Plenty of child artists have made their debut throughout the existence of Hollywood, but only a few in the lot could keep the ball rolling. It’s common to see child artists grow into not so beautiful and handsome people, but some of them have actually made a graceful transition into adulthood. Not only these actors earned a name for them, but defied the long hold cliché that successful child actors rarely repeat the magic when they grow up.
6. Portman in Leon: The Professional:
Young Natalie Portman’s first brush with cinema was when she starred in the 1994 release English language French thriller ‘Leon: The Professional.’ She played a 12 year old girl who was taken in by the hitman after her family gets murdered. She received accolades for her acting debut for the way she got herself immersed under the skin of the character without having much experience in acting. She’s delivered some marvelous performances in movies like ‘Closer’, ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Goya’s Ghosts’ to name a few.
5. Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver:
Jodie Foster is one of the biggest names in the American film industry and began acting in commercials at the young age of three. She rose to prominence in the 1976 film ‘Taxi Driver’ where she played a pre-teen prostitute. She received the nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting actress for her role. She starred in various movies such as ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, ‘Nell’ and ‘Contact’ among many of her best works.
4. Scarlett Johansson in North:
Scarlett’s film debut came at the age of nine when she played the role of Laura Nelson in a famous comedy drama ‘North’ that was released in the year 1994. The film was about a guy named ‘North’, who aspired for attention from his parents and in the process he files a lawsuit against his parents and sets off for a world trip. The young girl was appreciated by movie critics the world over. Scarlett is at present considered as one of the most talented and beautiful actresses in Hollywood. She has featured in various movies such as ‘If Lucy Fell’, ‘My Brother Pig’, and ‘An American Rhapsody’ to name some.
3. Jessica Alba in 80s family Schlock Camp Nowhere:
Today’s bombshell and one of Hollywood’s all time favorites; Jessica Alba made her acting debut at the tender age of 12. Her debut movie portrayed her as a child struggling to fulfill parental wishes despite her tender age and ability. Today she is considered to be one of the Hollywood’s most famous sex symbol. Movies that have brought her fame include blockbusters such as ‘Sin City’, ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘Into the Blue’ and many more.
2. Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun:
It was in the year 1987 that Christian Bale appeared first time on the silver screen as a child artist in the Steven Spielberg’s ‘Empire of the Sun.’ The charming young actor of the time couldn’t cope with the success well and made a decision to quit acting. But, by the time, the young actor had become a rage and was showered with movie offers from the world over. However, it was the time his father took upon the responsibility to guide his son’s career. This helped him in achieving successful transition from a child actor to an adult. Presently, he is counted among first line actors in Hollywood who has proven his acting prowess in remembered Hollywood flicks such as ‘The Machinist’, ‘American Psycho’ and ‘Batman Begins’.
1. DiCaprio in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape:
Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in the 1993 release won him international accolades and an Oscar nomination as well. His performance of Arnie Grape could tell movie critics that the guy would very soon engulf Hollywood with his charisma. And, everything happened on the expected lines from thereon. He was no less in any ways to the established actor Johnny Depp (playing Gilbert Grape) in the movie. The Hollywood heart throb is one of the most diverse actors who has starred in various blockbusters including, ‘Catch me if you can’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘ The Departed’, ‘Aviator’, ‘Inception’ and ‘Titanic’ to name a few.