Looking at child stars, then and now, we’ve decided that there’s really no better way to pass the time. Can you think of anything better? Yup, we’re drawing a blank too.
Throwback ’90s TV shows give us so many happies. Remember watching back-to-back episodes of Saved By The Bell on Nickelodeon? Or was that just us?
Whether reminiscing about child stars from the big screen, or thinking about your ultimate teenage TV crush (Zack Morris, anyone?) we’ve got the very best ‘then and now’ snaps to keep you entertained.
1. Child Stars Then And Now: Baby Emma From Friends
Perhaps some of the most memorable scenes from Friends included Ross and Rachel trying to negotiate baby Emma – who can forget their rendition of Baby Got Back?
The identity of the little baby that was subjected to Sir Mix-A-Lot has finally been revealed, and we’re actually seeing double!
It appears that identical twins Noelle and Cali Sheldon took turns playing Emma in the hit 90s show.
Thanks to a Reddit thread, we now know that these two are 13-years-old, and still acting, both with active IMDB profiles.
You’ve got to love the internet.
2. Child Stars Then And Now: Bruce Bogtrotter From Matilda
The cake-eating kid from Matilda became a celebrated character amongst children everywhere after he defeated the biggest chocolate cake we had ever laid eyes on, thanks to the teacher of nightmares, Miss Trunchbull.
Now, Jimmy Karz is definitely a full on grown up. And a complete hottie.
3. Child Stars Then And Now:
The Parent Trap
Obviously, we all know what Lindsay Lohan looks like these days. But she did give us a handy reminder of her ’98 self after feeling refreshed and revived on a spa trip. Holding up a snapshot of Annie/Hallie on her phone and recreating the twin’s famous pose, the actress wrote: ‘Spa week really does wonders! #laprairieswitzerland #theparenttrap.’ She’s barely aged a day…
4. Child Stars Then And Now: Peter Pan
Jeremy Sumpter from the 2003 live action flick of Disney’s Peter Pan has left Neverland – and is definitely all grown up! He’s 26-years-old now… And we can’t stop looking at that smile.
5. Child Stars Then And Now: Dewey From Malcolm In The Middle
Played by Erik Per Sullivan, Dewey pretty much mirrored every family’s youngest child.
His last acting role was documented in 2010, and both his Twitter and Instagram accounts remain unverified. But the star, who was born in 1991, sure looks different now…
6. Child Stars Then And Now: The Queen’s Nose
Victora Shalet starred in the hit TV show Queen’s Nose, sparking a whole generation of youngsters to start rubbing the faces of their odd 50p coins. She then also took part in Jonathan Creek and The Bill, as well as many more TV shows and commercials.
After a successful stint as an actress, Victoria has since re-trained for a new career as a psychotherapist.
7. Child Stars Then And Now: Juanita From Desperate Housewives
We’ve got some chestnuts of news for you Desperate Housewives fans.
A: Little Juanita isn’t so little anymore. And check out that seriously on fleek eyeliner flick.
B: She’s Demi Lovato’s sister. Did you know that? ‘Cause we DIDN’T.
The 13-year-old actress recently opened up to US Magazine, saying: “I think when people say they wish Demi Lovato was their sister, they don’t realize how hard it is to be related to someone who’s constantly away on tour,” Madison told the magazine. “But she’s good at making time for me. We text constantly, and whenever she sees a funny tweet, she’ll screenshot it and send it to our family group message. When Demi is home, our relationship is just like any sisters’. We get fro-yo and watch the ID channel — we’re obsessed — and we talk about anything and everything. I know I can trust her with it all.”
8. Child Stars Then And Now: Peter Shepherd From Jumanji
The loveable little boy from Jumanji – you know, the one that got turned into a monkey – is all grown up now.
Fans of this ’90s classic are outraged at the news that they’re planning a re-make. Yes, you read that right. Sony announced this week that a new Jumanji film is on its way. And the internet has reacted accordingly. We just don’t understand…
9. Child Stars Then And Now: Tom Riddle From Harry Potter
Voldemort’s younger self was played by a 16-year-old Frank Dillane…
Now, he’s totally owning the long-haired rocker look. And we’re loving it. He’s also going to be starring in the Walking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead.
10. Child Stars Then And Now: Josh From My Parents Are Aliens
We’ve got fond memories of this quirky family…
And Josh has done a total Harvey (from Sabrina) on us.
11. Child Stars Then And Now: Cho Chang From Harry Potter
Remember Cho? She dazzled Harry and was his first kiss. And also dated Cedric AKA R-Pattz.
She’s 26-years-old now. And absolutely gorgeous, dontcha think?
12. Child Stars Then And Now: The Weasley Twins
Possibly our favourite on-screen duo, like, ever (fair?), the Weasley twins had us all giggling and crying into our laps.
Now, the Harry Potter stars aren’t even ginger anymore.
We’re just not sure how we feel about this.
13. Child Stars Then And Now: High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu
It’s been roughly ten years since the original cast was put together for this cult Disney classic. And Corbin has definitely grown up A LOT.
14. Child Stars Then And Now: Eastenders’ Tiffany Butcher
We remember Maisie Smith as little Tiff from Eastenders. Now, Bianca’s little girl has hit her teenage years. And what a pretty young lady she is…
15. Child Stars Then And Now: Harry Potter’s Dudley Dursley
Harry Melling is the actor behind Harry Potter’s mean cousin Dudley. He was the character we all loved to hate. But now, Harry is all grown up. At the age of 26, he couldn’t look more different…
16. Child Stars Then And Now: The Sun From The Teletubbies
The giggling sun baby used to watch over Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po. But now, she’s a grown-up girl who’s enjoying a normal life.
Jess Smith made the announcement on Facebook, saying: ” “I used to hide it but after a lot of encouragement from my friends at university, I’ve gained the confidence to come out with it. I am the sun from Teletubbies. There has been quite a few people pretending to be ’the sun’ but only I could tell you the real story.”
17. Child Stars Then And Now: The Girl From The Ring
Is there anything creepier than a haunted, scary ghost child? Yes. Yes there is. One that crawls out of a well and through your television screen… Shudders.
Our nightmares from The Ring still haven’t quite left us.
But we’re in awe at how much the girl who played the subject of our bad dreams, Samara, has changed.
She’s pretty gorgeous now, right?
18. Child Stars Then And Now: Chunk From The Goonies
We don’t know about you, but we loved watching The Goonies as kids. Heck, we’d love to watch it now too!
Chunk was the goofy kid from The Goonies gang, with his loveable Hawaiin shirts and hearty appetite.
Now, he’s left his movie days behind him – he last hit our screens at the age of 16 – and is a successful Lawyer.
19. Child Stars Then And Now: Nick Carter’s Brother
Remember Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys? ‘Course you do. Remember his little brother Aaron? Yes!
There was ‘I Want Candy’ and ‘Aaron’s Party’… and now, he’s 27-years-old. And pretty ripped.
20. Child Stars Then And Now: The Kid From Tim Burton’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
London born Freddie Highmore is a familiar face, having starred in children’s favourites FInding Neverland, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and the remake of the Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Starring alongside the movie legend that is Johnny Depp, he’s chosen to take a backseat from the limelight. He is now aged 23-years-old.
21. Child Stars Then And Now: The Kid From Love Actually
Thomas Brodie-Sangster became a treasured face when he hit screens as Liam Neeson’s heart-broken son in Love Actually. It’s a Christmas classic that’s become one of the most popular feel-good movies for a good ol’ night in.
Of course, he’s no stranger to the big and small screens, having also starred in the TV series Stig Of The Dump, as well as landing a role in Nanny McPhee.
Anyway, he’s now grown up to the age of 25, and this is what he looks like now…
What a smoulder.
22. Child Stars Then And Now: Christian From Clueless
Remember the heart-throb from this iconic ’90s chick flick? He broke Cher’s (and all of our) hearts when it transpired that he was gay. But he made a good BFF, so we got over it pretty quickly.
Anyway, the cast had a reunion. And here’s what he looks like now…
23. Child Stars Then And Now: The Little Rascals
Remember Alfalfa from The Little Rascals?! Y’know, the one with the cute smile and wiggly ears.
Well actor Bug Hall, 30, looks TOTALLY different now. We think. We can’t really tell behind that beard.
24. Child Stars Then And Now: The School Of Rock
We don’t know about you, but we love Jack Black – and this film has always had us roaring with laughter.
Remember the resident teacher’s pet Summer Hathaway? Well. She’s 22-years-old now. And gorgeous, of course.
25. Child Stars Then And Now: Lindsay Lohan’s Parent Trap Double
We all remember that film from our childhood, right? It pretty much summed up our relationship with our parents (or at least the one we wanted to have if we weren’t so chicken).
Now, Lindsay Lohan’s body double has been revealed. And she looks a LOT like her. Go figure.
Meet Erin Mackey, who is now a 29-year-old American actress. Minds = blown.
26. Child Stars Then And Now: Sabrina The Teenage Witch’s Harvey
How much did you LOVE Sabrina and Harvey? That was our relationship goals right there.
But the star, Nate Richert, could not look more different now. Gone is the floppy boy band haircut (aw, we loved the curtains) and baby face.
He took to Twitter to share this snap. At least his sense of humour is the same…
27. Child Stars Then And Now: Padma Patil From Harry Potter
The Harry Potter star’s Twitter account has come to light, which shows Afshan Azad, who played Padma Patil in the box office hit, all grown up. And super glam, we might add.
The star tweeted: “10,000 followers overnight. You lot are crrrrrayyyyyyzyyy!!!”
28. Child Stars Then And Now: The Kid From Jerry Maguire
With Father’s Day just around the corner, Jonathan Lipnicki has made a video for his on-screen dad, Tom Cruise.
And get ready to be absolutely dumbfounded by what he looks like now. We mean, hello six pack. Phew. You can watch the full video here.
29. Child Stars Then And Now: The Cruel Intentions Cast
Hands up who lists Cruel Intentions as one of their most pivotal films of the ’90s? WE DO. From Ryan Phillipe’s evil but seriously sexy Sebastian to Reese Witherspoon’s innocent Annette and Sarah Michelle Gellar playing the ultimate super-bitch, it was one of the most tense, dramatic and a tiny bit twisted films of our teenage years. And 16 years later, the ladies of the cast have reunited for a super cute girls night out. And they literally haven’t aged a day… Check out Selma Blair’s perfect Cecile pose!
‘Best girls night of the year!!! #cruelintentions’, Reese captioned the image on Facebook. Here’s hoping that Ryan was simply running late that day… ; )
30. Child Stars Then And Now: Matthew Lewis AKA Neville Longbottom
You know where we’re going with this. Everyone’s got that friend. The one that was a little late to the party. The late bloomer. Matt Lewis pretty much encompasses that. On-screen he played the reliable and perhaps slightly nerdy friend, off-screen he blossomed into a bit of a red carpet hottie, if you don’t mind.
Our worlds have been rocked by the latest shots of Matthew Lewis for Attitude Magazine. Ever since he made his Instagram account public – oh, that was a joyous day – the Harry Potter legend has been gaining queues of female fans with his hot new look. And we don’t blame them.
31. Child Stars Then And Now: Mara Wilson AKA Matilda
Flashback to a childhood Christmas next to the fire, with the twinkling of fairy lights and the Miracle On 34th Street on the box. Swoon.
Mara became a child superstar, with Mrs Doubtfire and Royal Dahl’s Matilda also under her belt. Now, she’s a keen writer and a self-proclaimed retweet curator.
32. Child Stars Then And Now: The Saved By The Bell Cast
Too many memories.
From our wardrobe crush on Kelly Kapowski to our school girl crush on the most popular guy in Bayside High School, Zack Morris, this has got to be one of the biggest nostalgia hits of all time.
These days, Tiffani Thiessen (AKA Kelly K) is pregnant and Screech has done a stint on Celebrity Big Brother UK.
33. Child Stars Then And Now: Cole Spouse AKA Ben Geller From Friends
This recognisable kid took on one of the biggest sitcom roles, playing Ross Geller’s son for two years. You may also recognise him from the comedy film Big Daddy, where he ran rings around Adam Sandler.
These days, the 22-year-old has lush long hair and pretty much encompasses every One Directioner’s fantasy.
34. Child Stars Then And Now: Anna Chlumsky AKA Vada Sultenfuss From My Girl
This film taught us a lot about our childhood. It was our first experience of a holiday romance, with the cutest puppy love storyline between Vada and her best friend Thomas (enter, Macaulay Culkin). And we still can’t stop the tears due to THAT ending.
It’s like Bambi’s mum all over again… Sob.
By Laura Jane Turner