Wednesday 14 April 2010

This Just In: Former Child Actors Look Different Now

I recently saw a trailer for The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart as self-proclaimed lover of rock 'n' roll and frequent requester of putting another dime in the jukebox baby Joan Jett, and Dakota Fanning as The Other One. What struck me more than anything was that an adorable moppet like Dakota Fanning, who I'm sure I only recently saw being carried away by aliens in War Of The Worlds, is now carrying on in all sorts of grown-up ways that surely shouldn't be allowed.

Well, a brief Wikipedia visit told me that she's actually 16 now, roughly the same age as The Other One from The Runaways was, so I suppose I shouldn't grumble and I should stop being a grumpy old fartbox.

Still, it got me thinking about all the other adorable moppets we've seen in the movies over the years, and how some of them disappeared from our screens to grow up in private like normal people, and I thought "I bet if I knew what those little cuties look like now, it would make me feel so depressingly old that I would probably start complaining about how weird the staff of Top Man look these days."

And guess what? I was right. But I'll be buggered if I'm going to feel old by myself so I thought I'd make you feel old too:

Dakota Fanning, the adorable moppet from War Of The Worlds (now 16)

Joseph Mazzello, the adorable moppet from Jurassic Park (now 26)

Ariana Richards, the other adorable moppet from Jurassic Park (now 30)

Haley Joel Osment, the adorable moppet from The Sixth Sense (now 21)

Edward Furlong, the adorable moppet from Terminator 2 (now 32)

Henry Thomas, the adorable moppet from E.T. (now 38. 38!!)

Ke Huy Quan, the adorable moppet from Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (also 38, Jesus)

Carrie Henn, the adorable moppet from Aliens (now 33)

Danny Lloyd, the adorable moppet from The Shining (now 37)

If this was a competition I think it's fair to say that Ariana Richards is the winner.

It occurs to me that this post is just 'Where Are They Now?' but without the useful information about where they are now. If any of these former adorable moppets are reading, feel free to get in touch and let us know what you're up to these days, eh?

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  1. are you kiddin me? Carrie Henn has to be the winner! x

  2. I have a feeling you two are talking about different competitions. Surely?

  3. I think you're right. It's my own fault for being so confusingly vague, for a change.

  4. Ariana Richards turned out much cuter than expected, so I'm with you, Suit. Though, if he weren't such a midget, I might say that Haley Joel turned out pretty well.

    All in all, though, no catastrophes.

  5. Oh right I get it. Doh!

  6. A suggestion for future investigate blogging - how far film stars have fallen and have had to resort to terrible ads. The my first suggestion would be the needs-a-bloody-good-clean Benicio Del Torro. Magnum??? Really???

  7. Haley Joel Osment looks like a posh lion.

  8. Edward Furlong didn't do very well out of it did he!