So, how much do you think you know about your favorite movie stars? These are the child stars that you’ve come to love since you were a kid, and whose cute looks and amazing talent in acting made you want to watch their movies again and again.
But what happened to them?
Most of them have managed to achieve fame and success, becoming exceptionally good adult actors and continuing their career in the Hollywood scene, while others preferred to take a different path not known to paparazzi.
If you want to know who these rich child movie stars are and learn more about them, here’s the list:
1. Daniel Radcliffe
All-time favorite child actor Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, was twelve years old when the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone movie came out. That was when Radcliffe made his first million, until he became twenty-two years old and got another $33 million for the movie finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. As a kid, he was subject to bullying for playing the boy wizard wonder as other students considered him as uncool. But guess who’s laughing now?
2. Leonardo DiCaprio
In case you didn’t know, Leonardo DiCaprio began acting as a teenager with the movie This Boy’s Life after Roberto DeNiro handpicked him from hundreds of boys for the role. Although he never won an Oscar, DiCaprio proved his incredible talent after through his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic, then in The Aviator and most recently in The Wolf of Wall Street.
3. Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning, who is now twenty-one, began acting as early as the age of seven in the movie I Am Sam. Her role granted her a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award which made her the youngest nominee in history. Apart from being an actor, Fanning is also a model as she made the covers of many famous magazines such as Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan.
4. Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood made his debut at the age of eight when he got a minor part in Back to the Future Part II although he became famous as a child star for his role in Paradise and Radio Flyer. Since then, he began taking on teenage roles until he got his biggest role playing Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings films. Apart from acting, he also voices video games and owns a record label, Simian Records.
5. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore first appeared on TV in an advertisement when she was eleven months old. She then went on to act in the films Altered States and E.T. in which she played Gertie. Despite having some problems with drugs and alcohol abuse as a teenager, Barrymore managed to rise and return to the Hollywood scene in 2000 with her role in the Charlie’s Angels remakes.
6. Abigail Breslin
Currently nineteen years old, Abigail Breslin made her first appearance in a commercial at the age of three. About twelve years later, Breslin had received an Oscar nomination and was richer by $65,000 after giving her voice for a character in the animated film Zambezia. In an interview, she said that if she wasn’t an actress she would have been a veterinarian.
7. Macaulay Culkin
Famous for his starring role in Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin started his career in acting at the age of three. With Home Alone, he got his first $100,000 and, by1991, became the first child actor to receive $1 million for a single movie. His bigger success, however, was Richie Rich for which he made $8 million. As an actor, Culkin has been more prominent as a child movie star and was rumored to be in a long-term relationship with Mila Kunis.
8. Miranda Cosgrove
Miranda Cosgrove also began her career at the age of three when she appeared in TV commercials. In 2003, she made her first acting debut as Summer in the film School of Rock alongside Jack Black. Cosgrove became popular through her role on Nickelodeon’s iCarly which made her the second highest-paid child star on TV and listed her as the highest paid child actress in the 2012 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.
9. Haley Joel Osment
Best known for his role in the thriller The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment started acting at the age of four when he won his part in a Pizza Hut commercial. After that, he got a role in Forrest Gump and Mixed Nuts, and appeared in many other high profile Hollywood films. For his role in The Sixth Sense, Osment received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
10. Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith made his acting debut when he was eight years old, opposite his father Will Smith in the Oscar-nominated film The Pursuit of Happyness. Also, he was the lead actor in the remake of The Karate Kid from which he made a total of $3 million. He is currently the highest paid child actor in the Hollywood scene, and he is also a rapper. What you might not know about Jaden is that he became a youth ambassador for an AIDS charity, and he appeared in Alicia Key’s “Superwoman” music video.
See Also: 5 Life Lessons from Child Stars
Are there any other rich and famous child movie stars that I haven’t included in this list? Let us know in the comments section below…