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When this photo (above) of former Baldwin Hills star Moriah Johnson spread across the Internet recently, everyone was saying, “Well damn! He’s grown up nicely.” In case you forgot what he looked like before:
Again, here is a recent pic:
Talk about an upgrade! Yes, the young people, and kids, we used to watch on television are all grown up, in and out of college, with children, new careers, and in some instances, lives far away from the spotlight. After all the buzz surrounding Moriah’s good looks all these years later, I thought it would be nice to do a throwback Thursday “Where Are They Now?” and catch up with throwback childhood stars (not the usual batch from waaaaay back) to see what they’re looking like nowadays. Care to take a look?
We’ve all seen the stories about child stars gone wild. From Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges to Miley Cyrus and Amanda Bynes, making the transition from child star to an adult actor (or musician) can sometimes be rocky and filled with drama. Still, it is possible to make it out unscathed. Let’s look at 15 child stars who successfully transitioned and thrived!
Before these stars even knew what a Roth IRA was, they had more money than they knew what to do with. Here are 15 celebrity child millionaires.
Back in September we shared with you a slideshow on young men we watched grow up before our eyes on TV and more who, well, aren’t so young anymore. It did so well, and people had so much to say that I decided it only made sense to find a few more child stars who blossomed quite beautifully over the years and look great as grown men. Shall we?
Brandon Quintin Adams, 35
The Sandlot, The Mighty Ducks and The Moonwalker star used to be everybody’s crush back in the day. Remember when he grew up a little and played Brandy’s college boyfriend, Aaron, on “Moesha”? Well, Brandon Quintin Adams is all grown up now and he’s still adorable–but in a much different way. He doesn’t act very much anymore (he does a lot of voice work), but he just did a short film called Stuck In The Corners that we need to find and see.
When they’re dishing about their dating and sex lives on talk shows, or strutting the red carpet in outfits that leave little to the imagination, it’s easy to forget that these ladies are former Disney stars!
Sometimes I look at pictures of child stars I remember from the days when they were little kids and I think–damn! He’s not so little anymore…
I used to feel a little weird about it, but once I check the Wikipedia pages of these individuals and realize that they’re over 18, all feelings and rules go out the window. And I know it’s the same for you, because I’ve often heard you all swoon about the following young men, who have grown up to be quite good looking over the years. These are some of the child stars who grew up to be hot.
When we were first introduced to Daniel Dwayne Simmons III on the MTV reality show “Run’s House,” he was just a little boy with braces who could dance and rap, but did it for fun. Now 19, He has put out an album and three mixtapes, toured with Mindless Behavior, had a random beef with J. Cole, and worked hard to get a killer set of abs. This one has grown up quite nicely…
These famous child actors were surrounded by bright lights and dark demons in the form of drugs though many were able to overcome their addictions after many years. We wish all of them well and continued success.
Surreal: 16 Famous Child Actors With Known Drug Addictions
While there are numerous child stars who are able to lead successful lives once they become adults, others aren’t so lucky. Thankfully, it appears that former “Smart Guy” actor Tahj Mowry, 28, has grown into a well-rounded young man, but he says that his success is largely in part to the fact that he took some time aside to lead a “normal” life.
“[Acting] wasn’t something that was forced on me, so I knew what it was and I approached it as a job, even as a kid,” the “Baby Daddy” actor told Rolling Out. “And then, what I did in high school was I took a little break. I just went to school, played football, and just lived a normal life. I think that helped a lot.”
“When you’re growing up in the public eye, you have to realize that everything that you do will be scrutinized,” he continued. “With that said, I think it’s wise to grow up in private, away from the cameras. You’ll never see me stumbling out of a club. If I’m going to have fun, I’ll be with friends in a very private setting. I don’t need to be seen by people.”
The former child star also expressed that his family and faith have also played major roles in his growing up to be a well-adjusted adult.
“I think that helped a lot. It also helped that I have a great family, and that my faith has played such a huge role in my life.”
Tahj also advised current child stars and the people who love them to be a little smarter about how they deal with public attention.
“I see it all the time, and I often find myself wishing that people would be a little bit smarter about their situations,” he expressed. “Take Justin Bieber, for instance. He continues to have to grow up in the public eye, and as a result you always see him in the news. I don’t necessarily blame him for all of the drama because he’s had to literally grow up with cameras in his face 24-7. Media was a little different when I was transitioning into adulthood, so it wasn’t quite as bad. Honestly, I’m just so thankful that I have always had the right people around me to protect me from that. I’m very thankful.”
“I Never Took A Hiatus”: Countess Vaughn Talks New Reality Show, And Starting A Line Of “Natural” Lace Front Wigs
In an interview with JETmag.com, actress and singer Countess Vaughn spoke about what she has been up to all these years, including dealing with the nasty side effects of wearing lace front wigs we told you about last week, starting her own brand of natural lace fronts, raising kids (she has two), looking to venture into reality TV, working on the straight-to-DVD movie More to Love with Tichina Arnold (they both play lawyers in it), and more. The 35-year-old also spoke on the her life in the spotlight as a child star, being typecast as Kim Parker, and her five-year plan. It was an interesting interview, and here are the tidbits that had us talking:
Where She Has Been All This Time:
“I never took a hiatus. People see that I’ve become a mother. I’ve always been working. I’ve kept myself out there. Thank God for reruns— I’ve got a new audience. I’ve never missed a beat.”
If She Plans On Doing Music Again:
“I love music and I always will. I write music: R&B, a little hint of gospel. I love so many different musical styles. I’m all across the board.”
The Challenge Of Growing Up A Child Star After Winning Star Search And Being On 227:
“Being in a fish bowl. Having to be a role model. Wanting to make your own mistakes and learning from them. Watching what you do.”
Being Typecast As Kim Parker:
“Anytime you do a character bigger than life, they’re going to ask you to do it. You have to be able to make the change to get the different roles. “
Her Relationship Status:
“For the past eight years, I’ve been in a longtime relationship with my high school sweetheart. We met when we were 15.”
Branching In To Natural Lace Fronts Products After Her Horrifying Hair Experience:
“I was on the set doing a reality show and I was wearing a lace-front wig that burned me very badly. My skin was peeling off and I couldn’t be under set lights or wear makeup. So I decided that I wanted to take my time about what will go into my brand of natural lace-fronts. No one should go through the drama I did.
I now have a partnership and hair endorsement with Hair Are Us along with hair care products sponsored by Pure Beauty Essentials for Pure Virgin Hair of Atlanta, GA.”
Being A Spokesperson For Ellaboo’s Ovarian Cancer Foundation:
“Minorities need to get tested for ovarian cancer. The earlier, the better. We tend to put ourselves on the backburner and take care of the family first. We need to pay attention to ourselves. Many women ignore the pain, thinking it’s only menstrual cramps. But it’s very serious. A pap smear doesn’t detect it. It’s a silent killer. Cancer has really affected my life. I’ve lost friends and a co-star. I really want to get this message out there. You just want to make a change in the world. It’s time to grow up and teach the next generation. To get more information, people can go to ellaboosangels.org.”
On Doing Reality TV Soon:
“I want to come back in a positive way. I’m not about drinking and fighting. I’m about delivering a message and growing from it. So the show would be a combination of me growing, and getting to know me better.”
Where She Sees Her Career In Five Years:
“I’d like to do more voiceovers for animation, and more serious roles. I have range. Lena Dunham’s character on the HBO show Girls needs a sistah friend. I could bring the drama.”
I could totally see her with a reality show on TV One or something like that. How about you? Check out Vaughn’s full interview over at JETmag.com and share your thoughts.
It’s hard seeing the cute child stars we once watched on TV grow into adults with legal problems and criminal convictions. But nowadays that seems to be more the norm than the exception. From Dee Jay Daniels to Maia Campbell – check out these 15 former child actors who’ve had legal trouble as adults.
Marcus T. Paulk
Earlier this year, Marcus T. Paulk (the actor who played Myles on Moesha) was arrested following a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, Andi Roxx. According to Andi, Marcus punched and kicked her in the chin and stomach following an altercation that began at a Beverly Hills nightclub. Sad.