These kids may have grown up, but their fame has remained. And they’ve proven to us that they’re capable of even more in their lives — they’re successful, rich, and thriving! These actors and musicians will show us that they can do something more for this world. Let’s remember some of our favorite child stars that changed so dramatically as they grew up, we can barely recognize them these days.
We at Bright Side have found 12 young celebrities who we’ve actually known since their childhood.
12. Nicholas Hoult
Nicholas Caradoc Hoult is 29 now and his popularity is growing more and more every year. His great-aunt was one of the most popular actresses of her time, Dame Anna Neagle. So he probably was born to be a celebrity — it’s in his blood.
His first acting gig was in 1996 in the film, Intimate Relations. Many of us remember him as Beast in X-Men. Hoult was included in Forbes Magazine’s 2012 list of “30 under 30”. Hoult is very talented and will definitely show he has a lot more to offer this world!
11. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Jaymes Stewart is an American actress, model, and director. She began acting at age 8. An agent noticed her perform in her elementary school’s Christmas play. After a year of auditioning, Stewart earned her first role as a small, non-speaking part in the Disney Channel TV-movie, The Thirteenth Year.
Now she is the recipient of several accolades, including the César Award, of which she was the first American woman to win. Her films have grossed over $4.3 billion worldwide. She was also the highest-paid actress in the world in 2012.
10. Zac Efron
Zachary David Alexander Efron was born in October 1987 in California. His parents noticed his singing ability and helped him to take his first step toward acting at the age of 11. Singing and acting lessons soon led to a production of Gypsy that ran for 90 performances. And that was just the beginning of Efron’s success.
He looks like a prince, behaves like a gentleman, and is very wealthy. Efron’s net worth is valued at $18 million!
9. Thomas Brodie-Sangster
A son of 2 actors, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, was born on May 16, 1990, in London. He is well-known for his youthful appearance and his role in Game of Thrones but showed us that he was a talented actor way earlier.
You can spot his cute, little face in films like Love Actually (2003), Nanny McPhee (2005), and The Last Legion (2007).
8. Jack Quaid
Jack Quaid is 27 and he is the son of actors Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid. You could say it was in his genes to become an actor! Nowadays, Quaid is best known for his role in the 2012 science fiction film, The Hunger Games.
Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid encouraged their son to follow in their acting footsteps. While growing up, Quaid spent a lot of time on the sets of movies his parents were appearing in. Later, he attended New York University where he studied drama.
7. Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith is slowly becoming a legend. He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. This young man is very talented. Jaden is the son of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. He may be the son of famous parents, but his one role in The Karate Kid (2010) won our hearts over and proved him to be a professional actor!
Jaden is not just an actor and a singer, but he also does a lot of good for the environment. He is helping out with the clean water crisis and even serves as a partner in a project called, JUST WATER.
6. Matthew Lewis
Yes, Matthew Lewis is that cute boy with the funny smile from Harry Potter! It’s hard to recognize him today and by now, he’s probably broke many women’s hearts. When he was a kid, after he read the first Harry Potter book, he dressed up as Harry and ran around his room. This was before he got the part of Neville, of course.
Lewis continues to act in different movie roles and takes part in theatre as well.
5. Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a super successful actress and model. She was born in Paris, attended the Dragon School, and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
As a child, she became famous after landing her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Watson earned worldwide fame and around $60 million. Not bad for a young lady, right?
4. Nick Jonas
Nicholas Jerry Jonas is well known for his career as a singer, songwriter, and actor. Jonas began acting in theatre at the age of 7. Since an early age, Jonas became used to the celebrity life. In 2002 he had already released his debut single which caught the attention of Columbia Records, and Jonas formed a band with his older brothers, Joe and Kevin, known as the Jonas Brothers. This guy knows what he wants!
Today Jonas is a successful singer and a happy guy in love with the actress, Priyanka Chopra.
3. Josh Peck
Josh Peck began his career as a child actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Then his career rapidly sped up and he got many different opportunities.
Nowadays he is not just an actor but a comedian and a YouTube personality as well. Peck also currently has a podcast called, Curious with Josh Peck produced by Ramble where he interviews celebrities.
2. Josh Hutcherson
This young man started acting in 2002 and gained an impressive list of roles! But we can easily remember him as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games series where Josh acted alongside Jennifer Lawrence who played Katniss Everdeen. In preparation for this film, he had to bleach his hair and gain 15 pounds. But it was worth it!
1. Cole Sprouse
Much of Cole Sprouse’s early career was shared with his twin brother, Dylan due to child labor laws in California. This way, they would be allowed to act in more scenes as one character. Cole has some notable roles including Patrick Kelly in the sitcom Grace Under Fire and the young Pistachio Disguisey in The Master of Disguise. And of course, he gained fame after he appeared in multiple episodes of the television sitcom, Friends as Ross Geller’s son.
After growing up as a Disney Channel star, Cole decided to take a break, go to college, and experience a life he hadn’t known before. He remembers his times on screen as a “little nostalgic bubble”. Now he is back into acting and shows much promise. In 2017, Sprouse starred as Jughead Jones on The CW TV series, Riverdale which boosted his career rapidly.
Out of all these people, who do you think has changed the most? Please share your opinion with us down below!
Lil Nas X and Wrangler’s “Old Town Road” clothing line inspires country music fan backlash
“Old Town Road” star Lil Nas X’s latest move is into fashion, courtesy of a collaboration with Wrangler, the legacy denim and apparel brand that’s become a signature element of the Western aesthetic.
The chart-topping rapper has partnered with the company to launch a capsule clothing collection inspired by his hit song and featuring graphic T-shirts, jeans, and other denim apparel. The collaboration is essentially an extension of one of the most memorable lyrics in “Old Town Road,” which shouts out Wrangler by name: “Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty.”
Wrangler describes the capsule collection, which launched May 20, as “fresh remixes of classic Wrangler styles for the kind of modern cowboy that can’t be put in a box.”
That’s a cheeky reference to “Old Town Road” itself, which sparked an intense debate over whether the song counts as country music when it debuted on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in March, and was subsequently removed. Despite its references to established Western themes and imagery — the song’s lyrics revolve around a lone cowboy riding his horse into the sunset, after all — Billboard said the song “does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
Some country music fans and industry observers agreed, arguing that “Old Town Road” qualifies more as hip-hop than country. Others criticized Billboard for feeding rigid ideas about who or what qualifies as country enough, and suggested that Lil Nas X’s race played a part in the song’s reclassification; the fact that Lil Nas X is a black teenager from Atlanta and country is a predominantly white genre did not go unnoticed.
The song quickly became the catalyst for an industry-wide discussion about the definition of country music and racially tinged gatekeeping within the genre. It also became the top song in the country, and has now been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks straight.
Just like the song itself riled some country music fans amid an outpouring of support for Lil Nas X from his own expansive fanbase, the rapper’s collaboration with Wrangler has met with a polarized response.
The Lil Nas X capsule collection is clearly intended to celebrate and capitalize on the success of “Old Town Road.” Although many Lil Nas X fans have expressed interest in buying the collection, Wrangler is also facing criticism from some consumers, many of whom are threatening to boycott.
Much of the backlash is playing out on social media, where Wrangler has received thousands of comments from customers expressing anger and “disappointment.” (It is unclear if customers have also been contacting the company via other, less public methods; Vox has reached out to Wrangler for comment.) And much of the current conversation revolves around how Wrangler seems to be promoting inclusivity by branching out from its reputation as a brand worn by cowboys and farmers.
Two recent Instagram posts from Wrangler showcasing items from its Lil Nas X collection have received more than 1,000 comments each. While plenty of people have commented on how awesome it looks or asking questions about where to buy, several have declared that the “Old Town Road” items are “ruining the cowboy name that y’all have.”
“Wranglers are to be worn by cowboys and farmers not rappers this is very disappointing,” reads one representative Instagram comment.
Some commenters have more explicitly mentioned race — or called out others’ racism.
“This is the dumbest thing i have seen all day,” one user wrote. “Wtf @wrangler? Why is it about diversity and equality ? There jeans. Quit playin politics.”
WRANGLER JUST PARTNERED WITH LIL NAS X AND THE RACIST ARE MAD GO BUY UP ALL THE WRANGLER LIL NAS X COLLAB JEANS YOU CAN PEOPLE SUPPORT DIVERSITY pic.twitter.com/gwH2G7dULj
— tyler (@tylerujhazy) May 21, 2019
Lil Nas X, for his part, seemed mildly surprised by the response.
i mean honestly white people act like they are the only ones who are cowboys. come to my town in louisiana, we pull up to mcdonalds on horses and have rodeos every weekend.
— Blair Waldorf (@teonnyspears) May 21, 2019
These comments are in the same vein as those used by some country music fans to describe “Old Town Road” when the song made its chart debut, arguing that rappers have no place in the genre (often while neglecting to acknowledge modern country’s own hip-hop influences). Lingering over this debate is race, which many Instagram users have called out in the comments on Wrangler’s posts. Country music is perceived as an insular, predominantly white genre, while Lil Nas X is a black rapper who draws influences from black artists and musical styles.
But Wrangler’s continued support of Lil Nas X is clear; the brand has been actively responding to its detractors on social media, simply repeating on that is devoted to creating high-quality products for all of its customers.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the drama over the Lil Nas X collection has only served to draw more attention to it. Some pieces have already sold out, like a pair of shorts that say “Wrangler” on the booty, in keeping with the lyrics of “Old Town Road.” Considering that items in the collection cost between $39 for a graphic T-shirt and $129 for a pair of jeans, the outcry, at least from Wrangler’s perspective, seems to have paid off.
20 Times People Snapped Something Truly Exceptional and Shared the Pics With the World
We are living in the world that is full of surprises where every single day is a new chance to see something so unusual that it makes you doubt your own vision. A treble clef in a bag of fries, a cat whose fur went gray only on his ears, or a person with 6 fingers — these are just a few extraordinary sights that made people reach for their phones and take a pic.
Here at Bright Side we can’t wait to share our list with you of pics showing the standout things people snapped on their ordinary days.
20. Someone found a treble clef in their fries.
19. The pattern on this dog’s chest resembles a cat’s silhouette.
18. Someone saw a landscape on the bottom of their coffee mug.
17. This stone looks like a pile of mini chocolate bars.
16. This cloud looks like a shark.
15. “This stick I found looks like a burning torch, flame included!”
14. “My sweater sort of matches my pillowcase.”
13. “This truck is carrying nothing but a toy dump truck.”
12. “My empanadas have the filling stamped into them.”
11. “I randomly found the tiniest snail I’ve ever seen! (standard bobby pin for scale)”
10. “My cat has double fangs on both sides.”
9. “This tree near my school track has absorbed a fence and shows the pattern on its bark.”
8. “This is an X-ray of my hedgehog.”
7. “My 12-year-old sister made this perfect cake on her first ever try making one.”
6. “I won every single prize on this lottery ticket.”
5. “I made a giant cardboard statue of my face.”
4. “My cousin’s wedding dress from last night has its own pockets.”
3. This is one million dollars in $10 bills.
2. “A customer came in and let me take a picture of her hands that had 6 fingers on each.”
1. “My aunt’s cat’s ears grayed to here a couple years ago and haven’t changed since.”
Have you ever spotted something truly rare? Did you manage to take a picture of the unusual sight?
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