When we look at celebrities on our TV screens or computers these days, we can only imagine them looking the same way we have always seen them. It is not like you can ever imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger was a child at one point. Same goes for Sylvester Stallone and all the other jacked dudes we go to watch in the movies. But, they are not the only ones who look different from their young selves. It seems like every single celebrity in Hollywood has an interesting past that we should take a little time to get to know. After all, this is a good exercise to make folks remember that celebrities are still people. They were born the same way that you were. Well, maybe some of them had normal births and you had a C-section or vice versa, but you get the point. They are still people, and people change regardless of who they are.
Now, we are going to try to leave child stars out of this conversation since they are people we have seen grown up on television, so there was never really a “before fame” time for them. While that diminishes the selection pool a little bit, we still found some amazing pictures of celebrities before they were famous who you will not recognize.
20 Robert Downey Jr.
And you thought you knew what a young Tony Stark looked like. Well, it turns out that a young Robert Downey Jr. did not look anything like the adult he is today. Honestly, if someone showed us this picture out of the blue, we would just think this was Mike Tyson taking a photo with a random young fan. Yes, that is Robert Downey Jr. It turns out that his dad was friends with Mike Tyson, so he got to take a cool picture like this with someone who was perhaps the best boxer in the business at the time.
We just wonder if that kid knew that at some point in the future, he would become an equal, if not a higher, power in comparison to Mike Tyson when it comes to fame and fortune.
19 Barack Obama
Sometimes, it is a shame that we have to put a title before each one of these entries. It would be hilarious to see who people would guess this guy was. Well, since the cat is already out of the bag, let’s introduce you to the man who would eventually become the 44th President of the United States. While it is kind of tough, you can still see a little bit of resemblance between this young guy starting college in the 80’s and Former President Obama.
Most specifically, the eyes are the same. It seems like Former President Obama changed a lot since his college days, but those lazy-looking eyes are still the same. One thing we don’t agree with is the fact that he decided to give up the hairstyle. Imagine how amazing it would be having a president wearing this exact outfit.
18 Mark Sinclair
So, we found a way to keep you guessing even though we have to put the names of these people above the pictures. We just realized we don’t have to put their stage names up there. Now, you can keep guessing as to whom this guy is. Here is a little hint: he might just be the best driver in the history of movies. Yeah, that might be a controversial topic, but if you have just lit a fire under yourself to start that argument, it means that you have realized that this is a young Vin Diesel.
First of all, we have seen Vin Diesel as a bald movie star for so long that it is hard to fathom that at some point, he did have hair. And it looks so weird. It is one of those things that just looks out of place. Why is that hair on his head? Doesn’t he know he is supposed to be bald, like Riddick or Dom Toretto?
17 Jen Selter
Maybe you haven’t realized who this is, but that is just because most people don’t pay a lot of attention to this woman’s face. That could have been something bad to say if Jen Selter was not a lady who made a career out of booty workouts. As our cousins across the pond would say, this lady has one of the most famous buttocks in the world. A regular model turned Instagram superstar, you will have a hard time finding anyone who pays attention to the world of fitness on Instagram and does not know who Jen Selter is.
However, even some of those fans might not know that this was a woman who was bullied when she was younger, and a lot of that had to do with her nose. A big reason why she looks so different from what she did before fame is because she had surgery at just 15 years old.
Who would have thought that this young girl would go want to botch the US national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game in 2018? Well, that is a very specific thing for you to expect out of someone, but if anyone ever thought that about Fergie, they hit the bullseye. She still has a barrage of fans, but ever since the Black-Eyed Peas kind of fell out of mainstream success, Fergie has become less of the talk of the town and more of the kind of celebrity you get asked a question about in a quiz app and feel good about yourself when you answer the question right.
Nevertheless, she found a way to get back on the celebrity scope and once again became the name on everyone’s lips. Unfortunately for her, it was because she destroyed the national anthem at the All-Star Game.
15 Russell Brand
No way. No freaking way. People are trying to sell on the Internet that this guy is Russell Brand before fame. There is absolutely no way this is true. How could someone go through such a ridiculous transformation? How much weight did this guy lose in order to become a celebrity? No way. We just cannot get past our heads that this was indeed Russell Brand when he was younger.
If you are sitting in class right now, just look around. You will see at least one kid that resembles a young Russell Brand. Now, make sure you treat that kid nicely because he could eventually marry Katy Perry and become a millionaire celebrity. Jesus, Mary, Muhammad, Shiva, and whoever else. We don’t know about you, but if anything, this entry should serve as motivation that everyone can become famous.
14 Calvin Harris
Let’s stick with the mind-blowing transformations for a bit, shall we? Even other guys have to admit that Calvin Harris is one of the best-looking people in the music industry. But more than that, good old Calvin is an example that there is nothing better for someone’s personal image than a good hairstylist and a crazy routine at the gym. This is another mind-blowing transformation that we had a hard time believing. And sorry for repeating mind-blowing, but there really is not a much better adjective to describe the difference between a young Calvin and today’s Calvin.
Whether you like his music or not, this guy is about as successful as professional DJs come. But even if you are someone who loves his music, you have to admit that the transformation he went through as he started getting rich sure had to help bring more fans in.
13 Kanye West
Well, believe it or not, this little kid would go on to become one of the most annoying celebrities in the world today. We are not hating on the guy when it comes to his talent. No one should dare say that Kanye West is not talented. This guy is arguably one of the best musicians of his generation—a generation he helped define for a good deal of time. But a lot of people are hoping that his phase of defining generations is already past.
Seriously, imagine if all celebrities, especially singers, from now on would follow Kanye’s example and just ramble during their concerts without giving people what they paid for, a.k.a. music.
Everyone loved Kanye, but at some point, it seems like something snapped, and he decided he didn’t care about anything but himself anymore.
12 Bill Gates
Somehow, we think this kid came out okay from being arrested for driving without a license. That is just a given when you see a picture of someone who would become one of the wealthiest people in the world. After all, Bill Gates is worth something ridiculous these days, like almost $90 billion—a figure that seems like a joke when you said. Seriously, try saying it. It’s funny.
Either way, this young kid, who was probably on the verge of creating Microsoft, does not look much like the billionaire Bill looks today. Although, we must admit that there are some resemblances to the young guy who was arrested in New Mexico back in the 70’s and the guy who made more than $35 billion last year alone. Billionaires sure are a peculiar bunch.
11 Elon Musk
Since we are talking about billionaires, why not give you a before-and-after shot of a man who is probably going to have a statue of himself built on Mars at some point. Elon Musk is considered by many people in the world as the most important human on the globe today. Why? Well, because it seems like he is the one person who is going to develop space travel to a point where humans will finally be able to become a spacefaring species.
If you don’t believe us, just go check out the SpaceX YouTube channel after you are done with this article because it is amazing. Elon and his crew have literally found the way to land their rockets back on Earth. It’s something straight out of a sci-fi movie that you really have to watch in order to believe. More importantly, it seems that Elon also found a way to make his hair grow back. Lol.
10 Bruce Willis
We have to admit that some of the funniest before and after pictures we find of celebrities are the ones that involve people who eventually lost their hair. No one makes that statement truer than Bruce Willis. Before his bald head became a thing of legend, Bruce Willis was actually a guy who had a respectable mane of hair as you can see. If only he could have saved some of that for later in life… But no, we are just kidding. Some people look right when they are bald, and Bruce Willis is one of them. It could have probably worked out, but we have a hard time believing that this guy would be as successful in the action movie industry if he kept that hairstyle going. After all, this glorious bald head received countless awards.
9 Amanda Seyfried
These days it is hard to categorize Amanda Seyfried as anything other than one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Nevertheless, it seems like a lot of the credit for that has to go to her dentist. Wow, that was harsh. Sorry about that. Either way, we are pretty sure that some dentist out in Allentown, Pennsylvania is extremely proud of his work. Amanda does indeed have one of the most beautiful smiles in the industry. And thankfully, it is a lovely smile that we get to see in tons of movies.
Amanda has yet to win an Oscar or a Golden Globe, but she is still an incredibly respected actress who was part of super productions like Mama Mia! and Les Miserables, both of which are musicals where she can portray her incredible talent for both acting and singing.
8 Brad Pitt
It is a given that one of the most handsome actors of all time would look good since he was a child, right? Well, that will depend on your taste in haircuts. If you have a thing for guys who use cereal bowls to cut their hair, a young Brad Pitt might be down your alleyway. If not, this has to be one of the most hilarious before and after pictures we have seen in a while.
Just looking at this kid, you can figure out that it is Brad Pitt. At the same time, looking at this kid, you cannot imagine that one day he would turn into that guy. Although, we are sure that if you came up to the young Brad with a picture of Angelina Jolie and told him he would marry her one day, he would be one happy soldier.
7 Bob Marley
Somewhere deep inside, we knew that any picture of a young Bob Marley that did not involve him wearing his characteristic hat and hairstyle would look weird. Bob was a guy who transcended his time, and the number of followers he has to this day is nothing but proof of how influential he was even though one of his greatest strengths was his ability to take it easy. That is exactly why people liked him. It really is hard to hate a guy who wants nothing but peace among everyone. It truly was a message worth spreading to this day regardless of your stance on what he represented to the use of a particular substance.
Either way, young Bob did not look much like the Bob we came to acknowledge as the paramount example of a reggae star and someone with a solid philosophy of life.
6 Michael Jackson
Well, this was a given. You cannot make a list of celebrities who were unrecognizable before they were famous in comparison to the image people have of them today, without the addition of Michael Jackson. It is not easy to talk about the topic, but Michael is the one person who changed the most after becoming a celebrity. Hell, how many people do you know who have changed their skin color?
All that aside, Michael was one person who showed everyone that despite of everything someone can do for bad or for good, the one fact about them that doesn’t change is their talent. You might hate the guy for changing skin colors or for all of the criminal allegations that were brought against him, but you can’t deny that he was one of the most talented musicians of all time.
5 Amy Adams
One of the most common things to see when we talk about celebrities and how they changed from a time before they were famous is the idea that they look better now than they did before. It is a given that if you have enough money, you can change anything you want about your outward appearance to make others more inclined to find you beautiful. At the same time, there are a lot of men and women in Hollywood who already have the looks before they even have the cash. A great example of that is Amy Adams.
She did change a lot when we compare her appearance today to when she was younger, but this two-time Golden Globe winner has always looked beautiful. You only need to look at her employment history for that. Before she became a celebrity, Amy used to work at Hooters.
4 Demi Moore
Demi Moore is one of those rare human beings who seem to get better-looking as they get older. This is indeed an odd topic to talk about, but some people are like this. It doesn’t make any sense, but it is true. For regular folks, the older you get, the more your skin degenerates and all else goes to hell, and you start looking “uglier” than you used to. That is not the case with Demi. This lady is going to turn 56 years old in November, but she looks better than she did in her 20’s.
Although this could be a bad joke, we wouldn’t be satisfied if we did make it. Maybe she sold her soul back in the day. After all, kind of work for the devil if you are a debt collector, a job Demi had before she became famous.
3 Pamela Anderson
Earlier on this list, we talked about how money has the power to make people change things about themselves that they would not be able to change if their financial situation was not as good as it is. We were looking for a good example of this, and it literally popped up to us. Sorry about the pun, but it is hard to talk about the transformation Pamela Anderson went through without making a joke.
This is a young lady who was already beautiful. With looks alone, she could have trained and become a successful model on her own, but Pam decided to get a little help from the amazing surgeons that populate the West Coast of the United States. You won’t find many guys complaining about the way she changed her body, but it is not like she was someone who needed that to begin with. Her body her rules, though.
2 Pierce Brosnan
Hey, it takes guts to badmouth James Bond. But, we don’t care since we are not badmouthing him. Much on the contrary, we are going to praise Mr. Pierce Brosnan for his business-savvy decision to ditch that moustache in order to become agent 007.
We have had a lot of people portray the British secret agent throughout the years, but somehow, Pierce is the one guy who seems to stand above the rest. It is hard to compete against Sean Connery and Daniel Craig, but GoldenEye was just a masterpiece. Either way, we are sure none of that would have happened if not for the amazing decision to shave off that crime of a moustache. Though it is wrong, we do think that the first guy could play James Bond, but it probably would be in an adult parody of the original movie.
1 Ryan Seacrest
Do not worry ladies and gentlemen, we were saving the best for last. Yes, it seems almost unbelievable, but the chubby little kid on the left side of your screen is indeed a young Ryan Seacrest. Oh yeah, but somehow, this picture is not even the craziest thing we have heard about Seacrest and his life. How can anyone forget that Julianne Hough thought Ryan was gay before the two of them started dating? Either way, Seacrest did manage to land that airplane, and the two of them dated for more than two years before eventually breaking up.
But, back to the picture on this entry. Does anyone really think that this little kid thought he would eventually become one of the most famous television and radio hosts of his generation? Somehow, we don’t think so. Or maybe he did. This is just yet another reason why you should never give up on your dreams. When things get tough, just remember a young Ryan Seacrest.