For a lot of people, their high school years were some of the best of their lives. For others, they’ve spent the following decades trying to forget about them. When it comes to all of the cliques, drama and social hierarchy that you have to deal with in high school, you either fit in, or you are left out. There’s no in between. You’ve got the popular people with the good hair, the jocks, the academics and the reclusive kids who can go on four years without muttering a word.
A lot of us cringe when we look back at our high school yearbook photos. What on earth were some people thinking with their mullets, their thick bangs and highlights so heavy they should be made illegal (and we won’t even go into all of the fashion crimes we committed back in the day, either).
Not that this will make us feel any better about our cringe-worthy past, but there are a lot of Hollywood celebrities who wish their high school years never existed, too. And when you take a look at the photos below, you’ll know what we mean. From Charlize Theron to Jamie Foxx, we’ve got celebs who were both ugly and gorgeous back in the day. Let us know what you think!
15 Jamie Foxx Definitely Got Better Looking With Age
Yes, Jamie Foxx is one of the hottest guys in the entertainment industry. Yes, he is immensely talented and he’s also got a great sense of humor. He’s the kind of guy that you would love to spend time with, even if it’s just a few hours or a few minutes. He’s also the reason why that so many women are jealous of Katie Holmes, as they apparently have been dating under the radar for several years now.
But no, Jamie Foxx was not a hottie in high school at all. Thank goodness that he managed to find his groove sometimes between the last year of high school and when he found fame for the first time in the mid-1990s (and for the record, Jamie was a highly intelligent and disciplined student, too). Even if he wasn’t homecoming king, something tells me that Jamie was making all the girls laugh back then, too.
14 Jennifer Lawrence Was Not Always This Gorgeous
Honestly, we can’t put our finger on why, but Jennifer Lawrence has somehow become Hollywood’s sweetheart. Is it because of her girl-next-door persona? Her ability to light up a screen during her movies? Her quirky, if not sometimes awkward personality? We don’t know. But for some reason or another Jennifer has managed to secure her spot on the Hollywood A-list.
But then again, Jennifer wasn’t always this hot and she certainly wasn’t always this popular. As a matter of fact, Jennifer looked just like every other girl in the hallways of her high school in her small hometown back in Kentucky – in other words, average. But with good lighting, a glam team and great makeup, she’s definitely above average. Don’t hate us for telling it like it is.
13 Ryan Reynolds Looked Like A Regular Kid Once Upon A Time
Ryan Reynolds is that kind of guy that you either love or love to hate. There’s no in between with him. You either find him totally and utterly handsome or just forgettable (I’m sure that all depends if you are a big fan of Deadpool or not). And as you can tell from his high school photos, the man has certainly changed since high school.
Regardless, Ryan’s personality is what makes him shine. He’s also very down-to-earth. He once said, “It's funny, because there are so many stereotypes out there about actors and movie stars in general, but I've had a great opportunity to meet a lot of them, and maybe it's just because they don't behave that way around me, but I rarely see that kind of abuse of power.”
12 Blake Lively Looked Different (But Was Still Super Cute)
Yes, Blake Lively is a huge hottie. The girl is young, blonde, fun and she has a smokin’ body. She’s also one of few actresses who can seriously work a bikini on the big screen. But before she was Gossip Girl and Ryan Reynolds' wife, Blake looked completely different. We’re not going to say it, but if you see it, you’ll figure what we’re talking about.
Now, we’re not saying that Blake had any work done or that she had secret surgeries that she wants no one to know about. However, the woman does look pretty different from her old high school photos. But it’s not like it really matters. Blake was still a popular girl in high school who always managed to make heads turn her way. Obviously, not much has changed.
11 Brad Pitt Was Born With Movie Star Looks
There’s a reason why Brad Pitt has always been considered one of the most attractive men alive. The Hollywood actor has got that “it” look that many people simply do not have. He is also the reason why beautiful women like Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie fell head-over-heels in love with him (and apparently can’t get over him, either).
However, let’s not pretend that Brad hasn’t aged over the years (he has gone through a lot, especially with his recent divorce drama with soon-to-be ex-wife Angelina). But just like a fine wine (and so many other stars on our list), Brad gets better with age. Some people would even go as far as saying that they prefer the current Brad Pitt to the one from several years ago.
10 Charlize Theron Had An Awkward Stage In High School
It’s without a doubt that Charlize Theron is one of the hottest women in the entertainment world today. She’s got legs that go on for days, a face that is flawless and a bada*s attitude that men absolutely love. She’s the ideal package. Unfortunately, though, she tends to make mistakes by picking the wrong guys to hang around with (like her ex Sean Penn, for example).
Yet, we can also say that Charlize has gone a long way since her primary school days in her hometown back in South Africa. I mean, there’s no denying that she was always had model good looks. But at the same time, she did have that awkward teen stage that everyone tries to forget and of course. Still, Charlize always had that look that has helped make her the star she is today.
9 Chris Pratt Transformed From "Meh" To Superstar
By now I’m sure that everyone knows Chris Pratt went through one of the biggest transformations we have ever seen in Hollywood. Just a few years ago he was the lovable, goofy and slightly chubby Andy Dwyer on the hit comedy Parks and Recreation. Now he’s one of the biggest stars in Hollywood thanks to his lean, mean, ripped body and golden boy looks.
And from what we know, this was also the first time that Chris has ever taken his health seriously. Back during his high school days, he looked – and probably acted – just like his onscreen persona Andy Dwyer. In other words, he was the wisecrack. But that’s not such a bad thing, right? I mean the man did manage to stay married to Anna Faris for several years.
8 Emma Stone Definitely Got Better With Age
Emma Stone admits that she was the brainy but funny girl back during her school days. She took her homework very seriously and was even the grammar cop at her school. And while she might be one of the hottest Oscar winning actresses today, that wasn’t always the case back in the day.
Still, Emma knew what she wanted from the get-go. Emma knew that she had to make it to Hollywood one way or another. Thankfully, all of her dreams did come true with the help of her parents. She once said, “When I was 14 years old, I made this PowerPoint presentation, and I invited my parents into my room and gave them popcorn. It was called 'Project Hollywood 2004' and it worked. I moved to L.A. in January of 2004.”
7 Halle Berry Was Not Always This Beautiful
It’s really hard to believe that Halle Berry is in her 50s. I mean, that woman is drop dead gorgeous. There’s just something about her that makes her look eternally youthful and, of course, gorgeous beyond belief. That is also the reason why we can’t believe that her high school senior portrait turned out the way it did. I mean, the woman was a model for goodness sake. She knows how to own a camera.
Halle has even said, “I never wanted to be a model. My modelling career was nothing but a stepping stone to my acting career and that's all I ever saw it as. A pointless rock in the river that has to be stepped on in order to get to the meaningful oasis of acting.”
6 Jennifer Lopez Had A Bad Haircut But Still Was Stunning
If you ever wondered why so many men fall in love hard and fast with Jennifer Lopez, we’ve got proof right here. She is, and will always be Jenny from the block. From Sean Combs (or is it Brother Love?), to Ben Affleck and even Marc Anthony, every man Jennifer has been with has fallen hard for her. The same applies to her current man, Alex Rodriguez, who just can’t take his eyes off of her.
Apparently, Jennifer attributes her good looks to taking care of herself. She doesn’t smoke cigarettes, never drinks alcohol, gets a full night of rest each day (she is a diva after all) and takes care of herself by eating right and working out. And the results are pretty obvious. I don’t think we’ve ever seen someone as eternally hot as J-Lo. The woman is simply in a league of her own.
5 Matthew McConaughey Was Clearly Popular In High School
Damn it, Matthew McConaughey. It really isn’t fair when you’ve got guys like Matthew walking this Earth. I mean, the guy is the full package: he’s handsome, he’s fun, he’s laid-back, and he’s successful. The best part about Matt is that he has never let his fame get the best of him as he would rather live a low-key life in his native Texas than in Hollywood. And if that weren’t enough, he also has a hottie wife by his side by the name of Camilla Alves.
It’s pretty obvious to see that Matthew was just as good looking back in high school as he is now. His look is very Fast Times at Ridgemont High, isn’t it? Something tells me that Matthew probably likes to party just as much as he did back then (but just won’t tell anyone about it).
4 Reese Witherspoon Was Gorgeous Even As A Teenager
Reese Witherspoon is just the kind of actress who will always look the same, no matter what age she is or how old she gets. She can also pass as someone who is in their early twenties or better yet, her daughter Ava’s older sister. And yes, we totally mean that as a compliment.
Looking at Reese’s old high school photo, you’d think that time stopped specifically for her. And while she might not be considered the sexiest or nicest actress out there (we’ve all heard those “Don’t you know who I am?” temper tantrums she’s thrown in public), you can’t deny that she takes good care of herself. We have a feeling she’ll end up looking this same way by her 50th birthday, too. Keep up with good work (but not the attitude), Reese.
3 Anna Faris Looks Like She Hasn't Aged Since High School
Anna Faris is just that kind of girl that is going to look cute, no matter where she is or what she does. As a matter of fact, we don’t think we’ve ever seen an awful photo of Anna on the Internet. She’s that girl next door that will always look young and cute, regardless of how old she gets. And her high school photo proves it.
It’s safe to say that Anna hasn’t aged a day in the last twenty years. She still looks exactly the same way she did during her senior year in high school. We don’t know what her soon-to-be ex-husband Chris Pratt did to mess up their marriage, but we’re pretty sure that he does hold some regrets. How can you let someone like Anna Faris go?
2 Beyonce Was Always Flawless
Beyonce was, is, and will always be the Queen Bey. There’s no denying it. While a lot of celebrities in the entertainment world try to hide their before and after photos, Beyonce doesn’t need to do that. That’s because they simply don’t exist. Bey was always a drop dead gorgeous woman, as these two photos clearly prove. She didn’t need to take any long vacations away from the public spotlight to secretly help “enhance” her looks. Nope. Bey was born this way and damn it, the Beyhive knows it.
I mean, just by looking at Beyonce’s senior year high school portrait, it’s clear that she was born to be a star. And she definitely had what it takes to be the face of her former girl group, Destiny’s Child. Regardless of whether you love or hate her, Beyonce has managed to prove her worth over the years.
1 Will Ferrell Was Clearly A Nerd In High School
Thank goodness Will Ferrell is a funny man, right? Because judging by his high school photo, he looked like that one guy that was always mistaken for the high school guidance counselor. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you got away with things that your buddies could only dream about (like access to the teacher lunch room or leaving campus early just because you can).
The great thing about Will Ferrell is that he knows what’s up. He knows that he can’t compete with guys like his buddy Mark Wahlberg. He’s always had the title of class clown, and he’s made his peace with it. Will looks almost exactly like he did back in high school and to be nice, we’ll just leave it at that.