Child Celebrities that Look Nothing Like They Do Now
Being a child celebrity is possibly one of the hardest things in this world. You have to grow up on the set of a movie or television and get used to a myriad of things that no kid is really prepared for. The pressure of maintaining a cute image is even worse. Here we have ten celebrity child stars that you might not recognize anymore.
1. Steven Anthony Lawrence
Most of our readers probably grew up watching the show Even Stevens on the Disney Channel, and you should also remember Beans, played by a young Steven. This child was adorably nerdy with an unhealthy obsession with bacon, but the actor’s looks only suited a certain kind of role in Hollywood.
After the show, Lawrence could not find any more acting jobs, so he had to resort to other things just like the rest of us. A fan encountered Steven on December 2015 and posted a picture on his social media of Steven working at a mall as one of Santa’s helpers.
2. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
These girls were the most famous child celebrities in the 1990s after starting out as babies in Fullhouse. By the time they were teenagers, they had created a huge empire consisting of novels, films, products, and ads. Sadly, as adults, the twins could not find much success in acting after New York Minute failed.
They decided to focus on their fashion business, and you might be surprised by their looks now, as it seems like they got a lot of work done on their faces. Their little sister, Elizabeth Olsen, is having better luck in the industry after joining the MCU.
3. Aaron Carter
We all remember the Backstreets Boys and the blonde cutie Nick Carter. His little brother, Aaron, started his career at a young age piggy-backing out of Nick’s fame. He was doing pretty well, but suddenly Aaron was gone from the spotlight.
After becoming an adult, he struggled with many things, and most fans of the pre-teen idol would not recognize him today. He got inked all over his body, and you can tell that he used drugs at some point. He and Nick do not get along anymore either.
4. Susan Olsen
She played the adorable youngest kid on The Brady Bunch, and people loved her sassiness and her charm. The show ran from 1969 to 1974, and though we probably expected Susan to become an amazing adult, most fans would not recognize her anymore.
She has had trouble for saying the wrong things on the radio, where she fought with a gay actor, not caring about hurting his feelings. We hope she reflects on this aspect because Olsen was so beloved as a child star.
5. Jake Lloyd
This cutie became the face of a young Anakin Skywalker on Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, and he was highly sought after from then on. He got many parts in films, he did the voices for several video games, and more.
However, later on, he decided to step back from acting to have a normal life. He got into trouble in 2015 which led to being chased by the police. His mother said that Lloyd suffered from schizophrenia and went to prison before attending a proper mental institution.
6. Macaulay Culkin
Depending on your age, you probably remember this actor from Home Alone, Richie Rich, and Uncle Buck. He is perhaps the most famous child star ever, and Culkin once featured on Michael Jackson’s Black or White video.
He took a break from acting when he got older, and when he surfaced in the spotlight, no one could recognize him anymore. He was too white and skinny, which led to rumors about possible drug use, but the actor denied them all.
7. Amanda Bynes
You probably remember her clearly from Nickelodeon, where she started working at just seven years old. She hosted her own series The Amanda Show and was a teen sensation who released several romantic movies. She took a break from acting later on.
Her life was filled with several encounters with the law, and drugs were involved. It’s said that she had a nervous breakdown and was institutionalized for a while. Lately, Bynes seems to be doing better and might be returning to the big screen soon.
8. Edward Furlong
Furlong was a child star from the 90s, who everyone thought had a great future ahead of him after his role as John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and his part in American History X. He also appeared in CSI: New York.
Sadly, his life took a turn, and now he is unrecognizable. Like other stars on this list, he has faced problems with the police after a fight with his girlfriend. Some fans even think he got some plastic surgery done because of his completely different looks.
9. Lindsay Lohan
This child star from the Disney Channel was hugely famous, especially after The Parent Trap. Later on, she starred in Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, becoming a worldwide sensation. However, just when she was at the top of her career, things got tricky.
Lohan had several problems with her family and started dabbling with plastic surgery. She was sent to rehab several times and got a couple of DUIs. It seems like she is doing better these days, away from the spotlight.
10. Brian Bonsall
He played Michael J. Fox’s brother in Family Ties, and he was just adorable back then. We wish that kids never grew up sometimes, especially in Brian Bonsall’s case because he quit acting to pursue a career in rock and has changed completely.
He got inked all over his body and had trouble with the law as well later on in his life. The former actor is apparently doing much better these days, but we still cannot get over how much his looks have changed. This profession is obviously not meant for kids.
What did you think of these child star transformations? What do you think happens when they grow up that they have such similar troubles? We would like to know your opinion, so leave a comment down below and share this article with all your friends who watched these shows years ago.
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