Then & Now: 10 Awkward Male Child Stars Who Grew Up to Be Gorgeous (PHOTOS)

Then & Now: 10 Awkward Male Child Stars Who Grew Up to Be Gorgeous (PHOTOS)

It's tough being a boy. It can take years for a kid to grow into his face, and puberty can hit him like a Mack Truck. Then there's his voice, which can break without warning, for maximum humiliation. Add a film or TV camera into the mix and you've got a whole new level of awkward.

Here are 10 Hollywood men who made it through the sweaty weirdness of adolescence and emerged hotter than we ever anticipated. 


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  • Matthew Lewis: Then


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    Talk about your awkward phases. Matthew Lewis' toothy grin and nerdy shyness made him the perfect Neville Longbottom for the Harry Potter movie series.

  • Matthew Lewis: Now


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    After some serious dental work (and the merciful end of puberty) Matthew Lewis blossomed into a bonafide hottie, and shocked fans everywhere (and J.K. Rowling too) by appearing in a magazine wearing only underwear.

  • Josh Hutcherson: Then


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    Watch any movie starring Josh Hutcherson as a kid (such as Little Manhattan or Motocross Kids) and you can tell he's a boy's boy: A slightly sweaty, backward-cap wearing, weird-around-girls boy. It was part of his relatability.

  • Josh Hutcherson: Now


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    A chiseled jawline, big brown eyes and a penchant for playing soulful types. No wonder Josh Hutcherson is a Hunger Games fan favorie.

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  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Then


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    It may have been the strangest boys' haircut on TV. Joseph Gordon-Levitt rocked a long bob in Third Rock from the Sun. It took him a few seasons to convince producers to let him chop it off. 

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Now


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    Good things definitely come in small packages. Joseph Gordon-Levitt may not be the tallest or most muscular Hollywood hunk, but he's got a few things going for him: those dimples, smiley eyes, and talent, both in front and behind the camera.

  • Jerry O'Connell: Then


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    As a chubby kid, Jerry O'Connell was perfectly cast as the chubby, shy kid who is often bullied, in his most enduring film, Stand by Me. He continued to struggle with his weight through grade school, until his mom finally hired a personal trainer.

  • Jerry O'Connell: Now


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    The actor and screenwriter has turned into a gorgeous poster child for clean living, and he's got one of the hottest bodies in Hollywood to prove it. Wife Rebecca Romjin is one lucky lady.

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  • Shia LaBeouf: Then


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    He was the boy with the puffy hair who made weird faces on Even Stevens. Shia LaBeouf's dorky demeanor and looks certainly helped bring the funny to the show. 

  • Shia LaBeouf: Now


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    The Transformers star went from goofy child actor to full-fledged bad boy. He seems to change his haircut and facial hair monthly and has had several run ins with the law. But boy does he clean up well.

  • Nicholas Hoult: Then


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    Playing the adorable, needy child with the crazy eyebrows who tries to turn a shallow Hugh Grant into a father figure in About a Boy, Nicholas Hoult turned in an affecting performance.

  • Nicholas Hoult: Now


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    Wow. Just, wow. Mad Max: Fury Road's Nicholas Hoult grew into one of the hottest guys in Hollywood, endowed with gorgeous blue eyes, a kissable pout, chiseled features, and a sexy sense of style.

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  • Jonathan Lipnicki: Then


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    As Renée Zellweger's bespectacled, lisping son in Jerry Maguire, Jonathan Lipnicki enchanted audiences worldwide in his first movie role. 

  • Jonathan Lipnicki: Now


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    All grown up now, Jonathan Lipnicki bulked up for the movie For the Love of Money and says he "kinda became a gym rat." The results are less rodent and more hot hunk.

  • Josh Peck: Then


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    Battling asthma as a child meant that John Peck stayed indoors a lot, and as a result, his weight ballooned. The Drake & Josh star was often relegated to playing the jolly or mean chubby kid on TV and in movies.  

  • Josh Peck: Now


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    A decision to get healthy led to changing his lifestyle and diet — and hitting the gym — with amazing results. After landing a role as John Stamos' newfound son in Fox's new show Grandfathered, an elated Peck said he "wanted to call up 13-year-old chubby Josh and be like, everything's going to be just fine, brother."  

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  • Freddie Highmore: Then


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    Playing sweet, sensitive boys was the specialty of child actor Freddie Highmore, who had the sickly-boy looks to carry off lead roles in Finding Neverland (left) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  • Freddie Highmore: Now


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    He may now play a psycho with a serious Oedipus complex in Bates Motel, but when his character's off-kilter scowl disappears off camera, Freddie Highmore is a cutie. 

  • Rupert Grint: Then


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    A bright red mop top, pale eyelashes, freckles. Rupert Grint's looks screamed precocious, goofy child actor, and they made him a star in the Harry Potter films. 

  • Rupert Grint: Now


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    Hello, Red! Who knew there was a handsome guy underneath all that hair? Rupert Grint has a laid back charm that signals he'd be a good time. It also adds to his unusual, rugged good looks. 

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