Sometimes, it seems like celebrities are predestined to succeed. They get scouted out as young children that can barely walk and talk and pushed on their way to eventual stardom. This makes the rest of us feel like we never had a chance. It’s like these celebrities never had a choice; all they’ve ever known is the bright lights of show business. Is this a curse or a blessing? Maybe we’re wishing we had their lives, while they’re looking down at us wishing they could switch places with us. Maybe they’ve always wanted to have a normal life.
On the other hand, there are those celebrities who broke into the game incredibly late. These are the guys and girls who make us all feel like anything is possible. It’s always great to see someone finally get their big break, even if they had to wait until they were in their old age to get it. Often, these hidden gems are some of the best talents. They’re the ones who have stuck with their passion for all those years, never giving up. And, they’re truly an inspiration to us all. But what about you? Can you tell the difference between a celebrity who has always been famous and one that got his/her big break late in life?
Harrison Ford is a celebrity we've all become accustomed to seeing around pretty much everywhere. He's been in countless films and is one of the most successful actors of all time. He's still appearing in films to this day despite his old age, and he shows no sign of slowing down. Part of the reason that he's so successful is because he's so relatable. He just seem like a regular guy! But the real question is whether he started off as a child actor or not. Can you tell whether he's been a child star or not?
Ryan Gosling is another star who's been getting very famous lately. He is the one who is actually replacing Harrison Ford in perhaps more ways than one. He's going to play the lead role in the new Blade Runner film, taking on the helm from Ford. But you get the sense that Gosling is going to replace Ford as one of the most successful actors of our time as well. But what about Ryan Gosling's beginnings? Was he a child actor?
Melissa McCarthy is another star who has established herself as one of the main women of Hollywood. She's considered as one of the funniest people in show business these days, and everyone can't help but love her. She didn't get too much love after her Ghost Busters film, though. A lot of people criticized it even before it was released because it was an all-woman cast. Because of this, she's become a symbol for feminism. But what about her? Did she start off as a child actor?
Fergie is one of the hottest and most talented singers around. Her inclusion in The Black Eyed Peas was crucial. Can you imagine the band without her? She added an amazing sense of femininity that was really vital to making the band appealing to all people. And, need we mention about her amazing voice? You might have heard a lot about her past as a meth addict, but what about her childhood? Was she a child star before she made it big as an adult?
Jake Gyllenhaal is another rising star in Hollywood these days. He's loving his life on the top of his acting game, and things can only get better from here. You may recognize him from movies like Prince Of Persia or Nightcrawler. He's quickly amassing a very impressive list of credits, and there are many people who really rate him highly as an actor. You may have also heard about his movie Okja, which premiered at Cannes this year. But can you tell whether he used to be a child star or not?
Steve Carell is another fan favorite these days. Carell is a master of comedy and has appeared in countless movies and television shows, with each role seemingly surpassing the last. I really enjoyed his performance in the film The Big Short, in which he artfully mixes comedy and dramatic seriousness. But, he's also appeared in more lighthearted films like Anchorman, 40-Year-Old Virgin, and many others. A guy like this has untenable talent. But was he spotted early as a child?
Samuel L. Jackson
Another amazing addition to Hollywood is Samuel L. Jackson. He is an actor who needs no introduction. He's appeared on countless movies, and each time, you are guaranteed to see an electrifying performance. He's got an amazing vocal delivery style, and there's just something totally unique about him. He appeared in Star Wars, Black Snake Moan, Formula 51, and many other amazing films. But what about his early childhood? Did agents scout out this talent early on and sign him as a child actor?
Joaquin Phoenix is another amazing actor who's established himself as one of the most talented men in Hollywood. He's appeared in so many great films, like Signs, Gladiator, and Her. Also being an amazing actor himself, he's very politically active politically. He's a staunch Vegan and often teams up with PETA to further the cause for animal rights. Because of this, he's very admired by many people from all walks of life. But what about Joaquin as a boy? Was he a child actor?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one actor who pretty much everyone knows. We've all seen him before on tons of different movies, such as Don Jon, Snowden, and The Dark Knight Rises. There's something very enthralling about his performances, and he has a great onscreen presence. He's still young, so expect to see a lot more of this actor in many more movies in coming years. But what about Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Did he start off his acting career as a child actor?
Alan Rickman was one of the greatest actors of all time. Where do I start? I suppose a lot of people remember him as the antagonist from Die Hard. But more recently, he gave an amazing performance as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies. One of his last films, which was amazing, was Eye In The Sky, in which he played a British General. He's given so much to the acting world. But what about his past? Was he a child star?
Tim Allen is another actor who many people will recognize just by looking at his face. He's the kind of guy that really excels at making people laugh, and many people really love his performances. He's famous for voicing the character of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story series. But he's also appeared on screen as Santa in The Santa Clause series and amazing comedies like Galaxy Quest. But what about Tim Allen's early years? Was he a child star?
Mike Myers is another actor that everyone will recognize, although we haven't seen so much of him lately. There are rumors that Hollywood just doesn't want to cast him anymore. No one knows why, but some say it's because of failures like The Love Guru. We would love to see more of this amazing actor and comedian, and we hope he will make a comeback soon. His past appearances in films like Wayne's World and Austin Powers were awesome. But was he a child star?
Jennifer Lawrence is another star who pretty much everyone is familiar with these days. She's simply a huge rising star, and she shows no signs of slowing down. She's famous for playing Mystique in the X-Men movies, where her role was both sexy and impressive. She also appeared in Hunger Games, where she really shone. She has a reputation for being clumsy and "relatable," but these days, she's showing more attitude. What about Jennifer Lawrence? Was she a child star?
Scarlett Johansson is another actress who everyone in the world can identify. I bet if you go to Siberia or the slums of India or even the isolated tribes of the Amazon, they would all recognize this undeniably beautiful woman. She's almost too sexy for words. She's appeared in so many good films, from Ghost World to Captain America to Lost In Translation. There's only better things in store for this amazing actress. We all know she's famous now, but what about her past? Was she famous as a child too?
Christian Bale is another renowned actor who pretty much everyone will recognize. That's because he's established himself as one of the most impressive actors today. He gained incredible notoriety after his role as Batman in the Dark Knight series. Although he's handed the baton off to another actor, he has continued to give amazing appearances in films like The Big Short. Christian Bale is one of those actors who is probably going to stay in Hollywood for decades. But was he a child actor?
Katherine Heigl is a name that everyone will recognize. If you don't know her name, you'll sure as hell know her face. That's because she's one of the hottest actresses alive today, and she's also an incredible actress. She appeared in Knocked Up alongside Seth Rogen and gave a dramatic, relatable, and funny performance. She is sure to stick around for many more years for even better roles. But what about her past? Did she start off as a child star herself?
Michael Cera is another name everyone will most likely recognize. He's an undeniable master of the art of comedy and is famous for his very real and down-to-earth performances. He's just so natural! You might remember him from roles in Arrested Development and Superbad. But, did he just spring out of nowhere? Or did he start off as a child actor and slowly worked his way up to bigger and bigger roles? You might be surprised when you learn the truth.
Cristopher Waltz is another actor who has become extremely well-known in the entertainment industry and Hollywood. You might remember him from such films as Inglorious Bastards or Django Unchained. He has an amazing screen presence, and he's instantly recognizable whenever he's in a movie. I really enjoy his acting style, and if you're familiar with him, you know that he's very capable of acting extremely creepy. And to top it all off, he just got announced as the newest Bond villain! But was he a child actor?
Jeremy Renner is another name a lot of you guys might recognize. He has a really interesting acting style and an amazing screen presence. You might recognize him from movies like S.W.A.T., The Hurt Locker, and Bourne Legacy. But out of all his roles, one really stands out and it's become the thing that he's most famous for. I'm talking, of course, about his role as Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But did this star actor start off as a child star?
Natalie Portman is another actress who needs no introduction. She's undoubtedly one of the most attractive and the most talented actors alive today. She's appeared in so many amazing films, from her role as Padme in the Star Wars universe to films like Black Swan. She got a lot of people talking in Black Swan because of her steamy lesbian s*x scene with costar Mila Kunis. Did a star like this just pop up out of nowhere? Or did she begin as a child star?
Neil Patrick Harris
Everybody knows (and loves) Neil Patrick Harris. He's appeared in so many amazing films over the years, and his career is something that many actors starting out today aspire to have. He gained a lot of notoriety after appearing in Starship Troopers, in which he played a psychic officer of the mobile infantry. He's also appeared in films like Harold And Kumar Go To Whitecastle, showing off his range as both a comedic and dramatic actor. But did he begin as a child star?
Jessica Chastain is another star you will probably recognize. She's a real rising star, and expect to see more of her in the coming years. She's made her name with roles in movies like Zero Dark Thirty, in which she played a CIA agent. She has also appeared in many science fiction movies such as The Martian and Interstellar. But that might be nothing compared to her newest role as the villain in the upcoming X-Men movie titled Dark Phoenix.
Sylvester Stallone is one star actor who needs no introduction. This is one actor who really shone in many movies that he had written or produced himself, like Rocky and Rambo. And this actor understood the immense benefit of writing your own script—you get to cast yourself in the lead role! Today, he's known as one of the actors with success stories in Hollywood, and he's still making movies to this day. But did he start off as a child star?
Laurence Fishburne is another amazing actor that everyone will recognize. He's done some amazing things in the world of film and never fails to impress with his incredible acting. You might recognize him from films such as Boyz N The Hood, in which he plays a father and father figure in a low-income neighborhood. If that doesn't ring a bell, you might also recognize him as his iconic role as Morpheus in the Matrix trilogy. But, did this star begin his career as a child actor?
Naomi Watts is another familiar face in the world of acting. You might recognize her from her roles in amazing films such as King Kong, The Ring, and Shut In. Outside of acting, she's equally as impressive, as she's extremely active in raising awareness and fundraising for HIV/AIDS research. But what about this star's early childhood? Did she spend it as a child actor? Or did she go unnoticed until she finally got her big break and made it big in Hollywood?
Kate Winslet is another star who has reached the very top of the acting world. She is celebrated throughout Hollywood and the entertainment world as one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood. And they've bestowed upon her the greatest honor of any actor—an Academy Award. This was for her role in The Reader. But she's also famous for her roles in amazing films like Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Titanic. But did this star start off as a child actor?
Noami Campbell is another huge star that most people will have likely heard of. She's a model and actress who has appeared in TV shows like American Horror Story and Empire. She's best known for her modeling work and is considered one of the biggest and most successful supermodels in the world. She hasn't been without her fair share of controversy, though, and has been convicted for assault four times. But did she just pop out of nowhere, or did she start off as a child star?
Morgan Freeman is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. He has one of the most distinctive voices in the industry and is frequently employed to act as the narrator or to provide voice-overs for things like Visa commercials. But that's only one facet of his amazing range of acting skills. You might recognize him from movies such as The Lego Movie, Invictus, and The Shawshank Redemption. But what about his early life? Did he start off as a child actor?
Josh Hutcherson is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most loved men in Hollywood. Now, he's maturing and moving on to more adult roles, but he still retains a lot of that boyish charm we're so familiar with seeing in his earlier roles. He's famous for his roles in Journey To The Center Of The Earth and many other amazing films. But did this star just pop up out of nowhere, or did he start off as a child actor?
This girl is another star that's quickly rising to fame within Hollywood. She has an undeniably amazing talent when it comes to acting, and she's received a lot of critical acclaim from Hollywood and the entertainment industry. You may recognize her from her roles in amazing films like The Descendants and Snowden. Additionally, you may have seen her on the mini-series Big Little Lies. But the question remains. Did this star appear out of nowhere, or did she start off as a child star?
Gene Hackman is another immediately recognizable name in Hollywood. He's appeared in countless films and is one of Hollywood's greatest stars. My personal favorite was his role in The Royal Tenenbaums, but he's also appeared in many other amazing films. These include The French Connection, Unforgiven, and Behind Enemy Lines. You might also recognize him from his role as Lex Luthor in the old Superman movie. Today, he has retired from acting. But what about his past? Did he begin his career as a child actor?
Ken Jeong is another actor who has become extremely well-known and famous in the entertainment world. He's quickly gained a reputation as one of the funniest guys in Hollywood and a truly gifted comedian. Whenever he appears on the screen, it's really hard not to laugh. He's perhaps best known for his roles on the Hangover series, although he also had the lead in a TV series called Dr. Ken and was in another series called Community. But was he a child actor?
Ryan Reynolds is another amazing actor who just keeps getting more and more famous every day. He's quickly amassing a very impressive resume in the film world, and critics are really taking notice. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Deadpool in the recent film of the same name. But he's also wowed in movies like The Proposal and Definitely, Maybe. But what about this star's past? Did he start his career as a child star?
Patrick Stewart is an actor who needs no introduction. He's established himself as one of the most talented actors of all time, and his reputation is well-earned. Nowadays, he's most famous for his portrayal of Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship: Enterprise on the TV series Star Trek: Enterprise. But he's also very well-known for his portrayal of Professor X in many of the X-Men movies in the past years. But what about this actor's past? Did he begin his career as a child actor?
Reese Witherspoon is another huge name in Hollywood. She has it all—talent AND beauty. Her presence on screen is always electrifying, and she continues to do very well for herself (even as she ages) in past roles that she would normally take as a young woman. She really made a name for herself in the movie Legally Blonde, but she's done a lot of other stuff too. She starred in Pleasantville and also in the mini-series Big Little Lies. But did she start out as a child actor?
Another actor who I'm sure many of you are all familiar with is Ricky Gervais. This British comedian never fails to get a laugh and is a true comedic genius in so many ways. He's appeared in countless films, such as Night At The Museum and the voice of Valiant. In addition, he gained notoriety for his roles in UK television shows such as The Office and Extras. But how did his career start? Was he a child star when he was younger?
Diane Lane is another celebrity that many of you will probably recognize. She's had a long and illustrious career and still appears in many Blockbuster films to this day. She first gained widespread notoriety for her role in Unfaithful, but has also appeared in huge films such as The Perfect Storm and Man Of Steel. Her inclusion in the DC universe means that she's going to be appearing a lot in upcoming films like Justice League. But was she a child actor?
Billy Bob Thorton
Billy Bob Thorton is another huge name in Hollywood. He's a guy who is funny seemingly without even trying. But he can also play very serious roles. Personally, I loved him in Bad Santa. But he was also quite amazing in The Astronaut Farmer. He is also a very capable writer and has written many of the scripts for movies that he has appeared in. But what about Billy Bob's past? Did he start his career as a child actor?
Dustin Hoffman is another actor who's instantly recognizable. He's been in a lot of really interesting films and is celebrated as one of Hollywood's finest actors. He has appeared in films such as Midnight Cowboy, The Graduate, Wag The Dog, Rainman, and many more. He has won two academy awards in his career. One of them was for Rainman, and the other was for Kramer Vs Kramer. Was this amazing talent scouted out early, or did he pop up out of nowhere?
Justin Timberlake is another name we're all familiar with. This popular star has had quite the ride when it comes to his career. He first shot to fame was with his inclusion in the popular boy band NSync. He then went on to pursue a successful solo singing career and then tried his hand at acting. That too proved to be a major success, giving him a wide and varied career. But did he start off his career as a child star?
Who doesn't know Britney? This singer has had one of the most successful singing careers of all time, and she was really able to maximize her profits in ways that not many other singers are able to achieve. She appeared to us in many music videos, all seemingly more s*xual than the one before. Cheerleader outfits and school girl uniforms were her favorite. Despite going through a lot of controversial moments, she's still performing to this day. But was she a child star?
Christina Aguilera is another celebrity everyone knows. She's one of the most popular singers of all time. She has earned 5 Grammy awards in her amazing career. She was also given the nickname of "Princess Of Pop" and is also known for having a ton of s*x appeal and was incredibly beautiful in her prime. Nowadays, she's slowed down a little and has stepped aside for the new generation of pop singers to take her place. But what about her youth? Was she a child star?
Who could forget everyone's favorite hobbit, Elijah Wood? He is another actor who needs no introduction and famously played Frodo in the Lord Of The Rings series. He's a very talented actor who has appeared in countless films, including Sin City and Green Street Hooligans. He's also instrumental in speaking out about things like s*xual abuse in Hollywood. But what about this actor's past? Did he start out acting very young? Or did he just suddenly dive in when he was older?
Colin Farrell is another huge name in the acting world, and he's really starting to show his acting chops in recent years. This actor has been in many roles, but my personal favorite was his role in the film In Bruges. He plays a suicidal criminal and his performance is epic. He's also appeared in movies like S.W.A.T. and more recently, an amazing film called The Lobster. But what did he do when he was young? Was he a child actor?
Jessica Alba is another name you'll all recognize. And who could forget that drop-dead gorgeous face and body? Sadly, we haven't seen much from Jessica Alba as of late, and the last thing she was in was Mechanic: Resurrection. But she's had some amazing roles in the past–such as the stripper in Sin City–and her role in the hilarious romantic comedy, Good Luck Chuck. But what about her childhood? Did she spend it getting famous as a young actress or did she just pop out of nowhere only to become as huge of a star as she is now?
Steve Buscemi is one of my all-time favorite actors. He really is incredibly talented, and I think most of Hollywood and the entertainment industry would agree. He's been in so many amazing films. An all-time favorite of mine would be Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs. But he's also had great roles in movies like Ghost World and The Island. And I was pretty happy when Buscemi landed the lead role in Boardwalk Empire. But what about his childhood? Was he a child star?
Paul Walker was an amazing actor. He will be sorely missed. This huge star from the Fast And Furious movies died tragically in a freak car accident. This stunning development left the entertainment world and Hollywood in shock and disbelief, as he was a much-loved star. Aside from Fast And Furious, he also starred in movies like The Lazarus Project and She's All That. This star's life ended when he was just 40. But what about his childhood? Was he a child star?
Kirsten Dunst is another actress that has appeared in pretty much everything. Her career has been incredibly impressive, and it's all down to the fact that she has some seriously top-notch acting skills. She has appeared in amazing films such as Interview With The Vampire, Wimbledon, Bring It On, and many of the Spiderman movies. But what was this amazing actress' path to fame and glory? Did she start out as a child actress? Or did she appear suddenly in Hollywood?
Brendan Gleeson is the next celebrity on this list. You've probably seen him before because this actor has done a lot. He's appeared in amazing roles such as Mad Eye Moody in the Harry Potter series, a role he was perfect for. But he's also appeared in Gangs Of New York, Mission: Impossible, and Braveheart. But my favorite role I've seen him in was as a criminal in the film In Bruges. But what about this actor's past? Was he a child actor?
Steven Seagal is the last celebrity on this list. This very successful celebrity quickly gained the reputation for being the tough guy of Hollywood. And he has the credentials to back it up. He has a 7th dan black belt in Aikido. He rose to notoriety with films like On Deadly Ground, Under Siege, and Above The Law. He once broke Sean Connery's wrist on the set of a movie. But what about his past? Did he start out his career as a child actor?