13 Child Stars Who Grew Up Normal

When you combine the unique difficulties of fame with the universal struggles of childhood and growing up, you often have a recipe for disaster.

You know the tabloid stories. You’ve read all about Lindsay Lohan’s brutal descent into addiction and substance abuse. You know all about Amanda Bynes’ outlandish behavior and what she’d like Drake to do to her you-know-what. Oh, and maybe you’ve even listened Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, The Pizza Underground…

While many child stars seem to descend into madness as they grow older, just as many grow up to be perfectly normal (if famous) adults. Below, you’ll find a list of the 13 most noteworthy child stars that grew up to be totally normal.

1. Jodie Foster

When you’re nominated for your first Academy Award at the age of 14, which Jodie Foster was for her role in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, a large ego seems sure to follow. However, Jodie has managed to lead a remarkably normal life since her debut, going on to star in a number of different films and finally winning Academy Awards for her roles in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs.

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Franz Richter / Own Work

2. Ryan Gosling

Given what a heartthrob he is, it might be difficult to imagine Ryan Gosling as a plucky young child star. Sure enough, though, Ryan made his debut at the young age of 12, when he starred on the Disney Channel’s The All-New Mickey Mouse Club. It just so happens that there’s another person on this list that was one of Ryan’s costars. Can you guess who?


3. Emma Watson

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the size of Hogwarts for the past decade, you know that Emma got her childhood acting start as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. So, how did this child star decide to follow up her early success on the big screen? She enrolled at Brown University, an Ivy League college, in the fall of 2009. She graduated in 2014.

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