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12 Young Actresses Who Blossomed Into Starlets

12 Young Actresses Who Blossomed Into Bombshell Starlets

12 Young Actresses Who Blossomed Into Bombshell Starlets

These women are nothing short of icons


These women are nothing short of icons

12 Young Actresses Who Blossomed Into Bombshell Starlets


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Hollywood is known for having some of the most beautiful and talented women in the world. Just like young male actors who grow up to be majorly hot, there's also a solid number of young females who also grew into their own.

Here are 12 young starlets who grew up to be major bombshells and vocal advocates for positive change and inclusion.

1. Alyson Stoner

Alyson Stoner rose to fame as a child for both their acting and her dancing chops. They appeared in both the Cheaper by the Dozen film series, as well as on Disney's The Suite Life of Zach and Cody and Camp Rock. They also gained notoriety for being in music videos for Missy Elliott and Eminem, perhaps most notably for their performance in Elliot's "Work It." They also identify as nonbinary and alleged they were fired from Disney because of it.

2. Chloë Grace Moretz

Chloë Grace Moretz got her first role at the age of five, but wound up with notable roles in movies like Kick-Ass, Let Me In, and Hugo. She's also in a relationship with model Kate Harrison in a coupling that gives us serious relationship goals because they're just too cute for words.

3. Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown stormed onto the scene as Eleven in Netflix's Stranger Things. She's had plenty of roles ever since, including the lead as Enola Holmes in both of the films of the same name. Her career still seems to be in the earliest stages of development, despite the landmark performances she already has under her belt, and we can't wait to see how high her star rises.

4. Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart first started acting in commercials at the age of four and landed her first starring role as Clarissa in Clarissa Explains It All from 1991-1994. After that, she took on arguably her most famous role as Sabrina the Teenage Witch from 1996-2003 and has continued her acting career ever since.

5. Emma Watson

The world was first introduced to 10-year-old Emma Watson as the bushy-haired Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. The world watched her grow throughout the eight movies she appeared in, and she carried on becoming an activist, model, and most recently a creator of gin with her brother, Alex.

6. Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano broke into the industry when her babysitter took her to an audition for a touring production of the musical Annie behind her parent's backs. Her breakthrough role came at age 10 as Samantha Micelli on Who's the Boss and further cemented her status as Phoebe on Charmed.

7. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman was only 12 when she filmed her role as Mathilda in the 1994 film Léon: The Professional. That role was quickly followed by Heat, Beautiful Girls, and Mars Attacks! before she ultimately landed the lead role of Padmé in Star Wars Episodes I-III. She's played iconic roles like Nina in Black Swan and Jane Foster in Thor, and her dedication to her roles as been one of her biggest strengths throughout her caree

8. Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley


Keira Knightley was six years old when she started acting, but was 12 when she was cast as Sabé, Padmé's decoy queen, in Star Wars: Episode I. Her initial claim to fame, however, came in the role of Elizabeth Swann in The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, though most of her recent acting revolves around period pieces.

9. Abigail Breslin

Little Miss Sunshine herself, Abigail Breslin, stole our hearts at age 10 for her role as Olive Hoover. She also made a name for herself on the Ryan Murphy drama Scream Queens and has also released several music videos and EPs throughout the years.

10. Dakota Fanning

Hannah Dakota Fanning was the youngest Screen Actors Guild nominee in history when she was nominated for her role as Lucy Dawson for the film I Am Sam. Her career exploded after that, landing her roles in War of the Worlds, Twilight, and Charlotte's Web. She continues to act, though arguably in less popularized roles these days as compared to her sister.

11. Elle Fanning

Following in the footsteps of her big sister, Elle Fanning has also made her mark in Hollywood. She had a brief role in the same I Am Sam film that gave Dakota her popularity, but took on roles for herself afterward to establish herself as a serious actress. She appeared in 2011's Super 8, then as Aurora in both Maleficent movies. She also plays the lead in Hulu's The Great, and she's not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon.

12. Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore is an icon and a legend in Hollywood. Her breakout role was as Gertie in Stephen Spielberg's E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. She's been open about her addiction struggles and how fame impacted her in her autobiography Little Girl Lost, and her openness with her life struggles has also given her a talk show to present human-interest stories driven by her infectious sense of humor.

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Andrew J. Stillman is a freelance writer and yoga instructor exploring the world. Check him out at or follow him @andrewjstillman on all the things.

Andrew J. Stillman is a freelance writer and yoga instructor exploring the world. Check him out at or follow him @andrewjstillman on all the things.