A passage of life that we all go through, developing an infatuation on someone helps us to figure out what in life we find attractive, which is a valuable thing. While that can take the form of having a thing for our classmate or a kid from the next town over, a lot of the time, it is a famous person that catches our eye. Something that makes a lot of sense since we get to watch them from afar without taking the risk of exposing our feelings to them and being embarrassed, we still tend to move on to someone we know. However, the star that we liked in the past doesn’t cease to exist, and in some cases, they continue to mature into true beauties even as we no longer pay as much attention to them. Realizing that is what inspired us to put together this list of twenty of your childhood crushes that are now even more attractive.
In order for someone to be up for possible inclusion on this list, she first and foremost needs to be someone that a lot of people could have had a crush on at one point in her life. For the purposes of this list, it doesn’t matter what they did to become a big-enough star that the masses were aware of them which means that you could find people of any stripe included here. Additionally, it doesn’t matter how old that celeb is at the time of her rise to fame as long as it seems likely that there were some that would develop an infatuation for her. Finally, in the years since her rise to fame and people first developing feelings for her, that celeb needs to have blossomed even further and become hotter than she was at the time.
20 Madeline Zima
A series with a legacy that is dominated by the nasal-voiced woman that played its titular character, when most people think about The Nanny, it is Fran Drescher that comes to mind. However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that a young actor by the name of Madeline Zima first came to the attention of most people as a part of the series which aired for six seasons. Subsequently seen in a series of other films and shows, the often revealing series Californication set its tone with a scene in the first episode that showed what a beautiful person Madeline is now. A fit woman with a figure to die for, almost anyone that has seen recent images of this woman that is now thirty-two will tell you that she is a sight for sore eyes.
19 Drew Barrymore
One of the most successful child stars ever, at one time, when a studio put out a movie starring a little girl, they likely would have sought to cast Drew Barrymore as she had developed quite the following. First becoming a big star because of her work as Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the movie worked in part because of the heart her innocent character brought to it. Going on to appear in many other films as a kid, she would become an even bigger deal as an adult due to appearing in movies like the Charlie’s Angels series, The Wedding Singer, and Scream. Someone that struggled with substance abuse and had difficulties coming to terms with who she was, these days, she seems at peace and you can tell when looking at her since she is an all-natural beauty.
18 Mandy Moore
A former pop princess that first took the world by storm as a blond-haired songstress, early on, it seemed like Mandy Moore was trying a bit too hard to look like Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera. Never able to reach the same heights in terms of record sales as either of those peers of hers, she did, however, surpass both of them when it came to putting together an acting career for herself. Seen in movies like The Princess Diaries, All I Want, and Tangled, these days, she is best known for playing the matriarch of the family at the core of the hit show This Is Us. No longer trying to ape a look that doesn’t seem to fit her personality, with her long brown locks, splendid face, and appealing body, she is better-looking today than ever before.
17 Ariel Winter
A part of the cast that appears in each episode of Modern Family, Ariel Winter’s character, Alex Dunphy, started out her time on the show as a socially-awkward nerd who dressed like a tomboy. No longer a look that is nearly as effective on her as she has blossomed into a beautiful and curvy woman, her character hasn’t changed all that much but her new figure can’t be contained. Also notable because of her impressive career as a voice actor, some people may not realize it but her resume is jammed to the gills with animated projects she helped bring to life. Someone who clearly is quite proud of her body, which is is no small feat considering the pressure put on young women in the media, that and her impressive physique help her stand out in any group.
16 Jodie Sweetin
An actor that seems like she has spent her entire life in front of cameras, Jodie Sweetin’s career went through a down period where she didn’t do much of note but it is really easy to forget about that fact. First becoming a star when she was cast as Stephanie Tanner in the hit sitcom Full House, her character was the most outrageous of the kids that helped make the show such a success. Then embroiled in drug addiction for an extended period, her career went silent even though it felt like she was always around. Recently undergoing a career resurgence, she competed in Dancing with the Stars and stars in Fuller House. When it comes to those appearances, they revealed to the world that she is packing the heat in a major way when it comes to the looks department.
15 Claire Danes
Someone who began her career in her teens, Claire Danes first hit the big time when she was cast in the lead role of the much-acclaimed but short-lived series My So-Called Life. Mostly moving on to the movie world for a long time after that show came to an end, she popped up in films like Brokedown Palace, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, as well as Romeo + Juliet. Those movies aside, her greatest role to date in a lot of people’s minds was as Carrie Mathison, the lead character whose emotions ran the gamut throughout the run of the show Homeland. The picture of elegance today, Claire cleans up with the best of them and her long neck, luscious lips, and overall look is one that blows us away anytime we find ourselves looking at images of her.
14 Lacey Chabert
The youngest lead cast member of the show Party of Five, throughout its run, Lacey Chabert played the character of Claudia Salinger who arguably was the emotional center of the show. A series that was never a behemoth when it comes to the ratings, there is little doubt that it had a loyal fanbase and helped make the actors associated with it famous. Also memorable for her part in the teen movie Mean Girls, she brought a likable feeling to her character that otherwise could have been cartoonish, which helped the movie feel nuanced and intelligent. Standing at only five foot and three inches tall, she packs a lot of curves into a tiny frame, and she also has one of the most delightful faces we’ve seen, which are both things that absolutely drive us wild.
13 Keshia Knight Pulliam
One of the stars of The Cosby Show from an early age in her life, Keshia Knight Pulliam played Rudy Huxtable, the youngest and cutest child of the immensely popular show’s main family. Growing up in front of the world, during the run of the show that made her a star, she went from five to thirteen which is quite the change in a young person. Someone that many people in her age range had a crush on at the time, they must have been disappointed when she largely disappeared from TV but she would be cast in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne years later. Quietly developing into a gorgeous woman with a body to die for, she looks fantastic in almost anything she wears nowadays, and we hope that she gets more roles that let her show that off in the future.
12 Elle Fanning
The younger sister of the Dakota Fanning, when she decided to enter the acting world as well, she had a lot to live up to since her sibling was amazing at what she does as evidenced by her work in I Am Sam. Fortunately for her and us, Elle Fanning had what it takes to believably bring a slew of character to life as well, and she has been a mainstay of the acting world ever since. Best known for films like Super 8, Maleficent, The Neon Demon, and The Beguiled among others, she tends to favor appearing in smaller independent fare which allows her to give amazing performances. Blessed with the body and face of a model, she combines that with a goofy fun-loving energy that makes her somebody that is nearly impossible to ignore.
11 Kylie Jenner
The youngest member of her generation of the Kardashian and Jenner family, she has spent most of her life in the spotlight as she first became a “reality” TV star at a very young age. Since then remaining in the spotlight, Kylie Jenner has gone on to become quite the businesswoman alongside her sister, Kendall, since they’ve created things like clothing lines and merchandise together. Also one of the most followed people on Instagram, she has used that notoriety to create a career for herself as a model but has not found as much success in that regard as her sibling. Looking a lot different today than she did when she first entered the public space, her booty is as large as some of her siblings, and the rest of her looks are as grandiose too.
10 Natalie Portman
One of the most respected actors of her generation, let alone of all time, Natalie Portman has the kind of career that anyone in her industry would kill to have. Very much respected by her peers, audiences, and critics alike, she has ascended to the stage in order to take her trophy at the Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and many more awards shows. First coming to the world’s attention as a kid, she earned many admirers in her age range when she starred in Léon: The Professional, and we’re guessing many of them are even more attracted to her now. A dazzling beauty who turns heads wherever she goes, Natalie seems to have it all from a career and life standpoint. But when it comes to how beautiful she is, we can only say she won the genetic lottery.
9 Chloë Grace Moretz
An actor who seemed mature beyond her years from a very early age, there aren’t many actors that would have been able to pull off the butt-kicking character of Hit-Girl from the film Kick-Ass. Able to give a star-making performance in that movie, Chloë Grace Moretz would then go on to be one of the most in-demand young performers in Hollywood for several years. Since then best known for movies like Let Me In, Carrie, The Equalizer, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and too many more to list here, if that wasn’t enough, she has four films set to be released in 2018 so far. Not your typical-looking star, Chloe stands out in the best ways possible since she is an appealing-looking young woman who also isn’t the stick thin-type that is far too dominant.
8 Hilary Duff
One of the biggest stars of The Disney Channel at one time, Hilary Duff became a big deal when she landed the titular role in the show Lizzie McGuire which ran from 2001 until 2004. Moving on to the movie world, she was a pivotal part of flicks like the Cheaper by the Dozen movies, Agent Cody Banks, A Cinderella Story, and Material Girls among many others. A pop star at the same time, she released several songs that were hits like “So Yesterday,” “Reach Out,” “Come Clean,” and “Play with Fire” to name only a sampling. Now a mother that is the very definition of the classic MILF, she is far hotter today than at any time in the past since she has developed a figure that is all curves in the best ways possible.
7 Elizabeth Berkley
One of the stars of the show Saved by the Bell, in it, Elizabeth Berkley played Jessie Spano the environment-minded feminist that believed that she could make the world better and loved her friends. Making the leap to the big screen after leaving that series, she landed the lead role in the movie Showgirls which was a critical and commercial flop that hurt her career pretty much beyond repair. A sad thing since she was good in other flicks like Any Given Sunday and Roger Dodger, that makes us wonder what she could have done if she was given meatier roles in other films of that caliber. Someone with movie star good looks that only seem to get more beautiful every year, she is quite the knockout, if you ask us.
6 Alexa Vega
One thing that has become clear over the last several decades that we don’t think gets talked about enough is how good of a career move it is for an actor to develop a relationship with Robert Rodriguez. The director of many films, he seems to do a lot of things for himself which seems to extend to the casting of his films. So if he likes you, there might be a lot of work coming your way. A great example of that, Alexa Vega got her start as one of the stars of his Spy Kids films and has worked with him in a number of things since, as well as earning many other jobs with other directors. A ravishing-looking lady today, she has a body to die for, immaculate fashion sense, and has one of the most dazzling faces around.
5 Tatyana Ali
The youngest star of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when it debuted, because of that fact, Tatyana Ali was a part of one of the most impactful sitcoms of that era. A series that was so popular that it seems like an entire generation of people can recite the lyrics to its theme song at a moment’s notice, if she’d never received another role, she’d still go down in history. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case as she would also appear in other shows like The Young and the Restless as well as Love That Girl in the years that followed. An exquisite beauty with a fit figure and a winning smile, she has worked with some big stars but they must have known that it was them that stood in the presence of greatness.
4 Alyssa Milano
A former Brooklyn-born child star with a big personality, when Alyssa Milano was cast as the boisterous daughter of Tony Danza’s character in the show Who’s the Boss? it was a marvelous fit. A part of that show for eight years during that time, she would also branch out into movies like Commando and Speed Zone which helped make her one of the most talked-about young people in the business. Subsequently seen as one of the stars of other long-running series, it was her roles in shows like Charmed and Melrose Place that are her biggest claim to fame as an adult. The type of person that virtually anyone attracted to women would be overjoyed to have on their shoulder, her chest, legs, and face are her greatest attributes which is really saying something.
3 Jessica Alba
Tapped by Hollywood heavyweight James Cameron to star in his Sci-Fi show Dark Angel, when he decided to give TV a shot, it was a sign of the big things to come in the career of Jessica Alba. Best known as a movie star, she was a part of films like the Fantastic Four films, Into the Blue, Honey, and Good Luck Chuck that did decent business at the box office. However, in the eyes of most, it was her appearance in the unique movie Sin City as Nancy Callahan that led to her best work to date. Included on most lists of the best-looking people in the world ever since she rose to prominence, we have to wholeheartedly agree with her inclusion here as there aren’t many people that are as alluring as she is.
2 Tiffany Amber Thiessen
The second star of the show Saved by the Bell to make this list, Tiffany Amber Thiessen was cast as Kelly Kapowski, the beautiful and bubbly teenage cheerleader that everyone had the hots for. Perfectly suited to the role, her performance and appearance as the character was a big factor in the immense popularity of the show at the time. Working consistently ever since, she has found her biggest success since on TV in shows like White Collar, Dinner at Tiffani's, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, as well as Beverly Hills, 90210. A buxom brunette that has grown into her looks, she is so attractive that we are astonished that she did not take the top spot on this list. In fact, it is even harder to believe when looking at an image of her like the one included on this list.
1 Jennifer Connelly
Often forgotten when looking at the best child stars of all time, the success that Jennifer Connelly saw as an adult actor has made many forget that she landed major roles in her early years. Cast as the lead character in the much-beloved film Labyrinth the year she turned sixteen, she’d also received her debut film role in the epic film Once Upon a Time in America two years earlier. Best known for her incredible acting in movies like Dark City, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind, as well as House of Sand and Fog, she has proved herself to be extremely talented. Also notable for being one of the most attractive women Hollywood has ever seen, we honestly find it hard to see a single flaw in her from a physical standpoint.