When you enjoy success at a young age in Hollywood, it can often be quite difficult to sustain a lasting career. For one, it’s possible that audiences will always think of you as that plucky young kid – just ask someone like Jonathan Lipnicki. And even if you manage to avoid that, there’s no telling if you’ll be able to survive life in the limelight or avoid Hollywood’s more illicit temptations – we’re looking at you, Lindsay Lohan.
Still, there are many child actors who manage to turn their early career exploits into successful careers as bankable stars. Below, we’re going to pay tribute to some of the most notable members of the ‘90s class. We’re sure some of your favorites are on here, and you just might learn a thing or two about those favorites that you never knew before!
1. Natalie Portman
It’s sometimes easy to forget that Natalie Portman, who’s one of the most instantly recognizable stars of today, got her start as a child actress. Her first role, and one that she’s still beloved for today, was that of Mathilda in The Professional. She’s got a whole slate of films coming out over the next year, including Jackie, in which she’ll play Jacqueline Kennedy. That film’s due out in the beginning of 2017.