We don’t know about you but when we were kids, our neighbors were far from the classic beautiful neighborhood girl that movies made us believe was supposed to be living there. Still, whether it was in school or the playground, most of us that are attracted to women can think of someone from our childhood that was pretty in a very welcoming and kind manner. This may not surprise you but a lot of people that fit that description as a kid would then grow up to be stunning as adults, and that holds true for those in the acting world too. Realizing that is what inspired us to put together this list of twenty girl-next-door types that became attractive Hollywood Stars.
In order for someone to be up for consideration for possible inclusion on this list, first and foremost, she needs to have made a name for herself in Hollywood. For the purposes of this list, that means that we are limiting ourselves to people that have garnered a following based on their work in various films. That said, if they have also found a level of notoriety for acting on TV, that is fine as long as that medium isn’t the thing that they are best known for. Next, at one point in their lives, they need to have had looks that could be seen as the girl-next-door type and they’ve since matured into hot Hollywood stars. If their looks now still make us think that they are the girl-next-door type in some way but are still attractive in other ways too, that is perfectly fine.
20 Emma Stone
Someone who is at the very top of the acting world today, according to Forbes, Emma Stone is the highest-paid female actor in the world for the year 2017. A staggering achievement for anyone, in order to reach that level, she has given some truly impressive performances that have allowed her to beat out several legends of the business and stars of tomorrow. Best known for movies like Superbad, Zombieland, Easy A, Birdman, La La Land, the Amazing Spider-Man films, she has been a part of many movies that are near and dear to people’s hearts. Looking like she was a little bit awkward in childhood photos that show her with braces and an innocent energy, these days, she has matured into a ravishing redhead.
19 Jennifer Lopez
A multifaceted performer who started out her time in the spotlight as a dancer on the sketch comedy show In Living Color, in the years since, Jennifer Lopez became a pop star and major acting star. First showing the world that she had what it takes to be a leading lady with her performance in the film Selena, she stunned audiences with her ability to embody a musical legend. These days best known for films like Anaconda, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan, and a slew of others, her Hollywood career has featured a great deal of success. Formerly a child that looked like she would belong in any group of kids, these days, her incredible body and wonderful face make her stand out no matter who she is with.
18 Jessica Biel
An actor who has been around the scene for a number of years at this point, Jessica Biel first rose to prominence as one of the stars of the family-friendly series 7th Heaven. Clearly stifled by the nature of the show, before too long, she would move on to film roles that would allow her to be more risqué, much to the delight of her fans. Best known for movies like a remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as Blade: Trinity, The A-Team, and The Rules of Attraction, she has played parts in a diverse array of films. Looking like she was the picture of adorableness in childhood photos, now that she has matured into a woman with curves to die for, the word that comes to mind with her is hot.
17 Jessica Alba
Going from one Jessica to another, this time around, we are looking at Jessica Alba, a woman that has gained a lot of attention lately for the success of the business she co-founded, The Honest Company. Still, there is no debate that she became a big deal in the first place due to her acting career which rose to another level when she was cast in the James Cameron-produced show, Dark Angel. Going on to even bigger things in the film world, these days, people know her for movies including Idle Hands, Honey, and Into the Blue, which is to say nothing of the Fantastic Four and Sin City flicks. Formerly a child that was cute but wouldn’t stand out in a crowd, today, she is roundly considered as one of the most attractive women alive.
16 Amanda Seyfried
An actor that seemed to come out of nowhere to become a big star, Amanda Seyfried spent years toiling away on television as a part of shows like As the World Turns, Veronica Mars, and Big Love. Going on to make her big screen debut in a movie many see as the best teen film ever made, Mean Girls, in it, she earned a pivotal role in the titular crew of teenagers. Able to turn that notable part into roles in a series of larger films, she has since become known for flicks like Chloe, Les Misérables, Lovelace, Ted 2, and the Mamma Mia series. A kid that looked like she could have posed for catalogs that want models who blend in to a degree, to say that she is an exquisite beauty now seems like a huge understatement.
15 Penélope Cruz
A Spanish actor and model who was able to rise to international superstardom, Penélope Cruz has to be one of the most beloved figures in the pop culture world today. On top of her level of fame, she is also extremely acclaimed as evidenced by the fact that she earned an Academy Award, on top of winning at the Goya Awards, Empire Awards, and too many others to list here. Best known for her part in movies like Open Your Eyes, Blow, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Nine to name only a sampling, she has put together a filmography to look up to. Photographed as a kid in an image that looks very welcoming, in it, she looks like a sweet kid which is awesome as she has grown into a stunning woman who seems like she is still as kind as ever.
14 Scarlett Johansson
A former child star that grew up in large part on film, Scarlett Johansson was cast in a family-friendly fare like North, Home Alone 3, The Horse Whisperer, and several others as a kid. Going to another level when she was cast in Ghost World as a teen, this cult film showed what she was capable of as an adult actor, and she has only gone on to surpass that role since. Best known today for her part in movies like Lost in Translation, The Prestige, Her, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe among others, it's easy to argue that she is one of the biggest film stars in the world today. Cast as an innocent girl when she was younger because she had that energy to her, she is now a beautiful brunette that has millions of people that see her as amazing fantasy fodder.
13 Vanessa Hudgens
Formerly a part of the Disney empire of entertainment, Vanessa Hudgens was a part of the High School Musical franchise that will forever be known as a squeaky-clean series. Evidence of that fact that even as a teenager she was seen as looking very much at home in roles that are aimed at kids, early on in life, she clearly was a part of the girl-next-door side of the ledger. Since then, however, she would take on a series of roles that were much more adult, including the likes of Sucker Punch, Spring Breakers, Machete Kills, and Gimme Shelter. Growing up alongside a generation of kids that went through puberty as she became a woman, the kids that used to sing along with her are likely to lust after her today, considering that she is quite the looker.
12 Kate Beckinsale
An English actor who made her film debut in the successful movie Much Ado About Nothing, right from the start, it seemed like Kate Beckinsale was poised for big things. Going on to take on other roles in other period pieces like Emma, The Golden Bowl, The Last Days of Disco, and Pearl Harbour, for a time, it seemed like her career would be set in the past. Then, she landed the lead role in the movie Underworld, and her career took an unexpected turn that saw this once-prim-and-proper-looking performer transform into an action star. These days continuing in that role for each of the Underworld sequels, the fact that she appears in skintight latex reveals to all of us that she has a mind-bogglingly hot body.
11 Eva Mendes
First gaining a lot of people’s attention when she landed a supporting role in Training Day, Eva Mendes shared the screen with heavyweights like Denzel Washington but still stole our attention. Able to do so because her role in the movie allowed her to show off both her acting skills and splendid looks, she would go on to become something of a household name. Best known today for films like 2 Fast 2 Furious, Ghost Rider, The Other Guys, and The Place Beyond the Pines, her acting chops have blown audiences away for years now. Formerly a kid who most of us could imagine hanging out with as kids, she has grown into a woman that is so gorgeous that the idea of being around her seems impossible to envision.
10 Jennifer Garner
An actor that actually rose to prominence due to her supporting role in Dude, Where's My Car, it is often forgotten but there was something good for the film industry that came out of that movie. Best known today for her part in movies like Daredevil, Juno, Dallas Buyers Club, The Invention of Lying, and many more, Jennifer Garner has become a bankable movie star. If you are a big fan of hers, you may have noticed that we left out 13 Going on 30 and that is because that movie is proof positive that she not only was a girl next door but still seems charming enough to be one today. That said, on top of seeming like a lovely person on film, she is also extremely appealing to the eye.
9 Jennifer Lawrence
We’re just going to say it. There are some people on this list that have risen to fame based almost entirely on how hot they are, and while Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful, that is not the case with her. An incredible performer as anyone who has seen her early work in Winter’s Bone can attest, she has gone on to give several award-winning performances that blew people away for good reason. Also a huge star due to appearing in movie franchises like Hunger Games and X-Men, she also was a part of other notable flicks like Passengers. Someone who doesn’t seem to carry herself with any pretense, Jennifer acts like she is a regular person who we could envision living beside us despite being a bewitching beauty.
8 Jennifer Love Hewitt
Another actor that first became recognizable due to her television work, over her career, Jennifer Love Hewitt has straddled both worlds and has been gainfully employed throughout as a result. Also a singer that has released four studio albums to date and appeared on a couple of compilations records, she has made a living in a number of ways throughout her career. A part of a series of memorable movies like House Arrest, Can't Hardly Wait, Heartbreakers, and The Tuxedo, she was also the lead actor in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and its sequel. Predominantly cast in roles that are extremely reliable to the audience that is likely the case because of her girl-next-door origin, but her looks are some incredible that only one in a million know that feeling.
7 Alexa Vega
Another former child star that was one of the lead actors in a series of movies that were a really big deal with many kids in her age range, Alexa Vega made her by name playing Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids films. Able to beat the odds and gain roles in a long list of movies as an adult, in the year 2014 alone, she appeared in seven different films, as well as four separate television shows. In fact, she owes several of her most notable roles to her continuing relationship with her Spy Kids director, Robert Rodriguez, whose sequels to Sin City and Machete she was a part of. A kid that earned the hearts of millions due to how well she came off, she now has fans that adore her acting, as well as her fit body and pretty face.
6 Halle Berry
An actor that rose to prominence in the early nineties, Halle Berry’s parts in movies like Jungle Fever, The Last Boy Scout, Strictly Business, Boomerang, and The Program made the world take note of her. Since then going on to international superstardom due to movies like the X-Men movies, Monster’s Ball, Swordfish, and Die Another Day, her career was a marvel to behold. Also someone with a winning personality, she has such a sense of humor about herself that she showed up in person to accept her Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. Something that points to her being brought up well and not being full of herself, in childhood photos, she looks kind but many people as dazzling as she is develop poor attitudes.
5 Emma Watson
Introduced to the pop culture world while she was still very young, Emma Watson was a part of one of the most successful film franchises ever made—Harry Potter. Cast as Hermione Granger, she would go on to play the part in eight separate movies that were behemoths at the box office. Able to outdo her co-stars in that series of films, of all the actors that played ongoing parts in the franchise as kids, she would go on to have the most success in Hollywood. Also notable for her part in films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, This Is the End, and others, there is no doubt that Emma has made her mark outside of her biggest role too. Someone who grew up before our eyes, she landed her role in the Potter films because of how studious and openhearted she seemed, and since then, she has gone on to become a very elegant-looking woman.
4 Blake Lively
A part of one of the steamiest shows on recent network television, Blake Lively and her co-stars in Gossip Girl had to deal with some viewers’ anger at how intimate several scenes from the show were. Able to garner a great deal of attention due to the role in a talked-about series, she would take that momentum and her looks and use them to get a series of film roles. A part of movies like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Accepted, The Town, and Green Lantern among others, she also recently received praise for her part in the shark film The Shallows. Someone who posted childhood photos of herself on social media, in one, she looked like she was a tomboy which is a far cry from the alluring woman that she matured into.
3 Natalie Portman
The final former child actor to appear on this list, unlike the others, Natalie Portman’s career at the start was marked by the perception of audiences that she was mature far beyond her years. Despite how adult she came off in Léon: The Professional, she would go on to take part in films like Heat and Beautiful Girls that would show the world that she was the girl-next-door type. Since then made a star by her parts in movies like the Star Wars and Thor films, as well as Garden State, V for Vendetta, and Black Swan among others, she has been a part of independent movies and blockbusters alike. A woman with a small frame that belies her large personality and extremely attractive looks, between that and her impressive career, she is a dream girl for many.
2 Elizabeth Hurley
Another English actor that was able to make her mark on the international stage, Elizabeth Hurley’s first foray into the public eye was when she turned heads by wearing a revealing dress on a red carpet. Then dating Hugh Grant, he had become a star at the time so the stunning woman on his shoulder garnered tons of attention from the media and fans alike. Since then able to make an impact on the film world, she starred in movies like Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, EDtv, and Bedazzled among several others. Formerly a kid that looks like she could have come right out of a Little Rascals style short, she is now one of the most beautiful stars in the world in our opinion and doesn’t seem to age as far as we can tell.
1 Gal Gadot
Somebody who is now considered to be one of the biggest stars around, it was only a few years ago at this point that most people had no idea who Gal Gadot was. A former beauty queen that won Miss Israel in 2004, five years later, she would make her film debut as part of one of the biggest film franchises going today, the Fast & Furious series. These days best known for her part in another cinematic world, Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, at first, people balked at the casting decision but her performance is very popular now. Growing up as a girl that looks like she could have belonged on any street across the world, as an adult, it is safe to say that she is a truly gorgeous woman today.