Be careful who you call ugly in middle school! These child actors grew up to be undeniable hunks, and most of them have led insanely successful careers on both the silver screen, television or in their music pursuits. We've gone ahead and rounded up the best examples of what these celebrities used to look like when they started their career, versus what they look like today. The difference is shocking!
Neil Patrick Harris
This 44 year old superstar wasn't always the hunk he is today. Neil Patrick Harris comes from humble beginnings having starred on Doogie Howser, .D. when he was still a child star. Now this Hollywood star has won over our hearts with his performance as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother.
Taylor Swift is one of the most well known recording artists of our time, and was born and raised in Pennsylvania. This country girl broke the charts with her combination of pop and country music and made Forbes' 2015 list of the 100 most powerful women.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt was born on the 21st of February 1979 and has grown up to be one of the most beautiful women to ever lead the silver screen. Hewitt has starred in everything from CBS supernatural dramas like Ghost Whisperer and shows like The Client List, to major motion pictures like Heartbreakers.
Joshua Michael Peck is pretty hard to recognize nowadays. He won over the hearts of millions with his performance as the goofy live-in brother to Drake on the Nickelodeon smash hit, Drake & Josh. Since then, he's turned out to be undeniably attractive.
This star wasn't always the sensation he is today. Zac Efron was popularized by his role in the Disney film series High School Musical. Since then, Efron has gone on to show that he has serious acting chops, having starred in Neighbors, Neighbors 2, Dirty Grandpa and Sorority Rising as a comedic lead--and we'd be lying if we said he isn't one of the most handsome men in Hollywood.
Alexa is almost 30 now, and is best known for the role she played as Carmen Cortez in spy kids. Since her overwhelming success at a young age, Alexa has starred in the film Repo! The Genetic Opera in 2008 and starred as the titular character of Ruby Gallagher in the series Ruby & the Rockits on ABC.
Alyssa Milano is a former singer, current activist and successful American actress and producer. She has starred in roles like Who's the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is Earl, Mistress and even Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.
Justin Timberlake is a former boyband star that is still recognized for the role he played in the band NSYNC. Timberlake has been a massive success as a recording artist in his solo work and has even gone on to star as a supporting actor in films like The Social Network and as a leading man in the film In Time.
Kirsten Dunst is an American actress who has starred on both various TV shows and in major motion pictures. She has had several award nods, such as her Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Interview with the Vampire.
Natalie Portman is considered one of the most attractive actresses to ever grace the silver screen. She's been acting from a young age, and the now 36 year old actress has starred in a huge number of blockbuster classics such as the Star Wars prequels, Black Swan and even hosted Saturday Night Live in 2006.
Hilary Duff won over our hearts at a young age when she played Lizzie McGuire in one of the Disney channel's most beloved series by the same name. In the years since then, she has had critical success as both a musician and an actress.
Nicholas Caradoc Hoult is a British actor who has come a long way from his early days of playing Tony Stonem in the cult classic TV series, Skins. Since his unforgettable role in the show, Nicholas Hoult has gone on to star in the X--Men films, Mad Max: Fury Road,Warm Bodies and many others.
Michelle Trachtenberg has been acting from a young age, but has made her most notable achievements as an adult by starring in the comedy classic, EuroTrip in 2004. She's also played her part excellently in films like Inspector Gadget, Ice Princess, 17 Again and Cop Out.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an acting powerhouse, and has taken the world by storm in some of his roles like 50/50, Looper. (500) Days of Summer and Inception, alongside several others. It's weird to think his career started as a child when he was in the film A River Runs Through It, considering what a superstar he is today.
What list would be complete without Shia LaBeouf? Shia first won our attention for the role he played in the Disney Series Even Stevens, which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination and even a Daytime Emmy Award. Since then, Shia has been somewhat of an enigma, seeming crazy sometimes and brilliant others. One thing's for certain though, he looked amazing in the 2014 film, Fury.
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