Being pushed into the spotlight at a young age doesn’t always turn out well. Many child stars struggle to stay relevant when they reach adulthood. But a select few have been able to battle the odds and remain highly respected actors! From a young TV doctor, to Oscar winning actors, these are also famous child stars that became incredible actors.
Back in the day Neil Patrick Harris was arguably one of the biggest child stars ever. He earned this title by playing the title role in TV’s “Doogie Howser, M.D.” from 1989 to 1993. It did take a while for the star to catch another big acting break, but in 2005 he found his second break. NPH was cast as Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother”, and since then his career has been in full swing. He hosted the Tony Awards, and starred in the Netflix series “A Series Of Unfortunate Events”.
Thanks to the Harry Potter series, Emma Watson became a household name at just 11 years old. Usually being a child star of such a successful series doesn’t do much for the career of an actor when they are an adult. Thankfully, Watson has been able to make a name for herself since the last Harry Potter film was released in 2011. Not only has Watson managed to graduate from Brown University, but she has starred in many notable films. Including the much anticipated live action version of Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast”.
Considering he was only 11 years old when he took on the title role of the “Harry Potter” series, Daniel Radcliffe has come a long way. Fans of the movies watched him grow up right before their eyes. Not only did they see him mature as young man, but they also got to see him mature as an actor. Now that the series is over, Radcliffe has been able to take on more daring roles, and is considered a very respectable and serious actor.
Jodie Foster is a Hollywood legend in her own right. She started her career starring in Coppertone commercials. She then launched her career as a child star from roles in “Freaky Friday” and most notably “Taxi Driver”. When she was only 13 years old she received her first Oscar nomination for “Best Supporting Actress”. So, it shouldn’t be any surprise that Foster has been able to remain relevant in her adult years. She is now a highly respected actress as well as one of Hollywood’s leading female directors.
Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to the spotlight. He’s been in front of the camera for nearly 30 years. He started his television career in 1990 with a TV show called “Parenthood”. DiCaprio then moved on to earn a reoccurring role on the popular show “Growing Pains”. It didn’t take long for young DiCaprio to launch his movie career, completing his first movie in 1993. Fast forward to 2016, when he won his Oscar for “The Revenant” he is now considered one of the greatest actors of our lifetime.
Natalie Portman has been in front of the camera since she was a child model at the age of 11. It wasn’t until she was 13 that she decided to try her hand at acting. It proved to be a good move, because her life hasn’t been the same since. Portman has stared in many huge movies such as “The Professional” and the “Star Wars” prequels. But, the role of her life came from 2010’s “Black Swan”, which she took home the Oscar for her lead role.