THEN AND NOW: 25 child actors all grown up

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Abigail Breslin then and now.
Abigail Breslin then and now.

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When young actors become famous early on in life, some decide to stick with show business and go on to even bigger success. Others quit Hollywood for good.

Here's what 25 child actors are up to now.

Dylan and Cole Sprouse played Zack and Cody Martin on Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."

Dylan and Cole Sprouse in "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."
Dylan and Cole Sprouse in "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."

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Their acting careers started out even earlier, playing Ross' son Ben on "Friends."

After a brief break from acting to attend New York University, the Sprouse twins are back to acting in TV shows and films.

The Sprouse twins today.
The Sprouse twins today.

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Cole currently plays Jughead Jones on The CW's hit drama "Riverdale." 

Dylan returned to acting with 2017's indie "Carte Blanche" and has appeared in two music videos: Camila Cabello's "Consequences" and Ygo's "Think About You." He also opened the brewery All-Wise Meadery with two business partners in 2018.

Raven Symone played Olivia Kendall on "The Cosby Show" from 1989 to 1992.

Raven Symone in 1990.
Raven Symone in 1990.

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She went on to star in "Doctor Doolittle" and "Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century."

After rising to fame in "That's So Raven" on Disney Channel, Symone returned to the network in a spinoff called "Raven's Home."

Raven Symone at Disney Channel Fan Fest.
Raven Symone at Disney Channel Fan Fest.

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Symone left her gig as a cohost on "The View" to star in and executive produce "Raven's Home," which premiered in 2017.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson played the beloved trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the "Harry Potter" movies.

Daniel Radcliffe (center), Rupert Grint (left) and Emma Watson when they were cast as Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
Daniel Radcliffe (center), Rupert Grint (left) and Emma Watson when they were cast as Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

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Radcliffe was 11 years old when he filmed "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" — the same age as the titular character in the book. The first film was released in 2001.

They grew up onscreen throughout filming eight "Harry Potter" movies.

Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson attend the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" in 2011.
Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson attend the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" in 2011.

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Daniel Radcliffe has experimented with different movie genres and appeared on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "The Cripple of Inishmaan," and "The Lifespan of a Fact."

Rupert Grint has worked on indie films and appeared in the West End's production of "Mojo" and "It's Only A Play" on Broadway. He recently welcomed his first child.

Emma Watson has become a real-life Hermione with her feminist book club and advocacy for gender equality. Among other acting roles, she played Belle in Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" and Meg in 2019's "Little Women."

Mayim Bialik became famous playing Blossom Russo in the '90s TV show "Blossom."

Mayim Bialik as Blossom.
Mayim Bialik as Blossom.

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Bialik landed the role when she was 12 years old and played Blossom for six seasons.

Bialik earned a doctorate in neuroscience and returned to Hollywood playing Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Bang Theory."

Mayim Bialik attends the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2017.
Mayim Bialik attends the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2017.

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"The Big Bang Theory" aired its series finale on May 16, 2019. Bialik uses her platform to speak out about parenting and the pressure new mothers often face.

Abigail Breslin earned an Oscar nomination for her role in "Little Miss Sunshine" in 2006.

Abigail Breslin brings a stuffed animal to the red carpet in 2002.
Abigail Breslin brings a stuffed animal to the red carpet in 2002.

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At 10 years old, she was one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Breslin played "Baby" in a 2017 remake of "Dirty Dancing."

Abigail Breslin attends the "Dirty Dancing: The New ABC Musical Event" premiere in 2017.
Abigail Breslin attends the "Dirty Dancing: The New ABC Musical Event" premiere in 2017.

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The original "Dirty Dancing" is a beloved, classic dance movie that's hard to top, and the remake was widely panned as "unnecessary." Breslin also appeared on "Scream Queens."

Frankie Muniz is best known as Malcom from "Malcom in the Middle" in the early 2000s.

Frankie Muniz poses for a studio portrait circa 1998 in Los Angeles, California.
Frankie Muniz poses for a studio portrait circa 1998 in Los Angeles, California.

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The role earned him both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

Muniz competed on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2017 and hosts "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors."

Frankie Muniz on the red carpet in 2018.
Frankie Muniz on the red carpet in 2018.

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Muniz won third place on season 25 of "Dancing with the Stars." He got married to longtime girlfriend Paige Price in February 2020.

Shannen Doherty played Jenny Wilder in "Little House on the Prairie" at age 11.

Shannen Doherty as Jenny Wilder from "Little House on the Prairie."
Shannen Doherty as Jenny Wilder from "Little House on the Prairie."

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The television series was based on the "Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It aired from 1974 to 1983

She later became known for her roles on "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed."

Shannen Doherty attends Paramount Network Launch Party in 2018 in Los Angeles.
Shannen Doherty attends Paramount Network Launch Party in 2018 in Los Angeles.

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Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and is now in remission.

Tia and Tamera Mowry played long-lost twins on the sitcom "Sister Sister."

Tia and Tamera Mowry in 1990.
Tia and Tamera Mowry in 1990.

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They also played long-lost twins in the Disney Channel original movies "Twitches" and "Twitches Too" about twin witches.

They continue to work together on a "Twintuition" book series.

Tamera (left) and Tia Mowry sign their book "Twintuition" at Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles.
Tamera (left) and Tia Mowry sign their book "Twintuition" at Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles.

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They took a break from acting to attend Pepperdine University and both majored in psychology.

Today, Tamera is one of the hosts of the daytime talk show, "The Real," while Tia has continued acting. Recent movie credits include roles in "Baggage Claim" and "Indivisible."

Another famous set of twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, got their start on "Full House."

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen alternated playing Michelle Tanner on "Full House."
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen alternated playing Michelle Tanner on "Full House."

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The Olsen twins were babies when they began starring on "Full House" in 1987, and were 9 years old when it ended. 

The twins retired from acting to focus on their fashion line, Elizabeth and James, which they launched in 2007.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend the Met Gala.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend the Met Gala.

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Their style has evolved over the years, inspiring trends including choker necklaces, big sunglasses, and oversized layers.

Hilary Duff landed small parts in TV shows and made-for-TV movies before becoming known as Lizzie McGuire on the Disney Channel series of the same name.

Hilary Duff during her "Lizzie McGuire" days.
Hilary Duff during her "Lizzie McGuire" days.

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After 65 episodes of "Lizzie McGuire" aired on Disney Channel, the 2003 "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" served as the series finale. The show made Duff a teen idol.

Duff has continued acting and is also working as a designer.

Hilary Duff poses for photographers.
Hilary Duff poses for photographers.

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She designed a line of glasses for Glasses USA. She also appeared in an independent movie in 2019 called "The Haunting of Sharon Tate," as well as the TV show "Younger."

A "Lizzie McGuire" reboot began production, but stalled when the script was deemed too inappropriate for Disney Plus viewers. Duff wrote on Instagram that she hopes the show will move to Hulu.

Dakota Fanning's performance in the 2001 movie "I Am Sam" put her on the map.

Dakota Fanning in 2002.
Dakota Fanning in 2002.

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She was the youngest nominee in the history of the Screen Actors Guild Awards at age 8.

Fanning hasn't slowed down, appearing in the "Twilight" saga movies and "Ocean's Eight."

Dakota Fanning attends the screening of "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in 2019.
Dakota Fanning attends the screening of "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in 2019.

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She most recently appeared in the 2019 Quentin Tarantino movie "Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood."

Jodie Foster got her start on TV shows such as "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" and "The Doris Day Show."

Jodi Foster on an episode of "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" in 1969.
Jodi Foster on an episode of "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" in 1969.

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Her real name is Alicia Christian Foster.

She has been nominated for four Oscars, and has won two — both for best actress.

Jodi Foster today.
Jodi Foster today.

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Foster won best actress for "The Accused" and "Silence of the Lambs," and continues to act.

Macaulay Culkin is best known as the mischief-making protagonist in the "Home Alone" movies.

Macaulay Culkin in "Home Alone."
Macaulay Culkin in "Home Alone."

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The "Home Alone" movies, which came out in the 1990s, are holiday classics.

He took a break from acting in 1994, but returned with a few small roles in 2003.

Macaulay Culkin grown up.
Macaulay Culkin grown up.

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Culkin also wrote an autobiography, co-founded a pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band called The Pizza Underground with which he toured before they split up in 2018, and hosted a podcast called Bunny Ears.

Ross Bagley worked with Will Smith on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in the '90s.

Ross Bagley attends the opening party for "Circus Vargus" in 1994.
Ross Bagley attends the opening party for "Circus Vargus" in 1994.

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He also played Buckwheat in "The Little Rascals."

Bagley has since appeared in several horror movies.

Ross Bagley arrives for the NOH8 Campaign 5th Anniversary Celebration in 2013.
Ross Bagley arrives for the NOH8 Campaign 5th Anniversary Celebration in 2013.

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He was in "Dead Ringer" and "Gnome Alone."

Alisan Porter rose to fame as Curly Sue in the 1991 movie of the same name.

Alisan Porter as Curly Sue.
Alisan Porter as Curly Sue.

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Porter won "Star Search" when she was 5 years old. In addition to "Curly Sue," she appeared on "The Golden Girls" and in a TV movie called "When You Remember Me."

Porter won season 10 of "The Voice" after years away from the spotlight.

Alisan Porter on "The Voice."
Alisan Porter on "The Voice."

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Porter headlined a show in Las Vegas called "The Voice: Neon Dreams" after her victory on Christina Aguilera's team.

She also runs a blog with her partner Celia Behar called Lil' Mamas.

Amanda Bynes' comedy skills helped her land her own show when she was 13 years old.

Amanda Bynes at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
Amanda Bynes at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

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She won a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for "The Amanda Show" when she was 15.

Bynes has been on a hiatus from acting since 2010.

Amanda Bynes at the MTV Movie Awards.
Amanda Bynes at the MTV Movie Awards.

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After a slew of successful movies including "What A Girl Wants," "Hairspray," "She's the Man," and "Easy A," Bynes took a break from acting due to struggles with substance abuse.

She earned an associate degree in Merchandise Product Development from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 2018 and told Paper magazine that she wants to return to acting.

Bynes has also publicly dealt with addiction and mental health issues. She recently announced she was engaged on social media to Paul Michael, although they broke up a few weeks later.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt got his start on shows such as "Family Ties" and "Quantum Leap" before his breakout role in "10 Things I Hate About You."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 1994.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 1994.

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He took a brief break from acting to attend Columbia University, but later dropped out to return to show business.

He continues to act and runs hitRECord, an online production company.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt at Comedy Central Roast Of Bruce Willis in 2018.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt at Comedy Central Roast Of Bruce Willis in 2018.

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In recent years, Gordon-Levitt appeared in "Snowden," playing the titular role of Edward Snowden, and the comedy "The Night Before."

Carrie Henn played Newt in the 1986 movie "Aliens."

Carrie Henn in "Aliens."
Carrie Henn in "Aliens."

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Henn was 9 years old when she was cast as space orphan Newt in "Aliens," and had no prior acting experience. She won a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor.

Henn left acting and became a teacher.

Carrie Henn at Comic-Con International 2016.
Carrie Henn at Comic-Con International 2016.

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She made an appearance at the Comic Con 30th Anniversary panel for "Aliens" in 2016, with fellow cast members Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton, but has otherwise stayed out of the limelight.

Shia LaBeouf won a Daytime Emmy for playing Louis on "Even Stevens."

Shia LaBeouf poses with Christy Carlson Romano from "Even Stevens."
Shia LaBeouf poses with Christy Carlson Romano from "Even Stevens."

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He continued on the Disney track with the movie "Holes" in 2003.

LaBeouf has since appeared in blockbusters like the "Transformers" series and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

Shia LaBeouf at the the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
Shia LaBeouf at the the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

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He also appeared in Sia's music video for "Elastic Heart."

Most recently, he's written an autobiographical movie, "Honey Boy," about a child actor and his father, whom LaBeouf also plays.

Mara Wilson played the titular character in "Matilda" in 1996.

Mara Wilson in "Matilda."
Mara Wilson in "Matilda."

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Wilson was just 6 years old when she made her on-screen debut in "Mrs. Doubtfire" in 1993. 

Wilson retired from acting at age 13, opting instead for a career as an author and journalist.

Mara Wilson attends the 9th Annual Shorty Awards in 2017.
Mara Wilson attends the 9th Annual Shorty Awards in 2017.

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Wilson published a memoir called "Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame," wrote a play called "Sheeple," and has bylines in Elle.com, McSweeney's, The New York Times, Reductress, Vanity Fair.com, The Daily Beast, Jezebel, Cracked, Talkhouse Film, and The Toast.

Cali and Noelle Sheldon took turns playing Ross and Rachel's baby, Emma, on "Friends."

On set with Jennifer Aniston and guest star Christina Applegate.
On set with Jennifer Aniston and guest star Christina Applegate.

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One twin would appear on camera while the other napped. 

"All of the cast were super nice to us, they treated us all like little princesses and when we had holidays and stuff, they'd give us little Christmas gifts," Cali previously told Insider.

They most recently played twins named Becca and Lindsey in Jordan Peele's movie "Us."

Cali and Noelle Sheldon at the premiere of horror film, "Us."
Cali and Noelle Sheldon at the premiere of horror film, "Us."

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"'Us' was an awesome experience for us because we go to meet all really influential people and obviously you can actually really remember that, so it was cool to be on the set of a real movie," Cali previously told Insider.

Lindsay Lohan's performance in "The Parent Trap" cemented her as a Hollywood mainstay.

Lindsay Lohan attends the premiere of "The Parent Trap" on July 21, 1998.
Lindsay Lohan attends the premiere of "The Parent Trap" on July 21, 1998.

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She went on to star in favorites such as "Life Size," "Freaky Friday," and "Mean Girls."

Lohan opened two nightclubs in Greece and starred on the British show "Sick Note."

Lindsay Lohan.
Lindsay Lohan.

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Lohan famously had a series of run-ins with the law, but has been returning to the spotlight with movies such as "Among the Shadows."

Scarlett Johansson booked her first acting job at 9 years old.

Scarlett Johansson at the 12th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards.
Scarlett Johansson at the 12th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards.

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In 1994, she played Laura Nelson in "North" alongside Elijah Wood.

Johansson will star in her own Avengers spin-off, "Black Widow."

Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Oscars.
Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Oscars.

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The release date for "Black Widow" was moved from April to November 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At the 2020 Oscars, she was nominated for best actress in "Marriage Story" and best supporting actress in "JoJo Rabbit."

After a few small television parts, Kirsten Dunst landed roles alongside some of Hollywood's biggest names.

Kirsten Dunst in 1995.
Kirsten Dunst in 1995.

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She played Claudia in "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" in 1994 with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise when she was 11 years old. A year later, she played Judy Shepherd in "Jumanji" with Robin Williams.

She's since appeared in iconic movies such as "Spider-Man," "Bring It On," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

Kirsten Dunst in 2017.
Kirsten Dunst in 2017.

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She's currently filming "The Power of the Dog," a thriller based on a book by Thomas Savage.

Elijah Wood starred in "North" in 1994.

Director Rob Reiner with Elijah Wood.
Director Rob Reiner with Elijah Wood.

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His first movie role was "Video Game Boy" in "Back to the Future II."

He's best known for portraying Frodo Baggins in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Elijah Wood.
Elijah Wood.

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He and Daniel Radcliffe are often mistaken for each other.

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