You’ve Certainly Changed…Child And Teen Stars Who Look A Lot Different Than We Remember
What can I say? When you get older, you look different. And usually, a lot of that can be blamed on just age, but sometimes some of our favorite stars can get a little work done here, gain a bit of weight there and change there makeup and more in such a drastic way that when they come back around, we can’t help but ask: “What happened!?” Not to be rude, but some people have just shocked us with their changing looks and roles, and we know we’re not the only ones who have noticed…
Back when Blossom used to be EVERYTHING and Joey Lawrence was known for saying “Whoa!” in the early ’90s, Joey Lawrence was gorgeous. He had a full pout, big soft eyes and a head full of curly hair that you just wanted to reach and put your hands through. And even though he was dead wrong for trying to start a singing career (even Teddy Riley couldn’t make that happen), he could do no wrong in the ’90s. Nowadays though, he’s changed a lot, and I don’t think it’s purely an age thing. His face has taken on a Ken doll look and is a little too smooth and stiff. And I think I preferred him when he was bald because the angled hairline is not him. Ah well, we’ll always have the ’90s Joey…”WHOA!”
Voorhies was every guy’s dream in the late ’80s early ’90s (at least the black ones, though she was dating her Saved By The Bell co-star Mark Paul Gosselar, aka, Zack). She had mad style, draping hair, and a gorgeous smile. For years, she was playing somebody’s girlfriend (remember when she was Carlton’s boo on Fresh Prince or Martin’s temporary flame on Martin?) or starring in somebody’s music video (Dru Hill’s “These Are The Times” and Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee”). But nowadays, we don’t get to see her very often, and when we do, she’s always looking very different. Initially, I assumed it was just too much makeup, but her mother went public last year claiming that Lark is bipolar. This is a claim Voorhies denies. See more of what Voorhies is looking like and up to during her recent interview for the new VH1 show, Miss You Much.
Trina used to play the girlfriend of the character of Shawn on Boy Meets World back in the day, and it was a really big deal because it was one of the first young interracial couples I had the chance to see on television. On the show, Trina, with her bronzed skin and funky style, was fabulous, and I’m sure she still is years later, but she definitely has changed her look. The hair is bright blonde, the skin is a little lighter (could be the makeup) and if I saw her on the street, I would never be able to recognize her.
Last time I saw this young woman, she was starring on Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns playing a high school student trying to fit in and feel comfortable with her foster family. Fast forward just a few years and now she’s showing a lot of everything on the new VH1 hit, Hit The Floor, and has even had a few sex scenes on the show already. After doing some digging, she’s actually 25 now and clearly doesn’t look like the teenager we were so used to seeing her play on Meet The Browns.
He was the cute little kid from Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little, smizing through a pair of circular spectacles and stealing everybody’s heart. He did a few movies in the early ’00s and then disappeared for a few years. In a spread for People he did in 2011, he showed off all the hard work he has been doing on his body and confused the hell out of everybody when the little kid we had come to love came out of nowhere to be a ripped young man (22).
Dee Jay Daniels
Once the hilarious youngest child of D.L. Hughley’s character on The Hughleys, Dee Jay Daniels had a pretty strong career as a young man. He guest starred on shows like The Wayans Bros., and In The House as well, and in the mid to late ’90s, could be found all over the place on television and in movies. But at some point, things clearly changed, from his looks to his lifestyle, and in 2011 the once promising actor was arrested for murder in the stabbing death of a young man in California. He was acquitted of all charges in December of last year.
Macaulay Culkin ruled the ’90s when I was younger. Without much effort, he could play just about any role and kill it. He could be funny (Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Richie Rich), and he could be really good in dramatic roles as well (My Girl, The Good Son), and we know he made a lot of bank off of all those roles. Unfortunately, this created a rift in his relationship with his parents (he’s estranged from his father). As he got older, he did a few more acting roles here and there, dated a few high profile chicks (Mila Kunis), and got into some big trouble (like getting caught with drugs). Since then, he’s looked a lot different, appearing on the streets looking dangerously thin. We still love you Macaulay!
Once the coolest kid on TV after getting to play a young Michael Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream and as the oh-so handsome Marcus Henderson on Smart Guy, my sister used to be in love with some Jason Weaver. When he wasn’t acting, he was singing, and just a few years ago had a big hit with Chingy with “One Call Away.” But around the mid to late ’00s, he came back on the scene looking a lot different than he used to. Not really sure what it is, but Weaver looks like he’s been through some things (and is missing out on sleep).
Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment was once the biggest child star in the world back in 1999 when he played the gifted but troubled character of Coal Sear in The Sixth Sense. After garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for being able to see dead folks, the world was his oyster, and he went on to have quite a few roles, including the chance to star in the Steven Spielberg hit A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Yep, he was on the top of the world, but by the mid 2000s, Osment took less roles, started shifting into voice work, and when he finally popped back up in public over the last few years, he grown up quite a bit.
I don’t know too many people who didn’t say “awwwww” when watching Orlando Brown play Tiger in Major Payne. He could dance, he was adorable, and clearly he had no problem holding his own on-screen amongst major actors/comedians like Damon Wayans. He went on as he grew up to guest star on shows in memorable roles on Family Matters and The Jamie Foxx Show, but like Haley Joel Osment, by his mid-teens, Brown was doing voice work for Proud Family on Disney. He eventually had a major role as Raven-Symone’s best friend on That’s So Raven and came back around looking very different. But as for the last few years, unfortunately Brown encountered some legal issues, including being arrested for having marijuana on him, and for DUI. Hopefully things are getting back on track for Brown, because he can rap, dance, act, and offer folks a whole lot on-screen and off.