Do you remember the iconic child stars of the 1990s and early 2000s? You know, the ones who were making as much as the jackpots at an online casino even before they were old enough to play at one? If so, you have probably wondered where they are now and how their adult lives have turned out.
Read on as we explore their histories and what they’re up to now…
Shia LaBeouf began his career as a child, but his breakout role came in the form of the Disney blockbuster Even Stevens. His role in Holes (2003) was equally iconic. Shia told the media in 2009 that his reasons for entering show business were purely financial, and has made many controversial statements and actions since then.
Today, LaBeouf is a little more careful with his words, admitting that his goal now is to stay creative and learn from his mistakes. He is currently working on a new film, Honey Boy, in which he plays his own father.
Dakota Fanning was the sweetheart of the early 2000s. Known for her innocent smile and stunning blue eyes, she appeared in massive blockbusters like Uptown Girls, The Cat in the Hat and War of the Worlds as a child. By the age of 7, she had already earned herself a Screen Actors Guild award nomination for her breath-taking role in I Am Sam.
This child star is now her early 20s and still works as a Hollywood actress. She is also a well-known fashionista that has appeared on the covers of prestigious magazines like Cosmopolitan, Elle and Vanity Fair.
Lindsay Lohan was a hugely talented actress since childhood. Many will remember seeing her for the first time in her dual role as Annie James and Hallie Parker in the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. Following that film’s success, Lohan made it big in the early 2000s with roles in Freaky Friday (2003), and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Mean Girls (2004). After appearing on TV and in many shorter videos, she re-entered the film industry in 2007, starring in I Know Who Killed Me, and Georgia Rule. During that year, she was also arrested for DUI, and the court appearances and house arrests that followed stalled her acting career.
Lindsay later moved to London, and then to Dubai where she acted in Sick Note. She opened a couple of beach clubs there and announced an upcoming MTV reality show. Alas, she again made headlines in 2018 after posting an Instagram video that had her fans deeply concerned for her mental health.
Amanda Bynes made her acting debut in 1996 on the Nickelodeon show All That. In 1999 she appeared in The Amanda Show, before stepping into movie roles in Big Fat Liar (2002), What a Girl Wants (2003), She’s the Man (2006), and Hairspray (2007). She also concurrently starred in the TV series What I Like About You.
Just as Bynes’ career neared its peak the young star hit hard times, eventually retiring from acting in 2010. She was arrested for 2 hit-and-runs, DUI and driving with an expired license in 2012, and thereafter her behaviour became even more erratic and disturbing. This sparked concerns over mental illness, and in 2014, Bynes revealed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since then she has been on the up and up, returning to Hollywood sober in 2017.
Haley Joel Osment
Osment rose to fame as a young boy when he starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller The Sixth Sense. Interestingly, before that role in 1999 he had also made numerous guest appearances on films and TV series like Walker, Texas Ranger and Murphy Brown. Haley Joel’s role in Sixth Sense and AI: Artificial Intelligence (2001) earned him many nominations and awards, boosting his career as he headed into roles in Secondhand Lions (2003) and various voice acting jobs.
Osment also made his Broadway debut a little later down the line, graduating from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 2001. He has since returned to acting with small parts in Alpha House and Entourage, as well as his role as Keenan Feldspar in Silicon Valley, and we may well see more of him in years to come.