10 Ugly Duckling Child Stars Who Surprised Everyone by Growing up to Be Hot

Growing up on the silver screen is not easy. Your awkward puberty years are blown up about 50 times, and sometimes the whole world is watching. But there's a special kind of revenge that many child stars get on all those who watched them grow up. And that is: They get super hot.

Like, unbelievably so. Their transformations are all the more awesome because we can say we knew them way back when. These glow ups are inspirational to us all, and simultaneously, we are not worthy of peering upon these beautiful souls, but we're going to show these pics to you anyway

Matthew Lewis Then

Perhaps the most drastic child star transformation came to us from Hogwarts in the form of Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom. As a little kid, Lewis matched his character; he was a bit awkward and easy to make fun of.
But joke’s on us

Abigail Breslin Then

True story: When I went to see Little Miss Sunshine with my family, my parents started hysterically laughing when Abigail Breslin appeared on screen with her messy ponytail and her giant Coke bottle glasses because she looked exactly as awkward and dorky I did as a kid.

Matthew Lewis Now

Because Matthew Lewis became smokin’ hot! Like, what?

He even became a verb — the term for when child stars make pretty incredible transformations to adulthood is now called Longbottoming.

Michelle Trachtenberg Then

Michelle Trachtenberg hit it big as Nona on The Adventures of Pete & PeteHarriet the Spy, and then she just…kept going. She’s been a staple on movie and TV screens ever since she was a little kid.

Blake McIver Then

You probably recognize Blake McIver as Waldo from The Little Rascals movie in the ’90s. He also played Michelle’s friend Derek on Full House

Abigail Breslin Now

Abigail Breslin totally grew out of her awkward phase and into a beautiful young woman. The bad news is that I’m still as awkward as ever. Good thing I’m not famous, right?

Blake McIver Now

But now, he’s a certified hottie. He’s a singer-songwriter and pianist and is still working in the biz as a TV host. He’s also very very very very very good looking

Josh Peck Now

Ooh mama! Josh Peck…well, he now has pecs.
And he more than held his own as John Stamos’ costar on Grandfathered.

 Josh Peck Then

Josh Peck was the goofier, chubbier, nerdier half of Drake and Josh, but that was then.

 Nicholas Hoult Now

Look at him! He could be James Bond if he wanted to! The man dated Jennifer Lawrence, for goodness’ sake! I’ll just say Nicholas Hoult just did a really good job growing up and leave it at that


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