These Child Stars Had Total Glow-Ups
We all love a good transformation, but celebrity glow-ups are our favorite. We all watched these child stars grow up on our favorite TV shows and movies. Have you seen what they look like today?
Growing up on the big screen isn't as easy as you may think. The whole world is watching you go through your awkward puberty years. Yikes, honestly can't imagine. But the good thing for those child stars is that they eventually grow up, and in the best case scenario, they get super attractive.
We all love a good transformation, but celebrity glow-ups are our favorite. We all watched these child stars grow up on our favorite TV shows and movies. Have you seen what they look like today? For your viewing pleasure, we've put together 30 childstars who have not only remained successful, but look fabulous while doing it. Take a look!
Jessica Biel: Then
Over two decades ago, we met the rising star on the fan-favorite TV drama 7th Heaven, and immediately fell in love with her. 7th Heaven was the WB's longest-running drama and the longest-running family drama in television history.
Since her time on the show, Jessica Biel has had a very successful film career. Her first film was with Peter Fonda in Ulee's Gold in which she played his granddaughter. For her role, she won the Young Artist's Award.
Jessica Biel: Now
Jessica Biel is still turning heads on the red carpet after all these years. Her transformation from a sporty, fresh-faced beauty to a polished, fashion-forward lady is remarkable.
She received her first top-billing role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a remake of the original film of the same name. It was a huge success and put her in the spotlight as an actress. Now she's working in television, but this time as an executive producer for Cruel Summer, a new Freeform series.
Matthew Lewis: Then
This is the glow-up to end all glow-ups. Seriously. Matthew Lewis is the reason "glow-up" is even a famous phrase. Famous for his role as "Neville Longbottom" in the Harry Potter series, this former child star quickly became a fan-favorite.
While at the beginning of the series, Neville was known for his awkward appearance and unconventional body type, all that changed as the series progressed and he turned into quite a handsome gentleman.
Matthew Lewis: Now
By the fifth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Matthew Lewis had developed into the handsome and confident actor he is today. Lewis is still working on his acting career, but mainly starring in British TV shows like Ripper Street, Girlfriends, and Happy Valley.
He's also had some notable roles in films like the controversial Me Before You, also starring Emilia Clarke, and in the film Baby Done, a New Zealand comedy film. It seems Matthew Lewis is all grown up and moving on to bigger and better things - although maybe not as big as Harry Potter.
Abigail Breslin: Then
Little Miss Sunshine may be considered one of the greatest movies of the last 20 years. The young and talented actress, Abigail Breslin, stole everyone's hearts back in 2006 with her role as Olive Hoover.
Abigail Breslin: Now
Abigail Breslin's transformation over the years is quite impressive. Breslin hasn't slowed down one bit. In recent years, she has starred in Scream Queens, New Year's Eve, Dirty Dancing, Zombieland: Double Tap, and Stillwater.
Selena Gomez: Then
Selena Gomez won her first role as one of the cast members on Barney & Friends. However, Gomez got her big break on Disney Channel's popular TV series, Wizards of Waverly Place, in 2007.
Selena Gomez: Now
Selena is no longer the little girl who was casting spells on Wizards of Waverly Place. She's grown into a beautiful woman with goals and aspirations of her own. Now Gomez is a singer, actress, and she collaborates with various fashion brands.
Jaleel White: Then
Surely you remember the famous Steve Urkel from Family Matters. Jaleel White played the supernerd role of Steve Urkel for nine seasons. Although his looks back then were a wee bit questionable, his fans loved him and he simply embraced his nerdy look.
Jaleel White: Now
Ok, the only word for this glow-up from young nerd to beautiful man is: wow! Who would have thought that one day little Steve Urkel would be a piece of eye-candy?
Zac Efron: Then
Everyone remembers Zac Efron from Disney's High School Musical. We thought he was cute back in 2006, but have you seen him now?
Zac Efron: Now
Today, Zac Efron is one of the most notable actors in the industry. He's been cast in everything, from critically acclaimed musicals like The Greatest Showman, to a stuck-up frat boy in movies like Neighbors, Neighbors 2, and Baywatch, to serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and he has nailed them all.
Hailie Mathers: Then
You probably recognize Hailie Mathers's name from her father's rap lyrics. Hailie Mathers grew up in the spotlight thanks to her dad, Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem.
Hailie Mathers: Now
Today, Hailie Mathers is still in the spotlight as an Instagram influencer. She has more than 2 million followers on the platform. She uses her Instagram platform to keep her followers up-to-date on her career and personal life and is very fashion-forward.
Shia LeBeouf: Then
Shia LeBeouf began his acting career in the early 2000s with his role as Louis Stevens on the show, Even Stevens. Lebeouf basically grew up before our eyes on that show.
Shia LeBeouf: Now
Shia LeBeouf may have fallen off the radar over the last few years, but he's working on building his career back up. His most recent debut was in Peanut Butter Falcon. LeBeouf even presented an award at the 2020 Academy Awards with his Peanut Butter Falcon co-star, Zack Gottsagen.
Melissa Joan Hart: Then
Melissa Joan Hart, best known as Clarissa or Sabrina, seriously started her acting career at 15 years old. Her first acting gig was Clarissa in Clarissa Explains It All. Hart was later casted to play the role of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Melissa Joan Hart: Now
Melissa Joan Hart has remained a firm fixture on television. One of her most popular roles as an adult was on the sitcom Melissa and Joey from 2010 to 2015. We're just glad she decided to grow out her bangs since her Clarissa Explains It All days.
Hilary Duff: Then
Every young girl who grew up in the 1990s and early 2000s looked up to Hilary Duff's character, Lizzie McGuire. Disney Channel's hit TV series, Lizzie McGuire, is what put Hilary Duff on the map.
Hilary Duff: Now
Today Hilary Duff is still acting—she had a short stint on Gossip Girl and went on to star in Younger—and releasing new music every few years, and these days she stays busy with her two kiddos, Luca and Banks. Lizzie McGuire fans everywhere were stoked for the the possibility of a reboot, but rumor is that the reboot is most likely cancelled.
Dylan and Cole Sprouse: Then
Dylan and Cole Sprouse started their acting career at only 8 months old when they were cast in their first diaper commercial. The identical twins' first big role was in 1999 when they were cast as Julian McGrath in Adam Sandler's comedy, Big Daddy. However, most people recognize the twins from Disney Channel's popular show, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, that debuted in 2005 and lasted until 2011.
Dylan and Cole Sprouse: Now
After The Suite Life on Deck ended, Dylan and Cole Sprouse took some time off from their acting career to attend college at NYU. Cole immediately jumped back into acting when he was cast as Jughead Jones in the hit series, Riverdale. It took Dylan a little longer to get back in front of the camera, but in 2017 Dylan was cast in the movie Dismissed. The twins are real head turners now, aren't they?!
Candace Bure: Then
Candace Bure's first taste of fame came with the debut of everyone's favorite TV show, Full House. Starring as D.J. Tanner, Bure basically grew up on that show, as it it aired for eight years. Everyone wanted a big sister like D.J.!
Candace Bure: Now
Talk about a glow-up! Candace Bure has aged exceptionally well. Bure took a break from acting to raise her children, but now she is back to directing and acting. She might just be the queen of Hallmark movies and she just rapped up the reboot of Full House, known as Fuller House.
Miley Cyrus: Then
Miley Cyrus is possibly the most famous former Disney star thanks to everyone's childhood favorite Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana. In 2010, Cyrus starred in the movie, The Last Song, and she hasn't looked back since. Miley Cyrus was everyone's favorite teen idol!
Miley Cyrus: Now
Miley Cyrus grew up having the best of both worlds, and to be honest, she still kind of does. She shed her Disney roots and surprised her fans by transforming into a "bad girl" phase for a bit. Her look has changed drastically over the years, but she is slowly returning to her country girl roots.
Emma Watson: Then
Emma Watson joined the Harry Potter cast at 10 years old. Taking on the role of the infamous Hermoine Granger, she's spent most of her life in the spotlight. Watson was in her prime awkward years when she joined the Harry Potter cast, but she embraced it.
Emma Watson: Now
Emma Watson's Harry Potter days are long behind her, but she is beautiful as ever with her Hollywood glam. From acting to activist, today Watson uses her platform to speak out about women's issues, gender equality, and human rights.
Vanessa Hudgens: Then
Vanessa Hudgens began her acting career at a young age, but her big break didn't come until Disney Channel's High School Musical series. Hudgens's role in High School Musical completely changed her personal career plans. She was a teen idol for many years, so she was forced to maintain a clean image.
Vanessa Hudgens: Now
Hudgens eventually broke free of her Disney persona, and has starred in many popular movies such as Spring Breakers, The Princess Switch, and Bad Boys for Life. She's also become the "It Girl" style icon of Coachella.
Zendaya Coleman: Then
You may recognize Zendaya Coleman from her teen modeling career for brands like Macy's and Old Navy. She later danced her way into a lead role on Disney Channel's Shake It Up series when she was 14 years old.
Zendaya Coleman: Now
Zendaya eventually left Disney Channel, and her career isn't going to end any time soon. She has accomplished more than most in her 22 years. The avid dancer, singer, and actress has written a book, designed her own clothing line, starred alongside Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman, and joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And if that's not enough, she is also an activist and feminist fighting for diversity and equality.
Demi Lovato: Then
Demi Lovato began modeling and singing at 5 years old, and it was obvious she was destined to be in front of a camera. Along with young Selena Gomez, Lovato landed her first gig on the TV show Barney & Friends. Lovato later landed the lead role in Camp Rock, a Disney Channel Original Movie, and that was truly the beginning of her career.
Demi Lovato: Now
Despite all that Demi Lovato has been through the last few years, she has come out on top and gone the extra mile to share her story with her fans. Lovato's glow-up isn't only beautiful on the outside but on the inside too. We were always rooting for you, Demi!
Josh Peck: Then
Josh Peck was always known as the funny fat guy on Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh show. But have you seen him now?
Josh Peck: Now
Peck has continued his career on TV and in films, and he sure looks good doing it these days. Talk about a serious glow-up!
Keke Palmer: Then
Keke Palmer is best known for her role in the Nickelodeon show True Jackson, VP. Palmer was among the top five highest paid child stars at that time, earning $20,000 per episode.
Keke Palmer: Now
Palmer made the leap from child star to Hollywood icon look easy. The young actress, singer, TV host, and writer is still going strong. In 2019, she had a starring role in Hustlers alongside Jennifer Lopez, and now she has her own ABC talk show, Strahan Sarah and Keke.
Lacey Chabert: Then
If you don't recognize Lacey Chabert from the 1990s classic TV Drama, Party of Five, then surely you know her as Gretchen Wieners from everyone's favorite movie, Mean Girls. It was clear after Mean Girls debuted that Chabert would become one of our favorite celebrity child star glow-ups.
Lacey Chabert: Now
Lacey Chabert is like a fine wine; she only gets better with age. Chabert is still busy working as an actress. She's racked up nearly 20 Hallmark movies over the last 10 years.
Anna Paquin: Then
Anna Paquin won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Piano at only 11 years old. Paquin has alwasys been one of those annoyingly talented actresses that seems to be able to do no wrong. She wasn't the cutest kid, but that didn't really matter because the girl had talent.
Anna Paquin: Now
Anna Paquin has been flying under the radar lately, but she's still been busy with a few upcoming debuts. But who knew that little pale-skinned child star would grow up to look like this? Wow!
Ariana Grande: Then
Ariana, is that you?! In 2009, Grande got her first big gig on Nickelodeon's showVictorious. Since then, the actress and singer hasn't stopped pursuing her dreams.
Ariana Grande: Now
Now this is what we call a serious glow-up. She doesn't even look like the same person. Grande went from a quirky preteen actress to a powerhouse performer, and we are here for it!
Michelle Trachtenberg: Then
Michelle Trachtenberg has always looked oddly old for her age. Trachtenberg starred in several famous movies back in the day such as Harriet the Spy, Buffy, and Gossip Girl.
Michelle Trachtenberg: Now
Michelle Trachtenberg hasn't been seen on the big screen lately, but she still been busy! She has a passion for fashion, and that's exactly what she's been pursuing. We aren't sure if she will return to her acting days, but one thing is certain: she's simply stunning!
Anna Chlumsky: Then
Anna Chlumsky will always be remembered for her role in My Girl as Vada Sultenfuss back in 1991. Chlumsky stole our hearts then, and she still is today.
Anna Chlumsky: Now
Chlumsky took a hiatus from acting while she attended college. She returned to acting in 2005 and hasn't stopped since. Chlumsky looks better than ever and is in the best shape of her life!
Taylor Swift: Then
Taylor Swift entered the spotlifht when she was only 16 years old. Swift was the teen country superstar. Her songs were always at the top of the charts. She earned her first Grammy award for best new artist in 2008.
Taylor Swift: Now
Taylor Swift's career hasn't slowed down a bit over the years. It seems like her career has only improved, but her image has definitely shifted. She went from everyone's favorite country singer to everyone's favorite pop star. And we are loving her new look!
Kristen Stewart: Then
Kristen Stewart is one of the iconic actresses from our childhood. She is one of the few that wasn't a Disney Channel child star. Stewart has always looked and dressed sort of "tom-boyish," but the style has honestly worked for her throughout her career.
Kristen Stewart: Now
Kristen Stewart has certainly experimented with her outfits, hairdos, and overall style since her teenage years. Stewart has turned into a quirky, artistic icon and quite honestly, we love it!
Emily Osment: Then
Here's another young actress who got her first big break on Disney Channel. Emily Osment was cast a lead role in Hannah Montana, and she has never looked back.
Emily Osment: Now
Emily Osment briefly struggled with her own mental health, but has made a positive turn-around. Osment shared her story with her fans, and they look up to her for that. She's back to her normal, upbeat self and we are sure she has a very bright future ahead of her. She most recently starred in the Freeform show Young & Hungry for five seasons.
Kirsten Dunst: Then
Kirsten Dunst launched her acting career when she was only 7 years old. At such a young age she was a little creepy, but also couldn't have been a more perfect child star. You couldn't help but fall in love with the young actress!
Kirsten Dunst: Now
Dunst has always been best known for her role as Torrence on Bring It On even though she has played many other roles. But Dunst has officially grown out of her awkward cheerleading stage, and is truly stunning in more recent roles, like Bachelorette and Hidden Figures.
Beverly Mitchell: Then
Beverly Mitchell might be an actress you haven't thought of in a while. She is best known for playing Lucy Camden in the television series 7th Heaven. She was a bit of a quirky child star, but she certainly had her own fan base.
Beverly Mitchell: Now
Mitchell is still acting, most notably in The Secret Life of the American teenager. Mitchell is a mom two children and she has one on the way. She's confessed to several media outlets that acting is way easier than being a stay at home mom.
Natalie Portman: Then
Natalie Portman has always been one of the most beloved actresses in Hollywood. She has been stealing hearts ever since she was just a kid. It didn't take her long to claim fame as she was only 12 when she starred in her first major motion picture, Leon: The Professional.
Natalie Portman: Now
Today, fans try to replicate Portman's gorgeous look; her hair, her style, and her flawless skin. Portman is now though of as a loveable actress, activist, and a beauty icon.