Some child stars win our hearts for a few years or so, before vanishing into the Hollywood ether as quickly as they came. Others stick around for years, building massive entertainment empires, all hinging on their popularity as children.
And some child stars, no matter how goofy or awkward they were at the beginning, grew up to be totally hot. Below are some of the best former kid actors who moved forward in their careers and also managed to look good in the process. #19 is totally surprising.
#1. Candace Cameron Bure – Full House
The child star was always cute, but after battling bulimia in her twenties, the Full House actress reemerged into the spotlight looking happy, healthy, and absolutely beautiful.
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#2. Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine
Abigail Breslin was intentionally awkward in Little Miss Sunshine, but her confidence shone through it all. Now, she’s all grown up and a total knockout.
#3. Jeremy Jackson – Baywatch
After leaving Baywatch due to a struggle with drugs, Jackson was arrested for drug possession. He cleaned up on Celebrity Rehab, and he’s looking pretty fit these days.
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#4. Shia LaBeouf – Even Stevens
LaBeouf was a dorky kid on Even Stevens, but he went on to star in Transformers, as well as becoming a sight for sore eyes.
#5. Miranda Cosgrove – iCarly
Miranda Cosgrove made $200,000 an episode on iCarly, and she went from being an elementary school keener to being a beautiful woman. Currently, she’s still hustling hard in Hollywood for roles.
#6. Selena Gomez – Barney & Friends
Maybe you didn’t realize that Selena was on Barney & Friends, but you can’t miss the fact that she’s gone from chipper child to grown-up bombshell.
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#7. Demi Lovato – Barney & Friends
Demi Lovato – Barney & Friends is also where Lovato got her start, and as you can see, she’s changed a lot over the years. Now, she’s a singer and social media influencer, and she has also advocated for positive body image for young girls everywhere.
#8. Jonathan Lipnicki – Jerry Maguire
Jonathan Lipnicki was that adorable kid in Jerry Maguire, and now he’s a bona fide stud. He also still wants you to know that the human head weighs eight pounds.
#9. Marla Sokoloff – Full House
Stephanie Tanner’s troubled friend Gia’s was a memorable supporting character on the show, and Marla Sokoloff parlayed that into a successful career in teen comedies.
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#10. Alexa Vega – Spy Kids
This former Spy Kid really grew up — in fact, she almost looks like a totally different person.
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#11. Dakota Fanning – Hide And Seek
Dakota Fanning was always an amazing actress, but she grew from an insanely talented little kid to an insanely talented and beautiful woman.
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#12. Hilary Duff – Lizzie McGuire
Hilary Duff was one of the few child stars to make the successful transition into full-blown celebrity, and her development into a knockout didn’t hurt. When Duff began her career as a singer was actually successful, and she is currently a successful Hollywood personality and lifestyle ambassador for several brands.
#13. Keisha Knight Pulliam – Cosby Show
Rudy was a shining beacon of light on the Cosby Show, and she grew up to be a total knockout. She’s more than just Hollywood looks, though: Pulliam founded a mentoring camp for disadvantaged kids and leads workshops designed to help child actors and their parents navigate Hollywood.
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#14. Michelle Trachtenberg – Harriet The Spy
Precocious as a child, Trachtenberg has grown up into a beautiful woman with an absolutely fierce sense of style.
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#15. Jaleel White – Family Matters
We all know him as Steve Urkel, but Jaleel White grew up to be a permanent Stephan.
#16. Georgie Henley – Chronicles Of Narnia
Georgie Henley was just 10 years old when she played Lucy in The Chronicle of Narnia. Now, she’s all grown up and still getting roles.
#17. Tania Raymonde – Malcolm in the Middle
Cynthia on Malcolm in the Middle was quirky, but she’s grown up to be an exotically beautiful young woman.
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#18. Meagan Good – Cousin Skeeter
Meagan Good played an awkward kid on the third season of “Cousin Skeeter.” Then, she grew up, and started getting roles in music videos (a surefire sign of hotness).
#19. Isabelle Fuhrman – The Orphan
She was pretty terrifying in that horror film, but now she looks fresh faced and not spooky at all. She most recently starred in a chapter of The Hunger Games.
#20. Alisan Porter – Curley Sue
Alisan Porter was discovered in 1987 on Ed McMahon’s “Star Search.” This led to her role in “Curly Sue,” which most of us remember from our childhoods. Sadly, Porter went on to struggle with alcoholism — but there was a light at the end of the tunnel. A beautiful singer, this gorgeous former child star is now on The Voice, and has also released a solo album.
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