Before they were sexy, they were gawky. The super-attractive stars you see on television today weren’t exactly telegenic growing up. Some were just downright awkward while you wouldn’t give others a second glance. But boy did they turn out hot, from ugly ducklings to swans courting the limelight and the adoration of fans.
We’ve compiled a list of 15 child stars who grew up to be bangable adults. We’ve compared photos from their teen years to their current adult avatars. We’ll leave it to you to be the judge of how far they’ve come!
1. Shia LaBeouf
When he was in Even Stevens, Shia LaBeouf’s mass of curly hair and his cheeky grin made him sort of an oddball. In 2003’s Holes, we saw a slightly more mature Shia but the hair and goofiness remained. And then Disturbia and Transformers happened in 2007, and all of a sudden we were looking at a bona fide hot piece of meat with the acting skills to back up the good looks. With Fury, Lawless and Nymphomaniac, Shia has transformed into an intense and magnetic young man with the occasional idiosyncrasies that keep him in the news.
2. Abigail Breslin
Abigail is just twenty but her filmography is impressive, boasting such A-list co-stars as Alan Arkin, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 2006 was a breakout year for the starlet and her heart-melting performance as a chubby, bespectacled girl in Little Miss Sunshine earned her numerous accolades, including a SAG ‘Best Supporting Actress’ nomination. Back then, Abigail was a sweet girl with a slight underbite; today, she is a stunning young actress who will be taking on Jennifer Grey’s role in ABC’s three-hour musical version of Dirty Dancing.
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
He is all set to play whistleblower Edward Snowden in the eponymous Oliver Stone movie, and has flirted with danger in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. His nerdy good looks and suave attitude may have women swooning, but a then teenage Gordon-Levitt was just a puny kid with long hair in the hit sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun.
4. Emma Watson
As Hermione Granger, she was cute but rather scraggly. Twenty-six year old Emma Watson is today a vision of grace and beauty, featured on ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘Sexist Movie Star’ lists. She can rock a suit and deliver powerful speeches as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Ladies – take notes!
5. Taylor Swift
Tay-Tay is one of the biggest superstars on the planet, and looks every part of it. Famous for her never-ending pins and tasteful dressing, Taylor Swift wasn’t the blond goddess she is now, but a rather chubby and homely looking gal-next-door as a teen.