Raise your hand if you were an awkward child and teenager. Luckily, those of us who went through the pimply, gangly, uncoordinated phase of life weren’t also expected to be performing in front of millions on the small and big screen. However, these ten actors and actresses were making a name for themselves while the rest of their peers were just trying to figure out how to talk to the opposite sex and pass their classes. Since leaving childhood, these ten Hollywood stars have become knockouts in their own right, leaving behind the more uncomfortable part of growing up and turning into veritable sex symbols.
10. Daniel Radcliffe
He may have started out as the boy wizard, but years later Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has certainly come into his own as a looker. Daniel does it all: singing, acting, dancing, charity work, modeling, small screen, big screen and Broadway; and we love every second of it. Once, it was hard to look at Daniel and not see the skinny boy who lived, but now after success across a wide array of mediums, it’s easier to see him as a simply stunning actor and man with those deep eyes and brown swept hair.
9. Jessica Alba
Curvy and sultry, Jessica Alba has been voted the sexiest woman in the business by AskMen.com and FHM. Alba got her start when she was just eleven in smaller roles, until landing the role of Jessica in the Secret Life of Alex Mack.
From there, she went on to star in sci-fi show Dark Angel and super hero movie The Fantastic Four, where she donned a super tight spandex suit. There are also few who will forget her jaw-dropping scene in Sin City. Despite being promoted time and time again as one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, Alba maintains a strict no-nudity clause in her contracts in order to keep the type-casting as sex symbol to a minimum, but also her integrity, which is surely a knockout quality in any woman.
8. Josh Hutcherson
Hutcherson began his acting career in 2002, but came to the attention of audiences in 2007, staring in Bridge to Terabithia, as sweet and sensitive Jesse Aarons. His adorable performance in that movie earned him several awards for his performance as a young actor.
Since then, Hutcherson grew up and become a total heartthrob, due in large part to his role in the massively successful Hunger Games franchise. Hutcherson plays the leading male and love interest of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. He goes by the name of Peeta Mellark, a poor son of a baker who is forced into the horrifying “games.” The movie has met with commercial success and has spawned legions of fans known as Tributes, and supporters of Peeta and Katniss’s relationship. His strong physique and jaw line have made him the adoration of many moviegoers.
7. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman certainly grew up well. Her first large in Leon the Professional as the adorable Mathilda in the cult classic. She achieved her first huge commercial success when she was just 18 as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999, 2002, and 2005). Even a shaved head for her role as Evey Hammond in the 2005 thriller V for Vendetta wouldn’t keep her from this list because she totally nailed the cue-ball look. Since then, Natalie has gone on to wow audiences in several commercially successful movies like The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and ballet psychological thiller Black Swan (2010) which not only got her a Golden Globe award but, maybe more importantly, had her engage in a steamy drunken make out session with Mila Kunis.
Her status as leading heroic lady was cemented when Natalie played Jane Foster, opposite Chris Hemsworth in Thor and Thor 2: The Dark World. Portman manages to come across as a knockout in terms of stunning appearance, but also, with her easy smile and kind eyes, as someone who is genuinely sweet and down-to-earth. Of course, as her scenes in Black Swan show, she also knows how to be quite the seductive temptress.
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
We could never let go of Leo. While he began his career as a TV star at a young age on shows like Parenthood and Growing Pains, we’ll always remember him as plucky and artistic Jack, the man who won Rose’s heart on their ill fated voyage on the Titanic. Since then he has become one of Hollywood’s leading males with five Oscar nominations and a devoted fanbase who follow his work closely—from Gangs of New York, to Aviator, to Blood Diamond, to Inception, to The Great Gatsby and most recently to The Wolf of Wall Street. His smile and crinkly lines around his eyes endear audiences to him no matter the role.
5. Emma Watson
When we first met Ms. Watson as the know-it-all Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she had bushy hair and a condescending attitude. A perfect Hermione, in other words. Eight Harry Potter movies, a stint in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the just released Noah, later, and she has become one of the most attractive actresses in the business. Emma has branched out from the silver screen and into the world of modeling, partnering with Burberry (2009 and 2010) and later Lancome (2011). A popular figure with the male audience, she has been voted part of FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women List” since 2007, rising as high as 23rd, and in 2013 she was voted the sexiest female movie star in a poll conducted by Empire magazine. Frizzy hair and buckteeth Hermione Granger no longer, Emma Watson has secured her place not only as one of Hollywood’s leading ladies, but one of its most beautiful.
4. Ryan Gosling
The sandy haired heartthrob began his acting career appearing in the Mickey Mouse Club before moving on to the hit scary story show, Are You Afraid of the Dark? What brought Gosling to the attention of audiences everywhere as a definite heartthrob, though, was his role as Noah in The Notebook, opposite Rachel McAdams. His role and sparky chemistry with McAdams made him a man to watch. The leading hunk spends his time moving between independent films, like Blue Valentine and Drive, and larger more commercial successful films, like Crazy, Stupid, Love, both of which earned Gosling a Golden Globe nomination. His knockout status is only heightened by his reputation in charity work, including PETA, Invisible Children, and his work in Uganda.
3. Scarlett Johansson
With her full lips, flowing locks, and incredible physique, Scarlett Johansson is considered a modern Hollywood sex symbol. Scarlett’s sultry looks have earned her the honor of being the only woman to be named the “Sexiest Woman Alive” twice by Esquire Magazine (2006 and 2013). She has also been on sexy lists from Maxim, Playboy, FHM and even appeared in the nude on Vanity Fair. It doesn’t hurt that one of her most well known roles is as skintight leather clad wearing Black Widow in the Avengers movies. Her career began in 1994 when she was just 10 in a bunch of smaller movies including a straight to VHS sequel, Home Alone 3, but soon escalated with films like Girl with a Pearl Earring and Lost in Translation. Scarlett Johansson is the very definition of a modern Hollywood starlet and glam girl.
2. Justin Timberlake
What pre-teen girl didn’t have a crush on Justin Timberlake in the late 1990s? When ‘N Sync hit the charts with “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” Justin became the face of the boy band, with his blonde curly hair and electric smile. Of course, it didn’t hurt that he could sing too. But even before ‘N Sync, Justin was on TV, in shows like Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, the latter of which was alongside other pop vocalist stars like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. When ‘N Sync went on hiatus, Timberlake took the opportunity to put out solo albums and his 2006 record “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” contained the mega smash hit that has since become his anthem “SexyBack.” The song lyrics speak volumes about Justin’s own sex appeal: he’s bringing sexy back, and them other boys just don’t know how to act.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
How could we not include JLaw? Currently one of the hottest actresses in Hollywod, Jennifer Lawrence started her career on TV on The Bill Engvall Show before going on to star in Winter’s Bone, for which she received a Oscar nomination. While she didn’t win, she has since won the statue for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook. She has also gained popular respect as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise. Her beauty cannot be denied and she has been listed as one of the most beautiful people in Hollywood, including being number one on AskMen.com’s list of the “99 Most Desirable Woman.”
In 2013, Time named her one of the most influential woman in the world, and ELLE named her one of the most powerful woman in the entertainment business. Jennifer Lawrence has that unique talent of seeming approachable and friendly, as if you could be best friends with her, while at the same time being able to pull off a stunning haute couture Dior gown.