ByKatrina Stagg, writer at
Katrina Stagg

I remember being young and watching Kirsten Dunst play Claudia in Interview with the Vampire (1994). She seemed so young and I figured it was her first role. I couldn't imagine someone little like me having done really anything at that age, let alone act in movies. Well, it turns out Kirsten had already been in the game for over ten years by that time! Ten years in one profession counts as a career, and she had one when she was only 12!

Kirsten is in good company though. Lots of the mega stars we know and love started when they were just kiddies. Many have gone on to become award winners, directors, and producers, but all of them started out as adorable child or teenage actors.

Here are some of the top actors in Hollywood in their first feature film pictured next to their most recent. I think you'll be surprised how young some of them started... I know I was!

1. Kirsten Dunst

New York Stories (1989) - The Two Faces of January (2014)

2. Leonardo DiCaprio

Critters 3 (1991) - The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

3. Keira Knightley

Innocent Lies (1995) - The Imitation Game (2014)

4. Christian Bale

Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987) - Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

5. Kerry Washington

Our Song (2000) - Peeples (2013)

6. Elijah Wood

Back to the Future Part II (1989) - Set Fire to the Stars (2014)

7. Kristin Stewart

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) - Still Alice (2014)

8. Paul Walker

Monster in the Closet (1986) - Furious 7 (2015)

9. Scarlett Johansson

North (1994) - Lucy (2014)

10. Milla Jovovich

Two Moon Junction (1988) - Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

11. Jake Gyllenhaal

City Slickers (1991) - Nightcrawler (2014)

12. Angelina Jolie

Lookin’ to Get Out (1982) - Maleficent (2014)

13. Mila Kunis

Piranha (1995 remake) - Jupiter Ascending (2015)

14. Denzel Washington

Carbon Copy (1981) - The Equalizer (2014)

15. Natalie Portman

Leon The Professional (1994) - Thor the Dark World (2013)

16. Ryan Gosling

Frankenstein and Me (1996) - Only God Forgives (2013)

17. Nicolas Cage

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) - Dying of the Light (2014)

18. Jessica Alba

Camp Nowhere (1994) - Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)


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