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Here's What Happened To The Child Actors From Your Favorite Early '00s Movies 

Natalie Jonah
Updated June 14, 2019 16.4k views 34 items

The 2000s was a pretty fun time to be a kid. Boy bands reigned supreme, our phones flipped and slid every which way, and best of all, the movies were hella great. But what happened to our favorite child stars of the era once the Blockbuster Videos started to close and the age of multimedia began?

Which child stars went on to be mature thespians? Which decided to pursue another calling? Are our favorite child stars still as adorable as they were all those years ago?

Scroll on to get a peek at what our favorite child stars of the 2K's look like today. We dare you to get to the bottom without feeling some serious nostalgia along the way!

Frankie Muniz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Here's What Happened To The Child Actors From Your Favorite Early '00s Movies
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With films like My Dog Skip, Big Fat Liar, and Agent Cody Banks on the big screen, plus top billing on the hit show Malcolm in the Middle for an impressive 150 episodes, the 2000s were quite saturated with young Frankie Muniz. Even a bundle of energy like Ryan Seacrest would have called Muniz a busy kid between 2000-2006. 

Age: 33

Birthplace: USA, Wood-Ridge, New Jersey

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Frankie Muniz – Now
Frankie Muniz – Now... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Here's What Happened To The Child Actors From Your Favorite Early '00s Movies
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Muniz has dialed it down a bit in subsequent years with only a handful of guest spots on popular shows like Criminal Minds and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and even a cameo as Buddy Holly in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. You can also see Muniz playing… himself in AMC’s fantasy drama Preacher.

Dakota Fanning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Here's What Happened To The Child Actors From Your Favorite Early '00s Movies
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Dakota Fanning first turned heads as Sean Penn’s darling pixie daughter in 2001’s I Am Sam, and catapulted into superstardom after appearing in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi epic War of the Worlds alongside Tom Cruise.

Age: 24

Birthplace: Conyers, Georgia, United States of America

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Dakota Fanning – Now
Dakota Fanning – No... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Here's What Happened To The Child Actors From Your Favorite Early '00s Movies
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Fanning hasn't completely abandoned Hollywood, but she has certainly taken a well-deserved breather from her insanely busy career during her youth. Dakota began to slow down around the same time that her younger sister Elle joined the business and proved to be an equally formidable performer. However, the elder Fanning did go on to study at New York University and join the female-centric cast of Ocean’s Eight.