Sometimes casting directors just flat out nail it when it comes to kid versions of adult actors. They're the choices that make you say, “Woah! That kid looks just like ____!” Now here’s your chance to cast your own vote for kid actors who actually grew up to look like the adults the played in movies. A casting director has their work cut out for them when they work on movies with flashback scenes. It comes down to casting not only a young actor who’s believable-looking, but also one who can act and personify the older actor they are portraying. That’s why it’s so awesome when you see flashback movies like the ones on this list.
Christa B. Allen played a young Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30, and was so believable that she was cast for a second time as Jennifer Garner’s younger version in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Some actors and actresses got their biggest starts playing “younger versions,” including Dakota Fanning in Sweet Home Alabama (she played a young version of Reese Witherspoon’s character) and Mila Kunis (as a younger Angelina Jolie) in Gia.
So take a look at this list and compare how the “younger versions” stacked up to the “older versions” of themselves. Vote up the kid actors who actually grew up to look like the adults the played in movies.
Christa B. Allen played the young Jenna to Jennifer Garner's adult Jenna Rink in 13 Going on 30. According to Bustle, Allen was 12 years old at the time the movie was released. And the casting was so perfect that she played a younger version of Jennifer Garner in another movie - Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
Saoirse Ronan played the young Briony Tallis to Vanessa Redgrave's elder version in Atonement. When Ronan was interviewed by USA Today following the film's release, she spoke of playing the young Redgrave: "She's a beautiful woman, and it's kind of a compliment to me that I get to play the young her... Now, I've got a bit of pressure to grow up and look like her."
CC Bloom in Beaches
One of Mayim Bialik's first film roles was playing the younger CC Bloom to Bette Midler's adult version in Beaches. According to People, Bialik was cast after a three-month nationwide talent search. It was Bialik's "Bette-like brass" that convinced director Gary Marshall. "Mayim was shy at first, but the second time we saw her, she was cooking," he said.
Lucy "Tom-Tom" Wyman in 13 Going on 30
Alexandra Kyle played the young Tom-Tom to Judy Greer's adult Lucy Wyman in 13 Going on 30. Since appearing in the movie, Alexandra Kyle has had recurring roles on Without a Trace, Days of Our Lives, and Justified.