Remember all of those actors and actresses from your childhood that were always cute but nerdy? Well yeah, those have actually evolved since then. And they look a whole lot better now. The proof is in the man, so check out the photos below to see how some of your favorite nerdy child stars have grown up… and got better.
1. Alexa Vega
Carmen in the Spy Kids series has definitely evolved.
2. Jake Lloyd
The guy who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I is now unfortunately suffering with schizophrenia.
3. Mara Wilson
The titular character in Matilda now appears in internet videos in podcasts, and has also written two novels.
4. Madison Pettis
She got her start on Barney, and she has since then appeared in the popular quiz show, Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?
5. Abigail Breslin
The cute little girl who played Olive in Little Miss Sunshine has now went on to film several films including My Sister’s Keeper, Zombieland and Nim’s Island.
6. Alyson Stoner
After making her first appearance on Cheaper By The Dozen, she has appeared in several music videos and also the popular dance movie Step Up.
7. Kylie Jenner
Kylie was never really an actress or singer, but she certainly was a child star. Need I say more about where she is today?
8. Ariel Winter
This actress had already accumulated quite a few roles by the age of eleven, and comparing her from when she played Alex Dunphy in Modern Family, she certainly has grown up.
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9. Demi Lovato
She also got her start on Barney, then she had her big break on Disney Channel’s Camp Rock. She currently mentors teens and young adults and maintains a successful music career.
10. Selena Gomez
Like Maddison and Demi, Selena also started out as a character on Barney and Friends, and has since built herself as a highly successful actress, singer and fashion designer.
11. Dylan and Cole Sprouse
These two’s most recognizable roles were as twins Zack and Cody in The Sweet Life Of Zack And Cody. After their time with Disney, the twins went to NYU to study archaeology and video game design and have since graduated.
12. Miley Cyrus
Her most recognizable role was as the up-and-coming singer Hannah Montana in the Disney Channel series High School Musical, and has since then evolved into the unpredictable singer we know today.
13. Dakota Fanning
Her first major role was in I Am Sam, and then appeared in a lot of other movies including Ray in Uptown Girls, and as the titular character in Coraline.
14. One Direction
These got their start on X Factor, and that’s where they formed the band. They have since gone through a lot, branching out with their own solo acts and becoming adults in a very short timespace.
15. Freddie Highmore
He stole the hearts of millions when he played Peter in Finding Neverland, and also Charlie in The Chocolate Factory.
16. Elle Fanning
Once upon a time, she was just the little sister of Dakota, but then ultimately started making a name for herself in I Am Sam and Maleficent.
17. Daniel Tay
He has been laying low since his role as Michael alongside Will Ferrel in Elf. He hasn’t been in much since that but he’s done voices for cartoons and video games.
18. Justin Bieber
This guy was noticed on YouTube when he was only 13, and then reached worldwide popularity (and infamy) for his music video “Baby”, which as of May 2017 has 1.6 billion views and 7 million dislikes, making it the most disliked YouTube video of all time.
19. Thomas Brodie-Sangster
He started out as Sam in Love Actually, and then Simon Brown in Nanny McPhee. After growing up a little bit, he went on to play Paul McCartney in Nowhere Boy, and he was also Jojen Reed in the world-famous Game of Thrones.
20. Josh Peck
And we’re finishing off with this fun-loving joker from The Amanda Show and Drake and Josh. Now 30, he’s still acting and making online comedy, and is a total stunner.