15 Child Actors Who Seemed Hopeless But Turned Into Eyecandy

Actors are under a lot of pressure to constantly look good. Their job requires them to be on the big screen and naturally with that comes a lot of pressure. That is why you often hear about child stars turning down roles – they simply don’t feel like they fit Hollywood standards. And you can’t blame them – no one wants to be judged.

Most child stars have it easy, at least at the start of their careers. Naturally, most children are cute and beautiful in their own way. It’s only when a child star starts to mature that pressure increases. Cute children are expected to grow into beautiful adults. And when that doesn’t happen people can get mean.

However, sometimes child actors are not especially cute or pretty. They’re just average looking. As a result, people don’t expect much of them. And when these child actors turn out to become extremely beautiful adults, the whole world is shocked. But in a good way, of course!


15 Tania Raymonde

Tania Raymonde is an actress who is best known for her role as Alex Rousseau in the ABC drama Lost. However, Raymonde was in the acting business way before she appeared on Lost. Her first TV role was as Alice in Syd in Wonderland and she also made appearances on The Brothers Garcia, The Nightmare Room, That’s So Raven and Malcolm in the Middle.

It wasn’t until 2002 that Raymonde had her first feature film role in Children on Their Birthdays. Raymonde was a sweet-looking child but back then there was no telling how she'd look when she grew up. Thankfully, she turned into a stunner.

14 Georgia Henley


You probably remember the actress Georgie Henley from the famous film series The Chronicles of Narnia. Henley played Lucy Pevensie, a sweet little girl who discovers a wardrobe that leads her to a magical land called Narnia.

It has been over ten years since the first Narnia film came out and all the actors have grown up. But it is hard to believe that Georgie Henley, who is now 21 years old, grew up to become such a beauty. As you can imagine, she is also very talented. Henley did not stop acting after The Chronicles of Narnia series and we are sure we will see her in many more films to come.

13 Josh Peck

Josh Peck is an actor best known for his role as Josh Nichols in Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh. Peck also appeared on The Amanda Show and played countless roles in various films. Back then Peck was a chubby little kid and while we knew he would grow up to be charming and sweet, we certainly did not anticipate the extreme appearance transformation.

Josh began his weight loss journey in 2006. He hired a personal trainer and started eating healthy in the hopes of transforming his body. The transformation was successful – it is said that Peck lost 110 pounds.

12 Daveigh Chase


The actress Daveigh Chase is probably best known for her role in the HBO series Big Love. In the series, Chase played the character Rhonda Volmer. Chase also voiced the character of Lilo Pelekai in Disney's Lilo & Stitch. And of course, let's not forget that she also played the super scary girl Samara Morgan in The Ring. In fact, Chase's role as Samara has earned her the "Best Villain" award at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards.

So can you believe that the creepy girl who used to crawl out of wells and TV sets turned out to be such a beauty? We definitely can't!

11 Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg is an actress known worldwide for a number of famous roles. Trachtenberg has appeared in The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl and Inspector Gadget.

Trachtenberg's filmography and her TV roles as impressive, as are her awards and award nominations. In fact, she has won the Young Artist Award three times, as well as the 2007 Breakthrough Performer Award in Sarasota Film Festival. However, no less impressive is Trachtenberg's transformation from a skinny, average looking child actress to the bombshell she is today.

10 Matthew Lewis


Who doesn’t know the actor Matthew Lewis? He played a cowardly boy named Neville who at the end of the Harry Potter film series transforms into a courageous young man.

Lewis has even said – “Jo Rowling did such a beautiful thing with the character to have him come from a shy, bumbling little boy that was bullied and terrified of his shadow to make him into this hero, this savior of the wizarding world.” However, while this onscreen transformation was certainly entertaining, it could not even match the transformation that took place off-screen.

You see, in 2011 Matthew turned from a plump, geeky Neville into a hot young man, thus shocking his fans worldwide. Who could have predicted that it would be Lewis, and not Felton or Radcliffe, who would turn into the series heartthrob?

9 Alyson Stoner

The actress, singer, dancer and model Alyson Stoner is best known for her role in the 2003 film Cheaper by the Dozen, as well as for her roles in the 2005-2007 sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and the Step Up series.

Alyson Stoner has always played a tomboy so it was incredible to see her grow into a beautiful, young woman. Not only is Stoner a stunner, she is also extremely talented – she’s an actress, a singer, a dancer and a dance editor for KEWL magazine. Plus, she has received Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film award as well as numerous award nominations.


8 Demi Lovato


The actress and singer Demi Lovato started her acting career in 2002 by playing Angela in the TV series Barney & Friends. A couple of years later Lovato went on to act on Disney channel. While Lovato was working at Disney channel, she was asked to fix her teeth.

Lovato has said – ““I signed with Disney Channel when I got Camp Rock, and I had a gap between my two front teeth. They were like, ‘Would you be willing to fix it?’ I wish today that I hadn’t, because my gap was really cute.”

You have to admit - few could have predicted that the actress would grow up to be the stunner she is today.

7 Abigail Breslin

No doubt you remember the actress Abigail Breslin from the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine. Breslin played Olive Hoover, a young bespectacled girl. But can you believe that she has all grown up now? And that she has become so hot?

Breslin’s signature look now is her blonde hair, but the actress still remembers when she first dyed her hair and nobody recognized her – “The cast doesn't recognize me! I was like ‘Hey guys!' and they were like, ‘Who's this random girl crashing our photo shoot today?”

And of course, it was not just her colleagues who couldn’t recognize her, her fans were shocked with her new look also. For example, when Breslin was in a supermarket, she overheard two girls arguing – “This girl was like, 'Oh my gosh, that's Abigail Breslin,' and her friend was like, 'No it's not, it looks nothing like her!"

6 Danica McKellar


The actress Danica McKellar is probably best known for her role in the TV series The Wonder Years. As you may recall, McKellar played Winnie Cooper, Kevin Arnold's (Fred Savage) girlfriend. In fact, her very first kiss was with Savage - "My first kiss was a pretty nerve-wracking experience! But we never kissed off-screen and pretty quickly our feelings turned into brother/sister, and stayed that way."

McKellar found it difficult to move on from being a child actress to a mature actress. Perhaps that is why she majored in maths and even wrote five books on the subject. Over the years, McKellar turned from a rather average girl with chubby cheeks into a beautiful woman. To top it off, she's a whiz at maths!

5 Alexa Vega

You probably remember Alexa Vega as Carmen Cortez from the Spy Kids film series. It was the 2001 Spy Kids movie that made Vega famous worldwide. After the success of the first Spy Kids movie, two more films were made - Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.

Alexa Vega acted in all three films and performed almost all of the stunts herself. She also appeared in the 2011 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.

Vega was quite a tomboy when she was growing up but nowadays she is a bombshell. Thus, it is no surprise that she is taking on action roles that showcase her sexiness.

4 Meagan Good


The actress Meagan Good began her acting career when she was just four years old. However, she mostly worked as an extra on various TV shows, such as M.D and Amen. It wasn’t until Good was 13 years old that she got a role in her first movie, Friday.

Although Good was not exactly good-looking when she was a teenager, she grew into her looks later on in life. However, at times her good looks went against her. For example, in 2013 Good wore a dress with a plunging neckline at a BET Awards Ceremony where she was to present the BET Award for the Best Gospel Artist.

The dress was described as raunchy and Good was voted as “worst dressed”. Previously that year Good had said – “there is a classy way to do everything and there is nothing wrong with being sexy or having sex appeal and I think that I am definitely going to be someone who is boldly going to go out to the masses and be someone who say, 'Look! Women it’s okay'..."

3 Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci is an actress whose first big screen debut came when she was only nine years old. When Ricci was nine, she was cast as Cher’s younger daughter in the 1990’s film Mermaids.

However, today Ricci is probably best known for her role as Wednesday in the 1991 The Addams Family and the 1993 sequel Addams Family Values. Can you believe that the girl who played Wednesday grew up to become such a beautiful woman? We definitely did not see that coming!

While Ricci is happy that she got the role of Wednesday, she also says that the role prevented her from getting other acting jobs as most people just saw her as Wednesday.

2 Dakota Fanning


The actress and model Dakota Fanning started her acting career when she was just a small child – she played in commercials and TV series. One of her first significant acting jobs was on the NBC prime-time drama ER – “I played a car accident victim who has leukemia. I got to wear a neck brace and nose tubes for the two days I worked”.

Dakota is probably best known for her role as Lucy Dawson in the 2001 film I Am Sam. It was for this role that she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was just eight years old at the time of the nomination.

Few could have predicted that the talented young actress would become such a beauty. Nowadays, she is a regular guest at Fashion Weeks all across the world and she is not afraid to try out the latest beauty and fashion trends.

1 Keshia Knight Pulliam

The actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is probably best known for her role as Rudy Huxtable, the young daughter of Cliff and Claire Huxtable, in The Cosby Show. In fact, it was for this role that Pulliam was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series category. Pulliam was only six years old when she received this nomination and in fact is the youngest actress to be nominated for the award.

It would have been hard to imagine at the time that the frizzy-haired, goofy Pulliam would turn into such a stunner when she grew up.


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