|When he was famous at age "Still Cute"|
|In his early 30's looking like an extra|
in "Breaking Bad".
For the record, the above child actor, Macauly Culkin, isn't a winner. In fact, he currently does voice-overs for shows like "Family Guy" & "Robot Chicken" because he's BFF's with fellow child actor, Seth Green.
Did you just say, Seth Green was a child actor?
Yes I did.
|Knerd Mom has just won the internets.|
So this brings up an interesting line of thought: We hear so much about how child actors fail as they become full grown adult actors. While statistically overwhelmingly true this is, let's think on those who continued acting and are THRIVING in the same profession!
Notably, I would like to start with my very first celebrity crush, Elijah Wood.
|Not 30-something Elijah. Sure, he's nerd cute, still makes my|
heart skip a beat, but is now kinda creepy looking...
|Just...DAMMIT MAC! YOUR TIME IS PAST! GTFO!|
Eventually, Elijah was under the radar for a while, or did indie flicks through his teen years. As most people assume, we all figured this kid just did the right thing and retired with his sweet dignity in tact to finish school and go off to college. Then this movie came out:
|EDubb as "Kevin" the creeper from|
the movie "Sin City". This started his
type casting in many indie film
roles as "The Creeper"
and "Ryan" from the TV show, "Wilfred" to the stoners.
Now let's go a little further back in time to a legend-wait for it-dary child actor who's intelligence knew no bounds...or rather, his character's.
|Haa-ave you met Ted?|
|So much win, I'm surprised they let me post this pic.|
As a matter of fact, I still remember sitting at home on a weekend with my mom watching either "The Purple People Eater" and "Clara's Heart". Both of which feature a young NPH.
But let's not forget some of our more successful females who succeeded without following in the footsteps of Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears.
As a matter of fact, this lady couldn't be more of a polar opposite from these gals. Can you guess from this pic whom I refer to?
|If you say Keira Knightly, you're fired.|
Natalie Portman. Fun Fact: When filming Star Wars: Phantom Menace, she was still a child at the age of 14! By the time the movie finally played, she was a senior in high school! Looks-wise, she has hardly changed. But as an actress, she keeps getting better and better. Heck, she went to... (searches IMDb ...HOLY CRAP! SHE'S 4 DAYS OLDER THAN ME!) Harvard of all places! Now you can see her in some great roles such as "The Black Swan" (where you can see her have sexy times with Mila Kunis. Aw yeah!), The other 2 Star Wars Prequels, V for Vendetta, both Thor Movies, and feel good Novel turned Movie "Where the Heart Is."
That last one, actually, you'll want to read the book instead. So much more stuff in it that makes the story FANTASTIC than what the movie has to offer. But if not, watch the movie without reading the book. Still a great flick!
Well, this is starting to get a bit long-winded, but here is a list of other evolved child-to-adult actors to check-out and say "Oh yeah! They did that one movie when they were little!"
*Jodie Foster (one of my favorites.)
*Ron Howard (child actor now FAMOUS Director. How's that for winning?)
*Daniel Radcliff & Emma Watson. (Not Rupert Everet so much. He's on the indie scene right now)
*Shia LeBeuf (though his stock recently has been on the decline)
*Miyam Bialik (with a LONG hiatus between her hit shows!)
*Elizabeth Taylor (how's that for getting old school?)
*Judy Garland (bam! OGx2!)
*Michael J. Fox
Macauly Culkin (GTFO!)
*Kieran Culkin (Mac's little bro. Yup. He acted as a child and currently acts as a grown-up. Watch "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World". He's the gay roommate.)
Go to www.imdb.com to research ANY of these child actors gone right. You'd be surprised ;)