We Can’t Believe These 12 Celebrity Kids Grew Up in Front of Our Eyes

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Kids grow really fast. And famous children can show us that they can do a lot in their lives — they’re successful, wealthy, and doing well. These actors and musicians will demonstrate that they can make a positive impact on the world. Let’s think about some of our beloved child stars who have changed so much as they grew up that we can hardly recognize them now.

12. Sadie Sink

Sadie Sink is a talented actress known for her roles in popular TV shows and films. She gained recognition for portraying Max Mayfield in the hit series Stranger Things. Born on April 16, 2002, Sink began her acting career at a young age and has since captivated audiences with her performances in movies like Dear Zoe and The Glass Castle.

11. Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Caradoc Hoult is 32 now, and his popularity is growing more and more every year. His great-aunt was one of the most popular actresses of her time, Dame Anna Neagle. So he probably was born to be a celebrity — it’s in his blood.

His first acting gig was in 1996 in the film, Intimate Relations. Many of us remember him as Beast in X-Men. Hoult was included in Forbes’ 2012 list of “30 under 30.” Hoult is very talented and will definitely show he has a lot more to offer this world!

10. Zac Efron

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Zachary David Alexander Efron was born in October 1987 in California. His parents noticed his singing ability and helped him to take his first step toward acting at the age of 11. Singing and acting lessons soon led to a production of Gypsy that ran for 90 performances. And that was just the beginning of Efron’s success.

He looks like a prince, behaves like a gentleman, and is very wealthy. Efron’s net worth in 2015 was valued at $18 million!

9. Josh Peck

Josh Peck began his career as a child actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Then his career rapidly sped up and he got many different opportunities.

Nowadays, he is not just an actor but a comedian and a YouTube personality as well. Peck also currently has a podcast called, Curious with Josh Peck produced by Ramble where he interviews celebrities.

8. Thomas Brodie-Sangster

A son of 2 actors, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, was born on May 16, 1990, in London. He is well-known for his youthful appearance and his role in Game of Thrones but showed us that he was a talented actor way earlier.

You can spot his cute, little face in films like Love Actually (2003), Nanny McPhee (2005), and The Last Legion (2007).

7. Jack Quaid

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Jack Quaid is 29, and he is the son of actors Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid. You could say it was in his genes to become an actor! Nowadays, Quaid is best known for his role in the 2012 science fiction film, The Hunger Games.

Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid encouraged their son to follow in their acting footsteps. While growing up, Quaid spent a lot of time on the sets of movies his parents were appearing in. Later, he attended New York University where he studied drama.

6. Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown is a successful actress who first gained fame for her role as Eleven in the popular TV series Stranger Things. Born on February 19, 2004, in Spain, Millie started acting at a young age and quickly became a well-known face in the entertainment industry. She played in several really popular movies, like Enola Holmes. Beyond her acting career, she has ventured into producing and modeling. In 2018, Millie appeared in the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people.

5. Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith is slowly becoming a legend. He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. This young man is very talented. Smith is the son of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. He may be the son of famous parents, but his one role in The Karate Kid (2010) won our hearts over and proved him to be a professional actor!

Smith is not just an actor and a singer, but he also does a lot of good for the environment. He is helping out with the clean water crisis and even serves as a partner in a project called JUST WATER.

4. Matthew Lewis

Yes, Matthew Lewis is that cute boy with the funny smile from Harry Potter! It’s hard to recognize him today and by now, he’s probably broke many women’s hearts. When he was a kid, after he read the first Harry Potter book, he dressed up as Harry and ran around his room. This was before he got the part of Neville, of course.

Lewis continues to act in different movie roles and takes part in theater as well.

3. Josh Hutcherson

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This young man started acting in 2002 and gained an impressive list of roles! But we can easily remember him as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games series where Josh acted alongside Jennifer Lawrence who played Katniss Everdeen. In preparation for this film, he had to bleach his hair and gain 15 pounds. But it was worth it!

2. Cole Sprouse

Much of Cole Sprouse’s early career was shared with his twin brother, Dylan due to child labor laws in California. This way, they would be allowed to act in more scenes as one character. Cole has some notable roles including Patrick Kelly in the sitcom Grace Under Fire and the young Pistachio Disguisey in The Master of Disguise. And of course, he gained fame after he appeared in multiple episodes of the television sitcom, Friends as Ross Geller’s son.

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After growing up as a Disney Channel star, Cole decided to take a break, go to college, and experience a life he hadn’t known before. He remembers his times on screen as a “little nostalgic bubble”. Now he is back into acting and shows much promise. In 2017, Sprouse starred as Jughead Jones on The CW TV series, Riverdale which boosted his career rapidly.

1. Emily Osment

Emily Osment took on the character Gerti Giggles in Spy Kids 2 and Spy Kids 3. Later, she landed the role of Lily on the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana. Now the actress is 31 years old and in recent years she has been busy starring in several TV shows such as Pretty Smart and Almost Family.

Sometimes, famous kids grow up without us really noticing. Then, one day, we see them playing grown-up roles, and it’s hard to believe we missed the time when they changed so much.

Please note: This article was updated in March 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.


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