You Won’t Believe What These 1990s Stars Look Like Today

Aging is a natural part of life, and despite what fictional TV and movie universes tell us, not even stars are immune. Kids who grew up in the ’90s are now well into adulthood, and their favorite Hollywood stars got older right alongside them.

Some of these child stars look wildly different now that they’re fully grown. Others are just entering into the years of their life where aging is an inevitability. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of stars from the ’90s that are completely unrecognizable today.

1. Jonathan Lipnicki

Jonathan Lipnicki on the red carpet for Unstoppable

Jonathan Lipnicki | Frazer Harrison / Staff

Back in the ’90s and early ’00s, Jonathan Lipnicki was the go-to actor whenever a movie needed a cute kid, starring in Jerry Maguire, Stuart Little, and The Little Vampire. Today, Lipnicki has remade himself entirely.

The now twenty-something actively participates in competitive Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and has a slew of film projects coming up in 2017 (six in total). Suffice it to say, he’s officially moved far beyond his early days in Hollywood.

2. Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes makes a court appearance in Manhattan

Amanda Bynes makes a court appearance in Manhattan | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Staff

Amanda Bynes got her career off to a solid start in the late ’90s by starring in Nickelodeon’s All That, as well as her own self-titled The Amanda Show. Things have only gotten worse as she’s grown up though, highlighted by an onslaught of legal trouble, DUI arrests, and court-ordered conservatorship for her parents.

Her most recent court appearance saw her appear with a shock of bright blue hair, a stark difference from her latest movie appearance in 2010’s Easy A. 

3. Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment on the red carpet

Haley Joel Osment on the red carpet | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner

No child star can stay that way forever, a fact that many often forget when they see the stars fully grown years later. Haley Joel Osment first made it in Hollywood for his Oscar-nominated performance in The Sixth Sense, and has been getting a steady slew of lower profile work ever since.

Today, he’s filled out considerably (as most adults are wont to do), making for a distinctly different look than his Sixth Sense childhood.

4. Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke on the red carpet

Mickey Rourke | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Staff

Mickey Rourke is about as unrecognizable as it gets in terms of ’90s Hollywood stars. His side career as a boxer as well as what appears to be a good deal of plastic surgery, have put a few extra years on the 64-year-old actor. That said, he still manages to get steady work in Hollywood, typically starring as a grizzled bad ass type that matches his appearance well.

5. Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellwegger on the red carpet

Renee Zellweger | Curto de la Torre/AFP/Getty Image

Back in 2014, Renee Zellweger was at the center of a sizable celebrity controversy, with many tabloids accusing her of having undergone plastic surgery. Zellweger hit back in a lengthy essay, refuting those claims and matter-of-factly pointing toward Hollywood’s double-standard when it comes to women and aging. It’s tough to disagree with her too, given the fact that many men are considered to be in their prime well into their 40s and 50s.

6. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen on the red carpet

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Here we have another case of child stars who were never going to look like kids forever. Nowadays, it’s the third Olsen sister, Elizabeth, who’s making headlines in Hollywood, starring as Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

That doesn’t mean the Olsen twins aren’t still busy themselves, having made a solid career in the fashion world as designers and trendsetters.

7. Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser

Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser | ABC

Before Neil Patrick Harris became a cultural icon from starring in How I Met Your Mother, he was Doogie Howser, M.D. It’s a role that thrust him into the Hollywood spotlight almost overnight, as Harris began what would soon become a long and storied career.

More recently, he’s played the evil Count Olaf in Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events, showing just how far he’s come since his days as a child star.

8. Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson on ABC

Mara Wilson on ABC | ABC News

Mara Wilson’s career has been a fascinating one to say the least. She starred in the still-iconic Mrs. Doubtfire, followed by what was thought to be a defining role in Matilda. She stepped out of the movie industry in the ensuing years, turning toward writing as her primary creative outlet. She’s also been an outspoken advocate for mental health, teaming up with a nonprofit back in 2015 to raise awareness for teens with mental illness.

9. The entire cast of The Sandlot

The cast of The Sandlot

The Sandlot | 20th Century Fox

Back in 2013, the cast of The Sandlot reunited in Salt Lake City, Utah to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary. The movie still stands up today as one of the best baseball movies ever made, perfectly encapsulating what it is to play America’s pastime as a kid. Most of the kids from The Sandlot have moved on to careers outside of Hollywood, but it’s still fun to look back and see them together again.

10. Cole Sprouse

Cole Sprouse in the CW's Riverdale

Cole Sprouse in Riverdale | The CW

Cole Sprouse captured American hearts when he appeared as Adam Sandler’s son in 1999’s Big Daddy. He later went on to star alongside his identical twin brother, Dylan, in Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Nowadays, you can see Cole as Jughead in The CW’s compelling Riverdale adaptation, fully grown and no longer sporting his shaggy blond hair.

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