Growing up on the silver screen is not easy. Your awkward puberty years are blown up about 50 times, and sometimes the whole world is watching. But there's a special kind of revenge that many child stars get on all those who watched them grow up. And that is: They get super hot.
Like, unbelievably so. Their transformations are all the more awesome because we can say we knew them way back when. These glow ups are inspirational to us all, and simultaneously, we are not worthy of peering upon these beautiful souls, but we're going to show these pics to you anyway.
Matthew Lewis Then
via: Getty ImagesPerhaps the most drastic child star transformation came to us from Hogwarts in the form of Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom. As a little kid, Lewis matched his character; he was a bit awkward and easy to make fun of. But joke's on us...
Matthew Lewis Now
via: InstagramBecause Matthew Lewis became smokin' hot! Like, what? He even became a verb — the term for when child stars make pretty incredible transformations to adulthood is now called Longbottoming.
Josh Peck Then
via: Getty ImagesJosh Peck was the goofier, chubbier, nerdier half of Drake and Josh, but that was then. Now?
Josh Peck Now
via: InstagramOoh mama! Josh Peck...well, he now has pecs. And he more than held his own as John Stamos' costar on Grandfathered.
Abigail Breslin Then
via: Getty ImagesTrue story: When I went to see Little Miss Sunshine with my family, my parents started hysterically laughing when Abigail Breslin appeared on screen with her messy ponytail and her giant Coke bottle glasses because she looked exactly as awkward and dorky I did as a kid. The good news is...
Abigail Breslin Now
via: Getty ImagesAbigail Breslin totally grew out of her awkward phase and into a beautiful young woman. The bad news is that I'm still as awkward as ever. Good thing I'm not famous, right?
Nicholas Hoult ThenAs charming as he was, Nicholas Hoult pretty much epitomized the bullied nerd when he appeared in About a Boy. It's one of the best movies, and even better now that Hoult has had an immense glow up.
Nicholas Hoult Now
via: Getty ImagesLook at him! He could be James Bond if he wanted to! The man dated Jennifer Lawrence, for goodness' sake! I'll just say Nicholas Hoult just did a really good job growing up and leave it at that.
Blake McIver Then
via: InstagramYou probably recognize Blake McIver as Waldo from The Little Rascals movie in the '90s. He also played Michelle's friend Derek on Full House.
Blake McIver Now
via: InstagramBut now, he's a certified hottie. He's a singer-songwriter and pianist and is still working in the biz as a TV host. He's also very very very very very good looking.
Michelle Trachtenberg Then
via: InstagramMichelle Trachtenberg hit it big as Nona on The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Harriet the Spy, and then she just...kept going. She's been a staple on movie and TV screens ever since she was a little kid.
Michelle Trachtenberg Now
via: Getty ImagesTrachtenberg remained a huge presence on the Disney channel throughout my youth, eventually graduating to shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl, and Six Feet Under. The woman is prolific.
Matt Timmons Then
via: TwitterMatt Timmons played Woody from The Suite Life on Deck (shoutout to the Sprouse twins, who also belong on this list). On the show, he looked like this. But fans recently discovered that Timmons has made...a change.
Matt Timmons Now
via: InstagramTHIS is what he looks like now. HELLO WOODY! Twitter obviously went crazy with reactions to Timmons' glow up, and he actually responded. In a tweet, he wrote, "Tbh the past few days I was feeling pretty insecure w/ myself. Seeing things like this and the nice comments people are making really helps."
Anna Chlumsky ThenChlumsky stole all of our hearts as Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl, the saddest movie ever made in the history of the world. But now, she's stealing our hearts in another way...
Anna Chlumsky Now
via: Getty ImagesYeah girl! After a hiatus from acting, she returned to acting in the mid-2000s, and you know her today as the foul-mouthed Amy Brookheimer in VEEP. I adore her.
Joseph Gordon Levitt Then
via: Getty ImagesLest we forget that Mr. Inception started out as a long-haired alien kid on 3rd Rock From the Sun. Actually, before that, he was a cute, baseball-loving lad in Angels in the Outfield. Joseph Gordon Levitt is one of those rare child stars who seamlessly made the transition from kid roles to adult ones, and grew up fine in the process.
Joseph Gordon Levitt Now
via: Getty ImagesIf I'm being honest, and I always am, Joseph Gordon Levitt was already adorable, if not a little nerdy, as Cameron in 10 Things I Hate About You, even if he seemed to be in a different league than Heath Ledger. But once (500) Days of Summer rolled around, Gordon Levitt was a certified babe.
Shia LaBeouf Then
via: Getty ImagesLouis Stevens was a prankster — hilarious, yes, but a typical awkward middle schooler. And lord knows Shia LaBeouf has changed a lot since his Disney channel days.
Shia LaBeouf Now
via: Getty ImagesBut my oh my he has become a handsome man. Eccentric? Yes. Troublemaker? Certainly. But he's definitely grown up and glowed up. Tell me you didn't feel things while he was dancing in that birdcage in the Sia video. Tell me! You cannot. I know this.