.
Mila Kunis wouldn’t be the famous actress that she is today if not for her wit and craftiness. At the age of 14, Kunis officially started her acting career when she was cast as Jackie Burkhart on the television series That '70s Show.
She was underage at that time, so she lied and said she was turning 18. Despite knowing that she wasn’t being completely honest, the producers of the show still gave her the role because of her good looks and talent.
Most of the stars on our list are hit hard by puberty, but none of them would be able to compete with Alyson Stoner. To say that she aged like fine wine is an understatement. This young dancer, who we first saw busting sick moves in Missy Elliott’s music video, grew up to be quite an attractive adult.
But before she even looked like she did now, she first starred in movies such as Cheaper by the Dozen when she was a young girl. Later on, she further expanded her acting portfolio as she starred in various TV series including Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed.
Who knew that the cute little girl we all knew from the novel-turned-movie Narnia would grow up to be such a lovely young lady and an even better actress at that. We first witnessed Georgie Henley’s acting chops in the blockbuster fantasy film series, The Chronicles of Narnia.
Once the movie series ended, her acting career still continued as she starred in several other films. She has made appearances in movies such as Perfect Sisters and The Sisterhood of Night.
If you were an avid fan of the hit American television series Modern Family, then you might recall the dark-haired little girl on the show that simply caught everyone’s attention. That happens to be Ariel Winter, who, by the way, is now a blooming young woman.
Although we rarely see her in movies, she’s quite active in being a voice actress for several lovable animated characters such as Sofia in Sofia the First, Penny Peterson in Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and several other characters in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
You’d think that his appearance in the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory would be the start of his budding career, but in reality, this was Peter Ostrum’s only film appearance. Declining a three-film contract offer, Ostrum said he wanted "the freedom to choose what he played, and in what picture."
After his stint in the movie, he continued his studies and eventually graduated with a degree in veterinary studies at Cornell University. The child star admits though that he sometimes misses acting.
While many of us know Ariana Grande as an award-winning singer, she actually started out as a teen actress. Most noted for starring in the Nickelodeon show, Victorious, Grande has truly come a long way ever since her acting days.
For one, most people didn’t recognize her immediately due to her drastic transformation. Of course, her fans are familiar with her high ponytail, a style that became her signature look. Today, she’s mostly busy coming up with new hit songs and doing concerts for her fans.
As a child actor, Jerry O'Connell starred in the '80s coming of age film Stand By Me. He didn’t receive his first big break until a decade after when he was cast as Joe in the comedy film Joe’s Apartment.
As an adult, O’Connell looked way different than he did when he was still a kid. Many girls became instant fans of this young stud because of his obvious good looks and undeniable charm. He went on to star in other shows such as Crossing Jordan and Sliders.
Neil Patrick Harris
His role in the hit television series How I Met Your Mother is no doubt the reason Neil Patrick Harris is considered one of the most famous stars today. But before he even took on the role of the famous Barney Stinson, the actor started out playing the role of a child doctor on the hit television program Doogie Howser, M.D.
While his performance in this early TV show was praiseworthy, his performance in HIMYM was considered by many as "legendary".
As kids, we were mesmerized by the tunes belted out by the Brady Bunch. This family, comprised of musically talented members, were each adorable and loved by the audience in their own way. None of them is as popular as Marcia Brady though. The blonde teenager, who is famous for brushing her hair 100 times, has captivated the viewers with her natural charm and appeal.
The actress behind the famous character, Maureen McCormick is equally charming and talented. As a 6i-year-old woman, McCormick joined Dancing With The Stars and showed the audience that she’s not just a talented singer, but a good dancer as well.
While some child stars continue their acting careers until they’re adults, there are others who decides to walk down a different path. One of them is Peter Billingsley who rose to fame as Ralphie Parker in the 1983 holiday classic A Christmas Story.
His adorable face and knack for acting was noticed by many people, so he was given other roles such as Jack Simmons in The Dirt Bike Kid and Billy in Death Valley. Nowadays though, Billingsley works behind the scenes as a director and producer.
Dante Basco’s performance as Rufio, the self-proclaimed leader of the Lost Boys in the 1991 Robin Williams hit movie Hook earned him many praises. His talent in acting earned him a few more roles in other films and shows such as breakdancer Ramos in the 2006 film Take the Lead.
But his real calling was being a voice actor. Basco was the voice behind many animated character, his most famous being the voice of Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
During the 1950s, Jerry Mathers was considered by many as one fo the biggest child stars of the time. His role as Beaver in the TV show Leave It To Beaver gave rise to his career as an actor.
When the show ended, Mathers took a break from acting and joined the United States Air Force Reserve where he was promoted as a Sergeant. While he didn’t make a full comeback as an actor, he still makes a few media appearances here and there to discuss his experience as a child actor.
Ron Howard is one of the few stars in Hollywood who made it big, not as an actor, but as something even bigger: a director. He is recognized as one of the most brilliant minds in the film industry, creating various praiseworthy films and shows such as Apollo 13, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, Angels & Demons, and many more.
As a child, Howard started his acting career when he played Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show.
His hilarious lines and funny comebacks on the hit television show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is probably what most people would remember for many years to come when they think of Alfornso Ribeiro. However, not a lot of them are aware that comedy isn’t the only field he excels in.
Way before he even starred alongside the famous Will Smith, Ribeiro starred in the title role of the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid and even had a role in the TV series Silver Spoons. Currently, people can catch a glimpse of him on America's Funniest Home Videos in which he is the host.
Jamie Lynn Spears
While there's no doubt that her big sister, Britney Spears, is considered one of the most legendary stars of all time, Jamie Lynn Spears wasn't far from following suit. As a young girl, she received many opportunities to become a celebrity like her sister, and obviously, she grabbed those chances handed to her.
Another goody good child celebrity who broke out of their shell to become the star they're meant to be is Miley Cyrus. Like other Disney stars, Cyrus' career went nowhere but up after she got her own television show, Hannah Montana.
The 1970s was considered by many as the Golden Years of television due in part to the variety of television shows that people can tune in to. One of those shows is the American musical sitcom The Partridge Family. The show gave rise to the careers of the actors who starred in it, mainly Danny Bonaduce, who played the role of Danny Partridge, the mischievous middle child of the bunch.
Unfortunately, Bonaduce took his role a little bit too seriously when he was involved in a few crimes as an adult. Luckily, he outgrew that phase and has since started his own radio show in Seattle.
When Ricky Schroder was a young boy, he appeared in many catalogs, and by age six, he had appeared in 60 advertisements. Eventually, his parents decided to take things up a notch and they tried to see how well their son would do as an actor. The young boy made his film debut as the son of Jon Voight's character in The Champ in 1979.
Due to his success in the film, he went on to become a child star on the sitcom Silver Spoons. Now at 48 years old, Schroder has accumulated more projects in his career as an actor as he starred in other TV shows including NYPD Blue and Strong Medicine.
If '90s kids grew up listening to The Backstreet Boys, '80s kids grew up listening to New Kids On The Block. One of the band's biggest members is the brother of famous Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg. Naturally, being a Wahlberg entails that Donnie would have a promising career as a celebrity.
Honey Boo Boo
Born Alana Frances Thompson, Honey Boo Boo rose to fame got her claim to fame on the TLC television show Toddlers & Tiaras that gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of pageantry. Before becoming a TV personality, Honey Boo Boo used to compete at beauty pageants as a little girl.
As an adult, Jodie Foster is considered one of the best actresses in Hollywood, but as a child, things were pretty much the same for her. Foster was a very busy little girl, constantly receiving acting projects left and right. Before she ventured into acting, she first began modeling at the age of three years old.
Every person who has watched the movie Little Rascals would agree that all the child actors who starred in the film were all simply adorable. Who could forget the cute smile and the witty lines of the character Buckwheat, played by the actor Ross Bagley?
He was largely successful as a child star that he also appeared as Nicholas "Nicky" Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alongside Will Smith. In 1996, he appeared with the actor yet again as he played the role fo his son in the film Indepence Day.
One of the most successful child stars in the history of Hollywood is Kirsten Dunst. She first got the attention of many people when she was cast as the young vampire Claudia in the movie Interview with the Vampire, acting alongside Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
Being a Disney star is a surefire way for an aspiring celebrity to secure their career. One of the Disney stars we grew to know is Alyson Michalka, who is best known for her starring role as Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel sitcom Phil of the Future. Aside from acting, many of her fans are well aware that Michalka is also passionate with singing.
In fact, she part of the musical duo Aly & AJ, alongside her sister AJ Michalka. Alyson has starred in various films throughout her career, including Easy A, Grown Ups 2, and The Lears. She also had starring roles in the comedy drama series Hellcats and the crime drama series iZombie.
Before he played the role of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Elijah Wood’s career as a child actor was already very promising. He was initially given a small part in the blockbuster film Back to the Future Part II.
After a year, he was given bigger parts in films such as Avalon, Paradise, Radio Flyer, Forever Young, The Adventures of Huck Finn, and The Good Son. His biggest film, aside from Lord of the Rings, is the 1996 film Flipper.
Who knew that Christina Applegate would still be such a bombshell years after she first appeared in the Fox sitcom Married... with Children? At the age of 49, Applegate is still very much active in the film industry and often lands big roles in the movies she stars in.
Some of the films she did throughout her career include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Hall Pass, and Bad Moms. She also landed a role in other hit TV series such as Friends and Samantha Who? where she received two Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations.
Candace Cameron Bure
Like her brother, Kirk Bure, Candace Cameron Bure was also a successful young actress. The two of them starred alongside each other in the television show, Growing Pains, a show which launched their careers. In 1987, she was given the role of D.J. Tanner in Full House.
Since then, she was recognized as one of the most famous young stars of the late '80s and early '90s. She later reprised her role as D.J. Tanner in the show’s reboot, Fuller House. In 2014, she finished third place on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.
This American actor was well known during his teenage years as he starred in blockbuster films such as Gremlins, The Goonies, and Stand by Me. Before he became an ‘80s hearthrob though, Feldman first appeared in over 100 television commercials, with the earliest being a McDonald’s commercial at the age of three years old.
Although his battle with illegal substances ended his career as an actor, he is now a big animal rights activist, appearing with his now ex-wife in a PETA ad campaign promoting vegetarianism.
If there’s any period in time which a lot of people miss the most, it would have to be the ‘90s. This was a decade that gave way to new fashion styles and introduced us to some of the most unforgettable stars in history. One of them is Danielle Fishel. She rose to prominence when she appeared in the television show, Boy Meets World.
She played the character Topanga, who was known for her blonde hair and witty lines. Her days in the show didn’t end though as she starred in its modern day spinoff Girl Meets World in 2014.
Most of us remember Sesame Street as a show starring puppets, but it actually included some human actors as well. One of them was Tatyana Ali. After appearing on the children’s show, she then showed more of her talent in acting on the series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alongside Will Smith.
When the show ended, Ali went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies at none other than Harvard University. Clearly, this child star isn’t just a talented actress, but a smart girl too.
As an adult actor, Joshua Jackson is best known for his role as Pacey Witter in the teen drama series Dawson's Creek, but as a young boy, he was best known for playing the role of Charlie Conway, the unofficial team leader of the Ducks in Disney film, The Mighty Ducks.
After this wholesome part, he took on a bolder role in the film Cruel Intentions. Throughout his career, he has starred in more than 30 films and even more television shows.
Julie Dawn Cole
While Julie Dawn Cole played the role of spoiled brat Veruca Salt in the classic 1971 blockbuster film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, she is far from being a spoiled brat in real life. Still, her acting was so convincing that she ended up landing "bad girl" roles throughout her acting career.
Having that thick blonde hair and sassy personality, Lisa Whelchel was cast as the spoiled rich girl Blair Warner in the series The Facts of Life. Many people refuse to admit it, but no matter how annoying her character was in the show, there was just something so charming about her.
Although the series ended in 1988, Whelchel reprised her role as Blair Warner for the made-for-television movie, The Facts of Life Reunion in 2001. She has also appeared in the reality television series Survivor: Philippines back in 2012.
Back when he was still a kid, Jeff Cohen was better known by his stage name, Jeff McMahon. He is best remembered for appearing as the silly young boy Chunk in the 1985 Steven Spielberg production The Goonies and was famous for coming up with the line “Truffle Shuffle.”
Although he loved acting so much, he decided to pursue a career in law simply because he found out that some of his most favorite icons had law degrees. Currently, Cohen is a full-time attorney.
We all know Piper Perabo as the eldest sibling from the film Cheaper by the Dozen. Many would also recognize her as one of the attractive stars in the movie Coyote Ugly.
It seems like only yesterday that Kylie Jenner was doing something mischievous with her sisters on the reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Now, she’s one of the most famous and richest women in the country.
The original Star Wars trilogy really made a mark on many people all over the world. Lucky for Jake Lloyd, he got to be part of the cast of a movie that will go down through history. Playing the role of young Anakin Skywalker, Lloyd was able to give us a glimpse of what life was like when Darth Vader was still a child.
Sadly, his performance in the film was met with negative reviews and harsh criticisms which all proved to be too much for a young boy such as himself. At 19 years old, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, which may have been directly caused by his bad experience in the film industry.
Lukas Haas has been in the film industry since he was a little kid, first making an on-screen appearance in the 1983 nuclear holocaust drama Testament when he was only six years old. While his career in Hollywood isn’t as big as the other actors, his name is still ever so popular.
That’s because he is a close friend of one of the most famous men in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s also close with Tom Hardy who he got to work with while filming The Revenant. Haas has surely come a long way from his
Although he’s not an A-list Hollywood actor, Greyson Chance stands a huge chance to become a future music icon due to his mad skills in singing. Discovered on YouTube by Ellen DeGeneres, Chance eventually ended up on the show like all the other prodigies that the host/comedian has come across on social media.
His appearance on the talk show really thrust him into stardom until he went on to star in different television shows. While we got to first know him as an adorable chubby-cheeked kid, Chance grew up to be quite an attractive young lad who had insane vocals.
One of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio has had a long and thriving career in the film industry, starting with the film Critters 3. But what really launched his career and reputation as one of the most sought after stars in Tinseltown is his performance in the coming of age film Romeo and Juliet.
Since then, Leo has become the talk of the town and has been offered several leading roles, including the leading role he landed in Titanic. While the journey to having an Oscar was long and nerve-wracking, he eventually got his trophy as Best Actor in the movie The Revenant.
Who knew that in 1991, we would be introduced to a great actress such as Reese Witherspoon? The blonde beauty, who is famous for starring as Elle Woods in the romantic comedy film Legally Blonde, seems to haven’t aged at all.
From her film debut as Dani Trant in the film The Man of the Moon until her latest projects, Witherspoon still looks pretty much the same, if you ask us. Maybe that’s why she’s still able to land leading roles in big screen movies?
We don’t know about you, but we think Kurt Russell is one of the hottest men in Hollywood as of today. But what most of us didn’t know is that this actor was already a hottie back then. Starting his acting career at the age of 12, Russell made his big screen debut in the film It Happened at the World's Fair.
While he was uncredited for his appearance in that film, he got his first big break when he was signed to a ten-year contract with The Walt Disney Company making him the "studio's top star of the '70s". Since then, his career went nowhere but up.
Best known for the quirky roles she played in films back in the day, Winona Ryder has won the hearts of many people all over the world. Because of her talent in acting, she bagged several awards throughout her career, including a Golden Globe Award.
She is best remembered for starring in films such Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Nowadays though, many would be familiar with her as the mom of Will Byers in the Netflix series, Stranger Things. All we can say is her talent in acting has never faded.
There are some Hollywood stars who are given the opportunity to star in one blockbuster film after another, just like Natalie Portman. A lot of people would easily associate her with Star Wars since she starred as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace back in 1999. However, Portman is much more than just a Hollywood actress.
From 1999 to 2003, Portman attended Harvard University for a bachelor's degree in psychology all while trying to juggle her studies. Today, she is recognized for her acting skills and her timeless beauty.
Many of us are familiar with the story of Anne of Green Gables which was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. As kids, this story was introduced to us, but the person who gave life to the famous character is none other than Megan Follows.
Obviously, she did a pretty good job at portraying the role since it cemented her career as a sought-after actress. She even managed to reprise the role twice, once in 1987 and again in 2000. As the years passed, she was offered other roles, mostly on TV, including Law and Order, The X-Files, and CSI.
From uncomplicated roles in television series to heavier roles in films, no one else can take the word “versatile” to the next level other than Ralph Macchio. This child star first gained popularity in 1983 when he starred alongside Lane in Francis Ford Coppola's coming-of-age drama The Outsiders.
Before that, all the acting he ever did was on television, so it was a pretty big adjustment for him to suddenly star in a big screen film. But the role that would define his career arrived in 1984 when he starred in the iconic film, The Karate Kid. Today, you can catch him in the television series, Cobra Kai.
We bet no one realized that the guy who played Winona Ryder’s on-screen lover, Bob Newby, in the Netflix show Stranger Things was also the same guy who played Mikey Walsh in the 1985 film The Goonies. We’re talking about former child star Sean Astin.
Many people would agree that the actor’s debut performance in the movie The Goonies is what thrust him into the spotlight. While it would take years for other actors to achieve fame, Astin got his with just one movie. It’s safe to say that he is still pretty much a great actor today since he made all of us cry in Stranger Things.
Brooke Shields' career as an actress spans more than 40 years, making her a Hollywood celebrity with one of the longest careers in the film industry. While other celebrities would start working as early as three years old, Shields started earlier as a model for Ivory Soap when she was just 11 months old in 1966.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Another celebrity who proves that being part of Disney can take you places is Jennifer Love Hewitt. In 1989, she officially joined the cast of the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated. By 1992, she had her first starring role in Little Miss Millions, as a wealthy nine-year-old girl who runs away from her stepmother to find her real mother.
Hewitt rose to teen idol status after landing the role of Sarah Reeves Merrin on the popular Fox show Party of Five. She then took her career to the next level when she starred in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer.
"Save the cheerleader, save the world" is one line that we all associate with Hayden Panettiere. Starring as superhero/cheerleader Claire Bennet in the 2006 television series Heroes truly made Panettiere an even bigger star than she already was.
During that same year, she played another cheerleader role, Britney Allen, this time in the movie Bring It On: All or Nothing. As a young girl though, she rose to fame as Sheryl Yoast in the blockbuster film Remember the Titans.
Like many actresses during her time, Natalie Wood first began her career in showbusiness as a child. She made her on-screen debut at the age of 4 and was given a co-starring role at age 8 in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street.
Helen Hunt became one of the most famous actresses of her time thanks to her portrayal of Jamie Buchman in the sitcom Mad About You. Her performance in the show earned her three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy and four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Eventually, she started starring in films such as As Good as It Gets which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, and in The Sessions which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Former teen icon Molly Ringwald is still considered as one of the best actresses today. She rose to fame for her performances in several iconic ‘80s films including Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink.
She was a famous member of the Brat Pack, a group of young actors that dominated Hollywood at the time. However, they slowly faded away from the scene at the start of the 1990s. Today, Ringwald made a huge comeback in showbusiness as Archie Andrews’ mom in CW's Riverdale.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar is widely recognized for her role as Buffy Summers on the WB drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 1997 to 2003. Her performance on the show earned her five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award, and a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Although many people grew up knowing her as Buffy, she is also viewed by many as Helen Shivers in I Know What You Did Last Summer where she met her husband Freddie Prinze Jr., and as Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions.
Of course, we all know Christian Bale as Batman, but before he was cast in the titular role, he played a variety of other characters in several films, some of which earned him awards. During the '80s and early '90s, Bale mostly starred in supporting roles.
Alyssa Milano is one of the biggest names in the industry. She is known for her long list of projects and portrayals of different characters including Samantha Micelli in Who's the Boss?, Jennifer Mancini in Melrose Place, Phoebe Halliwell in Charmed, Billie Cunningham in My Name Is Earl, Savannah "Savi" Davis in Mistresses, Renata Murphy in Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later, and Coralee Armstrong in Insatiable.
Aside from acting, Milano is also known as a huge political activist, and she is widely regarded for re-launching the Me Too movement in 2017.
People back in the '60s would surely be familiar with Hayley Mills' performance in the Disney film, The Parent Trap. Pulling off the role of two characters is certainly difficult, which is why Mills was largely credit and praised for her performance.
There's no doubt that Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of Joker in the film of the same name was truly on a whole other level. But before that, he has already been recognized as one of Hollywood's greatest actors. As a child, Phoenix started acting in television with his brother River and sister Summer.
He rose to popularity for his portrayal of Commodus in the 2000 historical drama film Gladiator alongside Rusell Crowe. He has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards throughout his career.
American actress Jennifer Connelly started her career as a child model before she became an actress. She made her film acting debut in 1984 in the crime film Once Upon a Time in America. In 2002, Connelly won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Alicia Nash in Ron Howard's biopic A Beautiful Mind.
Aside from acting, Connelly is busy with charitable works and human rights activism. She was even named Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education in 2005 and ambassador for Save the Children fund in 2012.
Named after the legendary singer Selena Quintanilla, Selena Gomez surely acquired more than just the star's name. As a singer of her own right, Selena Gomez could very well rival the talent and the beauty of the late Tejano star. Still, we all know that Gomez is a one of a kind singer and actress, but we cannot deny that she's got it all.
Before she became an internationally famous singer though, Gomez started out as a Disney star. She rose to fame for her role as Alex Russo in the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place.
If there's any celebrity who has bagged a lot of awards and nominations throughout their career, it would have to be Claire Danes. Starring as Angela Chase in the 1994 teen drama series My So-Called Life, Danes won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
During the same year, she moved from the small screen to the big screen when she starred in Little Women. From 2011 to 2020, Danes starred in the Showtime series Homeland, a role which earned her the 2013 and 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series for her performance.
The roles Emma Roberts played in multiple seasons of the FX anthology horror series American Horror Story is a stark contrast to the roles she used to play in movies when she was still a little girl, such as Nancy Drew.
As a child, she would often accept the roles of sweet and often cheerful little girls, which is why it came as a surprise to her fans when she suddenly portraying darker and more angsty roles. Starring in American Horror Story paved the way for Roberts to transition into more mature roles, breaking away from her child star image.
Other celebrities become famous after starring in big screen films, but Michelle Trachtenberg became famous after starring in the hit television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Dawn Summers. At the age of three, Trachtenberg made her first television appearance in a commercial for Wisk detergent.
She made her television debut in Law & Order, but her first credited role was as Nona F. Mecklenberg on the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete. After Buffy, Trachtenberg appeared in the comedy film EuroTrip. which further launched her into fame.
Although he is mostly involved in a lot of controversy as a grown-up, Shia LaBeouf had a thriving career as a young boy. LaBeouf stood out among the rest as he was cast as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, a role which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003.
Growing up watching Nickelodeon, you must certainly be familiar with the mischievous duo that makes up Drake & Josh, Drake Bell and Josh Peck. While Josh went on to become a vlogger, while sometimes accepting acting roles, Drake continued his career as a full-time actor.
It's hard to look at Lea Thompson and not think about Marty McFly's mom, Lorraine, in the Back to the Future trilogy. Born in Rochester, Minnesota, she studied ballet as a girl and danced professionally by the age of 14.
Not many people are aware of it, but Juliette Lewis actually started out as a child actress. During the 1990s, she was considered by many as in "it girl" of American cinema and landed roles in various award-winning films.
Her performances in these movies earned her several accolades, including a Pasinetti Award, one Academy Award nomination, one Golden Globe nomination, and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. She was cast in her first major film role as Audrey Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at the age of 14. She went on to gain international recognition for her role in Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear.
It's no secret that Mandy Moore is not just a talented singer but also a highly talented actress. She became truly famous when she played the role of Jamie Elizabeth Sullivan-Carter in the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks book, A Walk to Remember.
But before she landed her first role as a leading lady, Moore was first seen in the movie The Princess Diaries as the much-hated character Lana Thomas who is bent out on making Princess Mia's life miserable. Other than her films, she is also known for singing Candy, So Real, and I Wanna Be With You, among others.
Fans of Grey's Anatomy would know just how heartbreaking Dr. Izzie Stevens's story is in the show. The actress who gave life to the character, Katherine Heigl, definitely did a great job in portraying the role of the character.
However, she wanted to be given a huge break, which is why she decided to leave the show, much to the disappointment of its fans. However, this was actually an excellent move for the actress as she went on to star in big screen films. Heigl is best known for her performances in rom-com films such as Knocked Up and 27 Dresses.
As a teen, Matt Dillon was considered as one of the most handsome faces in showbusiness, which is why he had no difficulty landing huge roles that would, later on, help him become a successful actor. As a famous teen idol during the ‘80s, Dillon first starred in Over the Edge, a movie that would propel him into popularity.
Afterward, he starred in other films including My Bodyguard, Little Darlings, and The Outsiders. During his adult years, he became known for his performance in the television series, Wayward Pines.
Not only is she the younger sister of the King of Pop, the late Michael Jackson, but Janet Jackson is also a whole lot of other things. Like her brother though, Janet is also well-known singer, which is natural considering that as kids, their parents trained them to perform in front of a crowd and improve on their singing.
With his captivating smile and cute dimples, as well as his obvious fit body, it's no surprise that Mario Lopez easily became a hit with the ladies. Known for his portrayal of A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, Lopez has appeared in other projects.
However, he is more popular as a television host, specifically for the third season of Dancing with the Stars and as host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine show Extra. He has also hosted America's Best Dance Crew and co-hosted the second season of the American version of The X Factor with Khloé Kardashian.
Once you sign up with Disney as one of their stars, you can guarantee that you'll be instantly famous in a short span of time. Like other celebrities who started out in Disney, Demi Lovato is enjoying a successful career both in acting and in singing.
Starting her career as the titular character on the Disney show Sonny with a Chance, Lovato went on to star in an even bigger role in the network in the film Camp Rock. Her performance in this movie is what started Lovato's career as a singer, and there are no signs that she would be stopping anytime soon.
For many women, Jake Gyllenhaal is the man of their dreams. We can't blame them though since the actor has starred in various films throughout his career, and he looked so good in all of them. Most of the roles he landed were leading roles, so it's no surprise why he's one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood today.
He first rose to fame as Donnie Darko in the movie of the same name. But his biggest and most iconic role yet is in the controversial film, Brokeback Mountain. Just like the movie, Gyllenhaal would go down in history as one of the most talented actors of all time.
Of course, the Harry Potter cast wouldn't be complete without Ron Weasley in it. We just couldn't imagine anyone else portraying the role of Harry Potter's best friend other than Rupert Grint. Like his other co-stars in the Harry Potter film series, Grint went on to have a successful career in showbusiness both while filming the movie and after it ended.
He starred in various shows and movies, such as Driving Lessons, CBGB, Wild Target, Moonwalkers, and The ABC Murders.
As a young boy, Josh Hutcherson already displayed a praiseworthy talent in acting, which explains why he went on to star in a whole lot of other movies while he was growing up.
Being cast as Kevin McCallister's mean and older brother Buzz in Home Alone, everyone expected to hate the actor behind the role, Devin Ratray. Surprisingly, the exact opposite happened and people ended up loving him instead.
No one would have guessed that the Haunting of Hill House and Haunting of Bly Manor star Henry Thomas was also the same actor who starred as Elliott in the blockbuster sci-fi film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (even though he obviously looks like an older version of his younger self.)
Once Emily Osment was cast as Hannah Montana's best friend Lilly Truscott in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana, many people seem to have forgotten that the child actress once played the role of Gerti Giggles in the Spy Kids film franchise.
Still, her performance in the Disney series proved to be beneficial for her career as she went on to receive more offers to star in other television shows, such as Two and a Half Men and Life with Boys. Eventually, she starred as the lead character, Gabi Diamond in the television series Young & Hungry from 2014 to 2018.
Nowadays, people would easily recognize Taylor Lautner as the hot, short-tempered, often romantic, and mostly shirtless friend/admirer of Bella Swan in the film adaptation of the Twilight book series.
When he was cast in the movie series though, many people couldn't help but see him as Shark Boy since he did portray the role of that particular character in the film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. Luckily, he was able to eventually break away from that persona, maybe because he hypnotized many women with his rock hard abs and huge biceps.
His role as Dean Thomas in the film adaptation of the Harry Potter book series may have been small, but it became the gateway for Alfred Enoch to have a successful career as an actor. Although he hardly spoke a line in the Harry Potter film series, Enoch's performance in the hit television series, How To Get Away With Murder as Wes Gibbins showed everyone just how much of an exceptional actor he truly is.
Not only was he praised for his talent in acting, but many people pointed out how well he was able to deliver his lines with an American accent.
Who wouldn't be familiar with the actress who played Martha Kent, the mother of Superman, in the DC film Man of Steel? Of course, Diane Lane's performance in the film was exceptional, just like her performance in other movies in the past.
Back in the day, Lane established herself as a talented actress by starring in various films such as The Outsiders, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Unfaithful which earned her several accolades, including Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actress.
Many people would agree that Saoirse Ronan did an exceptional job at portraying the role of Susie Salmon in the film adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel The Lovely Bones. Her performance in the film crushed everyone's heart, which explains why she grew up to become such a talented actress.
As a child, Thomas Sangster portrayed roles of outspoken and intelligent young boys, which is what thrust him into the spotlight. Many would recognize him as Sam, the stepson of Liam Neeson's character in the romantic Christmas film Love Actually.
After his breakthrough in the film, he went on to star in Nanny McPhee as an outspoken young boy named Simon. As an adult, he continued playing these kinds of roles and quickly became the talk of the town once more as Benny Watts in the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit.
Many of you would recognize Heather Matarazzo as the witty and sassy best friend of Anne Hathaway's character, Mia Thermopolis, in the Disney film The Princess Diaries. A lot of the people who saw this classic film instantly fell in love with Lilly Moscovitz thanks to her no holds barred lines and loyalty to Princess Mia.
Before she starred in this film though, Matarazzo had a long a thriving career as an actress. Her breakthrough role was Dawn Wiener, a dorky girl in the film Welcome to the Dollhouse back in 1995. She also starred in The Devil's Advocate, Scream 3, Sorority Boys, Saved!, and Hostel: Part II.