Child Stars Who Are Still Working Today

Feb 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET
Child Actors Still Working Today

Imagine what it's like to be a child star. Could you handle the intense shoots, regardless of whether you're working on a film or a TV show? Could you memorize your lines with ease and then remember to say them on cue? Could you deliver the right emotions and make your performance gel together with the rest of the project?

It's no mean feat, to be sure, but there are some actors in Hollywood who got their start in show business as children, which means they were faced with doing all of the above when the rest of us were going to elementary school. Add to that the pressures of not only managing your fame at such a young age but also successfully making the transition from child star to teen star and even grown-up movie and TV star, and you've got a lot to marvel at. Seriously, how do these actors do it?

There are plenty of kids who have acted over the years, but these stars have done it, nailed it and built thriving careers from their early work in film and TV. They're stars you know and love, who you have seen in a ton of projects and who have skillfully navigated the unwieldy world of fame from such a young age and managed not to get eaten alive by the whole rigmarole. 

Click through to find out which child actors are still working today. You might be surprised at who pops up.

1 /20: Kurt Russell

Child Actors Still Working Today: Kurt Russell
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1/20 :Kurt Russell

2 /20: Drew Barrymore

Child Actors Still Working Today:
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2/20 :Drew Barrymore

3 /20: Drake

Child Actors Still Working Today: Drake
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3/20 :Drake

4 /20: Regina King

Child Actors Still Working Today: Regina Hall
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4/20 :Regina King

5 /20: Ron Howard

Child Actors Still Working Today: Ron Howard
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5/20 :Ron Howard

6 /20: Natalie Portman

Child Actors Still Working Today: Natalie Portman
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6/20 :Natalie Portman

7 /20: Abigail Breslin

Child Actors Still Working Today: Abigail Breslin
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7/20 :Abigail Breslin

8 /20: Raven-Symoné

Child Actors Still Working Today: Raven Symoné
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8/20 :Raven-Symoné

9 /20: Leonardo DiCaprio

Child Actors Still Working Today: Leonardo DiCaprio
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9/20 :Leonardo DiCaprio

10 /20: Dakota & Elle Fanning

Child Actors Still Working Today: Dakota & Elle Fanning
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10/20 :Dakota & Elle Fanning

11 /20: Kirsten Dunst

Child Actors Still Working Today: Kirsten Dunst
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11/20 :Kirsten Dunst

12 /20: Jeff Bridges

Child Actors Still Working Today: Jeff Bridges
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12/20 :Jeff Bridges

13 /20: Candace Cameron Bure

Child Actors Still Working Today: Candace Cameron Bure
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13/20 :Candace Cameron Bure

14 /20: Elijah Wood

Child Actors Still Working Today: Elijah Wood
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14/20 :Elijah Wood

15 /20: Haley Joel Osment

Child Actors Still Working Today: Haley Joel Osment
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15/20 :Haley Joel Osment

16 /20: Ethan Hawke

Child Actors Still Working Today: Ethan Hawke
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16/20 :Ethan Hawke

17 /20: Lisa Bonet

Child Actors Still Working Today: Lisa Bonet
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17/20 :Lisa Bonet

18 /20: Scarlett Johansson

Child Actors Still Working Today: Scarlett Johansson
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18/20 :Scarlett Johansson

19 /20: Christina Ricci

Child Actors Still Working Today: Christina Riccia
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19/20 :Christina Ricci

20 /20: Winona Ryder

Child Actors Still Working Today: Winona Ryder
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20/20 :Winona Ryder