While most kids are inherently adorable, not everyone grows up to be an oil painting. These 30+ child stars got lucky, though, by turning from super-cute sprogs into super-attractive adults.
While she’ll forever be remembered for playing Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, Christina Ricci has gone on to enjoy a pretty prolific acting career. And after shedding the goth look, she’s also become scarily attractive.
Since the roaring success of the Harry Potter movies, where she of course played Hermione Granger, Emma Watson has become one of the movie world’s hottest properties – and not only because of her acting skills. Her most recent film role was in Noah, in which she starred alongside Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins.
At 11 years old Lindsay Lohan appeared in The Parent Trap and consequently took home a Young Artist Award. It’s not all been plain sailing since then, of course – but at least she still looks good.
A sweet and innocent-looking Michelle Trachtenberg appeared in the kids’ TV series Pete and Pete at nine years old, yet there was little suggestion that she’d transform into the striking Georgina Sparks of Gossip Girl.
Now one of the world’s most beautiful women and star of The Avengers movies, ScarJo has come a long way since being the brown-haired girl in ’90s films Home Alone 3 and The Horse Whisperer.
As her controversial twerking antics and skimpy stage outfits have proven, Miley Cyrus is certainly no kid these days. And while the clean-cut Hannah Montana star-turned-raunchy pop queen has dumped the long locks and figure-hugging dresses in favor of a more tomboyish look, she’s arguably all the more attractive for it.
Anna Paquin may have won an Oscar for her role in The Piano at the tender age of 11, but her career has far from floundered since. Just ask anyone who has watched her sizzle on screen as True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse or as strangely alluring mutant Rogue in the X-Men movies.
Teenage beauty queen Tiffani Thiessen became every adolescent boy’s TV crush as Kelly Kapowski in Saved By The Bell. She’s still got it these days, too, fronting cookery show Dinner At Tiffani’s.
High School Musical fans will know Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez, the lead character she played in the hit series between 2006 and 2008. And despite releasing a couple of solo albums, the now-adult Hudgens has decided to concentrate on acting. Her most recent appearance was in 2015’s Freaks of Nature.
A 13-year-old Katherine Heigl made her first movie appearance in 1992’s That Night, in which she appeared alongside fellow film debutante Eliza Dushku. Having been named one of the world’s most beautiful women by People in 2008, the actress also starred in Knocked Up and Jenny’s Wedding.
Between 2007 and 2012 stunning Selena Gomez was perhaps better known as Alex Russo, the lead character in Wizards of Waverly Place. Meanwhile, in 2015 the actress – who’s gone on to become a hugely successful singer – appeared as herself in The Big Short.
Heavenly Hilary Duff made her name playing the teenage Lizzie McGuire between 2001 and 2004. Now having shed her teen idol image, the beautiful blonde, who in 2015 starred in independent movie Flock of Dudes, has been something of a movie mainstay.
In the 2004 movie Jersey Girl, Gertrude Steiney and Ollie Trinké, played by Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck respectively, had a daughter by the name of Gertie. She was played by the adorable Raquel Castro, who in November 2015 celebrated her 21st birthday. She’s since appeared in five other movies.
Back in 2008, before she was a teenager, Madeline Carroll starred alongside Kevin Costner, her on-screen dad, in Swing Vote. Her career has certainly been prolific since then, with the pretty actress having secured her first lead role in 2010’s Flipped.
It only aired between October 2005 and April 2006, but Freddie, a sitcom based on the life of Freddie Prinze, Jr., introduced the world to little Chloe Bridges. The actress isn’t so little anymore, though, with the now-grown-up belle having since starred in the likes of Mantervention.
Amanda Seyfried entered the acting world aged 15 when she landed parts in the soaps All My Children and As the World Turns. The beautiful actress, who turned 30 in 2015, has gone on to have a super successful movie career, having most recently appeared in Fathers and Daughters.
She’s voiced Meg from Family Guy for what seems like forever, but Mila Kunis’ first on-screen role – Jackie Burkhart from That ’70s Show – goes back a year further, to 1998. 2013’s Sexiest Woman In The World, according to FHM, has since starred in Black Swan and Ted.
Chloë Grace Moretz
She kicked ass as Hit-Girl in 2010’s Kick Ass and 2013’s Kick Ass 2, which is quite an achievement given that Chloë Grace Moretz only turned 18 in February 2015. The starlet, who recently appeared in mystery thriller Dark Places, is certainly starting her career at a breakneck pace.
Most people know Tania Raymonde as Cynthia Sanders from Malcolm in the Middle. And by the time she appeared in Lost a few years later, it’s safe to say Raymonde had transformed into a super-hot brunette. She played Nikki in 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Perfectly pretty Nicola Peltz wowed audiences when she played Tessa Yeager in 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. It was a huge transformation from her breakthrough four years previously in The Last Airbender, when aged 15 she played the role of Katara.
Her first movie appearance was made at the age of five, though it was in 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine that Abigail Breslin really made a name for herself. The blonde bombshell’s recent credits include Maggie, Final Girl and Freak Show.
British actress Maisie Williams has won, and been nominated for, numerous awards for portraying Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, a role she’s played since she was 14 years old. Her first big Hollywood role will be in 2016’s The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
Elegant Elizabeth Olsen started acting aged four and appeared in half a dozen shows starring older sisters Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen. Elizabeth, though, broke out as a movie star in 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, and in 2015 she shone in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Thora Birch won an award for each of her roles in Purple People Eater and Hocus Pocus as a young girl, and she was BAFTA nominated for American Beauty as a teen. This American beauty’s most recent movie credit, though, came in 2012’s Petunia.
Ashley Johnson was a prolific child star, having landed a part in Growing Painsaged six and in What Women Want as a teen, among many other credits. As a grown-up, she’s been seen in The Avengers and is now a regular in Blindspot.
A fresh-faced Victoria Justice was ten years old when she appeared in Gilmore Girls, but it was landing a leading role in Zoey 101 two years later that really broke her out. More recently, though, the stunning 22-year-old starred in Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List.
Milla Jovovich is Hollywood glamor personified, but the striking Ukrainian-born model and actress hasn’t always been the butt-kicking star of the Resident Evilmovies. In 1988, for instance, the actress, not yet a teenager, appeared in The Night Train to Kathmandu.
It’s been a long time since a ten-year-old Demi Lovato appeared on Barney & Friends in the early 2000s, but the actress and singer/songwriter has grown up well. And in 2017 the drop-dead gorgeous star will lend her voice to Get Smurfy.
English 19-year-old actress Sophie Turner already has an impressive resume. Indeed, at 15 she started work as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, and in 2016 the Rapunzel-haired star will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Classically pretty Australian actress Emily Browning had plenty of Aussie TV under her belt by the time she made her movie breakthrough aged 12 in 2002 horror flick Ghost Ship. She’s since turned heads in Sucker Punch, Sleeping Beauty and Legend.
Odette Annable played Rosa in Kindergarten Cop at the tender age of four or five and has since blossomed into a true brunette beauty. In 2008 she made waves with monster movie Cloverfield, and her next credit will be rom-com The Truth About Lies.
Kat Dennings was in commercials at 10 and Sex and the City at 14. Now 29, the voluptuous star has appeared in 17 movies – and 17 TV shows – with her more notable gigs being Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and two Thor movies.
At 13 Saoirse Ronan garnered an Oscar nomination for her part in 2007’s Atonement, and she’s been getting critical acclaim for her performances ever since. These showings include the blue-eyed blond’s recent turn in period drama Brooklyn.
British beauty Keira Knightley’s movie career began in 1995, when she starred as the young Celia in Patrick Dewolf’s thriller Innocent Lies. The Academy Award-nominated English rose – who’s since become a household name – recently appeared as climber Jan Hall in 2015’s Everest.