There is the often used phrase, "the child star curse." It is a real thing!
Few people who found success at an early age on the big screen (or small screen for that matter) manage to successfully grow up in front of our eyes to achieve greatness in their field as adults.
Movie Fanatic has chosen 11 to highlight for not only bucking the "child actor curse," but in fact they have become some of the biggest names in Hollywood creating movies that will go down as some of the best ever made.
Want a clue as to who one is? Watch The Dark Knight online and that guy wearing the Batman suit -- he started as a youngster in a Steven Spielberg movie!
Emma Watson charmed us as Hermione in the Harry Potter series and managed to make it through that childhood fame unscathed. She even flirted with quitting acting, but thank goodness she didn't. She is one of our brightest stars of the future after turns in Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring.
She may have lost the lead in The Parent Trap to Lindsay Lohan, but see how that worked out. Scarlett Johansson worked regularly as a child actor and now is one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood. Can you imagine anyone else being Black Widow?!
Drew Barrymore may have suffered from the child actor curse after she made it big in E.T and Firestarter. But, look at her now. She is an actress, director and producer and one of the biggest names in town.
Being known as Harry Potter could have been a career killer. Heck, it could have weighed on Daniel Radcliffe's life as a whole. Instead, he has left his Potter persona behind and turned in some incredible work. In fact, Radcliffe appears to be just getting started.
From Freaky Friday to her role in Taxi Driver, fame found Jodie Foster early. And she not only turned out well balanced and supremely talented, she's an Oscar winner, a gifted writer, producer and director.
One of my favorite Steven Spielberg movies is Empire of the Sun, and that is largely due to the performance of a very young Christian Bale. Not only has he matured as a person and as an actor, Bale has triumphed in ways we could never have imagined watching him as a young man making his screen debut in a Spielberg movie!
Yes, technically Ron Howard works the other side of the camera. But, can you think of many child stars of his era that are still working today? And if he isn't the most talented director churning out films, he's right up there.
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