We all remember child actors who were just pure cuteness on the screen and everybody went “aw” the moment their adorable little faces appeared on TV. Seriously, who didn’t think that little Olivia from The Cosby Show was the cutest thing ever? And what about little Michelle from Full House? Those kids were too adorable to be true. Unfortunately, not all of those cute little munchkins grew up to be just as adorable as adults.
Have you ever wondered where those kids are now, how do they look, and what do they do? Have those adorable faces changed a lot over the years? Of course they have changed, it is inevitable, but some of them have changed in a way you won’t believe when you see them. And it is not all about the looks either, it is not all about the little swans turning into ugly ducklings instead of the other way around. Some of them have stopped being adorable because of their wild and reckless behavior which makes them unrecognizable now. It is hard to believe that a woman drugged out of her mind used to be that innocent, sweet, little girl we all grew to love back in the day.
Here are 15 Disney munchkins who grew up to be less than adorable.
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15 Raven Symoné
Little Olivia Kendall from The Cosby Show, portrayed by Raven Symoné, was one of the cutest kids anybody has ever seen on the screen. People fell in love with her character instantly because of how adorable and funny she was. However, when you look at her today, the whole magic is completely gone. Not only she is not adorable anymore, she actually looks a bit scary with all that heavy makeup and crazy hairstyles. Sure, she’s not as scary as her former colleague Bill Cosby, but he was actually never adorable to start with. Raven’s career is going quite fine, but she will always be remembered for her first role that made her one of the most beloved child actors of all time. Unfortunately, we all have to grow up sooner or later.
14 Clint Howard
Clint Howard was the cutest little toddler in The Andy Griffith Show, always wearing his cowboy outfit and, although he never said a word, he was always offering a bite of his peanut butter and jelly sandwich to everybody. He was beyond adorable, but he has changed so much over the years that it’s hard to believe it is still him. He’s had a very successful career and he was often offered scary roles in horror movies. If there was a character to play that was supposed to look terrifying or possibly a little bit crazy, Clint Howard was the right man to portray it. People generally agree that he is an odd-looking guy, but he is still quite a good actor and he earned himself MTV’s Lifetime Achievement award back in 1998.
13 Lark Voohries
Lark Voohries’ career got off to a pretty good start with her playing Lisa Turtle in Saved by the Bell. Unfortunately, it didn’t go any further than that. Once a cute little girl who became a pretty teen, she turned into a not so adorable adult. Both her looks and her behavior went downhill over time and people have been wondering what happened to her. There have been numerous claims of her having a drug problem and being bipolar, and her mother even claimed she had lupus. When she appears in public, she usually wears crazy amounts of strange-looking makeup and the things she says in her interviews are just as weird as her looks. Almost all of her young co-stars went on to have at least some kind of success in their careers later in life except for her.
12 Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment was one of the best young actors of his generation, and he scored roles in numerous movies that have been wildly popular all over the whole world. Everybody has seen movies like The Sixth Sense, Pay It Forward, Artificial Intelligence: AI, etc. Haley got to work side by side with some of the Hollywood’s biggest names such as Kevin Spacey, Bruce Willis, Jude Law, and so on. He was a good-looking kid; as cute as a button, and he was a very talented actor on top of that. But the cuteness seemed to vanish completely as he grew older. In 2006, he was charged with drug possession and misdemeanor driving, and he was sentenced to 3 years of probation. His career is still alive, but it is nowhere near as great as when he was a kid.
11 Orlando Brown
Orlando Brown went from being a cute little kid to being a sweet teenager we all grew to love through his roles in Family Matters, Two of a Kind, That’s so Raven, etc. Unfortunately, this former Disney star has been having pretty a hard time not breaking the law. He was arrested on multiple occasions; in 2007 for marijuana possession, in 2012 for driving under the influence, and then again for not completing his probation. In 2014, he reportedly threatened to kill a woman, and in 2016 he was charged with drug possession with intent to sell, obstruction of justice, and misdemeanor domestic battery after a cop saw him striking his girlfriend and found a large amount of methamphetamine on him. After all that, we all have to agree that he doesn’t seem so adorable anymore.
10 Lindsay Lohan
Do you remember that sweet little girl who used to play those adorable twins in The Parent Trap? She was as cute as a button and today, it is actually pretty hard to believe that kid was Lindsay Lohan. Seriously, what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Lindsay’s name? Probably nothing good since she is better known for her problematic behavior than for her acting success. She has battled alcohol and drug addictions, was arrested 6 times and served time in jail. It seems that the moment she manages to get her life back on track, she slips right back into the old ways. She grew up to be a pretty young woman, but she is far from adorable, and she is deteriorating at a rapid pace thanks to her all-wrong lifestyle.
9 Steven Anthony Lawrence
Steven Anthony Lawrence definitely didn’t age very well. Once a super adorable kid best known for his role in Disney’s sitcom Even Stevens, he has grown into a really weird-looking dude. He also looks so much older than he actually is. He was born in 1990, but when you look at him now, you would think he is at least in his 40s, if not even 50s. Even he admits he feels weird when he looks in the mirror because he doesn’t see the person he used to be before. People on the street don’t recognize him at all and if they do, they start laughing or they act really surprised. If there was some prize for a person who’s changed the most over the years, he would definitely be at the very top of the list for winning it.
8 Edward Furlong
Edward Furlong was a sweet little kid who rose to fame thanks to the movie Terminator where he portrayed John Connor. He had some roles before that and some roles after, but this one remains his most recognizable one. However, once he grew up, he made all the wrong choices. For starters, he decided to party as much as possible alongside notorious party animals such as Paris Hilton. Even when he was a young boy, there was something about his appearance that made him look tough. Unfortunately, that toughness escalated rapidly and transformed into domestic violence and alcoholism, and there was nothing about his initial cuteness left there. When you think of those young child actors, it is hard to imagine them growing up to be violent and aggressive people, but, unfortunately, it happens.
7 Miley Cyrus
When talking about Disney celebrity transformations, the first one that comes to mind is definitely Miley Cyrus. She started her career as a sweet young girl that can hardly be compared to the wild young woman she is today. As time passed, her outfits got smaller, her hair got shorter, and her behavior got wilder. She also got caught more than once smoking marijuana at quite a young age and she became more open about it as she got older. No one can say she is not very talented and hard-working, but she is definitely not the adorable girl she used to be when she first started her career as Hannah Montana. She is all out there and no matter what crazy thing she does, no one seems really surprised by it now.
6 Jonathan Lipnicki
Do you remember the precious George Little in the movie Stuart Little? Wasn’t he the sweetest little boy ever? The actor Jonathan Lipnicki who portrayed that adorable kid, as well as even cutie Ray Boyd from Jerry Maguire, didn’t remain so adorable during his teen years and later. Sure, everybody goes through that awkward teen phase when you don’t look like yourself, your face is full of zits, and you are stuck between being a kid and being an adult. However, it gets better for most people once the teenage days are over. For Jonathan, unfortunately, it didn’t. His looks didn’t improve much over the years, in fact, it was the very opposite of that. He grew up into an odd-looking dude, far from being cute or adorable.
5 Macaulay Culkin
When talking about child actors, Macaulay Culkin was the biggest thing after Shirley Temple. When he got the lead role in Home Alone, he became the best-paid child actor of all time thanks to the huge success of the movie and all of its sequels. He was beyond adorable with his cute little face and blonde hair. However, what he grew into was a shock to all of his fans worldwide. He went through a number of unsuccessful relationships, he lost touch with most of his friends, and all of the partying, alcohol, and drug abuse have really taken a toll on his looks. Even though he is in his 30s, he looks decades older and just completely washed out. One can’t help but wonder if it is even possible to come back from that, but Macaulay doesn’t really seem to be trying to put himself together at all.
4 Brian Bonsall
Who remembers little Andy Keaton from Family Ties? Well, probably everybody who has ever seen his adorable little face. Unfortunately, there is nothing adorable about him today and we are not talking just about his rough looks, but about his crazy behavior, as well. He has been arrested three times (for now). In 2007, he was sentenced to 2 years of probation for hitting his girlfriend, in 2009 he was arrested for third-degree assault, and he got another 2 years of probation for using marijuana and violating the terms of his release. It seems that behaving in accordance with the law isn’t really his thing. Who would have guessed that a sweet, innocent child like himself who made us laugh and love his character would grow up to be a man beating his girlfriend?
3 Danny Tamberelli
Danny Tamberelli is an actor best known for The Mighty Ducks and The Adventures of Pete and Pete. He was super adorable, also playing the little Jackie Rodowsky in The Baby-Sitters Club, as well as appearing in a number of different commercials during the ‘90s and 2000s. However, he grew bigger and bigger, and he didn’t quite stop when he was supposed to. Sure, he grew up to be a pretty decent human being, but his looks – not so adorable anymore. He has gained a lot of weight and he doesn’t seem to do anything about that. However, his talents in different fields make up for his not so adorable appearance. Besides acting, he enjoys playing bass with his band, and he was also the voice and physical inspiration behind one of the Grand Theft Auto V characters, Jimmy De Santa.
2 Zac Efron
Zac Efron has always been a good-looking kid, and he is still a good-looking adult, but he is far from being adorable. Once a star of Disney’s High School Musical, Zac grew up to be a successful young actor but with a lot of baggage and personal struggles and alcohol abuse. According to him, it is quite hard to stay sober in Hollywood when you are single in your 20s and everything is just thrown right at you. He was in a really bad place back in 2013 with all that substance abuse, but once he started attending Alcoholics Anonymous and therapy, things changed for the better. Let’s just hope he will stay sober because it would really be a shame for a talented young man like him to throw it all away like some of his young colleagues did.
1 Britney Spears
Before becoming a successful singer, Britney Spears was one of the stars of the show The Mickey Mouse Club alongside many other kids who turned out to be stars in the future, such as Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake. She was this sweet, innocent, little girl, and no one could know exactly how wild and controversial she’d become a couple of years later. Just remember her head-shaving meltdown a few years back, her addiction to amphetamines, and the overall crazy phase she went through. It looks like she's got her life back on track now, but people will hardly ever again think of her as that adorable girl she used to be when she was a kid. One can only hope she won’t go crazy all over again.
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