Child Stars Then And Now


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!

Hayden Panettiere

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?

Hayden Panettiere

She's still got that adorable smile and to-die-for blonde hair. Jealous.

Anna Paquin

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...

Anna Paquin

Uh, minus that beret.

Kristen Stewart

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...

Kristen Stewart

That short hair isn't really our style, but eh, we'll take it.

Shia LaBeouf

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...

Shia LaBeouf

Ok, maybe he was.

Drew Barrymoore

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...

Drew Barrymoore

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?

Mae Whitman

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.

Mae Whitman

With that kind of cuteness, no one else in the universe could've pulled off playing Clooney's kid.

Lindsay Lohan

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...

Lindsay Lohan

Even then she would'a looked cute with Samantha Ronson.

Dakota Fanning

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....

Dakota Fanning

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.

Mischa Barton

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...

Mischa Barton

Uh, guess not.

Alyssa Milano

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...

Alyssa Milano

She could work on her '90s garb, but otherwise, we wish we were this cute back then.

Leonardo DiCaprio

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.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Even in that shirt we're smitten with this star.

Katherine Heigl

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...

Katherine Heigl

Yup!

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...

Christian Bale

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.

Christian Bale

So cute! Wonder if he ever dressed as Batman on Halloween at that age...

Christina Ricci

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...

Christina Ricci

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.

Jason Bateman

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.

Jason Bateman

Aw! It's hard to believe he had trouble getting roles in his teen years with a face like that.

Scarlett Johansson

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...

Scarlett Johansson

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...

Macaulay Culkin

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...

Macaulay Culkin

There it is! The money shot.

Abigail Breslin

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!

Abigail Breslin

Obviously she made it into the biz with a mug like this!

Kirsten Dunst

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...

Kirsten Dunst

Even Spidey wouldn't be able to resist those crimps.


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