Hollywood stars always seem like this mysterious set of incredibly glamorous people. We rarely think of them growing up as normal kids or doing lame Saturday jobs as students. We only know most of our Hollywood icons as adults, so seeing them as children is always just a bit weird.
Some of them share their early years photos on Twitter or Instagram, while others are embarrassed by their family flaunting pictures of their darlings wearing braces or sporty spotty teenage faces. So, if you’re ready for some nostalgia, or just the comfort of knowing Ryan Gosling wasn’t always sex on legs, keep reading!
1. Maisie Williams
Best known for playing hardcore Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams also had a recurring role as Ashildr in Doctor Who. Her performance in Game of Thrones has won her three awards. In 2019, she launched her own social media platform Daisie for artists and creatives to network with each other. She certainly doesn’t look as bad-ass as Arya in that cute orange dress!
2. Neil Patrick Harris
We all know him as Barney from How I Met Your Mother (you know, they one that tried *really* hard to be Friends). But way before that, a teenage Harris starred in Doogie Howser, M.D. Way back before that, he landed his first ever acting gig as Toto in his school production of The Wizard of Oz – super cute!
3. Ryan Gosling
Gorgeous actor Ryan Gosling made it big long before he became actor of the moment following Crazy, Stupid Love and La La Land. Prior to that, he starred in The Notebook (get your tissues at the ready folks) and more recently, the 2017 remake of Blade Runner. Way back before all of that though, Ryan Gosling was one of the kids in The Mickey Mouse Club and starred in Goosebumps in 1996.
4. Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway is best known for her starring role in The Devil Wears Prada as Andy, the geek to sheek heroine who takes on Helen Mirren’s demanding fashionista boss. Her subsequent performances acting opposite Christian Bale in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and loosing all of her hair for her role as Fantine in the 2012 film version of Les Miserables. Most of us remember her as Mia in The Princess Diaries, the unwitting and gawkish teenage girl who literally finds out she’s a princess. But Hathaway was actually 18 at the time, not as young as her movie counterpart Mia.
5. Robert de Niro
Voted one of the greatest actors of all time, Robert de Niro has appeared in more films than you can list. After beginning acting as a teenage to overcome shyness, Robert de Niro dropped out of highschool at 16 to persue a career in acting. Growing up in the same neighborhood as Martin Scorsese, the pair later collaborated on a number of movies.
6. Charles Dance
British actor and film-maker Charles Dance preceded his Game of Thrones debut with a string of performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company back in the 1970s. He also has a list of impressive TV appearances prior to Game of Thrones, including Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Still Ali G Indahouse is his finest dance achievement!
7. Sarah Jessica Parker
We all know her as Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, the show that won Sarah Jessica Parker two Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes. Prior to her most iconic role, Sarah Jessica Parker landed a role in the hilarious The First Wives Club. She also worked as a producer on both Sex and the City movies. But before all that, she worked as a singer and dancer to support her mother and step-father before landing an early career Broadway role in The Innocents.
The queen of the modern music industry, Beyoncé first rose to fame as vocalist in Destiny’s Child in the 1990s. Since then, she has taken the music world by storm, producing some of the best-selling albums (Lemonade, anyone? What a masterpiece?) and becoming a key figure in the intersectional feminist movement.