No matter who you are, you went through some kind of awkward phase in your life at one point or another. Hopefully, it happened early on in grade school, rather than later in high school – like me… Those were tough years.
And even though they’re in the spotlight, child stars on TV and in movies experience the same thing. But like (most of) us, they do grow out of those painfully strange years, and often, thanks to the beautifying effects of $$$$, they turn into some of the hottest, hunkiest, dreamiest, steamiest actors and actresses around. Here are your favorite awkward childhood stars who turned insanely hot.
We adored her freckles in The Parent Trap, and we adore Lohan’s other assets now that she’s all grown up.
Boys loved her when she played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, but McKellar is seriously turning heads now that she’s all grown up.
O’Connell made his debut as the chubby Vern Tessio in Rob Reiner’s 1986 film, Stand By Me, but age has done wonders for this on-again, off-again celebrity.
Similar to Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez began her career on Barney and Friends and that was only the beginning. Gomez went on to be the lead role on Wizards of Waverly Place, Spring Breakers, and recently released her 2015 album Revival.
Another Wonder Years alum makes their way on to the list, as we all remember Kevin Arnold’s nerdy sidekick, Paul Pfeiffer. But Saviano would grow up to be a stone-cold hottie with brains. He now practices law in California.
Candace Cameron Bure
From Full House to full beauty! Wow!
He never stopped believing in Santa in the 1994 Christmas classic, The Santa Clause, and we can’t stop believing he turned out to look like this
Alex D. Linz
He starred in Disney’s Max Keeble’s Big Move and has now made some big moves onto Hunk Island. It’s an island, with hunks. You get it.
The star of Harry Potter and we’ll never be able to break out of this enchantment. He’s the first of many Harry Potter stars to land on this coveted list.
She stole our hearts on Who’s The Boss and nowadays she can pretty much boss us around for whatever her heart desires. We are at your mercy, oh lovely rose.
After chasing a career in modeling, Zendaya’s acting break came with her casting on the Disney show Shake It Up. Recently, Zendaya has continued on Disney shows and competed onDancing with the Stars in 2013.
You probably didn’t realize you adored Hoult back in 2002 in About A Boy, but you definitely know today you’re thinking, “How ‘bout that man, girl…”
He played spikey-haired Reese in Malcolm in the Middle, and he’s piercing our hearts with hotness now that he’s all grown up.
Demi Lovato has one of the longest careers in Hollywood, landing her first role on Barney & Friends. It wasn’t until Lovato was casted in the Disney original movie Camp Rock, alongside the Jonas brothers, did her career skyrocketed.
She was the cute dancer kid from all those Missy Elliott music videos in the earlier aughts, but she’s so freakin’ supa dupa fly now my heart just stopped.
We espied her as the older sister in the Spy Kids movies, but Vega’s incredible hotness is no longer a big secret.
The adorably nerdy Luna Lovegood was a favorite in the Harry Potter universe, but in real life, Evanna Lynch has become a favorite of every man on Earth. Wow!
Daniel Curtis Lee
Do you remember Lee as Simon from Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified, well, somebody let the secret out that he’s stone cold hot now.
If you’ve been living under a Party of Five rocks for the last, I don’t know, 5 years, you might not already know that little Claudia Salinger is about the hottest thing walking God’s good earth these days.
Dylan & Cole Sprouse
Obviously brothers, Dylan & Cole Sprouse began their career at only six months old. The famous twins are best known for their roles as Zack & Cody on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
Posey was the little dude in the 2002 Jennifer Lopez movie, Maid in Manhattan, but now he’s all grown up for the hit TV series Teen Wolf and us ladies are just howling for more.
The Fresh Prince’s little sister is certified fresh hotness ssssssss.
The tiny tyke from Jerry Maguire is jumping back into the spotlight and we couldn’t be happier to make his acquaintance once again.
Nicole made her film debut in the 2006 Christmas movie, Deck the Halls, and then landed the role of Katara in The Last Airbender, but now she’s turning millions of heads as the pretty, troubled Bradley Martin in Bates Motel.
Everybody loved the Rick Moranis, Ed O’Neill Little Giants movie, and you may remember Junior, the Cowboys star quarterback. Now, Sawa is a Five-Star rated hottie!
He was the funny, fat brother from Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, but now he’s a handsome, hunky lady-killer.
Probably every boy’s high school dream girl was Topanga from Boy Meets World, but now it’s woman meets world and she’s every man’s dream.
Blake Mciver Ewing
He played the dapper villain in 1994’s The Little Rascals, but now Ewing is the hero of our Holy Hotness scale.
He played the clumsy, shy Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series, but Lewis has conjured up all kinds of feelings now that he’s been sorted into the House of Hotness.
Efron was hitting the high musical notes in Disney’s High School Musical, and now he’s hitting the high hottie notes in everyday life.
Panettiere broke onto the scene as the tough-as-nails daughter in Remember the Titans, but now she’s hot as… Well, you know the rest.
Tia & Tamera
They were Sister, Sister on the Disney channel and they’re hot-star, hot-star GIRL. Or something.
He played Bobby Walker on the TV show Cousin Skeeter, but now he’s burning up the screen as Cousin How-Did-I-Ever-Live-Without-You. Ugh, my ovaries.
From the 1996 children’s movie, Harriet the Spy, we bet you had no idea what a beautiful butterfly she turned out to be. Woooooooooooow.
Mark Paul Gosselaar
Does he need an introduction? No. Do we need to explain his current hotness any further? No. Just stare into those eyes and fall in love all over again.
There’s no way we’d leave out little Hermione from Harry Potter, who, let's face, out shines everyone else before her. Slow clap. Slow clap.
She brought us to tears as the ever-adorably My Girl and now she’s making us a little hot under the collar with her dazzling looks.
She was the quintessential awkward teen in My So Called Life and now she’s stealing men’s hearts in Homeland.
Wednesday Addams wasn’t so much awkward as she was devilishly morbid, but these days Ricci is devilishly beautiful and we’re glad she ditched the pale skin and black locks.
The Curly Sue actress may have left the spotlight of Hollywood for entrepreneurship, but she still has the looks to make it big!
He went from playing Mark Twain’s Huck Finn to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Frodo Baggins, but Wood is now part of women’s fantasies all over the world.
He may have a strange, unattractive name, but Hall has really filled out over the years and has maintained a constant stream of film and TV work.
Soleil Moon Frye
From Punky Brewster to something that rhymes with that and causally alludes to her hotness. She’s hot now.
Leopardi got his big kiss in The Sandlot, and now some ladies are hoping they can turn the tables on him.
First getting her big break in 2005 with her lead role in Bratz, Chelsea Kane has since been on Dancing with the Stars and landed a lead role on Baby Daddy.