Very few people (if any) grow up unchanged from teens to early adulthood.
Although there are some recognizable features such as eyes and lips, the accumulation of subtle changes in many different parts can make a person look like an entirely different individual when he/she reaches certain age. It applies to everybody, even the rich and famous.
If you spent almost an entire childhood or teenage years under the spotlight as actor on popular TV series or movies, many people would still remember you as a kid no matter how long it has been since you played a role in children’s shows.
A lot of people who during their youth watched their favorite shows on Disney Channel were pretty familiar with many actors like Ariel Winter in Sofia the First, Emily Osment in Hannah Montana, and Kirsten Storms in Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.
Maybe in audience’s mind those stars never grew up, but in reality they have very much changed over the years.
Here they are now, along with other popular Disney stars from the years gone by.
10 Kimberly J. Brown
Disney fans of the 1990’s remember Halloweentown, which premiered more than two decades ago and remains one of the best Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) franchises.
The series introduced Kimberly J. Brown, a young actor who played Marnie Piper whose life was drastically changed when she learned that she was a witch.
She continued portraying the character in three of four Halloweentown movies.
Brown is 35 years old now. More recently, she launched an Etsy shop, which sells a variety of Halloweentown-themed merchandise.
Brown also published a book in 2016 titled Poppin’s Pumpkin Patch Parade with co-author Diane Yslas.
9 Shia LaBeouf
In the early 2000s – which is 20 years ago in case you haven’t realized that yet – Shia LaBeouf made his way to wider recognition playing Louis on a Disney Channel weekly program Even Stevens.
Then he climbed his way to worldwide fame through several commercially successful movies including I, Robot in 2004 and Transformers in 2007.
For a little while, his life was surrounded with some controversies following an arrest in 2017 and a time in rehab.
He doesn’t appear that much on TV now and focuses on the big screen instead.
8 Ariel Winter
After 11 seasons, ABC’s Modern Family finally came to an end in April 2020.
It first started in 2009, and throughout the years Ariel Winter has become integral part of the show in which she played as Alex Dunphy.
For a TV series that ran for more than a decade, it is nothing strange to see how the cast grew up and changed as their characters developed.
During her time on the show, she also did voiceover for Sofia in Sofia the First, Marina the Mermaid in Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and Robin in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
7 Móises Arias
The first big role for Móises Arias was as Rico, the young antagonist in Hannah Montana. He also had a recurring role on other shows such as The Middle and Jean-Claude Van Johnson.
You probably noticed the actor on movies like Five Feet Apart and Kings of Summer.
One of his most recent movies is a comedy-drama directed by Judd Apatow titled The King of Staten Island.
Apparently Arias describes himself as an artist on Instagram, and it appears that he works as a professional photographer for celebrities as well.