Child Stars Then & Now: Which Ones Are Still Successful?


Jodie Foster a former child star

Many child stars growing up in the public eye have a rough time dealing with the pressures of fame, not to mention the temptations.

We’ve seen many child stars end up with drug problems and bankrupt, but there are some child stars that made wise decisions and are still on top. Let’s check them out!

Neil Patrick Harris

Most of you will remember Neil Patrick Harris as “Doogie Houser” in the cute television series, where he played a very smart child doctor.

He lived a normal life after leaving the public eye, but parodied himself in the 2004 stoner comedy “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle”. Before long, Harris joined the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” as the womanizing Barney.

Harris has appeared on Broadway and had several big hosting gigs such as the Emmys and Tonys. The actor and his partner David Burtka have twins named Harper and Gideon.

Former child star Neil Patrick Harris

Leonardo DiCaprio

Long before Leonardo DiCaprio was in “Wolf of Wall Street” and the king of the world in “Titanic”, he starred as a child on movies like “This Boy’s Life”, “Basketball Diaries”, and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”.

Leo is still a huge movie star, but we are all pulling for the talented actor to finally nab an Academy Award.

Leonardo DiCaprio child star

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster is a great example of a child star that kept her act together. The actress starred in “Taxi Driver” and “Little Man Tate”, before landing roles as an adult in “Nell” and “Silence of the Lambs”.

Jodie isn’t only a talented actress, but also very smart! She graduated with honors from Yale and speaks fluent French. Jodie has two Oscars, two Golden Globes and three Bafta awards under her belt.

Jodie Foster a former child star

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore first caught all of our attention as the adorable little girl with pigtails in the movie “E.T”. She did have a little wild phase, but came back better than ever.

Drew is still starring in movies and directing them too. Barrymore tied the knot to Will Kopelman in 2012. They have a daughter named Olive and are expecting a second child.

Drew Barrymore long career in showbiz

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt first caught our attention as the cute little boy Tommy on the 90s series “3rd Rock from the Sun”. He then moved into starring in teen films such as “10 Things I Hate About You.”

Gordon-Levitt went on to star in indie flicks like “Brick” and romantic comedies such as “(500) Days of Summer.” He made his directorial debut (and starred in 2013’s “Don Jon”.

Remember Joseph Gordon-Levitt from 3rd rock?

Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin won an Oscar at the tender age of 11 for her role in “The Piano”, going on to star in the teen film “She’s All That” and on the “X-Men” movies. These days Anna stars on the HBO series “True Blood”, which landed her a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

Anna Paquin won first Oscar at age 11

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik is most known for her starring role on the popular 90s sitcom “Blossom”.

She went on to obtain her Ph.D in neuroscience and had two children. She later returned to television, landing a role as Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory”.

Mayim Bialik from Blossom to doctor to actress

It’s great to see that these child stars didn’t go off the rails.


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