16 Disney Stars Who Did A GREAT Job Growing Up (While We Weren't Paying Attention)

If you grew up as a 90’s kid, then chances are, you spent a lot of your time watching some of these famous faces on TV and maybe had their posters plastered all over your bedroom wall. It’s hard to believe now, but the Disney channel of the 90’s alone has produced some of the world’s biggest stars in the film and music industry today.

Long before crazy twerking Miley, there was the wholesome Miss Hannah Montana, and longer ago than that, one of the world’s most successful female singers on the planet was only known as an innocent little Mouseketeer called Britney on the popular Mickey Mouse Club show. A lot of these stars didn’t stay innocent-looking for long, though. While the rest of us were busy coming of age, the teens and tweens of the Disney channel were all blossoming from adorable kids into full-blown hotties!

It shouldn’t come as much of a shock that these former Disney stars transformed so much into adulthood. But I guess we were all still holding on to an innocent cutie-pie image of them from their younger days. Those days seem like a million years away when you take a look through these pics, though. Here are 16 Disney stars that definitely nailed puberty.

16 Ryan Gosling

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With incredibly successful films like La La Land and Drive under his belt, Ryan Gosling has become one of the top male actors of his generation in recent times. With his suave good looks and roles in more than a few rom-coms, he has also become a huge s*x symbol in his adult career. Who’d have thought that the dorky-looking kid on the left would grow up from squeaky clean Mouseketeer into this?

Puberty definitely agreed with Ryan Gosling! His dashing good looks even earned him a nod for People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” award back in 2011, but Gosling actually turned it down, which possibly makes him even more attractive for being so humble about it all. You can turn down “hottie” awards all you want Ryan, but face the facts. You’re a stud!

15 Bella Thorne


The actress and Instagram queen Bella Thorne is only 20 years old, but she’s already had the kind of wild Hollywood ride you might expect of someone twice her age. Before she was flaunting her bikini bod on social media or flirting with Kourtney Kardashian’s ex, Bella found fame at 13 starring in her own Disney series called Shake It Up back in 2010.

Her Disney career didn’t last long, though. The series ended after three years, and by then, Miss Thorne was already beginning to emerge as a good-girl-turned-wild-child when she discovered social media. Bella Thorne’s Instagram posts alone seem to have become more famous than her still active acting career. Her numerous bikini shots and shower selfies have almost broken Instagram. Seems like she’s trying to rival the Kardashians in more ways than one.

14 Lindsay Lohan

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Miss Lohan may not be looking so hot nowadays, but the transformation she made from child actress to stunning teen redhead in the early 2000’s cannot be understated. LiLo became an overnight star playing both of the adorable twin sisters in Disney’s remake of The Parent Trap, and this led her onto other successful Disney movies such as Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.

When Lindsay Lohan landed her role in the much-loved teen movie Mean Girls in 2004, she instantly became one of the hottest actresses on the planet. And by 2007, she was voted The Hottest Woman In the World. Sadly, her pull towards substance abuse later derailed what would have been a promising career and led her to ruin her good looks with plastic surgery.

13 Christina Milian

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Latina beauty Christina Milian has had success as a singer for so long that you may not realize how she started out. The Grammy-nominated songstress actually got her break in showbiz by working as a reporter for the Disney show Movie Surfers in the late 90’s. She was originally offered the chance to be a Mouseketeer with fellow members of the Micky Mouse Club, but instead ended up as the host of a top segment in the Disney channel schedule.

As good as she was at reporting, Christina clearly had other ambitions in mind because it wasn’t long before she let out her cheeky, wild side in videos to hits like “AM to PM.” It was never clearer that Milian was no longer an innocent Disney girl though, than in her R-rated turn in the video for “Dip it Low” which saw Milian roll around in black pain in a PVC bikini. Hawt!

12 Britney Spears

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You couldn’t even consider this list without Britney Spears. The iconic pop diva is probably the original good-girl-turned-bad (or in this case, an innocent girl turned stunning young woman). It wasn’t long after her stint on the Mickey Mouse Club as a preteen that the young Brit took the music world by storm with her debut song, “Hit Me Baby, One More Time,” and the rest is history.

No sooner was she hanging up her iconic schoolgirl pigtails than Britney was performing “I’m a Slave 4 U” in a super sexy green bikini at the 2001 MTV VMA’s or locking lips with Madonna in front of millions of people. Not only did Britney grow up hot in the blink of an eye, she grew up to be the most unstoppable female singer on the planet.

11 Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez has made such a huge name for herself in the music world in the past few years that it’s easy to forget that she ever had an acting career in the first place. The award-winning singer and part-time model began it all on the hit Disney show Wizards of Waverley Place, where she played the lead character, Alex Russo.

Before that, Gomez had small roles in Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and TV audiences couldn’t help but be charmed by her cute, girl-next-door quality. She soon saw that disappear, though! Thanks to plenty of sizzling music videos and on-and-off flings with Justin Bieber, the 25-year-old Selena has well and truly let go of her good girl image and replaced it with a gorgeous lady.

10 Zac Efron

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With his ripped bod and classic Hollywood hunk looks, the former High School Musical star has had no problem finding success as an adult movie star or proving his macho credentials for that matter (he actually won a 2015 MTV movie award for having the “Best Abs” on film!). Zac Efron has come quite far from the mop-haired pretty boy Troy Bolton in the Disney High School Musical franchise.

As well as swapping cute hair for rock-hard abs and a manly chiseled jaw, Efron has been shedding more than just his past physical appearance. Since landing roles in films such as Me and Orson Welles, Charlie St. Cloud, and recently in 2017’s The Disaster Artist, the 30-year-old Disney hunk is proving that he has matured his acting chops too.

9 Keke Palmer

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With her 2016 hits “Enemiez” and the ultra steamy “Hands Free,” it’s hard to imagine Keke Palmer as anything other than the feisty, no-nonsense R&B songstress she is now. But even Keke had her innocent years, even more than most since she signed a long contract with the Disney channel as a child actress.

Unfortunately for Keke, it took a lot of failed projects at Disney before she landed her big breakout role as Mary in the channel’s original movie Jump In! On the other hand, it was fortunate for the music industry because she chose to focus on a singer/songwriter career, and this is where Palmer really grew into her own. The 24-year-old has since swapped mouse ears for writing killer R&B hooks and busting some sexy moves in the desert. They grow up so fast!

8 Shia LaBeouf

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The actor’s oddball antics in recent years seem to have overshadowed a lot of his past, like the fact that the now-buff and intense actor used to be known to so many of us as the curly-haired dork in Even Stevens. The early Disney sitcom which saw LaBeouf play the lead role as super geeky seventh-grader Louis Stevens was the Shia LaBeouf a lot of us grew up with. What can we say? Puberty can do amazing things sometimes!

Clearly desperate to shed his curly-haired nice boy image, LaBeouf took one of the lead roles in the rebooted Transformers franchise and began to be taken more seriously as the intense, ripped actor he now is. Despite what you may think of his personal life, there’s no denying that the former Disney kid went from tween geek to a hottie with a killer physique!

7 Chloe Grace Moretz

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Long before she shocked us all as a foul-mouthed 12-year-old superhero in Kick-Ass, actress Chloe Grace Moretz began her career in the truly innocent role of Darby in the Disney show My Friends Tigger & Pooh. (Talk about going from 0 to 60!) She did a handful of other small TV roles after putting her Disney days behind her and has gone from strength to strength on the back of her role as Hit Girl in the Kick-Ass series.

As feisty as Moretz was as her superhero alter ego, we’ve only been given a glimpse of her more mature side in the last few years. Appearing in heart-wrenching dramas such as If I Stay and the remake of Carrie, Chloe has grown up to be an amazing actress and a beautiful young woman to boot!

6 Vanessa Hudgens

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High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens was always a pretty girl, but she had an America’s sweetheart quality about her, and she was always thought of as Disney’s girl next door. Ever since she landed the raunchy role of a wild college girl in the 2012 movie Spring Breakers though, Vanessa’s once squeaky-clean image was pretty much dead and buried.

Since starring alongside fellow Disney gal Selena Gomez in the racy teen movie, Hudgens showed us all that she had grown up in more ways than one. Flaunting her womanly bikini bod in the film helped put plenty of modeling work her way and reinvented her as a grown woman. It doesn’t hurt that the 29-year-old has grown to have a sultry, husky voice to compliment her hot womanly physique.

5 Justin Timberlake

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Like a few other future stars on our list, singing superstar Justin Timberlake had his big break on the Mickey Mouse Club way back in the early 1990’s. Long before he was bringing sexy back to the world, the fresh-faced Justin was rocking this not-so-sexy perm after joining one of the hottest boy bands of the 90’s (or the hottest boy band if you were more of an N’Sync girl than a Backstreet Boys fan).

After breaking up from N’Sync and his failed marriage to Britney, we didn’t see much of Justin in the early 90s. That is until he exploded back on to the scene with his solo career and a whole new s*x symbol image. Justin’s comeback hit, “Sexy Back,” speaks for itself. Who knew that the cute perm-haired boy could become one of the most fanciable men in the world?

4 Mandy Moore

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The ultimate girl next door, Mandy Moore first burst onto the scene with her hit single “Candy” in 1999 at the age of just 15, and the world fell for her sweet voice and even sweeter butter-wouldn’t-melt smile. Moore enjoyed a lot of success on the back of her debut single and soon had a successful pop career from it too before turning her attention to acting in the early 90s.

Moore landed a few small roles when her acting career began, but her first real break on the big screen came when she played the hot but nasty cheerleader Lana in Disney’s The Princess Diaries alongside Anne Hathaway. Since her days of playing cheerleaders and teen movie roles though, Moore has blossomed from the pretty blonde bombshell we all wanted to take to prom to the mature sexy brunette she is today.

3 Miley Cyrus

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Of all the former Disney kids on this list, it’s fair to say that Miley Cyrus grew up a little too fast in comparison to some of her peers. In 2013, Miley literally took a wrecking ball to her past image as her wholesome Disney alter ego of Hannah Montana and sent jaws dropping around the world when she performed that twerking routine with Robin Thicke at the MTV VMA show.

Miley’s “wild child” look in recent years may not have been everyone’s idea of hot, but there’s no denying that she’s a good-looking girl underneath it all. Now that her days of sticking her tongue out and twerking appear to have died down more recently, people are beginning to notice how hot the non-trashy Miley can really be. Keep it up, girl!

2 Demi Lovato

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The feisty singer behind hits like “Sorry, Not Sorry” and “Cool For The Summer” actually began her career in something a million miles from this—Demi Lovato’s first onscreen role was as one of the kids in Barney & Friends! Shortly after this, she held on to this cutesy image by appearing in the short-lived Disney show As The Bell Rings, which led her to her first lead role in the popular house of mouse musical Camp Rock.

Camp Rock gave the young Demi a chance to prove her singing chops and after this, she never looked back. The 25-year-old has enjoyed a hugely successful singing career for almost a decade, and it’s led to some pretty raunchy looks in her music videos and on the red carpet.

1 Christina Aguilera

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Around the same time that a pre-pubescent Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears joined the house of mouse, another Mouseketeer in the group was none other than Christina Aguilera. While in the Mickey Mouse Club, a young Christina wowed audiences with her incredible lung power. Little did we know that Xtina would not only go on to be one of the biggest pop diva’s of the 21st century but also one of the hottest women alive too!

Any teenager of the 90s will remember the moment the wholesome Christina Aguilera became s*xual overnight when she went from her look in “Genie in a Bottle” to her racy new style in the music video for “Dirrty.” Her videos became more and more s*xual in the years afterward and her signature blond locks and ruby red lips have cemented her as the hottest pop stars on the planet. Way to grow up, Xtina!

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