Child Stars Who Grew up to Be Incredibly Hot
You may remember them as the kids who stole the spotlight in your favorite movies and TV shows from years gone by, but you may not have realized how attractive they turned out to be! Here are some of our favorite child stars who grew up to be gorgeous.
Having a very prominent role in an early production The Wonder Years, Mckellar graced American television during the late 1990s. Her role during her teens placed her on the map as the ‘nerdy’ kid on the block and that image was entrenched in the viewers’ minds for quite some time. Years later, she has the face of an attractive woman who has long since transcended the image of ‘nerdy quirky teen girl’. Her work now focuses on nonfiction books about mathematics.
Having a career which began as early as three years old, she was able to star in her first motion picture — in which she gained her popularity — The Parent Trap. After many ordeals and milestones in her career such as the drug abuse and inevitable rehab, she has been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network and has since developed into a fine young woman with the ability to inspire many young women alike. Currently, she is apart of a UK comedy series known as Sick Note where her ‘drop dead gorgeous’ looks a certainly an asset to have.
First well known for his role in the film Stand By Me (1986), and later on in the very popular Scream series, his quirky and awkward looks certainly made him the perfect fit for his earlier roles in entertainment. Fast forward a few decades, and we find that along with the evolution of his very sophisticated appearance, he has also become a film director. One of his most recent appearances (2018) involves a spoof of lost American Idol auditions, which he showed on the Wendy Williams Show.
Well known for his involvement in Wonder Years, Saviano featured the signature ‘brace-face,’ large ‘magnifying glasses’ look which was sure to place him on the geekier side of life in this film. One can’t say that time can’t change a man because he has not only retired his career in television but has taken up practicing law as his primary form of income. As you can see, the transition has definitely brought on a visible effect on his appearance, looking much more confident and ready to deal with the toughest of situations.
Candace Cameron Bure
Best known for her role as D.J. Tanner in the show Full House, we see a kid who is trying to fit in with what’s ‘hip,’ ‘fly,’ ‘cool’ — or any of the terms the jive kids used back in the day. Time skip to the future, and we find that Bure, has evolved into a triple threat actress, talk show panelist, author, and producer. Well maybe its more fitting to say quadruple threat. One thing is sure though, her professionalism and class are well captured in the look she has now.
Famously known as the boy with the lightning bolt in his forehead, with the circular glasses, we have Daniel Radcliffe, otherwise known as Harry Potter. Like the beginning of any magician show that is out now, playing potter, Radcliffe’s image showed the many ways he needed to find himself and discover what he was meant to be. Who would’ve thought that this meant said becoming a heartthrob actor capable of melting the hearts of many? As you can see, he is no longer the innocent boy we all once watched as children.
Most of us probably recognize Milano from either Who’s the Boss?, Melrose Place, or Charmed, but just like her ‘after image,’ the skills that she has, shine far beyond her abilities to play the role of a child star. She has since become an author of a graphic novel called Hacktivist. From child star to novelist, we find that this jack of all trades is a writer, actress, and show stopper with her captivating beauty.
If anyone has seen Malcolm in The Middle, they have seen Berfield (better known as Reese). There’s more than meets the eye though. Just like his apparent physical transformation, he has been involved in many forms of charity work associated with organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, and the Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Along with his very compelling work with these charities, he has also continued in Hollywood as an actor and a producer. This explains why he has to maintain the evidently mature look he has now.
Yet another individual from the Harry Potter franchise, we have Evanna Lynch who played Luna Lovegood. As a child, she was well known for her exuberantly blond hair and being characterized in tie-in video games associated with the movie franchise. She has developed not only in (what most would call) a sexy way, but intellectually as well. She currently continues her work acting, modeling and even narrating. Looks like she is definitely one to look out for in the upcoming years.
Who could forget Tatyana Ali and her role as the very studious (borderline nerdy) Ashley Banks, in the 90s classic The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. When her ‘acting sister’ Hilary Banks, Ashley was definitely one to be overlooked, perhaps living in the shadow of her older sister. Who knew that her role would foreshadow her real-life development, having graduated from the renowned Harvard University with a degree in Anthropology in 2002. She also has a career in music, and her intellectual and artistic evolution is 2nd only to her physical beauty.
One of the most popular ghosts in history is Casper the friendly ghost, and it turns out Devon Sawa played a role in the famous movie His career doesn’t end there. Though he was the eclectic little kid who was friends with a ghost (salient to the imaginary friends, kids keep), he has since had roles in films such as Idle Hands, Final Destination, and Slackers. Believe me, when I say, the innocent look he had, in the beginning, would immediately disqualify him from keeping roles in more intense films such as Final Destination. A movie like that requires a look that is fearless and understanding, and this is what Sawa has achieved over the years.
Matthew Lewis, one of the most noteworthy transformations in this list. Yet another Gryffindor, Lewis played the role of the forgetful Neville Longbottom…sheesh, even the name they assigned his role screamed passivity. Well, that clearly isn’t the case now as his evident maturity has secured him starring roles in several TV series. Honestly though, which producer would turn down a smile like that? It’s definitely one that will capture the attention of many of his fans and viewers.
One of the most extreme transformations to date. Zac Efron, in his earlier years, was well known for the quirky happed teethed smile that made him easy to recognize. He was put on the map when he starred in the High School Musical films, and since then became one of America’s heartthrobs. Who would thought that this awkward boy would be the one taking ‘less than PG” photos on stage for millions of fans to drool over? His new physique has landed him roles in hit movies such as Neighbors and Dirty Grandpa. It’s great to see when actors escape their (what seemed to be) permanent images of their childhood.
Hayden began her acting career first by doing commercials when she was only 11 months old, the thing is, most people wouldn’t be able to recognize stars at so young an age. During her teens, she was definitely a kid’s favorite making her way on the red carpet (multiple times) to the teen choice awards. The picture on the right shows her modeling clothing meant for those above a certain age, and as we can see she looks amazing in them.
Tia & Tamera Mowry
One of the most famous pairs of twins in the world is the Mowry twins, and they had a show framed after their ‘twinness’ called Sister, Sister. The unique thing is that they were able to keep their real names during the filming of this show. Fast forward, and we find that they are now mothers, and actresses in their own right, appearing shows like The Game, or The Real. It’s clear though that more than just their careers have grown.
Michelle Trachtenberg’s career began in 1996 with the title role in Harriet, the Spy. Though she may not have been as young as many of the entries on our list, we can definitely say that her overall appeal grew the more she aged. One of her most famous roles captured that appeal as Georgina Sparks in the television show Gossip Girl, which chose some attractive and talented actors to play characters set in the Upper East Side. It’s clear that this area must favor not only the rich and famous but the attractive as well.
The smartest witch in Gryffindor is no slouch in real life, either — she graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and is currently a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Quite appropriate that Watson would evolve from being the goody two shoes of Harry Potter to being a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN. Such a shift in job description requires an individual with intellect, charisma, and confidence, all seamlessly captured in her looks.
The adorable star of the iconic ’90s shows My So-Called Life continues to act like an adult. She played the title character in the HBO film Temple Grandin, a role for which she won Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards. It would seem that she fell into the favorable side of the gene pool as she was not only pulled off quite the look in her earlier years but is doing the same even today. She seems to have the face that could fit any role at any time which is a unique quality to have.
As a child actress, Christina Ricci played Wednesday Addams in the Addams Family film franchise, after making her screen debut at the age of 9 in Mermaids. As an adult, she starred in Sleepy Hollow and The Ice Storm. It seems that daring films filled with drama and excitement are the appropriate place for Ricci to captivate her viewers. It is necessary to point out that her natural ability to act, and her attractive natural allure, are qualities necessary to bring the drama out in the entertainment industry.
Catapulted into fame by his role as Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings movie franchise, Elijah Wood has continued his acting in a variety of movies and TV shows. He has also founded a record label, Simian Records. Being apart of such a film based in the world of imagination and fantasy captured his boy like charm effectively. It is clear, however, that those charms have now turned into more adult-like charms that may be fitting from a different age bracket, perhaps the age bracket interested in these kinds of posts :).
Most of us see Alexa and recognize her from the hit film Spy Kids with their ‘futuristc’ and high tech gadgets, making science and espionage seem cool, well at least for kids. The look of mini mischief in the first picture shows that she was definitely the perfect fit for that role. Fast forward and you find that Vega has secured roles in films such as Wicked Blood, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and we find that the raunchier (more grown up) look she has in the second image is the right fit for the job!
Here we have a picture of Peltz when she portrayed Katara in the film The Last Airbender. The film, based on a popular television series chose her to portray the older sister-like, water bender of the group of heroes from a tribe which was decimated by the invading fire nation. Though the movie itself wasn’t a huge success, she has managed to secure roles in more adult worthy shows such as Bates Motel, a drama thriller, or even epic action movies like Transformers: Age of Extinction. Her transformation as an actor is very much reflected in this new image she has taken on.
Famously known as the adorable little boy running around with the world’s famous mouse Stewart Little. As a child, he captured the dreams of many kids to have their own pets, and his character role definitely illustrated that anyone could have a friend, even if it’s in an animal. Currently, his net worth is about $5 million, and he has since become a producer in addition to being an actor. The image on the left definitely shows that innocence can transform into maturity within the blink of an eye. Definitely looks like he’s got that summer body ready!
Made famous for being on the hit TV series Drake & Josh, Nickelodeon gained a great many viewers as Josh stumbled about clumsily being the brother to the much cooler, Drake Bell. In the show he is the typical nerd, being not only a bit chubby but also well known for his intelligent/sarcastic remarks while on the show. It was only a matter of time before Peck turned the heads of all his viewers with his transformation from chubby nerd to the alluring hottie.
Raymonde has been a part of many tv series since her start on Providence, such as The Brothers Garcia, That’s So Raven, Malcolm in the Middle, and NCIS. She is well known for her role in the series Lost and has since then made her mark on Hollywood as an actress to be reckoned with. I’m not sure what it was, but it seems that she has realized this and grown into her own person, one who’s not afraid to show her beauty to the world. The intensity in her eyes and confidence in her own skin expresses beauty beyond her outward appearance.
Daniel Curtis Lee
Lee is one of the few actors who have more than one talent under his belt including comedy and rapping. The first pic depicts his role as Cookie, in the children’s show Ned’s Declassified Survival Guide. It seemed that Hollywood really monopolized on the nerdy look when they brought Lee in on the action. The tables turned, however, when Lee decided to monopolize on the ‘swag’ and lose the glasses, ugly shirt, for some high profile dress clothes and that smashing beard he’s got. He certainly is a looker.
Tom Welling, though he doesn’t fit the nerdy or geeky bill like most of our people on the list, he still underwent a transformation that transcends age groups. This guy literally went from teenage heartthrob to homewrecker handsome within the blink of an eye. After his time in Smallville as the Man of Steel, he has now begun work with Costner and Garner for the film Drift Day. Perhaps there is much more to his talent and looks that we’d need to look out for.
One of our favorite child stars, Hillary Duff, played Lizzie Mcguire and even starred in Cheaper by the Dozen. She is remembered for the antics that she always played in both the show and the movie, and was still looked on as the little girl always doing her best in school while getting into trouble as most teenage girls do. Now she is a highly sought after woman, who isn’t afraid to show the world how hot she can be.
Levitt was first seen in commercials for peanut butter, Cocoa Puffs, and other snacks that kids loved. He was also involved in series like Angels in the Outfield, The Dark Knight Rises, and evenI. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He later evolved from acting founding his own production company, and hosting his television series HitRecord on TV and has since won the Primetime Emmy Award. The years clearly have been good on his looks and his success.
At first glance, we can clearly see that Hoult changed, but just how much did he change? In his younger years, having grown up with his mother and sisters, he practiced ballet and was featured in productions such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. He later took up acting such musical productions, being featured in the popular series The Walking Dead, and has since done voice-overs for video games and played a role in the X Men series, as Beast, the brilliant yet beastly mutant. For sure his appearance now is that of brilliance!
Gosling is a singer and songwriter who started his career at Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club and later appeared in thriller series such as Goosebumps, and Are You Afraid of the Dark. That confident smirk that he had has a child seemed to be the only that that hasn’t changed which explains the unshakable confidence he exudes in his adulthood. Perhaps all the roles he played in those horror stories made him into a ‘man of steel.’
Zoey 101, for me, was the first show that Justice seemed to have become popular in. Not only is she an actress, but she is also a singer used that talent to record her first single “Gold,” which was released in the summer of 2013. Her current work involved helping and being an inspiration to young ladies in developing countries. So it seems more than just her outward beauty, the is also a gem on the inside.
Selena Gomez is well known for her role in the TV series, The Wizards of Waverly Place, where she played Alex Russo. In this show, she was a teenage witch (along with her two brothers) who was able to perform magic in unique and quirky ways. She has since launched her career in music, in addition to her acting ability and has grown into the attractive young wonder we see in the second image.
Fanning is yet another rare case, having started her career before she was even three years old. She began by playing the younger sister in the mini-series Taken. Skipping forward to the future she also starred in the sci-fi drama Super 8 and received awards at the Hollywood Film Festival. Beyond that, she is also a fashion model, and her second picture depicts that role clearly. Though we can see just her fact, it’s clear that her beauty is a direct reflection of the industry she represents.
McIver (or Ewing) is well known for playing Derek in the sitcom Full House. Another tidbit of information that many don’t know is that he played the voice of Eugene on Hey Arnold a popular Nickelodeon television series for kids. Beyond that, he is also a songwriter and pianist, boasting a skill set fit for someone of his stature. His musical ability is so good that one of his songs “Along the River” was performed during the end credits End of the Spear. Talented and handsome, what a package!
Byrne seemed to be drawn to the roles of the supernatural and was first known for her role in Harry Potter as Pansy Parkinson. Along with her very evident growth into beauty, she also played a role in The Vampire Diaries, Nora Hildegard. Having been both in a popular movie and television series, it’s no wonder that she can own that smile as if she knows she is one of the hottest people in Hollywood. Perhaps her hotness is supernatural, like the productions she’s been a part of.
In Cheaper by the Dozen, most of us paid attention to older brother Charlie, that we failed to realize this work of art. Although he was clearly a pudgy passive looking kid back in this show, he has certainly grown into his skin and turned into a completely different person. Baker’s new image landed him a role in The Young and the Restless, and even in a movie Sea of Fire, in 2014. It’s clear that while everyone focused their attention on this more attractive counterparts in Cheaper by the Dozen, Baker decided to get hot and not tell anyone! Maybe that’ll teach us not to underestimate people based on their looks.
I’ve always known Taylor swift to be a looker, but I didn’t know she used to look like that. It’s not that she wasn’t a pretty girl, it’s just that one wouldn’t have expected a kid like that to be the powerhouse singer and bombshell babe we see releasing music as quickly as breathing. Well I mean, it’s easy for her to breathe, not so much for the millions of fans that get to experience, or even see her live. I wonder what goes through her mind knowing that she is one of the most attractive women on the music scene?
This is definitely a shocker. The word transformation can’t begin to describe one of the heiresses of the Kardashian name. Kylie Jenner was made popular by her sister Kim’s antics, and since then the entire family has become the family to watch, on their show Keeping up with the Kardashians. Though all our eyes have been focused on Kourtney, Khloe, Kim, Caitlyn, and Kris, who would’ve known that Kylie would grow into her own woman? Watch out Kim, cause Kylie looks like she’s about to surpass you!
Neil Patrick Harris
Harris seems like the typical kid who wants to mess around with science, and watch things explode, with that stethoscope around his neck, and that borderline geeky smile. Harris is actually a force to be reckoned with, as he cannot only act but write, produce, sing and even perform magic. His appearance in A Series of Unfortunate Events captures his looks and ability to act in a way that illustrates his equally attractive personality. His many talents have landed him in a variety of musical roles, both on TV and on the broadways stage.
I remember when I first saw Cosgrove on television, I thought “wow, what a boisterous tomboy of a child”. She played Drake & Josh’s younger sister on Nickelodeon and since landed the role of Carly in iCarly. She became a child star earning the second highest amount in the world because of her prominence on this show. Now age 24, she was able to debut many of her songs during her run of iCarly and has since shown her prowess in music. Her acting and musical ability developed alongside her growth as a young woman, and she’s definitely one to look out for. She’s definitely come a long way for the tomboy I used to know.
Sheesh, Demi Lovato has definitely changed since her time on Barney & Friends. Ever since her appearance on Camp Rock, everyone was enthralled by her singing ability, but they weren’t ready for the out transformation either. Looking at her today, Demi has not only become a powerhouse singer, with a voice to die for, but she has become one of Hollywood’s most attractive females to date.
Dylan and Cole Sprouse
These adorable twins are famously known for their appearance on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody where they play two twin brothers who are always getting themselves into trouble, either with getting rich quick schemes or by bothering Mr. Moseby. You take a look at them now, and wow, you realize that they aren’t the adorable boys they used to be — well, not in that sense anyway — they are the kinds of boys you’d want to protect your daughter’s from, because they definitely look like a double dose of heartbreak wouldn’t you say?
Posey was first seen on screen playing the son of Jennifer Lopez in the comedy Maid in Manhattan. He is more famously known for his role in Teen Wolf, though he had lost another wolf role to his friend Taylor Lautner, in the Twilight film series. It looks like that didn’t affect him much because as you can see, Lautner and Posey seem to be in competition for the top dog in the looks department. Ladies and Gents, who would you choose?
One of my favorite entries yet, and that is Topang…no I mean Danielle Fishel. Of course, you know where I’m headed with this. Fishel is most famously known for her role in Boy Meets World, as Topanga, the level-headed, know it all, who sat in the front of Mr. Feely’s class. I watched the show growing up and watched her develop as well, and for sure, it was evident that as she grew, so did her overall attractiveness. Fishel now stars in a series known as Girl Meets World, where she plays Topanga, grown up, married to Corey, with a daughter. She still plays the part of mother really well, while still keeping her attractive flare.
Nickelodeon and Disney seemed to have known how hot this guy would be when they cast him for multiple roles in different shows. One thing is certain; he had all the heads turning when everyone saw his green eyes, and his washboard abs (yes he used to flash them in his younger days as well). His most recent role was in the TV series The Vampire Diaries, which was definitely the place for him to be seen by all his adoring fans and secret admirers.
Anna Chlumsky is an American actress well known in her childhood as playing Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl. She took a brief sabbatical to pursue her studies in college returning to HBO to play roles in various television shows, later receiving nominations for Emmy awards based on her work as a supporting actress. Now look at this picture and tell me you see a supporting actress. What I see is a gorgeous woman ready to take what she wants and when she wants it.
Bug Hall is famously known for his role as Alfalfa in The Little Rascals. The picture doesn’t do his hairstyle justice, but for those who remember, he used to have a literal ‘stick’ of hair protruding up from his head, like a human unicorn. Quite hilarious to look at, however, his growth has him laughing last, as he has definitely transformed into a famous, and handsome piece of work, worthy of the envy of his peers.
Soliel Moon Frye
Frye is an American actress, who also has the abilities to direct productions and write scripts for them. Her first role was in the film Punky Buster, and although this show had low ratings, her character won the love children around the world. It seems that her spunk as a child would flourish along with her beauty, securing a role on the Oprah Winfrey Network, where she hosts Home Made Simple. It is evident that she didn’t allow the mediocrity of her earlier surroundings to limit who she became.
One of the most famous boy groups in the early 2000s was the Jonas Brothers, with Nick being the lead singer. He gained the most traction with his appearance on the musical hit, Camp Rock, and captured the hearts of many through his voice. The heart capturing got more intense as he aged because just like his vocals, his looked matured in a way that was unforgettable. The cute little boy you see in the image now became a young adult after whom, many fans followed.
NSYNC, one of the most popular boy bands of the 90s, Timberlake was one of the two lead singers. His charisma wasn’t just enhanced by his ability to sing, but his ability to dance enhanced further by his natural looks. He was definitely a guy many fans fawned over. When he came out with his hit SexyBack, it was as if he emerged from a cocoon of stardom and became an even more attractive star. He captured the hearts (and imaginations) of many and still does to this day.
Best known for his role on Even Stevens, as Alan ‘Twitty’, he was the sidekick of Louis Stevens in the show. They were always up to no good, and though many teenage girls were attracted to him at his age, his looks were still immature and amounted to nothing more than simple girl crushes. Trauth’s most recent (well known) role was guest starring in the show Bones. Though his acting career may not be as successful as the other entries on this list, he has definitely grown into a ‘fine’ young man.
Famously known as Rocky Blue in Disney’s Shake it Up, Zendaya graced the television screen with her flare and inviting personality. She was an average girl just doing what most average girls want to do; have fun. Her ‘girlish’ presence took a turn when she appeared on the sixteenth season of Dancing With The Stars, and since then, has gained the kind of audience who wouldn’t go for the girlish persona. The second image depicts just how much she has transformed, from a young girl having fun, to a woman who knows which evil to pick.
Labeouf is known for his dorky role as Louis Stevens in the television series Even Stevens. Constantly getting into mischief, his role painted him as the kid who was nothing but trouble. I mean, look at his face, it literally spells trouble. You’d never think he’d hit the gym and gain 6000 pounds of muscle in such a short time. Did I say 6000? I meant 6 million, I digress. His most prominent role to date has been his role as the main protagonist in the Transformers movie series. I wouldn’t be surprised if he single-handedly destroyed the Decepticons, and I think many would agree with me.
Famous for her role in High school Musical, Hudgens graced our tv screens with her wonderful voice. She was also a site of jealousy for many females captured by Zac Efron in the movie as well, regardless, her ability to sing, and win hearts was something to watch out for. It was when she came out with her own music video “Come back to me,” people started to recognize her as a young woman, versus a teen in high school. That image was later plunged into adulthood when several photos of her in lingerie were leaked. Regardless of that, we can see that she is very beautiful, even when covered up.
The first image of Mendley shows a young lady ready to conquer the world, and this actually reflects her life. She acquired a degree in Anthropology and began her career in the film The Legend of Buddha. She was later signed by Disney and played Juliet Heusen, in the Wizards of Waverly Place. To date, she has been cast in 26 tv shows and films, along with one video game. They must definitely agree that the hotness factor is on the higher end, as her natural ‘on screen’ appeal is non-debatable.
LONDON TIPTON! I just had to say that. She is known as the heiress to the Tipton hotel, in the show Suite Life of Zach and Cody, and is seen doling out loads of cash, while partaking in the most expensive things in life. Fun Fact, her character (London Tipton), was recorded to be one of the longest continuous characters in any of Disney’s shows and for food reason. She has a natural appeal that evolved with her as she aged.
Both a singer and a songwriter, no one expected Palmer to be an actress as well. After she released her first album (which failed to hit the “US Billboards 200”, she found herself on playing a role in Barbershop 2: Back in Business. The prominence of this film allowed her to grab many other roles tied to that genre of films. Her natural ability to sing, landed her roles in a variety of musical films, setting up her future as an entertainment presence. She was announced to be the first African American female to play Ella in Cinderella the Broadway musical and has since become the host of her own talk show. Her natural allure, combined with her musical and acting abilities have indeed set her up for great things.
When I was growing up, I always used to love watching Michalka on screen, as she was definitely attractive for her age. Not to worry, I was roughly her age or younger when she first began to appear on Disney, so it’s okay! Her voice and wonderful smile would bring positive vibes to viewers who watched and listened to her music. She secured the main female role in Phil of the Future and had a recurring role in iZombie, a CW series. One must wonder if her looks were also a factor in landing these roles, in addition to her talent!
Last but not least, and definitely one of my favorite, Raven Symoné. Though she first appeared on The Cosby Show, capturing the heats of many as the adorable little girl you see in the image, I personally grew up watching her on That’s so Raven. She was amazing to watch, because not only was she fashionable, she was also one of the funniest people, her acting ability was able to draw me in, allowing me to believe that I knew her personally. Looking at her now, you’ve seen she is now has taken on a sophisticated air about her, one that shows that though she is a grown woman, she “can have whatever she wants,” and rightly so; she is a bombshell!