Child Stars Then & Now!
Tons of the celebrities that we know and love grew up in the limelight. Some of them came out swinging in the spotlight, while others, like Lindsay Lohan, struggled to keep it all together. What other gURLs and guys practically graced the red carpet in diapers?
Click on to see the stars then and now!
Before she was cheering for her fellow Heroes, Hayden was screaming on the sidelines as Sheryl in Remember The Titans. Remember this adorable little gURL?
She's still got that adorable smile and to-die-for blonde hair. Jealous.
Sure, True Blood is what really put Anna on the map, but she got recognized for her acting abilities way beforehand -- at age 11! Anna got an Oscar nom back in 1993 for The Piano and is one of the youngest gURLs ever to do so. It's no wonder, since she was such a cutie back in the day...
Uh, minus that beret.
Kristen's pre-Bella days were, well, less than bella, as she got her start in flicks like Panic Room and Zathura. Wonder if Rob would've thought Kristen was a cutie back then...
That short hair isn't really our style, but eh, we'll take it.
Before he was known as the guy who broke his hand, chain smokes and hooked up with Megan Fox, Shia was just another Disney dude on Even Stevens and Holes. He may look great now, but Shia wasn't always such a hottie...
Ok, maybe he was.
The poster child for child stars, Drew's been in the biz since the early '80s when she starred in ET. And, in true child star form, she's had her fair share of drug problems and trips to rehab. But you never would've guessed it looking at this adorable pic...
Mmm. Red Velvet's our favorite.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Can you believe the Olsen twins are already 24? It's hard to imagine, since they've been working since the ripe age of 9 months on Full House and basically haven't stopped since. They've got a billion dollar company, a few clothing lines, tons of straight-to-DVD flicks, hot boyfriends and, well, a wardrobe that's to die for. But we're not really loving this matchy-matchy ensemble...
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Which one's which?
Not many kids can say they got to play George Clooney's daughter, but Mae is no ordinary star. It took her a few years to get back in the spotlight, but her recent role in Parenthood validates her early onset fame.
With that kind of cuteness, no one else in the universe could've pulled off playing Clooney's kid.
It's hard to imagine Lindsay as anything but the rehab-hopping, jail-bound, party-gURL we know her as today, but, yes, even Lilo was once a young, innocent child actor. She began her career doing double duty in The Parent Trap in the late '90s before making it huge with Mean Girls. Don't you just wish she was still as cute and innocent as she was in this pic...
Even then she would'a looked cute with Samantha Ronson.
We know, we know, Dakota. You're not a little gURL anymore. But how can we not still think of you as that cute little one in Uptown Girls and I Am Sam? All we wanted to do was pinch those cheeks! Take a look for yourself and you'll see what we mean....
And not only was she cute, but she was practically BFF with Sean Penn and Tom Cruise before even learning to drive. The rest of us gURLs just pale in comparison.
She's gone from that scary gURL in The Sixth Sense to, well, that scary gURL in Hollywood, but we still kinda love Mischa. She may have fallen off the rocker, but we'll envy that boho style of hers forever. Did she have as much style back in the day? Click to see...
Uh, guess not.
Possibly one of the cutest young stars on TV in the '90s, Alyssa played Samantha on Who's the Boss? While we thought we'd get to see her age awkwardly, she was just as pretty as ever. Click to see what we mean...
She could work on her '90s garb, but otherwise, we wish we were this cute back then.
We remember his younger years on that giant boat called the Titanic very well, but how about when he was even smaller and cuter (if that's possible) playing Luke on Growing Pains? Click to see Leo way back when.
Even in that shirt we're smitten with this star.
Did you know that before Katherine was Dr. Izzie Stevens she was the tiny star of My Father the Hero? Was she just as pretty back then? Let's see...
Neil Patrick Harris
We know him now as the suit-wearing, smooth-talking Barney on How I Met Your Mother, but back in the day NPH was strictly and nerdily known as Doogie Howser, MD. Don't believe us? Here's the evidence...
Neil Patrick Harris
Ha! Don't think he'd be much of a hit with the ladies in that getup. Then again, he does have a medal to show off...
It's hard to believe that The Dark Knight was actually singing and dancing back in the day in Newsies. Click to see Christian as a youngster.
So cute! Wonder if he ever dressed as Batman on Halloween at that age...
We wanted to be Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family and we basically swam in our bathtubs for weeks after seeing Christina in Mermaids. Check out how cute Christina was in her Casper days...
She may still be on the short side, but Christina has graduated to much more mature roles than we would've predicted when she looked like this.
He usually plays a wise-cracking sarcastic dude, but Jason started out on Little House on the Prairie! Click to see how adorable he is in a tux.
Aw! It's hard to believe he had trouble getting roles in his teen years with a face like that.
Nowadays we know her for her voluptuous bod and hot hubby, but back in the day Scarlett was stealing scenes in The Horse Whisperer and Home Alone 3. Let's see if she was as pretty back then as she is now...
Adorable! Catching a glimpse of the future that lay ahead, Scarlett signs autographs like a pro. If only the next Home Alone star had such Hollywood staying power...
Perhaps the face that comes to mind when you think of child stars, Macaulay made a name for himself just by slapping his hands against his cheeks. Nowadays he dates the beautiful and talented Mila Kunis. Bet she cherishes old photos of him like this next one...
There it is! The money shot.
She stole the show in early roles such as Raising Helen, but this Little Miss Sunshine has staying power. Click to see how cute she was!
Obviously she made it into the biz with a mug like this!
She's played a vampire, a cheerleader, and Marie Antoinette, but we think Kirsten -- as an adult actor and a child actor -- is just plain Crazy Beautiful. Don't ya think? Click for her kid pic...
Even Spidey wouldn't be able to resist those crimps.