When we look back at pictures of ourselves as little babies or young children, it’s often weird to think that that weird little miniature person is actually you, isn’t it? A snap from decades ago, it seems like another world almost. But you know, deep down that it’s you. There are some recognizable characteristics there, some unmistakable features. But we don’t all have that. In fact, lots of little ‘uns grow up to look virtually nothing like they did years before. And never is that more true than in Tinseltown. To prove our point, we’ve gathered fifteen comparison shots of the child stars we barely recognize today for you…
Lark Voorhies – Lark Voorhies-Green (as she’s now known) is an American actress who found fame playing the ever-cute Lisa Turtle in the hit US school comedy show Saved by the Bell from 1988 right up until it finished back in 1993. So well received was she that she was nominated for the ‘Young Artist Award’ an impressive six times, winning in 1990 and 1993. But since then? It’s been all change physically for Lark. Just look at her! Is this drastic look the result of surgery of just age? We’re not sure. But it’s pretty crazy, right?!
Jerry O’Connell – Cheery-flavored Pez-loving Vern Tessio from Stand By Me was a tubby little chap that people used to tease. No one’s laughing now though, are they?! Only the actor that played Vern, Jerry O’Connell, turned out to be a real hunk! Star of Kangaroo Jack, Sliders, Scream 2 and Jerry Maguire, he really is the cat got the got the cream… He married the beautiful model Rebecca Romjin and had twins with her.
Jason Zimbler – Mellissa Joan Hart’s co-star in the smash hit Nickelodeon show Clarissa Explains It All, Jason Zimbler, you might remember, played Clarissa’s nerdy and yet fiendish younger brother Ferguson Darling. Back then he was a little ginger squirt. Now though? Well, he’s kinda the same, but he’s bald. But it’s funny how just one little physical change can make such a difference. Just look at him now!
Alyson Stoner – A versatile actress, dancer, choreographer and even singer, Alyson Stoner is known to most of us as the character Max from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, although you might know her as Sarah Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen, Camille Gage in the Step Up movies or even as Caitlyn Gellar in the Camp Rock franchise. As a kid. But as an adult? Whoa! She’s a hot tamale who has been a background dancer for several big stars including the likes of Missy Elliott, Eminem, Outkast and Will Smith.
Josh Peck – Known for his role as Josh in Nickelodeon’s comedy show Drake & Josh, Peck became a bit of a worldwide star after these surprising ‘before and after’ shots went viral online. Most people remember him as the fat boy from that kids TV show. So it’s no shock that hardly anyone could believe the crazy transformation when pictures of him as a young man surfaced. It’s quite the change, huh? He was always cute, but he’s a bona fide dish nowadays!
Jonathan Lipnicki – Another child star and member of the cast of Jerry Maguire cast (like Jerry O’Connell earlier on this list), Jonathan Lipnicki, like Josh Peck, caused quite the stir when puberty kicked in. He went from geeky but cute little kid in movies to rippling and hench buff pin up. How strange. Let’s be frank, no one saw THAT coming, did they?! We certainly didn’t.
Miko Hughes – As the rather nastily-named Gage Creed from Pet Cemetery, Miko Hughes was a cute enough kid made to look like a bit of a demon. We knew him as a child from other movies too. Apollo 13 opposite Tom Hanks, Mercury Rising with Bruce Willis… He was also Aaron in Full House from 1990 to 1995. But look how different he looks now as an adult. He’s a handsome man and that’s for sure!
Kate Maberly – Kate made her big break when she bagged the role of Mary Lennox in the 1993 children’s classic, The Secret Garden. She went on to appear in a whole host of TV shows, movies and miniseries like The Langoliers (based on Stephen King’s book of the same name). Now she’s all grown up and combines acting and singing for her career. And with her stunning good looks? We might have to seek out her work!
Ross Hull – Nowadays he’s a Canadian weatherman. He works for Global Toronto telling people over the border all about just how much snow they can expect exactly. But back years ago? He was the speccy geek kid from Who’s Afraid Of The Dark? on Nickelodeon. But the years have been kind to Ross Hull. Just look at him now. All professional and in a suit…
Jenna von Oÿ – It’s Blossom’s best friend, Six LeMeure! Her and Blossom, if we can be so rude, weren’t exactly the prettiest two young girls around, were they? Hey, look – we’re not saying they’re ugly. We’re just saying that they, er, weren’t ‘conventionally good looking’. But Jenna sure grow up differently. Just check out how sultry she looks up there on the right!
Macauley Culkin – We all know about what happened with the star of Home Alone. A child star, he hit the skids after fame kicked in and he divorced his parents (it’s called ’emancipation’, technically). And what did go wrong? Well, his career tailed off and he went a bit weird. The cuteness wore off and he looks a little weathered now, we’re sure you’d agree.
Haley Joel Osment – Talk about a drastic change! The child actor that everyone was talking about after starring in the Bruce Willis paranormal thriller The Sixth Sense, Osment followed up his role with a turn in Pay It Forward. But just check out this crazy before and after. Even without the the beard and hair, HJO’s looking a whole lot different now. The eyes are still the same, though.
Tina Majorino – The picture on the left shows Tina as you might remember her as an adolescent in the weird indie flick Napoleon Dynamite. She play Napoleon’s love interest Deb. But cast your minds way back to the turkeyfest that was Waterworld. Remember the little girl who couldn’t swear that Jeanne Tripplehorn’s character looked after? Well, that was her. Now? She’s 30. And looking fine!
Jaleel White – Hey, look everyone! It’s Urkel! Funny little Steve Urkel from Family Matters. But that was when he was twelve. But check him out now he’s in his late thirties. He’s handsome! Who’d have thought it, huh? Urkel’s now a dish. Who saw that coming, huh? We certainly didn’t!
Christina Ricci – Another big child star who grew up to be quite stunning attractive, Christina Ricci has – unlike a lot of kids that get famous, managed to maintain her fame and profile. We remember her as the dry, smart daughter Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. But since then she’s been in a hundred and one films. Looking stunning in every one!