The Kid Versions Of Adult Actors: How They Look Now

When directors have to find kid versions of adult actors, they usually do a pretty good job. You totally convince yourself while watching the movie and accept the fact that “the kid is actually the actor when it was a kid.” But finding the matching people is not always easy. Down below you can see a list where you can compare how the kid lookalike actors grew up to look like the adults they played in movies for. Enjoy!

Jenna Rink in 13 Going On 30

Christa played a young Jenna to Jennifer Garner’s adult Jenna Rink. She was 12 years old at the time when the movie was released and was cast again in the movie Ghosts of Grilfriends Past since she looked so much like Jennifer.


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CC Bloom in Beaches

The first role of Mayim Bialik’s fil roles was playing the younger version of CC Bloom to Bette midler’s adult version in the movie. According to people, Mayim was cast after three-months of searching.

“Mayim was shy at first, but the second time we saw her, she was cooking,” Gary Marshall, the director said.

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Briony Tallis in Atonement

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Saoirse was the one to play the young Briony Tallis to Vanessa Redgrave’s elder version. When Ronan was first interviewed by USA Today about playing the younger Redgrave she said:

“She’s a beautiful woman, and it’s kind of a compliment to me that I get to play the young her… Now, I’ve got a bit of pressure to grow up and look like her.”

Lucy “Tom-Tom” Wyman in 13 Going on 30

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As for Alexandra Kyle, she played the young Tom-Tom to Judy Greer’ adult, Lucy Wyman. After the success in the movie she also played on  Without a Trace, Days of Our Lives, and Justified.

Gia in Gia

Mila Kunis who is also a very famous actress now, played the young version of Angelina Jolie’s Gia. According to Daily Mail she agreed that she is told often that she looks like the actress:”But I won’t argue with that,” she said. “I think it’s absurd, but I’ll take it.”

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Melanie in Sweet Home Alabama

Dakota Fanning was the younger version of Reese Witherspoon. She was only seven years old and that actually was her very first onscreen kiss.

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Austin Powers in Austin Powers: Goldmember

Aaron Himelstein played the young Austin Powers to Mike Myer’s character. He also appeared in other roles but the fact that he dated Leighton Meester in 2012 is priceless.

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Teeny in Now and Then

Thora Birch played the young Teeny opposite Melanie Griffith. According to E! she confirmed that there was pudding in the bra she used in the movie. “It’s the texture,” she said.

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Amy March in Little Women

Kirsten Dunst is the younger version of Amy March and the adult version was played by Samantha Mathis. Amy was the only character that was played by two actresses in the movie.

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Jenny Curran from Forrest Gump

Hanna Hall played the young Jenny to Robin Wright’s Jenny Curran. After the movie, Hall continued her acting career and when was asked by about her infamous like she claimed: “It’s fun to hear other people say it in public, not knowing who I am. As a kid, it was an interesting experience.”

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Samantha in Now and Then

Gaby Hoffman played the young Samantha to Demi Moore’s adult Sam. After the movie, Hoffman played another roles on TV and film like  HBO’s Girls and Amazon’s Transparent.

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Forrest Gump from Forrest Gump

Michael Conner Humphreys was the one who played the young Forrest to Tom Hank. After the movie, he left the acting world and decided to go to military. He served in Iraq and then came back on screen starring in 2011’s Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers. 

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Matt Flamhaff in 13 Going on 30

Sean Marquette played the young Matty to Mark Ruffalo. He continued his career as an actor and voice actor in characters for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. 

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Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

River Phoenix played the young Indy to Harrison Ford. He previously played Ford’s son in The Mosquito Coast before and he said that his portrayal of young Indy was “based on Harrison Ford himself, and not on Ford’s own portrayal of Indiana Jones.”

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Chrissy in Now and Then

Ashleight Aston Moore played the young Chrissy to Rita Wilson. She tragically died of an accidental heroin overdose according to Crushable when she was only 26. Her biggest movie role as on the TV show Touched by an Angel. 

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Amélie Poulain in Amelie

The Brazilian actress Flora Guiet played the young Amelie to Audrey Tatou. She told UOLI Entertainment Cinema: “I usually do not talk about the film. But when I’m somewhere, my family and friends end up telling everyone. I confirm, but do not get around saying ‘hi, pleasure, I did Amélie Poulain’.”

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Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums

Irina Gorovaia is the one who played the young Margot to Gwynteth Paltrow. She was nominated for the 2001 Young Artist Award for the Best Performance in a Feature Film according to Everything Explained. She continued her acting career for some roles after the movie.

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Josh in Big

David Moscow played young Josh to Tom Hanks. According to ABC News, he recreated the Zoltar scene to raise Kickstarter funds for his movie Desolation in 2015. In Big, Josh asks Zoltar to grant his wish: “I wish I were big.” While in the recreation for Kickstarter, he asks Zoltar: “I wish I had money to finish my movie.”

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Roberta in Now and Then

Christina Ricci played the young Roberta to Rosie O’Donnell. She was the first actress cast they chose of all the younger actresses before picking the adult actress.

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Michael in Sleepers

Brad Renfro played the young Michael to Brad Pitt. After the movie, he continued playing in some other roles until he struggled more with drugs and alcohol, passing away at the age of 25.

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Jeanne St. Remy de Valois in The Affair of the Necklace

Hayden Panettiere was cast as the young Jeanne St. Remy de Valois to Hilary Swank. She started acting early by the age of 10. Since then, she became very famous in Hollywood playing in movies and TV shows.

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Hillary Whitney Essex in Beaches

Marcie Leeds played the young Hillary Whitney Essex to Barbara Hershey. At the age of 14, before quiting Hollywood to focus on her education, she made sure to give Leonardo DiCaprio his first on screen kiss on the show Parenthood. Now she’s a surgeon.

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