Being a celebrity is not all fun and games. It must be very difficult living your life in the public eye with virtually no privacy at all and with complete strangers criticising your every move. The whole thing must be extra tough when it comes to child superstars. The pressure of being famous sometimes seems as if it’s a bit too much of a burden for such young shoulders.
When you start a career in show business, the public gets to watch you grow up. And it’s fascinating to watch them change right in front of our eyes. Let’s look back and see how much different our favorite child stars look now that they’re all grown up.
1. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett had her first breakthrough role in The Horse Whisperer when she was 13. Look how far she’s come! Back then she looked nothing like she does now! By the way, have you seen the trailer for her upcoming Avengers movie?
2. Daryl Sabara
We all know and love Daryl Sabara for starring as Juni Cortez in Spy Kids. He was only nine when the first one was released in 2001, and he went on as one of the lead characters in the next three installments as well. But, he isn’t a dorky ginger-haired kid anymore. The actor is now a handsome young man, and he’s dating singer Meghan Trainor!
3. Blake McIver Ewing
Blake McIver Ewing played Michelle’s friend Derek on Full House, and he was also Waldo in The Little Rascals movie. Nowadays we know him from Bravo’s reality show The People’s House, and we certainly appreciate his devilishly good looks.
4. Ariel Winter
We have seen the entire process of Ariel Winter growing up, from when she was 11 to now that she’s 19, thanks to long-running comedy series Modern Family. The gorgeous lady is also a talented voice actress and she has used her skills to give a voice to a great number of cartoon and video game characters.
5. Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff was a true teen icon starting with her role as Lizzie McGuire in the sitcom of the same name, and afterward, she went on to star in many movies like A Cinderella Story and Cheaper By The Dozen. But did you know that she first appeared on screen in 1998 when she played Wendy in Casper Meets Wendy, the direct-to-video sequel to Casper The Friendly Ghost?
6. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore shot to fame in the ’80s thanks to Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. From a child superstar, she became a global superstar and has had the lead role in a long list of successful films, such as Scream, Charlie’s Angels, Donnie Darko, and 50 First Dates. The actress has even turned her hand to directing in 2009 with sports drama Whip It!
7. Georgie Henley
Georgina Helen “Georgie” Henley was Lucy Pevensie in one of the most successful children movie series of all time, The Chronicles of Narnia. Most recently, the English actress starred in the comedy-drama Access All Areas.
8. Elle Fanning
Dakota Fanning’s little sis has followed in her footsteps, and Elle has become a hugely popular actress as well. Perhaps best known for her role alongside Angelina Jolie in Maleficent, the American actress has also participated in movies like We Bought a Zoo, Ginger and Rosa, and The Neon Demon. Talent does run in families.
9. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
We used to love Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tommy Solomon on comedy series Third Rock From The Sun and in 10 Things I Hate About You, the romantic comedy that starred Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles as well. The actor has changed quite a bit since those early days and has landed roles in some pretty big movies such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.
10. Kim Kardashian
You would never have known that little girl was Kim Kardashian if we hadn’t told you, admit it! The reality TV star has indeed changed a great deal since her childhood days.
11. Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe is another child star that we watched grow up as he starred in the Harry Potter franchise from the age of 12 to 22. Those films were so popular that it’s really hard to see the actor as anyone other than Harry Potter, but he has done a few other movies as well. The English actor was in Victor Frankenstein in 2015, and Swiss Army Man in 2016.
12. Zac Efron
Zac Efron is 30 years old, can you believe it? It doesn’t seem it was that long ago since he played the lead role in High School Musical…
13. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart is best known for playing Bella Swan in the Twilight saga. She started acting when she was 9 years old, and look how cute she was back then!
14. Abigail Breslin
In just a few years Abigail Breslin has completely changed! Gone is the cute little girl who starred in Little Miss Sunshine and in her place is a stunning young woman who is even more successful now with her role as Libby in comedy horror series Scream Queens.
15. Ariana Grande
Twenty years later that little girl became an extremely famous singer. They grow up so quickly!