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Napoleon Dynamite Then and Now
For most of us, our childhood years were full of fun, games, and getting up to mischief. We used to spend our days snoozing our alarm clock actually, we still do this and waiting for our parents to kick us out of bed to get ready for school, then pay attention to anything BUT our school work when we got there — because hanging out under the bleachers is so much more fun than learning geometry, right? Then, as soon as we get home we stick on our video game console to play Sonic the Hedgehog for hours on end. And it was great — can we go back, please? But for some kids, growing up is a whoooooole lot different. There were a whole host of movies that featured nearly all-children casts — so child stars were in high demand! With Disney and the Mickey Mouse Club hot on the heels of any kid who had talent to be fair, they had a keen eagle eye for actual talent , these shows brought us some of the biggest names of today — like Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and more. But there were also a bucket load of other child stars on our screens at the time…some you might not even remember! So check out this list of some of the most memorable child stars of our time, then and now. Not bad for a first gig, ey? Just look at that hair! After this initial stint, the Love Hewitt began a staple in the professional world, and she went on to star in Sister Act: She also continues to pursue her music career. Zac Efron Oh, how we love a good haircut! Zac Efron is one of the most prominent child stars of recent years and began acting during his adolescent years with guest roles on numerous TV shows such as ER. He has recently appeared in Bad Neighbors 1 and 2, and Baywatch and is due to start shooting a new movie, in which he stars as the serial killer, Ted Bundy. Emma Watson Emma Watson is the girl we all want to be. With the brains, the talents and the looks — she has everything. Oh, and she was a witch! Watson shot to fame at the age of 9-years-old, when she was cast in the hugely popular Harry Potter franchise as Hermione Granger. Taylor Swift Everyone has heard of T-Swizzle, whether you like pop and country music or not. At the age of 14, Swift and her family moved to Nashville to pursue her music career — and it definitely paid off! Taylor Lautner The other Taylor. Although he began appearing in small roles from the age of 9, Taylor Lautner first graced the big screen with his adorable face in in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl — little did he know his career had barely started. Alyssa Milano Where can we get that sweater? But before she started using the Power of Three, Milano had a hugely successful child acting career. After taking a little break from acting to focus on her family life, Milano will be returning with a bang to star in the reboot, Wet Hot American Summer: Despite the fact she only had a small role in the first movie, Wright soon became a huge player in the franchise, and even ends up marrying Harry Potter himself! After her time on Harry Potter, Bonnie starred in numerous TV shows and movies but spends most of her time creating and producing movies for her own company, Bon Bon Lumiere. Justin Timberlake Believe it or not, but there was a time when Justin Timberlake was even more adorable than he is now! Since then, JT has been in the public limelight for all of his life, throughout his time in NSYNC, and his current role as both a musician and an actor. Christina Ricci Christina Ricci won her first acting debut at the age of 10 in the movie, Mermaids where she got to work alongside Cher! She currently stars as Zelda Fitzgerald in the Amazon period drama, Z: The Beginning of Everything. The singer and actress scored her lead acting gig at the age of 14 and soon went on to star in Cheaper by the Dozen, Agent Cody Banks, A Cinderella Story and more — as well as launching her solo music career. She released her last album in , but is in the process of releasing her next one, while raising her son. Nicholas Hoult Baby-faced Nicholas Hoult made his first professional acting debut at the age of 7 in Intimate Relations but received international recognition for his portrayal of the bullied schoolboy, Marcus Brewer in the British-American movie, About A Boy. He is now taking over the world of Hollywood and has starred in the recent X-Men films, as well as Mad Max: Michelle Trachtenberg You may know her as the dastardly Georgina Sparks from Gossip Girl, but before Michelle was ruining the lives of those on the Upper East Side, she was a hugely popular child actress. From an early age 3-years-old, to be exact! Michelle appeared in hundreds of TV commercials, before landing her first breakout role in Harriet and the Spy in Kristen Stewart Is that a smile we see?! Nowadays, Stewart is most known for her role in the Twilight Saga but has since branched out into more independent and unique movies, like Clouds of Sils Maria, Adventureland, and Into The Wild. She currently has a few new movies in the works. Dakota Fanning Dakota Fanning is perhaps one of the most well-known child stars out there, and started off pretty young — at just 7-years-old! Tina Majorino Tina Marjorino initially made a name for herself as a scene-stealing child actress in films far from child-friendly: Paul Butcher Well, Paul Butcher has definitely grown up. Paul first rose to fame from a young and extremely cute age, as Dustin Brooks on the popular Disney show, Zoey Since then, he has had a rather slow and steady acting career, appearing in guest roles on Criminal Minds, Comedy Bang Bang and King of the Hill. He is currently in his final year of study at the University of California, so there could be a chance of seeing more of him sometime soon… Shia LaBeouf Controversy is never far away from the Shia LaBeouf name, even when he was a child star! Shia made debuted his acting talents in the early s as Louis Stevens on the popular Disney show, Even Stevens. After this, Norris was awarded a main role in the hit teen series, One Tree Hill. Norris is still acting today, having recently appeared in five episodes of the Boy Meets World spin-off show, Girl Meets World. After five seasons, the show was scrapped and has since worked on her own reality TV show. She then starred in Trading Mom in , before taking a break from acting to focus on her studies. Chlumsky returned to the world of acting in and has since worked on TV and on the stage. She will soon be appearing on season four of Halt and Catch Fire. However, the actress began to struggle with the pressures of fame and had a momentary blip we all know the one! Now, Lohan has righted her wrongs and is even in the process of making her own TV show. Jaleel White Jaleel White landed his most notable acting job at the age of 12, as a guest star on Family Matters. Appearing as funny-man Steve Urkel, Jaleel was only meant to be on just one episode but proved so popular that producers kept him on as a regular! He has since been pretty quiet on the acting front but has written a comedy sketch show which will make its debut in the fall of As the daughter of the legendary Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne, Kelly was brought up surrounded by TV cameras — especially during the filming of their reality show, The Osbournes. Keke Palmer We wonder if Keke Palmer is still a good speller? At just 9-years-old, Keke Palmer was already a huge name in the acting and singing world, and as time wore on, Palmer recorded songs for movie soundtracks and even appeared in them. However, her breakthrough role came in , when she starred as the lead spelling bee champ in Akeelah and the Bee. Kirsten Dunst Awww, look how adorable she was! Dunst was no stranger to fame from a young age, appearing in TV commercials from the age of three. This year, she will star in The Beguiled, and Woodshock. Matthew Lewis began acting at 5-years-old but earned his first major role in as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter franchise. Throughout the franchise, fans watched him grow up into the very, very attractive man he is today. Katara bagged the role at the age of 11 and has since become one of the most promising young actresses in Hollywood. Peltz has recently starred in Bates Motel, Transformers: Adrian Grenier I mean, this is just the same photo, right? Although he still looks like a spring chicken, Grenier has actually been acting for over 20 years! Adrian made his debut in the indie film, Arresting Gena and impressed casting directors so much he then starred alongside Melissa Joan Hart in Drive Me Crazy. Since then, Grenier has continued to wow us with his roles in the movie adaptation of Entourage, and The Devil Wears Prada. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the ultimate child star. However, his breakout role came in , when he was cast as the adorable Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Recently, he has been working on his own films with his production company, HitRecord. Freddie Highmore It was no surprise when Freddie Highmore made his acting debut at 7-years-old, considering his whole family work within show business! The Real Story and more. Recently, Highmore has taken a step behind the camera, and has delved into the world of screenwriting — and has even written numerous episodes for the show in which he stars, Bates Motel. Linz was just 7-years-old when he made his professional acting debut on the popular TV series, Cybill. Despite his pretty impressive career as a child actor, Alex D. Kylie Jenner If you keep up with the Kardashians which is everyone, right? Despite her overpowering siblings, Kylie has created her own career through her impressive social media profile and built up her own brand with a makeup line, and a clothing line with her sister Kendall. Josh Peck Hug me, brothaaaa! However, Peck actually made his first professional acting debut at the age of 13, where he appeared on The Amanda Show. Since his younger years, Peck has slimmed down and starred in Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ice Age: Collision Course as well as the upcoming Netflix original movie, Take the D in which he played the coolest child doctor — and even gained a Golden Globe Award nomination! Brooke Shields Just like many other child stars, Brooke Shields was born into the world of showbusiness. She was cast in her first movie at years-old when she appeared in Pretty Baby. As she grew older, Shields adorned the covers of Vogue and appeared in numerous films and TV shows. Nowadays, Shields is more of a famous personality than an actress and spends her making personal and guest appearances and campaigning for mental health awareness. Jonathan Lipnicki made his debut at the tender age of 6 alongside Renee Zellweger in Jerry Maguire but is best known for playing George Little in the family favorite, Stuart Little. Lipnicki also spends time working with animal rights charities and groups.
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