When young actors become famous early on in life, some decide to stick with show business and go on to more fame and success. It was like just yesterday when we were watching these actors and actresses as tweens and teens. But time flies. Whether we believe it or not, those familiar faces are definitely all grown up now. Many fans of popular kid actors wonder where they are and what they are doing at the moment.
Besides, Hollywood is notorious for overworking and abusing child actors. Hence, it is understandable to know they left stardom. Furthermore, being famous while still too young impacts their lives tremendously. No matter where they ended up in the present day, quite a few are barely recognizable now because we only knew them as adorable kid faces.
If you used to root for Disney, Nickelodeon, or Hollywood shows and movies starring child actors, let’s see what they look like in 2022!
#1. Atticus Shaffer
Source: Michelle Simpson
Atticus Ronald Shaffer (born June 19, 1998) is an American actor known for playing Brick Heck on the sitcom The Middle (2009–2018), as well as for voicing Edgar in the film Frankenweenie (2012) and Ono on the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard (2016–2019), and for his brief appearance in Hancock (2008). Shaffer has type four osteogenesis imperfecta.
#2. Madeline Carroll
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Madeline Carroll (born March 18, 1996) is an American actress known for starring as Juli Baker in Flipped, as Molly Johnson in Swing Vote, as Farren in The Spy Next Door, and as Willow O’Neil in The Magic of Belle Isle.
#3. Angourie Rice
Angourie Rice (born 1 January 2001) began coming to attention for her roles in These Final Hours and The Nice Guys. She is known for her portrayal of Betty Brant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
#4. Jared Gilmore
Source: Once upon a time, IMDb
Jared Scott Gilmore (born May 30, 2000) is an American actor, voice actor, and Twitch streamer. He is best known for his role in the series Once Upon a Time as Henry Mills. Gilmore is stepping away from on-camera acting to pursue a voice acting career.
#5. Amybeth McNulty
Source: Instagram, Anne with an E
Amybeth McNulty (born 7 November 2001) is an Irish actress. She is known for her starring role as Anne Shirley in the CBC/Netflix drama series Anne with an E (2017–2019). In June 2021, McNulty was cast in season four of the Netflix drama Stranger Things, portraying Vickie, a “cool, fast-talking band nerd”.
#6. Mckenna Grace
Mckenna Grace (born June 25, 2006) began acting professionally at the age of six, with her earliest roles including Jasmine Bernstein in the Disney XD sitcom Crash & Bernstein (2012–2014) and Faith Newman in the soap opera The Young and the Restless (2013–2015). She is known for her roles as Mary Adler in the 2017 film Gifted and Phoebe Spengler in the 2021 film Ghostbusters: Afterlife. She released her first song in 2021 titled “Haunted House”.
#7. Finn Wolfhard
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Finn Wolfhard (born December 23, 2002) gained recognition for playing Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things (2016–present). His film roles include Richie Tozier in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel It (2017) and its sequel It: Chapter Two (2019), Boris Pavlikovsky in the drama film The Goldfinch (2019), the voice of Pugsley Addams in The Addams Family (2019), and Trevor in the supernatural film Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021). Wolfhard made his directorial debut with the comedy short film Night Shifts (2020).
#8. Jaeden Martell
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Jaeden Martell (né Lieberher; born January 4, 2003) played the role of Bill Denbrough in the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It and reprised the role in the film’s 2019 sequel. He also appeared in the mystery film Knives Out (2019) and starred in the miniseries Defending Jacob (2020).
#9. Jack Dylan Grazer
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Jack Dylan Grazer (born September 3, 2003) began his acting career by playing guest roles in film and on television and had his breakthrough playing the role of Eddie Kaspbrak in the 2017 and 2019 film adaptations of the Stephen King novel It.
#10. Neel Sethi
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Neel Sethi is a child actor from New York who played Mowgli in the 2016 live-action film adaptation of The Jungle Book as his debut film role.
#11. Sophia Lillis
Sophia Lillis (born February 13, 2002) is known for her role as Beverly Marsh in the horror films It (2017) and It: Chapter Two (2019) and for her starring role as a teenager with telekinetic abilities in the Netflix drama series I Am Not Okay with This (2020).
#12. Mackenzie Foy
Mackenzie Christine Foy (born November 10, 2000) is an American actress and model. She is known for portraying Renesmee Cullen in the 2012 film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. She starred as Clara in Disney’s 2018 film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
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