Before They Were Big: Did You Know They Were Child Stars?

January 15, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

Before these men and women were dominating our iPods and lives in general with good music, funny television and dramatic roles that brought us to tears (or made us mad), they were young’ns trying to get their big breaks on the big screen. In movies like The Wood and shows like As The World Turns, they were everywhere before they became stars. Let’s check out their beginnings…

And oh yeah, one or two are young adults…*Kanye shrug*

Christina Milian in The Wood

Christina Milian

Before she was out in these streets singing about the freaky things you should keep on the low with Ja Rule and dipping it low and picking it up slow, Christina Milian was just a young lady with a big ‘ol head of hair, playing the dance partner of young Roland in The Wood. In her short role in the film, she gets upset by Roland and Slim’s nosy attention over Mike and Alicia finally getting to slow dance together. She eventually tells him, “Why don’t you go dance with her then!?” flips her loooong curly hair and makes a dramatic exit. Interesting, this sounds like a scene from most of Milian’s movies…I’m just saying.

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  • Jay

    Christina Milian was also on the Disney Channel show Movie Surfers, and I think something else too.

  • divanekai

    I thought Meagan Good’s 1st role was in Eve’s Bayou as Samuel Jackson & Lynne Whitfield’s daughter

  • Guestest

    I did not know that was Christina Milian in The Wood.. Wow!

  • Truth be Told

    Naya played Richie’s friend Gwendolyn on Family Matters too

  • Richelle

    Anyone else cringe at those mid-90s prom fashions on the Smart Guy clip? Can’t believe we ever thought that looked good! Lol

  • lashelle

    Alicia keys looked awful. yuck.

  • Alexis_Gloria

    Lets not forget that xtina latina was a disney kid as well!!!

  • Leecey

    Omg thats alica keys!! Lol that is too cute, a little boyish tho but cute… Never paid attention to that part in the wood, never noticed that was young christina milian, shes such a beautiful girl then and now

  • Leecey

    Omg thats alica keys!! Lol that is too cute, a little boyish tho but cute… Never paid attention to that part in the wood, never noticed that was young christina milian, shes such a beautiful girl then and now

  • Lateshia

    Wow I didn’t know Alicia Keys was on an episode of The Cosby Show I’m gonna have to find this episode on youtube. She look like a boy. Anyways, I knew about Christina Millian but you forgot she was in an episode of Sister Sister she just had a small part. Megan Goode did My Cousin Skeeter as well. That one girl that was Tahj Mowry date on Smart Guy was in other sitcoms as a kid Family Matters and I believe an episode of Moesha.

  • toya

    I knew A. Keys was in that ep but i never knew which one was her, thanks a lot for this!

    • MLS2698

      Yes, me too. But it was a mystery!

  • holmesa925

    Megan Good was also on the Nickelodeon show “My Cousin Skeeter.”

  • Nick

    The wood is my movie.

  • Nigel Johnson

    Every time I watched Friday, I tell myself to look up if that little girl is Meagan Good. Finally it’s confirmed.

  • scandalous7

    shocked@ Alicia Keys

  • Had no idea that was Alicia Keys!

    • FAMURattler85

      Me either. I thought she was a boy at first.

    • RJA

      Me neither! SN: was i the only one dying laughing at Bill Cosby’s silly self? He is so funny and I love that episode

    • MLS2698

      Okay, so I have seen that episode soooo many times, but could not figure out which one was her because she looks boyish. I think they call it episode # 23. Alicia’s name is in the credits, but seriously, nope! I still can’t see it.

  • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

    Actually Naya Rivera’s first role was on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Hillary’s mini me/slave.

    • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

      lol and Bow Wow was too cute

    • Breezy

      I thought her first role was playing Little Richie’s girlfriend on Family Matters? Am I the only person who remembers that? LOL.

      • Maddie

        I remember that

      • SexNdaCity

        I was thinking the same thing. That’s my earliest rememberance of her.

      • me

        Yes!! Why isn’t that ever mentioned???

      • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

        I stand corrected 🙂

    • Maddie

      Yup I remember that . she was also on family matters

    • Lateshia

      Oh yeah I remember that episode. She sure was in Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

    • FemmeFatale

      Actually, her very first role was on Redd Foxx’s sitcom The Royal Family, waaay back in ’92. She was just four years old and she played his granddaughter in the show.

      • MLS2698

        What about ” Full House ” with the Olsen twins? Wasn’t she on that too along with Tahj Mowry?

        • angela

          That was Jurnee Smollett-Bell .

    • Jay

      She played Hilary’s imagining of her new little sibling!