Most kids are inherently adorable, but not everyone grows up to be an oil painting. These child stars we have compiled today have been blessed enough to grow into attractive adults. If looks could kill, these stars would have all the ammo and arsenal in the world. The list isn’t in any particular order.
1. Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci first came into prominence portraying the character of Wednesday Addams, in The Addams Family. That seems a while ago and after shedding the unflattering goth look, she has become quite the head turner. She also has an acting career worth envying.
2. Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst found herself enacting scenes in some of the best-loved movies of the 90s notably Jumanji and Interview with the Vampire. Since then, she has grown up to be one of the hottest actresses in the industry. She was most recently seen in the blackly comic TV crime drama, Fargo.
3. Emma Watson
Emma Watson garnered worldwide acclaim after her stint as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie instalment. Now a grown adult, she has become one of the most sought after actresses owing to her acting prowess and undeniable good looks.
4. Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano had a lot of offers flooding on her doorstep after impressing in the hit 80’s sitcom, “Who’s the Boss?”She played Tony Danza’s daughter in the series. Now, at a mature age, Alyssa Milano doesn’t lack in the looks department. Puberty has been kind to her.
5. Lacey Chabert
Like fine wine, Lacey Chabert seems to look better with time. Lacey’s claim to fame was her role as the troubled teen, Claudia Salinger, on the series, Party of Five. She enacted scenes as Claudia on the show from 1994 to 2000. She definitely had our hearts racing with her cover pictures on the 2007 and 2013 issues of Maxim.
6. Natalie Portman
Natalie was only 13 when she landed a role in 1994’s Leon: The Professional. Since then, the talented actress has obtained a degree from Harvard and been bestowed upon with an Oscar for her stellar performance in Black Swan. The actress definitely has the talent to match her heavenly features.
7. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore first tasted success when she was only 6 years old after appearing in the movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. During her adolescence, she went off the rails like most child stars, but she has come through the other side unscathed. She has had a prolific acting career thus far and still looks a million dollars every time.
8. Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts had a dream debut working alongside Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in Blow. Since then, she has gone on to star in a handful of films and TV shows. The actress has also been hired by Aerie to spearhead their lingerie campaign.
9. Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly got the entire world to take notice of her acting chops when only a teenager in the movie, Labyrinth. With time, she has not only retained her looks but has honed her talent too. The pinnacle moment in her career beckoned in 2001 when she was awarded an Oscar for her performance in A Beautiful Mind.
10. Jennifer Love Hewitt
Although Jennifer Love Hewitt hasn’t grown much since her days on Kids Incorporated with her frame measuring at only 5 feet 2 inches, the actress has had a fairly successful acting career. She must have surely turned a lot of heads and caused accidents in 2012 for that billboard to promote The Client List.
11. Dakota Fanning
Long before starring alongside Tom Cruise in the movie, War of the Worlds, Dakota Fanning had already grabbed the attention of the people with her performances in Ally McBeal and ER. Now an adult aged one-and-twenty, Dakota is smoking hot and is tipped to be a major success.
12. Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton first got a taste of success after appearing in the movies, Notting Hill and The Sixth Sense. The actress was only in her late teens when Entertainment Weekly named her “It Girl 2003” following her successful role in The O.C.
13. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan was only 11 years old when she won a Young Artist Award for her role in The Parent Trap. It hasn’t been smooth-sailing since then, but on the plus side, she has managed to retain her looks.
14. Michelle Trachtenberg
At nine years old, Michelle Trachtenberg was already showcasing her acting chops on the kids’ TV series, Pete and Pete. However, it was her role in Gossip Girl as the striking Georgina Sparks that truly managed to land her a spot on our list.
15. Scarlett Johansson
Is it really a surprise to find her name on the list? Considered by many as the hottest property in Hollywood, ScarJo initially worked her way towards superstardom with roles in 90’s films such as Home Alone 3 and The Horse Whisperer.
16. Anna Chlumsky
Anna Chlumsky shot to fame after appearing alongside Macaulay Culkin in My Girl in 1991; she was only ten then. After a decade-long hiatus from acting, Anna finally returned in 2007 much to the surprise and excitement of fans worldwide. Since then, she has been frequently gracing our screens with performances in Law& Order, Army Wives, Veep, and Hannibal etc.
17. Miley Cyrus
Owing to her twerking antics and controversial skimpy stage outfits, Miley Cyrus seems to be grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons these days. However, she does have one thing going for her—her looks. The clean-cut Hannah Montana star-turned-raunchy pop queen is undoubtedly one of the biggest pop stars in the world.
18. Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin raised plenty of eyebrows with her role in The Piano; she was even awarded an Oscar for her exquisite performance. She was only 11 then. Since then, she has gone on to star as the mutant, Rogue, in the X-Men movie franchise and has had a recurring role as Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood.
19. Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder first shot to fame as a pale goth in Beetlejuice in 1988. Two decades later, she would be listed as one of the “100 Sexiest Movie Stars” by Empire magazine. We can bet our bottom dollar that not many questioned her inclusion on the list.
20. Tiffani Thiessen
Tiffani Thiessen stole the hearts of every teenage boy with her role as Kelly Kapowski in Saved By The Bell. Much to the delight of many, Tiffani has managed to retain her looks and these days, fronts cookery show, Dinner at Tiffani’s.
21. Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens portrayed the character of the female protagonist in the High School Musical franchise. She starred as Gabriella Montez and thus, made legions of loyal fans globally. Now a fully grown adult, Vanessa has the looks of an angel. She was most recently seen in 2015’s Freaks of Nature.
22. Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl was on the cusp of reaching puberty when she made her first movie appearance in The Night in 1992. She was 13 years old then. The actress was even named by People magazine as one of the world’s most beautiful women in 2008. She is renowned for her performances in Knocked Up and Jenny’s Wedding.
23. Selena Gomez
Between 2007 and 2012, Selena Gomez shot to fame as Alexa Russo, the lead character in Wizards of Waverly Place. After making a transition to singing, Selena Gomez has gained further prominence. She has released two albums thus far, to great success.
24. Isabelle Fuhrman
Isabelle played a deranged Russian orphan named Esther in the aptly titled movie, Orphan, when she was just 12. She turned 18 in February 2015 and is set to become a silver screen regular. The actress was recently seen in The Hunger Games as Clove.
25. Hilary Duff
After portraying the character of the teenager Lizzie McGuire between 2001 and 2004, Hilary Duff became a worldwide sensation. Since then, Hilary has shed her teen idol image to tackle more serious roles in movies. In 2015, she appeared in the indie movie, Flock of Dudes.
26. Claire Danes
Claire Danes gave a noteworthy performance as a teenage killer in Law & Order during the early 1990s, but it was her role as Juliet in 1996’s Romeo +Juliet that catapulted her into superstardom. Since then, she has won Golden Globe awards for her performances in TV series, Homeland and My So Called Life.
27. Miranda Cosgrove
Playing the role of the smiley, Summer Hathaway, in 2003’s School of Rock, Miranda Cosgrove took an easy passage to our hearts. Although she did try her hand at singing, the former child star, who voiced Margo in Despicable Me, looks set to maintain her focus on acting.
28. Raquel Castro
In Jersey Girl, Gertrude Steiney and Ollie Trinke, played by Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck respectively, had a daughter named Gertie. Gertie was portrayed by Raquel Castro. The actress only recently celebrated her 21st birthday in November 2015.
29. Madeline Carroll
Madeline Carroll got the opportunity to star alongside Kevin Costner when she was only a teenager; she played Costner’s on-screen daughter in 2008’s Swing Vote. She secured her first lead role in 2010’s Flipped.
30. Chloe Bridges
Chloe Bridges was first seen in the sitcom, Freddie. Although the sitcom only aired between October 2005 and April 2006, it did manage to do wonders for Chloe’s career. A little girl no more, Chloe was most recently seen showcasing her acting chops in Mantervention.
31. Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried was first seen in the series All My Children and As The World Turns when she was only 15. Now 30 years of age, Amanda has grown into a beautiful woman and was most recently seen in the movie, Fathers and Daughters.
32. Mila Kunis
In 1998, Mila Kunis’s role as Jackie Burkhart on That 70’s Show catapulted her into stardom. Since then, Mila has gone on to star in many movies such as Ted and Black Swan. She was even given the title of 2013’s Sexiest Woman In The World by FHM magazine.
33. Chloe Grace Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz commanded attention with her performances in 2010’s Kick-Ass and its sequel, Kick-Ass 2, in 2013. The actress recently appeared in mystery thriller, Dark Places. If she continues at this frightening pace, her career success trajectory will soon resemble Mt. Everest.
34. Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel landed her first major movie role in 1997 when she played the granddaughter of Peter Fonda in Ulee’s Gold. She is set to appear in the movie, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, next. The actress is rated highly for her looks; Esquire magazine even named her the Sexiest Woman Alive in 2005.
35. Jessica Alba
We doubt anyone would argue with Jessica Alba’s inclusion on the list. The actress made an early entry into the world of acting when she appeared as Gail, a 13-year-old summer camper in 1994’s Camp Nowhere. She recently flexed her acting talents in 2015’s Barely Lethal.
36. Tania Raymonde
Tania Raymonde is most famous for her role as Cynthia Sanders in the series, Malcolm in the Middle. But, it was her role in, Lost, a few years later that managed to get all the guys’ attention. The actress also appeared in 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D as Nikki.
37. Alexa Vega
Alexa Vega shot to fame in 2001 after playing Spy Kids’ Carmen Cortez. Since then, the actress has appeared in a handful of movies including Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and 23 Blast. She shed her innocent image when she appeared in Machete Kills.
38. Nicola Peltz
Nicola Peltz gave a memorable performance in 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction as Tessa Yeager. She initially made her film debut as Katara in The Last Airbender only four years earlier; Nicola was 15 then.
39. Abigail Breslin
Abigail Breslin stole the limelight from her Little Miss Sunshine co-stars in 2006. Since then, people and critics alike have predicted her to move mountains in the acting business. Now a blonde bombshell, some of her recent movie credits include, Final Girl, Maggie and Freak Show etc.
40. Maisie Williams
The British actress, Maisie Williams, has been on the receiving end of many awards and accolades owing to her role as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, a role she has reprised since she was 14. She will be making the transition to the big screen soon as she is set to appear in 2016’s The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
41. Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen appeared in more than half a dozen shows starring older sisters, Ashley and Mary-Kate, when younger. However, she would only come into her own when she appeared in 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene. Most recently in 2015, she excelled in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.
42. Thora Birch
As a young burgeoning actress, Thora Birch won several awards and accolades for her roles in Purple People Eater and Hocus Pocus. As a teenager, she was nominated for a BAFTA for American Beauty. As an adult, she was most recently seen in 2012’s Petunia.
43. Elisha Cuthbert
Elisha Cuthbert’s role in 2004’s The Girl Next Door made her a household star. She made her debut when only 14 in Dancing on the Moon. In 2013, she was ranked by Maxim as “TV’s Most Beautiful Woman.”
44. Danielle Harris
Danielle Harris first shone on the small screen when aged seven. Her portrayal of the “miracle child,” Sammi Garretson, on the ABC soap, One Life to Live, accentuated her acting prowess. Nowadays, Danielle is a well-known horror movie actress.
45. Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson is the epitome of child star doing well after growing up. She was only 6 when she landed a part in Growing Pains. The actress also had a part in The Avengers and is now a regular in the NBC drama, Blindspot.
46. Victoria Justice
Victoria Justice was ten years old when she was roped in to play a role in Gilmore Girls. However, it was her leading role in Zoey 101 a couple of years later that would catapult her into stardom. Recently, she appeared in Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List.
47. Milla Jovovich
The Ukrainian-born, Milla Jovovich, is prominent for her ass-kicking role in the Resident Evil film franchise. The model initially got hit by the acting bug in 1988 when she appeared in The Night Train to Kathmandu.
48. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato first appeared as a fresh-faced 10-year-old on Barney & Friends in the early 2000s. We are certainly glad that the singer/actress has grown up well. In 2017, we look forward to her lending her voice to Get Smurfy.
49. Tina Majorino
Tina Majorino was already acting in a handful of movies before turning 11 years old including When a Man Loves a Woman, Andre and Waterworld. The actress hit the jackpot a decade later with her performance in Napoleon Dynamite. Tina last appeared in 2014’s Veronica Mars.
50. Jena Malone
The American actress made her film debut in 1996’s Bastard Out of Carolina. Since then, she has gone on to appear in several movies including Stepmom, Donnie Darko, Pride & Prejudice, Into The Wild, Sucker Punch and The Hunger Games film series. She will be next seen in 2016’s Neon Demon.
51. Bridgit Mendler
Bridgit Mendler’s breakout role as Teddy in the Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie helped her attract a lot of fans. Now on NBC’s Undateable, Bridgit was most recently seen in Muppets Most Wanted.
52. Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss entered the movie industry relatively early at the age of 8. Since then, she was been working steadily in film and TV. However, her roles on the series, The West Wing and Mad Men, stand out from the rest. The actress also has three movies slated for release in 2016. There isn’t a dearth of role offers for Elisabeth Moss.
53. Sophie Turner
English actress, Sophie Turner, initially attained fame and recognition after appearing as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones when only 15 years old; a 19-year-old now, she has continued reprising her role on the successful series. The actress was most recently seen in X-Men Apocalypse where she played the character of Jean Grey.
54. Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer notched the titular role of 2006’s Akeelah and the Bee and blew everyone away with her performance; she was only 13 years old then. Since the stellar start, Keke Palmer has lived up to the billing with outstanding performances in Brotherly Love, Imperial Dreams, Joyful Noise, and Shrink etc.
55. Emily Browning
Before starring in the 2002 horror flick, Ghost Ship aged 12, Emily Browning already had a string of Aussie TV shows under her belt. Since then, the actress has shown her acting prowess in the movies Sucker Punch, Sleeping Beauty and Legend etc.
56. Odette Annable
At the tender age of four, Odette was cast to play the character of Rosa in Kindergarten Cop. In 2008, she was able to capture audiences worldwide with her performance in Cloverfield. She is set to appear on the rom-com, The Truth About Lies, next.
57. Kat Dennings
Kat Dennings was only 14 when she appeared on Sex and the City. Now aged 29, the voluptuous star has over 17 movies and 17 TV shows under her belt. She is most known for her role in the two Thor movies.
58. Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan was only 13 when she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2007’s Atonement. Making her feature film debut in the romantic comedy, I could never be your woman, in 2007, the actress has starred in a handful of movies since then including City of Ember, The Way Back, The Host, and The Grand Budapest Hotel etc.
59. Brie Larson
26-year-old Brie Larson was bestowed upon with a Golden Globe for her performance in Room in early 2016. She has certainly come a long way since first starting out as a sketch performer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno back in 1998.
60. Keira Knightley
Keira’s movie career started in 1995 when she landed a role in Patrick Dewolf’s thriller, Innocent Lies. Since then, she has gone on to star in numerous blockbusters including Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise etc. The actress recently appeared as the climber, Jan Hall, in 2015’s Everest.