8 Child Stars Who Became Successful Adult Actors

Elijah Wood

Back to the Future Part II was Elijah Wood's debut film, and if you watch some of your favorite '90s films, including The Good Son and Flipper, you'll notice he had a busy teen career.

Sean Astin

Sean Astin, the Samwise to Frodo's epic trip in The Lord of the Rings, was best remembered for his role as Mikey in The Goonies (and Rudy in Rudy, if you like sports movies). He appeared in season two of Stranger Things as well!

Haley Joel Osment

The highlight of The Sixth Sense was none other than Hollywood's prettiest little child, Haley Joel Osment, who also happened to play Forrest's son in the film Forrest Gump. As an adult, he has starred on Broadway.

Emma Roberts

With regular parts on American Horror Story, a starring role in Scream Queens, and a significant role in Scream 4, Emma Roberts is a true scream queen.

Mayim Bialik

Although the younger generation is more familiar with Mayim Bialik as Amy from The Big Bang Theory or as a Jeopardy host, we were first enamored with her as Blossom from Blossom, a sitcom character who lived with her father and two brothers for five fantastic seasons.

Dakota and Elle Fanning

With Dakota acting in ER and Friends and Elle and Dakota starring in I Am Sam, the Fanning sisters got their start in Hollywood at a young age.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan, known for roles in "The Parent Trap" and "Mean Girls," made a comeback with a multi-picture deal with Netflix, starring in "Falling for Christmas" in 2022 after a hiatus.

Will Poulter

When Will Poulter was a teenager, he began acting and appeared in several films, including the Chronicles of Narnia and The Maze Runner series.