When you think of young Hollywood, likely you picture Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, or maybe someone like Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone. But actually, all of those lovely ladies are already well into their twenties, and now a fresh generation of barely-legal starlets is upon us.
The 20 women on this list are among the youngest celebrities that have just crossed the barrier into legal adulthood. They are actresses, models, and singers, some of whom are very well known already, and some who you may remember, albeit vaguely. A few have yet to land their true breakout role, though all have impressive repertoires under their belts.
But even though these famous 18, 19, and 20-year-olds have only just become adults within the last year or two, some of them have fans that have been waiting for that day for a long time. Maybe you had a crush, or thought a girl you saw on TV was pretty, or found yourself wishing you did not have to wonder if your fondness for a certain young actress was taboo or gross due to their age. Well, if you wondered that about any of the girls on this list, wonder no more! From superstar Chloe Moretz to television star Ariel Winter to the beautiful but lesser known actress Dove Cameron, and everyone in between, this compilation encompasses Hollywood’s most attractive young women who have recently crossed that threshold into legal eye candy. Enjoy!
20. Sadie Robertson – June 17, 1997
She is the granddaughter of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, but Sadie Robertson is much more attractive than her furry family members. However, like the rest of her family, she is a practicing Christian. She was also ranked 36th in her home state of Louisiana for javelin-throwing, and was a celebrity competitor on Dancing with the Stars, partnered with professional dancer Mark Ballas. They finished second. The young star has her own line of dresses, and hosts a YouTube channel with a friend.
19. Ariel Winter – January 28, 1998
Best known for her role as Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, Ariel Winter is brand new to adulthood. Her first role in the industry was in a Cool Whip commercial at age 6, followed by small roles on various television shows. She has lent her voice to multiple animated shows and movies, and appeared in a few feature films such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Ariel made headlines recently when she underwent a breast reduction surgery, and also when her older sister filed for guardianship of her because their mother was physically and emotionally abusive. She announced in May 2015 that she was officially emancipated.
18. Olivia Holt – August 5, 1997
This blonde Disney channel actress may not be well known outside of teen-aged television shows, but her good looks and youthful glow qualify Olivia Holt for this list! She went to culinary school, was on the chess team, and is a black belt in karate, a singer, cheerleader, and gymnast, talents that helped land her the role of Kim on four seasons of Disney XD’s martial arts show Kickin’ It. She has appeared in several other shows and films on the Disney channel, and in 2014 signed a record deal with Hollywood Records.
17. Sierra McCormick – October 28, 1997
Another Disney girl, though more widely known, is Sierra McCormick. She has had roles in several television shows, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Supernatural, and Criminal Minds. She was a judge on Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? and has appeared in a few films, such as Ramona and Beezus. Her biggest and best known role was as Olivia, the protagonist on the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm. She lives in Los Angeles with her older sister, and is a proud PETA supporter.
16. Bella Thorne – October 8, 1997
Florida native Bella Thorne is an actress, model, and singer. She is also a practicing Christian, and was homeschooled due to her dyslexia. She lost her father in a motorcycle accident, and is an avid supporter of several charities and organizations. It is reported that she has signed on to write a new series of books, beginning with her first novel, Autumn Falls. Her television repertoire is extensive, but the bigger shows she has participated in include Scream: The TV Series, Red Band Society, CSI, Dirty Sexy Money, and Big Love. Her films are also high in number, and include Big Sky, The Duff, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.
15. Christina Robinson – August 2, 1997
Christina Robertson is known for playing Astor Bennett, the stepdaughter of Michael C. Hall’s serial killer character Dexter, on Showtime’s Dexter. Other than that, she has a few films under her belt as well as several short films, none of which are very well known, although Dexter definitely is. She has won multiple Young Artists Awards and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Dexter. Christina has a twin sister, Courtney, who also pursued acting, though it seems as if she did not find the same fame her sister has.
14. Bella Hadid – October 9, 1996
The Hadids are seemingly taking over Hollywood these days, from the shady real estate developer patriarch, to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star mother, to Victoria’s Secret model (and friend to the Jenner sisters), daughter Gigi Hadid. And I could go on and on. Now little sister Bella Hadid is making a name for herself, emerging from the shadows of her supermodel sister’s fame. She too is a model, having walked for several high fashion runway shows around the world, and she dates Canadian singer The Weeknd. She is an aspiring photographer, and once hoped to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, as an equestrian. Contracting Lyme Disease in 2012 (along with her mother and brother) squashed that dream. She was arrested for a DUI in 2014.
13. Zendaya – September 1, 1996
Zendaya, which means “to give thanks” in the Shona language, is a vegetarian, obsessed with Michael Jackson, and was a part of the California Shakespeare Theater, where her mother worked and she helped out. It was where she first performed, and where she fell in love with the industry. She began her professional career as a model for stores such as Macy’s, Old Navy, and Sears. She has appeared on the sitcom Good Luck Charlie, Black-ish and several Disney shows, the most prominent one being Shake It Up! in which she starred for four years. She is a dancer, and also aspires to be a teacher like her parents, as well as a basketball player.
12. Dove Cameron – January 15, 1996
For years, Dove Cameron has starred as two people on Liv and Maddie, a Disney show about twin sisters Liv and Maddie Rooney. Born as Chloe Celeste Hosterman, she legally changed her name to Dove after her father died in 2011, in his honor; “Dove” or “Dovey” had been his nickname for her as a child. The Washington state native recently announced her engagement to actor Ryan McCartan. She appeared in the 2015 feature film Barely Lethal with Jamie King, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jessica Alba.
11. Hailee Steinfeld – December 11, 1996
Hailee Steinfeld’s career largely took off after her 2011 performance in True Grit, a role for which she earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Since then, she has acted in numerous films, including but not limited to Romeo and Juliet, Ender’s Game, 3 Days to Kill, Barely Lethal, and Pitch Perfect 2, a role she will reprise in the 3rd Pitch Perfect movie. Her debut single “Love Myself” has been certified platinum, though some media outlets have dubbed it an “ode to masturbation” due to the lyrics. She is close friends with Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, and Selena Gomez. They are all members of an exclusive group of girls they call the “squad.”
10. Madeleine Arthur – March 10, 1997
She is known for her big blue eyes, but Madeleine Arthur is much more than her obvious physical beauty. Once a little girl who spoke only French (she is Canadian), she found her love of theater after playing Oliver in a stage production of Oliver Twist, relying on her fellow actors to translate the script for her. From there, she went on to make many commercials and music videos, and starred in theater productions. She is known for The Tomorrow People and Big Eyes, a film directed by Tim Burton which stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Madeleine has also appeared in such shows as The Killing, Supernatural, and the current ABC drama The Family, among others.
9. Kylie Jenner – August 10, 1997
Perhaps the most famous woman on this list is Keeping Up With the Kardashians‘ Kylie Jenner. She is a television personality, model, and socialite. There is not much to say about Kylie or her family that the world does not already know, thanks to her growing up on a reality show that airs to this day. Her personal “scandals” include a controversial lip augmentation and her questionable relationship with rapper Tyga (whose ex, Blac Chyna dates Kylie’s brother, Rob Kardashian). There was even a rumor for awhile that the then- teen-aged Kylie was pregnant by him! But for all intents and purposes, the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner brood is doing alright. In February of 2015 she purchased a $2.7 million mansion in Calabasas, before she had even turned 18! Plus, she participates in a lot of fundraising and charity work, so despite many of her antics, she seems to also have a level head and a good heart.
8. Elena Kampouris – September 16, 1997
Greek-American actress Elena Kampouris is known for her several film roles that include Labor Day, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, and Men, Women, and Children. She has also appeared in a select few television shows, such as American Odyssey and Gossip Girl (her first role). Throughout all of this, she has worked with several big Hollywood names, like Peter Facinelli, Kate Winslet, Adam Sandler, and many more. In interviews she appears to be overwhelmingly grateful for any and all opportunities she’s been given, saying, “I’m this girl plucked out of nowhere. I’m not part of the industry, I don’t have family in the business, so… it’s amazing!” The young actress, who is half Greek, travels to the Mediterranean country often and says that when she does, her “soul is at home,” though she recognizes that she does not look Greek in the slightest!
7. Chloe Moretz – February 10, 1997
Chloe Moretz has more than racked up her share of big picture films, at one point being called the busiest actress in Hollywood. Among them are Kick-Ass, Carrie, If I Stay, and The Equalizer. She will join Zac Efron and Seth Rogen in the upcoming sequel to Neighbors, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Chloe has four older brothers, one of whom is her business manager and one who is her acting coach. She considers herself a feminist, and has turned down roles she feels are overly sexualized. She is also a model and has appeared in various television shows.
6. Odeya Rush – May 12, 1997
Odeya Rush is an Israeli actress and model, and you probably recognize her from the films The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Giver, and Goosebumps. On these and others, she has worked with several big names in Hollywood, including Jack Black, Sarah Hyland, Meryl Streep, and Alexander Skarsgard. She came to the United States when was 9 years old, able only to speak Hebrew at the time, but was discovered as a model- only later transitioning into acting. She has six brothers: two older brothers that live in Israel, and four younger brothers (two sets of twins!) who live with their parents in Los Angeles.
5. Taylor Hickson – December 11, 1997
Canadian actress Taylor Hickson is very new to the Hollywood scene. In fact, most of her work has been in 2015 and 2016. The most famous movie she has acted in is this year’s hit Deadpool with Ryan Reynolds, in which she played Meghan Orlovsky. She is also a songwriter and musician. Music is her true passion, and the reason she graduated a year early so she could pursue it. She lists her father as her biggest influence, since he instilled in her that passion. She recently announced that she has joined the SyFy and Space channel in an all-new apocalyptic TV series called Aftermath.
4. Madison Iseman – February 14, 1997
She is well known for being the TV series documentary host of Mahomie Madness, and had a guest starring role on Modern Family as Manny’s first girlfriend, and also a guest appearance on Henry Danger. Madison Iseman has also worked on a number of short films and has a self-titled YouTube channel. Her other films include Second Chances and Lost in Darkness, and she is reportedly working on her first feature film, though the title of the project is unknown. The South Carolina native is dating popular YouTuber Jack Dodge.
3. Sasha Pieterse – February 17, 1996
This blonde beauty from South Africa is Sasha Pieterse, one of the stars of the hit television drama Pretty Little Liars. Though she was born internationally, she was raised in Las Vegas as her parents were a professional acrobat dance team. They home-schooled Sasha, and she graduated at fourteen. Her television and film resume include Heroes, Family Affair, Good Luck Chuck, and X-Men: First Class. She recently became engaged to longtime boyfriend Hudson Schaeffer. Sasha sings, models, and has her own jewelry line as well.
2. Sadie Calvano – April 8, 1997
Sadie Calvano is an up-and-coming actress currently playing the daughter of Anna Faris on the CBS sitcom Mom. Though she is a main character on Mom, her other roles on various shows were smaller. She appeared on NCIS, Melissa and Joey, and a few others. Her first film was J. Edgar, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Watts. She studies ballet, jazz, and voice, and was once a competitive gymnast. She is a National Spokesperson for Bags4Kids, an organization that provides comfort packs to displaced foster children. She will soon attend college, and Mom creator Chuck Lorre wrote her a recommendation letter when she applied!
1. Kira Kosarin – October 7, 1997
Kira Kosarin is known for her work on television shows aimed at a mostly pre-teen audience, such as Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans. She grew up singing and acting as her parents were Broadway performers. She studied ballet at the Boca Ballet Theater, and moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to pursue a career in television. She was nominated two years in a row for Favorite TV Actress at the Kids Choice Awards, and her show The Thundermans won in 2016 for Favorite TV show. She’s been in Henry Danger, Astrid Clover, and The Haunted Hathaways, among others.