15 Child Stars We All Thought Would Grow Up Hot But Didn't

It is true that most children are cute and good-looking. And it is also true that only some of them end up looking cute and good-looking when they grow up. Somehow, growing up can really change a person’s appearance, and not necessarily for the better.

Take child actors as an example. Most of them are really cute and attractive and so we naturally believe that they will grow up to become handsome young men and stunning young women. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes cute child actors grow up and lose their good looks somewhere in the process of growing up.

Of course, sometimes it is not only the process of growing up that changes a celeb's appearance. Fame and lots of money mean that a lot of child actors start drinking and consuming drugs from an early age. And we all know that there is no better and quicker way of losing your good looks than by excessive alcohol consumption and drug abuse.

In addition, some child actors put on a lot of weight and stop caring about their looks. They end up looking sleazy and greasy and it takes them a lot of effort later on in life to clean up their looks.


15 Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes was a cute kid and a pretty teenager. So it’s only natural that we all had high hopes for her. Bynes career started with her acting in commercials and theater plays such as Annie and The Sound of Music.

In 1996, Bynes career really picked up as she started acting on Nickelodeon’s series All That. Then in 1998, Bynes got her own show called The Amanda Show. A few years later, Bynes started acting in movies, such as Big Fat Liar and She’s The Man. She was popular and she was pretty. But it wasn’t going to last.

In 2012, Bynes was arrested for smashing into a police car. A few more arrests followed and in 2014 Bynes appearance changed drastically – she started wearing colored wigs and was institutionalized for reckless behavior.

14 Lindsay Lohan


Lindsay Lohan began her career when she was just three years old – she became a child fashion model. Then, when Lohan was 10 years old she appeared on the soap opera Another World. A year later, she starred in the famous remake of The Parent Trap.

Lohan was a cute child and many thought that she would grow up to be an incredibly pretty woman. And she did. She was stunning in Mean Girls and several other films.

However, in 2007 Lohan’s career and her looks began to go downhill. She was caught driving drunk and under the influence of drugs on several occasions, went to rehab a number of times, and lost several movie deals. But most importantly, she lost her good looks.

13 Edward Furlong

The American actor and musician Edward Furlong was a teen idol. He was cute when he was a child and he was a heartthrob when he was a teenager. So naturally, most of us expected that Furlong would grow up to be an incredibly good-looking man. And of course, none of us doubted that he would continue his acting career.

However, Furlong’s career came to a stop sometime in 2000’s due to his alcohol and drug addiction. Furlong went into rehab and later said – “I was a heroin and cocaine addict. It was really scary. I don’t even think about [partying] anymore. It seems lonely now: running and clubbing and doing coke. I have nightmares about doing hard drugs. I’ll wake up and I’m like ‘Did I relapse’?”

As you can imagine, Furlong’s hectic lifestyle, drug abuse and alcohol addiction left a mark on his appearance too – he looks nothing like his former, handsome self.

12 Macaulay Culkin


The actor Macaulay Culkin is probably best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in the Home Alone movie series. Culkin also starred in other successful movies, such as 1991 My Girl, the 1994 Richie Rich and the 2003 Party Monster. Culkin also famously appeared in Michael Jackson’s music video Black or White.

Back in the day Culkin was said to be the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple and many people believed that he would grow up to be a heartthrob. However, over time Culkin’s appearance changed drastically – he became extremely skinny and pale which sparked rumors of drug abuse.

11 Taylor Momsen

The actress and singer Taylor Momsen began modelling when she was just two years old. A year later, she began acting. Nowadays, most people know Momsen as Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl. Momsen first appeared on Gossip Girl when she was 12 years old.

But Momsen didn’t really enjoy acting and she did not like the publicity that came with it – “Once, my tampon string was put on the Internet when I was 15 because some asshole shot up my dress and it made big headlines. For a year, if you Googled ‘Taylor Momsen’ the tampon photo was the first thing that came up.” Eventually, Momsen decided to embark on her singing career instead which meant that her appearance changed also. And not for the better!

10 Britney Spears


The American singer, dancer and actress Britney Spears began her career as a child when she performed in stage productions and TV shows. Then, in 1997, when Spears was only 16 years old, she was signed by Jive Records. In 1999, Spears released her first album ...Baby One More Time. The following year, she released her second album titled Oops!... I Did It Again.

Back in the day, Spears was a beautiful teenager and she grew into a beautiful young woman. But then in her 20’s Spears had a breakdown and her appearance changed drastically. Spears admitted herself that her 20’s were horrible – “I like my 30’s way more than my 20’s. My 20’s were horrible! [Being] in my teens was fun, but I like my 30’s”.

9 Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment was a cute kid probably best known for his role as the troubled, psychic Cole Sear in the film The Sixth Sense. For this role Osment was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His career did not stop there – later Osment appeared in movies such as A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Pay It Forward.

Naturally, everyone thought that this cute kid would grow up to be a young, handsome man. However, many were shocked to see Osment all grown up. While the picture above is of Osment acting as a Nazi for a movie, he looks pretty similar to his Nazi character in real life. And while he doesn’t have a mustache, he is just as heavy as in the movie.


8 Mara Wilson


The former child actress Mara Wilson is probably best known for her role as Matilda Wormwood in Matilda. Wilson also famously played Natalie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire and Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street.

Even though Wilson was a successful actress, she retired from acting in 2000. Her last film appearance was in the 2000 film Thomas and the Magic Railroad. After Wilson retired from acting, she focused on her writing.

Wilson did not exactly grow up to what one might consider ‘hot’ and she has talked about her low self esteem before – “I knew I wasn’t a gorgon, but I guessed that if 10 strangers were to look at a photo of me, probably about four or five of them would find me attractive.That would not be good enough for Hollywood, where an actress had to be attractive to eight out of 10 people to be considered for even the homely best friend character.”

7 Frankie Muniz

The American actor, musician, race car driver and band manager Frankie Muniz is probably best known for his role in Fox TV sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. The role earned Muniz an Emmy Award nomination as well as two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Muniz was a cute kid and while it was obvious he would not grow up to be a heartthrob, many believed that he would turn into a handsome young man nonetheless. While Muniz did not turn into a handsome man, his acting career flourished nonetheless. In addition to acting, Muniz also tried other career paths such as race car racing and being a band manager.

6 Thora Birch


The actress Thora Birch began her acting career when she was just six years old – in 1988 she appeared in Purple People Eater. It was for her role in this film that she won a Young Artist Award.

Birch then went on to play in movies such as the 1991 All I Want for Christmas, the 1993 Hocus Pocus and the 1994 Monkey Trouble. However, it was only in 1999 that Birch became well-known as an actress for her role in American Beauty.

Birch was a cute kid and many predicted that she would grow up to be really hot. And while that is not the case, you have to admit that Birch is still rather charming in her own way.

5 Sean Astin

The actor Sean Astin is probably best known for his role as Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, as well as for his role as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Astin began his acting career when he was just ten years old – he played a child with an abusive mother in the 1981 TV film Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom.

Astin was a cute kid and a handsome teenager. He also grew up to become an extremely good-looking young man. However, over time Astin put on some weight which changed his appearance drastically and turned him from hot into not-so-hot.

4 Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson was, and still is an icon and the “King of Pop”. But just like many other famous people, Michael Jackson was really eccentric. How else would you explain his bizarre transformation?

As a kid, Michael Jackson was very cute. And as a teenager, he looked rather well too. You could tell that he would grow up to be a handsome man. However, Michael Jackson clearly did not think so himself for he underwent countless of operations to become his "ideal" self.

Jackson’s bizarre transformation started out modestly – he just wanted a different nose. However, he wasn’t satisfied with his first nose job and went ahead with a few more. Later he had his eyelids lifted, cheek plants inserted and skin bleached, among many other operations.

3 Lark Voorhies

The American actress Lark Voorhies rose to fame by playing Lisa Turtle NBC’s Saved by the Bell. Voorhies was nominated for the Young Artist Award six times. She won the award twice. In addition, Voorhies is also famous for her role in Disney’s Good Morning, Miss Bliss.

Over the years, the appearance of the once pretty actress has changed drastically. Various theories have been put forward that try to explain Voorhies’ change.

Her mom says that Voorkies is bipolar while other sources say that she has a chronic inflammatory disease known as lupus. Voorhies has denied that she has any problems – “I have no stating reasons why anyone should worry about me. I mean, clearly I am a very strong, top-of-the-line, always rising-to-it personage.”

2 Mayim Bialik


Mayim Bialik is an American actress and neuroscientist. Bialik first began her acting career when she was just a child. Some of her early roles include the 1988 horror movie Pumpkinhead, The Facts of Life and Beauty and the Beast. Nowadays, she is probably best known for her role as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory.

Back in the day if you had seen Mayim Bialik on your TV screen or in the cinema you would have probably thought that she would grow up to be a stunning young woman who would turn the heads of many men. However, that did not prove to be the case.

1 Robert MacNaughton

Robert MacNaughton is an actor who is probably best known for his role as Michael (Elliot’s brother) in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. In fact, it was for this role that MacNaughton won the 1982 Young Artist Award as Best Young Supporting Actor.

MacNaughton was a cute kid and it would not have surprised anyone if he had turned into a successful and handsome young man. However, his acting career did not really take off and he retired from acting in 2002. He became a mail carrier instead. His acting career was not the only thing that went downhill – his appearance also deteriorated.


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