When a child has the full creativity that the world wants to see, the world wants to see him grow into the superstar they want. The parents of these children also have a lot to do, as they sometimes fail to manage their schedule until their child stars become adults.
Whenever young actors are famous in early life, they have to make one of two decisions. Either they choose to stay in the show business and move on to significant success, or they move on to another profession that seems worthwhile.
With all the events surrounding the former Child Stars, we would like to know at some point how they finally came out. Some tend to be more than just fine, just like Leonardo DiCaprio, who was once homeless but worked in the 1991 film Growing Pence and is now an Oscar winner.
On the other hand, some may have gone through difficult times but still stand strong. We’ve come up with a list of child stars and how they came out later.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
He acted in the activism, the Oscar for The Revenant, the model girlfriends, and so on. DiCaprio has six Oscar nominations and still kinda looked like a kid in Titanic.
He has starred in films such as Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Once Upon a Time among others.
2. Daniel Radcliffe
He has featured in dramas like Equus and The Cripple of Inishmaan, not to mention Harry Potter. He has been dating with Erin Darke since 2013.
3. Kristen Stewart
She played her daughter in David Fincher’s 2002 thriller Panic Room and she now prefers taking on more intimate films which include The Clouds of Sils Maria. After her relationship with Robert Pattinson ended, she has only dated women.
4. Macaulay Culkin
He acted in Home Alone when he was barely 10 but had already been acting at the age of 5 in TV movies. He has been in small films with big cultural footprints such as Party Monster and Saved.
He is dating his Changeland co-star Brenda Song since 2017.
5. Dakota Fanning
She played Ally McBeal’s 5-year-old self and Sean Penn’s 6-year-old daughter in I Am Sam and also featured in The Alienist overnight. She’s also been in movies like Uptown Girls, Man on Fire, Hide and Seek, Charlotte’s Web, three Twilight movies, and so on.
6. Ryan Gosling
At age 12, he acted in The All-New Mickey Mouse Club and so far, he has played every type of guy, from a thrill killer in Murder by Numbers to an aspiring jazz club owner in La La Land, and son on. He has two Oscar nominations and is married with kids.
7. Emma Watson
She acted as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films and has moved further to act in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring. As a UN Goodwill Ambassador, she has dedicated her platform to empowering women and advocating for gender equality.
8. Neil Patrick Harris
He earned a Golden Globe nomination at 15 for his role in the 1988 TV movie Clara’s Heart. His role as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother earned him four Emmy nominations.
He also won a Tony in 2014 for Best Actor in a Musical as the star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He’s married with kids now.
9. Jodie Sweetin
She acted in Full House for eight seasons and she has had three marriages between 2002 and 2016 added to the headline fodder. She is the mother of two daughters and she rejoined the Tanner family for five seasons of Fuller House on Netflix.
10. Elijah Wood
By the time he was 12, he had featured in Avalon, Radio Flyer, and three more movies. He also acted in Lord of the Rings and welcomed a child with his girlfriend in 2020.
11. Elle Fanning
She acted in I Am Sam and has guest-starred on multiple CSI franchises, Criminal Minds, House, Law & Order: SVU, and much more. She is signed up to play sisters in Kristin Hannah’s World War II-era epic The Nightingale.
12. Ron Howard
Happy Days star has also featured as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show when he was 6. He’s been married since 1975 with kids.
13. Hilary Duff
She acted in Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire, and also in Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper by the Dozen, and A Cinderella Story. Duff began filming the sitcom How I Met Your Father and she’s now married with kids.
14. Kieran Culkin
Remember the 1990’s Home Alone? He has also been in heavy dramas like Margaret, or somewhere in between, and so on. He earned his first Emmy nomination in 2020 and he’s married to Jazz Charton since 2013.
15. Candace Cameron
She acted in Full House which ran from 1987 until 1995 and also in 1996’s No One Would Tell. But more recently, she is the queen of the Hallmark Channel Christmas lineup and the star of the network’s Aurora Teagarden murder-mystery franchise.
She is married to former NHL player Valeri Bure with kids.
The Bottom Line
These child stars, who turned out well, can be an inspiration to other children out there who want to step into the film industry. And their parents have a responsibility to make them better and better.
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