Big ears, terrible fashion taste, horrific haircuts, zits, bad skin… it all means one big nothing! Many of the men you adore and religiously follow on cinema and television screens were a bunch of dorks growing up, but it didn’t stop them from growing up to rule the world.
Why? Because it matters little how you’re born, but how you grow up defines the rest of your life. And the most important thing? It’s never too late for personal growth – so no matter how old you are, if you have some growing up to do, remember: there ain’t no insurmountable barriers and today is a day as good as any to start.
1. Adam Drive
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The actor who has successfuly done Broadway, independent films and sci-fi blockbusters has certainly grown into himself.
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2. Zac Efron
He has certainly done one of the most epic transformations from a dorky Disney Channel kid to one of the sexiest humps in Hollywood.
3. Ryan Reynolds
Do you recognize this polite Canadian kid?
Ryan personal growth took him from college comedies to being one of the most desired men on the planet, a Marvel superhero married to Blake Lively and a father of two. Not bad.
4. Joe Manganiello
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You would do well to recognize someone who would one day rank on Men’s Health’s “100 Fittest Men of All Time” in this kid wearing bleached-blonde hair and a light yellow t-shirt.
Many rank Joe among the greatest werewolf characters ever for his role on True Blood: in 2011, he was voted “Favorite Pop-Culture Werewolf of All Time”. He’s married to Sofia Vergara, does extensive charity work and has starred in movies such as Magic Mike, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Sabotage.
5. Chris Evans
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If you see Captain America somewhere in the picture above, kudos to you, sir!
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Chris has become synonymous with Marvel’s superhero characters Captain America and the Human Torch in Fantastic Four, but he has also starred in films such as Not Another Teen Movie, Sunshine, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Snowpiercer and Gifted. In 2014, he made his directorial debut with Before We Go, in which he also starred.
6. Chris Hemsworth
You gotta love that typical boyish haircut with the parting and the bangs. Couple of decades later, this boy was swinging the hammer of Thor!
Although he’s known as a superhero, the Melbournian has also done Star Trek and Ghostbusters, sports dramas, action flicks as well as a role in the fifth installment of National Lampoon’s Vacation.
7. Channing Tatum
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A true Alabamian cowboy!
Channing has come a long way from his breakthrough roles in the dance film Step Up and the two critically panned but commercially successful G.I. Joe movies. He is married to his Step Up co-star Jenna Dewan and is considered by many to be one of the sexiest men alive.
8. Kit Harington
The Londoner sure could sport the “I know nothing” look during his teenage days. Well, he surely didn’t know he would become one of the highest paid actors on television ever in the not-too-distant future.
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Earning a couple of million pounds of sterling silver per Game of Thrones episode for his portrayal of Jon Snow, Harington has also starred in Royal National Theatre productions, as well as films Silent Hill: Revelation, Pompeii and Testament of Youth.
9. Ryan Gosling
Another Canuck Ryan, he was noticed in his home country when he appeared on the legendary television show Road to Avonlea, before he became part of the Mickey Mouse Club.
Gosling had to take the long way round as he wasn’t considered very talented in his early youth. He found success in independent films before taking Hollywood by storm.
10. Chris Pratt
There’s hope for every bulky teenager with a weird haircut out there!
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Chris Pratt broke through as a fan-favorite in the quirky comedy show Parks and Recreation, before he proved himself as a reliable leading man in films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, The Magnificent Seven and Passengers.
11. Justin Timberlake
The Mickey Mouse Club, everybody!
Equally adept at singing, dancing and acting, Timberlake became everyone and her dog’s favorite heartthrob as part of boy band *Nsync in the 1990s, before moving to more serious stuff. He, of course, has never looked back.
12. Leonardo DiCaprio
This photo goes to prove Leo can literally portray anybody. Even little girls.
Universally loved, DiCaprio has gone from strength to strength since his breakthrough in Who’s Eating Gilbert Grape, successfully playing everything from obsessive-compulsive aviation pioneer Howard Hughes to Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort. He finally overcame the last elusive obstacle, winning an Oscar after a grizzly bear mistook him for its lover in The Revenant.