Top 10 Hottest Former Child Stars

February 01 06:28 2014

It seems that there are three routes that former child stars take. They either have successful careers in Hollywood, fade away or have very public, very embarrassing breakdowns. There is a small percentage of those men that make it that grow up to very, very hot.

It’s hard to make the transition between child star and actual celebrity. There are people that use child stars and lead them down the wrong road. The crashing and burning of careers come at the awkward teenage stage when the public has to handle that little kid that they loved turning into an adult.

One problem that we’ve seen recently is not how attractive a child star has become, rather, how they can handle all of the power that has been thrown into their hands. For example, Justin Bieber has successfully shown us what happens when a sweet child star has all of his popularity go to his head. No matter how cute teenage girls think that he is, you can’t out-cute the law.

When making the list of heartthrobs, I tried to find men that (at the moment) were on their best behavior. Some of the guys on the list are married and have children others haven’t been arrested and have stayed on the right, professional path.

There are many child stars that grow up to be hot but these are the ten that are the crème of the crop.

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10. Mario Lopez

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Mario Lopez first came onto the scene as a drummer and dancer on the television show Kids Incorporated. While he played a minor role on the show, Lopez managed to get a guest starring role on Golden Girls. Lopez was married in 2012 and has two children.

Age: 40
First Role: Kids Incorporated, 1984
What he is doing now: Most recently, he was the host of The X Factor.

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9. Robert Downey Jr.

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Robert Downey Jr. got his start in his father’s movie, Pound. While Downey Jr. did have a rough patch and was arrested and was sent to rehab in the nineties, he has since come to his own. He has been married since 2005 and was one of the top paid actors last year for his role in Iron Man 3.

Age: 48
Where he got his start: Pound, 1970
What he is doing now: He plays Iron Man in all of the Avengers films.

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8. Neil Patrick Harris

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Neil Patrick Harris’ first role may have been Clara’s Heart but he got his big break in the television show Doogie Howser, M.D where he plays a genius teenage physician. Harris is now happy with his partner David Burtka and their twin children.

Age: 40
Where he got his start: Clara’s Heart, 1988
What he is doing now: He plays Barney on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother.

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7. Taylor Lautner

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While Taylor Lautner isn’t as grown up as most of the men on the list, he still deserves his spot. He was the hottie Jacob on the Twilight series and won over the hearts of teenage girls everywhere. The role that he is most remembered for in his childhood is his role as Shark Boy in the film Shark Boy and Lava Girl.

Age: 21
Where he got his start: Shadow Fury, 2001
What he is doing now: He was recently in the film Grown Ups 2.

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6. Zac Efron

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Zac Efron got his start on a made-for-TV movie and his big break came from a made-for-TV movie. Zac Efron truly became popular after playing the role of Troy Bolton on Disney Channel’s High School Musical trilogy. In 2013, it was revealed that he had a drug problem and went to rehab. Even though he had an alleged drug problem, he was never arrested.

Age: 26
Where he got his start: Melinda’s World, 2003
What he is doing now: He is the lead role on This Awkward Moment.

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5. Matthew Lewis

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The most surprising hot guy on this list is Matthew Lewis. Somehow between the first Harry Potter film and the final one, Lewis became the heartthrob of the series. He is a prime example of how puberty can be kind.

Age: 24
Where he got his start: Harry Potter, 2001
What he is doing now: He will play Corporal Gordon House on BBC’s Bluestone 42.

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4. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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While Joseph Gordon-Levitt got his start on Family Ties, he had his true breakout on the show 3rd Rock From the Sun. Joseph Gordon-Levitt hasn’t been in any legal trouble and has a secret girlfriend. Another one of Levitt’s childhood roles is Angels in the Outfield. While this is an unconfirmed report I can assume that his go to pickup line is: “When I was a kid I hung out with a bunch of angels, but those angels cannot hold a candle next to you”

Age: 32
Where he got his start: Family Ties, 1988
What he is doing now: He recently wrote, directed and starred in Don Jon.

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3. Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s career began after he was booted off Romper Room for being disruptive at age five. He then was in a few commercials before landing on the television show, Parenthood, a short-lived but critically acclaimed television series. In recent movies, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street and is known for dating many, many models.

Age: 39
Where he got his start: Parenthood, 1990
What he is doing now: He starred in the film The Wolf of Wall Street.

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2. Justin Timberlake

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What doesn’t Justin Timberlake do? He is an actor, a singer, a designer and an excellent Saturday Night Live host. He is married to Jessica Biel (also a former child star) and has been on his very best behavior. Walt Disney would be impressed by how clean this former-Disney star has stayed.

Age: 33
Where he got his start: The Mickey Mouse Club, 1993
What he is doing now: He recently released The 20/20 Experience- 2 of 2. He also starred in the film Runner Runner.

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1. Ryan Gosling

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No list would be complete without Ryan Gosling. He can sing and act. He warmed our hearts and made us cry in The Notebook and was the real reason anyone saw Crazy Stupid Love. Gosling is the guy that all child stars should shoot to become.

Age: 33
Where he got his start: The Mickey Mouse Club, 1993
What he is doing now: He was just in the film Only God Forgives and will star in a musical drama, directed by Terrence Malick.



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