Most of us have fond memories of the movies from our childhood, especially those in which the protagonists were children just like us.

You watch them in a movie franchise or a T.V. series, and sometimes the producers try very hard to hide the fact the actors are rapidly outgrowing the characters they’re supposed to play.

Next thing you know, they move on to different projects and, boom!

They’re all grown up, sophisticated, and, yes, hot!

When did that happen?

What have I missed?

Let’s have a look at famous child actors who grew up in front of our eyes, and we hardly noticed.

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10 /10 Emma Watson

For the Harry Potter generation, Emma Watson will always be the 12-year old nerdy Hermione Granger.

When you see her at a movie premiere, she’s so sexy and feminine, and all grown up, it makes you wanna scream, ‘Hey, what did you do to Hermione?

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9 /10 Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning is the little girl who made us cry with her superb performance in I Am Sam. She was just 7, can you imagine?

She was the youngest nominee for a SAG award in Hollywood history.

It took us some time to get used to the idea she isn’t seven anymore, although she’s an even more accomplished actress today.

Even her little sister, Ella, is all grown up today and quite hot.

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8 /10 Thomas Brodie-Sangster

The boy who made our hearts melt with his performance in the 2003 hit movie Love is no longer a kid.

After an appearance in Game of Thrones, where he played Jojen Reed, Thomas Brodie-Sangster stirred his performance in the highly-acclaimed series The Queen’s Gambit.

And there’s no trace of the little boy we knew so well left in him, but he’s entirely a handsome young man.

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7 /10 Ariana Richards

Jurassic Park is a classical movie, and many of us will always remember the blonde little girl, Lex.

Ariana Richards was 13 when she was cast in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster.

Wonder whatever happened to her? She’s left showbiz almost 20 years ago and dedicated herself to painting.

If you think Lex was cute, look at Ariana now.

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6 /10 Jake Lloyd

Anakin Skywalker, need we say more?

The boy who played Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was Jake Lloyd.

He was 11 at the time.

He seemed destined for a movie career, but Lloyd decided Hollywood life was not for him.

Sadly, things did not go well for him.

In early 2020, his family announced the former child actor was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Such a pity!

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5 /10 Ariel Winter

Ariel Winter stepped into the limelight when she was 11, playing the part of Alex Dunphy in the long-running hit series Modern Family.

Back then, she was an awkward nerdy little thing.

She grew up in front of our eyes, and Ariel is now a 22-year old hottie.

Unfortunately, she does mostly voice acting these days.

Such a shame she’s not allowed to flaunt her curves on the big screen. But then, she’s young; there’s plenty of time for that.

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4 /10 Kirsten Dunst

She was 12 when she got a Golden Globe nomination for her fantastic portrayal of Claudia, the child vampire in Interview with a Vampire.

She seemed a bit younger in the movie.

It seems like yesterday, and yet, in the meantime, Kirsten Dunst has added plenty of major roles to her resume.

Hard to believe it is the same actress who starred in Melancholia or Fargo.

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3 /10 Haley Joel Osment

A child actor with an impressive career by the age of 14.

The adorable Haley Joel Osment played opposite Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense and captured our hearts with his fantastic performance in Spielberg’s 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

If you think he was cute back, you should see him now.

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2 /10 Alexa Vega

If you’ve seen her in Dancing with the Stars, you know Alexa Vega is oozing sex-appeal and has a body to die for.

Unbelievable, it’s the same girl we all remember from Spy Kids 2.

She was 15 when that movie came out, establishing Vega as one of the most promising young actresses of the time.

Nobody could envision how hot she would get, though.

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1 /10 Alisan Porter

She’s lost the curls that made her famous in the 1991 Curly Sue, but she’s still lovely.

Alisan Porter is 39 years old now, and she’s more into music than acting.

The former child star has released several albums, and she can occasionally be seen in musical theater performances.

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