Not every child star end up lost, miserable, drug addicted, bankrupt or being lunatic. Some of them actually turn up pretty good. Here are the chosen ones, the ones who actually made something of themselves and contributed a thing or two to the industry we love the most.
10. Neil Patrick Harris
Child Star Success:He was one of the early ones who made geekiness cool with his stint as the young doctor in the TV show Doogie Howser, MD.
How are they now: He is now the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold & Kumar series, and the title role in Joss Whedon’s musical web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
He hosted the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2009. On March 7, 2010, he made a surprise appearance at the 82nd Academy Awards, delivering the opening musical number, and on August 21, 2010 he won two Emmy Awards at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony. He was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010.
9. Alyssa Milano
Child Star Success:Her childhood role as Samantha Micelli in the sitcom Who’s the Boss? made her famous.
How are they now: She got a second wind with an eight-year stint as Phoebe Halliwell on the supernatural series Charmed brought her a new round of fame. She was also a series regular on the original Melrose Place portraying the role of Jennifer Mancini. Milano has a female sports apparel line, Touch. She is now married and campaigns for the rights of animals.
8. Jodie Foster
Child Star Success:her first significant role came in the 1976 film Taxi Driver as the preteen prostitute, Iris, for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Also that year, she starred in the cult film The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1989 for playing a rape survivor in The Accused.
How are they now: In 1991, she starred in The Silence of the Lambs as Clarice Starling, a gifted FBI trainee, assisting in a hunt for a serial killer. This performance received international acclaim and her second Academy Award for Best Actress. She received her fourth Academy Award nomination for playing a hermit in Nell (1994). In addition to her two Academy Awards she has won three Bafta Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a People’s Choice Award, and has received two Emmy nominations.
Sure she doesn’t believe in God but that’s not necessarily a bad or a good thing to some people so let’s leave that out.
7. Kirsten Dunst
Child Star Success:She made her film debut in Oedipus Wrecks, a short film directed by Woody Allen for the anthology New York Stories (1989). At the age of 12, Dunst gained widespread recognition playing the role of vampire Claudia in Interview with the Vampire (1994), a performance for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. The same year she appeared in Little Women, to further acclaim.
How are they now:Dunst achieved international fame as a result of her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man trilogy (2002–07). Since then her films have included the romantic comedy Wimbledon (2004), the romantic science fiction Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Cameron Crowe’s tragicomedy Elizabethtown (2005). She played the title role in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006), and she starred in the comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008).
6. Amanda Bynes
Child Star Success:Bynes appeared in several successful television series, such as All That and The Amanda Show, on Nickelodeon in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s, and in 2002, she starred in the TV series, What I Like About You.
How are they now:She transitioned to a film career, starring in several films aimed at teenage audiences, including What a Girl Wants (2003), Love Wrecked (2005), She’s the Man (2006), Hairspray (2007), and Easy A (2010).
Bynes was named one of Teen People’s “25 Hottest Stars Under 25″ in 2006, and in 2007, Forbes listed her as the fifth highest paid celebrity under 21, with earnings of $2.5 million. She’s just a little fickle minded. She retired from acting then returned two days after but in light of the drugs and depression, we’ll forgive that.
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