Child Actors Who Played Very Adult Roles As Kids

August 23, 2013 ‐ By Iva Anthony

Sometimes a young star will go above and beyond to shake the child-like image that follows them throughout their career, but these 15 child actors didn’t have to worry about that. These former child stars raised major eyebrows by taking on parts in very adult-themed movies.

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Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson was sitting on the steps of a building in the East Village of Manhattan one day when a director of a movie saw a budding star. Cast in the 1995 film Kids, a 16-year-old Dawson played a wild and loose teenager whose concerns over contracting AIDS forced her to take an HIV test. Dawson has gone on to star in many projects, including independent movies and documentaries. Up next for the native New Yorker is a reprisal of her Sin City character Gail.

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  • 2ooo Sq Ft home plenty for me

    Daniel Radcliff always looks stoned?

  • The REAL Howard S

    Conspicuously missing from this list is Warwick Davis, who was 12 years old when he played Wicket, the Ewok leader in “Return of the Jedi” and only 17 when he was family man Willow Ufgood in “Willow.”

  • SIL

    Oh man! I remember the movie “KIds” when it first came out (I was 16 at the time). Those young people were running wild all over NY having unprotected sex and spreading HIV. Rosario had somewhat of a minor role in it, but left a lasting impression. Matter of fact, all the actors in it was great.

  • ashley79

    I’m sorry but the author plagiarized this article. The article was on yahoo earlier this week.

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thirteen. That movie…. ohhh chile. I think she was 15 or 16 at the time of filming… But the mist overall on the list is Rosario… I saw that movie for the first time last year cause I was too young to see it when it 1st came out. If there is movie to scare kids straight, that one will.

    • HUgrad13

      She was 14 during most of filming and turned 15 toward the end. With Thirteen, I would add Nikki Reed as well, since she co-wrote it. She was also 14.