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16 Celebrities Who Were Child Stars

16 celebrities who were child stars

You may know her from Pitch Perfect 2, but Hailee made her acting debut in True Grit when she was 13 years old.

Before she rose to fame through her role in High School Musical, the actress made guest appearances on two different CBS shows – Still Standing and Robbery Homicide Division – at the age of 14. Shortly after, she played the role of Noel in Thirteen, pictured below.

Most people know him as the Oscar-winning actor from Everything at Once, but Ke Huy Quan has been a professional actor since he was 12. He played Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Data in The Goonies.

The actor is best known for his role in Disney’s “Jessie,” but some may not know that at the age of 11, he played the role of Chirag Gupta in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

The actress is best known for her role in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” but Anna made her acting debut at the age of 8, after appearing in commercials for Campbell’s and Crayola. She also starred in the PBS children’s series “Odd Squad.”

Most people know her from her role in Pretty Little Liars or more recently You, but Shay actually made her television debut in Degrassi: The Next Generation. The actress also appeared in the Disney XD series Aaron Stone in the early days of her acting career.

Janel co-starred with Shay in Pretty Little Liars, but before that she made her film debut as Jade in Bratz. However, she began acting much earlier, landing the role of young Cosette in the US tour of Les Misérables.

She is known for her music and her work on Lemonade Mouth, but you may not have known that she also starred as Velma in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins. Hayley also landed the role of the evil sorceress Stevie Nichols in a few episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place.

True Nickelodeon fans know him as Beck from Victorious, but Avan actually got his start on a CW show called Aliens in America.


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Tenzing appeared in Disney’s “Liv and Maddie” before becoming a voice actor in “Everest” and playing Gavin in “Boo, Bitch.”

You might have just seen the actor’s film Monkey Man, or you might even know him from his breakout film Slumdog Millionaire. However, Dev starred in Skins when he was 17 years old.

The actor’s recent work includes “Shazam!”, “Wish Dragon” and “A Dog’s Journey,” although Ian got his start on the hit series “Fresh Off the Boat.”

The actor made his debut on Nickelodeon’s Super Ninjas and has since appeared in Big Hero 6, Jurassic World: Camp Creature and Titans.

Before becoming a werewolf in Twilight, Booboo was a model and appeared in Yard Sale. He also made guest appearances on ER and Everybody Hates Chris.


And finally Brenda Song

Most people know her from her role as London Tipton, but Brenda began her career as a child model at age 6. She appeared in commercials for Little Caesars Pizza and Barbie before starring in television shows such as Fudge and 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd.

Are there any other celebs you were surprised to learn are former child stars? Leave us a comment below!

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