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12 Times Puberty Was Really Good To Nerdy Child Actors

Updated September 23, 2021 3.5k votes 654 voters 29.4k views12 items

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Puberty is a rough time for everyone. Thankfully, most people emerge on the other side pretty much unscathed and more or less intact. But for some, puberty is a major transformative process that turns ugly ducklings into swans. This is certainly the case for nerdy child actors who grew up to be hot adults.

There's a temptation to pass these transformations off as merely the byproducts of being a celebrity. After all, these onetime child actors had lucrative careers, and they could likely afford all the personal trainers, nutritionists, chefs, stylists, and makeup artists money could buy. But that explanation is too dismissive. With changes as major as the ones on display here, there had to be some amount of work and dedication involved – and at least a little bit of personal reflection and awakening.

Though the public is used to hearing stories about great child stars struggling or falling on hard times, these stories prove that the opposite can also be true. These are instances when puberty helped child actors instead of hurting them, and buoyed them instead of sinking their prospects for a happy, successful life. Look at these nerdy child actors then and now, and judge their transformations for yourself.

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