When you are young, you dream about what it would be like to be a star. You watch your favorite shows and your favorite movies and you fantasize about what it would be like if that was your reality.
Well, we are here to tell you that being in the spotlight from such a young age is not as fun as it looks. Child actors have a lot of pressure put on them and have a hard time leading a “normal” life. Constantly living a life exposed to the world can take a toll on a person, more often than not. For some people it motivates them to be the best versions of themselves while for others it pushes them over the edge.
Most child stars have one thing in common, they are all super cute. But what happens when they grow up? Some of these stars grow up to be complete knockouts while others clearly hit their peak at a very young age. From television stars to movie stars, we found eight child stars that grew up to be the hottest and eight child stars who are continuously going downhill.
16 Selena Gomez: Hot
Selena Gomez is without a doubt one of the hottest girls on the planet. Her immense success, however, is not only due to her incredible looks but also to the amount of talent this little lady possesses.
Gomez made her television debut in 2002 on the series Barney and Friends. From there she went on to get bigger and better roles. As a child, she always loved acting as well as singing. Gomez is lucky enough to be doing the things she loves most on a daily basis.
Selena Gomez is a great role model for young girls, her positive and honest attitude is exactly the kind of example this generation needs “I realize everybody wants what they don't have. But at the end of the day, what you have inside is much more beautiful than what's on the outside!” stated the star in an interview, giving you just a glimpse of her down to earth personality.
15 Tori Spelling: Not
Okay let us just get one thing straight, Tori Spelling was never considered one of the hottest girls around. Spelling, who is known as Hollywood royalty, never thrived on her good looks, probably because she never had any.
Spelling is one of those people who was a decent teenager, but the years have not been kind to her. A lot of people believe that if Spelling was not the daughter of a Hollywood legend, then she would never have made it in the world of acting.
Spelling has lived a life of luxury in every sense of the word. “In all honesty, I grew up a certain way. I never had to worry about money... that was my reality,” stated the actress.
It is not that we hate Tori Spelling, we just do not love looking at her.
14 Hilary Duff: Hot
Hilary Duff is one of those child stars who actually got better looking as the years went by. Do not get us wrong, Duff was always adorable. Her all-American girl-next-door charm is what gained her so much fame at such a young age, however, now, as a mother and woman, it is safe to say she is looking better than ever.
Duff was never one of those celebrities who craved attention, instead, she tried to make her life as normal as possible, something that is hard for many child actors.
Hilary Duff has always set a good example for her fans and shows the world that loving who you are is the key ingredient to living a happy and authentic life. “I think I'm happy with who I am. I don't know if I learned that from other girls or just people in general” said Duff in a previous interview.
13 Macaulay Culkin: Not
Macaulay Culkin was one of the biggest child stars of all time. Appearing in films like Richie Rich, My Girl, and, of course, Home Alone, the world thought Culkin was going to be that adorable for the rest of his life. Boy, were we all wrong.
Throughout the years, Culkin has not only lost his boyish charm but he has kind of lost his mind. The child actor that once had so much potential is now barely even acting anymore.
When asked about his career, Culkin replied, “Because of what I did when I was 10 years old, I'm not living from paycheck to paycheck, and I can do things because I want to do them.”
Although we loved him as a kid, we feel the opposite way about him as an adult.
12 Drew Barrymore: Hot
Drew Barrymore is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. She has worked with some of the biggest names and has had quite a long career.
Many people do not remember that Barrymore was in E.T. As a child, she graced us with her cheeky charm and she managed to keep that charm until today.
Barrymore is a very positive and fun-loving person, which makes her even more beautiful. She stated in an interview how much happiness affects the way the world sees you “I think happiness is a choice. If you feel yourself being happy and can settle into the life choices you make, then it's great. It's really, really great. I swear to God, happiness is the best makeup” and we could not agree with her more.
11 Haley Joel Osment: Not
Remember the little kid from The Sixth Sense and Pay It Forward? His name is Haley Joel Osment and he did not grow up to be a good-looking man.
Osment made a name for himself as a child due to his adorable demeanor as well as his ferocious acting chops. However, nowadays he is simply known for being the kid from the movie The Sixth Sense.
Osment is still super talented, and when it comes to acting he knows what he is talking about. “There's so much to learn about acting and performance in general," he said in an interview. "I mean, acting is a very complex art, and there are a lot more theories and methods and techniques to it than I think anybody would think” stated the child star.
10 Emma Watson: Hot
Emma Watson made herself a household name when she appeared in all of the Harry Potter films. As a young girl, it was evident that she would not only grow up to be beautiful but that her talent would continue to grow.
As a woman, Watson is as classy as they come. She believes being sexy and being modest come hand in hand and even stated, “My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”
Watson has had quite an impressive career and she is quite an impressive woman. Her intelligence, class, and talent are even more impressive than her exquisite beauty. Not only has she found a lot of success in acting, but she has also broken boundaries when it comes to her education and her philanthropic work.
9 Raven Symone: Not
Raven Symone has been in the spotlight for years. As a young actor, she graced us with her adorable personality and raw talent on The Cosby Show. She eventually got her own show That's So Raven, but from there her career went slowly downhill.
In 1997, the world began to see more of Symone on The View and she was not the same adorable girl with a good personality that the world had previously fallen in love with. Symone's attitude and obnoxious confidence rubbed many viewers the wrong way and the world began to take the actress off the podium they had put her on.
Symone grew up on sets and, although it takes a toll on you as a person, she claims she would be exactly where she is without the fame. “I'm not perfect. This is how I was raised. If I wasn't in the industry, I'd be the same person,” said Symone.
8 Abigail Breslin: Hot
Little Miss Sunshine was not only an amazing movie, but it was Abigail Breslin's big break. Breslin, who was on ten years old when the movie came out, had such an impact on anyone who watched that film. From there, Breslin has gone on to appear in many more projects such as Scream Queens, The Call, and Dirty Dancing.
What many people do not know about this knockout is that she was a very shy kid. “My mom didn't ever think I would take to acting because I was a very shy, very reserved kind of child. But obviously, something changed!” said the actress in an interview.
Breslin has continuously found work in this crazy industry and it is not only because she has a huge amount of talent. Breslin has grown from an adorable little girl to a fierce young woman right in front of our eyes. We know that it is only going to continue to go up from here.
7 Clint Howard: Not
Clint Howard is not an attractive man, let us just be up front and say it. However, he is a talented actor.
As we know, this list is not about talent, but looks. As a child, Clint Howard had something adorable about him. The actor began his career by appearing in five episodes of the infamous Andy Griffith Show, which at the time starred his older brother Ron Howard. From there, he went on to play in some pretty iconic projects like The Streets of San Francisco and The Virginian.
Howard is a legend in the business, but that does not mean he is easy on the eyes. Although he is not the best-looking actor in the litter, there is something that draws his fans to him “People seem to be interested in me. So I try to keep my acting pretty simple” said Howard in an interview.
6 Alexa Vega: Hot
When Alexa Vega was only 13 years old, she was viewed as the coolest and most badass girl on the planet because she was in the movie Spy Kids. Let us be the ones to say, she is even better looking now.
Yes, as a young girl Vega was undeniably beautiful, but as a woman, she is a complete knock-out. Vega grew into her good looks and has been continuing to make a name for herself ever since. Currently, she is working on a few projects including Sleep Away and Enchanted Christmas.
The natural performer loves what she does and claims to never get nervous before a performance “I really don't get nervous when I perform -it's more of an exciting feeling than anything else. But put me in a classroom with kids my age and have me take a test and yeah, I'll be nervous!”
5 Lark Voorhies: Not
There was a time when Lark Voorhies was known as one of the best-looking girls on television. When Voorhies was only 15 years old, she landed a role on the hit television series Saved By The Bell. The show was a huge success and Voorhies was an integral part of that.
Sadly, Voorhies' career did not turn out the way the world thought, slowly she began booking fewer roles and her good looks began to fade.
The coolest thing about this child star is her unique name. When asked about it in a previous interview she responded, “My mother saw a movie when she was 14 years old. I forget the name of the movie, but one of the lead characters was named Lark. She decided then she would name me and she stuck to it, and here I am.”
4 Zac Efron: Hot
Zac Efron got his first role at 15 and he has been booking gigs ever since.
The heartthrob has always been easy on the eyes, however, in the past few years he went from handsome to “oh good lord that is one amazing man.” Efron is not only dangerously good looking, but he is also filled with both talent and personality. His undeniable good looks in combination with his threatening charm are enough to make any woman, or man, fall in love with him.
Not only is he talented and full of personality; Efron is also humble. In a previous interview, Efron stated, “there are a lot of people who can slide on talent their whole lives; they're just naturally gifted. I've never considered myself one of those people. I enjoy outworking the opposition.”
We love Zac Efron and we definitely think he deserves a spot on this list!
3 Jamie Lynn Spears: Not
Jamie Lynn Spears is best known as Britney Spears' little sister. The child actor gained a lot of popularity when she starred in the show Zoey 101. There was a time when Spears was one of the most sought-after young actresses on the planet. And then she kind of just vanished.
Spears had a child at a very young age and decided to quit acting to focus on being a mom. She said, “I was a kid who did a kid show. Then I went away and raised my child, and the world has never met me as an adult.”
Jamie Lynn Spears is not only not popular anymore, she also lost her adorable good looks. No, she is not ugly, but she did not turn out as hot as the world expected her to and that is the truth.
2 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: Hot
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are probably the most successful child stars of all time. They were so successful that they are now able to spend the rest of their lives doing whatever they want. Not only were they child actors, they were also businesswomen at a very young age. The Olsen sisters were born to film sets; they do not even remember a time when they were not in front of a camera.
These killer child stars prove that sometimes you just get better with age. Their style, their good looks, and their personality has evolved throughout the years and the world has continued to love and embrace them.
Not only are they both stunning, both of them have their own individual style that makes them unique to not only each other but to the world. When asked about fashion, Mary-Kate responded, “When I was young, clothes were really just about what fit, because Ashley and I were so tiny. So I understood fit before I understood style.”
1 Amanda Bynes: Not
Amanda Bynes had so much potential.
The world fell in love with her adorable good looks as well as her awesome personality when she appeared on The Amanda Show. From there, Bynes was on fire, appearing in projects like What I Like About You, She's The Man, Hairspray and What A Girl Wants.
However, slowly, she began to march to a different beat and the world began to take notice. It is not that Bynes is not good looking, it is just that she stopped taking such good care of herself.
Bynes eventually gave up show business, stating, “Being an actress isn't as fun as it may seem. If I don't love something, I stop doing it. I don't love acting anymore, so I've stopped doing it.”