Have you ever wondered what happened to those kids you used to watch on the screen a long time ago? Well, you obviously know they grew up, but do you know what they look like today and what they have been up to lately? We are about to answer these questions as we take a look at 15 child stars who have grown up to be gorgeous ladies.
Some of them have always been kind of cute so everybody expected them to turn into beautiful adults, but there have also been those who have pleasantly surprised us all. Just like ugly ducklings turning into gorgeous swans, some of these young actresses have aged just right and blossomed in the best way imaginable. Seriously though, who would have expected Emma Watson to turn into such a lovely young lady when we first saw her portraying Hermione Granger? And do you remember what Demi Lovato used to look like in Camp Rock? They are great examples of the girls who aged better than anybody expected and they look like completely new people compared to when they were kids. So let’s take a look at 15 more child stars like them who turned out to be truly beautiful adults.
15. Madeline Zima
Madeline Zima started her acting career at the age of 7 and she was a pretty well-known kid both thanks to the comedy series The Nanny where she portrayed Maxwell Sheffield’s youngest child, Grace, as well as the Downy fabric softener commercials. All in all, she was a pretty cute kid with a nerdy persona. However, as she grew older, the nerdiness vanished as she evolved into a lovely lady and started appearing in more mature roles, for example, the role of a steamy and troubled teenager/young adult in the popular TV series Californication. If you were wondering what she was up to lately, you’d be glad to hear she is pretty busy. One of the latest gigs she landed was in the new Twin Peaks series that returned on the screen after 27 years.
14. Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano debuted on stage as Annie as a young and cute girl, and later she went through a number of different roles, such as the one in Who’s the Boss. Ever since she was just a little girl, it was pretty obvious she was going to grow up to be an extraordinarily beautiful woman – and that is exactly what happened. Once a cute girl with big eyes and curly, dark hair turned out to be one of the greatest beauties in Hollywood today. She was one of the VH1’s “The 100 Greatest Child Actors of All Time” list, as well as “The 100 Greatest Teen Stars”. Nowadays, you can see her name on almost every list naming the most beautiful women in the world and there is no denying she really is.
13. Jessica Biel
From a pretty early age, Jessica Biel pursued a career as a vocalist and her biggest passion was musical theater. At the age of 9, she started appearing on stage in plays such as Beauty and the Beast, Annie, The Sound of Music etc. However, she gained popularity thanks to the TV drama series 7th Heaven where she portrayed one of the 7 children of the Camden family. After that, a number of great film roles followed and today, she is one of the Hollywood’s most sought-out actresses thanks to her beauty as well as her talent. In 2005, she was voted “The Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine, and her name repeatedly appeared on Maxim magazine’s annual Hot 100 Women of the Year lists. She is currently married to Justin Timberlake and they have one child together.
12. Jennifer Love Hewitt
Did you know that beautiful Jennifer Love Hewitt got her start as a Disney star? But even before that, it was clear Jennifer was a born performer. At the age of 3, she started singing on stage. At 5, she started dancing with a Texas Show Team, and at the age of 10, she moved to LA to pursue an acting career. She got a role in Disney’s Kids Incorporated, as well as in a bunch of commercials. From that point on, it was pretty clear she had a bright acting future in front of her. As time went on, she scored a number of parts in popular films and series, and she blossomed into one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women. She is well-known for her awesome hourglass-shaped figure, as well as for her lovely face and beautiful smile.
11. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba was in love with the idea of becoming an actress since she was 5 years old and she was 12 when she was signed with an agent. She played a variety of roles, mostly kids shows for Nickelodeon. After that, the first film roles started coming and she has been a pretty successful actress ever since. In 2001, she was voted #1 on Maxim magazines “Hot 100 Babe List”. Unfortunately, that same year she got a kidney infection and became anorexic but, thankfully, she bounced back and is fine now. In 2006, she was voted number 1 on the AskMen.com’s “Top 99 Most Desirable Women” list, while Playboy magazine named her one of the 25 sexiest celebrities that same year. One year later, she was named the “Sexiest Woman Celebrity” by Victoria’s Secret.
10. Daveigh Chase
Do you remember the super creepy girl Samara from the horror movie The Ring? Well, you wouldn’t recognize her if you saw her today, because she grew up to be a completely different person, and in the best way imaginable too.
Daveigh was a born performer and she started appearing on stage at the age of 3, and she recorded her first commercial at the age of 7. After that, she appeared in a number of popular movies, such as Donnie Darko, and she is also the voice of Lilo in Lilo and Stitch, as well as the voice of Chihiro in Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. Besides being a talented actress, Daveigh is also an amazing singer and Stephen Spielberg picked her to sing God Bless America in Artificial Intelligence: AI.
9. Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning was one of the most talented and popular child actresses of her generation and she starred alongside some of the Hollywood’s biggest names. Her major breakthrough was her role in the movie I Am Sam in 2001 with Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer. Everybody was amazed by her extraordinary talent and her amazing work, and she appeared in an impressive number of films over the course of the next 10 years. One can without a doubt say that she was one of the best child actors Hollywood has ever seen. Today, she is a gorgeous lady and she is still a pretty active and successful actress. Since her acting beginnings, there hasn’t been a single year without Dakota appearing in at least 2-3 movies. We’ll get a chance to see her next year in a new TV series The Alienist.
8. Abigail Breslin
Do you remember Little Miss Sunshine, Olive Hoover – a girl obsessed with winning a beauty pageant even though her looks weren’t exactly her best quality? Well, that little girl played by Abigail Breslin grew up to be a truly beautiful young woman who could win any beauty pageant at any time. But not only is Abigail a gorgeous woman, she also has a unique charisma and a versatile personality that make her perfect both for comedy and drama roles. Although she is only 21 years old, she already has one Academy Award nomination in her pocket, and she has worked alongside some of the Hollywood’s most popular actors, such as Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts. Breslin seems to be at the beginning of the path of a very long, successful, and impressive career ahead of her.
7. Michelle Trachtenberg
Michelle Trachtenberg was a pretty cute kid and she started appearing in commercials at the age of 3. She’s always loved performing so she continued acting and dancing during her school years before landing a recurring role in The Adventures of Pete & Pete. However, the role that really changed the course of her career and brought her a lot of attention all over the world was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer where she portrayed Buffy’s sister. The series was a major success and it was a great way for Michelle to get noticed and to get more high profile work in the future. In 2007, she named one of the Maxim’s “Hot 100”, and then again in 2011. She definitely did the growing up part of her life right and we are curious what else the future has in store for her.
6. Nicholle Tom
During the early ‘90s, Nicholle Tom was quite popular thanks to the films Beethoven and Beethoven’s 2nd, as well as the sitcom The Nanny. She was a pretty, blonde, young girl, and at that point, it was pretty clear she was about to become a beautiful young adult. In the late ‘90s, she played Kara Kent in 3 different series; Justice League, The New Batman Adventures, and Superman. Nowadays, her acting career successfully continues and you might have seen her in a number of series and films including Gotham, About a Boy, Survivor’s Remorse, and many other. However, one thing we know for sure is that she is all grown up from her days playing young Maggie Sheffield and she looks better than ever! Not only is she a blonde with piercing blue eyes, she also maintains a pretty impressive figure.
5. Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin’s first ever acting job when she was only 9 years old was a major success. It was the film Piano (1993) where she worked alongside some pretty big Hollywood names, such as Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Holly Hunter. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress without having any previous acting experience and she amazed everybody with her talent. Her next big success was in the X-Men movies where she portrayed Roque, a young mutant girl who takes people’s mutant power when she touches them. But not only is Anna Paquin a naturally talented actress, she also turned out to be a gorgeous woman with a petite figure and a husky voice. She was named one of the “Hot 100 Women” by Maxim magazine in 2008, and then again in 2014.
4. Georgie Henley
Georgie Henley’s acting career started when she joined the “Upstagers” drama group when she was a little girl, and while she participated in a number of different plays, the thing that made her well-known all around the globe was her first film role in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. When the casting director for this movie saw little Georgie, she immediately knew that she would make a perfect Lucy – and she was right. Georgie then reprised her role in two more The Chronicles of Narnia movies before moving onto other projects. Today, she is a beautiful young woman with hypnotizing green eyes and a kind of natural charm that cannot be learned. Her fans are pretty excited to see what else she has to offer and, hopefully, there will be plenty.
3. Lindsay Lohan
Sure, Lindsey Lohan has her own set of issues and a troubled past, but there is no denying that she is a very attractive young woman – at least when she is sober. Lindsay began her modeling career at the age of 3 and she appeared in over 60 commercials as a child. She made her acting debut in the drama Another World in 1996, but her first big success was The Parent Trap, a 1998 comedy remake of the movie by the same name from 1961. She signed a contract with Disney and appeared in a number of shows and TV movies during the early 2000s. Her career seemed to be going great. She even started her own fashion line in 2009, but her personal life was a mess. She has had some serious issues with substance abuse and she even landed in jail a while back.
2. Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen
Although Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are two people, we are going to talk about them as one because they are twins, meaning they have aged pretty much the same. Besides, they were both playing Michelle Tanner in the TV series Full House from a very early age so it is only fair to mention both of them on this list.
Pretty much everybody agrees they were super cute when they were kids. Those huge eyes and lovely smile in combination with funny lines in the comedy series made them beyond adorable. However, all those features make for really gorgeous adults as well. Both Mary-Kate and Ashley have grown up to be beautiful and successful ladies although they haven’t done much acting during the last decade and they focused more on their fashion careers.
1. Marla Sokoloff
During the ‘90s, Marla Sokoloff was the girl you could have seen in almost every popular sitcom on TV. She appeared in Home Improvement, Party of Five, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Full House, 7th Heaven, and so on. She didn’t score any of the leading roles in those series, but she was around often enough to get noticed and to get some better gigs in a number of popular films. Besides being a talented actress, she is also an amazing musician. She collects guitars, performs under her own name in LA, and she writes her own music. She was in a 5-year relationship with James Franco, but they split up and she married her current husband, Alec Puoro, in 2009. They have two children together and live in LA.
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