Celebrities are probably the most watched or stalked people in the world. Everyone wants to know every detail of their lives. From their haircut down to the clothes they wear, everyone wants the deets. Especially on their physical appearance. If they used to be a teen heartthrob, everyone wants to know if they’ve aged gracefully. Or when they were cute kids, average joes want to find out if they grow up drop dead gorgeous. Ah, the life of a celebrity. Nothing escapes under the microscope. Let’s admit, celebrities are gorgeous people. We drool over their seemingly perfect looks. But not all celebrities were glamorous when they first started and they are just mortals like us. They age too! Want to see how some famous celebrities look now? Read on the 20 Celebrities Then and Now: See How They’ve Changed!
Zachary David Alexander Efron began acting professionally during the early 2000s. He rose to fame for his leading role in the film High School musical franchise. In between doing the franchise, he also starred in another musical film titled Hairspray and comedy film 17 Again. He has appeared in several successful films since then. He became an instant teen heartthrob and young girls swoon over him. He’s fine looking and can act, sing, and dance, so what’s not to love? Way back 2004, he looked like your typical coming-of-age young man. He was still developing those muscles that would transform him into a hunk. Flash forward in 2015, he’s still a heartthrob but he’s no longer a little boy. That piercing stare feels like melting your soul.
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway is another Disney baby. She made her professional screen debut in the short-lived Fox television series Get Real before landing the lead role in Disney’s comedy film The Princess Diaries. She even won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy. She became a highly praised role model for kids and starred in other kid-approved films. In 2005, she successfully transitioned to more adult roles beginning with the film Havoc. She starred in other critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies since then. She hasn’t aged a bit in the photos but she looks more sophisticated now compared to when she was just starting out. Her killer smile could definitely brighten our day.
Shia Saide LaBeouf is an actor, performance artist, and director who established a name in the Disney Channel series, Even Stevens. He played the lead role named Louis Stevens and received a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003 for his role. In 2007, he starred in his first commercially successful films Disturbia and Surf’s Up. Of course, we couldn’t leave out the Transformer’s franchise behind. Despite mixed reviews, it was a box office hit and one of the highest grossing films of 2007. Looking at his then and now photos, we could tell that he’s been through a lot. The once funny and witty boy looks like an unhappy man with poor hygiene. We’re wishing he would look like a dapper gentleman he really is.
Milena Markovna Kunis is a Ukranian who moved to Los Angeles with her family at the age of 7. After enrolling in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in a number of television series and commercials, before bagging her first breakthrough role playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That ’70s Show, before her 15th birthday. She has also voiced Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy since 1999. Her breakout film role was in 2008, playing Rachel in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Her performance in the film Black Swan gained worldwide acknowledgment and several award nominations. The feisty girl blossomed into a beautiful flower. She has added motherhood as one of her life accomplishments and she definitely rocks it.
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to fame as none other than Harry Potter. Who doesn’t know that might be living under a rock. He made his acting debut at age 10 and was cast as Harry Potter at age 11. He starred in the series for 10 years until the release of the eighth and final film in 2011. This boy literally grew up before our eyes. He had several films since then and branched out to stage and Broadway. He has also contributed to many charities and was awarded the Hero Award in 2011 for his contributions to The Trevor Project on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth. The adorable boy is not so little anymore. Although we still struggle not to see Harry Potter every time we see him.
The adorable Lily Jane Collins is the daughter of daughter of English singer Phil Collins. She began acting at the age of 2 in the BBC series Growing Pains. She was a guest star on 90210 in 2009. Her film debut was in the semi-biographical sports film The Blind Side. She was named One to Watch by the Young Hollywood Awards for her roles in the sci-fi horror film Priest (2011) and the action-thriller film Abduction. Her role as Snow White in the fantasy film Mirror Mirror earned her a nomination for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress. The little girl is not so little anymore. But we still can’t help but obsess over her expressive eyes and lush eyebrows. She’s rocking the edgy look but her face is still sweet and princess-like.
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson is an English actor, model, musician, and producer. He started his film career playing Cedric Diggory in in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But Pattinson got his breakthrough role when he played the leading role of vampire Edward Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer. And because of that, girls wanted a vampire boyfriend. Twilight gave Pattinson worldwide fame and established him among the highest paid and most bankable actors in Hollywood. In 2010, he was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World and Forbes ranked him as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world in the Forbes Celebrity 100. He’s still scruffy English guy girls go crazy over. But now, he looks more well-groomed than he did way back.
Emma Jean Stone is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. She has been nominated for an Academy Award, two British Academy Film Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards, and has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards! Stone’s first starring role was in the teen comedy Easy A, for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and a Golden Globe Award. She received wider recognition for playing Gwen Stacy in the film The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. She also made her Broadway debut in the revival of the musical Cabaret. A younger and more laid back Emma back in 2006 before her starring role in Easy A. Now a more glam and sophisticated Emma carrying herself very well.
Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Candian actor, musician, and producer. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps. Ah, the 90s. He made himself known for starring in several indie films. But he gained a wider audience with a leading role in the romantic drama The Notebook, for which he won four Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie Award. He is now a family man with 2 kids with the lovely Eva Mendes. The once carefree young man is now a dapper gentleman. Fatherhood suits him well.
Jennifer Lynn Lopez is the ageless, multi-awarded and multi-talented singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author, and producer. The Latina superstar became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry after a minor role in the film, My Little Girl (1986). Her parents were disappointed but she pursued it anyway. She now one of the highest-paid celebrities in Hollywood. Even after giving birth to twins, Lopez has never looked better. She is definitely aging gracefully.
William Bradley Pitt the A-list Hollywood actor and producer has received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Academy Award nominations in acting categories and received three more Academy Award nominations, winning one, as a producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment. He gained first recognition as a cowboy hitchhiker in the road movie Thelma & Louise and his first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the dramas A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall and Interview with the Vampire. He has appeared in several more multi-awarded and box-office films since then. As a public figure, Brad has been named as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry, as well as the world’s most attractive man, by the media. He is now a family man, married to Angelina Jolie and have six kids. Three of whom were adopted abroad. Even in his early 50s, he can still sweep women off their feet. He seems to be very happy and content with his married life, which is very rare is Hollywood.
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. She rose to fame after landing her first professional acting role as the know-it-all Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise. But prior to her big break, she’d been acting in school plays. The movie series earned Watson worldwide fame, critical recognition, and a very fat bank account. After the last Harry Potter series, she continued to act and split her time between working and continuing her education. Now, that’s a role model. She has gone a long way since Harry Potter and she has established her name in the entertainment industry. She’s beauty, brains, and talent–the complete package. Her sophisticated fashion sense and taste definitely make her a classy young woman.
Matthew Paige Damon is an actor, film producer, and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine’s most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. Damon has received several recognitions, including an Academy Award from four nominations, two Golden Globe Awards, and has been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards and five Emmy Awards. He made his professional acting debut in the film Mystic Pizza but rose to fame when he wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting. He is also known for his starring roles as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise and as a con man in the Ocean’s Trilogy. He is now happily married and a father of three and has been actively involved in charitable work. He’s one of the actors whose life didn’t go astray because of fame and we can see that he aged pretty well and looks happy with his life.
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an actress and producer who began her career as a child actress. She made her professional screen debut in The Man in the Moon, for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award. Her breakthrough role was in Legally Blonde and played the famous role of Elle Woods, for which she received international recognition and her second Golden Globe nomination. Aside from acting, Reese owns a production company, named Pacific Standard, and is also actively involved in children’s and women’s advocacy organizations. Way back in 2001, her fashion choices made her look older than she really is–a bit matronly but now she dresses very well and looks good for a mom of three.
Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian actor and producer. Reynolds’ began his career in 1990 when he starred as Billy Simpson in the Canadian-produced teen soap Hillside, distributed in the United States by Nickelodeon as Fifteen. He has starred and co-starred in several films throughout his career. When he portrayed Green Lantern although the film didn’t fare well both financially and critically, this role made him one of the few actors to headline in films based on both Marvel and DC characters. and sure enough in 2016, Reynolds found critical and commercial success with Deadpool, a movie that had been in development as early as 2000. He looks fitter now and suits up like a gentleman dapper. He is also married to actress Blake Lively with a young daughter and another on the way.
Natalie Portman is an actress, film producer and film director with dual American and Israeli citizenship. She was born to an Israeli father and American Mother. While Natalie was still in high school, she starred in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Alongside acting, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology and completed the degree. Her performance in the psychological thriller film Black Swan received worldwide critical recognition and earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress. In May 2008, Portman served as the youngest member of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival jury. She’s the perfect package, don’t you think? Bad girls don’t just have all the fun. Way back 2000, she looked like in dire need of a fashion and hair stylist but flash forward, she looks put together, chic and smart. Just like the woman she is.
Scarlett Johansson is an actress, model, and singer who made her film debut in North way back the early 90s and starred in another film that made people recognize her. She gained further recognition and prominence with roles in The Horse Whisperer and Ghost World. After that, she shifted to adult roles and won an award. She appeared in several successful films then. It wasn’t just her acting skills that caught the people’s, especially the men’s attention. Her beauty and curves have made her a frequent glamour list favorite. She oozes with beauty and appeal that even the camera can’t hide it. During her younger years, her fashion choices and makeup was screaming for help but as she learned to navigate the ropes, minimal makeup suits her best. It makes her natural beauty shine through. We can she that she takes good care of herself too.
Renée Kathleen Zellweger is an award-winning and critically acclaimed actress and producer. She has won numerous awards and established herself as one of the highest-paid Hollywood actresses as of 2007. She gained wide attention for her roles in the comedy-drama sports film Jerry Maguire and for Nurse Betty, which won her her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Her most memorable character that we could easily identify with her is Bridget Jones, which had a sequel in 2009 and a third installment this year. She’s an adorable and gorgeous actress who doesn’t need much makeup to enhance her natural beauty. She went incognito for some time and when she came she looked different. We understand that everybody ages but there was something different about her that we couldn’t point out. But we still adore her and look forward to her comeback.
Megan Denise Fox began her acting career in 2001, with several minor television and film roles, and played a regular role on the Hope & Faith TV sitcom. In 2004, she made her film debut with a role in the teen comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen where she played the antagonist. Her breakout role was in the box-office action film Transformers, as she co-starred as the love interest of Shia LaBeouf’s character. She reprised her role in the 2009 sequel and starred as the eponymous lead in the black comedy horror film Jennifer’s Body. Fox has also appeared in several men’s magazines and glamor list. Fox back in 2004 for her film debut looked too old for her age. She was in dire need of professional help. But she had a makeover and since then became every man’s fantasy. She is now also a mother of two.
Kirsten Jaymes Stewart is an actress born to parents working in showbusiness. She began her acting career in 1999 with minor character appearance in several films before gaining attention for playing Jodie Foster’s daughter in the thriller Panic Room, which gained her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film. But it was her role in the novel-based film The Twilight Saga that she gained worldwide fame and recognition. She was listed as the highest-earning female actress in the Vanity Fair “Hollywood Top Earners List of 2010” and Forbes also named her as the highest paid actress in 2012, with total earnings of $34.5 million, thanks to the Twilight craze. Aside from acting she is also modeling and is the “face” of Chanel and Balenciaga fashion brands. Way back before she was insanely popular, she was just a simple girl who looked and dressed a little boyish. But since the Twilight Saga bought her fame and more money she started dressing up and caring more about her appearance. She may still be awkward but she looks way better.
Isn’t it entertaining and oddly satisfying to look at celebrity transformations? It’s comforting to know that they also had an awkward stage before blossoming into a beautiful flower. But there were also some celebrities who didn’t age as gracefully. Whatever they look like we’ll never get over stalking them. Whether they look all glammed up or drab our insatiable desire for celebrities will always remain no matter what. Especially staring at their then and now photos. We’ll wait another couple of years to see how they look then.