I was reading DoubleViking about a week ago, and there's a post on Charlotte Church. Remember her, she was this child opera star, or something. And my only thought was...wow, well she grew up, didn't she. So then I started wondering about a bunch of childhood starlets, and if they went the route of Ashley, or if life had thrown them a Mary-Kate curveball.
Before you scroll down, take a guess...Did they get hot, or not?
- The above-mentioned opera singer
- The football loving daughter from Remember The Titans
- Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years
- The adopted daughter Stephanie from All in the Family
- Rudy Huxtable from The Cosby Show
- Karen Kinsella from Field of Dreams
- MaCauley Culkin's friend Vada from My Girl
- Stephanie Tanner from Full House
- Little Lex Murphy from Jurassic Park
- The youngest sister Claudia from Party of Five
Charlotte Church - Opera Prodigy
Well, the child opera star has had her share of controversy. You may remember, she made some ill-advised remarks regarding 9/11. In later years, a topless photograph of Charlotte made the rounds on the Internet after her boyfried lost his camera phone. Later, the now ex-boyfriend demanded 3 million pounds from her family to not release a tell-all book (a tell-all book about a teenager?). But my favorite Charlotte item has to be that she won the coveted Internet "Rear of the Year" award at the age of 16. Dare to dream.
Hayden Panettiere - Sheryl Yoast from Remember The Titans
Yes, Hayden was the daughter of the assistant coach in Remember The Titans. Later, she was Tim Allen's kid in Joe Somebody, and had a brief stint on Ally McBeal. This year, you'l see her in a new NBC series, Book of Joe with Aiden Quinn. And did she get hot? Let's just say she's a lovely young woman, as she's still only 16 and I'm not goin there.
Danica McKellar - Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years
Danica is definitely a case of beauty and brains. After The Wonder Years, McKellar temporarily turned her back on acting to attend UCLA to study math. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and the following year co-authored a paper in the Journal of Physics: Mathematics & General that helped solve a problem in the area of statistical mechanics, now known as the Chayes-McKellar-Winn theorum. (I got two sides on a Rubiks Cube once) She recently came back to acting with a recurring role on The West Wing.
Danielle Brisebois - Stephanie from All in the Family
Repeat after me...holy shit. This was a random one. I found Danielle on a childhood actors site, and man has she grown up. Turns out, Danielle has since turned to a music career, but she's also found time to be naked in a few movies. And really, can you blame her?
Keshia Knight Pulliam - Rudy Huxtable from The Cosby Show
The littlest Huxtable, Rudy was adorable, wasn't she? Well she grew up nicely. Keshia continued in TV movies and guest appearances on different series, and she's taken to the reality thing with appearances on The Mole and Fear Factor. Most recently, she had a role in the '05 film Beauty Shop.
Gaby Hoffman - Karen Kinsella from Field of Dreams
Did she get hot...not so much. Ok, let's not be mean, it could be a bad picture, or short hair doesn't agree with her. But I'm not seeing a Maxim cover shoot on the horizon. She's been in a a bunch of classic movies since playing Kevin Costner's daughter - Uncle Buck, Speepless in Seattle, - but the last thing on IMDB is a USA Network flick in 2001.
Anna Chlumsky - Vada from My Girl
This one's different. Years after My Girl, Anna graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in International Studies. After school, she moved to New York and began writing for the Zagat Guide. The acting bug resurfaced in 2004 and Anna is now part of a few different theatre groups in Manhattan. Oh yeah, is she hot. Sure, she's cute, in a downtown kind of way.
Jodie Sweetin - Steph Tanner from Full House
After hanging with Jon Stamos and Bob Saget for a few years, Jodie graduated from Chapman University with a communications degree. She got married in 2002 and has limited her on screen time to a few TV guest appearances. She says that she plans to continue acting, and also continue staying hot, like girl next door hot.
Ariana Richards - Lex Murphy from Jurassic Park
Ater making a career out of running from dinosaurs, and giant worms in the Tremor movies, Ariana turned away from acting to become a successful artist, with paintings on display at the Lee Youngman Galleries in Calistoga, California. But more importantly, is she hot? She's cute. Maybe not hot, but cute.
Lacey Chabert - Claudia from Party of Five
I saved my personal favorite for last. I happened to see Lacey last year on an episode of Celebrity Poker, and nearly feel off my couch. You realy don't need an update on this one. Lacey was in Mean Girls, and she's got a bunch of movies coming up. Can you say Jennifer Love who?
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