There’s just no saying how good looking you’re going to be when you’re older. There’s an old adage about how ugly babies make the best looking adults. And the flip side being that the pretty and cute little ‘uns usually end up being less than pretty and cute when they grow up. So if you want to find out whether or not you’re attractive, maybe check through your old family photo albums. If you were an ugly baby – you’re good looking. If you were cute, well… You know. So, onto the child stars. You know that the fifteen in this gallery were all cute babies. Only nowadays? Not so much…
Lindsay Lohan to start us off, then. Now, we all know exactly why – or what – has caused Ms. Lohan to go from cutey pie to mess. Her lifestyle (to put it politely). We all know that she’s naturally very pretty and would look great if it wasn’t for her ‘lifestyle’. As we can see from the various mugshots of hers from over the years, the years have not been kind to her. And by ‘years’, we – of course – mean ‘beers’.
Damn, even Haley Joel Osment’s suits have got worse. From adorable psychic kid in The Sixth Sense to pudgy adult in, well, not very much. We last saw him in Kevin Smith’s weird indie horror Tusk and he was really good. So we know he still has his acting chops about him. It’s just such a shame his looks went awry quite so spectacularly. This is as horrible as ageing gets, we’re afraid. Poor ol’ HJO.
SCREECH! Saved By The Bell’s Dustin Diamond was never a pin-up, was he? So there aren’t many of us out in TV Audience Land that expected Double D to grow up to be a dishy heart-throb. But even so…. We think that perhaps the main reason he’s so off-putting is his personality. Sure, he’s ugly, but when you read about some of the things he gets up to – well, you don’t want to look at him again. We won’t go into detail, it’s too gross. Google it.
Happy Days is most famous for producing The Fonz. But we can’t forget that it gave a platform for Hollywood big hitter Ron Howard too. He’s an A-List movie director nowadays, helming such films as Rush and Apollo 13, but back then? He was the cute little Richie Cunningham. But time was not Ron’s pal. Since then, he’s gone all sorts of wrong. The poor guy. Even Fonzie wouldn’t give his looks the thumbs up!
Remember Danny Bonaduce from The Partridge Family? Sure you do! He was the little red-haired kid. But since those halcyon days, Danny’s been involved in boxing, wrestling, shock jock radio shows, altercations… He’s even been a biker! All of these things combine to create a mug that only a mother could love. Through gritted teeth.
Taran Noah Smith is mostly known around the world for his role as Marcus “Mark” Jason Taylor, the youngest kid on the sitcom Home Improvement. You know, one of Tim Allen’s sons. A cute little ‘un, he didn’t really maintain that as he grew up. Still, he’s not too fussed as he doesn’t act anymore. Him and his wife run a vegan cheese producing company!
Corey Feldman is the very epitome of the ‘child star’. His fame as a kid was immense, he was seemingly in every big family movie of the 1980s. Since then, though? Not much. A few TV appearances and newspapaer headlines he’d prefer not to have read. And his looks have gone too. Oh, brother. It’s all gone wrong.
Kate Moss hit the big time early. She was modelling as a child and became a supermodel very young too. So while it seems she’s been around forever, she really hasn’t. Although you wouldn’t know it to look at her. She looks OLD now. It’s definitely lifestyle based too. A heavy smoker and drinker, Kate Moss has always been one for the party life. And it certainly shows now.
The pin-up child in this list. Alongside Haley Joel Osment, Macauley Culkin is The Man when is comes to child stars losing their looks. A stressful childhood in the glare of the paparazzis’ bulbs, a divorce from his parents and a movie career that imploded, you can see each and every worry line on the Home Alone star’s face, can’t you?!
Jeremy Miller played Ben Seaver in Growing Pains and enjoyed the limelight. While it lasted. One thing he didn’t enjoy? The weird stalker he had as a kid. That’s not cool, is it – stalking a kid? The guy even threatened to kill Miller. After the show, Miller got hooked on booze and turned into a middle-aged insurance salesman, from the look of his recent photos. What we’re saying is, he didn’t age well.
Clint Howard is an ugly man. There’s little point beating around the bush on this one, is there? He is. True, he was never the most pinchy-faced little critter out there in TV land, but Ron Howard’s little big brother just got worse. You can’t laugh too much, though. Everyone who loves cult films love Clint and his weird little cameos.
Sean Astin was cute as Mikey from The Goonies. But, as his career went on and he appeared in flicks such as Memphis Belle, California Man and Toy Soldiers, his looks faded. And by the time he played Frodo’s dependable companion Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy? He was positively rough looking. Sorry, Sean – but it’s true…
Jerry Maguire’s little rascal was played by Jonathon Lipnicki. Lipnicki’s grown up a little strange. He’s a super-stacked bodybuilder who some people would say is quite hot. But with veins all over the place and 18 hours a day spent in gym, we’re not so sure. And it doesn’t matter how much he works out, sadly – he’ll always have that mushky. What? It’s not a great face…
Peter Ostrum played Charlie Bucket in the original 1971 movie version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Nowadays? He’s looking a bit like one of the dudes who wanders into the house on To Catch a Predator. Or a waxwork of a Nazi doctor. But he’s neither (we promise). He’s a practicing veterinarian surgeon. Which is much nicer.
Mara Wilson starred in a few kids’ movies, most notably Matilda. Big things were predicted for her career, but for one reason or another, she stepped away from the camera and is concentrating on life at a keyboard instead. It’s admittedly harsh to say that Mara’s ‘aged horribly’, but even she wouldn’t argue that she developed leading lady looks.