Recently we told you all about the male stars who were first cast as children, and who grew up to be real men. When female child stars make a transformation, it can be even more impressive. It is amazing the difference that can be made as a small-time sitcom actress blossoms into a teenager and starts doing Hollywood movies, then fully blooms into an adult megastar.
It’s not just facial looks that can mature and change. Their bodies can sometimes bring a lot of attention, particularly when they spend time on getting fit or end up getting photographed out at the beach in a bikini. They wear make-up, try more adventurous hairstyles, and wear expensive gowns on the red carpet to show off their womanly transformation.
Emma Watson is one of the best examples of this – starting out as a frizzy-haired, awkward young girl as Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger, she was at first dismissed as nothing more than a precocious young actress (who reportedly fitted the part very well). But when she grew up, jaws dropped: she ended up being voted as the Sexiest Female Movie Star by Empire readers in 2013. She cut off her hair, started wearing more daring outfits, and took on interesting roles to challenge the perceptions of her that had built up from her childhood. All of the names in this list have had a similar transformation – going from geeky, shy, or awkward child stars to sexy and confident women. It could have gone either way, but thankfully these ladies grew up hot!
10 Daveigh Chase
Daveigh Chase was only 12 years old when she played the scary Samara in The Ring. The dark-haired ghost was a ghoul with real undertones of horror in the movie, so it’s a little bit of a shock to realise that that girl is now a beautiful woman. She actually started out even younger, appearing on Sabrina The Teenage Which when she was just 8, but has continued to act since. Most recently, you might have caught her in a recurring role in Big Love as Rhonda Volmer. She was also Donnie Darko’s younger sister in the film of the same name!
9 Michelle Trachtenberg
The sweet-faced kid who appeared on Buffy The Vampire Slayer as Dawn – and before that, as Harriet The Spy in the film about her – often acted like a spoilt brat in her roles. Directors could easily play on her pouty looks to make her a moody child or teen! She was just 18 years old when Buffy finished, and looked even younger with her baby-faced appearance. Recent guest appearances in television shows like Sleepy Hollow have proven that this girl is now all grown up. She is now 30 years old and a fuller-figured woman, with curves to die for.
8 Nicola Peltz
Her breakthrough role came when she played Katara in the live action movie version of The Last Airbender, when she was just 15. Peltz was then characterized by girlish looks which suited her character – someone who wanted to be older and take responsibility for her family, despite really being still a child. However, that was six years ago – and now in her early twenties, Peltz has blossomed into a beautiful woman. Her run in Bates Motel as Bradley Martin has certainly demonstrated that! She is also known for wearing very short shorts in one of the Transformers movies, for which she was voted a worst supporting actress at the Razzies.
7 Alyson Stoner
Who remembers Cheaper By The Dozen? The cheesy family flick starred a girl called Alyson Stoner, who was just ten years old at the time. She also went on to star in a sequel, as well as landing recurring roles in Mike’s Super Short Show and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Now in her twenties, Alyson has definitely transformed from the mouthy and unlikeable kid we saw in the movie! She is a singer as well as an actress, and isn’t afraid to appear at events in outfits that really emphasise the fact she has grown up well.
6 Naya Rivera
When she was just four years old, Naya Rivera had the fortune to be cast as a regular on the show The Royal Family. This was in 1991, and although the show was cancelled, she went on to have small parts in other shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. There’s no way you would recognise her now, however – her biggest recent role is the season regular Santana Lopez from Glee. She has also recently taken a role in Devious Maids. She placed 37th in the Men’s Health Hottest Women of 2014, and has also made lists in FHM and Maxim in previous years.
5 Tania Raymonde
Eagle-eyed viewers might remember her as Cynthia Sanders in Malcolm in the Middle, and Raymonde also played a recurring part in The O’Keefes. Her role as Cynthia ended when she was still only 14, and she then went on to play Alex Rousseau on Lost. By that time she was 18, and the difference was huge. She was a smouldering character who certainly captured the attention – and now, in her late twenties, she only continues to impress. Known for messy, dark hair and large pouting lips, she has all of the ingredients of a classic sex symbol – plus she’s not afraid to strip off for a role.
4 Alexa Pena Vega
We knew her as the geeky girl from Spy Kids, but of course sooner or later she had to grow up. She was just 13 when the first movie of the series came out, but she then leveraged that success to go on to star in a whole host of big movies. These included Machete Kills, a very different movie to the child-friendly fare she started off with. Most recently she showed that she has not only grown up hot but also with some great moves, after finishing 6th on the 21st season of Dancing With The Stars. Sadly for any admirers, her husband was also a competitor!
3 Danica McKellar
Two episodes of The Twilight Zone eventually gained young Danica McKellar a recurring role on The Wonder Years as Winnie Cooper. She was 13 when she first took the role and 18 when it ended, so we had the rare treat of being able to watch McKellar really grow up in front of our eyes! She is still acting, and recently judged the Miss America 2016 competition. She was also a contestant on season 18 of Dancing With The Stars, where she was eliminated sixth after showing off a fit and toned body. She has done several racy photoshoots in her time.
2 Isabelle Fuhrman
Of all the stars on our list, Isabelle Fuhrman is the youngest – she just turned 18 last year and will soon be 19. However, considering she first came to the screen in Orphan in 2009 – aged 12 – it’s clear to see that she has undergone a real transformation. We could see the signs of that when she appeared in The Hunger Games in 2012 as Clove, and now that she has started to really grow into a young woman, she is going from strength to strength. Her next film is Dear Eleanor, with several already lined up for release after it.
1 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
They are probably one of the best-known examples of child stars out there, and the Olsen twins have of course since been followed by their sister Elizabeth. As they were older it was no surprise when she turned out hot – but they really blew us away! They started acting together when they were just six years old, and soon became a media phenomenon. The two cute twin girls grew up into stunning women, and although they have both had their fair share of problems, they are definitely grown up. Recently, Mary-Kate married Olivier Sarkozy in a much-publicised ceremony.