“Do you recall the movies that had such an impact on us as kids?” the ones who gave us chills, made us cry with laughter, and took us to faraway lands.” For their ability to transport us back to a moment of innocence, wonder, and inventiveness, films from our youth hold a special place in our hearts. Like me, you may have wondered what became of the talented performers who played those roles. These artists, who were once Hollywood’s brightest young stars, have grown up together with us. So, today we’ll discuss the fascinating transformations of actors we remember from classic movies from our youth. Okay, so let’s begin!
1. Drew Barrymore – Gertie,”E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)
Drew Barrymore began her career as a child actor, but her breakthrough role in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) launched her to prominence. Moreover, she afterwards appeared in a number of films and television shows, including “Never Been Kissed” (1999) and “Santa Clarita Diet” (2017-2019). It’s clear that even bee growing up, Drew Barrymore still appears energetic and fresh, and she is usually dressed to the nines.
2. Natalie Portman – Mathilda, “Léon: The Professional” (1994)
At the young age of 13, Natalie Portman became a household name because to her role as Mathilda in “Léon: The Professional” (1994). Both “Black Swan” (2010) and “Jackie” (2016), in which she appeared, received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. It’s wonderful that Natalie Portman, who is often pictured in a classic and polished style, continues to exude elegance and take great pleasure in her exquisite disposition.
3. Jodie Foster – Iris, “Taxi Driver” (1976)
Jodie Foster began acting in commercials at a young age and gained critical acclaim for her roles in films like “Taxi Driver” (1976) and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). While continuing to act, she has shifted from acting to directing. Jodie Foster has aged gracefully, still possesses a captivating screen presence, and presents herself with a confident and sophisticated demeanor.
4. Elijah Wood – Frodo Baggins, “The Lord of the Rings” (2001–2003)
Elijah Wood’s portrayal of Frodo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy (2001–2003) has brought him widespread acclaim. He’s been performing since he was a kid and has done everything from movies to TV shows. His signature blue eyes and boyish good looks have remained constant throughout his adult life.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio – Jack, “Titanic” (1997)
Leonardo DiCaprio began his acting career in commercials and television, and gained worldwide recognition for his role in “Titanic” (1997). He has since starred in critically acclaimed films such as “The Revenant” (2015) and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019) and a great number of big films in movie industry.
6. Kirsten Dunst – Claudia, “Interview with the Vampire” (1994)
Kirsten Dunst made her film debut at the age of six in “Interview with the Vampire” (1994). She has since appeared in numerous films, including the “Spider-Man” trilogy (2002-2007) and “Melancholia” (2011). Kirsten Dunst has transformed from a child star to a stunning adult actress. Her radiant smile is the greatest iconic which stamps in fans even when she often experiments with different hairstyles and fashion choices.
7. Joseph Gordon – Levitt as Roger Bomman “Angels in the Outfield” (1994)
Beginning as a young actor in movies like “Angels in the Outfield” (1994), Joseph Gordon-Levitt later rose to prominence for his part in the TV series “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996–2001). Since then, he has made cameos in films, including “Inception” (2010) and “500 Days of Summer” (2009). Evolving into a sophisticated and versatile actor, he often sports a well-groomed appearance and has a confident and charismatic aura.
8. Emma Watson – Hermione Granger, Harry Potter (2001-2011)
Emma Watson gained international fame for her role as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” film series (2001-2011), starting at the age of 11. She has continued to act in both film and theater, and has been involved in various activism and philanthropic endeavors. Not stop at acting career, Emma Watson has blossomed into a stylish. She often embraces a chic and elegant fashion sense and radiates poise and grace.
9. Christian Bale – Jim ‘Jamie’ Graham, “Empire of the Sun” (1987)
Christian Bale began his acting career as a child actor in commercials and gained critical acclaim for his role in “Empire of the Sun” (1987). He has since appeared in several notable films, including “The Dark Knight” trilogy (2005-2012) and “American Psycho” (2000). Christian Bale has undergone significant physical changes in his roles but still has a rough and intense appearance. He often has a chiseled appearance and can adapt to various styles.
10. Scarlett Johansson – Charlotte, “Lost in Translation” (2003)
Scarlett Johansson is known for her timeless beauty, often rocking glamorous and chic looks both on and off the red carpet. She started her acting career as a child and gained wider recognition for her roles in films like “Lost in Translation” (2003) and “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (2003). She has since become one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses and has starred in films like “The Avengers” series and “Marriage Story” (2019).
11. Neil Patrick Harris – Doogie Howser, “Doogie Howser, M.D.” (1989-1993)
Neil Patrick Harri began his acting career as a child actor in the TV series “Doogie Howser, M.D.” (1989-1993). He has since starred in various TV shows, such as “How I Met Your Mother” (2005- 2014)
12. Macaulay Culkin – Kelvin, “Home Alone” (1990-1992)
The “Home Alone” films, which ran from 1990 to 1992, helped Macaulay Culkin become a household name. Since making a comeback, he has acted in films including “Changeland” and “American Horror Story” (both 2019).
13. Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter, “Harry Potter” (2011-2011)
Daniel Radcliffe achieved immense popularity for his role as Harry Potter in the “Harry Potter” film series (2001-2011). He has continued to act in a variety of films and theater productions, showcasing his versatility as an actor.
14. Haley Joel Osment – Cole Sear, “The Sixth Sense” (1999)
Haley Joel Osment gained critical acclaim for his performance in “The Sixth Sense” (1999) as a child actor. He has continued to act in both film and television, appearing in projects such as “Silicon Valley” (2017-2019) and “The Boys” (2019).
15. Emma Stone – Olive, “Easy A” (2010)
Emma Stone started her acting career in her teens and gained recognition for her roles in films like “Easy A” (2010) and “The Help” (2011). She has since become one of Hollywood’s leading actresses, starring in movies like “La La Land” (2016) and “The Favourite” (2018). She has changed her appearance since her very first role. While she has matured over the years, she has evolved into a sophisticated and elegant actress, often seen at red-carpet events in glamorous outfits and stylish ensembles.