9 Former Child Stars and their Stunning Transformations

Alexa Vega

Indeed, time flies so fast. It feels like it was only yesterday when she became known for her portrayal of Carmen Cortez in the classic Spy Kids film series. Alexa Ellesse Vega is already in her 30s, born on August 27, 1988. After the said movie series, she continued working as an actress. She received acting credits in various projects, including the 2004 film Sleepover and Ruby & the Rockits, a series in ABC Family.

Josh Peck

Nostalgia is what this actor gives. Josh Peck has been in the entertainment industry since he was young and completed the childhood of many. His career began in the late 1990s and early 2000s. From 2000 to 2002, he acted on The Amanda Show and rose to fame when he landed the role of Josh Nichols in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh, which ran from 2004 to 2007. Compared to his initial years, he is now slimmer and healthier.

Meanwhile, in August 2021, Peck received an acting credit in the highly anticipated How I Met Your Father. He portrayed the role of Drew, an elementary school vice-principal.

Nicola Peltz

She received wide recognition for her portrayal of Katara in the film The Last Airbender, which is a live-action adaptation of the popular cartoon Avatar, The Legend Of Aang: The Last Airbender. After the film, the former child star appeared in a handful of acting projects. Now, she is a full-grown woman, not to mention a stunning one. No wonder David and Victoria Beckham’s firstborn, Brooklyn, fell in love with her, and they are about to tie the knot.

Tania Raymonde

This former child actress ages like fine wine. Her amazing transformation from the cute little girl everyone knew to a stunning woman now is to an incredible degree. For starters, she initially acted in Malcolm In The Middle as Cynthia Sanders, though for a recurring role, this helped her career advance as she also received a role in the ABC series Lost. She had been part of the show from 2006 to 2010. Meanwhile, her most recent project was for the Amazon Video Series, Goliath.


Jonathan Lipnicki

Jonathan Lipnicki is a former child actor who has been part of the childhood of many 1980s and 1990s kids. He was the cute little boy in various films, such as Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little. Yup, he portrayed the role of Ray and George, respectively. Many could barely recognize him, considering the change brought by maturity. He appeared in multiple movies and television series after, but nothing major after the said films above. However, he guest-starred in a number of programs, including Celebs Go Dating and Worst Cooks in America.


Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis has received a long list of acting credits in recent years. He was part of the 2018 movie Terminal, the ITV drama Girlfriends, and All Creatures Great and Small. However, he is still best known as Nevill Longbottom in the Harry Potter film.

Alex D. Linz

Alex D. Linz’s most memorable role to this date is his silly but a smart character in the classic 1997 film Home Alone 3. He also starred in the 2001 Max Keeble’s Big Move, which is one of the last acting projects he made before taking a break. He has been living away from the spotlight, but performing is already in his vein.

He was the lead singer of the band The Fez Armada. When he was pursuing his college diploma at the University of California, Berkeley, he became a member of the jericho!, an improvisation and sketch comedy group. In 2017, Alex got his master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA.

Freddie Highmore

Freddie Highmore has been in front of the public eye since he was young. His first major project was Finding Neverland in 2004, followed by the classic movie that gave him a secure spot in the entertainment world, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. From being a child star, he has grown into a talented actor. From The Spiderwick Chronicles, where he received two consecutive Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for Best Young Performer award, to Bates Motel, he is now known as Dr. Shaun Murphy in the TV series The Good Doctor.

Alyson Stoner

Alyson Stoner may not be as active as she was when she was younger, but the place she had in the hearts of many would stay there forever. The actress was born on August 11, 1993. Some of the acting credits she landed in her earlier years in showbiz were Cheaper by the Dozen and its sequel, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Camp Rock, and The Final Jam, to name a few. She also voiced the role of Isabella Garcia-Shapiro in Phineas and Ferb.