THEN AND NOW: 30 child actors all grown up
Abigail Breslin earned an Oscar nomination for her role in "Little Miss Sunshine" at age 10.
Eight-year-old Dakota Fanning was the youngest nominee in the history of the SAG Awards.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson grew up on screen while filming "Harry Potter."
Ke Huy Quan played Data, the character with a gadget for every occasion, in "The Goonies."
Quan also starred in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" in 1984.
After a long break from acting, Quan won an Oscar for best supporting actor in the acclaimed 2022 film "Everything Everywhere All At Once."
Quan has shared how he struggled to find acting work after filming "The Goonies" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" as a child. He eventually moved behind the camera, working as a stunt coordinator on "X-Men" and "Enigma," and earned credits as a cinematographer and assistant director.
The success of "Everything Everywhere All At Once" in 2022 pushed Quan back into the spotlight 38 years after his film debut, and it earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor at the 2023 awards. He is also set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in "Loki" season two this summer.
Quan told reporters the day after his Oscars win that all of his fellow "Goonies" cast members reached out to congratulate him.
"I love all of them so much," he said, according to AP News. "Every single one of them was so happy ... We're family forever. Goonies never say die."
Hailee Steinfeld's performance in 2010's "True Grit" earned her an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.
Steinfeld was 14 years old at the 2011 Oscars.
She now stars as Kate Bishop in the Marvel series "Hawkeye" and enjoys a successful music career.
Steinfeld is known for roles in films such as "The Edge of Seventeen" and "Pitch Perfect 3." She also played poet Emily Dickinson in Apple TV's "Dickinson."
In addition to her acting, Steinfeld is a pop star who released her debut album, "Haiz," in 2015. Some of her songs have gone platinum multiple times, including "Love Myself" and "Starving." She released her latest single, "Coast," featuring Anderson .Paak in 2022.
Haley Joel Osment was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in "The Sixth Sense."
Osment was 10 years old when he delivered his iconic line, "I see dead people."
He still appears in movies and TV shows, and he also does voiceover work.
After appearing in movies throughout his childhood, he studied at New York University and did "work practically no one saw for a long time," he told The Guardian in 2020, before slowly appearing on screen again.
Osment most recently appeared in the movie "Somebody I Used to Know," which was released on Amazon Prime Video in February, and he has lent his voice to "Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous," "American Dad!," "Star Trek: Lower Decks," "Robot Chicken," and the video game "Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory."
Dylan and Cole Sprouse played Zack and Cody Martin on Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."
The Sprouse twins played Tipton Hotel residents Zack and Cody Martin on the Disney Channel sitcom from 2005 to 2008, and the subsequent spin-off "The Suite Life on Deck" from 2008 to 2011.
After a brief break from acting to attend New York University, the Sprouse twins are back to acting in TV shows and films.
Cole appeared in 2019's "Five Feet Apart," and he currently plays Jughead Jones on The CW's hit drama "Riverdale," a recurring role he's had since 2017. He also starred in the horror podcast "Borrasca" in 2020.
Dylan returned to the screen for 2017's indie "Dismissed" and, in his biggest role since his hiatus, he appeared in 2020's "After We Collided" as Trevor. He has also appeared in two music videos: Camila Cabello's "Consequences" and Ygo's "Think About You." But he's branched out to other industries too: He opened the All-Wise Meadery in Brooklyn, New York, with two business partners in 2018, and he started releasing a comic book in 2020.
Raven Symone played Olivia Kendall on "The Cosby Show" from 1989 to 1992.
She went on to star in "Doctor Doolittle" and "Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century."
After rising to fame in "That's So Raven" on Disney Channel, Symone returned to the network in a spinoff called "Raven's Home."
Symone left her gig as a cohost on "The View" to star in and executive produce "Raven's Home," which premiered in 2017.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson played the beloved trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the "Harry Potter" movies.
Radcliffe was 11 years old when he filmed "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the same age as the titular character in the book. The first film was released in 2001.
They grew up on screen throughout filming eight "Harry Potter" movies, and each has continued to enjoy a thriving acting career.
Daniel Radcliffe has worked consistently since the "Harry Potter" movies — he's experimented with different movie genres and appeared on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "The Cripple of Inishmaan," and "The Lifespan of a Fact." Last year, he played Al Yankovic in "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story."
Rupert Grint has worked on indie films and appeared in the West End's production of "Mojo" and "It's Only A Play" on Broadway. He welcomed his first child in May 2020.
Emma Watson has become a real-life Hermione with her feminist book club and advocacy for gender equality. Among other acting roles, she played Belle in Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" and Meg in 2019's "Little Women."
Mayim Bialik became famous playing Blossom Russo in the '90s TV show "Blossom."
Bialik landed the role when she was 12 years old and played Blossom for six seasons.
Bialik earned a doctorate in neuroscience and returned to Hollywood playing Amy Farrah Fowler in "The Big Bang Theory."
"The Big Bang Theory" aired its series finale on May 16, 2019. Bialik uses her platform to speak out about parenting and the pressure new mothers often face.
Bialik currently trades off hosting "Jeopardy!" with Ken Jennings, and she also stars in "Call Me Kat."
Abigail Breslin earned an Oscar nomination for her role in "Little Miss Sunshine" in 2006.
At 10 years old, she was one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Breslin played "Baby" in a 2017 remake of "Dirty Dancing" and appeared in the TV show "Scream Queens."
The original "Dirty Dancing" is a beloved, classic dance movie that's hard to top, and the remake was widely panned as "unnecessary."
Her latest roles were as Trish Weir in "Miranda's Victim" and Jules Jay in "Slayers." She also appeared in Little Rock in "Zombieland: Double Tap" in 2019.
She married Ira Kunyansky in January.
Frankie Muniz is best known as Malcolm from "Malcolm in the Middle" in the early 2000s.
The role earned him both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
After a stint on "Dancing with the Stars," Muniz left Hollywood to run an olive-oil shop in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife. He's also a race-car driver.
Muniz won third place on season 25 of "Dancing with the Stars" and hosted "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors."
He married longtime girlfriend Paige Price in February 2020. Together, they took over the premium olive-oil store Outrageous Olive Oils & Vinegars.
"We were looking for something to do together," Muniz told the Arizona Republic in 2019. "We had been customers at the store before and we just knew we liked the product and we wanted to do something together. Now, it's become our lives."
He is also pursuing a professional race-car driving career, according to his website, and he participated in the ARCA Menards Series pre-race practice in 2022.
Shannen Doherty played Jenny Wilder in "Little House on the Prairie" at age 11.
The television series was based on the "Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It aired from 1974 to 1983.
She later became known for her roles on "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed."
Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and entered remission, but she announced that the cancer had returned in February 2020.
Tia and Tamera Mowry played long-lost twins on the sitcom "Sister Sister."
They also played long-lost twins in the Disney Channel original movies "Twitches" and "Twitches Too" about twin witches.
The sisters, now 43, have released four books in their "Twintuition" book series, and they continue to act.
The Mowry twins took a break from acting to attend Pepperdine University, where both majored in psychology.
Tamera hosted the daytime talk show, "The Real," for seven years, but she announced her departure in July 2020. She also acted in "A Christmas Miracle" in 2019 and appeared on "The Masked Singer" as the Seashell in 2021.
Tia has also continued acting, with roles in "Baggage Claim" and "Indivisible," and a role on the TV show "Family Reunion." By 2015, Tia had her own Cooking Channel series, "Tia Mowry at Home," on which she taught recipes to celebrity guests. It led to cookbooks, a cookware line, and a YouTube channel, which has nearly 1 million subscribers.
The sisters have four books in their "Twintuition" series, which follows tween twins. The first book, "Double Vision," was released in 2015.
Another famous set of twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, got their start on "Full House."
The Olsen twins were babies when they began starring on "Full House" in 1987, and were 9 years old when it ended. They went on to star in their own TV series, "The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley" and "Two of a Kind," as well as a slew of movies, including "Passport to Paris" and "Our Lips Are Sealed."
The twins retired from acting to focus on fashion.
Mary-Kate last acted in "Beastly" in 2011, and Ashley's last major role was in "New York Minute" alongside her sister in 2004.
They launched their fashion line, The Row, in 2006, and the following year, they launched a second brand, Elizabeth and James, which sold sunglasses, jewelry, and bags. It reportedly slowed down operations in 2018 due to a dip in sales, Business of Fashion reported in 2019. As a result, they entered into a licensing agreement for the clothes to be sold exclusively at Kohl's.
Hilary Duff landed small parts in TV shows and made-for-TV movies before becoming known as Lizzie McGuire on the Disney Channel series of the same name.
After 65 episodes of "Lizzie McGuire" aired on Disney Channel, the 2003 "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" served as the series finale. The show made Duff a teen idol.
Duff has continued acting and is also working as a designer.
Duff designed a line of glasses for Glasses USA and recently launched a line of baby clothes with Carter's.
She has continued to act, appearing in an independent movie in 2019 called "The Haunting of Sharon Tate." She's had a successful TV career, with lead roles in "Younger" and the "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff, "How I Met Your Father."
A "Lizzie McGuire" reboot began production in 2019, but stalled when the script was deemed too inappropriate for Disney Plus viewers. Duff confirmed that the show had been cancelled in December.
Dakota Fanning's performance in the 2001 movie "I Am Sam" put her on the map.
She was the youngest nominee in the history of the Screen Actors Guild Awards at age 8.
Fanning hasn't slowed down.
As well as appearing in the "Twilight" saga movies and "Ocean's Eight," she appeared in the 2019 Quentin Tarantino movie "Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood" and starred in "The Nightingale" alongside her sister Elle in 2021.
She most recently played Susan Elizabeth Ford in "The First Lady" and Sara Howard in "The Alienist."
Jodie Foster got her start on TV shows such as "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" and "The Doris Day Show."
At 14 years old, Foster was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in the 1976 film "Taxi Driver."
She has been nominated for four Oscars, and has won two — both for best actress.
Foster won best actress for "The Accused" and "Silence of the Lambs." She most recently appeared in "Hotel Artemis" and "The Mauritanian."
Macaulay Culkin is best known as the mischief-making protagonist in the "Home Alone" movies.
The "Home Alone" movies, which came out in the 1990s, are holiday classics. Culkin was 10 when the first movie premiered.
He starred in other '90s movies, such as "My Girl" and "Richie Rich."
He took a break from acting in 1994, but returned with a few small roles in 2003, then starred in "American Horror Story" in 2021.
Macaulay also wrote an autobiography, co-founded a pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band called The Pizza Underground with which he toured before they split up in 2018, and hosted a podcast called Bunny Ears.
He has continued acting as well — among his roles, he played Michael Alig in "Party Monster" in 2003, and he did voiceover work for "Robot Chicken." He also appeared in "American Horror Story," and in 2022 he appeared in two episodes of "The Righteous Gemstones."
He welcomed a son, Dakota Song Culkin, in April 2021 with Brenda Song. Us Weekly reported the couple welcomed a second child in 2022. In November 2021, Culkin made a surprise catwalk appearance at the Gucci Love Parade show on Hollywood Boulevard.
Ross Bagley worked with Will Smith on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in the '90s.
He also played Buckwheat in "The Little Rascals."
Bagley has since appeared in several horror movies, but he also works as a realtor.
He was in "Dead Ringer" and "Gnome Alone." His most recent movie was "Dead Ringer" in 2015.
According to his Instagram, he is also a realtor and DJ.
Alisan Porter rose to fame as Curly Sue in the 1991 movie of the same name.
Porter won "Star Search" when she was 5 years old. In addition to "Curly Sue," she appeared on "The Golden Girls" and in a TV movie called "When You Remember Me."
Porter won season 10 of "The Voice" after years away from the spotlight.
Porter headlined a show in Las Vegas called "The Voice: Neon Dreams" after her victory on Christina Aguilera's team.
She previously ran a blog with business partner Celia Behar called Lil' Mamas.
Amanda Bynes' comedy skills helped her land her own show when she was 13 years old.
She won a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for "The Amanda Show" when she was 15.
Bynes has been on a hiatus from acting since 2010.
After a slew of successful movies including "What A Girl Wants," "Hairspray," "She's the Man," and "Easy A," Bynes took a break from acting due to struggles with substance abuse and mental health issues.
She earned an associate degree in Merchandise Product Development from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 2018 and told Paper magazine that she wants to return to acting.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt got his start on shows such as "Family Ties" and "Quantum Leap" before his breakout role in "10 Things I Hate About You."
He took a brief break from acting to attend Columbia University, but later dropped out to return to show business.
He continues to act and runs hitRECord, an online production company.
In recent years, Gordon-Levitt played the titular role of Edward Snowden in "Snowden," appeared in the comedy "The Night Before," and played Richard Schultz in "The Trial of the Chicago 7."
He most recently voiced Jiminy Cricket in "Pinocchio" and starred in the film "Flora and Son."
Jaleel White started playing Steve Urkel on "Family Matters" in 1988 when he was 12 years old.
Steve Urkel was only supposed to be on one episode of "Family Matters," but White ended up playing him for nine seasons due to the character's popularity.
He's continued acting, appearing in numerous television shows and movies such as "Dreamgirls."
Recent television appearances include "Raven's Home," "The Big Show Show," and "Fresh Off the Boat." He also starred in the 2022 film "The Greatest Inheritance."
Carrie Henn played Newt in the 1986 movie "Aliens."
Henn was 9 years old when she was cast as space orphan Newt in "Aliens," and had no prior acting experience. She won a Saturn Award for best performance by a younger actor.
Henn left acting and became a teacher.
She made an appearance at the Comic Con 30th Anniversary panel for "Aliens" in 2016, with fellow cast members Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton, but has otherwise stayed out of the limelight.
Mara Wilson played the titular character in "Matilda" in 1996.
Wilson was just 6 years old when she made her on-screen debut in "Mrs. Doubtfire" in 1993.
Wilson took a break from acting to focus on a career as an author and journalist, but continues to do voiceover work and make small cameos.
Wilson published a memoir called "Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame," wrote a play called "Sheeple," and has had bylines in various publications.
In 2021, she wrote an essay for The New York Times about the dangers of being a child star. As Insider's Zac Ntim reported, she wrote about her experiences of being sexualized by the media as a child, and she voiced her support for Britney Spears following FX's popular "Framing Britney Spears" documentary.
She has also lent her voice to characters in "BoJack Horseman" and "Big Hero 6: The Series."
Cali and Noelle Sheldon took turns playing Ross and Rachel's baby, Emma, on "Friends."
One twin would appear on camera while the other napped.
"All of the cast were super nice to us, they treated us all like little princesses and when we had holidays and stuff, they'd give us little Christmas gifts," Cali previously told Insider.
They most recently played twins named Becca and Lindsey in Jordan Peele's movie "Us."
"'Us' was an awesome experience for us because we go to meet all really influential people and obviously you can actually really remember that, so it was cool to be on the set of a real movie," Cali previously told Insider.
Lindsay Lohan's performance in "The Parent Trap" cemented her as a Hollywood mainstay.
She went on to star in favorites such as "Life Size," "Freaky Friday," and "Mean Girls."
After largely disappearing from the spotlight during the 2010s, she signed a deal with Netflix to appear in two new movies.
Lohan also enjoyed a successful music career with her debut album, "Speak," going platinum.
She was frequently photographed at nightclubs with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, a group that became known as the "Holy Trinity."
Lohan took a break from acting in the 2010s, moving abroad and opening beach clubs in Mykonos and Rhodes. In 2019, she spoke to Variety for an article titled "Lindsay Lohan Wants You to Forget Her Past."
"The first time I was in a tabloid, I was like, 'Oh, my God, I feel like Britney Spears!' because she was in a tabloid and I felt cool," she said. "Little did I know what would happen from there."
In 2022, she signed a deal with Netflix to appear in two new movies. The first movie, "Falling for Christmas," premiered in December.
In February 2023, she announced she is pregnant.
Scarlett Johansson booked her first acting job at 9 years old.
In 1994, she played Laura Nelson in "North" alongside Elijah Wood.
Johansson starred in "The Avengers" movies, including her own spin-off, "Black Widow."
She was the highest-paid actress in 2019, earning $56 million, according to Forbes.
At the 2020 Oscars, she was nominated for best actress in "Marriage Story" and best supporting actress in "JoJo Rabbit," joining just a handful of actors who have been nominated twice in the same year.
Quvenzhané Wallis was 9 years old when she was nominated for best actress for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" in 2013.
Wallis holds the record for youngest best actress nominee in history.
Wallis went on to play the titular role in a 2014 film adaptation of "Annie" and star as Kyra in "Black-ish."
She currently stars in "Swagger," a TV series based on Kevin Durant's experience playing youth basketball in the Amateur Athletic Union.
Wallis also made a cameo in Beyoncé's music video for "All Night" in 2016.
After a few small television parts, Kirsten Dunst landed roles alongside some of Hollywood's biggest names.
She played Claudia in "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" in 1994 with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise when she was 11 years old. A year later, she played Judy Shepherd in "Jumanji" with Robin Williams.
She's since appeared in iconic movies such as "Spider-Man," "Bring It On," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
She most recently starred in "The Power of the Dog," a thriller based on a book by Thomas Savage, in 2021. She earned an Oscar nomination for the role.
Her husband, Jesse Plemons, also earned an Oscar nod for his part in the film — in fact, they made history as one of two real-life couples to be nominated in the acting categories in the same year, alongside Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.
Alyson and Amanda Michalka were known as "Aly & AJ" on the Disney Channel in the mid-2000s.
Aly & AJ released their albums "Into the Rush" in 2005 and "Insomniatic" in 2007. They starred together in the Disney Channel original movie "Cow Belles" as well as "Super Sweet 16: The Movie."
Aly also acted in the Disney Channel series "Phil of the Future" from 2004 to 2006.
Both continue to enjoy acting careers, and they still make music together.
Aly most recently starred in the TV movie "Sand Dollar Cove," and an episode of "The Good Doctor" alongside AJ. AJ is currently voicing Catra in "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" as well as holding roles in "Schooled" and "The Goldbergs."
After briefly changing their band name and releasing music as 78Violet, they returned to their roots as Aly & AJ in 2017 with their EP "Ten Years," and their 2019 EP, "Sanctuary." They released their fifth studio album, "With Love From," in March 2023.
Elijah Wood starred in "North" in 1994.
His first movie role was "Video Game Boy" in "Back to the Future II."
He's best known for portraying Frodo Baggins in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
He and Daniel Radcliffe are often mistaken for each other. His recent acting work includes roles in "Star Wars Resistance," "Drunk History," and "Come to Daddy." He also appeared in an episode of "Yellowjackets" in 2023.
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