Back in the good old days before the discovery of cellphones, the Internet, and social media, the main forms of entertainment used to be outdoor games and watching TV. If kids were not playing outside then someone would always find them glued to the TV screens, but only after completing the school assignments or during the weekends.
TV time was especially precious to most families. Most children, who are now adults, used to look forward to cuddling on the couch with the family to catch up on the latest shows. Although the shows on TV these days are great, all the shows back in the day were informative, humorous, smart, and entertaining. There was always something interesting to watch on TV every day.
Kids from today’s generation may not relate to what we consider classics today—because some may consider the fashion and hairstyles weird and outdated—however, as a testament to just how timeless the '80s and '90s fashion is, multiple elements of the same are part of today's fashion.
As audiences singled out the shows they loved the most, they also fell in love with specific actors and actresses at the time, who were often in their early teenage years or even younger. As the years passed by, the young kid actors grew into adults, with a good percentage continuing to live their lives under the spotlight.
Here are 20 former kid TV stars all grown up today.
20 Jaleel White
Jaleel White first graced our screens at just 13 years old when he starred as Steve Urkel in the series Family Matters. The show wanted him to do a one-time appearance but instead, he became an instant hit and had to appear as a regular for nine seasons. As stated by albanydailynews.com, he then went on to become the voice of Sonic The Hedgehog.
Thereafter, Jaleel took on guest roles in several TV series. He also attended UCLA, where he graduated with a degree in film and television. He continued acting, taking mostly guest roles in films. He has made an appearance in Hawaii Five-O and Castle. As for now, Jaleel is set to reprise his Steve Urkel role in the upcoming 2019 series Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
19 Lindsay Lohan
Most people best remember child actress Lindsay Lohan from her breakthrough dual role as twins Hallie Parker and Annie James in the movie The Parent Trap. After the film's success, Lindsay continued to hit big in films like Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, and Herbie: Fully Loaded.
However, it was not easy for her to transform from a child actor to an A-lister. As stated by thelist.com, she got into some serious personal struggles and legal troubles, which reduced her chances of getting big roles. She eventually decided to get her act together and in 2016, she opened her first nightclub in Greece and two years later, she opened a beach house. She now stars in her reality TV series Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club that focuses on her beach house, her job, and businesses.
18 Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan had minor roles before her acting breakthrough as Willow Rosenberg on the TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer. After this, she took on the role of Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie film series and then another iconic role as Lily Aldrin in the sitcom How I Met Your Mother that aired for almost a decade.
Over the years, she has taken recurring guest roles in shows like Veronica Mars and has had many voice roles. According to thisisinsider.com, Alyson married her Buffy co-star Alexis Denisof and the duo have two daughters. She is set to appear in the film Kim Possible and in the series Pure. She also hosts the Penn & Teller: Fool Us show.
17 Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin was one of the most famous child stars best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in the Home Alone film series. The role really boosted his acting as he got to star thereafter in films like The Good Son, The Nutcracker, The Pagemaster, and Richie Rich. He even appeared in one of Michael Jackson’s music videoes.
According to ridiculouslyextraordinary.com, he took a break from acting in 1994 but resurfaced back in the 2000s for minor roles in the TV series Will & Grace, Robot Chicken, and Kings. In 2013, he started his own comedy rock band called The Pizza Underground, which split in 2016. Today the 38-year-old lives between the US and France away from the spotlight. He is set to appear in the drama film Changeland scheduled for release in June 2019.
16 Tia And Tamera Mowry
Twins Tia and Tamera Mowry have literally grown up in front of the cameras. They gained fame for their teen roles in the sitcom Sister, Sister, which opened up doors for many other opportunities. They both starred in the Disney movie Twitches and its sequel, Twitches Too, and Seventeen Again.
Afterward, Tia ventured more into acting while Tamera took a more laid-back role. In 2011, the two reunited onscreen in their own reality TV series Tia & Tamera. Tamera is now a host on the daytime talk show The Real and Tia is set to appear in the comedy series Family Reunion expected to drop this year. The twins are both happily married and each has two kids.
15 Jonathan Lipnicki
California born Jonathan Lipnicki is another kid we grew up watching. According to ridiculouslyextraordinary.com, Jonathan’s acting started purely by accident. He tagged along for his sister's acting class where he right away developed interest and auditioned. Soon after, he started booking commercials.
With his adorable glasses and spiky hair, Jonathan landed huge roles, first in films like Jerry Maguire, Stuart Little, and its sequel Stuart Little 2. After this, he took on roles in the films The Little Vampire and Like Mike. Nowadays, Jonathan has ditched the glasses for a six-pack; he also trains in mixed martial arts alongside acting.
14 Tom Felton
English actor Tom Felton started with commercials at the age of eight. He then made his acting debut in the film The Borrowers and then in Anna And The King movie. However, most people remember him for his cunning and despised role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film franchise.
After the conclusion of Harry Potter, Tom appeared in the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, still as a villain. He has also starred in From The Rough, Belle, In Secret, and a few other films. He has also been preoccupied with other projects and recently stars in the TV shows The Flash and Origin.
13 Daniel Radcliffe
At just 11 years old, Daniel Radcliffe was popular for his role as Harry Potter in the Harry Potter films series, which were on screens for a whole decade. Before playing Harry Potter, Daniel had debuted acting in the films David Copperfield and The Tailor Of Panama.
After Harry Potter, people thought Daniel would have a hard time shedding his wizard persona but this was not the case. Daniel landed a lot of big screen roles in films like The Woman In Black, Swiss Army Man, Victor Frankenstein, Now You See Me 2, and Imperium, just to name a few. Today, Daniel has ditched Harry’s innocent look and now rocks a beard.
12 Christina Ricci
Christina has always been famous for playing unconventional characters. She started acting in the film Mermaids. However, most people first got to know her as Wednesday Addams in the supernatural film The Addams Family and its sequel. She then took on roles in the films Casper and Now and Then which both gave her fame as a teen icon.
According to popsugar.com, she has ditched her child acting roles and started taking on more mature roles like Monster, Sleepy Hollow, and The Ice Storm. Her acting has been constant over the years. She has also done away with the two ponytails and now flaunts her blonde hair. This year, she is set to appear in the film Escaping the Madhouse.
11 Haley Joel Osment
Haley Osment who is a graduate from Tisch School Of Arts in NYC played a major role in the Forrest Gump film. People also remember him as the child actor who saw lifeless people in the thriller film, The Sixth Sense. This role was groundbreaking for him as he received a nomination for best-supporting actor.
Thereafter, he got high-profile roles in films like A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Pay It Forward. He has also spent several years doing a lot of voice work for video games and TV shows. He is set to appear in the thriller films Extremely Wicked and Vile, which will hit theaters in May 2019.
10 Abigail Breslin
Abigail did her first commercial when she was just three years old. She then debuted acting in the film Signs and then went on to appear in other films like Raising Helen, The Princess Diaries 2 and Keane. However, what caught people’s attention is when she starred as Olive Hoover in the film Little Miss Sunshine. Thereafter, she has appeared in a lot of films and shows.
Now the 23-year-old actress and singer has shed the quirky tracksuit and glasses and is now set to star in the films Zombieland: Double Tap and Saturday At The Starlight both of which are yet to be released, as noted by goodhousekeeping.com.
9 Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen
The Olsen twins have definitely come a long way. They first graced TV screens in the show Full House just a year after they were born. They then went on to star in numerous films together like Passport To Paris, Our Lips Are Sealed, Winning London, and Holiday In The Sun.
In 2008, they released their book Influence, and in 2012, they both retired from acting so that they could focus on their luxury fashion brands, The Row and Elizabeth & James. The twins are now successful designers in the fashion industry, according to goodhousekeeping.com.
8 Kel Mitchell
We grew up watching Kel Mitchell—one-half of the funniest duo and his love for orange soda—on Nickelodeon throughout the 1990s in the comedy series All That. Kel and his former co-star Kenan Thompson did such a great job that they were given their own spin-off show Kenan & Kel. From there, they also starred in the movie Good Burger together.
Kel then went on and took voice roles in the series Motorcity and Wild Grinders. According to Zimbio, Kel has moved away from the spotlight although he sometimes appears on TV, like in Game Shakers. He is now married to rapper Asia Lee and has three kids.
7 Corey Feldman
Corey Feldman started acting at the age of three by appearing in the McDonald's commercial. However, he became famous in the 1980s as a teen star in the films The Goonies, Gremlins, The Lost Boys, License To Drive, and many others.
As stated by albanydailynews.com, Corey continued to act in films and shows in his adulthood. He also struggled with vices later in life. Nevertheless, he managed to re-establish his life and work. He now speaks a lot about the issues children face in Hollywood. His latest work includes the role of Queeny in the 2018 film, Corbin Nash. Corey is now currently married to Courtney Anne Mitchell.
6 Danielle Fishel
Danielle Fishel is famous for his role as Topanga in the series Boy Meet’s World. Danielle was the envy of many because of her beautiful thick blonde hair. People also loved her hippie girl role on the show. According to thelist.com, she also reprised her role in the show’s spin-off, Girl Meets World.
Afterward, Danielle went on to star in the film National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze then slightly changed his path and moved to host shows, like Say What? Karaoke, The Dish, The Fuse 20, Last Night On TV, and many others. She recently tied the knot to comedian Jensen Karp.
5 Tatyana Ali
Tatyana Ali is another child actress we grew up watching. She is famous for her role as Ashley Banks in the comedy series The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. According to nickiswift.com, she also studied at Harvard University and attained a Bachelor's in African-American Studies and Government.
After school, Ali appeared in multiple films like Hotel California, The List, Dysfunctional Friends, and The Good Nanny. She also appeared in shows like The Young And The Restless, Half & Half, Love That Girl, and Fancy Nancy. Her most recent roles are in the films Jingle Belle and Christmas Everlasting. She is now married to Vaughn Rasberry.
Raven first started acting at the age of three in The Cosby Show. However, she is most famous for her role in the popular series That’s So Raven. She has also made an appearance in the movies, The Cheetah Girls and its sequel Cheetah Girls 2. Other films also include For One Night and Revenge of the Bridesmaid.
According to thisisinsider.com, she hosted the show, The View and later left it to focus on the production of the That’s So Raven spin-off, Raven’s Home. She has recently taken on guest roles in shows like Master of None and Big City Greens. Raven has also voiced roles in Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast and Animal Crackers.
3 Hilary Duff
Another child star we grew up watching was Hilary Duff. She began acting at a young age and quickly turned into a teen idol. She is famous for starring in the hit film series Lizzie McGuire. She has also appeared in numerous films like A Cinderella Story, Material Girls, and Cheaper By The Dozen.
According to Wiki, her most recent work includes voicing Twinkle in the film Meet Your Tooth Fairy and an appearance in the film The Haunting of Sharon Tate. She also has a main role in the series Younger. Hilary is now a mom to son Luca and baby girl Banks.
2 Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa was popular for her roles in the sitcoms Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Clarissa Explains It All. After this, she took on roles in a handful of TV movies before starring in the show Melissa & Joey. According to ranker, she also had guest roles in shows like Law & Order and Justice League Unlimited.
In 2016, she launched her King of Harts fashion line alongside her husband, Mark Wilkerson. Today, the 41-year-old former child star turned entrepreneur continues to find work in Hallmark Channel films. She is set to appear in a new comedy series No Good Nick.
1 Shia LaBeouf
Young Shia was famous for the role of a mischievous and immature boy in the Disney hit series, Even Stevens. He made his film debut in The Christmas Path movie and went on to appear in several films like Disturbia, Transformers and its two sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
He has recently appeared in the films Honey Boy and The Peanut Butter Falcon as he waits for the release of The Tax Collector movie, which he has starred in. Thisisinsider points out that in addition to acting, Shia is pursuing a variety of public art performances.
Sources: ridiculouslyextraordinary.com, albanydailynews.com, thelist.com, thisisinsider.com, popsugar.com, goodhousekeeping.com, nickiswift.com, ranker.com, zimbio.com