There are alot of celebrities that we have come to love that were around way before their famous years. Let's take a walk down memory lane and visit twelve stars who struck gold before fifteen years old and managed to keep their careers!!
Best known for her adult singing career, Spears was headlining the Mickey Mouse Club at the tender of 11. She wasn't chosen for the show the previous year, but came back in 1992 and brought it home. The show was cancelled after the 1992-1993 season. But that wasn't the end of Britney. She came back in 1998 with the intent on taking over the music business. And did she ever succeed!! Here is her latest video for "Criminal".
Drew Barrymore was only 7 years old when she stole our hearts with her performance as cuty pie Gertie in her godfather's alien blockbuster ET: The Extra-Terrestrial. She continued acting with a string of roles alongside high-profile actors such as William Hurt, David Keith, and Keanu Reeves in Altered States, Firestarter, and Babes in Toyland, respectively. By the time she was thirteen, Barrymore had dabbled in drugs and was a chronic marijuana smoker, drinking heavily, and snorting cocaine with movie stars at Studio 54. She managed to clean up her act and in the mid 90's, Barrymore made a major comeback and is now a staple of Hollywood's romantic comedies.
Justin Timberlake was also part of the famous Mickey Mouse Club. The show was cancelled earlier then expected but Timberlake wanted to pursue singing. He teamed up with another Mouse Club alumni J.C. Chasez and with the help of their manager Lou Pearlman, they formed N'SYNC. Clearly the frontrunner of the group, Timberlake eventually branched out into a solo career that eventually shot him to stardom. He transitioned into film with ease and will is starring in the current sci-fi thriller In Time.
Before she became famour for being "Dirrty", Aguilera won the hearts of Americans by belting out "A Sunday Kind of Love" on Star Search. She lost the competition but soon returned to the small screen in The Mickey Mouse Club. She continued working with Disney, recording the Mulan song "Reflection". After a very pop first album, Aguilera shifted directions and changed her tune to a more urban vibe. She recently worked with Maroon 5 and is a judge and mentor on The Voice.
Although considered still in her "child actor" days, Dakota Fanning has been in the biz for longer then most actors in their 20's and 30's. Her big break came when she starred opposite Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer in I Am Sam. Casting agents everywhere went ballistic and soon we saw the young Fanning in every other blockbuster. And in them, she always seemed to steel the scenes. Next up for Dakota Fanning is Twilight: Breaking Dawn and The Motel Life.
Another actor who still is relatively young. But Highmore has had his share of movie roles throught his young life. He first made a splash in Finding Neverland opposite Johnny Depp. Ever since, he hasn't stopped making movies, starring in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Good Year, August Rush, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and appears live as well as voices the character Arthur in Luc Besson's live action/animated trilogy Arthur and the Invisibles. He will next appear in The Art of Getting by alongside Emma Roberts.
Few actors get me to watch a movie just because they are starring in it. Juliette Lewis is one of those rare talents. She first caught my eye in The Other Sister, where she plays a young woman with psychological problems. She was thirteen when she was cast to play Kate Ferrell in the tv show I Married Dora. She matured into more adult roles and eventually branched out into music. You have to watch her brilliant performance of Carla in The Other Sister. The scene that i'm sharing with you still makes me cry.
Not your typical child star. Before becoming of the most popular directors, Ron Howard portrayed Opie Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show for eight seasons!! When the show ended, Ron followed that up with a role in Happy Days. He left the show to pursue directing and hasn't looked back. Ron Howard is the masterming behind hits like Cocoon, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Willow, and the deceiving Robert Langdon movies The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. His latest project was The Dilemma which starred Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. He spawned awful actress Bryce Dallas Howard. *shivers*
Her first starring role, inthe film The Piano, garnered her praise and even earned her an academy award at the tender age of eleven. She followed it up with mildly succesful movies like Fly Away Home, Jane Eyre, and Hurlyburly. Paquin gained international recognition when she was cast to portray Rogue in the X-Men movie and later sequels. Although she is known for more independent movies, Anna jumped on board when she heard of a tv adaptation of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Since 2008, Anna Paquin has been starring in the hit HBO show True Blood.
Neil Patrick Harris
Harris started his career with commercial ads and guest appearances. His breakthrough role came when he was cast as the titular character in Doogie Howser, M.D. When the show stopped airing, Neil Patrick Harris struggled with early fame and notoriety. He chased after movie roles and recognition he would have to wait until 2004's Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle to rekindle that flame with audiences. That led to his most famous role, that of Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother
Raven has topped many lists of cutest child stars thanks to her quirky and very mature performances as Olivia Cosby on The Cosby Show and Nicole Lee on Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. Ever since then she hasn't strayed too far from the kid genre. She produces and stars in most of her shows that are all geared to tweens such as That's So Raven!, The Cheetah Girls, and The State of Georgia. She also voices the characters Iridessa in my nieces' all time favourite movie Tinkerbell and ALL of its sequels.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Her first role came at the age of nine when she cast as a dying young girl in the TV movie The Little Match Girl. Her big break, however, came ten years later with the films Footloose and Girls Just Want To Have Fun. Her career stalled after that and she had several supporting roles in such films asHocus Pocus, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, and The First Wives Club. She gained international fame when she won the part of Carrie Bradshaw in the tv adaptation of a newspaper article entitled Sex and The City. Unfortunately, this relaunched her movie career that gave life to such box-office duds as Failure to Launch, Did you Hear About the Morgans, and the movie spin-offs Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2.