Brace yourselves. These then and now pictures of millennial child stars – many of whom were born as recently as the late 90’s – are going to make you feel really (really) old. Where has the time gone?! It seems only yesterday we were counting down the end of the 1900’s, and ushering in year 2000. But time flies, and the new millennium isn’t so new anymore, and these child stars of the early 2000’s have proved it by, well, growing up! These 13 former child stars who inspire a walk down memory lane for many of us, now all grown up today, remind us that the times are changing, and fast!
13. Madison Pettis (1998) – $500,000
Madison Pettis landed her first major role in 2006, at just 8 years old in Barney & Friends. By 2008, she’d already secured her best recognized role as the president’s daughter Sophia Martinez, on the Disney spin off series, Cory in The House. Today, the 16 year old teen can be heard as the voice of Izzy on the animated children’s cartoon, Jake and The Never Land Pirates. Although she currently only has an estimated net worth of $500,000, were sure that it will soon increase, just like the many other Disney stars entered in this list.
12. Kyla Pratt (1986) – $2.5 million
Throughout the 90’s Kyla Pratt could be seen in guest appearances on a multitude of successful TV shows before the age of 10. Her most notable appearance as a child was in the Doctor Dolittle movies, and the hit comedy series One-on-One, where she plays the daughter of a retired athlete single father. Kyla is best recognized as the voice of Penny Proud on the hit Disney Series, Proud Family. The now 28 year old actress can most recently be seen on the BET comedy series, Let’s Stay Together and has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million.
11. Frankie Muniz (1985) – $40 million
In 2000 we were introduced to a 15 year old Frankie Muniz, when he was cast as the neglected middle child on Malcolm In The Middle. For seven successful seasons, we watched the teenager grow in size and popularity on the very popular show, celebrating his 21st birthday by the end of the series. It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 15 years since the quirky adolescent made his debut on the small screen. The now 29 year old actor is worth an estimated, staggering $40 million, thanks to his time on Malcolm In The Middle.
10. Elle Fanning (1998) – $5 million
Younger sister to Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning landed her first role in I Am Sam, playing the younger version of her sisters character, Lucy Diamond Dawson. She was only 3 years old at the time. Just a few years later, Elle continuously secured several small roles before the age of 10, including parts in Daddy Day Care, Because of Winn-Dixie and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Now 16, the young lady has already matured far beyond her years and can most recently be seen in Maleficent, alongside Angelina Jolie. Elle already has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
9. Abigail Breslin (1996) – $12 million
Abigail Breslin’s first ever acting gig was in the movie Signs, at the tender age of 6. Her most notable role as a child was in the Oscar winning movie Little Miss Sunshine, in 2006. It didn’t take long for her talent to be recognized, as the young lady has since been in a slew of supporting roles including My Sister’s Keeper, Zombieland and Rango. Already a teenager at 18 years old, Abigail is set to star in some lead roles due to come out sometime in 2015, and already has an estimated net worth of $12 million.
8. Demi Lovato (1992) – $15 million
Demi Lovato’s earliest appearance on the small screen was at the age of 10, on Barney & Friends. Her big break came in 2008, when she was cast along side The Jonas Brothers in the Disney TV movie, Camp Rock, eventually leading to her own Disney television series Sonny With a Chance. In 2012, Demi was chosen by Simon Cowell as the youngest judge to ever appear on the X-factor. Now 22 years old, the Disney star is today recognized as a platinum selling artist, currently on her first world tour and is worth an estimated $15 million.
7. Cole & Dylan Sprouse (1992) – $16 million
Cole & Dylan Sprouse began working at the very tender age of 1, on the television series Grace Under Fire. For 5 seasons, the twins played the same character, Patrick Kelly. Before reaching adolescence, the twins looked much more identical and were able to play the same character undetected, including their shared role in Big Daddy, along side Adam Sandler. The boys are best recognized for their seperate roles on the hit Disney series, The Suite Life of Zac & Cody. Now unbelievably 22 years old, the twin brothers have a combined net worth of around $16 million.
6. Dakota Fanning (1994) – $16 million
Former child star Dakota Fanning began acting at the tender age of 6, where she made frequent guest appearances on various sitcoms during the early millennium. She caught her big break in 2001, when she landed the part of Lucy Diamond Dawson in I Am Sam, along side Sean Penn. The role led to many more promising opportunities, including roles in Uptown Girls, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat and Charlotte’s Web. Known to have been one of the highest paid child stars, today, the 20 year old is worth an estimated $16 million.
5. Nick Jonas (1992) – $18 million
Nick Jonas is best recognized as 1/3 of the boy band, The Jonas Brothers, formed when Nick was only 13 years old. The Disney trio enjoyed a successful run throughout the 2000’s, selling over 17 million albums to date, worldwide. In 2009, the band’s success spawned their own television series which lasted for a single unsuccessful season. Since the band’s dismembering in 2013, the brothers have moved on to solo careers, Nick’s (22) musical and acting projects proving the most fruitful, having an estimated net worth of $18 million.
4. Hilary Duff (1987) – $25 million
Disney child star Hilary Duff caught her big break in 2001, after landing the lead role on hit television series Lizzie Maguire, at the tender age of 14. As most Disney child stars do, Hilary branched off into a moderately successful music career, and also starred in a slew of feature films throughout the 2000’s, including Material Girls, Agent Cody Banks and Cheaper By The Dozen. Now a mother of a 2 year old baby boy, and worth an estimated $25 million, 27 year old Hilary is set to appear on the upcoming comedy television series Younger, due to be released sometime next year.
3. Shia LeBeouf (1986) – $25 million
In 2000, 14 year old Shia LeBeouf caught his big break when he was cast as Louis Stevens, on the Disney television series, Even Stevens. For 3 years, the teenager convincingly played the part of a hyperactive, annoying little brother on the show. Just a few short years later, Shia began to land roles in big budget blockbusters, including films like I, Robot, Indiana Jones, the Transformers saga, and many more. Today, the 28 year old has come a long way from the small screen to the silver screen, and is now recognized as a full fledged movie star, worth an estimated $25 million.
2. Miley Cyrus (1992) – $165 million
At the young age of 14, Miley Cyrus was introduced to the world, as the energetic Hannah Montana, producing a squeaky clean image that lasted a total of 5 years. The television series of the same name, became one of Disney’s most successful, catapulting Miley to super stardom. The former child star has spent the last year working ferociously to shed the wholesome teeny-bopper image her former alter ego inspired. Today, 21 year old Miley is known for her wild, sexually suggestive performance antics, and enjoys a very successful music career. Miley has an estimated net worth of $165 million.
1. Justin Bieber (1994) – $200 million
Justin Bieber got his start by posting Youtube videos in 2007, at the early age of 12, where he was famously discovered by his now manager, Scooter Braun. The following year, Justin was signed to R&B sensation, Usher’s Record label, where his career immediately took off. Scooter proved to have struck a goldmine with the adolescent, whose debut EP was certified platinum within two months of its release. Now 20 years old, the global superstar has had multiple run-ins with the law, is among the most followed celebrities on social media, and was even named Forbes 3rd most powerful celebrity in 2012, with an estimated net worth of $200 million.