Celebrities: From Childhood to Adulthood

In terms of visual appearance, some people transform drastically between infancy and becoming an adult, while others look just a little bit more “chiseled”. I’m one of those.

Unfortunately, all signs of being a “towhead” dissipated proceeding my sixth birthday, but I have, more or less, structurally remained the same, in face, that is; the body is a whole other matter…

And I like that I have developed this way. I like that I can look back at photos and really be able to connect with the little me; it gives me a solid sense of being, a sense of permanence.

Although I rarely come across spreads documenting actors’ and models’ youth to adult facial changes, when I do I get such a kick out of them. Infancy intrigues me – I have taken numerous courses on child development as part of earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology – so seeing the infant versions of idols is fascinating, predominantly because when I see the likes of actors and models when they were young, I can’t help but think about how far they have come, how much their lives have changed, and how those little faces had no idea about the fame that was in store for them; one minute they’re little rascals playing in the dirt, and the next minute they’re strutting their stuff on the red carpet, dripping in thousands, even millions, of dollars worth of jewels. Imagine being the therapist of celebrities who were not born into famous or wealthy families; oh the juicy meat they would bring to a therapy session…

With that, I present you with some child-to-adult celebrity pictures. Enjoy.

Madonna

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Britney Spears

Halle Berry

Jennifer Aniston

Julia Roberts

Meg Ryan

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Demi Moore

Beyonce

Eminem

Miley Cyrus

Emma Watson

Cameron Diaz

Meryl Streep

Judi Dench

Michelle Pfeiffer

Natalie Portman

Jennifer Lawrence

Reese Witherspoon

Zoe Saldana

Adele

Celebrities who merit special mention in terms of how far they come are:

  • Jennifer Lopez: she grew up in The Bronx with very little.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt because she was born of non-famous parents (her mother was a speech pathologist, and her father was a medical technician). In turn, she had to break into Hollywood all on her own. Fortunately, after gaining the title of “Texas Our Little Miss Talent Winner” ate age 10, talent scouts encouraged her to move to L.A. with her mum to act and sing. One of her high school classmates who went on to become a talent scout later recommended Hewitt for a role in Party of Five, which marked the start of her acting career.
  • Madonna: her mother died when she was young, her father was a design engineer for cars, and she went to normal catholic schools. She dropped out of college to move to New York with only ($35) and worked at Dunkin’ Donuts and as a dancer with modern dance troupes. It wasn’t until her late twenties that she got noticed for her singing; she made her fortune all on her own after a rough battle with life.
  • Catherine Zet-Jones, daughter of a seamstress and sweet factory worker who lived in rainy Wales, worked her way up from a very minimalistic life to being worth over $100 million. Impressive.
  • Halle Berry: Went to a community college because of her parents’ financial situation, and only gained an “in” into the world of fame when she was crowned Miss World in 1986. Things took off from there…
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar: Her father was a garment worker and her mother was a nursery school teacher, but they divorced when she was 7, leaving her mother to raise her alone. At age 4, she was randomly spotted by an agent in a restaurant in Uptown New York. Two weeks later she was hired for a role in a television film.
  • Demi Moore: Cross-eyed as a child and suffering from kidney dysfunction, Moore only broke into the world of the rich and famous when she was almost 20. She left home and dropped out of high school when she was 16, and thus made her millions through her own dogged work ethic.
  • Beyonce: Her talent in singing was discovered when her dance instructor at her elementary school began humming a song and she finished it, hitting the high-pitched note.
  • Eminem: His mother had him when she was 15, and she raised him by herself. Eminem aspired to be a comic book writer, but became interested in music after his uncle introduced him to Ice-T and the Beastie Boys. His admiration for rappers took off, and by 14, he was performing amateur raps under the pseudonym “M&M”.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer: While attending college in hopes of becoming a court stenographer, Pfeiffer worked as a check-out girl at Vons supermarket. However, after winning the Miss Orange County beauty pageant in 1978, and coming sixth in the Miss California pageant the same year, she got an acting agent and began auditioning for television and films.
  • Natalie Portman: One interesting fact about her is that she skipped the premiere of her film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, so she could study for her high school final exams. She’s admirable because she made education her top priority. While at Harvard, she said, “I don’t care if [college] ruins my career…I’d rather be smart than a movie star.” She has a B.A. in Psychology, but, through acting, she has made $32 million, which is considerable more than her parents make; her mother was a homemaker who, interestingly enough, now works as her agent, and her father was a fertility specialist and gynecologist.
  • Jennifer Lawrence: daughter of the owner of a children’s camp and concrete construction firm, Lawrence spent her days acting in local theater and assisting her mother as a nurse at the summer day camp that she ran . By the age of 14, she decided to pursue an acting career, persuading her parents to take her to New York City to find a talent agent. But the most interesting thing of all is that six years after her debut, Lawrence has won an Oscar having never taken any drama classes or lessons.
  • Reese Witherspoon: It wasn’t until Reese was selected as a fashion model for a florist’s television advertisements at the age of 7 that her desire to act emerged. As a child she professes to have been “a big dork who read loads of books.”
  • Zoe Saldana: Was raised by her mother after her father died in a car accident when she was 9. Her love for acting began with dance.
  • Kate Winslet‘s mother was a barmaid, and her father was a swimming pool contractor, which, she claims, meant that their daily life was “very hand-to-mouth.” Her first acting gig was for a Sugar Puffs cereal advertisement.
  • Adele: Her father walked out on her and her mother, a furniture-maker and adult learning activities organizer, when she was just two. Adele became obsessed with the sound of voices when she was four, and she says the Spice Girls and Pink greatly influenced her. In just 6 years, she has gone from having little money to a whopping $45 million. And she’s the same age as me: 24.

These snippets of information are inspirational, and, although I currently aspire to be a therapist, I am definitely keeping an open-mind; as these celebrities demonstrate, who knows what the future holds.

What are your dreams and aspirations? Do you have an ideal job in mind?

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