How These Famous Actors Looked In Their 20s Is Shocking

It is easy to forget when you watch today’s stars of stage and screen that these mature, seasoned performers were once newbies to fame, and many of them looked completely different.

Some stars age well, becoming more distinguished with the most interesting facets of their personalities etched into their faces. Other lucky stars prove that nothing can do more for you than having fantastic genes that allow you to age almost imperceptibly.

So take a look at this mix of stars and marvel at how they have matured over the years and wonder how number five has managed to change completely, yet stay exactly the same.

10. Scarlett Johansson

Johansson may not have left her twenties behind that long ago, but her image has taken a distinctly more sophisticated turn since this cropped jeans and vest top picture from a decade ago.


Scarlett won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress In A Leading Role in 2003 for her performance as Charlotte in Lost In Translation and has been wowing audiences ever since.

9. Sir Ian McKellen

Multi-award winning actor and LGBT activist Sir Ian McKellen has packed so much into his 77 years it would be impossible to list everything that he has accomplished since this photograph was taken of him at age 25.

Perhaps the most recent fun fact would be that he became an ordained minister at the age of 75 so he could preside over the marriage service of his good friend Patrick Stewart and Stewart’s love, Sunny Ozil.

Sir Ian is not the only hottie turned wonderfully craggy actor here – check out slide 7.

8. Charlize Theron

Roger Ebert called Theron’s performance as Aileen Wuornos in Monster “one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema, a-totally” and it is easy to see why when you witness the shocking transformation from this young South African model into an utterly convincing mentally deranged American serial killer.

7. Jack Nicholson

Never the bearer of what would be considered a traditionally handsome appearance, Jack Nicholson is a superstar who has made a career out of having an enviably expressive face.

This picture of Nicholson at age 25 is clearly him, but has none of the interest to it that the Oscar winner now enjoys as his trademark.

6. Jane Fonda

It is over half a century since Fonda was in her 20s, and those who have only ever seen her as an older actress and activist would probably be shocked to see what a gorgeous temptress she was way back when.

Still a sophisticated star today, she carries her experience as well as the gentleman at #3.