18 Celebs Who Started Their Careers as Kids
14th May, 2021
18 Celebs Who Started Their Careers as Kids
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Unlike many others, these 18 child actors of yesteryear exemplified focus and resolve, which ultimately propelled them to achieve success in Hollywood. The enormity of the entertainment industry has afforded multiple opportunities for child actors since time immemorial. Many have been featured and worked alongside some of the biggest stars known to Hollywood. However, very few of them have had the mental and physical resolve to stay grounded amidst the glitz and glory, hone their skills, and work toward being the best in their vocation. These 18 child actors of yesteryear were faced with the same challenges and distractions as many others, but their choices were much different and a testament to why they are where they are!
Kirsten Dunst
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Kirsten Dunst

Unlike most toddlers who can hardly even kick a ball at the age of 3, Kirsten Caroline Dunst entered into modeling and featured in a few commercials. Three years later came her first role in Woody Allen’s <i>New York Stori

Scarlett Johansson
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Scarlett Johansson
At just 36, Scarlett Johansson has pretty much got the world at her feet! Very few actors can boast a CV featuring hits such as Girl with a Pearl Earring, Lost in Translation, and the entire range of MCU movies. Like most others of her tribe
Ryan Gosling
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Ryan Gosling
Gosling, an artist right out of “The Notebook,” graduated from “The Mickey Mouse Club”. It helped him bag further roles, with his feature film debut in Denzel Washington-starrer Remember the Titans. Four years later, he was ca
Jaleel White
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Jaleel White
Before 1989, Jaleel White had worked in television commercials and earned a few minor roles in shows like The Jeffersons and Good Morning and Miss Bliss. The game-changer was television series Family Matters, in which White was cast a
Ryan Reynolds
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Ryan Reynolds
The actor’s eccentric fascination with Deadpool can be linked to his childhood adventures. He once stole a car as a joke on April Fool’s Day and rode the wrong bus to sit next to his crush. That said, he was always into acting and got his first
Emma Watson
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Emma Watson
The fact that even Harry Potter relied on her brilliance was enough proof that Emma Watson, aka Hermione Granger, was destined for greatness. She didn’t have it easy, auditioning seven times for Hermione’s role. Nonetheless, Watson grabbed the role, t
Ron Howard
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Ron Howard
The 66-year-old has given the world outstanding features such as The Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, and The Da Vinci Code. His career, however, began in front of the camera at the age of five. He featured in the romantic drama The Jour
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Los Angeles-born actor has made a tremendous name for opting meaningful films, some of which include Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and 500 Days of Summer. The 39-year-old started off at the age of six, working in commercials a
Drew Barrymore
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Drew Barrymore

Very few people in history have had the honor of working in a Steven Spielberg movie. To do it before the age of 10 is an even greater achievement not found in many CVs. Drew Barrymore is one such person who did precisely that at

Elijah Wood
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Elijah Wood

It’s fair to say that if it hadn’t been for Frodo Baggins, most people would probably never know Elijah Wood. We can claim that the now 39-year-old American actor has been in the industry almost since he was born. At the age o

Reese Witherspoon
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Reese Witherspoon
Even before she graduated high school, Reese Witherspoon had made an impression with her performance in Robert Mulligan's The Man in the Moon. Soon, bigger roles followed in movies such as Pleasantville and Cruel Intentions, with her
Johnny Galecki
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Johnny Galecki
The geeky astrophysicist from The Big Bang Theory is a world-renowned TV star. However, not many know the years of hard work Johnny Galecki has put into becoming Leonard Hofstadter. He started out at 12 with Time Out for Dad before gaining r
Justin Timberlake
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Justin Timberlake
Voted America’s most eligible bachelor in 2002, Justin Timberlake is a man who needs no introduction. The 39-year-old, famed chiefly for his music, has also had a successful acting career, starring in films such as Bad Teacher and Friends with
Leonardo DiCaprio
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Leonardo DiCaprio
The collective cheer around the globe when “Leo” finally received an Oscar speaks volumes about his stardom. He began acting when he was just five, although his first significant role came in the 1985-sitcom, Growing Pains. Soon after, he was h
Keira Knightley
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Keira Knightley
Fortunately for everyone, the British actress’s professional choices didn’t reflect her taste in soccer (she supports London-based West Ham United!). Keira Knightley first starred in the 1993 movie Royal Celebration at just eight years old. She
Brett Kelly
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Brett Kelly
What separates regular Hollywood child actors from Brett Kelly is that he used his movie checks not to buy fancy stuff but pay for his college education. The 26-year-old still hangs out with his high-school friends, despite starring in movies such as B
Christian Bale
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Christian Bale
Still the original “Batman” for many, Christian Bale has indeed come a long way from doing cereal commercials at age nine to winning the Oscar for 2010 sports drama The Fighter. His first big break came when Steven Spielberg spotted him in a 19