Fame and fortune didn’t happen overnight for the majority of A-list celebrities that we all know and love. In fact, many of them started out fresh-faced young and ultimately became the heavy hitters they are today. So here are some showbiz veterans as they looked in their younger days and how they look now. The differences are eye-opening.
BRITNEY SPEARS THEN AND NOW
Britney was already a star as part of the “Mickey Mouse Club”. Then she became a pop star sensation in 2000. But despite some serious, and scandalous setbacks, Spears started performing at Planet Hollywood in Vegas and earns $475k per show.
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS THEN AND NOW
You remember him from “Doogie Howser, M.D.” But Harris went on to winning a Tony in 2004 for best male lead in a musical on Broadway. Then he went on to star on the hit show “How I Met Your Mother”, and is now a proud father of twin boys.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON THEN AND NOW
ScarJo was chronically rejected for commercials as a child. So her mom pushed her to audition for films instead. Today, she’s kicking butt as Black Widow in the “Avengers” film franchise and playing the role of The Major in “Ghost in the Shell”.
REESE WITHERSPOON THEN AND NOW
Reese went from modeling at age 7 to a role in “The Man in the Moon” at 14. But we’re willing to bet that she never imagined she’d end up winning an Oscar for best actor for her role in the 2005 film “Walk the Line” when she was 29.
CHRISTIAN BALE THEN AND NOW
When Bale first starred in Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun”, the media hounded the young actor to the point where he wanted to quit showbiz. Fortunately, he opted not to and blessed us with films like “American Psycho”, and the “Dark Knight” trilogy.
RAVEN-SYMONE THEN AND NOW
She was absolutely adorbs as Olivia Kendall in “The Cosby Show” back in 1989. Then she became a teen star in “That’s So Raven”. Eventually she grew up into this powerful woman who for a time, joined the panel on “The View”.
MARIO LOPEZ THEN AND NOW
You knew him as A.C. Slater on “Saved By The Bell”, but eventually he broke away from the teenage jock character and became a sexy heartthrob who’s hosted on “Extra” and even starred on his own reality TV series, “Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby”.
THE OLSEN TWINS THEN AND NOW
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen became stars by sharing the role of Michelle on “Full House. As they grew, they starred in a series of films like”New York Minute” and “Beastly”. Eventually they gave up acting to concentrate on their fashion line.
ELIJAH WOOD THEN AND NOW
Elijah Wood was everyone’s favorite Hobbit in the epic film franchise “Lord of the Rings”, but he was making an impression with those amazing eyes way before then in films like “Paradise”, “The Good Son”, and “The Adventures of Huck Finn”.
NATALIE PORTMAN THEN AND NOW
She was discovered by a modeling agent in a pizza parlor when she was 11. Two years later, she won a role in the film, “The Professional”. But after attending Harvard and getting a degree in psychology, Portman returned to Hollywood and earned an Oscar for her role in “Black Swan.”