15 New Millennium Child Stars Who Grew Up Overnight

Remember the Millennium? We all got reeeeeal excited about it, didn’t we? It was nothing more than just one year turning into the next much like any New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. But didn’t stop us all going totally crackers over it. 1999 turning into 2000 is just an arbitrary change, we know that now. But back then? The talk was all about the potential effects of Y2K and how the 21st Century would herald in new things… And, in a way, we suppose it did. Major news events just 18 months had a huge effect on the world. Things were changing. We were all growing up and getting older and, hopefully, a little wiser. Some us pretty quickly. For proof of what we’re rambling about, check out these top fifteen gallery of Millennium child stars who grew up overnight!

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Ariel Winter – The 17 year-old most famous for her role as Alex Dunphy in ABC’s hit sitcom Modern Family is no longer a little kid. As you can see in the photo on the right. Not only that, but she’s off to college soon as well. It makes you feel old when you hear that little Alex is all grown up, huh? It’s not been an easy growing up, though. In the past few months she’s undergone breast reduction surgery as well as pulled a Macauley Culkin and divorced her parents. That’s right, she’s officially emancipated from them. So we could maybe marry her…? As her Dad?! No, you’re right – that is too weird. Sorry.

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Kendall & Kylie Jenner – These two used to just be a couple of kids that no one had ever really heard of. But after a union of families with the mega-famous Kardashians, the pair went stratospheric. Appearing on reality TV shows and in newspapers and magazines all the time for years, they’re now famous in their own right, leading the way in what’s becoming known as ‘Social Media Modelling’. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’ve both grown up to be so fine…

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Demi Lovato – Back in the day, Demi Lovato was just a wee girl, running around the set of Barney & Friends. But soon, she was a Disney star, appearing in Camp Rock. Not long after she would sign a record deal. It wouldn’t be too much after that before she would become a huge singing star and judge on the American X Factor. Now she’s one of the pop world’s biggest deals and most desired young woman. And it’s not hard to see why. She is one smoking hot young lady…

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Abigail Breslin – Who’d believe that Abigail Breslin is almost twenty years old nowadays? And she’s clearly a fully-grown woman. We remember her starring opposite Steve Carell in Little Miss Sunshine all those years ago, when she was just ten years old (remember her in her little glasses…?). She was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar for it too. Since then she’s pitched up in films like Zombieland, Rango, Signs and Ender’s Game.

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Taylor Momsen – She might not be the world’s most famous blonde-haired Taylor, but she must be the best-loved Momsen. Anyway, it was a full fifteen years ago that we saw little Taylor appearing opposite Jim Carrey in Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Since then she’s been Jenny Humphrey in Gossip Girl and fronted the band, The Pretty Reckless. And on the subject of being pretty, well, we think you know where we’re going with this…

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Elle Fanning – Georgia-born Elle starred in Wonderland, Somewhere, We Bought a Zoo, Super 8 and as Aurora in 2014’s Maleficent. She’s also the younger sister of War of the Worlds’ Dakota Fanning. Back when the clocks struck Midnight in 2000, Elle was only two years old, can you believe it? And now look at her? Time flies, huh? Up next for Elle? Trumbo with Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren and Louis CK. Looks like she’s graduating into the big leagues of acting…

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Tyler Posey – Michael J. Fox’s replacement on the MTV version of Teen Wolf, Tyler Posey is 23 years old now. He was a child star in the early 2000s, making appearances in movies like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Collateral Damage and the terrible Ralph Fiennes/JLo rom-‘com’, Maid in Manhattan. The hunky actor also fronts the band Disappearing Jamie. We’re just glad that he shows no sign of disappearing!

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Bella Thorne – You might know her as Ruthy Spivey from My Own Worst Enemy. Or maybe CeCe Jones from Disney’s Shake It Up. The Floridian singer and model is only 17 years old and she really does seem to have grown up overnight. One minute they’re kids, the next they’re adults. All of these kids – well, former kids – here on this list seem to have changed in no time at all. It’s enough to make you feel really old, isn’t it?

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Jaden & Willow Smith – This home-schooled pair looked like tiny little versions of their parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, the last time we checked. Now just check ’em out! They’re getting older and well, maybe not wiser. Despite some movie roles and plenty of press attention, the pair still seem fairly immature. Mind you, you could blame the kookiness of their parents for that. After all, no normal kids claim to be able to control time, do they?!

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Ariana Grande – Nowadays she might well be one of the world’s hottest pop stars, but it wasn’t always that way. She’s 22 year-old now and it feels like she’s been around forever. Mind you, she kind of has. She was a child star, after all. Remember Victorious on Nickelodeon? She was Cat Valentine, wasn’t she? And now she’s everywhere. You can hardly turn on a TV or radio now without seeing or hearing her. And looking like that? We don’t really mind!

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Madison Pettis – Madison, now 17, played Sophie Martinez on the Disney Channel’s old sitcom Cory in the House, if you remember. Oh, and she was Peyton Kelly in the 2007 film The Game Plan. But as she gets older, she commands more and more attention from bloggers and paparazzi with her burgeoning figure. In fact, you know what’s coming for her as when you type ‘Madison Pettis’ into Google, you get offered ‘Madison Pettis booty’ as an option…

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Tyler James Williams – He was Chris in Everyone Hates Chris, the Chris Rock-inspired sitcom (damn, that’s a lot of ‘Chris’s…). Anyway, Everyone LOVED Chris. Or at least loved Tyler. The actor and rapper has gone big since those days. And hot. Clearly. And he’s hugely recognizable too. And not just because of Everyone Hates Chris. A huge chunk of the world will know him as Noah from AMC’s smash hit zombie thriller series, The Walking Dead.

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Zendaya – Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman is a singer, actress, dancer and model who at just 17 was the youngest ever contestant in Dancing With The Stars, finishing runner-up. She’s currently starring as the character K.C Cooper in the Disney Channel’s latest series K.C. Undercover. And in terms of hotness? Well, it’s almost indescribable. Really. So we’re not going to try and describe. Just have a look at her instead. A picture paints a thousand words.

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Taylor Lautner – Ah, Twilight. It seems like an age ago that the vampire/werewolf movie franchise of Twilight was all anyone could talk about, doesn’t it? And while Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have gone on to become grade A Hollywood stars, Taylor Lautner’s career’s stalled somewhat. He starred in the action thriller Abduction post-Twilight back in 2011, but since then he’s been a little quiet. Still, there’s no denying that he’s turned into a fine figure of a man.

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Keke Palmer – It was way back in September 2007 that Keke released her first studio album. Plenty have followed and she just gets older and hotter with each one. She’s 22 now and looking fine. It’s not just music, though. Keke’s a film star too. She’s pitched up in films like Akeelah and the Bee, Madea’s Family Reunion, The Longshots, Shrink, Joyful Noise, Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Virgin Mary. And we love her.

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